I’m a cleaning expert – how often you should REALLY be changing your paddling pool water and the dangerous reasons why | The SunJuly 19, 2022
IT IS so hot that loads of us are flocking to the shops to bag a paddling pool so we can splash about in the garden and try to cool down.
It can take a little while to get your pool properly filled with water, with most needing the hose for a good hour or two.
So it can be tempting not to change the water and leave it out for a while.
But experts warned that while paddling pools can be a bit of harmless fun, they can be dangerous if not properly cleaned.
The pros suggest that germs and bacteria that's "invisible to the naked eye" can accumulate can put your health at risk.
Cleaning expert at End of Tenancy London Ivan Ivanov said: “Buying an outdoor pool is only half of the story. Equally vital is maintenance; with waterborne illnesses more prevalent in the summer, it’s hugely important to be aware of the ways to keep your outdoor pool clean from genuinely life-threatening disease.”
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If you have a small inflatable pool it's advised to empty it every single day to make sure that you don't get anything nasty lurking in the water.
This is because you can't add chlorine or other chemicals to the water in a dinky pool.
You should do this whether your pool water looks clean or dirty.
Mr Ivanov said: “Germs and bacteria are invisible to the naked eye. We recommend being better safe than sorry."
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If you have a pool that's larger and has a filter, you can keep your chlorine topped up and consistently filter the water if possible.
But the filter can get clogged quickly so you need to empty them each day.
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Mr Ivanov said: “It’ll save you a lot more trouble down the line. Once the filter is assuredly clean, refill your pool.”
To clean your pool empty the water and wipe every surface with a disinfectant that won't irritate your skin.
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