There is a pleasure and pain dichotomy in owning a pool. Hardly a joy could be compared to the joy of diving into the refreshing waters of a backyard swimming pool on a hot summer day. But there are not many tasks that are as annoying, time-consuming and downright frustrating as cleaning your pool. Hence unless you want to wade in putrid green algae infested water this summer, regular pool maintenance is necessary. But you can spend less time cleaning stains from your fibreglass pool and more time relaxing in it with these simple tips from pool cleaning professionals.
The first challenge is to identify the type of the stain. All stains are not alike, and each stain has to be treated in a unique manner. Once you can clarify the cause of the stain then you can implement the following stain removal tips.
Water Line Stains
Fibreglass pools are less prone to stains than other types of pools, but it is not uncommon to find water line stains. These stains which appear on the water line are generally a collection of body oils, lotions and sunscreen. In order to break down the oily stains use a non-toxic enzyme based cleaning solution. There are a lot of different products that prevent water line stain formation on the market. Choose a natural product that allows for reduced chlorine use. A lot of pool owners also use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to simply scrub and wipe away the scummy stain, but this will not prevent the stain from reappearing.
Usually caused due to imbalanced chemicals and irregular pool cleaning, algae or bacterial slime will be a slippery discolouration that builds up on the walls. Algae is a plant-like single-celled microorganism that grows in pool water if the pH level is below 7. Some of the most common forms of algae are black spot, mustard and green algae. Algae is one of the most common pool issues, thankfully it is also one of the easiest to rectify. Test your water to ensure that your pH and chlorine is in the recommended levels. Copper algaecide treatments are available from pool stores to remove black algae. If your pool is affected by green algae, a heavy dose of hypochlorite should be added to the pool until the water is a cloudy grey colour. If algae is growing in your pool you should take this as a serious reminder that you are not cleaning your pool enough.
The same prescription for a common cold is also the best solution for rust stains in a pool. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) will dissolve oxidisation stains. Simply rub a vitamin C tablet onto the stain, and use a soft bristled brush to agitate the area until it clears up. Use a metal reducer to prevent further rust stains reappearing.
The easiest way to keep your pool clean is regular maintenance. Dedicating 10 minutes to cleaning your pool every week will save you time, effort and money in the long run. By testing your water regularly and ensuring your chemicals are balanced you will be able to spend less time cleaning it, and more time swimming in it.
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