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Pool tile cleaning

Pool tile cleaning


Swimming Pool Tile Cleaning

Cleaning your swimming pool tiles is more than just scrubbing the tiles with a brush. It involves daily maintenance, good chemical control and these tips and tricks that can help keep your swimming pool tile clean and bright as the day it was installed. But besides knowing what to do to keep your pool clean, there are things you should not do to keep your pool tile looking fresh and new as well. Use this guide to swimming pool tile cleaning and you’ll be sure to keep your tile clean all year long.

Checking the Water before Pool tile cleaning

Keeping your water clean and clear is the only way to have clean and clear tile. Check your water chemistry with a test kit at least twice a week in the summer and once a week in the winter months. This way, you can keep your water chemistry fluctuating in only small increments and not wildly up and down, requiring the use of drastic chemical measures.

Instead of adding large amounts of chlorine to your pool in one shot, if you can keep weekly PH levels around 7.5, you can make the chlorine stay active longer, requiring less brushing of the tiles. Chlorine becomes 10% active at PH levels around 8.5 whereas at 7.0 it’s 73% active. Keep PH levels around 7.5 so you can best take advantage of the chlorine you already have in the pool.

When you need to add any chemicals to the pool water—especially chlorine—it’s in your best interests to add them at night. Doing this will help increase the cleaning power of the chemical additives as sunlight breaks down the effects of pool cleaning supplies.

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Regular Maintenance for Pool tile cleaning

Performing regular maintenance is important to keeping swimming pool tiles clean and clear all year long. This means regular brushing with a stiff bristled pool brush. Keeping a good balance between proper water circulation and regular brushing will help to prevent calcification deposits that can occur over time in both chlorine and salt water swimming pools.

Do a thorough walk around twice a week to inspect the tile along the edge of your pool where it connects to your pool deck. If any cracking or gaps appear, you will need to fix them right away.  If any cracks appear, clean any debris or mold from around the crack carefully. Using an outdoor silicone caulk, seal the cracks between the tile and the deck to prevent further problems from occurring. Multiple or large cracks could be a sign of a bigger problem. Have a professional pool installer take a look to see if other problems are going on with your swimming pool tile. 

For scale deposits on tile and grout, you may need to dilute one part muriatic acid with four parts pool water in a plastic bucket. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and eye protection, then use a stiff bristled brush to remove stubborn grime and scale stains that are caused from hard water deposits. Really tough scale can be removed with a pumice stone—but be careful. Pumice can scratch some ceramic and glass tiles. 

How to Clean Pool Tiles

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