What You’ll Need
Pool Stain Treat®
One (1) bottle per 20,000 gallons
Skimmer net pole attachment
Regular nylon pool brush
About 2 oz. of sodium thiosulfate per 10,000 gallons
At a Glance
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.
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.