How Do I Remove Rust Stains From a Pool Liner?


Pools provide a low impact exercise as well as allowing you to cool off on hot, humid days. Pools--both in-ground and above-ground models--feature liners that protect the structure walls and flooring. It is not uncommon for your pool liner to develop stains, however, can be caused by dirt, mildew, mold and minerals. Rust is a common stain that can develop on various areas of your liner, including the area around the pool ladder.

Things You'll Need

  • Water hose
  • Chemical metal-removal cleaner
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Magic cleaning eraser
  • Cream of tartar
  • Sponge
  • Cloth
  • Drain your pool and remove the pool liner. Each type and brand of pool has its own set of specific instructions for draining the pool and removing the liner. Refer to your owner's manual for more information.

  • Clear a flat area in your yard large enough for the pool liner. Remove items such as rocks, sticks and other debris that could damage your liner from the area.

  • Rinse the liner with a water hose to remove surface dirt.

  • Spray a chemical metal-removal cleaner on the rust stains, then scrub with a soft bristled brush. Continue scrubbing and applying the cleaner until rust stains are no longer visible.

  • Rinse the liner clean with a water hose.

  • Alternatively, scrub the rust stains with a magic cleaning eraser dampened with cool water. You can also mix together water and cream of tartar to form a paste. Spread the paste over the rust stains, allow to sit for an hour, then rub the paste into the stain with a damp sponge. Wipe clean with a cloth.

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