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Word has it, we’re in for a scorcher month this December which means there’ll be plenty of opportunity to cool off poolside. That is if you’re lucky enough to have one in your backyard!

We know first-hand there are a few pools that are looking a little unloved after months of disuse. Dirty flooring, warn furniture and a dated pool fence are just some of the signs your pool area could do with a touch of TLC.

If you’re picturing kicking back poolside or sharing your outdoor space with neighbours, here’s some quick tips to help you glam up your pool are in time for summer.

Pressure clean your stone paving

Stone can become naturally dirty through foliage debris, algae and oil from the barbecue. A light sweep may not be enough to get your pool area looking pristine for summer, so a pressure water cleaner or a cleaning solution may be required. Before you attempt any cleaning of your natural stone, it’s worth checking your supplier’s recommendation.

Try to clean as evenly as possible and remove any outdoor items like furniture, pots and the barbecue before you get started.

Give your pool a good scrub

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There’s nothing more off putting than a murky looking pool. Give your pool a thorough clean by removing any debris and leaves before giving the surfaces a good scrub. Ensure you test and adjust the water’s pH, especially if you’re working with a very dirty pool and don’t forget to check the pool filter.

Keep up your pool cleaning regime on a weekly basis during summer to make sure it’s safe for swimming and continues to look appealing.

Give your furniture a once over  

Left outside exposed to the elements, any outdoor furniture will weather overtime. Timber can fade and reveal a silvery grey patina and fabric can develop mould if water has been allowed to pool onto its surface.

If you’re looking to bring your timber furniture back to its showroom state, have a look at our tips here. For furniture where the frame is looking great but the fabric is faded or covered in mould, consider re-covering the cushions to save you the expense of replacing an entire collection. Have a look at our cut-to-length outdoor linen, a durable fabric that will instantly lift your furniture and pool area.

Replant in and around your pool area

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A little warmth and some rain and before you know it, your garden is infested with weeds. Removing the weeds will often reveal gaps in your garden as well as plants that are looking more shabby than chic.

Replanting around your pool area can change the entire feel of your garden. Consider adding some screening, shade and scent to your space. Disguise your pool fence by planting in and around it or cover your boundaries in creepers like Chinese Star Jasmine. Rather than planting a few species here and there, consider planting the same species in large groups to create impact.

Dress your pool area

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A pool area really needs only a few things – somewhere to lounge, bathe and relax under shade. Daybeds are an essential, as well as a good umbrella that can survive a windy day. For those with kids, bean bags are a great way to add comfort and colour to the outdoor space.

If you have the room a small table with comfortable chairs or a lounge will help accommodate a crowd on those warm summer days.

Need some inspiration on how to style your pool area? Browse our new summer season furniture catalogue here.

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