Ways To Diagnose and Remove Swimming Pool Stains


It is an absolute embarrassment when a pool owner has a dirty pool, and the pool being stained is way more humiliation on the way. Anyone visiting your house will judge your whole lifestyle based on this very thing. So, keeping your swimming pool spotless is an essential thing when you own one, and maintenance does take a toll on your pocket.

But, the fact with maintaining the pool is that you can spend a lot on the maintenance of your indoor-outdoor pool but still end up with unreachable stains in your pool. All you need is a good stain remover, a close sight, and some pool cover and rollers to cross this hurdle. Also, you can prevent future stains if you follow the article till the end and follow the steps mentioned ahead.

Before you run to gather the stain removers and other pieces of equipment, it is very important to understand what gives rise to these everlasting pool stains.

These stains have two categories:

  • Organic Components: Elements that are not man-made and are a part of your garden or your backyards like leaves, berries that have fallen off the trees and several other organic fragments that can make your pool full of stains if left for too long on its surface.
  • Metallic Elements: Various kinds of metals can be unintentionally introduced to the premise of your pool, either from the water source itself or the water pipes from where the water runs to the pool.

There are different stains in your pool, some of them being Reddish-Blue stains, Greenish-Brown stains, Brownish-Blackish Purple stains, and some Brownish-Red stains. Different elements cause these different colors of stains. Investing in electric pool covers can be an ideal solution if you wish to keep the stains away for a long time.

  • Greenish-Brown Stains – These are caused by leaves and other plant matter.
  • Reddish-Blue Stains – These are caused by the bright colored berries that fall off the trees and bushes that are nearby your swimming pool.
  • Blueish-Greenish-Black Stains – These stains are caused by the copper pipes existing in your plumbing structure.
  • Greenish-Brownish-Red Stains – This blend of colors is caused by the iron present in the water from the neighboring well or by the rust that could land up in the pool and make stains all over.
  • Brownish-Blackish-Purple Stains – This dark mixture of colors is obtained from the naturally occurring metal manganese, abundantly present in the municipal water supply. This manganese is treated but not entirely removed.

How Do You Deal with These Stains?

Now that you know the reason behind the color stain, you can easily conclude how to get rid of the stains. Once you understand the stain caused by any of these factors mentioned above, you can now get your stain remover and pull your socks up for some serious cleaning work to be done. In addition, you can consider investing in automatic pool covers.

If you broadly categorize the factors responsible for these stains, the main culprits are the organic and metallic components. And basic steps to avoid the satins are as follows:

In Case of Organic Stains:

  • Testing the alkalinity of water: First and foremost, test the alkalinity of the water either with the classic paper strips or the liquid test kit to ensure the pH of the water.
  • Pool Shock: A batch of stains that are large and hard to remove may be removed with a single shock or a dosage of regular shocks. A shock of 3 pounds of calcium hypochlorite is enough for 37,800 liters of water.
  • Brushing the swimming pool is important: Brushing or scrubbing the swimming pool with a rigid brushing tool to get rid of the stains, and it is an important step to completely get these stains removed.
  • Track the pump: After the scrubbing, all you need to do is permit the shock to distribute through the pool overnight.
  • Scrub all you can: After the shock has been sustained overnight, you must scrub the stains again.
  • Stain investigation: After doing all the stated steps, you need to check whether all the stains are gone or not. And if not, you will have to follow the steps again right from the beginning.

In Case of Metallic Stains:

  • Water Testing: It is essential to check which metal has caused the stain in your pool. This can also make it easier for people to choose the type of stain remover for cleaning.
  • Choose the stain remover: Finding an appropriate stain remover for your swimming pool is a tedious task and also an important one.

Final Words

Once you have done all these steps and removed the stains successfully and wish that the stains do not return, you will have to cover the indoor-outdoor swimming pool with electric pool covers. Also, you can scan the pool for any leaves and twigs, move the plants away from the pool, keep track of the water’s pH levels, and check the pool for stains regularly.