The best equipment and supplies to clean your pool

Cleaning equipment and pool care supplies are necessary to remove typical contaminants, including algae, dirt and debris from pools while preventing mold and mildew on the walls.

These consist of:

  • Use of chemicals such as chlorine to sterilize pool water.
  • Skimmers are used to clean the pool surface of leaves, insects, and other detritus.
  • Brushes to prevent the accumulation of dirt and algae on the walls and floor of the pool.

Robotic pool cleaners

Robotic pool cleaners automatically collect debris and store it inside the unit, which can be emptied when full. These cleaners simplify the cleaning of dirt and debris from the pool walls and floor. When this device automatically removes impurities, cleaning products are not as necessary. Some even include navigation systems with many modes of operation that allow users to set them to clean specific areas or operate at predetermined times.

Chlorine tablets

Cleaning products such as chlorine tablets are widely used in virtually all swimming pools and are essential for pool maintenance. They can remove bacteria and algae from the walls and floor of a pool, in addition to cleaning the water. Chlorine tablets can effectively clean 10,000 liters of water and provide sanitary conditions for a week.

Telescopic poles

A telescopic pole, which can hold a brush, skimmer, hand vacuum, or other tools, is the Swiss army knife of pool cleaning equipment. Although they require some human labor, they are necessary for routine maintenance and allow for easy cleaning of specific areas. These sturdy poles, which are usually made of aluminum, can last for several swimming seasons, even if the attachments are detached.

Skimmer net

Skimmer nets, sometimes known as leaf rakes, attach to a telescoping pole and allow you to pick up detritus such as insects, leaves, or sticks from the surface of the water to help you with other pool cleaning tasks.


Cleaning a pool involves scrubbing the walls and floor to remove algae and dirt. Telescopic poles can be used to hold tools such as pool brushes, but choosing the right brush for the pool surface is crucial.

These surfaces respond best to bristles:

  • For vinyl pool walls and floors, brushes made of painted concrete or fiberglass work well.
  • Gunite and unpainted concrete walls and floors respond best to steel brushes.

Any material used to make a brush must be strong enough to withstand the chemicals used in pools.

Suction head and hose

Vacuuming is usually the last step in pool cleaning. It requires a telescopic pole, a vacuum head to pick up material from hard-to-reach places, and a vacuum hose to pull it out of the water. Although robotic pool cleaners are a great time saver, hand vacuums can be used to clean certain areas of the pool and keep it spotless.

Things to consider when shopping for pool cleaning supplies

Pool caretakers should consider the size and nature of the pool before determining which cleaning materials to use. Depending on these factors, various tools and chemical additives, each with a unique application, are needed to maintain the health and cleanliness of a pool. Before the swimming season begins, it is important to know what is needed to keep the water clean and safe for swimmers.

Type and size of pool

The style and size of the pool will influence the cleaning products. Swimming pools, for example, require different chemicals, filtration methods, and vacuums than above ground pools. To reach deeper sections, it requires tools with longer reaches.

To reduce costs associated with maintaining large pools, supplies such as cleaning tablets, shock treatments, and test kits can be purchased in bulk. For large pools, cleaning equipment such as a robot vacuum cleaner may be useful, but for small pools, a handheld vacuum cleaner may suffice.

How to organize pool cleaning equipment and supplies

Chemical cleaners and cleaning equipment are two essential pool cleaning supplies. Standard chemical cleaning techniques include shock treatments and test kits that measure water quality. Test kits help identify chlorine concentrations and pH levels, while shock treatments use chlorine to remove algae, bacteria, chloramines, and other impurities. Brushes, skimmers, and vacuums are cleaning tools that remove floating debris, scrub pool sides, and pick up dirt from the bottom. These tools are usually attached to a telescopic pole, which extends their reach up to 4.5 meters.

Tool Materials

To clean a swimming pool, tools are usually made of strong and lightweight materials. Aluminum is used to manufacture cleaning tools such as telescopic poles.

Similarly, high-quality lightweight plastics are often used to make brushes, skimmers, and pool vacuums. These materials resist pool chemicals, water exposure, and ultraviolet rays from the sun.

To assess such things as acid and base requirements, alkalinity, bromine content, calcium hardness, and other indicators of water quality, test kits use litmus paper. Basic test kits and other cleaning materials can provide basic information, while more expensive tests can provide a more comprehensive analysis of water quality.

Simplifying Maintenance

Cleaning materials and tools should simplify the process, despite their complexity. Poles should be light enough to be easily adjusted or manipulated, and tools should be made for easy cleaning. Wall cleaning or dirt suction should be more effective with the use of accessories such as brushes or vacuum cleaners.

Resistance to UV rays and chemicals

Tools used for pool maintenance should be resistant to large amounts of chlorine and other chemicals. Most outdoor accessories are made of higher-quality polymers, as these tools must also resist exposure to ultraviolet rays.