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Cleaning Pool Tile: Maintenance Tips

Pool Tile Cleaning

When your pool tile is stained, dingy or dirty, it can really bring down the whole look of your outdoor space and make pool closing activities more difficult down the road. The water may be sparkling clean and free from debris, but if the pool itself is full of dirty tiles, that’s all anyone will notice. If you’ve started noticing a dingy look to your tiles with an unappealing white film going along the edges of the pool, or if you are closing your pool for the season and want to ensure that it’s clean and ready to go for next year, it’s time to learn the best ways to the clean pool tile.

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Get Rid of Grease, Grime & Scale

The best way to get rid of all the buildup that occurs from our use of sunscreens and lotions, our natural body oils and other materials that can make pool tiles dirty, is to clean the entire surface using a pool tile cleaner that is formulated specifically for home pools. A tile and vinyl cleaning product that is intended for bath and shower use in your home isn’t the same as one created just for pools and spas, so be sure to read the label carefully before using any cleaning products in your pool.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • - Tile Cleaner Spray
  • - Scrubber sponge
  • - Automatic or manual pool cleaner
  • - Pumice stone

Step 1: Pre-treat tough stains

Before you begin the full cleaning, try pre-treating tough stains by scrubbing with tile cleaner spray and a scrubber sponge or pool brush. This can help to remove a great deal of debris before you even turn on your pool cleaner.

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Step 2: Clean all tile and pool surfaces

Unless you want to manually scrub the entire surface of your pool, try using an automatic pool cleaner or a manual tile scrubber with a pool tile cleaning spray in order to get down to the deeply embedded dirt and grime.

To clean the pool:

  1. Get rid of any big debris and leaves using a leaf skimmer.
  2. For extra cleaning, go over the entire surface of the pool with a long-handled pool brush to loosen the dirt.
  3. Empty the pool pump basket to get rid of any additional debris.
  4. Vacuum the entire pool and all tile with the pool cleaner.
  5. Check the pool chemicals and adjust the levels as needed.

If your pool is used a lot during the season, try doing this once a week in order to prevent future build up and staining. This will help make your pool closing tasks much easier once the weather cools off and you begin cleaning the pool for the off season.

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Step 3: Extra deep cleaning for tough tile dirt

For really tough calcium buildup and soap scum that is hard to remove with a brush or pool cleaner, try using a pumice stone to get rid of the biggest deposits and go over the area again with the tile cleaner to ensure that it’s completely clean. Never use tile cleaning products that aren’t formulated specifically for pools or overly stiff brushes or scrubbers, as these could scratch your tile or lead to cracks in in the surface.

If you are still having trouble with tough stains and buildup, you may need to call in a professional pool cleaning company for pressure washing of the area, as it’s important to get a handle on the problem before it spreads throughout your pool.

It’s Worth the Effort!

Follow these steps when you are completing your pool closing activities each year and throughout the warm weather months as pool use increases, as this will help to protect your pool tile from grimy buildup all throughout the year. It’s a big time-saver that is definitely worth the effort when it comes to keeping your pool looking great and operating at optimum levels.


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