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    What is the best way to remove my waterline stain?

    I have natural stone- slate as my waterline tile. I noticed it is starting to form a waterline stain. What is the best way to remove it?
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    Re: What is the best way to remove my waterline stain?

    What color is the stain?

    Try a Magic Eraser.
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    Re: What is the best way to remove my waterline stain?

    I do not want to take over your post - but I have a similar question. Can anyone identify this stain? Ive already identified that the pitting marks is due to winterization (prior owner) where ice was allowed to form.

    I know I had these same pinkish stains around my pool edge last year as well, however I never confirmed how to deal with them.

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    Re: What is the best way to remove my waterline stain?

    Mine is just white scale build up line.

    I found this video that I will follow their advise.

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    Re: What is the best way to remove my waterline stain?

    It's probably calcium scale. If it is muriatic acid will remove it.
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    Re: What is the best way to remove my waterline stain?

    Do I need to give it a muric acid wash, or just use Muric acid in the pool? I'm concerned with my ph already low that the muric acid will send it too low.

    Thanks for the help. I read calcium scaling in pool school and I'm still confused.
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    Re: What is the best way to remove my waterline stain?

    With a TA of 160 just aerate to bring the pH up. Also just take diluted acid and rub it on the tile. It won't affect the pH very much like that.
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    Re: What is the best way to remove my waterline stain?

    What is the best way to apply the acid on to the tile? Should I use a nylon paint brush ect?
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    What is the best way to remove my waterline stain?

    I'm curious about how to get calcium scale off natural stone also.
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    Re: What is the best way to remove my waterline stain?

    I tried the pumice stone route last year and I went through a lot of them with minimal results. I have some friends that have very smooth tile and they just scraped their scale off with a razor blades. I think the best way to apply the acid is with a spray bottle but a brush will work as well.
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    Re: What is the best way to remove my waterline stain?

    I will give it a try this weekend in between swimming a few laps!
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    Re: What is the best way to remove my waterline stain?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shane1
    I tried the pumice stone route last year and I went through a lot of them with minimal results. I have some friends that have very smooth tile and they just scraped their scale off with a razor blades. I think the best way to apply the acid is with a spray bottle but a brush will work as well.
    Just found this site a few weeks ago. After reading so much I realize all the things I've done wrong over the last 10 years. One of which is let my CH get REAL high, then not really pay any attention to my PH.

    You can imagine that I get the water line scale every year, and every year for the first 8 years I would use the stupid pumice stones to scrape off the Calcium build up. This litterally takes forever and is a huge PITA. But if you got a week (or two), and maybe a few kids to take turns at it, it will take the scale off.

    Last year however I had an epiphany, and some how realized that the Muriatic acid would take the scale off. I used a spray bottle, diluted the acid 50/50 with pool water, and one of those house hold scrubby pads. I finished the whole pool in about 2 hours. Spray the acid on a 5-6' span, scrub 2-3' at a time with the pad and work your way around the pool.

    Now that I found this place, and bought my TFT Kit, I'm working on lowering my CH and keeping my PH down.

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    ETA: My experince is on tile. I'm not sure what it would do on stone (if there would be a difference)
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