Pool Cleaning | 02/12/15

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Pool owners may think that they know how to clean a pool, but when it comes to pool tile cleaning, you want to make sure you get the job done right the first time. Pool tile cleaning is one of the most overlooked but also one of the most essential parts of pool cleaning for a number of reasons:

a) Build up such as lime and calcium can negatively impact your pool water chemistry (which means more maintenance for you or less sanitary pool water for bathers).

b) Lime deposits, that most often accumulate on pool tile, encourage algae growth.

c) Algae growth means more pool maintenance and creates a slick and slippery, slimy surface which can pose as a safety hazard.

d) Tiles with calcium or lime deposits require heavy duty and tedious cleaning.

e) Hazy tiles riddled with deposits are unsightly and ruin the appearance of your pool.

How to Do You Own Pool Tile Cleaning

The best way to prevent the build up of deposits on your pool tile is to be pro-active, taking care of your pool now will prevent you from having to replace it in the future.

* Natural Methods

A lot of pool owners prefer to go “chemical free” when cleaning their tiles, and have successfully done so with:

  • Pressure washers
  • A toothbrush with baking soda, Borax, vinegar or toothpaste applied
  • A pumice stone

* For Harder to Remove Stains

For harder to remove stains and deposits, you may need to step up your pool tile cleaning game and use some more heavy duty products. Start off with some dish soap and see if that does the trick, and then upgrade to using a pumice stone in combination with a tile cleaner if the dish soap has proven ineffective. Depending on the size of your pool, this process can take days if not weeks to complete and a significant amount of elbow grease. In many cases enlisting in the help of a professional pool maintenance company like Shasta is not only the easiest but also the most economical option.

If your pool is in need of a thorough clean, check out how we can help, here.


Shasta Pools is a Phoenix pool builder who provides a variety of services including swimming pool remodeling, commercial pool building, and pool service and repair. Since its establishment in 1967, Shasta has helped over 80,000 families realize their dream of pool ownership. By providing exceptional value, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service, the Shasta team continues to fulfill the corporate mission of astonishing and delighting their customers and exceeding expectations. You can learn more about Shasta Pools & Spas by visiting them online, or by connecting with them on Facebook or Twitter.