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A Guide to Caring for Your Pool Surrounds

Tile Tech Blog Article: A Guide to Caring for Your Pool Surrounds

The backyard pool is an Australian cultural institution, and we all like to keep our swimming pools looking their best for summer. But keeping our pool surrounds clean and in good repair is just as important as looking after the pool itself.

Since 1972, Tile Tech Solutions has been helping clients throughout Sydney to clean, repair, restore and protect their tiles, grout and natural stone, including pool care.

In this month’s blog post, we have written a guide to caring for your pool surrounds:


General Maintenance

No matter whether your pool surrounds are tile or natural stone, these surfaces will face a certain amount of weathering from both chlorine and exposure to the elements. The general maintenance needed to keep your pool surrounds in good shape will depend on the type of tile or stone being used. For example, high pressure cleaning and caustic cleaning chemicals are not recommended for slate tiles or particular types of pavers, while a natural stone such as limestone or sandstone can withstand high pressure cleaning up to a certain PSI. Before undertaking general cleaning and maintenance on your pool surrounds, it is wise to identify what type of tile or stone you have and what sealer was used, to ensure that you do not inadvertently damage them in the process.


Cleaning Pool Surrounds

Occasionally you may find ingrained dirt or stains too difficult to remove from your pool surrounds by yourself. Rather than leaving them alone and allowing the overall image of your pool to suffer, this is the time to bring in the professionals. We can bring the wow factor back to your pool area, using our specialised equipment and chemicals to remove heavy build-up including common stains, leaf stains and efflorescence.

 Another area which is also near impossible to clean by yourself is grout. The larger the gap between your tiles or stone and the more grout that has been used, the more dirt it can trap and the harder it is to clean. Grout cleaning is one of the most time-consuming maintenance tasks if undertaken manually. It must be cleaned using the correct chemical solutions, applied using specialised applicators and scrubbers. Our high-performance pressure cleaning machines are custom built to achieve amazing results, and run on petrol meaning that there is no additional power cost for our customers. All of our technicians are trained to operate our machinery at the correct pressures, ensuring a professional and long-lasting result.


Replacing Grout

The majority of swimming pools are surrounded by pavers, tiles or natural stone to enhance the beauty of the pool area and the backyard in general. However, high traffic, chlorine, general wear and tear, excessive movement and failure of expansion joints can all lead to the need to replace your grout and grout joints. Not all grouts are suitable for all applications, meaning that you should consult the professionals before attempting to replace grout yourself. At Tile Tech Solutions, we carry a wide range of professional equipment, allowing us to replace grout joints from 1.5mm to 20mm without causing any damage to your pool surrounds. With the use of special attachments, powerful vacuum systems and other machinery, we can individually clean and replace all affected grout joints, and offer a range of grout colours and types to suit your pool area.


Replacing Pool Expansion Joints

Pool expansion joints are required around pools to allow for the movement of tiles or pavers without cracking the grout joints. They are commonly found at intervals of approximately 4 metres and around the pool coping border. Over time, these joints can stain, wear out, rip and separate from the edges of the tiles. If you notice a damaged pool expansion joint, it requires immediate replacement in order to stop water entering under the tile surface, which can cause efflorescence, and eventually drummy or dislodged tiles. The process of replacing pool expansion joints involves the removal of the damaged joints, cleaning the residue from the internal tile edge, installing a suitable backing rod, and the installation of a new expansion joint, which is then smoothed out to prevent dirt being caught in them and ensuring a professional finish. Our expansion joint compounds are made of high-quality polyurethane and are available in a variety of colours.


Sealing Pool Surrounds

All the cleaning and maintenance in the world could be in vain if your pool surrounds are not sealed. Sealers act as a protective barrier between tiles or pavers, grout, and dirt, water or chlorine. Sealing your pool surrounds makes these surfaces much easier to clean and maintain, as dirt, particles, dust and stains cannot penetrate the surface of the tile or paver. It is particularly important to use a solvent-based sealer on pool surrounds, as the chlorine used in pools can reduce the life of water-based sealers very quickly. We always apply two coats of sealer on pool surrounds to offer the maximum possible protection for both tiles and grout. Our sealers can offer up to 15 years of protection, extending the life of your tiles and minimising the chance of staining or damage. Not all sealers are the same and do not offer the same level of protection – it is always best to consult a professional when considering sealing your pool surrounds.


Trust Tile Tech Solutions to have a professional answer to all your pool surround needs, from replacing a few grout joints to rejuvenating your entire pool area.

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