How to Clean Your Pool’s Tile at the Waterline

Is your pool looking a little worse for wear?  Learn how you can get your pool’s tiles looking great again.

If you have a swimming pool, then you know that your pool’s tiles  can get pretty dirty.  The waterline, the place where the water meets your tile, can get especially grimy over time.  To make sure your pool stays pristine, learn how to best clean your pool’s tiles.

What causes discoloration at the waterline?

If you notice discoloration at your pool’s waterline, it is most likely caused by hard-water deposits or stains.  When water evaporates, calcium in the water remains and clings to the side of your pool, forming calcium deposits.  These deposits appear like white or grey scum on your tile and can be difficult to remove.  Staining, on the other hand, can appear in a variety of different colors and is often the result of a chemical imbalance in your pool water.

How do I clean my tile?

Cleaning your pool’s tile at the waterline can be a big task, but dealing with small increments at a time can make it seem easier to tackle.  If the deposits or staining is minimal, try scrubbing the area with a toothbrush.  You could also try using baking soda, vinegar, or toothpaste to help lift the stains easier.  If the deposits or stains are more stubborn, then attack them with tile cleaner and a pumice stone (both available at a local pool or hardware store).  Just make sure that you wear gloves to protect your hands from heavy-duty cleaners.

Use this information to help you get rid of unappealing deposits and stains at your pool’s waterline.  If your pool is beyond your help or if you simply need assistance with pool maintenance, then contact the experts at Clean & Clear Pools.  Located in Danville, California, we serve the Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Alamo, and Danville communities.

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