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magic of pristine blue

Pristine Blue is NOT just another "non-chlorine" product... it's better!

You know what Pristine Blue is, and you know that it works, but how?

Everybody knows and understands how chlorine and bromine pool chemicals and spa chemicals kill bacteria and algae. Biguanide users sort of understand those products, but Pristine Blue is different from both.

I use Pristine Blue in my pool. No more salt, simple, easy pool care for my family and friends. 


 A Few Pristine Blue facts:
The proven, proprietary pool chemical & spa chemical care systems from Earth Science Laboratories, a leader in environmental water care & treatment. PristineBlue® is EPA registered in all 50 states for Pool AND Spa use. Read the labels and you'll see that chlorine, bromine and biguanides have different registrations for their particular use. Doses are vastly different and sometimes, even the product itself is very different.

One of the great things about PristineBlue® is that it's certified for addition to drinking water by NSF International (National Sanitation Foundation certification 60, that's extraordinary for a pool chemical). 


 Let's take a look at how PristineBlue® works to kill bacteria and algae in swimming pools.

Pristine Blue's main active ingredient is copper (actually copper sulfate pentahydrate, 19.8%). We know that copper is a great algaecide. Copper based algaecides have been used for years to effectively treat serious and stubborn algae blooms.

Copper's main problem is that in many cases, continued regular use can lead to staining of pool surfaces and / or colored water. Certain copper algaecides are now "chelated" to help prevent staining, however overuse can still cause these problems. This is where the technology behind Pristine Blue is not only different, but superior. Any products claiming to be the "same as" Pristine Blue are not and they can't prove it. 


After getting familiar with the Pristine Blue Start Up & Maintenance, scroll down further to read the technical details.

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Pristine Blue Start up

How to get your pool started using Pristine Blue...

First Day  

  • Start with a clean pool.
  • KNOW THE POOL'S VOLUME.  Almost all "problems" 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; alkalinity over 100 can lead to clear green water)
    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®.
  • DO NOT CONTINUE UNTIL THE WATER IS BALANCED!
  • Shock the Pool with Pristine Extra to eliminate bio-waste in the pool water
  • 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, s

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.


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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
    BioGuard Water Balancers such as Balance Pak 100, 200 & 300, Lo 'n Slo, and Optimizer Plus are 100% compatible with Pristine Blue.
  • DO NOT CONTINUE UNTIL THE WATER IS BALANCED!
  • Shock the Pool with Pristine Extra to eliminate bio-waste in the pool water
  • 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 Easy Shock & Swim or Burn Out® Extreme 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.

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Pristine Blue Maintenance

Maintaining your Pristine Blue pool...

Every 2 weeks:

  • Test and adjust pH (7.2 to 7.6), Total Alkalinity (30 to 90 ppm), and Calcium Hardness (175 to 275 ppm) as necessary.
  • Test Pristine Blue level.  Top as needed according to the chart below.
  • Shock with 1 (one) pound Pristine Power or Pristine Extra per EVERY PART OF 10,000 gallons (for example, a 15,000 gallon pool requires 2 pounds of Power or Extra) of pool water to oxidize unfilterable swimmer waste such as suntan lotions, greases & oils. This considers light to moderate bather loads.  Heavy loads or parties should consider shocking weekly. PoolSpaGuru.com strongly recommends using BOTH Pristine Power AND Pristine Extra, alternating the two products from treatment to treatment for best results.
  • Add 2 oz. of Pristine Clean per 10,000 gallons of water.
  • Add 2 oz. of Pristine Clear per 10,000 gallons of water OR Add 4 oz. of ActivNzyme per 10,000 gallons for the extraordinary results

That's how easy it is to maintain your Pristine Blue pool chemicals system!

Pristine Blue maintenance dose chart for swimming pools
Pristine Blue maintenance dose chart for swimming pools

How to Test your Pristine Blue Pool Water

Testing the pool water in a Pristine Blue is a little bit different...

As with any swimming pool and its particular pool chemical program, the water MUST be tested regularly (1 or 2 times weekly). pH & Total Alkalinity are very important in preventing staining or "bad" taste.


Most important is testing the Pristine Blue or Copper level in the water. The copper level should be maintained between 0.3 ppm and 0.9 ppm. Lower doesn't provide the bacteria & algae control needed. Higher is just wasteful.


