Converting to a Pristine Blue treated pools...
After converting to chlorine, use a granular chlorine such as Pristine Extra, until you’re ready to convert to Pristine Blue.
The levels you need to attain are:
pH - 7.2 to 7.6
Total Alkalinity – 30 to 90 ppm (this is the most important difference)
Calcium Hardness – 175 to 275 ppm
BioGuard Water Balancers such as Balance Pak 100, 200 & 300, Lo ‘n Slo, and Optimizer Plus are 100% compatible with Pristine Blue OR use Pristine pH UP, pH DOWN or Alk Up. You can find everything you need right here. DO NOT CONTINUE UNTIL THE WATER IS BALANCED!
- Add 2 oz. Pristine Check per 1,000 gallons of water and allow to circulate for at least 4 to 6 hours (preferably overnight).
- Run the filter continuously.
Backwash filter or clean the cartridge(s).
Top up the Pristine Blue level. Add 2 oz. Pristine Blue per 1,000 gallons water as an initial dosage (prior Pristine Blue usage) .Important Note: DO NOT ADD ANY PRISTINE BLUE FOR THE NEXT 2 (TWO) WEEKS. MAINTAIN pH 7.2 TO 7.6. After 2 weeks, check Pristine Blue level and top-up as needed. DO NOT OVERDOSE.
Remove All Leaves & Debris from Cover before Removing Cover
Bring Water Level up to Normal operating level
Vacuum pool of all dirt & debris
Clean Liner with Off the Wall or Surface Cleaner
Clean Filter with Kleen It or Strip Kwik Filter Cleaner
Clean ladder treads and Winter Cover with Stow Away® Cover Cleaner
Allow opening chemicals to circulate for 24 - 36 hours
Let water Filter 1 day before bringing in Opening water sample for Testing & Analysis
Adjust pH, Total Alkalinity & Calcium Hardness as needed
Continue with regular Pristine Blue Maintenance
Pristine Blue "Issues"
The fact of the matter is that we RARELY see any issues at all with pools that are treated with Pristine Blue. The issues that do come up are almost always user related & accidental. So here we go...
Overdosing PristineBlue. These are the verbatim words of wisdom from Earth Science Labs, manufacturers of PristineBlue:
"What happens if I add too much PristineBlue?"
PristineBlue overdose can occur when PristineBlue is applied more than every two weeks or when the pool or spa volume is miscalculated. The signs of an overdose are often mistaken for other problems because of their similarity. The most common signs are high PristineBlue demand, cloudy or green tinted water, blue color in the filter, and consistently low PristineBlue level, even immediately after PristineBlue application.
When there is an overdose, the PristineBlue level will appear to be extremely low or even non-existent when tested with a PristineBlue test kit. For this reason, it is necessary to perform a “dilution test” if an overdose is suspected. This is done by mixing equal parts of pool or spa water and distilled water. Perform a normal test with this mixture and multiply the result times two. The result will be the actual PristineBlue level. For instance, if the test shows 0.7 ppm, the actual level is 1.4 ppm. Occasionally, an overdose is too high to be picked up with this test method. In that case, it is recommended that a water sample be sent to Earth Science Laboratories for more thorough testing. Call our number found at the top of the page for instructions on sending a water sample.
Proper Testing is CRITICAL! When looking at the Pristine Blue test sample DO NOT look through the side, you will get a FALSE low reading. When testing, LOOK DOWN through the sample. This will provide an accurate reading.
If dilution tests show the PristineBlue level is 1.0 ppm or above, it is recommended that PristineBlue not be added for another two weeks. Add 2 ounces of PristineClean per 10,000 gallons of water, filter 24 hours and backwash. If staining has occurred, refer to the PDF file on staining. Do not add any PristineBlue until the actual PristineBlue level has dropped below 0.9 ppm.
To prevent an overdose, do not add PristineBlue more than ever two weeks, always test using the Pristine Blue Mini Test Kit and double check pool or spa volume.
Add 2 oz. of Pristine Clear per 10,000 gallons of water.
Overdosing also leads to Issue #2...
A metallic taste (the water tastes like you're chewing on a pocket full of change) is almost always due to a higher than normal Pristine Blue level 1.5 ppm and higher. As mentioned above,always test your Pristine Blue level before adding. The Pristine Blue level will vary from addition to addition based on rain, pool use, additions of fresh water, etc. Testing is mandatory; don't skip this simple 2 minute step.
A second reason for a metallic taste is not adding the regular dose of Pristine Clean. The proper dose of Pristine Clean MUST be added when Pristine Blue is added. Follow your Pristine Blue calculator that came with your start up kit.
