How to Remove Algae From an Empty Vinyl Pool

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How to Remove Algae From an Empty Vinyl Pool
You can use white vinegar to clean an empty vinyl pool. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Vinyl pools are subject to algae growth even when empty of pool water. Algae spores will retain what little moisture they can find and grow. Some spores will root inside the cracks during the off season, only to bloom and show themselves once you remove the pool cover. Fortunately you can still clean the algae off an empty vinyl pool using some elbow grease and household products.

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Things you need

  • Pool scrub brush
  • Pool vacuum
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Scrubbing cloths and sponges
  • White vinegar
  • Broom
  • Towels

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  1. 1

    Remove any visible debris and objects from the pool.

  2. 2

    Wet your pool brush and scrub all the surfaces. Use a toothbrush or sponge to scrub the drain plugs and filter connection areas.

  3. 3

    Mix white vinegar with water in the bucket. Dip your scrubbing pad in the bucket and scrub the pool surface in circular motions. If you are cleaning a large vinyl pool, scrub in sections.

  4. 4

    Rinse each pool section after scrubbing and towel dry. Vacuum any water that’s collected at the bottom from rinsing and then towel dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Use two tablespoons of baking soda per gallon of water if you don't have white vinegar.

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