Can Saltwater Pools Be Acid Washed?

Can Saltwater Pools Be Acid Washed?

Saltwater Pool Systems – The Cleaner, More Refreshing Choice

How can you get smooth, clean, and safe water in your pool? Easy – just add salt! A saltwater system can help keep your pool clean and reduce the harshness caused by chemicals and mineral buildup, allowing you to have a refreshing and relaxing experience. But just like any other pool, saltwater systems require careful and routine maintenance, such as acid washing.

Using the wrong product or making a simple mistake could cause serious damage to your pool and cleaning system. If you’re unsure how to maintain or address your saltwater system, let the professionals at Supreme Pool Tile Cleaningtake care of you. Our Coachella Valley pool cleaning team can help keep your saltwater system running in tip-top shape, thanks to our expert knowledge and technique, and our dedicated customer service.

Call Supreme Pool Tile Cleaning to schedule your acid washing appointment in the Coachella Valley today!

What Is Acid Washing?

Acid washing is the process of cleaning a pool using a chemical called muriatic acid. Typically, this process involves four steps:

  1. Draining the pool and spraying a mixture of muriatic acid and water on the walls of the pool
  2. Scrubbing the mixture all over the pool’s walls and floor, then allowing it to sit for 30 seconds to 3 minutes
  3. Rinsing off the mixture, properly disposing of the wastewater, and rinsing the pool a second time
  4. Refilling the pool and ensuring chemical balance

The acid removes a thin layer of the concrete or plaster liner, returning the material to its original color and preventing surface stains for the near future. As a result, it’s imperative to wear proper safety equipment when acid washing, as improper safety precautions or incorrect use of the chemicals required can cause injury. When tasked with a project like this, it’s usually better to call in the experts, and our team at Supreme Pool Tile Cleaning is happy to provide you with over a decade’s worth of combined knowledge to help get you in tip-top shape.

Can I Acid Wash My Saltwater Pool? 

The great thing about saltwater systems is that you will very rarely need to do a full acid wash to keep your pool pristine. Saltwater systems have a moderate base level of chlorine that is constantly maintained through the cell’s process of electrolysis, where it converts saltwater to chlorinated water, which then is ultimately converted back into saltwater due to chemical reactions. As a result, your pool stays cleaner for longer, and those nasty stains don’t get the chance to accumulate.

However, if you have a concrete or pebble-lined pool, you’ll still want to do an acid wash of the saltwater cell itself – a minimum of once a year. The saltwater can cause calcium and other minerals to break off from the liner and build up in the saltwater cell. When this happens, it’s important to have it fixed as soon as possible – a weak cell won’t keep the pool looking perfect and can be a breeding ground for problems.

How to Acid Wash a Saltwater Cell

When minerals like calcium build up on your saltwater cell, it’s important to have it acid washed as soon as possible. In this instance – rather than needing to drain the pool and do the classic scrub/wash/rinse – one can remove the saltwater cell from its place in the system and wash it directly with the muriatic acid mixture. This means that there is a much lower chance of something happening to you or the system itself. However, because you’re still working with chemicals that can cause serious damage if misused, it’s better to trust a professional with cleaning and maintaining your saltwater system.

Professional Pool Acid Washing in the Coachella Valley

When you’re unsure of what solutions to use to clean your saltwater pool or don’t want to take the risk of doing it yourself, let the professionals at Supreme Pool Tile Cleaning take over. Our Coachella Valley pool tile cleaners can make your pool pristine using the proper cleaning solutions and our expert technique.

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