Let's get those inflatable floats, rafts, and toys ready for summer fun, but don't just throw your inflatables in the pool expecting the chlorinated water to do the cleaning for you. No matter how long pool toys and floats sit in chlorinated water, it won't remove the mold and mildew that build up on them. Keep reading for some guidelines for getting your inflatables clean and keeping them clean.
At the start of the pool season, give all your inflatables a once-over, tossing any with cracks or air leaks. Lay the rest on a deck for a quick cleaning. Use a 16-ounce spray bottle, filled with ½ cup white vinegar and ½ cup water, spritz the inflatables, then rinse with a hose.
Bleach can also be used to effectively removes germs, mold and mildew from your pool inflatables. All you need to do is mix 1 tablespoon and 1 gallon of water, then brush it on the toy or float and let it sit there for a few minutes. Wipe it down and dry it completely. If you'd rather use something less harsh, try mixing 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 quart water and following the same set of instructions. Doing so will not only remove the slimy film and clean your equipment, but it will also remove strong odors. For toys and floats that are especially dirty, don't even bother mixing baking soda with water. Instead, sprinkle some of the powder onto a damp sponge and wipe the object down briskly.
After every use, squeeze the water from any foam toys, then rinse everything with a hose. Let the inflatables dry fully in the sun. You'll want to store the inflatables properly after every use, too. Mold and mildew grow in damp, dark places. When stowing away inflatables, be sure to dry it beforehand and store it away in a mesh bag. This will keep it dry any time it rains or in the morning when the ground is dewy.
Follow these tips and with proper use and care, your inflatable floats should last you for numerous pool seasons.
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