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How to Pressure Wash a Pool

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Remember that scene in Caddyshack where Spaulding is minding his own business, snorkeling through the pool?

When the judge's grandson yells, "Doody!" the pool empties pretty quickly.

Most of us don't have Carl Spackler to keep the Baby Ruth's out of our pools. However, a pressure washer will have you saying, "It's no big deal," about this once daunting cleaning task.

Only pools constructed of plaster, exposed aggregate or concrete are strong enough to withstand the power of a pressure washer.

Any other type of pool, such as vinyl or fiberglass, must be cleaned using chemical treatments or using non-abrasive methods.

Empty PoolDrain Pool
The first thing you'll need to do is drain the pool completely.

Sweep up the debris on the pool floor and cover all electrical components in the area including pump motors, heaters and stereos.

DetergentWash the walls first, then move to the floor. Working in sections will also help you avoid confusion.

Apply the detergent from the bottom up, allowing it to work for 5-10 minutes, continually adding water to any area that starts to dry.

Switch to a delicate, low-pressure spray pattern and flush the detergent and residue from the walls, working from the top down.

Pool AlgaeAlgae must be removed with a high pressure rinse followed by treatment, which will keep it from coming back. Algaecide or a solution of bleach and water will do the trick.

Mix 1-part bleach for 4-parts water, and scrub by hand using a brush. Never run bleach through your pressure washer as this will cause damage to your machine.

Let the cleaning liquid sit for 10 minutes, then thoroughly rinse with clean water.

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Turbo NozzleTaking care of heavily encrusted stains may need the extra power of a turbo nozzle. A turbo nozzle will help you blast away pesky build-up with ease, letting you work more effectively.

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