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February 18, 2021 5 min read

If you ask us, nothing is better than gliding across the crystal-clear pool water on a float. From giant flamingos to pink unicorns and everything in between, we love all inflatables! But something we don’t so much love? Heading to the pool to find our favorite floaty looking a little droopy or even worse -- with a hole in it. But if you’re not storing your fun summer floaties properly, the only one to blame for your sad-looking inflatable is yourself.


Rather than meeting disappointed at the pool, learn how to store your pool floats properly to keep them in pristine condition. Not sure how? We’ve got your back! Read on to learn everything you need to know about proper pool float storage. 


Pool Float Storage 101: Everything You Need To Know 

Pool floats have come a very long way since water wings first made their debut as a safety device back in 1907. Sure, inflatable flotation devices are still used to assist novice swimmers today, but nowadays, pool floats are much more than that. 


In this day and age, you pretty much can’t go the weekend without seeing giant colorful inflatables all over social media -- and we’re not complaining! From whimsical butterflies to golden swans, manufacturers have added some much-needed pizzaz to the old-school pool floats. But just like any inflatable, proper care and storage are of the utmost importance to keep your inflatable friends looking fresh. 


Best Tips And Tricks On How To Properly Store Your Favorite Pool Floats 

Do you have a new inflatable that you can’t get enough of? Don’t make it just a fling and follow these tips and tricks to make your pool float relationship long-term:


Tip # 1: Always wash and dry your pool floaties prior to storing them. 

Our first tip on the list is a pretty simple one, but when life gets a little busy, it’s often overlooked. Always -- and we repeat --always wash and dry your pool floats prior to storing them. Why, might you ask? Because dirty and damp pool floaties are the perfect environment for pesky pests to set up camp and for mildew and mold to thrive --that’s why. 


Before you deflate your pool float, follow these steps to ensure they are in perfect condition for next summer:


  1. Use a dry cloth to wipe off any dirt.
  2. Rinse with clean water.
  3. Fill a bucket with warm water and eco-friendly dish soap.
  4. Dip your cloth into your soapy mixture and scrub your pool float, making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies. 
  5. Rinse thoroughly. 
  6. Set your inflatable out in the sun for a few hours to dry.  

Tip # 2: Deflate all the air out of your inflatable and fold it.

Inflatable pool toys tend to take up a lot of space. The good news is that they are easy to condense. The bad news, however, is that come of them can be really challenging to deflate. The simplest way to get the deflating job done is by using a pump with deflation capabilities. After you get your floaty deflated, gently fold it up so that you can easily stack and store them in any container. 


Tip # 3: Store your inflatables in airtight containers. 

Using airtight containers can prevent drastic changes in temperature from damaging your pool floats. Airtight containers will help maintain a fairly consistent temp, keeping mildew, mold, and pests from ruining your belongings. If you don’t want to use bulky containers or if you simply just don’t have the room, you can always use vacuum-sealed bags, which have the same benefits. 


Tip # 4: Never leave your pool floats in direct sunlight for too long. 

If you remember from your grade-school science class: when air is heated, it expands. This is important to keep in mind because if you store your inflatable in direct sunlight, the air in your float will expand, which can cause it to pop. If you accidentally leave your inflatable in the sun for a long time, you may need to release a little bit of air prior to use. Conversely, if you leave your float outside overnight in the cool summer air, you’ll notice the opposite effect and may need to add air to your inflatable.  


Tip # 5: Avoid storing your floats near anything that could potentially cause damage.

Okay, so this tip probably goes without saying, but it's important, so we’re adding it to the list! Whatever you do, avoid storing your inflatables near anything that could potentially cause damage. For instance, toys with hard sides or sharp edges can cause plenty of unintended damage to your favorite floaties.


Awesome Pool Floats You NEED This Summer 

Now that you know exactly how to properly store your pool floats let’s have a little chat about some of the coolest inflatables on the market. Here are the ones youneed this summer:


FUNBOY Golf Cart Float 

While you might not be able to bring the party to the golf course right now due to the current pandemic sweeping over the nation, you can bring on the GOLF vibes in your own backyard with FUNBOY’s totally original Golf Cart Float. Two friends can lounge under the fringe-lined removable mesh sunshade to beat the beat while dreaming of brighter days. 


To help lighten the mood, enjoy your favorite summer bubbly and keep it firmly in place with the reinforced cup holder. The integrated backrest provides the perfect upright positioning with enough room to fully extend and stretch out your legs. 


Clear Rainbow Chaise Lounger 

Looking to relax in luxury this summer? You need FUNBOY’s Rainbow Clear Floating Lounger -- the ultimate floating chaise lounge chair. The unique tri-color clear design creates a fanciful ombre effect on the water that can easily be seen through the extra-thick, smooth, transparent material. Depending on the light from the sun, the stunning color hues change throughout the day. And the best part? You can use this versatile lounger in the water and on land!


Rainbow Cloud Lounger 

Arguably the most comfortable solo pool lounger in the world, FUNBOY’s Rainbow Cloud Lounger will put you at the end of a rainbow with your head in the clouds. The oversized cloud cradles your head for ultimate comfort and relaxation while the rainbow base gently floats your body to help keep cool under the hot summer sun. 


Giant Red Lips Pool Float 

This summer, kiss and tell with FUNBOY’s Giant Lips Pool Float. Finally, a summer fling that will take you past first base but won’t let you down! This luxe float measures over six feet in length and is perfect for poolside relaxation. 


Pair your float with the matching Lip Drink Holder 3 Pack -- the perfect poolside trio for your cocktail, beer, or soda pop. 


Clear Pink Glitter Unicorn 

Move over, giant flamingo, FUNBOY’s Clear Pink Glitter Unicorn is trotting into the spotlight. This beautiful float is made with a clear translucent material tinted with millennial pink and comes with a reinforced cup holder to keep your drink-of-choice firmly in place. Filled with glitter for a wild metallic floating experience, who says unicorns don’t exist?


A Final Word 

So you just bought a brand-spankin’ new pool float and are overfilled with joy to spend the entire day lounging on it -- we don’t blame you; relaxing poolside is one of our most favorite things to do! And although cleaning your pool float to store it properly may be the last thing on your mind when you’re done using it for the day, we can’t stress the importance enough. 


Properly storing your pool float will help to keep it in pristine condition for many summer seasons to come. For the best inflatables on the market, head on over to FUNBOY, where you will find some of the world’s finest luxury pool floats. From whimsical butterflies to retro cellphones, FUNBOY has a float for everyone!


Sources:

COVID-19: When to Quarantine | CDC

Summer: The Warmest Season | LiveScience 

Water Wings Safety | LoveToKnow

MOLD VS MILDEW: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? | AER Industries.