Maintenance Monday: When Should You Acid Wash Your Pool?

When Should You Acid Wash Your Pool?

It’s Maintenance Monday again here at and today we are going to discuss acid washing and the best practices when it comes time to have an acid wash done. Lets start off with the most important question:


What is Acid Washing?

Acid Washing is the act of removing unsightly stains from hard water and sediment buildup on the pool surface. Normally when pools have been neglected and left stagnant, combined with high phosphates from algae and hard water staining, an acid wash is highly recommended. Years of buildup can severely diminish the serenity of your pool, making it look dingy and murky. 


How Does Acid Washing Work?

Acid washing involves using a mixture of Muriatic Acid in combination with water. The pool must first be drained and free of chemical dispensers and toys. The acidic mixture is applied evenly to the pool surface creating a chemical reaction which removes a thin layer of the existing surface as well as any buildup that has accumulated over the years. Muriatic Acid is HIGHLY CORROSIVE and could cause severe damage if inhaled or if it comes into contact with your skin, eyes or internal organs. Due to the high risk involved, we recommend contacting an industry service professional with the necessary training and safety equipment required to perform the task. 


How Often Should I Acid Wash My Pool?

We recommend doing an Acid Wash NO MORE than once every 3-5 years. Frequent acid washes will diminish the pool surface and cause the need for a full remodel. Research local companies in your area to find an authorized technician for the job!


In conclusion, an acid wash is a wonderful way to keep your pool looking sharp and pristine. If you find your pool water turning murky more often, there may be some underlying chemical issue waiting around the corner. Be sure to keep an eye on all chemical levels and perform weekly tests to ensure the accuracy of your equipment. 


Due to the risk associated with the corrosive muriatic acid, please do not attempt to perform an acid wash by yourself. Please contact us directly with any questions regarding your water chemistry, we'd be happy to help!


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