LADDERS & RAILS
Stainless steel ladders and hand rails can be cleaned with any metal cleaner like Brasso to remove scale and water marks. Rusty rails can be rejuvenated by scrubbing in some Naval Jelly. Avoid using any automotive chrome cleaners, which may be best left out of the pool water. Saltwater pools will want to protect their metal pool surfaces from galvanic corrosion (which makes spotty stains on rails, lights and niches) by using a sacrificial zinc anode.
Pool plaster is always a bit mottled in appearance with shading variations. Scale film deposits on most pools but since they are mostly white, they aren’t as visible on white plaster pools. Acid washing is a method of draining the pool and applying an acid solution to the surface, scrubbing briefly and quickly hosing off. Acid washing strips off a fine layer of plaster, so it’s not something you normally do every year. Jandy Stain Master is a tool that will deliver acid from a gallon jug on-deck, for localized spot removal. And of course, we have many granular stain removers that can be sprinkled onto plaster, or poured into an old sock to make a ’stain bag’.
Just about every skimmer I know of is made of ABS plastic. Hit it with a scrub brush and your favorite chlorinated abrasive cleanser like Ajax, Bon Ami or Comet, or use our Tile & Vinyl cleaner to scrub skimmer lids, throats and wells. If the inside walls of the skimmer are kept clean, the pool tile or waterline will stay much cleaner. Orb-3 Enzyme cleaner continues to protect even after cleaning, consuming oily waterline deposits.
Fiberglass slides and acrylic slides have a gelcoat like a fiberglass pool, (or a boat), so they can handle a good scrubbing. TIP: Tape a trash bag to the bottom chute, to catch any chemicals and you can use a hose to spray sections clean after rubbing. Slides can be cleaned with our Tile & Vinyl cleaner, or you can use Spray Nine, Formula 409, Windex, Comet or rubbing compound. Avoid using automotive or bathroom cleaners, although you can use automotive wax to protect the finish and liven the color and shine.
Pool tiles can be cleaned with a textured sponge and a bit of Comet or other abrasive cleaner, or of course our Tile & Vinyl cleaner won’t add any phosphates or nitrates or soaps to the pool, so it may be a better choice. Our Super Tile & Vinyl Cleaner has a convenient spray top and is a stronger formula for tougher stains. Orb-3 Cleaner will clean the tiles most naturally, with enzymes that are a benefit when they wash into the water. Heavy scale deposits on tiles in hard water areas can also be removed by hiring bead blasting companies that specialize in pool tile cleaning.
Vinyl liners are much more resistant to staining than plaster pools, and about the same as fiberglass pools. They are however more delicate than either other pool type, and in treating stains on a vinyl pool, one must exercise care. Our Tile & Vinyl cleaner and Super Tile & Vinyl Cleaner is great for waterline stains, but for stains on the walls and floors, you can add a stain chemical to an old sock to make a stain bag with EZ Stain Remover, or A+ Stain Remover.
VINYL POOL STEPS
Plastic vinyl pools steps can get a tough waterline marks or develop an all over discoloration. For a waterline scum, scrub it off with Comet or use a Tile & Vinyl cleaner. To keep it from coming back, try Pool Perfect to naturally dissolve waterline scum. For an all-over step discoloration, a brown/orange colors, this is usually caused by metals dropping out of solution. Balance the chemistry, and add Super Stain Awayand brush the steps the following day. Top step leaf discoloration can be bleached out with a chlorinated Comet type cleanser. After lowering the pool water, put on rubber gloves and apply the powder and a little water to work up a paste. Scrub it into the step with a textured sponge, and rinse off with pool water.
Wood decks, benches, pavilions or pergola that are in moist areas can turn green, but sunny wood decks can also fade with sun, salt and dirt. You can remove most wood deposits using a commercially available deck cleaner solution, applied with a brush or sprayer, scrubbed in and rinsed off completely. A 10% bleach solution can also be used, with just a few drops of dishwasher detergent added for suds. Scrub it in, rinse off well, and if you have a gentle pressure washer, that makes a fine next step. Following any good deck cleaning, seal and stain in one step with our Premium Wood Stain to keep it looking good for many years.