Here's how to test: 

  1. Grab a 3 to 4 cup water sample from about 18 inches water depth. Make sure that the filter has been operating for at least 3 to 4 hours for a proper distribution of water & chemicals.
  2. Fill the test vial with pool water to the 10 ml mark.
  3. Add 5 drops of Copper A solution making sure to hold the bottle upright, not on an angle! Put on the cap, do not use your finger.
  4. INVERT the sample 3 times. DO NOT SHAKE the sample.
  5. Add 5 drops of Copper B solution making sure to hold the bottle upright, not on an angle! Put on the cap, do not use your finger.
  6. INVERT the sample 3 times. DO NOT SHAKE the sample.
  7. Allow the sample to sit & develop for about 2 minutes before comparing the color.
  8. DO NOT LOOK through the side of the sample vial, instead REMOVE THE CAP place the test vial ON TOP of the color chart & LOOK DOWN THROUGH THE SAMPLE. Looking through will give you a FALSE LOW READING. Looking down through the sample will provide the proper reading.


Refer to the chart to add the proper dose of Pristine Blue. DO NOT OVER DOSE!

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Pristine Blue technical details

Pristine Blue technical stuff...

Pristine Blue® uses a proprietary technology that causes the cupric (copper) ion to have 2 rather than only one (every other copper pool product) positively charge side to it. With one of the positive charges, Pristine Blue® is able to hold on to the ET3000 additive that prevents the copper from coming out of solution and leads to staining. The second positive is the real magic of Pristine Blue®. This second positive charge allows it to be attracted and attached to NEGATIVELY charged particles (algae, bacteria, other organics) in order to kill them. The copper is "ingested" or eaten by the stuff in the pool, is poisoned and dies (compared to chlorine or bromine pool chemicals or spa chemicals which "blow up" the bacteria and algae releasing odor causing enzymes and waste into the water - one of the reasons why chlorinated water can smell). Dead bacteria and algae are then filtered out.

Pristine Blue's exclusive, proprietary formula also allows it to "self-disperse" better in the pool water (positive and negative charges pushing back and forth against each other) compared to chlorine and bromine. Even into those "dead spots" where normal circulation may not otherwise distribute a proper amount of sanitizer.

Regular additions of Pristine Clean, plus Pristine Check at the start of the season to take care of calcium scale, replenish the chelant protecting the copper from staining. Pristine Power and Pristine Extra oxidize other pool waste (suntan lotion, body oils, etc). Pristine Clear aids in pulling together fine "dead" particles floating in the pool. 


  • Proprietary, proven product since 1990
  • Water feels soft & gentle. Easy on Pool surfaces, equipment, bathing suits, skin, hair & eyes
  • Safe for all Pool surfaces (please consult your pool professional on newly plastered or finished concrete pools before adding PristineBlue®)
  • Use your swimming pool within 15 minutes after adding any of the PristineBlue® products
  • Will not drastically effect the water balance
  • May be used with ANY type of filter system
  • The active ingredients control algae as well as bacteria
  • Fantastic compliment to pools & spas utilizing ozonators
  • Easy to convert; compatible WITH chlorine! Absolutely NO NEED to change or replace the existing pool water, EVER!
  • The ONLY product line you can use in your Pool AND your Spa
  • Easy start up &maintenance 


The simplest Pool Chemical & Spa Chemical program going!

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Pristine Blue "problems"

"Problems" with Pristine Blue pool chemicals are typically "self-inflicted"

Pristine Blue "problems" are rare, but in almost every single case, the problem is due to the pool owner not doing what they're supposed to do.


Overdosing PristineBlue.  These are the verbatim words of wisdom from Earth Science Labs, manufacturers of Pristine Blue:

"What happens if I add too much Pristine Blue?" Pristine Blue overdose can occur when Pristine Blue 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 Pristine Blue demand, cloudy or green tinted water, blue color in the filter, and consistently low Pristine Blue level, even immediately after Pristine Blue application.

When there is an overdose, the Pristine Blue level will appear to be extremely low or even non-existent when tested with a Pristine Blue 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 Pristine Blue 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 Pristine Blue level is 1.0 ppm or above, it is recommended that Pristine Blue NOT BE ADDED for another two weeks. Add 2 ounces of Pristine Clean 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 Pristine Blue until the actual Pristine Blue level has dropped below 0.9 ppm.

To prevent an overdose, do not add Pristine Blue 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...

Metallic Taste

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).


YOU MUST ADD PRISTINE CLEAN EVERY TIME YOU ADD PRISTINE BLUE!

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.

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