If you’re a pool lover, a pool cage is one of the best investments you can make to keep your pool as beautiful as possible. It can keep your pool clean and free of debris, as well as make outdoor entertaining more comfortable. Of course, having a pool cage requires some upkeep here and there. Here are a few ways you can keep the cage looking just as great as the pool beneath it!
Use mild soap and water to remove dirt and gunk. To take care of small spots or buildups of dirt, you don’t need anything more heavy duty than a soft bristle brush, soap solution and garden hose. Apply the solution to spots that need attention, brush gently if needed, and rinse with a moderate pressure garden hose. You want to avoid using a pressure washer or strong single stream setting, since these can damage your pool cage’s screen.
Use bleach or outside help for bigger issues. Sometimes, the situation at hand calls for more than soap and water. If you have mold, mildew or algae growing on the side of your pool cage, you can use a low concentration of bleach in water to try and remove it yourself. Just be sure to rinse the screen off afterwards. If you find that the problem persists, however, you can always hire outside help to come in and handle the growths for you.
Clear up debris as it comes. This may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s an important one! Instead of saving pool cage cleanup for the weekend, you may find that it’s easier to “brush away” debris as it comes. Use a push broom, pool skimmer or other long tool to gently knock leaves, twigs and other debris off the top of your pool cage onto the grass or patio below.
If you have a debris issue in the form of shrubs or vines growing on the side of your cage, you can remove that, too. Using pruning shears or another tool, remove these growths completely so they don’t regrow in the same spot.
Landscape around the cage. So you’ve finally got a nice, clean pool and pool cage—and of course you want it to stay that way for as long as possible! You can keep the look of your pool cage in tip top shape (as well as lessen the time you need to spend cleaning it) by paying special attention to the landscaping around the cage. Tall, overhanging trees can leave debris on your pool cage whenever they shed their leaves and seeds. To prevent this from happening, you can trim the branches of such trees and keep them short and tidy.
If you value the shade tall trees provide, that’s okay—you just need to find trees and plants who don’t “shed,” or drop many leaves or seeds. There are more of these trees than you might think, including orange and lemon trees, evergreens or the monkey tail palm—just visit your local plant nursery and see what will work best in your backyard!