How to Clean and Store Your Safety Cover
If you’re opening your pool yourself this year, make sure you properly clean and store your safety cover. It just takes a few steps, and you’ll help to ensure the longevity of your cover.
Step 1: While the cover is still on the pool, remove any debris from the top of it. If your cover is solid, not mesh, use a pump to remove water from the cover before you try to get the debris off. It will be much easier to remove any debris when it’s not soaking wet.
Step 2: Use the installation rod that came with your safety cover to remove all of the springs from the anchors. Then, using the hex key that also came with your cover, lower the anchors into the deck. Make sure you do this before you remove the cover from the pool, as this avoid damage that could come with the cover or springs getting caught on the anchors.
Step 3: Grab a friend (trust us–this step is possible alone, but it’s much easier with one person on each side of the pool) and remove the cover. Starting at one end of the pool, fold your cover like an accordion in small sections as you work your way down to the other end. Then, lift the cover (don’t drag it!) and remove it from the end of the swimming pool, moving it to a flat, clean area.
Step 4: Now, unfold your cover and clean it. You can use a mild detergent mixed with water, or a safety cover cleaner. Use a soft cloth or sponge to clean the cover; for really dirty covers you can use a pool brush. Leave your cover spread out to dry.
Step 5: When the cover is dry, you’ll want to bring your friend back to help you with this last step. Fold the cover in half as many times as possible, until it will fit in your storage bag. Make sure you don’t store the cover on the floor or anywhere that animals could easily get to it and build a nest. Either hang it high, or invest in a large plastic storage bin to keep your cover safe from harmful pests.
If you need more clarification, check out this video from our friends over at Swim University.
Now that your safety cover has been removed, cleaned, and stored, it’s time to finish your pool opening. You’re not far from swimming now!