Staining in pools can be very challenging to prevent or remove because there is a lot of confusion as to what actually caused the stain. To properly remove and prevent staining, the first order of business is to determine what the staining is which in most cases is either non-living organics or metals.
Non-Living Organic Staining
Vitamin C tablets are the easiest way to determine if the stain is caused by metals. If the stain is not removed or lightened by Vitamin C, the stains could be coming from non-living organics such as lotions, cosmetics, leaves, worms, and sweat. Non-living organic stains are usually green and brown in color and often look like algae. To remove non-living organic stains, a technique that works quite well is using the correct combination of chlorine (elevate the level of chlorine to hit breakpoint) and scrub the area vigorously with a surface-appropriate brush. After 24 hours, ensure chlorine levels have returned to normal range (below 5ppm) and broadcast Pool First Aid as around the perimeter of the pool and brush again. The concentrated enzyme and clarifier in the Pool First Aid will break down the non-living organics and coagulate any small particulates. It is highly recommended to continue on a weekly regimen of Pool Perfect to prevent the non-living organic stains from reoccurring.
By taking a Vitamin C tablet and allowing it to dissolve a few minutes can determine if the stain you are experiencing is caused by metals. By allowing the tablet to dissolve on the affected area and checking to see if the area under the tablet has lightened or been removed can positively identify it as a metal stain. Stains that are dark or reddish brown are typically metallic, and come from iron and copper. Metals can come from numerous sources such as fill water- especially well water, or may have been introduced into the water as a result of corrosion caused by unbalanced water chemistry. Use either Stainfree or STAINfree Extra Strength to remove metal surface staining or water discoloration. Follow up this application of Stainfree or STAINfree Extra Strength with an initial dose of METALfree. Continue with the maintenance dose of METALfree to prevent future staining.
First Aid One Shot combines our powerful and natural based SMARTZymes enzyme formula with an organic clarifier to fix pool problems fast! • Cleans water of dead algae, pollen, oils, spills, anti-freeze residue, paint, vandalism and other forms of non-living organic water contamination. • Frees up clogged filters of oil and other forms of non-living organic build up. • Removes dead algae quickly and efficiently, in many cases without the need to backwash. First Aid One Shot is a concentrated water cleaner that works very fast without scrubbing!
STAINfree Extra Strength
STAINfree Extra Strength is 100% ascorbic acid which is an all natural way to eliminate metal staining. STAINfree Extra Strength is compatible with all sanitizing systems and is effective on all surfaces.
Stainfree is 100% citric acid which is an all natural way to eliminate metal staining. Stainfree is compatible with all sanitizing systems and is effective on all surfaces.
SCALEfree protects pools from the damaging effects of scale buildup and staining due to excessive calcium, iron, copper and other minerals. It works without the use of phosphates or harsh acids. SCALEfree also works to prevent scale from forming on salt generator cells, helping to maintain optimum performance. SCALEfree can be used with most sanitizing systems and is compatible with all pool surfaces.
METALfree is a highly effective metal chelating agent that protects against staining and discoloration from trace metals such as iron and copper. METALfree should be used as part of a well designed pool maintenance. METALfree does not raise phosphate levels in pool water like many other stain and scale products. Note: This product can be used with most sanitizing systems and is compatible with all spa surfaces. Do not use with biguanides.
This concentrated naturally based SMARTZymes technology breaks down suntan oils, cosmetics, body oils and other non-living organic contaminant waste in pool water. Pool Perfect reduces black waterline rings. Just add to the water- minimizes the need for scrubbing! Saves time and labor, keeping pools clean and water sparkling. Pool Perfect also acts as a continuous filter cleaner. It eliminates oils and other non-living organics that clog filters and reduce efficiency. Save time and money on filter maintenance.
Pool First Aid combines our powerful SMARTZyme technology with an organic clarifier to fix pool problems fast. It is non-toxic and non-irritating. • Cleans water of dead algae, pollen, oils, spills, anti-freeze residue, paint, vandalism and other forms of non-living organic water contamination • Frees up clogged filters of oil and other forms of non-living organic buildup • Removes dead algae quickly and efficiently, in many cases without the need to backwash Pool First Aid is a powerful pool problem solver that works very fast- often without scrubbing!