Brushes – Which One Is Right For Me?

Brushing your pool is key to maintaining a great looking pool, preventing algae and staining. There are several varieties of brushes out there, so be careful which style you choose. It comes down to what pool surface you have, what you’re looking to do with that surface (algae, stain remove or preventative maintenance) and the quality of pool brush you’d like to get into. Here are our expert recommendations on how to choose the right pool brush.




Let’s start with the most common brush out there, the 18” nylon brush. This daily use brush is good for keeping that pool looking good. They are perfect for brushing off light dust or debris that sits on the pool plaster. If there is any staining or algae issues, then you will likely move up to a more aggressive combination bristle brush.

The combination bristle brush is great for your light green or yellow algae issues and light staining that may be present on the pool. Typically, the combination brushes are a 50/50 mix of stainless steel and nylon bristles. This isn’t recommended for daily / weekly use, only for algae or staining issues.

For something more aggressive, you have the full stainless steel brush. This gives you the maximum aggressiveness against all algae types (green, yellow and the dreaded black algae), as well as the best chance to remove or lighten some staining that may be present on the pool. Remember, the full stainless steel brush is very aggressive against your pool plaster, therefore use very sparingly.

There are other types of Pro Grade brushes out there in all styles, nylon, combination and stainless steel. These are designed for longer uses, larger pools or a consumer that wants a better quality and longer lasting brush. We have the Pro Grade Pool Brushes at Leslie's online and in-stores.

Finally, there are brushes that help you brush the pool. Yes, like the Leslie’s Professional 22" Bristle Scrub Brush. This nylon bristle brush is designed to apply pressure to the wall of the pool while you are pushing downward in the pool. This allows the pool owner to brush more efficiently and in less time.

PRO TIP: Rinse your cleaning equipment after each use. Rinsing off the chemical treated water great extends the lifespan of the brushes and nets.

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