If you own a pool at home, you'll know that keeping it clean and pristine is important for the health and safety of you and your family. Over time, calcium and hard water stains may develop along the water line on your pool tiles. Eliminating these stains is a vital part of swimming pool maintenance, so you need to make sure you get the job done right. Follow these step-by-step techniques to remove calcium stains from pool tiles.
Gather Your Cleaning Supplies
For this swimming pool maintenance task, you will need a pool tile cleaner with higher acidic content to cut through the calcium stains on the water line. Pool cleaners with higher acid content are able to loosen the calcium deposit more easily from the tile surface, so look for these at a local home improvement store. You will also need an abrasive scrubber, a sponge and rubber gloves to scrub the stains on the pool tiles. Wear the rubber gloves to prevent the acidic cleaner from coming into direct contact with your skin.
Drain The Pool
Drain the pool water to below the stain line. If you plan to stand in the pool to clean the stain, then you may have to drain a little more than you would otherwise in order to prevent waves from reaching the stained line while cleaning. Once the water level falls, you can begin this swimming pool maintenance task.
Apply Pool Tile Cleaner
Apply the pool tile cleaner onto the stained area using your gloved hands to reach every part of the stain. Once you rub the tiles using the acidic cleaner, allow it to sit for a few minutes. This will give the cleaner enough time to loosen up the calcium deposits from the surface. Scour the abrasive scrubber over the stain and keep applying pressure until you notice it starting to lighten on the tile. You may have to use the scrubber over the same spot multiple times to notice any visible stain-lightening results.
Wipe The Cleaner Using A Sponge
Use a sponge to wipe away the cleaner from the tiled surface once your scrubbing task is complete. Keep in mind that you will need to repeat this entire process if necessary to completely eliminate the stains from your pool tiles. Let the pool tiles dry and examine for more calcium deposits. If you're happy with your effort, you can refill the pool once again.
This swimming pool maintenance task will have your pool tiles looking good as new, so make sure you undertake this every once in a while when you notice calcium deposits on them.