Essential Guidelines for Caring for Outdoor Fountains

Caring for an outdoor fountain isn’t hard, but there are some things you need to know. So, here are four of the most important things you need to do.

Avoid Using Water Fountain Cleaning Supplies

Is it safe to use water fountain cleaning supplies such as bleach and cleaners?  Well, the amount and type of  cleaning supplies you need to maintain your fountain with depend a lot on the material the fountain is made of, whether it is an outdoor or indoor fountain and the size of the fountain as well.

For instance, fountains made from copper can be easily damaged by some harsh water fountain cleaning supplies.

This is no different with slate or steel water fountain. It is advisable to use pledge or polish to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of your copper water fountains. It is very easy to find yourself rushing to buy a cleaning product labelled ‘copper cleaner’, however, you should not attempt to use this cleaner on your fountain. You should always remember that copper is a natural element that decomposes and withers with time. Copper changes color over time when not maintained properly.

Currently, there are no cleaning supplies that are suitable for use on stainless steel. The best way to clean stainless steel is by using a damp piece of cloth. You should avoid using the below mentioned cleaning supplies on stainless steel:

  • Bleach or any product that contains bleach
  • Abrasive sponges
  • Harsh abrasive cleaners

Failure to use the right water fountain cleaning supplies or even not cleaning your fountain properly as required can lead to the gradual deterioration of your fountain. The outer finish of your fountain can get damage thus turning the fountain from a valuable piece of art into a cheap item that can be sold off at a garage sale.

Keep Fountains Clean and Fresh

How do you keep your fountain clean and fresh? Once your outdoor and indoor has been installed, it is very easy for you to forget that it needs some occasional care and maintenance. If you initially got a big smile of satisfaction every time you set your eyes on your new fountain, some growth of bacteria, algae and white scales can easily turn your big smile into a big frown.

Not to worry though as there is still hope for your so called doomed fountain. There is a specially made liquid that can eliminate all types of nasty things that have found home on your fountain. Eliminating white scales on fountains is actually very easy and does not require any strenuous or tedious cleaning and use of harsh cleaners. All you need to do is to change the water every now and then, and mix it with a drop or two of this liquid to keep it fresh and clean. You should think of your fountain like mini swimming pool. Cleaning a swimming pool requires that you keep the water in the pool clean. Scummy and dirty can easily ruin your pool. This principle applies to water fountains as well.

Today, there are numerous all-natural, non-toxic enzyme products available in the market that are suitable for preventing growth of bacteria, algae as well as formation of white scales due to scum. These all-natural cleaning products are even safe for pets. Pets are very prone to drinking water in fountains. To ensure that your pets are not harmed in any way, you should ensure that you only use non-toxic water cleaning products. These products will ensure that a big smile and not a big frown always pops up every time you set eyes on your fountain.

Only Use Safe & Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

Are you afraid that the water cleaning supplies you purchased are toxic? Well, first and foremost, you should not panic if you find your precious pet sipping on the water from the fountain. Any water fountain cleaning supplies that you purchased at Serenity Health and Home Décor is safe, all-natural and non-toxic meaning it is safe for pets. Small Fountain Cleanser is made with pets in mind so it is an excellent cleaning product for your fountain.

According to Luxe Water Walls, fountain Fresh is another awesome cleaning product for your fountain. It prevents mineral deposits, cloudy water, ammonia, and sludge from forming. Make sure to go through the instruction of using these cleaning products. Slate, ceramic, stainless steel and copper fountains all have slightly varying cleaning specifications. You should always ensure that the cleaning product you buy is suitable for your specific kind of fountain.

Although these cleaning product are harmless, it is good to keep them out of reach from children. Remember, children love to play around with things so it better to be safe than sorry.

When buying cleaning products for your fountain, you should keep in mind that a little amount goes a long way. Unless your fountain water is very hard and filled with heavy minerals, you will not need to add enzyme cleaners more than once a week.

Cleaning Algae from Your Fountain

If you are not keen, your once perfect piece of art can transform into a hideous figure. In order for your fountain to regain its lost glory, you need to clean all algae from it. Outdoor garden fountains are more prone to algae due to access to sunlight. You do not have to look for artificial cleaning products. You can just follow the advice highlighted below:

  • Unplug the fountain pump and drain all the water in it. For a smaller fountain, you can invert it and let the water flow out.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe the fountain. You should focus on the areas where the algae is present.
  • You can use vinegar and a bristled brush to remove patches of stubborn algae. The vinegar is non-corrosive so it will not damage the fountain.
  • Next, use pipe cleaner to remove algae from holes where water comes from.
  • Using Water Clarifier and Fountec Algaecide can help to prevent future build-up of algae in your fountain.
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