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    Help -Top Ring Vinyl cleaners?

    My 18' Intex top ring has some brownish substance on it (hardened) which will not wipe off. Any ideas on what eveyone uses to clean their top ring? It's not all around the ring, only in some areas. Does not seem like tree sap, not sticky, just hard crust. I have never had this before, and its our 3rd summer with the pool.
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    Re: Top Ring cleaners?

    Try one of those Magic Erasers...amazing what they will do.
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    Re: Top Ring cleaners?

    These are probably solid deposits, water splashing repeatedly on the ring evaporated leaving behind all dissolved solids, over time solid deposits became thick enough to be visible, mainly calcium with a bit of chloride bound to it.

    Most of these deposits can be removed with light scrubbing using some soft wet cloth material (not an abrasive sponge), the most difficult ones can be persuaded using a soft cloth soaked in vinegar.
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    Re: Top Ring cleaners?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp
    Try one of those Magic Erasers...amazing what they will do.
    Nope, didn't even touch it.

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    Re: Top Ring Vinyl cleaners?

    I have also now tried vinigar, nope..........

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    Re: Help -Top Ring Vinyl cleaners?

    Vinegar is a very "mild" acid, so it might take some time and effort, the objective being to see if the deposits are diluted by acid.

    Signs of dilution would be the cloth changing color, taking the color of the deposit.

    If vinegar does dilute the deposits, then let the soaked cloth on the deposits for some time and see if they come off then, after the vinegar had some time to act.
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    Re: Help -Top Ring Vinyl cleaners?

    Okay. I have soaked a cloth in vinegar nad have it laying on it for a bit. I will check it every 5 minutes to see whats happening.

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    Nope, vinegar does not work. Left a cloth soaked all night on a spot, didn"t even fizz it.

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    Re: Help -Top Ring Vinyl cleaners?

    I bought some vinyl cleaner from the pool store called Amaze..........didn't amaze me, stains still there after scrubbing like the dickens.

    Any other suggestions?

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    Goo Gone? I have good luck with that on things. Is the brown tacky? Could it be sunscreen - that leaves some nasty stains on my concrete.
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    Re: Help -Top Ring Vinyl cleaners?

    I have tried goof off, clorex wipes, citrus wipes, and even a little dab of acetone (whcih I quickly wiped and hose off)

    Nothing..............

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    Re: Help -Top Ring Vinyl cleaners?

    If it is just cosmetic, I wouldn't worry about it. If it is sticky though, that would bug me.
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    Re: Help -Top Ring Vinyl cleaners?

    Ended up that using chlorine and a lot of scubbing helps. Is not perfect, but looksa lot better than before.

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    Re: Help -Top Ring Vinyl cleaners?

    Hi. I am in Australia and have exactly the same problem! I know this is an old thread so won't go into it but if anyone out there can assist or point me in the right direction that would be great.

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    Re: Help -Top Ring Vinyl cleaners?

    Nope, I ended up scrapping the pool and bought an Ultra one instead.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashman View Post
    Hi. I am in Australia and have exactly the same problem! I know this is an old thread so won't go into it but if anyone out there can assist or point me in the right direction that would be great.
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