Tips for Cleaning Your Swimming Pool Toys & Floats
There is nothing better than a summer afternoon kicking back and relaxing with a pool noodle or inflatable lounger. Throughout the summer, your pool toys see plenty of use. While you know it is important to perform regular maintenance and cleaning on your pool, you might overlook the importance of cleaning your pool toys, floats, and accessories. With a little regular scrubbing, your friends and family can enjoy clean and safe pool toys all summer long.
How to Clean Swimming Pool Toys, Floats, and Other Accessories
Sure, your inflatable pool toys are floating around in the water all day, but that doesn’t mean that they are clean. Although chlorine does its part to sanitize your pool accessories, not letting pool floats and toys dry properly can cause mold and mildew to build up. Our team at LinerWorld has outlined a quick and simple way to clean your pool toys this summer.
First, make sure you have these supplies on-hand:
- 2 Cups Household Bleach
- 1 Gallon Water
- Soft Bristled Brush
- Water Hose
Then, follow these steps to thoroughly clean:
- Mix the two cups of household bleach together with one gallon of water.
- Dip your sponge into the solution and lightly wash off each of your pool toys.
- If there are dirt and grime built up, grab your soft-bristled brush and scrub the affected area.
- After you’ve cleaned all your pool accessories, hose them and your work area off to get rid of any leftover bleach solution.
How Often Should You Clean Your Pool Toys and Accessories?
We recommend cleaning foam toys, such as pool noodles, three to four times each swimming season, while inflatable and plastic toys can be treated as necessary. After your toys have been cleaned and hosed down, it is important to let them dry thoroughly before storing them away in an enclosed space. Left-over moisture can cause mold, mildew, and bacteria to grow.
Pool Toy Storage for Summer
Having adequate storage space for your pool toys is important as a swimming pool owner. If you live in an area that experiences rain, wind, and other harsh weather during the summer months, you will want to ensure that your pool toys don’t fly away or get damaged. After cleaning your pool toys, try to store them in an enclosed, dry space until the next use.
Pool Toy Storage for Winter
After you’ve enjoyed a summer of swimming and relaxing at the pool, it is time to store your toys away for the offseason. As part of closing your swimming pool, follow the steps above one more time to make sure your pool toys are clean and dry before storing them away. We recommend storing them in a garage, basement, or shed to protect them from the winter elements.
Keeping your pool toys clean can help you enjoy a safe and relaxing time at your swimming pool all summer long. At LinerWorld, we love relaxing by the pool in an inflatable lounger as much as possible, check out our Pinterest page for unique pool toys to add to your collection this summer!