A third reason for a metallic taste is not adding Pristine Check at the start of the season. You added Pristine Check at conversion or new pool set up, but Check also needs to be added at the start of every pool season or if the pool is running all year long, then add that dose every 6 months. Failure to do this will lead to a metallic taste as well as staining (another so-called Pristine Blue issue).
Hazy or Cloudy Water
Hazy or cloudy water is almost always due to 2 things: improper shocking and / or filter problems (running the filter).
Let's start with running the filter. You MUST run your filter for a minimum of 10 to 12 hours everyday. And that means everyday from Pool start to Pool close. The filter is there to remove particulate matter that falls into the pool as well as removing dead bacteria, dead algae.
Improper shocking. Although Pristine Blue is an excellent product for killing and controlling both bacteria and algae, the water still needs to be shocked to rid it of UN-filterable swimmer and environmental waste. This waste includes but is not limited to: suntan lotion, sun block, hair spray, hair get, make-up, skin conditioners, body lotions, chemical fall-out from rain, fly-overs (waste from flying birds, bats, bugs). All of that stuff MUST be oxidized and gotten rid of.
When waste is oxidized, an amazing thing happens: it gases off into the wild blue yonder & doesn't come back or with "larger" waste, it is trapped by your filter & removed from the water.
If waste isn't oxidized,much of it is used as food for bacteria and algae to thrive and flourish thereby causing you to use much more Pristine Blue products than necessary.
Oxidizing and ridding your pool of swimmer or environmental waste is easy. About every 1 to 2 weeks, shock your pool with Pristine Power which is a non-chlorine shock treatment. Technically, Pristine Power is a chemical oxidizer which oxidizes waste really well. Using Pristine Power, you can swim in as little as 15 minutes! Then there are the chlorinated shock treatments of Pristine Extra and Pristine Lithium. We like & recommend these chlorinated products for many of our customers because a little shot chlorine does a great job in not only oxidizing waste, but it also kills bacteria and algae that you don't see.
Why are there 2 different chlorine based shocks? Pristine Extra is a potent oxidizer and shock treatment but its only drawback is that because it's a stable form of chlorine, it contains cyanuric acid (CYA). There's nothing wrong with that, but if for pool owners who have used slow dissolving stabilized chlorine tabs and sticks for any period of time, the added CYA could possibly lead to or cause a some purple staining. I hate to bring up negatives, but we're just being truthful. For that reason alone, Pristine Lithium is an excellent alternative. Good shock & oxidizer, without the CYA.
Another way to combat hazy or cloudy and reduce the need for heavy or constant shocking is to use Pristine Pure which is a natural enzymatic cleaner, phosphate remover and water clarifier.
3 Additives to consider to make Pristine Blue even better (click on the pictures for details):
Start with a clean pool.
- KNOW THE POOL’S VOLUME. Almost all “problem” arise from the fact that pool owners don’t know the proper gallonage of their pool.
- Make sure the water is in balance. Water balance in a Pristine Blue pool is a little different than in most pools. Maintain these Pristine Blue levels for the best in product effectiveness and efficiency.
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Pristine Pure Enzymatic Cleaner, Clarifier & Phosphate Remover for Pools, Spas & Hot tubs. Pristine Pure® is the best in natural pool care. Pristine Pure is a blend of biodegradable, environmentally-friendly, plant-based enzymes designed to work with all swimming pool water treatment programs. After bactericide use, Pristine Pure® naturally consumes the leftover unfilterable contaminants (organic bioburden, body oils, suntan lotions, cosmetics, etc.) in the pool and enhances the effectiveness of the bactericidal process.
Conversion is easy! For Chlorine and Bromine pools, just start using Pristine Blue. You'll find directions here. Converting a biguanide (Baquacil, Soft Swim, Revacil, etc) pool to PristineBlue is a little more detailed, but when done properly, is very successful!
For best results and economy, convert the pool to chlorine & operate as if on a chlorine regimen for about 2 weeks then proceed. Shock with a calcium hypochlorite (cal hypo) based product. DO NOT continue the conversion process until the left over biguanide has been completely neutralized.
For best results, change the filter media. Leftover Biguanide residue may be trapped in the media.
BioGuard Optimizer Plus for Pools, further prevents algae AND is a fantastic layer of a water balance buffer for better pH & Total Alkalinity. Not only that but water feels even softer!
AquaFinesse Pool Water Care Tablets for Pools, Spas & Hot tubs. AquaFinesse helps to remove hard to reach or hidden biofilms in pool filter systems, plumbing lines & elsewhere.