How to Clean a Swimming Pool Filter Cartridges
Filter cartridges should be cleaned whenever the filter pressure increases by 8 PSI or more about normal operating pressure. It is also recommended that you should clean cartridges every 6 months. If you are able to keep your filter cartridges clean, it will not only help keep your pool clean, but the cartridges will last longer. For a simple how-to guide, follow our simple steps to cleaning your filter cartridges.
How to clean my filter cartridges?
- Purchase new Filter Cartridges at PoolZoom.
- When the filter cartridges become dirty, remove them from the pump-filter assembly following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Use a garden hose and rinse any debris from the filter, wash down the filter element. Work from the top down and wash between each filter pleats.
- Rinse filter cartridge until all dirt and debris are gone.
- After initial clean let dry in the sun for up to 2 hours. After drying, brush, shake or use an air compressor to remove debris particles from the filter’s fabric.
- For all spa cartridges and elements used in swimming pools where perspiration, suntan lotions, and other oils are present, soak the cartridge for 1 day in a solution of 1 part commercial cleaner to 5 parts water, or one cup dishwasher detergent to 5 gallons of water.
- Remove the filters from the cleaning solution and rinse with clean water.
- If the filter has a coating of algae, calcium carbonate, iron, or other minerals, soak the cartridge in a solution of one part muriatic acid to twenty parts water until all bubbling stops. WARNING: Failure to remove all oils and cleaning solution before acid soaking will result in a permanent restriction of water flow and cause premature cartridge failure.
- Allow the filter to dry thoroughly in the sun. Any debris that might be leftover should be brushed off.
- Rinse the cartridge clean and reassemble housing.