There tends to be a list of things to clean for every part of the house, except for the outdoors, and especially water fountains. Considering that one in four British households spend close to £3,000 on their outdoor spaces, it deserves a good cleanup. While it’s easy to clean out the shed and coat the deck with some varnish, the outdoor fountain can be a tricky one. Small ones that are easy to disassemble are quick work, but what about the bigger ones? They will need a bit more effort.
Clean At the Right Time
It saves a lot of time when owners clean their fountain at the right time. According to the experts, autumn is the best time of year to take on the mammoth task. This is because the weather is suitable and it removes all the spring and summer growth. It also happens to be the time of year where critters and creatures are less active, which means disturbance is minimal. The growth of algae and other invaders also slow down during this period which leaves the fountain or pond fresh for spring.
Make Use of the Right Tools
It’s no fun to get tasked with a project that will take a great deal of time and not have the right tools. Not only will this make the task seem much longer than it should be, it will also prevent owners from prioritizing it again for the future. Pressure cleaners and firm, high-quality scrubbing brushes go a long way. As far as cleaning detergents are concerned, simple solutions often work best. Vinegar is a safe bet to use, especially when the fountain is a source of water or splashing for the local wildlife. It is also advisable to use distilled water in the fountain for those who want to keep the algae away.
Many Forget to Clean This Important Part
Believe it or not, the fountain pump can be described as an assembly point for all dirt and bacteria in an outdoor fountain. It doesn’t matter how clean the fountain is; if the pump is dirty the fountain is bound to be filthy again in no time. Scrub the pump with a brush and run under water to get rid of any debris.
The outdoor fountain is often a strong focal point in a garden and can add a sense of tranquility to an outdoor space. Dirty and murky water is not only unattractive to humans, and to the local wildlife as well. The regular maintenance and cleaning of a water fountain will not only ensure the longevity of the fountain but will keep it a pleasant addition to an outdoor space.
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