How to clean outdoor fountains


How to clean outdoor fountains


A outdoor fountain is an excellent way to create a focal point in your yard, drawing in wildlife and providing a relaxing retreat. If you don’t regularly clean the fountain, however, you will start noticing some unpleasant consequences such as algae growth, murky water, unpleasant smells and a reduced water flow. Anyone can clean a outdoor garden fountain quickly and easily to keep it sparkling and fresh by following these simple steps.

Step One

Read the instruction manual or sheet that came with your fountain, if available. If you don't have one, call the manufacturer to inquire about special cleaning methods that may be required for your specific fountain.

Step Two

Unplug the fountain pump.

Step Three

Drain the water from the fountain. Use the fountain's drain plug, if there is one, or pump it into a bucket with your fountain's pump and a long piece of tubing.

Step Four

Remove any debris that is left inside, such as twigs, leaves or grass.

Step Five

Wipe the fountain surfaces thoroughly with a rag, using an old, soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub detailed areas or algae spots. White vinegar may be used to remove stubborn algae growth or discoloration caused by dirt and mud.

Step Six

Rinse the fountain surface with a hose.

Step Seven

Pull the cover off the fountain pump and remove any debris that may be trapped inside.

Step Eight

Wipe the inside and outside of the fountain pump and replace the cover.

Step Nine

Perform any extra steps that may be recommended in your fountain instruction manual.

Step Ten

Re-fill the fountain with water, adding water treatments to prevent algae and mineral stains as directed on the bottles.


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