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How to Use a Manual Operation Pool Vacuum

Cleaning debris and dirt from the bottom is not only necessary for a more enjoyable stay in the pool/hot tub, but also for extending the life of their systems. Here we will tell you how to do this easily with a manual vacuum cleaner.
How to Use a Manual Operation Pool Vacuum

A manual pool cleaner is a simple concept that requires no power or connection to a filter. It is best for a small pollution area and can handle a variety of debris that collects on the bottom (sand, pebbles, etc.). But there are some nuances in using it.

Read which our research says are the best manual operation vacuum cleaners here.

How to vacuum your pool manually

Below are important things that you must know when using vacuum cleaners.

How to vacuum your pool manually

Assembly. The device is very simple, it takes around 2 minutes to remove it from the box and assemble. You need to adjust the telescopic pole to the length that is convenient for you to easily reach the hot tub’s depth.

Cleaning. To clean the debris from the bottom, the vacuum cleaner sucks the water with the debris into the tank. Clearwater then flows out of the tank and the debris remains in the filter. Suctioning takes place through a siphon – using the difference in atmospheric pressure on the water surface and the water pressure at the bottom.

The cleaning process:

  1. Close the hole at the end of the pole with your finger.
  2. Submerge the other end of the pole in the water near the dirt.
  3. Remove your finger by letting the hole open. When the water is pushed into the reservoir, a vacuum is created to retract the dirty water.
  4. Lift the device above the water. The water from the tank will flow back out and the dirt will remain in the filter of the vacuum cleaner.

Each “cycle” lasts 3-4 seconds. If there is a lot of dirt on the bottom of the hot tub, it will take a little time to clean it. This vacuum cleaner is more suitable for periodic spot cleaning.

Cleaning the filter. When enough debris enters the trap, it reduces its efficiency and the water drains out more slowly. In this case, the filters must be cleaned. This is very simple. Unscrew the lid, remove the two filter elements and rinse them with water from the hose. 

Storage. This is a simple vacuum cleaner that is made of plastic and aluminum. But it’s important to protect it from the sun to protect the plastic from being damaged.

💡 Note
Don’t leave it out in the sun, as that will damage the plastic. Handle it carefully (never throw it on the ground).

Pros and cons of Manual Pool Cleaners

(+) Ease of use

The vacuum cleaner is lightweight and easy to use. The only thing this vacuum cleaner need is a depth of more than 1-2 pounds of water. You don’t need to wash or dry the filter, just unscrew it, rinse with water and screw it back in.

This is a very simple vacuum cleaner, with no unnecessary components, easy to use daily.

(+) Suitable for a spot or daily cleaning

With an aluminum telescopic stand up to 7 feet long and a small nozzle, you can vacuum up the dirt from small nooks and crannies.

Good to have on hand at the first appearance of dirt.

(+) No additional costs

It requires no additional accessories and is completely manual in operation. You won’t need to charge batteries, look for outlets, connect cords, or water hoses. 

(+) Durable

The vacuum cleaner will last for years to come. That’s because it has a simple design. Plus, you’ll be relaxed knowing that there are no motors or batteries to malfunction. 

(-) Weak suction at depths below 1 to 2 feet

This type of vacuum works by the difference in atmospheric pressure at the surface of the water and the water pressure at depth. The deeper the water, the better the suction. On surfaces less than a couple of feet (usually steps) the suction is poor.

Alternatives of Manual Pool Cleaners

If you need to clean deeper than 1 to 2 feet, you should choose a battery-powered vacuum cleaner. This type of vacuum does not depend on depth. 

Read which our research says are the best manual operation vacuum cleaners here.

(-) Not suitable for large areas or large amounts of debris

This vacuum cleaner only provides suction for a short time. Yes, it is very easy to empty and reuse the vacuum, but if you have a lot of debris or want to clean a large area of the bottom, it will take a long time.

You can, of course, use it in the pool. The handle easily extends to reach down into large and deep pools. The suction is better in deeper water. It’s worth buying only if there’s less debris to clean. 

Alternatives of Manual Pool Cleaners

For jobs that require cleaning up a lot of debris, opt for a vacuum cleaner that works on a hose pipe like the Mini Jet-Vac.

FAQ

🧹 How do I get the dirt off the bottom of my pool?

Cleaning the bottom is not a time-consuming process if you have the right cleaning tool — a vacuum cleaner. But it’s important to choose just the right tool for your situation.

  • For cleaning a small area of dirt or daily use, a manual vacuum cleaner may suffice.
  • For large amounts and frequent use, a battery-operated vacuum cleaner.
  • For large debris and a large area, a hose cleaner is best.

🥇 What is the best manual pool vacuum?

The Aura 6250 Paradise Power is a durable and reliable vacuum cleaner best suited for small jobs where fine garbage (sand, pebbles, etc.) is collected at the bottom of a surface.

🤨 Why does my manual pool vacuum have no suction?

This type of vacuum works by the difference in atmospheric pressure at the surface of the water and the water pressure at depth. On surfaces less than a couple of feet (usually steps) the suction is poor. If you need to clean deeper than 1 to 2 feet, you should choose a battery-powered vacuum cleaner.

😨 Why is my pool dirty after I vacuum it?

Most often it is because of the wrong type of vacuum cleaner for the dirt. Read how to vacuum a pool with different contaminants here.

🛒 Should I buy a manual vacuum cleaner?

For cleaning a small area of dirt or daily use, a manual vacuum cleaner, like the Aura 6250, may suffice. For larger surfaces, it is best not to purchase a manual vacuum cleaner. Otherwise, it will take you a lot of effort and time to clean.

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