Best Pool Brush for Pebble Tec

Are you looking for the best pool brush for pebble tech? Look no more because I have reviewed the top six models for 2020.

Pool Brush for Pebble Tec

Top 6 Pool Brush for Pebble Tech Reviews 

Here are the six brushes that can clean your pebble tech safely.

Lalapool Swimming Pool Wall & Tile Brush

Taking the first spot on my list is this model from Lalapool, and it is an 18-inch cleaner. I like its ABS plastic and aluminum material because they make it last for years and give it strength. 

Another feature I find to be amazing is the poly bristles that are flexible enough to let the user reach corners. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee, and I love that cause I am sure I will never spend money rebuying a pool brush.

Milliard Pool Brush – 18”

At #2 on my review is this model from Milliard that is made to fight rough algae stains thanks to its stiff wire bristles. It might not be the right brush for a vinyl pool, but I love it since it takes care of a pebble technology surface.   

What more, it covers up to 18-inch at a go, meaning that I can clean my pool fast and have more time for swimming. Its aluminum handle makes it sturdy and has curved edges that I find to be effective in cleaning corners.

Milliard 10” Wide Heavy-Duty Stainless-Steel Wire Pool Algae Brush 

Another brush that I can recommend you use is this Milliard model. It cleans up to 10-inch at once and has a 45-degree aluminum handle that makes cleaning effortless.  

There are also stiff stainless-steel wire bristles that remove all stubborn algae from a pool. One feature I like about this model is the ability to attach to pool poles. It is also durable due to its ABS plastic material.

Greenco Pool Brush heavy Duty Aluminum Back Extra Wide 20”

Greenco 20” brush is a cleaner that I find to be quite convenient when cleaning a big pool. That is all possible due to its 20-inch cleaning head that covers a wide area. 

Durable material and premium design make it a quality model that removes all stubborn algae. I also like its curved edges that help to clean the corners. This product is a great brush for above ground pools

AquaAce Premium Combo Nylon and Stainless Steel Wire Bristle Pool Brush 

AquaAce is a brush that I like for its ability to scrub the pool effectively due to the stainless steel wire and nylon bristles. It gets rid of all algae and other stubborn stains from a swimming pool. 

You can use it for a regular pool and comes with an aluminum handle that ensure it lasts longer. It cleans up to 17 inches at a go.

Aquatix Pro Heavy-Duty Pool Brush 

I have also included a small brush that can clean up to 5-inch at a go to ensure that you get a model for every need. It is easy to hold due to its compact size, and you can use it for hours without getting tired.

The cleaner is also made of quality material, and you can be sure it will last for years. It is a brush for removing all messes.


Any of the six brushes I have reviewed above can clean your pebble tec pool effectively and safely.

Diy Pallet Headboard

And just in time for the weekend.. the long awaited pallet headboard!

I’m excited to (finally) share this project! It’s the biggest project I’ve shared to date. Turning pallets into furniture or decor is nothing new, this I know. Last January, my wish of having a headboard became a reality, using, you guessed it, a pallet (or two…and a couple other supplies)! Thanks to my father in law who occasionally has spare pallets in his warehouse, we were able to make a unique headboard for around $20. The project spanned about 2 days, working an hour or so here and there. I was able to do some of it by myself, but needed Tristan’s help for other parts. I hope to give you enough tips and information so you can make your own headboard. If you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to try to answer the best I can. Leave a message at the bottom of this post, or send me an email at {ricedesignblog (at) gmail (dot) com}. I’d love to hear from you and I’d love to help if I can!

Our Supplies:

Pallets (we used two pallets, because some of the boards split as I was taking them apart and some were in bad condition).

2x4s for the frame (Two pieces at 66 inches each. Two at 48 inches)

Hardware- 4 nuts/bolts/washers (these attach the headboard to the metal bed frame) and a box of screws (to attach the pallet boards to the frame and make the frame. We used black screws so they’d blend in on the front).

A drill and a hammer.

A crowbar would have been super helpful for pulling the pallets apart. Hindsight.

Sand paper, stain and polyeurethane (and a foam brush/rag for the stain, a brush for the poly).

As an afterthought- white paint to paint the frame. This is totally unnecessary, though, because you don’t really see the frame.

