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Water Fountain Cleaning Guide and Removing White Scale
Cleaning and caring for your water fountains is the most important thing you can do to keep them in working order. Whether your fountain is large or small, indoors or outdoors, you must regularly clean it to remove white scale and algae for it to continue working properly. Below you will find a general step by step guide to cleaning your fountain. Keep in mind, if you have a fountain made out of a material you aren't sure how to care for, refer to your fountain instructions.
How Often Should You Clean Your Fountain?
Fountains should be cleaned once a month or every couple months, depending on the size, to keep water clear and to keep the pump clean and free of algae or white scale build up. Clean smaller, tabletop fountains at least once a month, as they have less water to dilute algae and white scale. You can probably clean larger wall and floor standing fountains every other month.
To clean your water fountain take the following steps:
Don’t Forget to Clean the Fountain Pump
Cleaning your pump is very important as this is what makes the fountain tick! Your pump will be the first thing to see build up as this is what the water is flowing through and filtering the water.
Prevent & Eliminate White Scale Buildup & Algae Growth:
White Scale/Hard Water Mineral Deposits: White scale can be hard to get rid of in water fountains if it is allowed to build up for too long. The best suggestion is to prevent is from forming. To do this, you can use distilled water in your fountain or use a fountain care product such as Protec Scale and Stain Remover.
Once you have mineral build up on your fountains you can try the following to remove it:
CLR - Calcium Lime Remover - This is something you will find at a home improvement store or a discount store such as Wal-Mart or Target. It is a general kitchen/bathroom cleaner used for removing mineral deposits. Be sure you use a soft, non-abrasive sponge to scrub your fountain. We also have a fountain cleaning kit that works great and contains a non-abrasive sponge and a small bottle of lime remover.
Vinegar and water may help get rid of some of the deposits as well, you will want to leave this sit on your fountain for awhile to let it work and break down the deposits and then scrub with a non-abrasive sponge.
Algae in your fountain: Algae is going to occur over time in your water fountain because anywhere there is water algae will grow. The best solution is to clean your fountain regularly as explained above and to use a type of water clarifier and algae preventative. Even though using a fountain care product will slow algae build up, you will still need to clean your water fountain. Algae is easily removed by following the cleaning instructions above and can be prevented by keeping your pump running all the time. Here is an explanation of the fountain care products that will help prolong algae build-up:
Additional Fountain Care Resources:
· Download our Guide to Fountain Care and Maintenance.
· You can also contact us to find our more information.
We look forward to helping with all your water fountains and fountain care needs. Should you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Author: Amber Liddell, Net Health Shops, LLC