Pool ladders are always exposed to outdoor elements, such as rain and snow. What’s more, some ladders receive direct sunlight for several hours throughout the day. Outdoor elements combined with sun exposure can cause rust to form on your ladder. In fact, it’s not uncommon for ladders to develop rust after one or two years. Purchasing a plastic pool ladder is one way to avoid rust, but most pool ladders are metal. You can replace the ladder to get rid of unsightly rust. But why spend money when you can remove rust from the ladder?
Removing rust from pool ladders is simple and quick and you can create an effective solution with ordinary household products.
1. Remove the ladder from the pool.
2. Fill a bucket with warm water. Add a cup of baking soda and a cup of household cleaner to the water. Mix the solution to create a paste.
3. While wearing rubber gloves, generously apply the paste to the pool ladder. Be sure to cover all rusted areas.
4. Scrub the pool ladder with an abrasive sponge or cloth to loosen the rust.
5. Rinse the ladder with a garden hose and completely dry the ladder with a cloth.
Because pool ladders are prone to rust, you can apply a wax coating (automotive wax) to the ladder after drying. This protective coating can prevent future rust problems.