A level. We didn’t use one, it was just pure luck (and good eye-balling) that the thing turned out straight, even and square.

What We Did:

1. I started by pulling the boards off the pallets. This was actually really hard! Whoever makes pallets isn’t playing around. I used a hammer to pound each board loose and then pry them up. A crowbar would’ve been nice. Or something to wedge and get some leverage. I was able to get a bunch off, but needed Tristan’s muscles to loosen others.

2. Tristan went to Home Depot to get the supplies. They cut the 2x4s to size. Two at 66 inches. Two at 48 inches. The 2x4s make the frame for the headboard.

This is where things get a little weird. Talk about winging it. If we made another headboard, I’d do it differently.

3. We laid one of 66 inch long 2×4 on the ground, horizontally. Then we started laying the pallet boards on top of the 2×4, going vertically. The pallet boards need to be perpendicular to the 2×4. This is where a level would come in handy. We alternated different widths and made the top intentionally uneven. Some were higher/lower than others. But as a general rule of thumb, the 2×4 was 7 inches from the top of the pallet boards. Once we had them laid out, Tristan went down the line and screwed them all into place. (I would definitely recommend pre-drilling holes for the screws!) The screws were driven through the front of the pallet boards, so the black made them blend in a little, but I still like that you can kind of see them.

So at this point, all the pallet boards are attached to a 2×4 about 7 inches from the top of the pallet boards.

4. Then we needed to attach them to the other 2×4. So we slid the other 66″ 2×4 under all the pallets. It is 24 inches from the top (2×4). Tristan went down the line, screwing all the pallet boards to this 2×4. This, again, is where a level would have come in handy. I’m so grateful the thing came out even and square and not completely wonky!

5. Our metal hollywood frame has 2 plates to attach a headboard. The plates are 53 inches apart, so the vertical (2x4s) of the frame needed to be 53 inches apart, so we could bolt it to the headboard.

6. So Tristan measured and screwed each 48 inch 2×4, going vertically, 3 inches in from each side. This made them 53 inches apart. He used 4 screws to attach each to the top horizontal (2×4) and 4 screws to attach to the bottom. (The vertical 2x4s were screwed directly into the horizontal 2x4s. The picture below will, hopefully, make more sense).

I hope this picture helps explain some of the measurements. And makes those instructions somewhat understandable.

Let’s all pretend my handwriting on that picture doesn’t look like a 5 year old, OK?! I’m new to this ‘write on a picture’ thing!

7. Then we took the whole thing outside and I sanded it down really well and put one coat of poly on. (Hindsight- it’d probably be easier to sand down the pallet boards before they were screwed to the frame.) I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stain the wood or not. In hindsight, I should have sanded, stained and poly-ed the headboard and then attached it to the bed. Oh, hindsight.

8. We brought the headboard inside and Tristan bolted it to the metal bed frame, using nuts, bolts and washers. He put 4 bolts on one side and then decided two bolts was more than enough, so he only used 2 on the other side.

This photo shows how the headboard bolts to the metal frame. And also that I quit painting the frame white at the bottom. I don’t really know why. The other side is painted. Must have gotten distracted. When using 2 bolts, use 1 above and 1 below.

So at this point, the headboard is sanded and has one coat of poly. And it’s attached to the bed. And I’m thrilled!

This is an instagram shot taken right after the headboard was attached. Back when our room was still light blue. And the bed was on a different wall. What’s hard to see in this photo in how some of the boards have a pink-ish hue to them… which leads me too…

A couple months down the road, I decided that I did, in fact, want to stain it. I’m very glad that I only put on one coat of poly. I pulled the mattress off the bed, opened all the windows, and stained it (still attached to the bed). There wasn’t enough poly on it so the stain went on just fine.

A couple months later I stained it a bit darker, and finished it with wax. It has such a lovely matte, soft finish. The dark stain also helped cancel out some of the pink-ish tones in the wood.

And then I painted the frame white. You barely ever see the frame, unless you’re standing beside the head of the bed. It looks more finished being white and not bare 2×4.

I kinda want to take a saw to the top of it and make it straight, but Tristan likes it as is, so uneven it’ll stay… for now!

