The numerous benefits of swimming pool screen enclosures makes it impossible to live without this equipment. Whether it is reducing maintenance cost, longer swimming hours or protection from UV radiation. However, if you don’t perform simple maintenance procedures such as cleaning the enclosure, you may not enjoy all these benefits.
As a matter of fact, swimming pool enclosure is subjected to all sorts of environmental conditions such as dust, acid rain, fluctuating temperature, snow, etc.
The cleaning process is not as difficult as most people perceive it. Depending on the type of swimming pool screen enclosure, you will have to:
- Identify material used to construct the enclosure
- Use the right cleaning detergent
- Acquire a cleaning equipment
- Begin the cleaning process
For the purpose of this article, I will focus on DIY cleaning process. It is simple and cost effective. After all, you don’ have to clean the enclosure every day. You can do it every fortnight or once a month.
How to clean swimming pool screen enclosures
To go about this process successfully, you need to pay attention to the following:
Material the swimming pool screen enclosures are constructed from
Excelite swimming pool screen enclosures are constructed from solid polycarbonate sheet and aluminum rods. For this reason, I will focus on a DIY swimming pool enclosure cleaning process that focuses on these polycarbonate sheet and aluminum rods.
But, why is it important to identify the material swimming pool is manufactured from?
Both polycarbonate sheet and aluminum rods do not react with most organic and inorganic compounds. However, they react with certain chemicals. As a matter of fact, there is no material that is 100% perfect.
On the other hand, despite the fact that polycarbonate has superior chemical and physical properties. For example, polycarbonate sheet reacts with aqueous acetic acid and ammonia carbonate. You should refer to chemical resistant chart for a comprehensive list of all chemicals that may deteriorate physical and chemical properties of polycarbonate sheets.
Why is this information important?
This will help you to choose the right polycarbonate cleaning detergent that will neither corrode nor disintegrates the material. Remember, when you lose these essential properties, your swimming pool screen enclosures will not serve you for more than 25 years and the 15 year warranty will be invalid.
For Excelite swimming pool screen enclosures, you need the following:
- Lukewarm water with mild soap. The soap must not contain any chemical constituents in the chemical resistance chart.
- Soft cloth or sponge
Know the stains you intend to remove
Depending on your environment, the polycarbonate swimming pool screen enclosures may have different types of stains. In most cases, polycarbonate swimming pool cover may have dust or birds or animal waste. Of course, we may also expect to see oil stains.
A lukewarm water with mild soap will mild soap will certainly remove all this dirt. Again, in case the swimming pool cover has tough stains that need scrubbing, don’t use a hard tool. Wipe the place repeatedly as you scrub gently with a soft cloth. You should be able to remove it.
You will realize that mold is a common problem with a number of retractable swimming pool enclosures.
This is the main reason why our swimming pool enclosures are fitted with an anti-dust sealer. Its main purpose is to prevent algae, mold, dust and insects. Therefore, mold won’t be much of a problem when you buy our swimming pool enclosures.
Still, in case you notice some molds on your swimming pool screen enclosure, then this is how you should go about the process.
So, where exactly are you likely to find molds?
Generally, molds grow in dark and moist places. Normally, they appear in the form of a green powdery substance that spread on the surface of polycarbonate sheets or sections of aluminum rod.
Definitely, you will find them in your pool enclosure due to the moisture build up as water evaporates. In most cases, it is nearly impossible to spot them more so, if your enclosure is constructed from tinted polycarbonate sheet.
However, complicated these stains may seem to be, removing them is not a difficult process. Remember, you will have to scrutinize various joints in your swimming pool enclosure. Cleaning sections where various parts of the pool enclosure frame joint can be a tiresome process.
In this case, you will have to use:
- High pressure water. If possible, water should be warm. Normally, it is recommended that you start at low pressure as you increase the pressure gradually.
- Mix water with white vinegar in a ratio of 1:1. Spray the surface with this solution as you scrub gently with a sponge to remove any stubborn mold.
- Rinse the entire surface with lukewarm water.
Now, that you are familiar with the type of stains you may expect, let’s have a summary of how you can go through this process.
Swimming pool screen enclosures cleaning process
As I said earlier, cleaning is an important maintenance procedure for enclosures. It will save you the cost of buying a new enclosure. You don’t need to complicate the process. Here is what you need to do:
Clear the area around the screen pool enclosure
The area should be free from any personal belonging or any structures. If possible, you need to cover the swimming pool with a PVC, especially if you intend to clean the interior of the enclosure. This will prevent water and detergent you use to clean the surface from mixing with pool water. It could cause a pH imbalance in swimming pool water.
Assemble your cleaning tools
Choose the right cleaning detergent depending on the types of stains you want to clean. Get a pressure cleaner, soft cloth and enough water for the process.
Inspect the pool enclosure
You need to inspect the entire enclosure for scratches or weak joints. It won’t make sense cleaning a polycarbonate sheet with defects. If possible, you should repair these sections first before you begin the cleaning process.
Handle the process with caution
Don’t exert a lot of pressure of force on the soft cloth. When you do this vigorously, there is a high probability that you may damage the surface of the polycarbonate swimming pool enclosure. You should always aim to reduce the unnecessary operational cost of pool enclosures brought about by carelessness or negligence.
NOTE: In case you have to use a bleaching agent. Ensure you mix it in the right proportion. Review our product manual.
Rinse the pool enclosure and allow it to dry
Clean the surface thoroughly with clean water. This will remove any traces of detergent that may dry up on the surface. Allow the pool enclosure to dry up.
By the end of this process, you should have a clean polycarbonate swimming pool enclosure.
As you can see, cleaning swimming pool screen enclosures is a simple process. All you need is the right cleaning detergent, equipment and the procedure I have recommended above.
In case you find it difficult to remove and stains, you can contact our team. We don’t recommend any trial and error processes. You may damage your polycarbonate screen enclosure. This will make your 15 year warranty invalid. We will advise you accordingly for free.