How to Remove, Clean, and Store a Safety Pool Cover

When it’s time to open your inground pool, be sure you know how to remove a pool safety cover, clean, and store it by following these steps.

1. Hose Off The Cover

Prior to removing your cover, hose it off while it’s installed across the pool to remove any debris that has collected on top. If you have a solid cover (rather than mesh), remove any standing water with a cover pump If you click this link and make a purchase, we earn a commission at no additional cost to you. .

2. Remove the Cover Springs and Screw Down Anchors

Using the installation rod that was supplied with your cover, remove all of the springs from the anchors.

Then, using the hex key provided with your cover, lower the brass anchors down into the deck. This will avoid the cover or springs getting caught up while removing the cover, which may cause damage.

3. How to Remove a Pool Safety Cover

While cover is still on the pool, starting at one end of the cover, accordion fold the cover in small sections until your reach the end. Then carefully without dragging the cover, remove from the end of the swimming pool to a flat clean area.

4. Clean the Cover

Use a mild detergent mixed with water or a cover cleaner If you click this link and make a purchase, we earn a commission at no additional cost to you. . For extremely dirty covers, you can use a pool brush to clean the cover.

NOTE: Make sure not to leave your cover out over any grassy areas for any long period of time as doing this may harm your lawn.

5. Store the Cover

Once the cover is dry, fold in halves as many times as possible until the cover can fit into the storage bag provided. Two people will be required for this step.

An extra note from my friends at, do not store the cover on the floor. Hang the storage bag high up so that no part of the cover is touching the floor, or store in a plastic bin such as a large garbage pail in order to prevent rodents from nesting inside of the cover and causing damage.

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