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When leaves are not removed promptly from pool floors and skimmer baskets, they can bleed or ‘sweat’ tannin oils onto the pool surface. Oils are found in most tree and plant species and these brown oils will slowly discolour most pools over time. Generally, leaf stains can be removed if they are not left on the floor of your pool for extended periods. Leaf stains appear as yellow or brown leaf shapes, or clusters, on the bottom of your pool. They cannot be brushed away, but they can be treated easily and quickly most of the time.

If you have trees near your pool that drop leaves, it is important to empty the skimmer basket frequently. This is because the tannin oils which stain the pool will filter through the leaves in the basket and stain the surface of the pool. In this case, the leaf basket acts like a tea bag allowing the staining oils to be released back into the pool while still holding all the leaves in the basket.

The good news is that our treatments can remove leaf stains completely without draining the pool or acid washing. Our proven treatment process is very effective in treating and removing leaf stains from Pebblecrete, Quartzon, vinyl lined and fibreglass pools.

Most leaf stains will fade away within a few weeks so we suggest waiting at least one month before calling us. We don’t believe in selling products to customers that they don’t need. If the stains have not changed after a month or so then it is likely that they will remain in the pool until they are treated properly. The same advice applies to duck and bird droppings.

Signs of leaf staining:

  • Brown stain that won’t brush away
  • Granular chlorine lightens the stain
  • Brown stains forming where leaves often gather
  • Skimmer basket plastic has a light brown stain

We remove leaf stains without draining your pool

Almost all leaf stains can be completely removed using our treatments on every pool finish. We remove leaf stains daily from Pebblecrete, Quartzon, fibreglass, glass bead or fully tiled pools. As the image shows, we can remove stains from swimming pool surfaces without draining the pool, water blasting or acid washing. The good news is that our treatment is a fraction of the cost of an acid wash!

If you are unsure of the type of stain you have please feel free to speak with us.

OPTION 1 – Leaf Stain Removal DIY kit

What We Do 1


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pool stain removal



  • 1 Litre of our powerful leaf stain release and prevention formula
  • 4 Kgs of our granular stain dissolving compounds custom made for your leaf stains
  • Phone support from our technicians
  • Simple step-by-step instructions included
  • Pool does NOT need to be drained
  • Kit is sent and electronically tracked by Fastway Couriers
  • Kids are back in the pool in just 7 days
  • Kit is $275 for pools 45,000+ Litres


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OPTION 2 – Leaf Stain Removal – On Site Technician


pool stain removal


pool stain removal



  • 1 Litre of our powerful leaf stain release and prevention formula
  • 4 Kgs of our granular stain dissolving compounds custom made for leaf stains
  • Pump, filter and chlorinator inspection
  • Surface inspection and stain diagnosis
  • Complete 7 point on site water testing
  • Your pool does NOT need to be drained
  • Kids are back in the pool in 7 days
  • Visit is $395 for pools 45,000+ Litres


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Ways to prevent leaf staining

1. Ensure that your automatic pool cleaner is working properly and is not blocked or congested with leaves. If it is blocked, you may notice reduced suction which can result in leaves being moved around the floor rather than being picked up. Leaf blockages will often not completely stop the cleaner from moving around the pool so it may ‘appear’ to be working properly even though there is restricted suction. We suggest using the best pool cleaners to prevent leaf staining.

2. Ensure that your free chlorine levels in the pool water are maintained at the proper levels. Proper chlorine levels should allow the chlorine to dissolve most leaf staining within a few days without any chemical additives. Sometimes certain tree species will leave stains that chlorine cannot break down. Please contact us if you feel this has happened in your pool. The very best automatic pool cleaners will not remove these types of stains.

3. Where possible, create a physical barrier between the trees and the pool. This can be done by either covering the pool while not in use, or trimming back trees near the pool that are dropping leaves. While this is not always possible, a barrier will reduce the amount of time needed to clean the pool and will prevent constant blockages occurring in your pool cleaner.

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