Spectrum Aquatics - A PLAYCORE Company

Starting Platforms – Maintenance and Care

Cleaning your starting platforms on a regular basis is an essential part of ensuring longevity and minimizing rust formation on your starting blocks. Regimented cleanings will also reduce incidents of stains and discoloration on the block surface. The frequency in which blocks should be cleaned depends upon how harsh the environment is in your pool facility. For instance, indoor pools with poor air circulation may necessitate rinsing of starting platforms 1-2 times per week with tap water. This will ensure the removal of corrosive airborne contaminants that will inevitably land on the surface of your starting platforms.

Starting platforms should always be dried with a soft cloth, with attention given to the welded portions of the platform and any areas where bolts are used to join pieces of metal together- these areas are most susceptible to crevice corrosion.  Starting platforms in outdoor pool facilities require similar levels of care, and we recommend that all starting platforms be covered when not in use to limit surface abrasions and discourage unwanted play.

Weekly Maintenance:

3M Surfaces (Top, Wedge, and Step):

  1. Rinse with fresh tap water
  2. Use a plastic bristle scrub brush in a circular motion to gently remove dirt and stains
  3. Pat dry with a clean, soft cloth

Starting Platform Frame

  1. Rinse with fresh tap water
  2. Dry with clean, soft cloth

Monthly to Yearly Maintenance:

3M Surfaces (Top, Wedge, and Step):

  1. Rinse with fresh tap water
  2. Use a non-abrasive, non-chemical based cleaner such as a mild dish detergent, a plastic scrub brush and non-chlorinated water to remove dirt and stains from the 3M surfaces.

Starting Platform Stainless Steel Frame:

  1. Use Spectra Clean and 3m scratch pad to remove any rust stains
  2. Dry with a clean, soft cloth
  3. After thoroughly cleaning the stainless steel frame, apply Spectra Shield and let dry
  4. Apply WD-40 as necessary to wedge/rail bracket to help insure smooth wedge movement

Starting Platform Powder Coated Frame:

  1. Use a non-abrasive soap and tap water.  Avoid harsh chemicals and disinfectants
  2. Periodically check the structure for scratching or chips
  3. If rust is present, clean the surface with a non-abrasive cleaner and contact us to explore options to touch up the paint
  4. After thoroughly cleaning the starting platform frame, you can apply car wax and buff to a shine
  5. Apply WD-40 as necessary to wedge/rail bracket to help insure smooth wedge movement

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