swimming poolOne of the dirty deeds that go with owning a swimming pool is cleaning the tile at the waterline. The water line is the part of the swimming pool or spa where the water will meet the tile, or the fill line. That is assuming that you do not want to hire a pool service company that will bead blast it clean.

The filthy stuff that will discolour the water line of the pool is commonly a stain or scale. In case you see hard water deposits or stains in tubs or sinks inside your home, they may be on the pool surfaces as well. After the water evaporates, scaling could happen when calcium deposits adhere to the pool’s sides. It will appear as gray or white scum and is hard to get rid of.

There are two types of scaling in the swimming pool:

Calcium silicate: This greyish white thing is harder of the two, mainly because it has been on the surface of the pool much longer compared to calcium carbonate. In case it doesn’t react after applying muriatic acid, then it is most probably silicate and should be cleaned using a pumice stone.

Calcium carbonate: Pumice stones could likewise be used if your pool’s surface has flaky white stuff on it. It is calcium carbonate when bubbles show up after the application of muriatic acid.

Pool staining could appear in different colours and happens due to a chemical imbalance reacting with the surface of the pool.

Tackling Scaling and Staining

To begin with, working on it in smaller increments in terms of time spent is much better than letting the algae and filthy gross stuff to build up. In case you prefer to use a chemical free method if possible, there are some cleaning agents that you might already have, so you don’t have to spend more money to clean your Myrtle Beach swimming pool.

In case the dirt and the grime at the water line is only minimal, you can scrub it using a used toothbrush and any of the listed cleaners below:

  • Baking soda
  • Borax
  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Toothpaste

If it is no longer mild, natural stuff, you should wear a pair of gloves and use a tile cleaner as well as a pumic stone, which you can purchase at pool supply shops or any hardware shop. Because you have allowed it to go this far, you may want to try using a super cleaner that will cut through the scum and scale.

Call Elko Spas Billiards & Pools if you need expert swimming pool maintenance services.

Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 294-3556

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