Dealing With The Calcium Build-Up: 3 Methods For Cleaning Pool Tiles


If you are a proud pool owner, you know that pool maintenance is important. You want to keep both pool water and tiles clean at all times. Unless you have a pool that can clean itself, you may have to do the dirty work yourself or hire someone to do it for you. One of the toughest problems that you can face is dealing with calcium buildup on your pool tiles. Scum can accumulate on the surface of the tiles, and is commonly caused by water chemistry imbalance or hardness. Here are three proven methods for cleaning pool tiles and get rid of calcium deposits.

1) Pumice Stick Cleaning

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If you are thinking of cleaning your pool tiles yourself, using a pumice stick is a common method to make your pool tiles sparkly again. It can remove the white, flakey calcium carbonate scaling that has accumulated on the pool tiles to a degree that a normal scraper cannot achieve. A pumice stick is made of lightweight, foamy and natural volcanic rock that can be used on a number of surfaces, including concrete, ceramic tile, or plaster surfaces. One of the biggest drawbacks of using a pumice stick to clean pool tiles is that it is time consuming, whereby cleaning the tiles of an average sized pool could take several hours that could result in less than perfect calcium removal. This product is relatively inexpensive, and can run between $6.00 and $13.00, and doesn’t allow for multiple uses because it crumbles quickly, which means that you might need a large quantity. It’s proven to get the job done, but requires much effort and time.

2) Chemical Cleaning

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Pool stores today typically offer a wide array of chemical solutions that are capable of solving your pool tile calcium buildup problem. Many work in a similar manner; some are ready-to-use products, while there are other chemical mixture options that can be prepared at home.

Baking soda or white vinegar mixtures are commonly used to remove tile stains, but more importantly, these pose no hazardous risk to the skin. These two form of solutions may be more ideal for mild to moderate calcium buildup. For heavy calcium buildup, using the chemical muriatic acid may be more effective at getting the job done. This chemical solution often requires dilution with water, careful mixing, and is best applied to deposits through a spray bottle. Follow the safety measures when handling muriatic acid, such as wearing a respirator, acid resistant gloves and eye goggles.

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3) Blasting

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Blasting can be a strong and efficient cleaning tool for your pool tiles and comes in three forms – glass bead blasting, soda and salt blasting. This method involves the use of air pressure shots to wear down the deposits from the surface of stone and ceramic pool tiles, for example, and is environmentally friendly, thanks to its all-natural components that do not impact pool water balance. Visit to learn how Sparklean Pools can help with your pool tile maintenance.

The health of your pool is important and removing calcification from your pool tiles is an essential part of the pool maintenance process. There are proven ways to remove calcium buildup and restore some level of sparkle to your pool tiles. You can find affordable, effective and efficient methods that you can either perform yourself, or you can hire professionals to take care of it for you. Pumice stick cleaning, blasting and chemical cleaning are some of the ways that you can get rid of calcium deposits from your pool tile. Whatever method you choose, be sure to practice safe measures as required.

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