TikTok pool cleaners weirdest jobs – including one involving a confused horse

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    A man who accumulated 13.7million followers thanks to his mesmerising pool-cleaning videos revealed his job isn’t always as glamorous as TikTok makes it seem.

    Miles Laflin, 33, from Bedfordshire, goes by the moniker of‘The P00l Guy’on the platform and since he started filming in 2020 has seen his popularity soar.

    For the past 13 years, Miles has been travelling across the UK cleaning pools and hot tubs as a swimming pool engineer.

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    He’s even had the likes of celebs Tinie Tempah and Derek Chisora desperate to feature in his videos.

    While the videos he uploads make the process look incredibly satisfying, it requires a lot of hard work.

    And he's seen some unusual sights.

    “We’ve had a car in a swimming pool before which isn’t something you find in a pool every day that caused a little bit of a mess to be honest with you, it was a full-on insurance job,” he exclusively told Daily Star.

    He explained one of their customers had an open drive that went out to their back garden.

    Because it was during winter they had a cover on which was green and could easily be mistaken for the grass in the field next door.

    “It was an older guy who drove down the customer's driveway, it was at nighttime. I think he was lost and he couldn’t turn around,” Miles continued.

    “And he got near the pool and went to turn around, obviously thinking he could where the pool was and went straight into the pool. It was bit of a mess that one.”

    Thankfully the man was okay and able to get out of the pool with no harm but the car itself had to be hoisted out.

    “It made all sorts of mess, the liner in the pool had to be changed, there was a lot of work that needed doing,” Miles shared.

    “And then another weird thing we've had in a pool was a horse. It was alive, luckily, it came into our customer's garden, she lived next door to a guy with fields and horses and stuff in it.

    “One of them managed to get into the customer's garden and just basically jumped into the pool. It was half full but it was cold and green and the horse was basically just standing there.

    “That eventually had to be hoisted out as well the fire brigade had to come along and get that one.”

    Thankfully those sorts of situations don't come around very often; Miles mostly has to deal with extremely green pools.

    Some of them have been left for so long they've grown islands in the middle of them from where debris has been falling in over the years.

    Miles remembers having to empty a pool and hack away at a mountain of trees that had accumulated in it.

    “I don't know what it created, but it was a big job. And it was such a mess,” he explained.

    “There's also one I did last year and the pool was left for 16 years with no cover and no protection or anything and there was a lot of trees around.

    “The water was literally black and there was so much debris going in over the years that once we eventually got it as empty as we could, there were about six inches of sludge all over the bottom of this pool.

    “The smell was pretty bad as well, so that was very tough to get that one clean. But that was probably one of the worst jobs I've ever done.”

    When Miles gets complicated jobs like this one he tries to get as many hands-on board as possible to help him out.

    Because you need people using a wheelbarrow, shovelling and jet washing, it’s too much for him to do on his own.

    This particularly gruesome pool took them a whole weekend to get emptied and cleaned.

    While some of these pools are hard work, Miles is yet to turn one down.

    He added: “I always like a little bit of a challenge. So the dirtier the better for me.”

    Miles's work is physically taxing but thankfully he is yet to acquire an injury while working.

    Even though sometimes the work can be dangerous, so far he’s only slipped over a few times.

    Having already conquered TikTok, Miles now has his eyes set on the silver screen.

    “I'm hoping to have some sort of TV show where I go around renovating pools that have been left for years,” he told us.

    “Having some sort of documentary on that or something along those lines, that's what I'm hoping for in the future.”

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