First start by using a brush once a week to clean your pool this will cut down on the time spent vacuuming your pool and will go a long way toward keeping your pool clean and sparkling.
A steel bristled brush with a telescoping pole is one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in pool care. You will use this brush to scrape algae from the sides of your pool which will keep algae from growing and taking over your pool. Always begin brushing from the shallow to the deep end and brush toward the drain to allow the filter to pick up as much dirt as possible.
Vacuuming should also be done weekly to help cut down costly filter repairs or replacements. Even if you have some type of automatic pool cleaner or a pool cover you will probably need to occasionally do a manual vacuum of your pool.
The first step is to roll out your vacuum hose the entire length of the pool and attach one of the ends onto your vacuum head and telescoping pole. At this time you want to place the vacuum head on the bottom of the pool with the head pointed across the pool to keep it from rolling down to the deep end causing the pole to prop against the pools edge.
Your next step is to prim the hose. This is done by pushing the hose straight down, hand over hand, until you reach the other end. This procedure should remove any air in the hose. Now you can remove the skimmer lid and basket. You will attach the hose into the hole at the bottom of the skimmer making sure that the suction is tight. If there is any loss of suction you may need a threaded hose adapter to get a tight fit. Once you have achieve the suction at the vacuum head you can begin the process of vacuuming. Never raise the vacuum head out of the water while it has suction as you will fill the hose with air and lose your prime causing possible air take into the pump.
To vacuum effectively roll the vacuum head over the bottom of the pool in a uniform method picking up debris as you go. Once you have filled the basket you should notice a slight decrease in suction pressure, at this time you want to stop the pump and empty the basket. If you gain a significant amount of pressure you will need to stop the pump and backwash the filter. Keep going with this procedure until your pool is clean.