Many people have their pool as the focus point of their outside entertainment area. And many of those areas tend to be tiled, either with the same tiles that line your pool, or with ones that match or complement in style and color. The tiles in both areas get dirty over time, but it is the tiles in your pool that can be a particular problem. The main culprit is calcium, which can both come from the grout below the surface of the tiles but also from the pool itself as a result of pH imbalance in your water. It is this latter factor which causes the white line you see at the top of the water line.
No matter what method we use to clean your pool tiles, the actual pool tile cleaning process is pretty much the same. First we lower the water level in your pool, usually by up to 10 inches so that the calcium line and deposits are exposed. People think we need to empty the pool but we need clear access to that area. Our experienced staff then enter the pool and use our specialized equipment to shoot our cleaning substance against the calcium. This is done at a relatively low pressure to prevent any damage to the tiles. Once the calcium is removed, we rinse all the surfaces we have worked on then double check that no deposits have been missed. We finish the process by vacuuming your pool to remove any calcium and cleaning substance from the bottom of your pool. Depending on how big your pool is, this takes from around 1 hour to 4 hours.
Which cleaning substance we use can depend on the type of tile and on how bad the calcium deposits are. As the name suggests, the glass bead method involves blasting a stream of very small glass beads, each bead around the size of a needle tip. These beads not only remove the calcium, but also other problems such as oil and grout.
Using baking soda is ideal for taking calcium deposits off stone or ceramic tiles. But, unlike glass beads, using baking soda will make your alkaline and pH levels in the pool rise, so if using this method, we would also recommend accompanying action to reduce those levels. If needed, our team are highly experienced in ensuring alkaline and pH are at acceptable levels.
This is our most common and popular method of cleaning pool tiles. It uses a salt called kieserite to remove the calcium at a low pressure level. Kieserite is biodegradable and it has a neutral pH level which reduces other work. It is also ideal for many tile types and leaves them looking new and shiny. While a relatively recent method, it is also one of the safest and is proving increasingly popular. If your tiles are looking a little off color, why not call Coral Springs Pool Cleaners to bring them back to life?