Pool stains that are difficult to eliminate are one of the most frustrating aspects of owning or maintaining a pool. Looking to maintain the beauty and value of your pool, you can in fact remove pool stains you thought would never go away with some smart strategies and tactics.
Step 1: Identify the Type of Pool Stain
Pool stains typically are either:
- Metal or rust-based
- Organic matter
Well water or corrosion from pipes can lead to rust-based stains. Leaves, flowers, and other organic debris can settle on pool surfaces and leave stains as well if left neglected long enough.
Green & brown stains as well as red & blue stains are typically organic stains. Blue, green, & black stains; green, brown, & red stains; brown, black, & purple stains are usually caused by metal.
Step 2: Confirm the Identity of the Stain
Next, test your theory to confirm whether the stain is from metal or organic matter. If you believe it to be an organic stain, apply a small amount chlorine on the stain directly; this should cause the stain to dissolve easily. If you believe the stain is caused by a metal, apply crushed vitamin C tablets or lemon juice on the stain to see if it removes or lightens the stain.
Step 3: Choose the Right Stain Removal Solutions
For organic stains, it is best to super chlorinate the water and then brush the pool. Before super chlorinating the pool, check the water to ensure the balances of pH is between 7.4 and 7.6 and the alkalinity is between 100 parts per million and 150 parts per million. If the pH levels need to be altered, you can use Pool PH Reducer - Sodium Bisulfate or a Pool & Spa pH Increaser (Pure Soda Ash, Sodium Carbonate) to address this issue easily and effectively.
For metal or rust-based stains, acidic cleaning solutions must be used. For most metal stains, 99.6% Pure Oxalic Acid Powder is likely to do the trick. Among other things, pure oxalic acid powder functions well for:
- Rust removal
- Iron stain removal
- Metal cleaning
- Pool stain remover
This product can be used for home, industrial, and commercial applications. This essential cleaning chemical is an acidic solution that is a natural component of plants and vegetables such as spinach and beets.
When working with oxalic acid, carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions and brush the treated area of the stain. In moderate amounts, oxalic acid is safe for numerous purposes, but can become dangerous at high doses. Other citrus-based stain removers such as Cold Pressed Orange Oil Concentrate - Home & Garden may work as well to eliminate a metal-based stain.
Step 4: Take Proper Measures to Prevent Future Stubborn Stains from Forming
Preventing stuck-on pool stains in the future is possible and rather easy. Proper pool maintenance measures call for:
- Balancing pH and alkalinity levels
- Vacuuming regularly
- Skimming the water
- Maintaining the correct level of sanitizer
- Testing the water regularly
A low pH can contribute to the recurrence of stains, and can even corrode copper to introduce it into your pool. Pool & Spa pH Increaser (Pure Soda Ash, Sodium Carbonate) is a must for increasing the pH levels in your pool back to the ideal range.
Having on hand 99.6% Pure Oxalic Acid Powder is very important especially if your pool is prone to metal contamination from well water or any other influential factors.
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