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Water Fountain Care and Cleaning
How to Care for and Clean your Water Fountains
|Because various fountain manufacturers use different materials to make their water fountains, some include specific cleaning instructions relevant to their products. Follow these instructions closely (they are usually fairly simple) and you will enjoy your water fountain for a long time! Do not use any products on the fountain that are not recommended in the instructions that come with your fountain or you may void the warranty.|
When feasible, we recommend using distilled water in a water fountain as it does not contain the minerals and additives found in local water supplies (tap water). Even bottled drinking water can contain minerals. Minerals in water can stick to the fountain surface and form a build up that changes the appearance of your water fountain. If you live in a place with “hard” water, you would be especially encouraged to use distilled water. If you don’t wish to purchase distilled water, you might consider purchasing a water distiller of your own, they come in many sizes.
Generally, we recommend cleaning a fountain every month depending on the type of water you are using and the type of environment in which it is placed. A thorough cleaning would include changing the water in the fountain. For a small fountain this is relatively easy, just take it to the sink. For a medium sized fountain, you might tip it over outdoors, or siphon the water as one would in cleaning an aquarium. Then wipe all elements thoroughly until free of debris and refill with clean, fresh water. Remember to unplug the fountain pump prior to emptying your fountain!
Products are available at hardware stores, garden stores and pet stores that can reduce the growth of algae in your fountain and/or break up mineralization into finer particles that don’t stick as readily to your water fountain. Never use bleach as it can damage the pump and the water fountain itself.
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