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Starting or Converting Your PristineBlue® Swimming Pool
For Swimming Pools that are currently using chlorine. 
For conversion from Baquacil®, SoftSwim, Revacil or other Biguanides click here.

First Day

  • Start with a clean pool.
  • Shock the pool with Pristine Extra, 1 lb per 10,000 gallons.
  • KNOW THE POOL’S VOLUME.  Almost all “problem” arise from the fact that pool owners don’t know the proper gallonage of their pool.  Click here to check your pool's dimensions.
  • Make sure the water is balanceD.  Water balance in a Pristine Blue® pool is a little different than in most other pools.  Maintain these Pristine Blue® levels for the best in product effectiveness and efficiency.  The levels you need to attain & maintain 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
    PoolBoss
    ® Water Balancers such as PoolBoss® pH UP, pH Down, Alka Plus, Cal Rise  and Soft Touch are 100% compatible with Pristine Blue®.
  • DO NOT CONTINUE UNTIL THE WATER IS PROPERLY 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.

Second Day

  • Backwash filter or clean the cartridge(s).
  • Add 2 oz. Pristine Blue per 1,000 gallons water.

For information on Converting a Biguanide (Baquacil®, Soft Swim®, Revacil®, etc) Pool to Pristine Blue, click here

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.

Spring Pool opening or a freshly filled pool.

First Day

  • Start with a clean pool.  Be sure all leaves & winter debris are removed & pool has been vacuumed.
  • KNOW THE POOL’S VOLUME.  Almost all “problem” arise from the fact that pool owners don’t know the proper gallonage of their pool.  Click here for our pool dimensions chart.
  • 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.  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
    PoolBoss
    ® Water Balancers such as PoolBoss® pH UP, pH Down, Alka Plus, Cal Rise  and Soft Touch are 100% compatible with Pristine Blue®.
  • 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).
  • Shock the pool daily with a chlorine shock such as PoolBoss® Vinyl Shock until the water is clear & clean.
  • ONLY PROCEED TO SECOND DAY WHEN THE POOL IS CLEAR & CLEAN.

Second Day

  • Backwash filter or clean the cartridge(s).
  • Top up the Pristine Blue level following the accompanying chart.
  • 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.

ALL POOLS:

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 Pool
Trol TnL Surface Cleaner
Clean Filter with Pool
Trol Filter Free
Clean ladder treads and
PoolBoss® 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


NEVER DRAIN your pool.
  The liner will shrink, voiding the warranty and could cause damage to your pool.  In gunite, plaster, or even fiberglass pools total or significant removal of the water from the pool may result in the pool structure "floating" and causing serious damage to the structure.


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