Indoor water fountains add charm and soothing sounds to the environment inside any type of décor. These fountains are often difficult to maintain if you lack the necessary knowhow.
How to keep your indoor water fountain clean?
Indoor water fountains require regular maintenance and care to keep it functioning and odor free.
Water to be used in indoor fountain
First make sure the water used is of good quality as hard water causes white stains which are ugly and repulsive. The motor inside the pump may also be affected by this. So make sure to used good clean water or distilled water to flow in the fountain. It may seem expensive but if you compare frequent cleaning bills, changing the motor often etc it’s worth the expense. Also use hard water cleaner available in the market, to clean it regularly and prevent build up.
It is important to allow the cleaning solution also to circulate inside the fountain so mix it in the water. Look for a good product that removes lime scale and rust. There are many cleaning products with pleasant perfumes in the market. Buy a product which is non toxic if you have children and pets at home. Scrubbing and cleaning often will negate any peace and calm you get out of looking at the fountain!
Physically cleaning your water fountain
When cleaning physically make sure to use appropriate cleaning tools depending on the material of the fountain. Copper, stainless steel material is easy to clean with diluted cleaning solutions, and can withstand a good scrub. But in case of plastic and acrylic material make sure to use mild detergent and gentle scrubbing. Also make sure to remove decorative pieces before engaging in cleaning as they may be delicate.
Maintaining water levels
Next make sure the water is maintained at optimum levels not too high or not too low. A high water level can lead to splashing and staining surrounding areas causing damp and odor. A low level of water causes the motor to strain to pump properly and circulate water. Check with the manual on water level to be maintained.
Prevention of algae/debris
Another important tip is to make sure that there is no algae buildup in the fountain. This is because the water is recycled and no fresh water flow is possible. Clean debris and algae by using a cleansing solution periodically to remove algae. Also drain the fountain completely and allow it to dry. Replace with fresh water after some time to keep the fountain odor free.
Other than these periodic checkups regular checkups of the motor is also important. There is no need to turn off motor even if you go away for some days. The motors will keep the water circulating and will not need rest in between. They are manufactured for continuous use. If you switch it off again there will be algae and bacteria buildup as water becomes stagnant.All these precautions will ensure that your water fountain tinkles gently and gives you a calm and soothing ambience.