How To Clean Pool Cage Screens
Cleaning pool cage screens can be a tedious and time-consuming chore. Not to mention, if you don’t do it correctly it can be ineffective and leave you with more work than you started with. But don’t worry, with the right steps, you can clean your pool cage screens quickly, effectively, and without breaking a sweat! This step-by-step guide is here to make your life easier and get your pool cage screens sparkling in no time. From gathering the right supplies to properly scrubbing, you’ll learn everything you need to know about cleaning pool cage screens. Let’s get started!
Gather the Supplies
Before you even get started, it’s a good idea to make a quick checklist of everything you’ll need for cleaning pool cage screens. This way you won’t forget anything and you’ll have everything you need to clean the screens effectively and quickly. Here’s a quick list of supplies you’ll need for cleaning a pool cage screen: – A long-handled pool skimming net. This will help you remove larger debris from the screens more quickly. – A long-handled brush like a broom or long-handled scrub brush. This will help you effectively scrub the cage screens. – A long-handled brush/scraper. This will help you scrape off any stubborn debris or algae that is stuck to the cage screens. – A bucket. You’ll need this to hold your water while you’re cleaning the screens. – A squeegee. While you’re cleaning the screens, use the squeegee to squeegee excess water off of the pool cage after each scrub. This will allow your water to stay where it belongs: in the bucket. – A degreaser or cleaning agent. Using a degreaser or cleaning agent will help you break down stubborn algae or other gunk stuck on the screen.
Prepare the Area
Before you get started you’ll want to make sure you have the area ready to go. This will make the rest of the process go much smoother. The first thing you’ll want to do is set up a water source. It’s a good idea to have a hose nearby that you can use to quickly rinse off the screens as you’re cleaning them. Next, you’ll want to make sure the area around the pool cage is clear. This will make it much easier for you to clean and will prevent you from having to move any furniture or obstacles.
Remove Leaves and Debris
The first thing you’ll want to do when cleaning pool cage screens is remove any large debris like leaves, bugs, etc. This can be easily done with a quick pass of a skimming net. You can also use the net to remove smaller algae or gunk that is stuck to the inside of the screen. Using a long-handled brush, you can scrub the screens on the outside of the cage, to remove any algae or gunk that is stuck to the screens. Make sure you are gentle while scrubbing as you don’t want to break the threads on the screen. Now is also a good time to check the condition of the screens. Look for any tears, holes, or weak spots, and replace them as needed.
Rinse the Screens
Next, once you’ve removed any debris from the outside of the cage, it’s time to rinse the screens. Using a water source, gently rinse the screens in an upward motion, starting from the bottom and going up. This will help prevent any debris from being pushed back down into the pool. Rinse the screens on both sides, including the top and bottom side of the top rail and rails of the cage. Once you’ve rinsed all the screens and rails, collect the water and put it in a bucket.
Scrub the Screens
Now that you’ve rinsed the screens, it’s time to scrub them. Using the same brush you used to scrub off the outside of the cage, scrub the inside of the screen. Be sure to scrub in a back and forth motion and scrub for at least 30 seconds on each screen. This will help break down any algae and will also help dislodge any gunk that might be stuck to the screens.
After you’ve scrubbed the screens, rinse them again to get rid of any stubborn debris or cleaning agents used to scrub them. You’ll want to do this in the same manner as you did when you rinsed them before scrubbing. Gently rinse them in an upward motion, starting from the bottom and going up. Rinse both sides, including the top and bottom side of the top rail and rails of the cage.
Inspect the Screens
After you’ve rinsed the screens one last time, you’ll want to inspect them to make sure they are clean. There are a few different things you’ll want to look for. First, look for any torn or weak spots on the screen and replace them as needed. Second, look for any algae or gunk that may be left on the screen. If you notice any, you’ll want to re-scrub the areas that still have gunk on them.
Re-Scrub Tough Areas
If there are still some tough areas where the algae or gunk won’t come off, you can use a long-handled brush/scraper to scrape them off. Be careful not to scrape too hard or you might break the threads on the screen.
Apply Screen Treatment
Now that you’ve cleaned the screens, it’s time to protect them. Using a screen treatment will help prevent algae from growing on the screens, which will help you avoid having to clean them as often.
Now that you know how to clean pool cage screens effectively, you’ll be able to quickly and easily keep your pool cage clean. Don’t put off cleaning your screens any longer. Start with these steps and you’ll have your pool cage clean and sparkling in no time.