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Whenever anyone thinks of a swimming pool, they think of the water: how clean and clear it looks, how it sparkles in the sun. What most people don't consider, however, is the work that goes on behind the scenes to achieve such picture-perfect water — namely, the chemicals that are carefully calibrated to interact in just the right way to fight contaminants, reduce scum lines, keep algae at bay and, of course, keep that water sparkling. Here, we take a look at just some of the powerful chemicals on the market from top manufacturers in the industry.
Lonzapoolife Exclusive Pool Care Collection NST offers an alternative to 3-inch tablets. This innovative, patent-pending sanitizer utilizes a proprietary slow-dissolving technology with cal-hypo to create a tablet that lasts for days. What's more, it does all this without adding any cyanuric acid to the water. poolife.com | (800) 248-7665
N. JonasFor more than 70 years, N. Jonas has helped pool and spa companies cash in on their branding and make more sales with its private-labeling service. Simply submit your logo or artwork and N. Jonas will silk-screen it onto top-quality chemicals. Don't have a logo? N. Jonas can help design one for you. Products are sold at competitive prices for fast-turned sales and dependable profits. Optional same-day shipping available. njonas.com | (800) 523-6533
Jack's MagicUse Jack's Magic's the Emerald Stuff or the Sapphire Stuff as a flocculent as a quick and easy cleanup solution after storms, fires or any natural disasters that leave pools full of debris. Simply add 6 ounces per 10,000 gallons to the pool and allow the pump to run for one hour. Then turn off the pump and do not swim until particles sink to the bottom. Finally, vacuum the debris to waste. This product will not create a polymer cloud when added to the pool. jacksmagic.com | (800) 348-1656
King TechnologyKing Technology's new @ease Floating Sanitizing System, featuring SmartChlor Technology, reduces chlorine use up to 75 percent with a new kind of chlorine that only works with FROG minerals and is self-regulating. When there is demand on the hot tub, SmartChlor Technology goes to work. No constant monitoring needed, just a once-a-month shock. @ease floats in the hot tub and flips over when the SmartChlor Cartridge is empty (every three to four weeks). Dealers can earn up to three times the profit of dichlor with strong aftermarket sales. kingtechnology.com | (800) 222-0169
Eclipse3Eclipse3 Algaecide is the original granular-based, once-a-week algaecide. It controls algae, lowers chlorine consumption, stabilizes pH and improves clarity. Licensed in all states. Exclusive distribution areas still available. eclipse3.com | (800) 263-8250
ProTeamProTeam High-Tech Tabs use advanced borate technology to produce the ultimate stabilized chlorine in a handy 3-inch tablet. ProTeam High Tech tabs provide higher chlorine efficiency and keep feeders from clogging by utilizing a unique manufacturing process that eliminates the need for binders. The High-Tech tabs cause less pH and alkalinity drift compared to standard tabs to reduce the amount of chemicals needed to maintain balanced water. Makes water gentler on swimmers eyes and skin. proteampoolcare.com | (800) 333-0400
Easy Care WaterPooltec is a three-in-one product that kills and prevents all algae growth, clarifies water and boosts chlorine effectiveness up to six times. As an algaecide, it works fast with no chlorine loss; as a clarifier, it provides ultra-clear pool water while cutting chlorine use by 25 to 65 percent. Pooltec is ideal for winterizing, as its three features combine for a smoother opening season in spring. easycarewater.com | (800) 289-7660
Periodic ProductsThe No-Drain Metal Stain Eliminator Kit by Periodic Products includes everything you need to remove metal stains and prevent them from coming back. Each kit treats 20,000 gallons and includes two powerful stain treatments; a phosphate-free, commercial-grade sequestering agent; and CuLator Metal Eliminator Ultra 4.0. Each kit comes complete with instructions. culator.com | (954) 764-7654
Earth Science LaboratoriesAlgaeShield by Earth Science Labs is a proprietary copper algaecide for treatment and prevention in chlorine, bromine, ozone and saltwater pools. Applied just once a month, no pre-mixing required, AlgaeShield is highly effective and holds copper tightly in solution while making it 100 percent available. It rapidly disperses to get copper where it needs to be, regardless of filter/pump design or filter time. It features an "Algae Free Guarantee" and is available in quarts, gallons, drums and totes. earthsciencelabs.com | (800) 257-9283
Natural ChemistryNatural Chemistry's new Cleanse Weekly product is a concentrated blend of naturally based enzymes and phosphate removers that reduces unwanted non-living organic contaminants including body oils, cosmetics, suntan lotions, hair products and more. Cleanse Weekly is designed to reduce scum lines and provide crystal clear, sparkling water with less work. Cleanse Weekly works as a continuous cartridge filter cleaner and removes unwanted phosphate contamination. naturalchemistry.com | (800) 753-1233
