Pool cleaning is made easy by following simple tips on how to vacuum the pool properly!

A pool is a good addition to our home. But no matter how beautiful the pool’s design is, if it is contaminated with algae or different residues floating in the water, it will just go to waste. It’s recommended for every homeowner to set a cleaning schedule for the pool.

When people heard the word “cleaning”, they start to feel stress and a bit overwhelmed. That’s the reason some prefer to hire a professional to do the pool cleaning.

But DIY pool cleaning can be a fun chore too! That is by familiarizing the whole process. And in cleaning, some find the process of vacuuming a bit complicated.


David from MrPoolExpert said The process of vacuuming is very straightforward.

STEP 1: With the use of a net, scoop all leaves, dirt, and debris floating in the water.

STEP 2: Assemble the vacuum hose, vacuum head, and telescopic pole.

STEP 3: Remove the air from the hose pipe by flooding it with water.

STEP 4: Attach the other end of the hose to the suction port then start vacuuming.

STEP 5: Detach the hose from the suction port.

STEP 6: Turn the pump OFF

The steps will only differ depends on the type of filter you’re using. If you’re using any of the below filters, just add the steps in the process.


This is allowed only if the pool filter system you have has a multiport valve.

  • Perform step 1 to 4
  • Turn the pump OFF and change the multiport valve setting into WASTE
  • Turn the Pump ON again while the other skimmer valve OFF
  • Leave the main drain valve close then vacuum the pool
  • After that, turn the pump OFF and disconnect the hose from the suction port.
  • Make sure to empty the pump basket; then reopen the main drain and skimmer valves after
  • Reset to FILTER the Filter valve and turn the pump ON


The sand filter works well in removing dirt, bacteria and other contaminants in the water.

  • Perform step 1 to 6
  • Remove all oil, dirt, and debris inside the sand filter system by turning the filter valve to backwash position. Turn the pump ON and backwash until the water is clear in the sight glass.
  • Turn the pump OFF and turn the filter valve to rinse position. Once you get it to the position, turn the pump ON again and do the rinse process.
  • Turn the pump off and clear the filter. Once done, reopen the skimmer valve.
  • Then reset to FILTER the filter valve and turn the pump ON.


Cartridge filter has been considered to be the most environmental-friendly compared to the other filters as it conserves water and no chemicals have been discharged on the ground. It also has the less maintenance care.

  • Perform step 1 to 6
  • Turn the pump OFF and remove the cartridge. Rinse the cartridge and once done, replace the cartridge and turn the pump ON again.

DE Filters

DE or Diatomaceous Earth filter is advantageous in cleaning the smallest microns in the water. The only downside of this filter is it requires more maintenance.

  • Perform step 1 to 6
  • Perform backwash by setting the filter valve to BACKWASH
  • Turn the pump ON then do the backwash
  • After 2 minutes, turn the pump OFF and set to FILTER the filter valve.
  • Turn the pump ON and perform filter
  • After 30 seconds turn the pump OFF and set to BACKWASH the filter valve
  • Repeat step 8-11 twice with the following time interval:
    • 2nd backwash for 90 seconds; while the filter process is for 20 seconds
    • 3rd backwash for 60 seconds
  • After the 3rd backwash, turn the pump OFF and set to FILTER the filter valve.
  • Then turn the pump ON again
  • The final step is to refill the DE powder. Make sure to follow what stated in the manufacturer’s instruction.

Knowing the right filter to use and the proper way to do it is always the key to extend the life expectancy of your pool and a healthy swimming experience for the whole family.

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