How to Remove Organic Stains from Swimming Pools
When debris is left on the bottom of the pool they form organic stains. Pigments present in leaves like tannin discolor the surfaces similar to a dye. In this post, we go over the quick way to removing organic stains from your swimming pool.

What You’ll Need

Pool Stain Treat®

One (1) bottle per 20,000 gallons

Net

Skimmer net pole attachment

Brush

Regular nylon pool brush

Chlorine Neutralizer

About 2 oz. of sodium thiosulfate per 10,000 gallons

At a Glance

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4 Steps to Remove Iron Pool Stains

Step 1: Skim

Using your pool net, skim as much leaves and debris from the pool.

Step 2: Lower chlorine to 1.0 ppm

Lower your chlorine reading to less than 1.0 ppm by either using chlorine nuetralizer or abstaining from adding your sanitizer for a few days.

Step 3: Add Pool Stain Treat®

Add one (1) bottle of Pool Stain Treat® per 20,000 gallons of pool water.

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WARNING: Dissolve first for color plaster, painted fiberglass & Exposed Aggregate

For colored plaster, painted fiberglass, exposed aggregate pools you will need to dissolve Pool Stain Treat® in a bucket of water first before pouring it into the swimming pool to prevent discoloration.

TIP: Round up

Round your pool up to the nearest 5,000 gallons for dosing.

TIP: Dissolve for wide stains

For wide spread staining, dissolve Pool Stain Treat® in a bucket of water and pour around the pool. This will help give an even finish.

TIP: Running your pump

If your pH is above 7.2, you can go ahead and let your system run. Otherwise, turn off your pump until your raise your pH to at least 7.2.

Step 4: Brush

After 5-10 minutes, brush the entire surface of the pool.

Organic Pool Stain Do's

  • Reduce your chlorine to 1.0 ppm.
  • Lower your total alkalinity 10 ppm or more
  • Dissolve Pool Stain Treat® in a bucket first for colored plaster, painted fibgerglass and exposed aggregate
  • Dissolve Pool Stain Treat® in a bucket first for widespread stains

Organic Pool Stain Don'ts

  • Don’t run the filter or allow the pump to kick on if your pH is below 7.2.
  • Don’t add Pool Stain Treat® directly on to colored plaster, painted fiberglass, or exposed aggregate surfaces. This can lead to discoloration.

 

Organic Stain Prevention Tips

TIP 1: Balance with the Hamilton Index™

Raise your pH according to the Hamilton Index™ to 7.8-8.2. This will help break down organics more quickly before they can form stains.

TIP 2: Skim Regularly

Prevent debris from settling to the bottom by getting in the habit of skimming leaves regularly.

TIP 3: Adjust Returns

Point return jets so that the surface of the water rotates counter-clockwise towards your skimmer inlet (Coriolis Effect). This will help trap more debris on the surface.

TIP 4: Automatic Pool Cleaner

Consider investing in an automatic pool cleaner that will pick up debris from surface of the pool.

TIP 5: Use a Stain Preventative

Consider using a preventative stain treatment such as Pool Stain Treat® to keep stains from returning.

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