How to Get Rid of Purple Stains in a Swimming Pool

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Things You'll Need

  • ½ pound pH reducer powder

  • White sock

  • Muriatic acid

  • Pool brush

  • 2 to 3 doses mineral treatment

  • Soda ash


To be positive of a manganese problem, call a pool expert to test for the mineral.


Clean off any metal pool parts after restoring normal pH levels. Muriatic acid will wear and corrode the metal.

Manganese likely causes purple spotting in your swimming pool.

If you notice the walls of your swimming pool turning dark, deep purple, your pool has a mineral problem. Your water is host to a mineral called manganese which can cause stains on plaster, pebble-tec, marcite and tile grouting. Manganese is more likely to affect pools that receive water from personal wells because the Environmental Protection Agency regulates the amount of manganese allowed to be in the water main; thus, pools a water plant is filling will be less likely to have a manganese problem.


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Step 1

Place a half-pound of pH reducer powder in a white sock. Drop the sock on the affected area for 30 minutes. If you see a significant change in color, then the problem is manganese.

Step 2

Raise the water level in your pool until it is above all the stains.

Step 3

Add muriatic acid. Use the amount according to a chart based on pool size and desired pH level. Watch the pH level until it drops to 6.8. Without lowering the pH level, you cannot remove the stains.


Step 4

Brush the stains away once a day for two consecutive days.

Step 5

Clean the filter. This will remove the manganese debris and help prevent the stain from returning quickly.

Step 6

Add two to three doses of mineral treatment after all the stains have disappeared. The high dosage will destroy any remaining manganese in the pool.

Step 7

Add soda ash to restore the pH from 7.4 to 7.6. Use a chart based on pool size and desired pH level to determine the amount.


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Jean Asta

Jean Asta has been a freelance writer for domestic and international clients since 2005. She also acts as a training consultant to businesses and nonprofit organizations in the southeast United States. Asta holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, both from the University of Georgia.