how to clean a pentair cartridge pool filter


Author: PoolKing - Pool Sand Filter Manufacturers


A pool filter is an essential component of any swimming pool. It helps to keep the pool water clean and clear by removing dirt, debris, and other contaminants that may affect the quality of the water. Pentair cartridge pool filters are one of the best options available on the market. They are efficient, reliable, and easy to maintain. However, just like any other pool filter, Pentair cartridge pool filters need to be cleaned regularly to ensure optimal performance.

In this article, we will show you how to clean a Pentair cartridge pool filter step-by-step, so you can keep your pool water crystal clear and healthy.

1. Turn off the pump

Before you start cleaning your Pentair cartridge pool filter, you need to turn off the pump. This is important to avoid any accidents or injuries while working on the filter. You can turn off the pump by flipping the switch or turning the knob that controls the pump.

2. Remove the filter

The next step is to remove the filter from the filter housing. To do this, you need to open the filter housing by removing the clamps or screws that hold it in place. Once you have removed the housing, you can take out the filter cartridge.

3. Rinse the filter

Once you have removed the filter from the housing, you need to rinse it with a garden hose. Start by removing any loose debris or dirt from the filter by gently tapping it against a hard surface. Then, rinse the filter thoroughly with water to remove any remaining debris.

4. Soak the filter

After rinsing the filter, you need to soak it in a cartridge filter cleaner solution. This solution is specially designed to remove oils, dirt, and other contaminants from the filter cartridge. Soak the filter in the solution for at least six hours, or overnight if possible.

5. Rinse the filter again

Once you have soaked the filter, you need to rinse it again with water. Make sure to rinse the filter thoroughly to remove any residue from the cleaner solution.

6. Reinstall the filter

Once you have rinsed the filter, you can reinstall it back into the filter housing. Make sure to secure the housing with the clamps or screws.

7. Run the pump

After installing the filter, you need to turn on the pump and run it for a few minutes to ensure that the filter is working properly. Check the pressure gauge on the pump to make sure that the pressure is within the recommended range.


Cleaning a Pentair cartridge pool filter is an important task that should be done regularly to ensure that your pool water remains clean and clear. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can keep your Pentair cartridge pool filter in optimal condition and extend its lifespan. Remember to follow the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations when cleaning your Pentair cartridge pool filter.


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