The pleated spa filter should be chemically cleaned about once every two months, and should be inspected and rinsed every month. This removes oils, dirt and scale residue and reduces the strain on the spa pump motor. Use a powdered filter cleaner, submerge filter in bucket and add chemical according the label instructions. Let sit overnight and then rinse filter. Using a filter cleaning attachment for your hose is a good idea, it shoots the water with higher pressure and you are able to direct it into the pleats better. Pleated spa filters should last a long time a few years or more with regular maintenance, but once the material begins to visably degrade you should replace the filter.
Save money make your own pool skimmer. This idea probably only works for smaller pools like kids wading pools or the quick set up above ground pools. But it works very well and will save you $20 on buying a pool skimmer. Take a wire hanger bend it to a circle shape and pull an old pair of panty hose over the wire hanger tie the legs to hold it in place and cut off the remaining excess legs and you have a pretty effective pool skimmer, better than some since the panty hose doesn’t even allow the smaller particulate to go through like some skimmers.
Kitty litter to clean oil spills
Its a good to have a bag of cat litter in your garage…even if you don’t have a cat. Its great for any kind of spill or oil leak. Just cover spill leave for a day or so and sweep up. Repeat the process if necessary.
For stubborn stains you may have to use a regular detergent and warm water and scrub with a deck brush and rinse. You can upgrade to a commercial degreaser (found at hardware store or any janitorial supply store). TSP (found at hardware store) is also a strong cleaner that can be effective. Never mix chemicals.
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