Spring is the perfect time for pool businesses to prepare for the busy months ahead. Your pool customers will think more frequently about what they need to keep their favorite backyard escape clean, well-maintained, and fully stocked. And having the right pool products can make all the difference.
6 Pool Products Your Customers Need to Prep for Swim Season
At SwimLine, we’ve learned which pool products customers will want to stock up on ahead of time. Therefore, we recommend refreshing your inventory to include the following products.
1. Pool Cleaning Supplies
It can’t be overstated. Clean and clear water is essential for any pool. Therefore, having the right pool cleaning supplies on hand is non-negotiable.
Let’s start with the handheld stuff:
- leaf skimmers
When your customers ask about their need for these items, walk them through the cleaning process in stages. First, the leaf skimmers will help them capture the “big” debris (e.g., leaves, twigs, bugs, etc) from the surface of the water. The brush helps dislodge algae and dirt from the pool walls and floor. Once that’s complete, use the vacuum to remove that dislodged algae and dirt plus any other contaminants remaining in the pool’s bottom.
When stocking up on cleaning supplies, be sure to consider the size and shape of your customers’ pools and choose products that will work best for them. They may find that an automatic pool cleaner is worth their investment, as well.
2. Pool Filters
Keeping the water in your customers’ pools clean and clear also requires proper filtration, and a variety of pool filters can help achieve this. Sand filters use sand to trap debris, while DE filters use diatomaceous earth to remove impurities from the water. Cartridge filters use a porous cartridge to trap debris and are fairly easy to maintain.
When selecting pool filters, consider factors such as cost, effectiveness, and usage habits of your customer base.
3. Pool Chemicals
When it comes to sanitizing and balancing water, the most important chemicals you need in stock are
- Chlorine: the go-to chemical for keeping pool water clean and bacteria-free.
- Algaecides: prevents algae growth.
- pH balancers: keep the water’s pH levels in check.
- Clarifiers: help remove impurities from the water, making it more clear and sparkling.
Also, be sure to ask customers how much they’ve tried chlorine alternatives like bromine or a saltwater system, and use that to help gauge what chemicals your should prioritize for your inventory.
4. Pool Operation Equipment
To keep pools running smoothly, you’ll need the right operation equipment in stock including
- pool pumps: circulates the water, helping keep it clean and clear.
- heaters: maintain a comfortable water temperature.
- pool lights: illuminate the pool at night, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.
5. Pool Covers
Pool covers are a must for keeping your customers’ pools protected from debris and animals, and for preventing evaporation. Choose high-quality pool covers that are durable and easy to use. Make sure to have a variety of sizes on hand to fit any pool.
When selecting pool covers, consider factors such as the material, weight, and color, as well as the ease of installation and removal. Some pool covers even come with built-in mesh bags, making it easy to collect and dispose of any leaves or other debris that may collect on the cover.
6. Pool Toys and Games
Contributing to the fun of your customers’ pools is always good. Pool toys and games are a fantastic way to do this. Inflatable rafts, beach balls, water guns, and pool volleyball sets are just a few examples of the types of pool toys and games you should consider stocking.
Where to Order the Best Pool Products
SwimLine has been a trusted source of pool products and pool business education since 1976. Contact us or Register as a Dealer today. We’ll direct you to the top brands that pool business owners and customers alike have relied on for years.