How To Keep Your Swimming Pool Mosaics Looking Like New

How To Keep Your Swimming Pool Mosaics Looking Like New

The best way to add a little fun to your pool this summer is by adding stunning swimming pool mosaics. Swimming pool mosaics can add that extra level of whimsey that invites people to come and enjoy the pool. They can also add a sophisticated flair that will make your pool the talk of any party.

While pool mosaics are magnificent, they also need to be cleaned regularly to keep their beautiful shine. Here are some tips to keep your pool mosaics clean and keep them lasting years after you purchase them.

Getting Your Pool Mosaics Ready to Clean

The first step in cleaning your pool mosaics is getting them ready to clean. Here are some things you need to do and the equipment you need to have prepared before starting the cleaning process.

First, you need to make sure that all the pool mosaics you wish to clean are accessible. If your swimming pool mosaics or pool tiles are on the edge of your pool or steps, they are already accessible, and you will not have to do much to get them ready. However, if you have pool mosaics closer to the deep end of your pool, you will need to drain a portion or all your pool water.

Next, you need to have some equipment designed to help clean your pool mosaics. While not all these supplies will be necessary for your clean-up job, it is important to have them if the time comes that you need them. We will later go into detail about the specific clean-up jobs each piece of equipment can handle.

· Pool brush made from nylon or stainless steel.

· Eye protection like glasses or goggles.

· Gloves, preferably made from thick rubber.

· A respirator with a filter attached.

· Store-bought vinegar.

· A swimming pool acid like muriatic acid

· A pool pumice stone.

Basic Algae and Bacteria

One of the most basic issues that affect pool mosaics is algae or other forms of bacteria. Algae and bacteria can cause your pool mosaics to look faded and lose their vibrant color. Fortunately, bacteria and other algae are some of the easiest things to clean off swimming pool mosaics.

First, you will need to drain your pool until the affected swimming pool mosaic is exposed and free of water. To clean algae or bacteria from your pool mosaic, you will take your nylon or stainless-steel brush and scrub the affected area until you observe a noticeable change in the amount of fading on your swimming pool mosaics.

If you have a more severe case of algae or bacteria, you will need to take more advanced measures. You can use the same brush, but this time you will combine your scrubbing with the cleaning power of vinegar. Dab the pool mosaic with vinegar and let it rest for five to ten minutes. After the allotted time, begin scrubbing the spot with your brush.

To avoid having to clean algae and other bacteria from your pool, here are a few steps you can take before an outbreak occurs:

· First, make sure that your pool is circulating properly and that there are no clogs or obstructions in your pipes.

· Next, you can use chemicals like algaecide once every three months to ensure that no algae can grow.

· Finally, keep a watchful eye on the chemicals going into your pool and perform a chemical shock weekly to kill off any algae or bacteria.

Dealing with Calcium Buildup

An issue that can cause havoc for your swimming pool mosaics and your entire pool is a calcium buildup. Calcium buildups occur when the chemicals in your pool become unbalanced, and your pH balance begins to suffer. When calcium buildups start to form, you will notice that your pool water will be more cloudy than usual. If left unchecked, calcium deposits will begin to grow on your swimming pool mosaics and pool tiles. These calcium deposits can not only make your mosaics and tiles look bad, but they can also eat away at the tile. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help get rid of calcium buildup.

· Unlike algae and other bacteria, cleaning off calcium deposits is a much more involved process. You will need to drain your pool until all the calcium deposits are exposed and free of water.

· Next, because the chemicals used to clean calcium deposits are much harsher than vinegar, you will need to use protective gear. This is where eye protection, gloves, and the respirator come in.

· Using a bottle of muriatic acid, you will begin to dab any swimming pool mosaic or pool tile that has calcium deposits. Once you let the acid sit for three to five minutes, you can start to use the pool pumice stone to scrape away the calcium deposits.

There are things you can do to avoid this back-breaking work and stop calcium buildups before they have the chance to get out of control.

· First, you need to maintain a healthy pH balance in your pool. Most experts agree that you should keep your pH level anywhere from 7.1 to 7.5. To keep this balance, take readings of your pool every week and add the appropriate amount of chemicals.

· Second, while chemical shocks are great for preventing algae and bacteria growth, they can cause issues with your calcium levels. To avoid this, use chemical shocks that do not have calcium in them.

If you are interested in getting swimming pool mosaics this summer or you want to learn more about them, we recommend you visit us at Blue Water Pool Mosaics.

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