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How to clean a paddling pool

Paddling pools are great fun for big and little kids. Find out how to keep your paddling pool clean and make sure everyone can enjoy it safely.


By Cleanipedia Team

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If you have kids and it’s hot outside, an inflatable pool is an ideal way to let them have lots of fun as well as keep cool.  However, if it’s been stored away for the winter it’s likely that it’s not in the best condition. Here, we explain how to get your paddling pool clean – and keep it that way for the rest of the summer.

Step-by-step: How to clean your paddling pool

  1. Get rid of any remaining water by wiping down with an old towel or rag.

  2. Make your own homemade cleaning solution either using one part bleach to five parts of water, or equal parts of vinegar and water.

  3. Adding a little bit of the solution as you go, clean the sides of the pool using a scrubbing brush. Pay particular attention to any slippery bits, as this is normally caused by bacteria and algae.

  4. Rinse with a hose, using the high-pressure setting and being extra thorough if you used bleach.

How to keep a paddling pool clean

Empty the pool when you’ve finished using it. If you don’t empty it, it’ll end up being a slimy mess after a few days – and it’ll be a breeding grown for bacteria. You can avoid wasting the water by using it to water the grass.


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Leave it to dry in the sun afterwards. You could put it upside down to avoid any leaves or dirt falling into it.

If you’re using it again the next day, once it’s dry use an antibacterial spray like Cif Power & Shine Antibacterial Multi-Purpose Spray to kill off any remaining germs.

When the paddling pool isn’t in use, keep it covered while in storage to help keep bugs away. You could even use an old fitted sheet.

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If you dry it properly, aside from a quick wipe with antibacterial spray you shouldn’t need to clean properly again - until the next time you bring it out after months of being away in storage.

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