How to Clean Swimming Pool Tiles: An Overview

Maintaining your residential or commercial pool involves properly cleaning it. If you do not know how to go about the process, this guide is for you.

ceramic pool tiles

First things first, though: successfully cleaning your pool tiles depends on several factors, such as:

  • The type of dirt build-up in the tiles
  • The type of pool tile material; and
  • The cleaning materials and equipment that you use

How do they affect results,and what do you need to know about them? Let’s discuss.

Type of Dirt and Chemical Buildup

Calcium carbonate scaling is the most common form of buildup that occurs in swimming pools, regardless of the material. To clean it off your pool, all you need is a releaser. If your pool has oil, grit, and chemical buildup, more sophisticated methods may be necessary. Hard water stains also need a different cleaning process.


Pool Tile Material

How you clean your pool should factor in your pool tile materials. If you have a ceramic pool, for example, cleaning it free of calcium carbonate must be done with a soft nylon bristle brush so as not to damage the material. If your pool tiles are made of harder materials such as concrete or plaster, on the other hand, you can get away with using pumice stones for cleaning.


Cleaning Materials and Equipment

Now, which materials and equipment should you use for cleaning? For shallow dirt and minimal buildups, spraying a non-toxic and biodegradable releaser should be enough. Even better, it will not require draining the pool for proper cleaning.

If you have to clean away tougher dirt or you want your pool to have a shinier surface, there are different approaches that you can choose from. Pressure washers, for example, are great for the purpose; using one will also minimise the need to pre-treat the pool tiles with chemicals or detergents. Similarly, you can opt from glass bead, salt, and soda blasting, which are all considered to be environmentally-friendly but effective.

What about acid solutions? They are mostly reserved for removing water stains from the pools or removing dirt that has set in for too long it cannot be removed by any other method. If you have to use an acid solution, make sure that you wear protective clothing and gear prior to even touching the product. Also, follow specific instructions carefully; the general rule is to pour about 8 ounces of muriatic acid into 1 gallon of water. Remember to never pour water into the acid, as this could create a splash that may be harmful to you. After cleaning, pump the acid out of the pool and then hose it down with water. Be sure to dispose of the remaining acid as well as the gear you used properly.