What Is Pool Acid Washing and Why Is It Necessary?

If you’ve owned a pool for a few years or so, you may notice it doesn’t have the same gleaning shine that it once had. Maybe you’ve even tried to give it a good thorough cleaning but to no avail.

In such instances, an acid wash may be the ticket you’ve been looking for.

Acid washing is no small undertaking. It’s an extreme measure that shouldn’t only be performed as a last resort to get rid of those tough algaecide stains. If you’ve tried every other trick of the trade and your pool still looks drab, then you may want to consult an expert on acid washing.

What Is Acid Washing?

Acid washing is a deep cleaning process in which an acid mixture is applied to a pool’s surface. It is an incredibly potent form of washing because the acid does more than merely clean the surface. Rather, it strips away a layer of the pool’s plaster. In the process, it reveals a fresh layer that’s never before seen the light of the day: A brand-new layer for a brand-new-looking pool.

Many people are understandably concerned about the risks when they hear that acid washing will remove a layer of their pool’s plaster. Don’t let it worry you too much, though: When performed professionally, acid washing is a safe and effective cleaning method. The amount of plaster removed is microscopic, so an acid wash won’t weaken your pool or damage it. That said, it shouldn’t be performed regularly: once every five or so years is plenty.

What Equipment Does an Acid Wash Require?

Acid washing requires a slew of protective gear, cleaning equipment, and chemical substances, including: 

  • Safety equipment (goggles, acid-safety mask, acid-resistant gloves, acid-resistant boots, and coveralls or other protective clothing)
  • Garden hose, plus spray nozzle
  • Watering can
  • Muriatic acid (or a muriatic replacement)
  • Algae brush
  • Telescoping pole
  • Water testing kit
  • Soda ash (aka washing soda)
  • Submersible drain pump

What Pools Are Safe to Acid Wash?

In-ground pools made of gunite or concrete are the only ones you should consider acid washing. Do not acid wash vinyl, fiberglass, or above-ground pools. The acid will eat through the lining material, and you’ll most likely have to replace it.

Can I Acid Wash a Pool Myself?

Acid washing is not for the faint of heart. It involves highly corrosive, potential lethal chemicals, as well as toxic fumes. It’s also easy to mess up. If you don’t wash the acid off in time, or apply enough soda ash to neutralize it, it may damage your pool’s surface.

Acid washing can also pose significant environmental concerns, as it can create hazardous runoff waste. Ultimately, it’s best to leave acid washing to the professionals. An expert like ourselves can ensure that the job is done safely and correctly.

Interested in Acid Washing? The Pool Doctor Is Here to Help!

As Palm Beach County’s premier pool care expert, the Palm Beach Pool Doctor, Inc. is here to help customers with all their poor-related needs, including acid washing! Clients near and far come to us because of our timely service, affordable prices, and customer-first approach.

If your pool requires an acid wash, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to book an appointment. And if you’re in the market for some new pool accessories, be sure to visit our online store today!

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