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Thread: PebbleTech finish and Robot cleaning/brushing

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    PebbleTech finish and Robot cleaning/brushing

    Hope someone can answer few questions as I'm a new owner of a beautiful pool with a Polaris infloor cleaning system and would like to buy a robot to clean and more important brush the pool.

    Two years ago we built a gunite pool with PebbleTech finish, 38k gallons with infloor Polaris cleaning system, Polaris computer. While I love my new pool the weekly brushing is a pain!. These are my questions:

    - Can I use a robot to clean and most important brush my pool with PeebleTech finish?
    - If I buy one of these expensive $1200+ robots, can they clime the walls as it is not a smooth finish but a peeble finish?
    - Can I use a robot to brush the pool and avoind the old fashioned weekly brushing?

    - Any reccomandation on the type and brand of robot to buy based on the above?

    Appreciate any help as I have been asking few friends but noone had any experience with robots and pebbletech finish.

    Hayward super pump 3/4 hp. hayward 300 lb sand filter, Hayward vari-flo XL 75 Gal per min. Pool : vinyl ~ 22000 gal, size: 32x18. 3'-9' 1:2 rise/run slope. 1st year in this house. pool is swamp complete with tadpoles.

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    Re: PebbleTech finish and Robot cleaning/brushing

    I'm going to say that the reality is that there is no good alternative to brushing. Pool cleaners, even "wall climbers" will suck loose debris from the walls, but they will not "scrub" it like brushing will. As for how they will hold up or perform in a PebbleTec pool, you can assume the same performance as a plaster pool. However, the PebbleTec finish will "eat" cleaners faster than a smoother finish. That is why I prefer the wheeled cleaners (I currently like the Poolvergnuegen ( Cleaners that "skid" (like the Hayward Navigator, for example) tend to get eaten up pretty quickly as the skid across the pebbles, so I try and not use them in pebble pools.

    Brushing is no fun (I hate is also), but it produces results. I think of my cleaner as a helper to get the stuff that falls to the bottom and give him (her?) no credibility for the walls! That's my job!

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