Pressure washing pool tiles may not be very high on your list of cleaning tasks. But, with the amount of dirt that can build up in your pool, it is a matter of health and safety.
Pressure Washing Pool Tiles: Is It Possible?
Pools are a normal part of a residential or commercial area. Many homeowners have them in their backyards, and HOA communities also offer them as an exclusive amenity to members. Gyms and hotels also have pools for guests. Over time, though, pools can get very dirty and start to look worn. Dirt, algae, and other pollutants can build up in between and on pool tiles. These things not only make your pool look mucky but also pose a threat to the health of swimmers.
This is why cleaning the pool tiles regularly is a must. But, such a task is often easier said than done. Pools come in all shapes and sizes, though they are usually large, making them cumbersome to clean. It can take days, not to mention a lot of elbow grease, to finish scrubbing the entire pool. For those who lead busy lives or simply can’t be bothered to put in the work, cleaning pool tiles is nearly impossible to do.
Fortunately, pressure washing pool tiles is an option. Pressure washing is a quick and convenient solution to pool cleaning. Using a pressure washing machine, you can clean pool tiles with relative ease. It covers more ground in less time and effectively eliminates pollutants.
How to Pressure Wash Pool Tiles
When it comes to pressure washing your pool, you can either hire a professional or do it yourself. If you wish to take a DIY approach to pressure washing pool tiles, these are the materials you will need:
- Pressure washer between 1200 to 2600 PSI, preferably one with steam or that can reach high temperatures (you can rent or buy this at your local home improvement store)
- A variety of nozzles
- Protective clothing
Once you’ve gathered all the necessary materials, follow the steps below:
- Drain your pool.
- Remove any debris (such as pool toys and furniture) from the pool and its surrounding areas.
- Wear your protective clothing and goggles.
- Set up your pressure washer.
- Using a low-pressure level (about 2000 PSI), spray on part of your pool for 30 seconds. If there is damage, adjust your pressure level or back up a few feet. If there is no damage, continue.
- Pressure wash your pool in sections, sweeping horizontally until clean before moving to another section.
- Change nozzles when necessary. For tighter spaces or corners, a long spray gun attachment will come in handy.
- After going through the entire pool, turn off the pressure washer.
- Allow the pool and its surrounding areas to dry completely.
While it is possible to pressure wash pool tiles, it is also possible to damage them in the process. Pool tiles are typically made using porcelain or ceramic. These materials can get easily damaged if you use the wrong pressure level and nozzle while cleaning them. The best way to ensure your pool gets a thorough cleaning without damaging the tiles is to hire a professional company to pressure wash it for you.
Why You Should Also Pressure Wash Pool Decks
Pool cleaning should definitely be a part of your maintenance checklist, but you should also show your pool deck some love. Pool decks usually experience an accumulation of dirt, grime, and mildew. Sometimes, pool chemicals, sand, and calcium deposits can also build up in this area.
As with pool tiles, the regular cleaning of pool decks helps keep them visually appealing. It can also prevent accidents caused by slippery decks. Beyond that, when you fail to maintain your pool deck, you are opening it up to staining, cracks, and chlorine corrosion.
Pressure washers will again come in handy here. You can use a pressure or power washer, along with special cleaning agents, to effectively clean your pool deck. These washers can even clean pool furniture, depending on the type of material.
When pressure washing pool decks, make sure to start with a low-pressure level and a wide nozzle. You can adjust these settings as you go to ensure a more thorough cleaning. It is also important to let the pool deck dry completely before letting anyone use it. This way, you can save yourself the trouble and headache of someone getting injured on your property.
How Often to Pressure Wash Pool Tiles and Decks
There are two factors you must consider when deciding on the frequency of pool deck and tile cleaning:
- The location of the pool
- How often the pool is used
If your pool sees a lot of action, dirt and algae tend to accumulate faster. Thus, your pool will likely need a cleaning more often. The same goes for pools located in areas that are more polluted, experience a lot of storms or snow, or sit near the coast. If there are many trees that hang over your pool, you will also need to clean it and the pool deck more frequently.
For pools that only get seasonal use, once or twice a year should be enough. But, for year-round pools, it is wise to do a cleaning every 2 to 3 months.
Can You Pressure Wash a Pool Without Draining?
Draining a pool can take hours, with larger pools taking longer to fully clear out. Because of this, many pool owners find it exhausting to clean their pools. It also leads many to ask whether or not it is possible to pressure wash a pool while there is still water in it.
Pressure washing pool underwater is technically possible. Some pressure washers are designed for underwater use, while others are not. Given that pressure cleaning relies on the force of water to clean dirt and grime buildup, though, underwater pressure washing tends to be less effective. It will take longer to clean your pool tiles thoroughly. Basically, it will require more effort to accomplish than if you had simply waited for the pool to drain.
Why You Need Professional Help
Pressure washing pool tiles may sound like an expensive cleaning method, but it is actually more cost-efficient because of the time you end up saving. While it is certainly possible to do it yourself, pressure washing pools is a job best outsourced to an experienced professional. Professionals can do it faster, more effectively, and at no risk to your safety.
Washh can pressure wash your pool tiles and pool deck at an affordable rate. Call us today at 704.321.8000 or contact us online for a free estimate.
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