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    suggestions on how to clean this disaster??

    Long story short. Bought a house on short sale that had the pool.clearly the pool was neglected. We took the plywood cover off this weekend and this is what we saw (see pics). We drained the water, I'm aware of the Sayers of draining a pool with a vinyl liner but I'm just curious on how you guys would attempt to clean this? Im talking aboit the black line on the wall not the leaves on the bottom. It is an 18x36pool so iI'd prefer to save the liner if I could. Oh and fyi....pressure washing the liner did nothing. Worked great on the stairs but wouldn't help the liner at all.
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    Re: suggestions on how to clean this disaster??

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    Likely the vinyl has been stained by the organic matter in the pool. Using a bleach solution should help remove some of the staining, but I would not hold my breath on it becoming perfect.
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    Re: suggestions on how to clean this disaster??

    I agree--that's really BAD!
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    Re: suggestions on how to clean this disaster??

    There's hope after all!! Spent the weekend cleaning.wish I could upload bigger photos. Got 60% of the liner looking brand new
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    Re: suggestions on how to clean this disaster??

    That looks pretty good so far.

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    Amazing. So what did you do so far?
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    Re: suggestions on how to clean this disaster??

    Liquid shock and water removed the lighter stains very easy. Just let it sit on the stain for twenty min then washed away. For the black stains the chlorine hockey pucks move them. All I had to do was put the puck on the stain wet it down with a hose and let it sit twenty minutes. See the pic below. The wall stains are gonna be a little harder only because they are vertical and I can't make the water or chlorine pucks stick to the walls. I'm thinking ill have to put some solution in a squirt bottle and keep squirting in on the wall.
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    Wow. That is working better than I expected.
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    Re: suggestions on how to clean this disaster??

    Just be careful with those Trichlor pucks/tabs. They are very acidic and acid is one of the worst things for vinyl liners. So try and keep it on long enough to be able to remove/clean the stain, but no longer (if you can).
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    Re: suggestions on how to clean this disaster??

    We inherited our vinyl AGP with our house purchased off of forclosure. We have no idea how long the pool sat before we bought it, but it sat another year after we bought it.

    We drained it, vacuumed it with two shop vacs. and used two soft bristle scrub brushes and soft scrub with bleach and a hose.

    soft scrub with bleach works really well on cleaning my father's boat so I figured it would be good on the pool. its been 2 years now and the liner seems fine. it has some bleached out spots, but those were there before we touched the pool.

    i know nothing about vinyl liners and soft scrub, or pools other than my own, but i think the bottle says safe on vinyl and it worked.

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    Ya I remove the pucks as soon as they clear a spot.

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    Re: suggestions on how to clean this disaster??

    Kjpool that's the exact same scenario I have.bought on foreclosure with neglected pool. Going to scrub it more this weekend I want to be up and running first week of June.

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    Re: suggestions on how to clean this disaster??

    Quote Originally Posted by Robes22
    Kjpool that's the exact same scenario I have.bought on foreclosure with neglected pool. Going to scrub it more this weekend I want to be up and running first week of June.
    just to let you know, it is a 21' AGP, it took us about 2/3 of a day to drain it, vac it, scrub it, and start to refill it. We didn't want to leave it empty any longer than we had to.

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