In order to keep your wall fountain working perfectly, it is indispensable to learn how to clean it properly so the pump doesn’t get damaged by water residue. Due to the size of some wall fountains and the way they are installed, many people think that in order to clean a wall fountain you need to hire a specialised contractor, but that is not always the case. If your large wall fountain is too big to be take down each time you want to clean it, try the following:
- First of all, turn the fountain off and empty it completely. You may want to purchase an extra pump in order to push all the water into a bucket, or you may just use a wet/dry vac to suck all the water out. After most of the water is gone, use a towel to wipe any excess water out, paying particular attention to areas where algae grow such as the edges.
- Remove all stones or decorative items from the basin. This is a great time to remove any pebbles or glass accessories that are too dirty, and clean the rest.
- Use a nonabrasive sponge to clean the inside of the basin using fresh water, if your fountain is made of stone, slate or natural marble. You may want to add a mild soap to the mix if there is a lot of algae build-up, but try to avoid scratching so the surface isn’t damaged.
- For copper fountains, a good furniture polish may work best to return it to its original status, especially if there is a lot of white scale deposits.
- If the pump is accessible remove it and wash it with fresh water, as it will most likely have built up grime. If you cannot remove it, open it and clean it with a toothbrush to remove as much dirt and algae as possible.
- Use wet clean rags or cloths to rinse out any soap residue, and make sure the outside of the fountain is perfectly dry to avoid unsightly streaks.
Removing White Scale from Fountains
Hard water mineral deposits which look like white streaks are difficult to eliminate completely if your water fountain is connected to the mains and the water in the area is hard. If your fountain has an independent deposit, you can use a white scale prevention product designed for fountains, or use distilled water for it.
If you already have mineral deposits, they can be removed using vinegar and water, letting it rest for a bit and cleaning as usual with a nonabrasive sponge. There are also commercial products used to clean up bathroom and kitchens which can be used, but make sure they aren’t too harsh, particularly if you have a marble fountain.
Getting Rid Of Fountain Algae
Algae will grow wherever there is water, but with the right products you can slow their growth, even if you still need to clean up your fountain regularly. If you have an outdoors wall fountain or pets who may drink the water make sure the product is not toxic to wildlife or humans. Most products that can be used on ponds with fish are safe to be used to slow down the build-up of algae on a fountain and will also keep the water looking clean.
Category: Fountain Maintenance