How To Remove Oils and Lotions From The Pool

by Janet
(Germany)

I have a salt pool and because of sun creams the pool gets a film on it. How can I remove this. The Grandchildren have to have their factor 50 sun cream from head to toe and practically live in the pool.


What can you recommend?

Thank you




Thanks for the question Janet

This was always a concern for me when I was the pool operator at the YMCA. Thousands of people slathering themselves down with oils right before they went swimming. This clogged up the sand filters very quickly and I had to de-grease them several times a year. Even with a sign asking them to take a hot soapy shower didn't stop many of them.

One thing you can do to lessen the effect of the oil in the water is to wait 15 - 20 minutes after applying the sunscreen to go swimming. There are also many sunscreens that are water resistant and/or water proof. Just be sure the label says it is.

An issue with this is that swimmers will lay out by the pool and slather up with lots of lotion then jump in the pool to cool down. All the lotion washes off into the pool. Then they do it again and again. It's worse when multiple swimmers are doing this.

There's a product that I've heard about but not tried. It's called Scumball and comes in a 2 Pack. You put it in the skimmer and it's designed to soak up oils and lotions. Another product is the Magic Eraser which can get rid of the scum and built-up lotion residue at the water line and the skimmer.

Last is a product called Pool First Aid. This has special enzymes to clear up the pool an a floc. I'd only use this as a last resort as it can get expensive to use. To the best of my knowledge there's no chemical to add to the pool that will completely remove all of the oils and keep it that way. If you introduce lotions and oils into the pool you're going to need to take the actions above to keep them down.

If you feel your situation is more complex than this, I do phone consultations for $35 per hour. It makes things go much faster and many people have found it extremely beneficial, saving them time and money in the long run. All your questions will be answered. I have nothing to sell you so you know I'm not bias.

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Oil In My Pool

My husband stained the deck, using an oil based stain after he took the cover off and now there is an oil film on top of the water. Please tell me how to get rid of this film. It's making me crazy.




Thanks for the question

Yes, there is are a couple of products you can use. The first is called Pool Rx and the second is Pool First Aid. You can ask for them at your pool store or go online. These have clarifiers and enzymes in them that can help break down oils. Be sure to follow the directions on the bottle. I'd encourage you to shock the pool with liquid chlorine. Use 1 gallon per 10k gallons of pool water. This will help oxidize any organics in the pool.

Keep the filter on and backwash/clean it once per day. The products may cloud your pool a bit but will dissipate in time.

If you feel your situation is more complex than this, I do phone consultations. It makes things go much faster and many people have found it extremely beneficial, saving them time and money in the long run. All your questions will be answered. I have nothing to sell you so you know I'm not bias.

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Diesel Oil Thrown In My Pool

by Tracey

My salt water pool was vandalized, and someone dumped a gallon of 15w 40 diesel oil in my pool. How can I get rid of the oil without messing up the environment. Thanks, Tracey




Hi Tracey. Sorry to hear about that. It seems like I get that question about 5 times during the swimming season.

First is you're probably going to go through the filters or sand. If you have a DE or cartridge filter you're going to need to replace them. If a sand filter, replace it after cleaning it up.

Next is to use a product called Natural Chemistry Pool First Aid. The enzymes attach to the oil making it easier to filter out. I also have a product called the Oilinator that the president of the company gave me to try out. I have not had the opportunity to use try it out. It also goes by the name Pool & Spa Saver Mouse. His company has experience in dealing with commercial oil slicks and spills. He wanted to try his hand at residential pools for reasons such as yours. I've heard some good reviews about his products.

You can also shock the pool. The FC will be very low due to the FC being eaten up by the excessive oil. Turn the chlorine cell off during this process.

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