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How To Prevent Your Vinyl Pool Liner from Fading

It’s no shock that chemicals and the sun are the biggest culprits when it comes to bleaching and fading your vinyl pool liner. While slight fading usually occurs gradually over time, there are some things pool owners can do to prevent it and keep their liner bright and vibrant for as long as possible. Here’s what we recommend…

Pool Cover1. Use a swimming pool cover when your pool is not in use to protect the liner from the sun’s UV rays. As an added bonus, it will also keep debris out of your pool.

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2. Utilize buildings, trees, and other natural elements to block the pool liner from direct sunlight.

3. When purchasing a new pool liner, consider a light-colored liner (like light blue, pink, or teal) to resist fading for a longer period of time.  

4. Check your water chemistry often to make sure your water is at proper chemical levels. You should test your water at least once a week. The more you use your pool, the more often you should test.  

5. Always use the minimum amount of chemicals possible to achieve proper levels. Read and follow all instructions when using the chemicals.

6. To reduce chemical use, try using natural and organic alternatives, like vinegar and organic dish soap, to clean your liner.

7. Avoid using chlorine floaters. They may come to rest on the vinyl or spill, which can cause bleaching or fading.

8. Use extra caution when shocking, closing, and opening your pool — when chemicals are most concentrated. Make sure you avoid direct contact with the liner and properly circulate the water.

9. Always pre-dissolve pool shock in a bucket and pour slowly around the edge of the pool.

10. Leave your pool uncovered for 24 hours after adding chlorine and other chemicals to allow them to properly dissipate into the air.

The best way to prevent fading and bleaching of your pool liner is to take some simple precautions and keep up with your pool maintenance. If it’s time to replace your faded or bleached liner, we have plenty of liner designs and patterns your family will love!

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10 responses to “How To Prevent Your Vinyl Pool Liner from Fading”

  1. Joel Kranz says:

    When it comes to fading of vinyl liners over time, do you see a difference between darker and lighter colored prints, or between liners with tile border and those without? (Is there truth to the rumor that creeping pool cleaners will eventually rub the color off darker colored liners?) Thanks!

    • Pool Guru says:

      Thanks for reaching out! Fading is natural over time. However, we do find that fading tends to be more noticeable on liners that are darker-colored. When it comes to pool cleaners, we recommend following instructions from both the liner and cleaner manufacturer and testing it on a small area first.

  2. laura hillers says:

    ls using a pool oxidizer feeder will stop pool from fading?

  3. Peggy McHale says:

    what is the best chlorine to use to prevent fading

  4. Mike S says:

    Hi pool guru… I have a question. I have a newer (one year old) Intex above ground pool. My pool guy covered it for the winter and didn’t treat the water at all. Is that normal? Also now that we took the cover off the vinyl lining has totally faded and the water is a mess. He told me no problem he can fix it but I’m losing faith. He’s newer at this job and I’m not sure just how proficient he is unfortunately. Please help!

  5. Steve Walker says:

    I have a new pool liner and I’m wondering how it is that you keep the area above the water line on the pool liner clean what product would you use. I see what appears to be may be some mold lines at the very very top of the pool liner that never really gets wet unless people are in it and I’m just wanting to keep that area clean. I’m not sure what product to use if simple vinegar at work that’s great but if there’s a product that I can use I would appreciate knowing. Thank you

  6. Vitale Anthony says:

    and thank you for taking my question
    I have a salt water pool. A new liner was put in last year and is fading tremendously
    What could be the problem??
    Thank you

    • Pool Guru says:

      Hi Anthony! Thanks for reaching out. There could be a number of reasons your pool liner is fading. Common issues include extensive sunlight exposure, abrasive cleaning methods, or chemical imbalances. It may be helpful to consult with a local pool professional who can provide specific advice tailored to your situation. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, please feel free to reach out.

  7. ExcelPools says:

    Thank you for giving me an idea. Thanks for sharing this!

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