How to Clean Swimming Pool Walls


One of the biggest tasks you need to perform during the summer months is cleaning your pool. Regular cleaning prevents the water from becoming murky from the formation of algae. Algae will stick to the walls of your pool and may leave stains if not scrubbed away properly. The walls need scrubbing weekly. A slick surface texture on the pool walls indicates that you need to clean them. Always brush your walls after vacuuming the bottom of the pool to prevent stirring any dirt on the floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Brush
  • Vacuum
  • Vacuum hose
  • Nylon brush
  • Sponge
  • Pumice stone
  • Chlorine-based cleaner
  • Tile soap
  • Stand at the edge of the pool with the brush in your hand. Use a stiff brush on concrete walls and softer brushes on vinyl or fiberglass pool liners to prevent scratching. Ask your pool supplier for the best brush for your pool.

  • Place the head of the brush at the top of the pool, where the wall liner starts. Push the brush against the wall and work it to bottom of the pool and pull it back up. Start again at the top, overlapping a portion of the wall you just scrubbed.

  • Throw your pool vacuum hose into the water and let it fill with water. Attach one end to the vacuum head and put the other end on the inlet valve of the pool pump. Vacuum away any debris that was brushed away from the walls of the pool.

  • Pull the skimmer baskets out of the skimmer holes after brushing the wall and rinse them with water from a hose. The skimmers will collect materials from the wall cleaning.

  • Scrub at the water line with a brush appropriate for your pool liner and a chlorine-based liquid cleaner. Chlorine-based cleaner is usually enough to clean scum from the water line. Scrub with a tile brush if you are cleaning tile walls, or a sponge if cleaning a line. Nylon brushes work for tougher spots. Use a pumice stone for concrete or tile walls.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the appropriate brush for the job. Algae brushes are good for concrete pools, tile brushes for tile pools and nylon-bristle brushes for other types.
  • Use tile soap when brushing tile.

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