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Pristine and Ozone

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear from spa owners is, “Can I use PristineBlue® if my spa has an ozonator?”

The answer is, “Absolutely!”

Ozone technology has expanded into the spa market and gained popularity in recent years. Most new spas come equipped with an ozonator either as an option or a standard feature. Ozonators instantly disinfect the water as it passes through the ozonating device and generally do a great job. Many spa owners find that using an ozonator helps keep the water clear and fresh-smelling.

A weakness of ozonators, though, is that they don’t provide residual, or on-going, protection against bacteria. They aren’t effective when the water isn’t circulating through them, and the ozone has very short term effects on the water it has disinfected.

PristineBlue® is the perfect complement to an ozonator. While the ozone does a great job killing bacteria quickly, PristineBlue® makes sure it stays away by providing long-lasting protection, even when the spa isn’t circulating.

If you’re considering purchasing a spa, an ozonator is a terrific feature to have. And if you already have a spa equipped with an ozonator, don’t hesitate to give PristineBlue® a try!

Clean Your Spa Filter
Filter, Filter and Filter Some More

Filtration is a vital part of keeping your spa water crystal clear. Most spa manufacturers recommend that water be circulated through the spa filter a minimum of 6 to 8 hours a day, but you can never filter too much. Be certain that your filtering schedule is adequate for your spa volume and usage. Keep your filter in top shape by soaking it in filter cleaner regularly and replace it as needed.

Pristine Blue Shelf Life
What is PristineBlue®'s shelf life?
PristineBlue® stays active indefinitely and can be used from season to season if stored in a closed container at a temperature above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. If PristineBlue® freezes, product separation will occur and it won't be effective against algae and bacteria in your pool. PristineClean and PristineCheck last indefinitely regardless of temperature conditions. Unopened packages of PristinePower will be most effective if used within a year after purchased; opened packages of PristinePower should be stored in a tightly sealed container and used as quickly as possible. Test Kit tablet reagents should be replaced if more than one year old.

Know Your Spa Volume
Size does matter!

One of the most important pieces of information you can have for your spa is the water volume in gallons. Whether you’re adjusting pH, shocking, or adding PristineBlue®, knowing the accurate water volume is essential to make sure you’re adding the right amount of product. Using too much or too little of some products can actually cause a problem to develop or get worse!

In a spa, with its irregularly shaped seats and wells, the easiest way to determine volume is by fill time. Time how long it takes you to fill the spa, then using the same hose and water pressure, time how long it takes you to fill a one-gallon container. Divide the number of minutes it took to fill the spa by the number of minutes it took to fill the gallon, and you’ll get a fairly accurate water volume in gallons. EXAMPLE: It took 30 minutes to fill a spa. You filled a gallon in 6 seconds, or 0.1 minutes. 30 divided by 0.1 equals 300 gallons.
Pristine Blue Spa

If you’re like most people, you bought your spa or hot tub with one idea in mind…Relaxation.

spa and hot tub water treatment

With PristineBlue® in your spa, you can relax with the knowledge that the water is being treated without the irritating effects of chlorine or bromine.

Water treated with PristineBlue® feels softer and looks inviting without a chemical taste or odor. It’s gentle to equipment, won’t foam, won’t bleach your swimsuit and you won’t believe how good your skin will feel after a relaxing soak.

You can relax knowing that you don’t have to constantly test your water and adjust the chemical levels…Just once every two weeks does the trick.

Be sure you know the volume of your spa in gallons. Your spa dealer can help you calculate the volume and assist you with all aspects of spa ownership. They can analyze your water and recommend products and their phone number should be the first one you dial when you have a question.

Pristine Blue Spa Startup
Start Up on PristineBlue®

1. Drain spa and refill. Replace or clean filter thoroughly.
2. Balance water:

  • Total Alkalinity: 50-90 ppm
  • pH: 7.2-7.6
  • Calcium Hardness: 100-300 ppm

3. Add 10 milliliters of PristineCheck® per 100 gallons of water. Circulate 2-4 hours.
4. Shock with 5 milliliters (or 1 teaspoon) of PristineExtra® per 100 gallons of water. Circulate 2-4 hours.
5. Clean the filter.
6. Add 5 milliliters of PristineBlue® per 100 gallons of water.

