How to Clean Mold & Mildew From a Vinyl Pool

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Things You'll Need

  • Long-sleeve shirt

  • Long pants

  • N-95 respirator

  • Safety goggles without vent holes

  • Rubber gloves

  • Household bleach

  • Mild dishwashing liquid

  • 5-gallon bucket

  • Stiff bristle brush

  • Garden hose


Keeping your vinyl pool clean will help combat mold and mildew growth.


Do not use ammonia or any products containing ammonia when working with bleach.

Vinyl pools are breeding grounds for mold and mildew.

Vinyl pools come in varying sizes, from baby pools to family-size pools. No matter what the size, any pool is susceptible to mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew thrive in damp, dark areas, which make vinyl pools the perfect breeding ground. When cleaning mold and mildew from the pool, equip yourself with the proper safety gear during the entire cleaning process.

Step 1

Drain all the water from the pool.

Step 2

Put on a long-sleeve shirt, long pants, an N-95 respirator, a pair of safety goggles without vent holes and rubber gloves.

Step 3

Mix 1 cup household bleach, 3 cups warm water and 1/4 cup mild laundry detergent in a 5-gallon bucket.

Step 4

Scrub the sides and bottom of the vinyl pool with a stiff bristle brush saturated in the bleach mixture.

Step 5

Rinse the pool thoroughly with a garden hose to remove any residue left behind from the bleach mixture.


Amanda Flanigan

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.