A beautiful and peaceful addition to any room at home, a water feature also requires maintenance and attention. Cleaning a water fountain is essential to keep it running for a long time. If you neglect the cleaning process, then at one point or another, dirt will start accumulating in the pump, which will lead to its malfunctioning and may even cause damage.
How often should I clean an indoor water fountain?
Generally, to keep your water fountain’s pump lasting for a long time, it is advised to change the water every two weeks and clean its container once a month.
However, the frequency of cleaning an indoor water fountain is dictated by the environment in which it is placed. If there are minor children or many pets, twice-week cleaning or even daily cleanings may be required. If there are only adults and older children at your house, weekly cleanings will suffice, and that includes cleaning of filters and other components in your pump system.
Should I buy unique products for cleaning indoor fountains?
In our opinion, there is no need for the people who have an indoor fountain to have special products for cleaning. Most important is to use a soft brush. So then, you can clean all sides of your ceramic parts quickly and remove algae from the inside of the tank.
Cleaning all types of fountains may be done using regular household products with no harm. Several different detergents may be used to clean the fountain, but they generally follow the same principle. Here we speak about an acidic cleaner used to cut away calcium buildup and limescale from surfaces inside the fountain.
You should make sure your water feature has a good, clean filter.
So, how can I clean a fountain?
The following steps can help you with this task:
- If the water fountain has an electric pump, unplug it first.
- Remove any obstacles standing in front of the fountain.
- Using a vacuum cleaner with a narrow tube attachment will help you remove dirt and other substances stuck inside the water fountain. However, be careful not to damage electrical components and keep the tube at least 2 inches away from them.
- Clean the water fountain’s reservoir by adding clean water and vinegar (mixing half part of each). Then use a soft cloth to scrub the inside of the container. Finally, take out any wastage with a small net or a toothbrush.
- Then, tap water mixed with chlorine bleach (adding one tablespoon) or chlorine tablets to rinse the reservoir.
- Clean the water fountain’s bowl in much the same way you cleaned its container, but this time you can use a drop of dish detergent dissolved in warm water.
- Rinse the bowl with tap water mixed with chlorine bleach (adding just one tablespoon) or chlorine tablets. If stubborn stains won’t go away, add one tablespoon of baking soda to the water and leave the bowl with this liquid for about 30 minutes. Finally, wipe the bowl.
- Plug in your electric pump, put back any objects that were removed, and enjoy your fountain!