After each use of the spa, shock with 5 milliliters (or 1 teaspoon) of PristinePower® per 100 gallons of water. (Make sure to have jets on, and run them about 10-15 minutes, so the PristinePower® will not just drop to the bottom.)

Every Two Weeks

1. Balance the water.
2. Test PristineBlue® level and add according to the Spa Dosage Chart.
3. Add 5 milliliters of PristineClean® per 100 gallons of water.
4. Add 1 milliliter of PristineClear® per 100 gallons of water.
5. Use PristineMisttm once every 4 to 6 weeks to prevent odor and discoloration to the underside of the spa cover.

(Most spa professionals recommend that you drain and refill your spa every 3 months.)

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Hints and Tips

Use these helpful ideas to operate your spa safely, efficiently and economically.

  1. Always shower before using the spa. Lotions, body oil, sweat, etc. may cloud the water.

  2. Dry the spa surface before replacing the cover. This will prevent odor and lengthen the life of the cover.

  3. Do not use household cleaners on the spa.

  4. Do not use the spa under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or other drugs that can cause drowsiness.

  5. If you are pregnant, consult your physician before using a spa.

  6. PristineBlue® cannot be stored below 32˚ Fahrenheit.

Your spa dealer and PristineBlue® technical support are always glad to answer your questions.

Is PristineBlue® compatible with other products?
One advantage of the PristineBlue® Water Treatment System is its compatibility with a variety of surfaces, filters and chemicals. It is important to realize, however, that like all chemicals, PristineBlue® may react with certain products and create problems in your pool and spa. Below is an outline of the products which may be used with PristineBlue® and those to avoid.
OK - Acids, pH down products, alkalinity down products, filter aids.
NOT OK - Metal out products, stain and scale products, algicides, alkalinity up products, calcium and flocculates. Use of these products are not needed and may cause PristineBlue® to be ineffective in controlling algae and bacteria.
OK - Chlorine and bromine. Unlike most other alternative products, a significant advantage of the PristineBlue® system is its compatibility with primary disinfectants such as chlorine. When swimmer or user load is particularly heavy, or when there are unusual risks of contamination, PristineBlue® may be used in combination with at least a 0.3 ppm chlorine residual to ensure immediate neutralization of bacteria. To achieve this increased level of protection in a PristineBlue® pool or spa, we recommend simply placing a chlorine tablet or stick in the floater, feeder or skimmer and running the filter continuously during this exceptional use period. After conditions return to normal and you no longer need the type of protection in a residential pool or spa that only the most harsh chemicals (such as chlorine) can provide, you may discontinue its use and return again to the satisfaction of chlorine-free PristineBlue® water. The nominal amount of chlorine used on these rare occasions will dissipate and be gone forever within a few hours.
NOT OK - PristineBlue® is not compatible with any polymeric biguanide or hydrogen peroxide product and when converting a pool from these chemicals to PristineBlue®, it is very important to carefully follow the procedures outlined in the Pool and Spa Care Guide.
OK - Vinyl, fiberglass, cured plaster, acrylic and painted pool surfaces.
NOT OK - Newly constructed gunite, marcite, unpainted plaster and unpainted concrete pools. PristineBlue® is compatible with all types of pool surfaces and construction, but we discourage the use of the PristineBlue® system during the first six months as there is slight risk that the pool surface could be chemically stained before it has had time to fully cure. Bleaching agents (chlorine or bromine) are more appropriate during this period. PristineBlue® can be used in most situations after the pool is approximately 6 months old.
OK - Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) filters, low rate sand filters, high rate sand filters and cartridge filters. Due to the ability of D.E. filters and some cartridge filters to filter very fine particles it may be necessary to shock these pools with PristinePower more often than pools with sand filters to keep down back pressure.
NOT OK - Freezing temperatures. Undiluted PristineBlue® products must be protected from freezing. Once the products are added to your pool, freezing has little effect.
OK - Ozone. Ozone has a quick kill but has a very short residual allowing bacteria and algae to re-grow. PristineBlue®'s extremely long residual prevents algae and bacteria from coming back.
Water Balance
Water Balance is the Key

An essential element in maintaining any body of water is what professionals refer to as water balance. Water balance involves several parameters that must be maintained within certain ranges to make the water comfortable and clear and to optimize the effectiveness of the chemicals being added to the water.

