Several conditions can lead to stains or scale in your swimming pool, such as acidic water, alkaline water or metal objects left in the pool. They can also come from outdoor material like leaves, branches or algae.
Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to pinpoint the cause of the stain, which can be a combination of several factors. With our proven, exclusive stain treatment program, we can help you to not only pinpoint the cause but treat it effectively with less strain than an eraser. Remember, stains in your pool are like stains on clothing; with the right advice and right product, you can get just about anything out! We have everything you need to find the culprit and get the proper solution.
Oxidized Copper Stain
There are three steps to successful stain identification using our Suncoast product line. Follow these steps and you should have no problem identifying your stains. If you do not follow these instructions, the treatment will most likely not work, so please read carefully. If you have any questions after you have read this article, or to purchase a Pool Stain ID kit, please visit your local Pinch A Penny store.
*Note: the pool water must be above 65F before starting any stain treatment program.
Visit your local Pinch A Penny store for free water analysis so you can properly balance your pool water. Although your pool water balance may be “perfect” for the day-to-day conditions, it will probably need an adjustment for successful stain removal. Balance the pool to the following parameters before proceeding to STEP 2.
|Free Available Chlorine||3.0 ppm or below|
|Total Available Chlorine||3.0 ppm or below|
|pH||7.4 or below|
|Total Alkalinity||80 ppm or below|
|Calcium Hardness||400 ppm or below|
|Cyanuric Acid (stabilizer)||70 ppm or below|
|TDS (Total Dissolved Solids)*||1200 ppm or below|
*For salt chlorinated pools, 4700 ppm or below
This step uses a test spot to determine which chemicals will best remove your organic or inorganic stains. An organic stain can usually be removed by the addition of chlorine over the spot(s). If it doesn’t, it’s probably an inorganic type of stain and you should proceed to use the Suncoast Stain IDentification Kit. The Suncoast Stain IDentification Kit contains “try me” sizes for several chemicals commonly used in stain removal. Steps, swim-outs and the shallow end of the pool are the best areas to do your test. Remove any pool cleaner before you begin and read all instructions.
Suncoast Iron & Cobalt Remover
Suncoast Stop Stains
Note: Suncoast Stop Stains is an acidic product and can damage pool finishes if left standing for any length of time.
Suncoast O2 Safe Shock
Once you have identified the stain using the Suncoast Stain IDentification Kit, please visit your local Pinch A Penny store with a water sample of your pool. Inform the store associate which chemical and procedure were identified from Step 2 using the Suncoast Stain IDentification Kit. The store will perform a new water test analysis and our computerized test program will give you a detailed print out to help you eliminate your stains. When your stain treatment is completed, the store will recommend a maintenance program to help prevent your stains from coming back.
Swimming pool stains are a fact of life. However, by following these instructions, you might be able to eliminate them. Over 40 years of expertise has given us the knowledge to handle any pool stain situation. Whether it is inground or above ground, our products are specifically formulated to identify and treat a variety of pool stains, no matter the cause. For more information, download a copy of our complete Pool Care Guide.