Ahh-SomeAhh-Some Hot Tub/Jetted Bath Plumbing & Jet Cleaner is a unique and environmentally friendly gel formula that, when used as directed, removes the build-up of biofilm — oils, lotions, cosmetics, exfoliated skin and other organic contaminants — from the plumbing, jets and shell of typical hot tubs and jetted bathtubs. Also ideal for dealing with white mold and calcium stearate issues. Recommended by many manufacturers as the most effective and fastest "purge" product on the market, the company says. ahhsome.com | (860) 896-0836
Capo IndustriesCapo Industries, a leading manufacturer of pool and hot tub water treatment products for over 45 years, offers SpaBoss, a complete line of water treatment products including sanitizers, balancers and specialty chemical products. With SpaBoss, spa owners can maintain clean, safe, crystal-clear water with little effort. capoindustries.com | (800) 263-8250
PristineBlueThe PristineBlue line of products is a complete pool and spa care system. The cornerstone product is PristineBlue, a highly effective algaecide and non-public health bactericide. This direct-to-dealer line is not sold in mass retail, but through a limited network of authorized dealers. It provides brand loyalty, high profit margins and retention rates. It's effective and affordable. Added every two weeks, the concentrated liquid is easy to apply, gentle on eyes, skin, and equipment. The dealer focused business model is backed with exceptional customer support featuring a staff of CPO/CPT certified techs. pristineblue.com | (800) 962-1492
Bio-Dex LaboratoriesProtect-All Supreme quickly removes and prevents stain and scale. To use, raise the water, apply the product and Protect-All Supreme will remove scale in 48 hours. Controls metals including rust, iron and corrosion problems, and helps stabilize pH. Completely stable and highly effective. One quart treats 20,000 gallons. In addition, Protect-All Supreme can be used as a tile cleaner and acid wash pre-treatment product; it can also be used in tandem with Aquadex 50 Stain-Off for quick metal removal. bio-dex.com | (800) 617-3477
DuraChlorDuraChlor now offers a powerful, EPA-registered herbicide called 'Blast It' that stops nutgrass from growing behind/poking holes through vinyl pool liners and other sensitive surfaces. Ideal for both inground and aboveground liners. Simply apply 7 lbs of granular Blast It for every 1,000 square feet of area before liner installations. Made in the U.S. durachlorpool.com | (800) 333-0400
Lo-ChlorLo-Chlor's COMPL3TE KIT is a total stain treatment system that handles all three phases of professional stain removal. Lo-Chlor's Multi-Stain Remover pulls the stain from the pool surface into the water. Metal Gone suspends and carries the stain-causing metal to the filter. Finally, Miraclear Gel Tab polishes the water by removing even the finest impurities. Can be used on cement, plaster, fiberglass and vinyl-liner pools. lo-chlor.com | (904) 599-2402
PoolRxSince 1994, PoolRx has provided a product that keeps customer satisfaction at 100 percent, provides incremental sales and increases customer retention. To use, choose the correct size unit and place in pump basket or skimmer. The chelated mineral formulation dissolves out of the cylinder and forms a stable residual throughout the pool or spa water, eliminating any existing algae and preventing algae from coming back for up to six months. The minerals free up low levels of chlorine to be more productive in the water, providing amazing clarity in even the toughest conditions, the company says. poolrx.com | (800) 376-6579
Spec Chem DirectSpec Chem Direct offers the new Phosphate 9,000, an ultra-strong phosphate remover that reliably treats extreme phosphate conditions. One quart removes 9,000 ppb of phosphates in a 10,000 gallon pool. Features an all-natural formula that is safe to use and environmentally friendly. Compatible with all sanitizer systems and pool surfaces. Available for immediate shipment. specchem.net | (425) 443-0082
SeaKlearSeaKlear is pleased to re-introduce its new Chitosan Clarifier, now stronger thanever. This naturally based product uses chitosan derived from shells in the seafoodindustry to clarify cloudy pool water while simultaneously improving filtration. It removes excess oils and lotions to reduce scum lines. SeaKlear Chitosan Clarifier polishes pool water to sparkle like never before, and is great for service professionals since it can be used at the same time as shocking pool or hot tub water. seaklear.com | (800) 753-1233
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance has named Sabeena Hickman as the organization's new president, chief executive officer and staff liaison to the board of directors. Hickman, who most recently served as the CEO of the National Association of Landscape Professionals, brings 20 years of association experience to her new role. She will start September 3. Lawrence Caniglia, current president and CEO, will continue in an advisory role to aid in the transition.
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