Owning a swimming pool takes more than just lounging around and swimming in it. It takes proper cleaning and maintenance to enjoy a clean swimming pool.
One of the ways to keep a pool clean is through a pool acid wash.
Acid washing is a process done on a plaster pool to remove a thin layer of the surface to remove calcium deposits and stubborn pool stains. During pool acid washing, the pool needs to be drained so the sides can be scrubbed.
A solution of muriatic acid and water is applied to peel off or remove the top coating of the pool. This step is done manually using an acid brush.
The collected residue is then neutralized with soda ash before rinsing.
If you’re planning on doing a pool acid wash on your own, here’s what you will need:
At this point, if you think these are a handful to prepare, you might want to skip the DIY and leave pool acid washing to the professionals, like Bryte Pools Las Vegas.
Pool acid washing, also known as “drain and clean,” can transform your pool into a clean and fresh-looking oasis. When is pool acid washing applicable?
Your swimming pool may need pool acid washing if your pool has undergone insufficient or incorrect pool winterizing or if algae has taken over your pool.
With pool acid washing, the uppermost layer of the swimming pool is literally stripped off to reveal a fresh and clean plaster underneath.
Since this is a highly abrasive pool cleaning procedure, it’s not recommended to have a pool acid wash often.
The soda ash needs to be applied to the acid puddle while scrubbing the mixture with a pool brush. For this step, you will need around 2lbs of soda ash per 1 gallon of acid.
Pump the mixture into a bowl or container using a submersible pump. For the undisposed mixture, make sure to dispose of it properly as it could be harmful to animals and plants. Make sure to completely rinse out the bowl or container.
Pour out clean water over any remaining residue, making sure to carefully rinse the pool drain.
Since pool acid washing will remove a thin layer of the pool’s surface, it does not need to be done yearly. Too many pool acid washing treatments may lead to pool replastering. Pools with thin and old plasters should not be acid washed.
There are also cases when a deep stain will not respond to acid washing. In this case, re-plastering is better than having a pool acid wash. A professional pool technician will need to test the pool first to see if acid washing is applicable.
In between pool acid washing, you can prevent algae growth with the use of a durable algae brush. A basic pool brush is also your first line of defense against pool scum and stains. Through regular brushing, you can prevent buildup of stains and dirt on the pool surface.
If you need help in cleaning your Las Vegas swimming pool, Bryte Pools offers weekly pool cleaning and maintenance services.
The best time of year for a pool acid wash is typically in the off-season or late fall, when the pool is not being used as frequently. This allows for the pool to be drained and for the acid washing process to be completed without disrupting regular use.
Additionally, the pool will have more time to properly neutralize before the next swimming season. It’s important to note that some states and municipalities have laws that prohibit the draining of swimming pools, so it’s essential to check your local regulations before scheduling an acid wash.
There are a lot of reasons to own a pool, but just like some things, it is necessary to maintain it as well.
Bryte Pools offers professional pool acid wash on top of our other pool cleaning and maintenance services to help keep your pool clean, safe and beautiful.