Mold and mildew like to grow near humidity and moisture, which means pool owners need to take extra precautions. Here are some ways to tackle common problem areas for pool owners and some tools to help you along the way.
Keep your pool toys dry and clean
After a long day of swimming outside, you and your family are probably tired. It is easy to throw the pool toys back into storage and not give them another thought until it is time to swim again. However, this creates a problem, especially if your storage is outside in a warm, dark (and now damp) bin.
Before dropping them into a container or throwing them in the garage, be sure to dry the surfaces. If you notice any toys seem slimy, wash with about 16 oz of household bleach diluted into a gallon of water.
Toys can contaminate a pool by introducing algae, mold or mildew to the water. If there is bacteria growth on the toy, then it can also spread illnesses like upset stomachs and earaches.
Seal and wash patio furniture
Furniture that sits outside regularly is exposed to rain and moisture. This gives mold an opportunity to grow on your comfortable cushions.
A good sealant can prevent moisture from penetrating the surface. Keeping the furniture clean from dirt and debris can also prevent moisture while extending the life of the fabric. Consider the durability of the furniture before purchasing.
Find a dry place to store the furniture when it is not in use, or purchase furniture covers to prevent moisture from seeping into the fabric.
If you do notice mold growing, clean the area to prevent mold from continuing to grow. Wash it with gentle solutions first, but if the mold keeps coming back consider stronger cleaning supplies like bleach (depending on the type of material).
Use vinegar on problem areas
Outside or inside the home, apply vinegar because it makes it too acidic for mold growth. You can do this once or twice a week on areas like a sink, shower or a bin for pool toys. Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle without diluting it. Spray the problem area and allow it to sit for an hour, and then wipe it clean.
Use Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is both anti-fungal and antibacterial. Just grab a bottle of the 3% concentrated kind from your local pharmacy. You can also use the powdered kind and mix it in a 50-50 solution with water. Just keep in mind that it is a bleaching agent, so be careful when applying it to surfaces.
Prevent mold from taking a stronghold
Fix plumbing problems, use dehumidifiers and store items in dry areas. Mold and mildew need water to grow and thrive. If you cut off that necessity, then you will fight the problem less, and your pool will thank you. Remember if you are cleaning mold, use gloves and face masks to prevent inhaling the mold spores or cross contaminating other areas of your house.
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