When you’re planning to have a swimming pool we’re sure that you have a dream swimming pool that you want to have from the design to the detailed decoration like tiles. Tiles don’t only work to border the pool, but also give a more attractive touch to its overall look, therefore, they need some regular maintenance. The most common problem that you will face on your tiles is stains, cracking, and chipping.
Stains on your pool tiles are actually calcium build-up as the result of the separation of calcium carbonate from the water. Other factors that can stain your pool tiles are high levels of pH or alkalinity, hard water source, and overheating from being overly exposed to sunlight. If the stains are not severe, you can solve this problem by yourself.
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How to Clean Swimming Pool Tiles
For a better result, you will have to make sure to clean any visible stains immediately before they get hardened and cost you more for hiring a pro.
What you will need in this process:
- Protective gear (rubber gloves, goggles, etc)
- A used toothbrush or any soft brushes
- Mix vinegar and water in a bowl or bucket.
- Pour a small amount of the cleaning solution on the stained tiles. You can also use a garden sprayer.
- Use the brush to remove the stain.
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Muriatic acid can be a good solution for stains that become quite severe and harden already and you can purchase this supply in the local hardware stores. The steps are the same as the vinegar mixture.
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A pumice stone can be a tool to remove stains on your pool tile and is popular among DIYers since it’s so cheap and easy to use. However, you have to be careful not to scratch the tiles when you clean the stains.
- Please make sure to wear rubber gloves.
- Pour the cleaning solution.
- Clean the stains with a pumice stone.
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Last but not least, you can try using a pressure washer to clean stubborn stains by renting it from your nearest hardware store.
- Wear safety gear like eye goggles.
- For better performance, rent a steam pressure washer with up to 2600 PSI with 300 degrees F heat reach.
- Spray from 3 feet away for about 30 seconds or until you are sure that the stains are completely removed.
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So, those are a few tips that you can use to clean your pool tiles to extend the lifespan of your swimming pool. Other than doing regular maintenance, you have to make sure that the tiles are designed for swimming pools, not just any tiles. Also, if the condition of your pool tiles becomes severe and difficult to remove, you might want to contact your trustworthy pool expert to help you out.
We hope that these tips help you with how to clean your swimming pool tiles.