Clean your outdoor fountain to create a constantly peaceful atmosphere that attracts many species of birds and adds an elegant touch to any garden or patio. Keeping the water in an outdoor fountain crystal clear can present a challenge, but with a little know-how, it’s not hard to do.
Wipe down the fountain once a week. Let the water drain out of your fountain and use a rag and scrub brush to clean the interior surfaces of the fountain. Be sure to remove any dirt, bird droppings or other residue that has collected in the bottom. By doing this once a week, you will not give algae a chance to grow in your fountain. Cleaning once a week also keeps the cleaning process quick and easy. Cleaning a dirty fountain once a month can take hours. Cleaning a well-maintained fountain once a week can take just a matter of minutes.
Add a non-toxic cleaner or enzyme to the fountain water. After each water change, add a cleaner or enzyme designed to keep fountains clean. Alternatively, you could add bleach, but it might be harmful to animals or to any plants the fountain water comes in contact with. There are numerous non-toxic cleaners and enzymes made for fountains that are not toxic to animals or plants.