Driven by the increasing proliferation of cheap and low-quality salt products sold on the market, concerns with heavily contaminated salts and salt staining in swimming pools are now becoming all too common for pool owners in Dallas, TX.
Are you one of those pool owners who is researching ways to remove salt stains from the pool? Well, then, this blog is for you! The good news is, there are a few simple tips that can help you get rid of those stubborn salt stains from your backyard pool without draining it or acid washing. Let’s take a look at those.
What Causes Pool Stains?
It is important to understand that there is no “one-size-fits-all” cookie-cutter approach to getting rid of salt stains. What works well for one type of stain may not be quite as effective on the other. With that in mind, the first step to getting rid of salt stains from your swimming pool is identifying the type of stain and then taking appropriate action.
Most swimming pool stains generally fall into one of these two categories:
Organic stains are generally greenish-brown in color and are often caused by tannins leaching from leaves, acorns, or other plant matter. Brightly colored berries from berry-bearing trees or bushes near the pool can also leave unsightly reddish-blue stains if they are allowed to settle and left too long on your pool’s surfaces.
Whether it is because of corroded copper pipes in your plumbing system or rusted metal parts, such as a fence, making their way into your swimming pool somehow (when it rains, for example), the introduction of metal compounds like copper, iron, and manganese in your pool can result in nasty metal stains. If the stain is dark bluish-green, it is most likely caused by copper. On the other hand, Brown or rusty stains are an indication of oxidized iron in the pool water. And lastly, purple stains are caused by manganese.
Getting Rid Of Organic Stains
If you are trying to get rid of one small organic stain, only a small amount of chlorine should do the job. But because the amount you use for regular sanitizing is not going to be enough to remove multiple or large stains, you will need to super chlorinate the water by “shocking” the pool and giving it a little TLC with a good brushing.
Once you have removed those stains, you can keep them from returning by keeping the pool water balanced at all times, skimming the pool surface to keep organic debris from settling to the bottom of the pool, moving plants (especially fruit-bearing trees and shrubs) well away from the pool and investing in a high-quality pool cover or an automatic pool cleaner.
Getting Rid Of Metal Stains
Metal stains can be a bit more difficult to remove from your pool, but they are certainly not impossible. To get rid of the metal stains, place a handful of salt stain remover in a skimmer rock attached to the pool broom and use the broom to apply some pressure on the sock. Next, the pool broom and the skimmer sock as a mop in a straight line, back and forth across the stain. The outcome will depend on the thickness of the scale.
- Iron and organic stains, for example, will come off pretty much instantly.
- A manganese or cobalt stain will come off in about two minutes after some pressure and constant rubs.
- A copper stain will come off within 5-7 minutes.
To prevent metallic stains from returning and making your pool look ugly, make sure to keep the pH level in your pool steady, using a metal sequestrant to keep metal particles from settling on pool surfaces and maintaining the pool plumbing.
Having a backyard pool in Dallas, Texas, makes summers fun, parties more exciting, and swimming is indeed a great exercise to keep oneself in shape. But having a pool also means that you do have to maintain it on a routine basis. With the above-mentioned steps, you should be able to remove salt stains from your swimming pool. Then it is just a matter of preventing future stains.
Take the assistance of professionals to remove stubborn salt stains
If you do not get success in removing salt stains from your pool, you should take professional help. There are many experts in the market who can guide you in this process. They will give you helpful tips or even help you in removing the stains.
Fujiwa Tiles is a leading supplier of the world’s finest pool tiles. We have a team of experts with vast knowledge and experience in the swimming pool tiling industry. Our experts can help you in removing the salt stains from your pool.