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How to Clean Pool Tile With Pressure Washer

Most pool tiles are either made of porcelain or ceramic. Even the thought of emptying your pool and cleaning it is exhausting. There you are, sitting on the couch and mentally preparing yourself that it’s the weekend, you have nothing else to do so why not clean the pool?


With your mind finally made up, you get up to break out the buckets and sponges. Wait a minute… what are all the tools for?


“Why, for cleaning the pool of course!”


Umm… are you planning to scrub each tile by hand? Because if that’s the case, no wonder you have been so lazy about washing the pool. You, my friend, have been thinking too hard. All you need is a pressure washed to get the job done. Yes, you can use a calcium releaser or an acid solution to move all that buildup but these tricks are time consuming. Moreover, you will also need special cleaning gear to protect yourself. Then there’s professional pool cleaning services that also offer dust blasting. The cost of these services can run quite high, so we wouldn’t recommend it unless absolutely necessary.


With that said, let’s talk about the solution as to how to clean pool tile with pressure washer. The best thing about this method is that it’s pretty easy. However, the wrong pressure can destroy your tiles. Not to worry because we are going to tell you how to do it the right way.

Simpson Cleaning MSH3125 MegaShot Gas Pressure Washer Powered by Honda GC190, 3200 PSI at 2.5 GPM, black

Why Use Pressure Washer to Clean the Pool

Depending on how much of the pool’s surface is tiled; you will have to set aside a couple of hours to clean it. The pressure washer will simply remove calcium buildup and dirt. Your next step will be to collect the sludge that accumulates near the drain.


Compared to hand cleaning and acid solutions, this method is not only cheaper but less time consuming too. As for the pressure, which you are probably worried about, you can easily adjust it by turning the dial. We will discuss more about this later in the blog.


These are the basics of pressure washing your pool. Now that you know the key to using this pool cleaning method, check out the step-by-step guide below on how to clean pool tile with pressure washer:

Equipment Needed

  • Pressure Washer
  • Handheld Skimmer
  • Sponges
  • Bucket (for collecting sludge)
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Sludge Remover Vacuum (optional)
Simpson Cleaning MSH3125 MegaShot Gas Pressure Washer Powered by Honda GC190, 3200 PSI at 2.5 GPM, black

5 Steps to Cleaning Your Pool With Pressure Washer

Step #1

Buy or Rent the Equipment

You don’t necessarily need to buy a pressure washer. Check with your friends and neighbors if they have one you can borrow and if not, then you can easily rent it. As for the sludge remover vacuum, it’s up to you to rent it or not. If your pool is big, this equipment will help you remove the debris and sludge faster than scooping it with your hands and depositing it in the bucket.


Step #2

Clean the Pool

Use a handheld skimmer to clean the pool as much as you can. If your plan is to clean the entire pool, including the bottom and sides, then better get to emptying it. This can be time consuming so pull the plug first thing in the morning. A pool with 10,000 gallons of water will empty in about 14 hours. If you have a smaller swimming pool, it will take around 8 to 12 hours for it to empty.


While emptying the pool is not necessary, we do recommend it for a couple of reasons:

  • As a beginner, you might end up aiming the pressure in the wrong direction which will cause the dirty water to go into the pool
  • An empty pool gives you a clear view of all the tiles and you can deep clean them
  • You can easily stand inside the pool and clean every nook and cranny


Step #3

Adjust the Water Pressure

As mentioned earlier, using the right water pressure is extremely important when cleaning the pool. Check the booklet instructions of your pressure washer to adjust the pressure. The newer pressure washer equipment comes with a dial and numbers that allow you to easily set the pressure.


The ideal water pressure for cleaning a pool is 3,000 PSI. If you have porcelain tiles, then slightly lower the pressure to 2,500 PSI. If you still feel that the pressure is not right then try it on a corner tile that’s not visible. This way, if the tile does get damaged, it will be obscured by the pool’s walls.


Target the tile for about 30 seconds and check the results. If you no longer see the deposits in the gaps, then use the same pressure all over the pool. However, if you still see a little bit of deposit residue sticking to the surface then increase the pressure.


Step #4

Work in Sections

Divide the pool into sections and aim the pressure in the direction of the drain. Don’t forget to put a strainer on the drain to prevent it from clogging. It’s time to get to work! When you reach corners that are hard to reach, change the nozzle to a thinner one.


Step #5

Remove the Sludge

Once all the sludge and dirt has accumulated near the drain, either remove it with your hands or a sludge remover vacuum. If your pool is small, then use the former method. Wear the rubber gloves and get down on your knees to scoop up the sludge.


After the pool is clear of any dirt, give this section another blast and your pool will look shiny as new.

SIMPSON Cleaning CM60912 Clean Machine Gas Pressure Washer Powered by Simpson, 2400 PSI at 2.0 GPM

Our Final Thoughts

Wasn’t that easy? And here you were planning to buy multiple bottles of acids and scrubbers. That would have been a long disaster!


Why go to such extreme lengths when a pressure washer can help you achieve the same results in just a few hours? The only thing you need to keep an eye on is the water pressure. As the deposit will wash away, you will feel a deep satisfaction when the beauty of your pool reappears. Sounds exciting, right? So, go ahead and have some fun.


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