How to Clean A Vinyl Pool Liner

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Vinyl liner pools are popular among existing and prospective pool owners because of their features and the options they offer for customization. Thanks to long-lasting materials and innovative technology, vinyl liner pools can withstand sunlight, water and chemicals. This means a vinyl liner pool requires less maintenance and upkeep than a concrete pool.

Here are the things you should do on a regular basis to clean and extend the lifespan of your vinyl liner:

  • Gently brush it. To keep dirt, debris, and undissolved chemicals from accumulating on the liner, give it some attention with a soft-bristle brush or sponge periodically. How often depends on how much foreign material ends up in your pool, but you might start with once per week.
  • Maintain proper water chemistry. If your pool water is not in balance, it can have a negative effect on your liner. Test your water once a month either in person at the water lab or using the dropoff box outside.
  • Tend to the waterline. Dirt and oils can build up at the waterline and cause staining. Use a vinyl liner cleaning solution to keep the area at and above the waterline clean. This kind of product will also help protect the liner from the sun’s damaging rays.
  • Don’t allow toys that aren’t pool-safe. Pool toys are designed to be free of corners and sharp edges for a reason. Objects with those characteristics can puncture or tear a liner. Be sure that you only allow appropriate toys in the pool.

How to Clean Pool Liner Stains

Cleaning pool liner stains will help you keep your vinyl liner looking like new. Before you start the process, it’s important to identify the type of stain and the underlying cause. Most vinyl liner stains are organic or metal:

  • Organic stains: Generally brown or green in appearance. Caused by weather and other factors like dirt, algae, and leaves.
  • Metal stains: Metal stains are usually caused by hardware or equipment in your pool like ladders and heaters.
  • Waterline stains: Often described as a “ring” around your pool and is often caused by undissolved pool chemicals or calcium buildup.

We always recommend contacting a pool professional for cleaning and maintenance, they can help you remove tough stains and ensure you don’t use any products or chemicals that may damage the pool liner. To clean pool liner stains, follow the same steps as above. To recap:

  • Remove dirt and debris
  • Vacuum pool and clean the pool filter
  • Gently scrub pool liner with a soft-bristle brush
  • Balance the water chemistry
  • Shock your pool

What to Use to Clean Pool Liner

It’s important to contact your pool manufacturer before using any chemicals or other materials on your pool liner. While there are many DIY cleaning solutions online, do not use these unless you have spoken to a professional.

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If you have any questions about how to clean your vinyl pool liner, give us a call at 204-233-8822.


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