Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Thank You and How to Clean Garden Fountains

A reader asked me recently how to clean garden fountains.  I thought I'd share the answer with everyone, in case there are others out there who are interested in knowing.

Fountains are beautiful additions to your garden, but if you don't clean them regularly, you'll notice algae growth and stinky, murky water.  Here's how to prevent problems.

1.  Skim debris out daily.  This is the best way to prevent problems.

2.  Do a full cleaning once a week (some people do this once a season, but I find it is better to do it once a week).  If your fountain came with instructions, read that first.

3.  Turn off the fountain pump and remove it.

4.  Drain the water.  A lot of fountains have drain plugs.  If yours has one, use it.  It makes the job easier.

5.  Remove any leftover debris.

6.  Wipe the fountain thoroughly with a rag.  If necessary, use a soft bristled tooth brush to remove algae. White vinegar can be used for stubborn stains, but test in a small area to make sure it won't hurt your fountain.

7.  Rinse the fountain with a hose.

8.  Clean the pump by removing the cover and picking out any debris that might be inside.

9.  Wipe the inside and outside of the pump and replace the cover.

10.  Re-fill your fountain with clean, fresh water.  There are special cleaning enzymes you can add to help keep the water clean.  You can get these at fountain supply stores.


I would like to thank everyone who helped make my book launch successful last week. Thank you for all the shares, comments, participation in the blog fest, and sales. I really appreciate it!

Here's trailer for Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China if you'd like to take a look:


  1. We'd like a fountain but that sounds like a lot of work.

    1. It is. But it's nice to have that feature in a garden.

  2. I'm all about white vinegar these days. It seems to be a good remedy for just about everything.
    Great trailer, Sherry.
    Be well.

  3. Vinegar cleans about anything. Although I don't use it to clean my fish tank.

  4. Hi Sherry - so much easier to keep things clean all the time. Vinegar is so good to use ... but fountains in gardens are a delight ... and congratulations re Bubba and Squirt ... cheers Hilary

    1. Fountains can get really grimy if you don't keep up with the cleaning.

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    1. It is. But the sound of running water is so nice to listen to.