Whether big or small, modern or traditional, fountains have a natural, peaceful beauty. But they do require some upkeep to keep them clean. Sludge buildup and mineral deposits can make your fountain look unsightly and neglected. This type of neglect can also shorten the life and efficiency of your pump.
Periodic draining and cleaning is important but time consuming. It is well worth it to use a fountain cleaner often, generally about once per week. Fountain cleaners help to reduce buildup, especially of white scale (mineral deposits), which can clog your pump and water lines. They also reduce staining and help to remove stains on your basin.
Be sure to read labels when deciding on a fountain cleaner. You want a cleaner that is non-toxic to birds and other wildlife that may frequent your fountain. Also make sure that the cleaner is suitable and safe to use on the material from which your fountain is made, especially if it is made of metal.
A good fountain cleaner will cut your maintenance time and increase the time you can spend enjoying your fountain.