Start Up

Starting your Pool, Spa, Hot Tub or Swim Spa on PristineBlue® is simple!
Chlorine or Bromine System:

Pools—It’s easy and takes less than 48 hours! PristineBlue is compatible with chlorine and bromine. Simply follow the steps for “Starting Your Pool” below.

Spa, Hot Tub or Swim Spas—It’s easy and takes less than 48 hours! Simply follow the steps for Starting Your Spa, Hot Tub or Swim Spa” below.

Salt Chlorine Generator System:

Salt systems are compatible with the PristineBlue line of products. Just turn your salt system down to the lowest setting. Then follow the instructions for Starting Your Pool” below.

Ionizer System:

Discontinue using your ionizer. Remove it or bypass it. Run a copper test. Follow Spring Opening instructions below. Use copper test results in place of PristineBlue test levels to determine dosage in step 3b.

Ozone or Ultraviolet System:

These systems are compatible with the PristineBlue line of products. Follow the instructions for “Starting Your Pool” below.

Baquacil* or Softswim** System:

Because biguanides are not compatible with most other pool chemicals, converting to another system from Baquacil* or SoftSwim** can be time-consuming. It is very important that all steps be followed to make starting on PristineBlue less difficult and expensive.

  1. Adjust the pH between 7.2 and 7.6.
  2. Shock with 4 pounds of PristinePower® per 10,000 gallons of pool water.
  3. Filter continuously for 48 hours. The water may become green at this point. Don’t be concerned as this is common.
  4. After 48 hours of filtration, re-adjust the pH, if necessary, (7.2 to 7.6) and maintain this level throughout the remainder of the conversion process.
  5. Backwash the filter or clean the cartridge.
  6. Shock daily with chlorine, using 2 pounds per 10,000 gallons until the water is clear. It is preferable to shock in the evening to prevent dissipation of chlorine by sunlight.
  7. Filter continuously during this process. Shocking may be needed for 2 weeks or longer to restore water clarity.
  8. Vacuum pool to waste.
  9. Change the filter media. This step is very important because biguanide residue may remain.
  10. Shock with 2 pounds of chlorine per 10,000 gallons of water. If any discoloration occurs on the pool surface or water becomes hazy or tinted, repeat steps 5 through 7.
  11. RE-BALANCE WATER, IF NECESSARY, AND OPERATE POOL ON CHLORINE FOR 2 WEEKS.
  12. If the water is clear without discoloration after 2 weeks of chlorine operation, follow the steps
  13. below to perform a “bucket test”. If the water is cloudy or discolored, return to step 5.

To insure biguanide residual is zero perform a “bucket test” following these steps in order:

  1. Fill a clean, white, 5 gallon bucket half full with pool water.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of granular chlorine.
  3. If the water turns muddy or green, there is still biguanide residue in the pool system.
  4. Continue shocking daily with chlorine and repeat the “bucket test.”
  5. Complete step 1-4 until the results of the bucket test is clear water.

REMINDER: After concluding all the steps in the biguanide conversion, operate pool on chlorine for

2 weeks before starting on the PristineBlue® Pool & Spa Care System

*Baquacil is a registered trademark of Lonza Group LTD. **Soft Swim is a registered trademark of Biolab, Inc.

STARTING YOUR POOL

Spring Opening or Freshly Filled Pool

Start with a clean pool and functional equipment. Remove leaves and other debris and then vacuum. Check to make sure pump, heater and other equipment are operational. Clean or backwash the filter. Run the filter continuously through this start up process.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Calculating accurate pool water volume is critical. See instructions above. Concerned? Call (800) 962-1492

Step 1: Balance

Balance water to the following ranges (see the Conversions section for details):

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

NOTE: It is unlikely, but achieving optimal water balance may take several days. Be patient.

Step 2: PREP

2a. Add 2 ounces of PristineCheck per 1,000 gallons of pool water. Run filter for 6 hours.

2b. Add 1 pound of PristineLithium or PristineExtra per 10,000 gallons of pool water. Continue running your filter pump for a minimum of 12 hours before proceeding.

NOTE: If your pool was green prior to converting to PristineBlue® you may have to add

PristineLithium or PristineExtra daily until water is clear. Concerned? Call (800) 962-1492

Step 3: Add PristineBlue

3a. Backwash filter or clean cartridge thoroughly.

3b. SPRING OPENING/CURRENT USERS: Test the PristineBlue level and add PristineBlue according to the Maintenance Dosage Chart located on the next page.

3c. NEW USERS: Add 2 ounces of PristineBlue per 1,000 gallons of pool water.

REMINDER: Periodic testing to insure pH is within the 7.2 to 7.6 range after start-up is all that’s necessary.

You should always read the product label carefully for important warnings, dosage information and instructions.

STARTING YOUR SPA, HOT TUB OR SWIM SPA

Before using this guide, be sure you know the volume in gallons. Your dealer can help you calculate the volume and assist you with all aspects. They can analyze your water, recommend products, and help you with any questions you may have.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Clear debris. Replace or clean the filter thoroughly.

Step 1: Balance

FOR SPA, HOT TUB OR SWIM SPA

1a. Test water balance parameters to insure they are in recommended ranges.

1b. Add chemicals, if necessary, to balance water to appropriate ranges below (see the Conversions section for details)

  • Total Alkalinity: 50 to 90 ppm
  • pH: 7.2 to 7.6
  • Calcium Hardness: 100 to 300 ppm
Step 2: Prep

FOR SPA OR HOT TUB

2a. Add 10 milliliters of PristineCheck per 100 gallons of water. Circulate 4 hours.

2c. Shock with 5 milliliters of PristineLithium or PristineExtra per 100 gallons of water.

Circulate 4 hours.

FOR SWIM SPA

2a. Add 2 ounces of PristineCheck per 1,000 gallons of water. Filter for 6 hours.

2b. Shock with 2 ounces of PristineLithium or PristineExtra per 1,000 gallons of water. Filter for 6 hours.

2c. Clean filter thoroughly.

Step 3: Add PristineBlue

FOR SPA OR HOT TUB

3a. Add 6 milliliters of PristineBlue per 100 gallons of water. Run the filter for 1 hour.

FOR SWIM SPA

3b. Add 1 ounce of PristineBlue per 500 gallons of water. Run the filter for 6 hours.

We recommend that you become proactive when it comes to you swim spa. If you notice the water becoming cloudy or hazy before your 2 week maintenance cycle, shock with PristineLithium or PristineExtra at a rate of 2 ounces per 1,000 gallons of water.

IMPORTANT:

After each use of spa or hot tub, shock with 5 milliliters of PristineLithium or PrisineExtra per 100 gallons of water, not to exceed once per day.

You should always read the product label carefully for important warnings, dosage information and instructions.