What to Use to Clean Stains From the Bottom of an Inground Pool


Inground pools are a lot of fun, but they are also a lot of work. Staining in a pool can seem somewhat daunting and many homeowners don't know how to properly handle the stains. There are some tips and tricks for keeping an inground pool clean and for getting rid of stains.

Vinyl Inground Pool Liner

  • Most of the stains that occur on a vinyl inground pool liner are due to algae. These stains aren't usually difficult to get rid of, but most people are embarrassed by them and want to make sure that the spots come away clean. In some cases, if water is balanced and the chlorine levels are good, the yellow stains may be more than just algae.

    To fix this problem, try pouring granular pH decreaser into a white sock. Tie the end of the sock closed and drop the sock over the stained area. Using a pool brush, rub the sock against the stains and the stains should quickly disappear.

Keeping the Pool Clean

  • Doing routine maintenance and cleaning of the pool should help to keep the stains at bay. A leaf skimmer is a long-handled net used for removing debris from the pool. The best way to use this net is to walk slowly alongside of the pool, sweeping the water in a continuous motion. When you reach the end of the pool, carefully drag the debris to the top and clean out the net. A pool vacuum can be used to suck out dirt that has settled to the bottom.

    The wall and floor brush is a nylon-bristled brush that is used to clean the walls and the floor of the pool. An algae brush can be used in concrete pools. Some pools have tiled walls and require a tile brush for cleaning. A tile brush is a handheld brush that is used for removing calcium scale and other deposits without harming the grout.

    Cleaning out the baskets is important in an inground pool. Keeping these baskets clear will help boost the efficiency of the circulation system.

Accidental Stains

  • Sometimes accidents can happen, which can cause unwanted stains in the bottom of the pool. For example, a homeowner may decide to fertilize their lawn and if the fertilizer gets into the pool, rust stains may be found throughout the pool. To combat this type of stain, add ½ a pound of pH reducing powder to a white sock (like mentioned above). Shut off the filter and drop the sock over the stain. Hold it in place using the vacuum pole and leave for up to 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, move the sock around to scrub at the stain using the pole. If this doesn't do the trick, try repeating the process, but using ascorbic acid instead. Once the stains are gone, use a good quality metal treatment so that the stains don't occur again.

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