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Removing Algae From a Painted Aluminum Pool Cage

Aluminum pool cages, or enclosures, provide protection against insects and birds, but harbor another potential nuisance. The moisture from the pool combined with the enclosed environment creates an ideal situation for algae growth. Algae are single or multi-celled organisms that can reproduce on the aluminum shell if left unchecked. Use a powerful, commonplace cleaning agent to remove the unwanted green algae from your painted pool cage.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Chlorine bleach
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • Plastic scrub brush
  • Kitchen sponge
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    • 1

      Slip on a pair of rubber gloves and safety goggles. Create a mixture of 1/4 cup chlorine bleach and 1 gallon warm water. Stir the ingredients until they are well mixed.

    • 2

      Dip a plastic scrub brush into the bleach mixture and work it into the algae. Continue to scrub the algae until it is completely gone. If this isn’t enough to remove the algae, move onto the next step.

    • 3

      Add an additional 1/4 cup bleach to the existing mixture. Stir the ingredients and wet the plastic scrub brush’s bristles.

    • 4

      Work the bleach mixture into the aluminum pool cage. Continue to apply the mixture until the algae is eliminated.

    • 5

      Dampen a kitchen sponge with plain water and wipe down the painted aluminum cage.