We use crates as our nightstands. I stacked two apples crates and painted them white. I love crates. Since they don’t have a lot of surface area, I saved space by using clamp lamps as our bedside lights, and clamping them to the headboard. They’re just office lamps, but I actually really like them! They’re simple and clean and give a sort of industrial-ish look. I found them at Home Depot, I think.

And there it is! The {diy pallet headboard}! I debated cutting the top of the headboard to make it straight. But since we added the shelf, I like it uneven. The straight, clean line of the shelf compensates for the uneven-ness of the headboard! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below or send me an email!

A commenter shared this link about the safety concerns of using pallets. My apologies for not including this in the original post. When we got our pallets, my husband looked into it and felt safe that the pallets we were using were OK. You may want to look into the safety concerns of pallets and make sure the ones you want to use are safe! Happy crafting!

Dry Acids for Pool

Dry acid, also known as Sodium Bisulfate, is a chemical powder formed from the mixture of Sulfuric acid and Sodium hydroxide. This acid is a crucial supply to your pools as it is used to lower the Alkalinity and pH level of your pool water.

Most especially for pools with high pH and Alkalinity levels, adding dry acid will balance the chemistry of the water, making it safe to inhabit. Another acid that performs a similar function is the muriatic acid, which is in liquid form. Though they perform similar functions, dry acid is preferable because it is user-friendly, less caustic, and doesn’t damage the surface if mistakenly splashed or spilled. You can also store the acid in a wide range of conditions, although it needs to be handled with care as its corrosive.

If dry acid is added to a well-circulating pool, it will dissolve quickly. Before adding it to the swimming pool, test for pH and Alkalinity level to know the quantity to add. Once you’ve found out the quantity you want to add, add it in two badges after every six hours. Test for overall measurement after twenty-four hours.

Dry acids vs muriatic acids

  • There are many differences between dry acid and muriatic acid, even though they do the same job.
  • The dry acid comes in a granular white form why muriatic acid comes in liquid form.
  • Dry acid offers more safety options than muriatic acid but corrosive, while the muriatic acid is unfriendly to our skin and reacts negatively.
  • Dry acid cost more than muriatic acid, and it is worth it due to the chemical’s safety level.

Sodium Bisulfate vs Muriatic acid

Among these acids which is preferable to use? Both acids can be used to minimize the pH level of your pool and its target Alkalinity. Still, many people prefer Sodium Bisulfate due to its less corrosiveness and because it causes no damage to the pool’s surface when it mistakenly spills.


Whichever of the acid you want to use in reducing your pool’s pH is fine because both substances will give you the correct level, but you should try dry acid if you need a product you can handle easily.

Is Pebble tech a good surface?

This is a question most pool owners ask before getting a floored swimming pool. Well, the pebble technology surface is one of the best finishes of a swimming pool today. This is the type of surface to consider if you want a low maintenance surface for your backyard swimming pool.

What are pebble finishes?

Pebble finishes are a mixture of hydraulic cement and polished stone pebbles. Both blend offer a smooth surface finish that’s applied after the concrete surface of your pool has dried. This surface finish is applied pneumatically before being water-blasted or hand-wiped to reveal the smooth surface finish.

Why use pebble tech and not other surfaces?

Many of you would prefer to use a cheap product to save cost on opening a swimming pool, but forget that the cheaper a product, the easier it is for it to depreciate. That’s the case with the pebble tech vs plaster surface. The pebble tech is more expensive than the plaster surface, but it last longer saving the pool owner cost on pool repairs. The advantage of the pebble tech over any other surface is that they are nonporous; therefore, they do not absorb pool chemicals and prevent the growth and stain of algae.

Texture and preferred color for pebble tech

The colors of pebble tech you can use vary from the darkest of black hues to the brightest of white and anything in between.  You can select any color you need, but it should always match your backyard background.

You should also remember that texture has a significant role to play in determining the right surface.  However, always use small pebbles because they are non-slip and don’t hurt the feet.

Pebble tech problems

There are a few problems encountered by pebble tech users we should tell you about:

Cost: A pebble tech surface cost double the price of the plaster surface, so you have to be prepared before taking such a decision.

Calcium build-up: if you don’t maintain the right chemical balance, calcium build-up can occur. Therefore, try to check your pool at least once a week.


Pebble tech is a more mature surface than the plastered ones as it offers a better feel and smoothness but it’s quite expensive and also easy to maintain.