Winterizing your pool with Pristine Blue is EASY!
A single treatment of PristineBlue at the end of the swim season is normally all it takes to keep a pool clear until spring. Pool closing is also an excellent time to convert your pool to Pristine Blue. Conversion is simple and gets your pool off to a great start the following spring.
To "Winterize” or “Close” a pool means adding particular products at the end of the swimming season to keep it clear without maintenance (or minimal maintenance) during the cold winter months. Minimal maintenance is for those who live in areas where it may not freeze or snow and the pool filter system is still operational, but the pool is not being used.
Our winterizing instructions differ slightly due to our years of practical experience with pool owners from around. We know that many people close their pools early (before October 1) and open late (after June 1). That additional time of being covered can and often does contribute to pool openings that are ... possibly problematic (cloudy water, possible algae, etc).
Step 1: Balance
1a. Balance water parameters to within proper ranges below.
- Adjusted Total Alkalinity (Total Alkalinity minus 1/3 of Cyanuric Acid level – see note 2 below): 80 to 100 ppm
- pH: 7.2 to 7.6
- Calcium Hardness: 100 to 300 ppm
Step 2: Preparation
2a. Shock the pool with 1 pound of Pristine Lithium or Pristine Extra per 8,000 gallons of water. Par Pool & Spa's preferred shock treatment is Pristine Lithium for reasons that are explained below.
2b. Run the filter for 4 hours (in an ideal world).
2c. Clean & vacuum the pool and backwash sand filters. Thoroughly clean D.E. or cartridge filters. Use a good filter cleaner such as Natural Chemistry Filter Perfect to remove accumulated greases, oils, dirt from the filter media. This is especially important for D.E. and cartridge filters. Proper chemical cleaning can dramatically increase the life of the filter.
2d. Add 4 ounces of Pristine Clean per 10,000 gallons of water. Par Pool & Spa has found that an additional 2 oz of Pristine Clean helps to prevent the overwhelming majority of potential metal staining problems. It's an extra ounce of prevention!
3a. Test the PristineBlue level and add PristineBlue using the Maintenance Dosage Chart below. Bring the PristineBlue level to 1.0 ppm. DO NOT OVERDOSE!
3b. Add 12 oz of Pristine Pure Enzymatic Cleaner, Clarifier & Phosphate Remover; use 1 qt per 20,000 gallons of pool water. The pure batch natural enzymes in Pristine Pure work hard breaking down organic & inorganic waste that will continue to grow in the pool even after closing.
3c. Follow the pool and equipment manufacturer’s winter and freeze recommendations.
3d. Cover the pool and shut down the filter.
NOTE 1: Unused PristineBlue MUST be stored at a temperature above 32° Fahrenheit. If Pristine Blue freezes, it can no longer be used.
NOTE 2: The Cyanuric Acid (CYA) level directly affects the Total Alkalinity (TA) level & therefore an adjustment is required in order to obtain the correct TA level. An adjusted TA is the measured TA minus 1/3 of the measured CYA. For further information on Adjusted TA, please click here.
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