How to Clean Pool Tiles

How to Clean Pool Tiles Quickly and Effectively

While prevention is certainly easier than cure, if a pool has been finished with tiles, there is always the risk that mildew and algae will form between the tiles. For this reason it will pay you to learn how to clean pool tiles, using effective products and proven techniques.

If you neglect your swimming pool, and don’t maintain chlorine and acid levels correctly, you can be sure you will be faced with an inevitable cleaning task, and one that may turn out to be lengthy and costly. By the same token, if you don’t stick to recommended dosages of chemicals, you will risk bleaching your tiles.

So rule number one is to maintain your pool and keep the tiles clean throughout the year – and not only in summer. Don’t imagine that just because you know how to clean pool tiles that you don’t have to bother keeping them clean on a regular basis. There are some excellent tile cleaning products available from good pool shops, and it is a good idea to always have some on hand, particularly so you can maintain the tiles above the water line.

But keeping the water itself clean is even more important, both to keep your pool looking good and to ensure it is always healthy.  

What chemical to use for clean pool tiles.

Chlorine is the most common sanitizing agent used for pool water. It is either added to the water or generated via a salt water chlorinator. You will also need to ensure that the pH of the water and total alkalinity (TA) are constantly maintained. In addition, you should sweep the walls and floors of your pool regularly (an automatic pool cleaner is the easiest option) and keep the pump and weir baskets squeaky clean.

Algae is one of the biggest bug bears of all pool owners, whether their pools are tiled or not. The problem is that these microscopic spores quickly establish themselves and take root in the grouting between tiles and mosaic, as well as around light fittings in the water, and around the skimmer box. Once algae make an appearance in your pool, take steps to get rid of it immediately. You will need a good quality algaecide, and if you don’t get going quickly enough, you will need to shock-treat the pool water with chlorine as well. If you have a salt water chlorinator, you’ll have to adjust the salt levels by adding salt to the water.

If you take action fast enough, chances are that the algaecide will work, and your pool tiles will be clean within hours. If you don’t, you’re probably going to end up doing some scrubbing by hand, particularly around the inner rim of the pool where calcium also tends to build up.

If calcium has built up, clearly the algaecide you’ve used isn’t going to help. Instead (or as well as) you’re going to need to take some drastic action in the form of hydrochloric acid or a proprietary acid wash which you can get from your pool shop. If the build-up isn’t too bad, you could try mixing a little baking soda with vinegar and scrub the stained rim with this before resorting to acid. If you are forced to work with acid, always wear rubber gloves and goggles for eye protection. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instruction. 

At the end of the day, if you know how to keep your swimming pool clean and how to maintain it regularly, and also know how to clean pool tiles quickly and efficiently, you’ll be well rewarded.  

How to clean Pool tiles.

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