Before you hire a pool cleaner, you should do some research on typical pool cleaning costs and what to expect a local pool cleaner to charge. That way, you can budget for your pool cleaning service with no surprises!
A regular sized pool with all the usual cleaning tasks usually costs between $63 - $150, but your pool cleaner might charge more or less. The cost of pool cleaning depends on where you live, how dirty your pool is, any special cleaning equipment and chemicals needed, and how long it’s likely to take.
This pool cleaning price guide will break down everything you need to know about pool cleaning costs in Australia, based on our data from hundreds of pool cleaners and completed pool cleaning tasks. By the end of this guide, you’ll be familiar with pool maintenance costs and what you can expect to pay a professional, plus you’ll know how to get started with hiring your pool cleaner via Airtasker.
If you own a permanent in-ground or above-ground pool, it’ll need to be cleaned regularly. Many people take care of regular pool maintenance themselves, but you might want to hire a professional pool cleaner if:
You don’t have a couple of hours every week to spend cleaning your pool
You aren’t confident with pool cleaning techniques and chemicals
Plus, you’ve got a pool so you can spend more time relaxing, not cleaning! Hiring a pool cleaner will give you more time back to do things you enjoy without your pool turning a suspicious greeny colour.
When you book a pool cleaner to come and take care of your pool maintenance, a standard clean will usually take around 2 hours (depending on the size of your pool and how much cleaning is required) and include the following services:
Testing pool water for chemical balance
Adding chemicals as required (note that some pool cleaners price their chemicals separately)
Vacuuming and scooping to remove debris
Brushing the sides and base
Checking all equipment and pumps are working
Topping up the water level if needed
Cleaning out skimmer baskets, lint pots, and filters
Report on any issues or further maintenance needed
If it’s been a while since you last booked a professional pool cleaning service for your pool, you might need to ask your pool cleaner to do a few more detail-cleaning tasks on their first booking. So aside from the standard task list above, you might add on things like:
Sweeping pavers around the pool to remove dirt and fallen leaves
Pressure clean pavers around the pool
Cleaning around the pump area
Pool cover cleaning
Replacing minor parts (like filters and cracked skimmer lids)
Emptying old water and refilling with fresh water
While some pool cleaners are skilled in other areas, usually, they won’t do…
Minor fixes - like regrouting or replacing pool tiles
Major fixes - like fixing a leak or some kind of electrical/mechanical issue
Compliance - like setting up or repairing your pool fence
Landscaping - like trimming trees and shrubbery or watering pot plants near your pool
You’ll need to hire a handyperson, electrician, landscaper, pool fencer, tiler, or gardener for those tasks. But if you’d like one person to take care of it all, you can always specify this when you post your task. You might be lucky enough to get a skilled pool cleaner who’s got a few other qualifications and talents up their sleeve, too.
Pool cleaning prices depend mainly on your type of pool, the tasks, and how much work is involved. We’ve reviewed all our recent pool cleaning tasks posted in the marketplace to give you approximate price guides for each.
Pool cleaning service
Standard pool clean
Deep pool clean - major chemical imbalance and detail clean
Pool clean with tiles pressured cleaned
Pool clean and refill
Spa clean only
As you can see from our price guide above, the cost of different services can vary by hundreds. Here are the factors that might increase or decrease the price of your pool clean:
If it’s a minor task that’ll take a few minutes, or one that might take a full day
Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor pool
How many m2 your pool is
How deep your pool is
Whether it’s a pool, a spa, or both
Whether or not you provide the chemicals and equipment
How detailed the clean is (expect to pay more if you need a deep clean)
Any extras (like tile cleaning and parts replacement)
How challenging it is to access and complete the job
How urgently you need the job done
Whether you need the pool clean done on a weekend or weekday
Wondering how much pool cleaners make an hour? Most pool cleaners are contractors who work in their own business. This means they’ll need to charge enough per hour to cover all their expenses, including:
In Australia, it’s normal to charge anywhere from $60-$100 per hour. So when you’re deciding on your budget for a pool cleaning job, think about roughly how many number of hours it might take, and then multiply it by at least $60.
Since many pool cleaning services don’t include the cost of chemicals and parts needed to maintain your pool, it’s important to review these prices separately. Here’s what you can expect to pay for pool cleaning chemicals and replacement parts:
Parts and equipment
Chlorine tablets: $10-$30
2kg granular chlorine: $20
Alkalinity increaser: $10-$20
pH increaser: $13
1L water clarifier: $10-$20
15kg pool salt: $20
Rake or scoop: $20-$30
Pool broom: $20-$30
Pool vacuum head: $20-$60
Telescopic pole (for fitting broom/vacuum/rake head): $30
Pool water test kit: $50-$70
Filter sand: $30-$50
Filter cartridge: $20-$120
Automatic pool cleaner: $350-$1000
Pool hose: $10-$60
Depending on your service provider, you may need to buy all of these parts and chemicals yourself or they may provide some of them as part of the service.
One of the biggest costs for pool owners is electricity. Depending on your manufacturer’s instructions, you’ll likely need to keep your pump running for around 8 hours per day to ensure the water from your pool is properly circulated and cleaned. If you have a heated pool, this will also add to your electricity costs, unless you use solar panels for heating.
Another cost to factor in is a larger water bill when you need to fill or refill your pool.
Plus you may need to budget for maintenance and upgrades to remain compliant with local council laws around fencing, landscaping, and safety.
The cost of owning and cleaning your pool can really add up, so it’s a good idea to set aside some funds each month towards your pool. Many homeowners find they need to budget at least $1,000/year towards cleaning, maintaining, and upgrading their pool, or at least $100 per month.
Ready to hire your pool cleaner and set up your first task? It’s easy! Just write out your task, post your listing, review your offers, choose someone, and they’ll arrange to come and do your pool cleaning at a time that suits you. If you’re curious, read some more about how it works.
Here’s what you might include in your listing:
Timing and budget
Pool and/or spa size
Deep clean or standard clean? Any extras?
Any visible issues? (e.g. green or murky water)
Any challenges with access?
Is the job likely to be quick or time-consuming?
One-off task or ongoing work?
The more info you include, the easier it’ll be for your pool cleaner to price up the job and make you an offer. Plus, they’ll rely on accurate info in your listing when they arrive to complete the task.
Need some inspiration to help you create your listing? Here are some examples of tasks our members have posted (and successfully completed).
Hi, I'm looking for an experienced pool cleaner for ongoing maintenance.
Clean my pool
Heavy rains have left my pool murky.
Clean and maintain swimming pool
Initial job to clean small swimming pool (about 7mx3m), balance all the chemicals and check out/fix why the pool vacuum does not seem to have much suction.
If all goes well, would also like to extend to a regular maintenance job.
Happy to provide all the chemicals (just need to give me a list).
Needs to be available on weekends.
In general, a standard pool cleaning service costs between $63 and $150 but the total cost will depend on your location, the size of your pool, and how much work is involved.
If you DIY your pool cleaning, you’ll probably save on the cost. So if you’ve got plenty of time and the right equipment on hand, you can certainly clean your pool yourself.
A saltwater pool is up to 3-10 times cheaper to maintain than a chlorine pool because of lower cost chemicals and less frequent maintenance. If you use one bag of salt per month at $8/bag, you’ll need to budget $96/year for chemicals. On top of this, you’ll need to pay for labour if you hire someone to clean your pool, any parts that need replacing, and electricity to run your pool.
Most chlorine pools require weekly treatments from chlorine tablets (costing around $10 each). This means you can pay up to $500 (sometimes more) per year on chemicals, plus labour costs, parts replacement, and electricity to run your pool.
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