Swimming is better when your pool tiles are in pristine condition. The pool will look new, the water will be cleaner, and everyone can enjoy the pool fully this summer!
“Prevention is better than cure.” For swimming pools, a regular ‘health check’ and cleaning schedule is very important to prevent grime, calcium carbonate, or calcium silicate build-up before it gets worse.
You can check at least once a week. If you see that the pool tiles, especially the pool waterline area, are slightly discolored because of dirt and grime, it’s time to start scrubbing.
Also, check your pool's alkalinity and chlorine level to ensure that algae won’t thrive. This is another common reason why pool tiles have stains. Moreover, algae is extremely dangerous to you and your guests. It makes pool tiles slippery. And if you have sensitive skin, it can lead to serious skin infections.
Note that the ideal pool pH level is 7.2 – 7.8, and you may use store-bought test strips to check if your pool has the right chlorine amount.
Once you see that your pool tiles need cleaning, the materials and ingredients you need in creating a cleaning solution are just a stone's throw away from you.
What you need:
How to clean your pool tile using these ingredients? First, combine vinegar and baking soda with warm water. Then, soak your toothbrush in this mixture, or pour a small amount into your pool tiles and start scrubbing.
Another DIY solution is a dishwashing liquid and water mixture.
Rinse the pool tiles with warm water to soften tough to remove dirt and stains.
If you do the cleaning often, the dirt will fall off easily. If not, you use a pumice stone instead of a toothbrush. You have to be careful in scrubbing your pool tiles though. Or else, you may scratch or break them which can be an awful sight.
If your DIY cleaning mix didn’t work, here’s another option- chemicals. Although, you need to be more careful in using these synthetics.
Get your gloves, goggles, and face masks ready to ensure that you can do the job safely.
What you’ll need:
You can purchase any of these chemicals in your local hardware store. Same procedure, but this time, with more caution.
As you can see, you have different options in cleaning your pool tile, depending on how dirty your pool is. The first step you need to accomplish in pool tile cleaning is decreasing the water level, so you’ll have visibility of the area to scrub.
Then, whether you are using a homemade mix or over-the-counter chemicals, make sure to scrub with the proper pressure to avoid scratching or damaging your pool tiles. Choose whether a toothbrush or a pumice stone is the best scrubber to remove the pool tile grimes.
If you are using a pressure washer, make sure that the pressure from the machine does not lead to cracking your tiles in the end.
Minor pool tile dirt is manageable, but sometimes you need some additional help.
Yet, suppose you know that the calcium carbonate buildup is beyond your cleaning powers, you can always rely on experts to do the job for you.
Some of the techniques that professional pool cleaners do to clean pool tiles are:
A Certified Pool Operator would have the right chemicals, equipment, and techniques to clean your pool tiles and ensure your pool's excellent state is maintained.
You will also keep yourself from experimenting, damaging your pool, or hurting yourself if you don’t do the steps right by hiring professional pool cleaners.
If you want to be on top of your pool tile cleaning, you may seek paid help initially. Then, ask for advice on how to clean pool tile and maintain it, so you can do it yourself moving forward.
Keeping your pool tile and your pool as a whole only takes a few steps. By following these five tips, you can skip the hassle of redoing your tiles because of staining or fading of the tile. Most importantly, you can enjoy swimming with family and friends in a clean pool every time.
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