Maintenance Program

Use a test kit or test strips to test both the chlorine residual and pH. The free available chlorine reading should be 1-3 ppm and the recommended range for pH is 7.4 - 7.6.

Add the following IDEAL water care chemicals at the suggested label dosage and according to label directions.

  1. Add IDEAL Stain & Scale Magic and circulate the water for 1 hour.
  2. Then add the IDEAL chlorine product of your choice and continue water circulation.
  3. Shock treat the water with one of the IDEAL shock treatment products. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label.
  4. After 1 hour of circulation, add IDEAL Algaecide 60 or IDEAL Algaecide 30
    to prevent algae growth.
  5. Vacuum the pool and clean surface areas with IDEAL Tile & Vinyl Cleaner.
  6. Check the pressure gauge on your filter to see if it has reached the point where it must be backwashed or cleaned. The more your pool is used, the more disinfectant it will require and the more frequently the filter must be backwashed or cleaned.

After these steps are taken, your pool should be sparkling clean, crystal clear, and ready for use.