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Effective Hacks That Will Help You Get Rid Of Your Pool Stains And Algae

Effective Hacks That Will Help You Get Rid Of Your Pool Stains And Algae

The high cost of a pool, the labor involved in setting up a pool, and the time it takes to maintain a pool can make going to your local public pool an attractive option. Even though there are some issues with public pools, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself without worrying about ladder replacements or other maintenance problems that go hand-in-hand with owning your own pool.

There’s no denying that having a pool is awesome but what happens when those pesky stains start to appear? Your first instinct may be to run out and buy every chemical imaginable for removing those ugly stains so you can get back up and running again quickly without much thought as far as upkeep goes. But you should know better than to use harsh chemicals in your pool. They can’t only damage the appearance of your pool, but they could also cause problems with its functionality as well. The harsh chemicals you’re using not only ruin the color of your pool but can also cause other problems like cloudy water and even algae growth if you aren’t careful about what you’re adding to your water. Luckily for you, there are plenty of ways that allow you to remove stains without having to buy packet after packet of harsh chemical treatments. Let’s take a look at some effective hacks below!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is one cheap product that will do amazing things for your pool. You should try adding baking soda directly to the stain instead of trying to get it to the stain through your pool’s water. Pour baking soda directly on the affected area and let sit for at least 24 hours before you use a stiff brush to scrub off the blemish. You can also try mixing together water and baking soda in 1:1 parts – just be sure not to add too much of either ingredient when you’re scrubbing because this could damage your pool’s surface. Baking Soda is also great at neutralizing the pH level of your pool’s water.


Another common ingredient you can find in any kitchen is vinegar. This acid has great cleaning properties and like baking soda, it won’t damage the color or texture of your pool. Just mix equal parts white or apple cider vinegar with water (do not use both) to create a diluted solution that will help get rid of stains without causing any other issues for you down the road. If you’re dealing with stubborn stains that just don’t want to go away, try using full-strength vinegar – just be sure to rinse after about ten minutes so you don’t damage your surfaces!

Pool Stain Removers And Treatment Products

If none of these hacks work to remove the stain, you may want to resort to a pool treatment product. There are plenty of products available for sale on the market and even more online that make it easier than ever before to remove stains from your pool without dealing with harsh chemicals or spending hours scrubbing. You can find everything from chlorine tablets to liquid treatment products that help keep your water clean when it comes in contact with various surfaces. Using these items is incredibly easy – just add directly into your skimmer basket so there’s no need for manual labor. There are plenty of effective treatments out there so don’t feel forced to continue with ineffective ways of removing stains from your pool that can damage or destroy your pool.

Citric Acid

Another great option is citric acid. You should start by using approximately one cup or more of citric acid in 2000 gallons of water per shock treatment. Then, test the pH level right after you dump out any leftover citric acid so that it doesn’t become too concentrated during treatment. If you don’t want to use baking soda, you can also turn to citric acid for removing those tough stains. You should try mixing it with your pool’s water at a ratio of 9 parts water and 1 part citric acid. You need to do this before you go in for the night because the mixture won’t be very effective once things heat up. Citric acid is another agent that can break down concrete surfaces so just keep that in mind when you’re adding it into your pool.


Another product that is safe for your pool but can still remove tough stains is Borax. Add borax at a ratio of 10 parts water and one part Borax (20 Mule Team) directly on top of You’ll then want to dump this into your pool and check the pH level again. You should be looking for a balance between 7.2 and 7.8 if you want to avoid any unwanted side effects, so constantly monitor the levels until you reach an appropriate point. The good news about Borax is that it’s extremely cheap and can remove those tough stains without damaging your pool.

These effective hacks can help you remove pool stains and algae without damaging your surfaces. Just be sure to stay away from harsh chemicals and chlorine if they’re not necessary for the job! Instead, use one of these options next time an issue arises around the pool.

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