How to Clean Swimming Pool Sides


Swimming pools have long been a source of recreation and relaxation for families across the country. In order to remain usable, however, regular swimming pool maintenance must be performed throughout the year. This includes routine tasks such as checking chlorine levels and emptying skimmer baskets and more cosmetic procedures such as removing calcium build up from the tiles that surround the edge of the pool. Removal of this build up is a relatively easy process and can greatly add to the aesthetic appearance of the swimming pool.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Pumice stone
  • Spray bottle
  • Dry towel
  • Power washer
  • Use a small damp sponge to wipe off as much of the calcium build up as possible from the tiles on the sides of the pool. This will prepare the tiles for a more thorough cleaning.

  • Use a pumice stone in individual tiles to gently buff away any calcium build up that is visible. Use a circular motion to remove as much build up as possible.

  • Use a spray bottle with regular tap water to wash away the excess calcium build up from the tile as you make your way around the edge of the entire pool. Wipe off the tile with a dry towel.

  • If you are not satisfied with the results, a power washer may need to be used in order to dislodge any remaining calcium build up that is more difficult to remove. Follow the instructions for the power washer carefully so as not to damage the tiles or the swimming pool itself.

  • Use a clean, dry towel again to wipe off the tiles on the sides of the swimming pool. Use the pumice stone on a regular basis, to minimize the recurrence of additional calcium build up in the future.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to purchase the correct type of pumice stone made specifically for swimming pools and not one that is used in the bath. Use the services of a professional power washing company if you are not comfortable handling large tools.
  • Use a low-strength power washer when cleaning; a higher strength power washer may damage the swimming pool tiles. Do not overly scrub the tiles with the pumice stone, as the tiles may be damaged in the process.

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