To help you reap the most significant benefits from your pool blanket and prolong its lifespan, several things need to be done. Here’s our checklist for taking care of your swimming pool blanket:
Keep it clean
Most of the time, leaves and debris get blown off your solar pool blanket by the wind, but sometimes the wind blows the debris and dirt into one area on top of your pool blanket. If this is the case, then you may be able to scoop up the dirt and debris with your hands or use a dustpan and brush. If this is not possible, hose the dirt towards your skimmer box once you’ve turned your pump on.
Keep the top dry
If you leave the pool blanket covered with pools of water, its effectiveness will be compromised. Once the sun begins to shine again, the rainwater will evaporate from the top of the blanket, also taking with it the heat through the blanket and causing the pool water to cool. After it rains, you should remove the blanket to drain the rainwater.
Remove it on hot days
Generally speaking, you should remove your pool blanket and place it in the shade when the outside temperature exceeds 35 degrees. If your pool blanket is on a roller, it’s a good idea to move the roller out of direct sunlight on scorching days, too.
Continue pool maintenance
Pool owners often make the mistake of putting their solar pool blanket on top of the pool and then forgetting they still need to regularly clean and sanitise the pool. The combination of warm water and insufficient chemicals is a great breeding ground for algae. If your pool develops algae, not only will you have to get rid of the algae in your pool, but you’ll also need to clean the blanket itself thoroughly. If you don’t clean it thoroughly then, you’ll be re-introducing the algae into the pool.
Check the chlorine level
If your pool chlorine level is too high, it will increase the corrosive effect on the pool blanket and reduce its lifespan. Not only that, but it can also be potentially damaging to the health of those swimming! We recommend that your chlorine level is never greater than three parts chlorine to one million parts of water. Your test kit will show you the average level that you should keep your pool at. It’s also a good idea to keep your blanket off the pool for a couple of hours after you have added chlorine.
Store it safely
If you don’t need to use your pool blanket during summer, we highly recommend storing it in a covered or shaded area such as a garage or shed. The high summer temperatures and direct sunlight together with the chlorine in your pool will eventually cause the blanket to become brittle, and begin to flake and peel. Before storing your pool blanket, you should clean it using pool cleaner, a disinfectant, a soft brush and plenty of fresh, clean cold water. Make sure that it’is dry before folding or rolling it away for storage.
If you’d like more information about caring for your pool blanket, please contact Sunlover Heating on 1800 815 913. One of our experienced consultants nationwide, including Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, will be happy to help you find a solution for your pool.