Now that school has started and that fall chill is in the air, it’s probably time to deflate the kid’s vinyl swimming pool in the yard. Buying the best inflatable pools is low-cost summer entertainment, and certainly worth saving for the next year.
If you have an inflatable vinyl swimming pool, these tips will help you clean and store your pool safely over the winter so that it can be reused next year.
Drain out the water. While this goes without saying, it’s important to drain out every last bit of water before storing your pool for the winter. Trapped water can mildew and create a mold problem over the winter that you’d rather avoid.
Our family flips the pool over the clothesline to let it drip dry for a couple of days. But a fence, swing set, or makeshift sawhorse will also work as long as the pool is up off the ground.
Wipe the inside with a mild bleach solution. To disinfect the inside of the pool, a mild bleach solution will kill any bacteria lurking inside. I usually mix up about a capful of bleach with a gallon of water which seems enough to do the trick. After the entire inside surface has been wiped down, the pool is put back on the clothesline to air dry. For areas of algae that have developed on the pool, these will need to be scrubbed with a bristle brush first to remove all traces of plant matter.
Roll up in a clean area. Rolling up the pool makes it easier to store and less prone to damage while in storage over the winter. And, while rolling up the pool on the lawn is an easy and convenient location, we’ve discovered that bits of grass and dirt can get caught up in the vinyl which can also lead to mildewing. To protect the vinyl surface, it’s always best to roll up the pool in a clean area, such as a driveway or patio, or even on a painting tarp. This prevents the pool from accidentally picking up attracting living plant material.
Store in a pool in a high, dry, dark, and cool place. After the pool has been rolled up, it can be either tied up with string, placed back in the original box, or placed in cotton or mesh tote which allows air to circulate. The pool should then be placed in an area where it won’t be in the direct sunlight, or exposed to freezing temperatures, or easy to reach by pets.
These four simple tips are all it takes to preserve your vinyl swimming pool for many more summers of use.