If you have recently installed a water feature in your garden, or are planning to do so soon, you must take care of it properly and know how to clean it. Just like anything else, over time dirt and grime will build-up in your water feature and this could stop it from working properly as well as making it look horrible. If you want to keep your water feature in good shape and looking wonderful, follow the cleaning tips below.
Drain it Once a Year
Completely draining your water feature once every year is a great way to get to dirt you might not have noticed if it was full. Whether it is a small fountain or a pond, a build-up of much and slime will occur as the months go by, and it is important to get rid of this to keep your water feature fresh and running smoothly. Use a pressure washer to remove any stubborn bit of dirt, just be careful not to damage the water feature. A wet cloth with some soap will also work nicely if there is not too much build-up at the bottom of your feature.
Algae will naturally make its way into your water feature over time, but if you do not keep on top of it, it might end up blocking your pump’s filter as well as making the water feature look grimy. A good way to get rid of algae is by using a mixture of white vinegar and water. Leave this solution to sit in your water feature for a few minutes, and then use a sponge or cloth to remove the algae. If you have problems with limescale in your area, you might also want to look at using a solution that could tackle this as well to avoid deposits forming and blocking the filter.
The Pump and Filter
While you are cleaning the main bits of your water feature, do not forget to clean your water pump’s filter, too. You should do this more than once a year, as debris and other bits of dirt will gradually build up and clog it up. This can affect how well your water feature works, and if you are not careful, it might damage the pump itself. To do this, all you need to do is switch off your water feature, remove the pump and take out the filter. Clean it in warm soapy water or a solution of white vinegar and water if you prefer, rinse thoroughly, and put it back. Wiping the pump down could also be beneficial, especially if you can notice grime on it. You can find out more about water pumps and how to look after your water features at water-garden.co.uk.
Finally, if you have any stones at the bottom of your water feature, make sure that you are cleaning all of them as well. Even if you cannot see it at first glance, there is sure to be dirt forming underneath them that will contribute to blocking your filters and make your water feature look dull. Again, a simple wipe down with a cloth and soapy water should do the trick.
You should deep clean your water features at least once a year, but keep on top of general maintenance like getting rid of dead leaves and cleaning the filter more regularly to keep it working properly.