In using PristineBlue®, the most important parameters are total alkalinity and pH.

• Total Alkalinity: 50-90 ppm
• pH: 7.2-7.6

There are a variety of test kits and products on the market to measure and adjust these parameters. If you need help determining or adjusting your water balance, take a water sample to your dealer for a thorough analysis.

CAUTION: Increasing total alkalinity or adding calcium to a pool or spa already on the PristineBlue® Water Treatment System may tie up the biological effectiveness of PristineBlue® and cause green or cloudy water.

The chemicals used to balance water are sold under many different brand names such as "Alkalinity Plus" and "pH Down". Ask your retailer to help you select the correct water balance chemicals for your pool or spa. If Calcium Hardness is over 300 ppm, use 1 ounce of PristineCheck per 1,000 gallons of water during routine two-week maintenance or dilute pool/spa water with water low in calcium.

Cloudy Water
Many Factors Can Contribute to Cloudy Water

Cause- Dirt, dead algae or dead bacteria
Remedy- Shock with 10 milliliters (or 2 teaspoons) of  PristineExtra® per 100 gallons of water, filter 2 hours then clean the filter.

Cause- Failure to shock after each use
Remedy- Shock with 5 milliliters (or 1 teaspoon) of PristinePower® per 100 gallons of water.

Cause- Water out of balance

Remedy- Test pH and alkalinity and adjust as needed.

Cause- Insufficient filtration

Remedy- Increase filtration cycles.

Cause- Failure to use PristineCheck® in start up or PristineClear® in maintenance steps.

Remedy- Follow directions in Start Up and Every Two Weeks Maintenance sections.
Swimmer's Hair
What causes "swimmer's hair?
Swimmer's hair can be the result of such factors as acidic water (low pH), iron or manganese in the water, and electrolysis from water moving through recirculation pipes at excessive velocities. It is seldom caused by the water treatment chemicals in a properly maintained pool. It is always a good idea to wet hair with tap water before entering any pool or spa to minimize the absorption of chemicals by your hair. It is also important to rinse hair after swimming. Health and beauty experts recommend using a leave-in conditioner on chemically treated hair before entering a pool or spa. The best preventative for swimmer's hair is keeping the pH in the 7.2 - 7.6 range, avoiding over-treatment with PristineBlue® and using PristineClean on a regular basis. Refer to the Pool & Spa Care Guide for complete instructions. There are commercial products available should hair discoloration occur. Below is a list of some of these products. Discoloration can also be removed by washing the hair in a mild vinegar solution followed with a mild baking soda solution to neutralize the vinegar, or rinse hair with warm water containing dissolved aspirin.
  • Alared (manufactured by Redken)
  • Baby shampoo
  • Shampoo containing chelating agent EDTA (ethylenediamene tetracetic acid)
Pristine Products

The PristineBlue® Non-Chlorine Water System

The PristineBlue® non-chlorine water system consists of six products:

  • PristineBlue® the cornerstone of the system, is an environmentally friendly algicide and bactericide.

  • PristinePower® a non-chlorine shock, dissolves quickly and removes odors and organic materials, contaminants and body oils that could build up and cause cloudy or dull water.

  • PristineClean® inhibits scale formation and metal buildup.

  • PristineCheck® controls calcium and prepares pool or spa water before start-up with PristineBlue®.

  • PristineExtra® is a sodium di-chlor shock used in initial start-up.

  • PristineClear® clears cloudy water in pools and spas bringing suspended particles together enabling the filtration system to better remove them from the water.

PristineBlue® is used to treat pools or spas, and is available in eight ounce, quarts and half gallons.