How to Clean a Tabletop Water Fountain

What You'll Need
Distilled water
Cleaning products/vinegar
Cleaning rags/sponge

While a tabletop water fountain can enhance your home décor significantly, you'll want to maintain it properly if it is to function well over time. Your tabletop water fountain needs to be cleaned every 2 to 3 months. This process ensures there is no build-up of deposits and algae, both of which can affect the efficient functioning of the fountain. However, with a few smart pointers, managing your tabletop water fountain can be a simple affair. All you need is to follow the simple instructions below on how to clean a tabletop water fountain.  

Step 1 – Turn It Off

The first step is the simplest: you need to turn off the fountain. Unplug the pump and drain away water from the fountain. Follow this up by clearing away any accessories and decorative material that may be surrounding the fountain. This also includes the rocks and plants around the fountain.

Step 2 – Take it Apart

Pull the fountain apart and make sure every part is cleaned thoroughly. Now you may want to purchase specialized fountain cleaning agents to get the job done, but you can also use kitchen vinegar, which has the same effect on build-up at no additional cost. Soak the fountain parts in vinegar solution, or scrub them with vinegar to get rid of stains. Once cleaned, dry the parts properly and reassemble.

Step 3 – Clean the Pump  

If you want your tabletop fountain to function properly, it is essential to clean the pump every quarter. This helps eliminate algae and other material build-up from hampering the pump. Build-up like this interferes with the flow of water and may also reduce the pump’s life. To clean the pump, pull it apart and clean it in a vinegar solution (or with detergents). Rinse and towel dry the parts before putting the pump back together.

Step 4 – Switch to Distilled Water

If you want your fountain to last its promised lifetime, switch your water supply from tap (or spring) water to distilled water. Non-distilled water tends to be rich in minerals. It may also be loaded with chemicals and other impurities. These tend to build up along your fountain over time and disrupt flow of water. With distilled water, you eliminate this problem.

Step 5 – Maintenance is the Key

Regular maintenance is the key to increasing pump (and fountain) life. Keep an eye on water levels on a daily (or weekly) basis. This way you can regularly replenish the water lost by evaporation. This will ensure there is no imbalance in water levels, thereby decreasing the risk of your pump burning out. It is also important to keep an eye on the weather. In the summer months, water may evaporate at a faster rate, and so you may need to top-up fresh water more frequently. In the rains, there is increased threat of algae, and in winter, it is crucial to ensure the water does not freeze over.