Fall is here and the leaves are well falling. If you live in an area where you close your pool for the winter, leaves and other debris falling into your pool is not an issue. But if you keep your pool open year-round, these leaves can wreak havoc on your pool finish and possibly cause staining.

The initial stage in erasing pool stains left by leaves is with a shock of chlorine in the pool. You can then scrub the stain with a brush. In many cases, doing this will remove the stain completely. If the stain is at the waterline, try using an enzyme-based cleaner. Since these cleaners erase the oils that hold the dirt at the waterline, the stain should vanish with little or no scrubbing on your part. To finish, use a vinyl or tile cleaner that’s appropriate for pools. This will remove the remainder of the pool stain.

If you are looking to remove leaf and other organic stains from your pool deck, first you must pressure wash to remove all solid leaf matter and debris. You can then apply a household detergent to the damp decking. After letting it sit for a few minutes, scrub vigorously with a stiff broom or scrub brush. Rinse the concrete with water until you remove all the soap. If this procedure doesn’t completely remove the stains, repeat the process. It’s important to note that spot cleaning just those areas where there are leaf stains can result in blotchy pool deck. You should clean the entire deck, or least a larger area, to avoid having blotchy spots.