Summer is here and nothing is better than a dip in your pool on a hot day. Learning to take care of your pool tiles will keep your pool clean and fresh. Clean pool tiles will have greater longevity and keep your pool looking bright and attractive all summer long. Here are some tips for how to keep your pool tiles clean.
Prevention is always the best plan. If you let the dirt and grime build up, it will be that much harder to try to clean it all at once later. Instead, try cleaning a little bit each week to prevent build-up. Even something as easy as wiping down the tiles along the waterline each morning can make all the difference.
Just like in your sink or tub, your pool can develop hard water stains. This is from calcium deposits caused by water evaporating. Both calcium carbonate and calcium silica can cause scaling. A pumice stone is a good tool to use to remove the calcium deposits.
Staining can be caused by a chemical imbalance in the water. The tiles at the waterline, where the tile meets the level of the pool, are prone to getting stained and dirty. Keep an eye on your chemical levels, and test them weekly. Too much chlorine in the pool often causes discoloration of the tiles.
Natural cleaners work well if you have a minimal amount of scum. This is another reason why it’s better to keep up with pool tile cleaning and prevent too much grime build-up. Natural cleaners such as baking soda, toothpaste, or vinegar all gently abrase pool tile surfaces. Try using a little bit of these cleaners, or more gentle household products like dish soap or Borax, and a toothbrush around the waterline of your pool. These cleaners will not throw off your pool’s pH levels.
If your scum is beyond natural cleaners, use a pumice stone to scrape away the grunge on your pool tiles. If you are still having problems, get some tile cleaner from your pool supply company. To use a commercial product you will need to drain out water so that the water is not coming into contact with the tiles. Spray the tiles with cleaner and give it several minutes to work before scrubbing the tiles with a brush. Muriatic acid is a popular cleaner for pool tile. However, it can be dangerous. Read the directions carefully, and keep children out of the water while applying.
If you are interested in replacing the tiling of your pool with an easier-to-clean option, check out Blue Water Pool Mosaics. Options such as our glass tile blends are easy to clean with a simple wipe down, making them perfect for the waterline of your pool. Check out our website to explore our full selection of pool mosaics and pool tiles, or contact us if you have any questions about the best options for keeping your pool clean and clear.
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