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  • What is chlorine

    What is chlorine

    The question ‘what is chlorine?’ receives markedly different answers depending on whom you ask.

    Scientists and industry professionals would go into detailed descriptions of the element’s chemical construction, such as its periodic symbol Cl and atomic number 17 and its uses across a huge number of industries. The average homeowner and consumer would mention its use in cleaning agents such as bleach and come across it at their local swimming pool and its most common compound, sodium chloride, at the dinner table.

    The scientific or industrial answer to ‘what is chlorine?’ involves describing why chlorine, along with other elements in the halogen group such as bromine and iodine, can be used to disinfect water and surfaces so that they can be safely used by humans. Because chlorine is extremely reactive with a variety of other substances, it can be used to bond with harmful pathogens, such as viruses, parasites and fungi, to render them harmless to humans who come in contact with them. However, for use in cleaning agents and in the swimming pool chlorine must be used with caution, as its high reactivity can also cause it to harm the human body in a variety of ways.

    For owners of home pools who need to disinfect their water and ensure it stays clean, the question of ‘what is chlorine?’ becomes simple. Buckets of the granulated chemical, such as hth chlorine, are ideal for sanitising an entire pool of water. Available in several distinct varieties, and in bucket sizes of either 25kg or 45kg, stabilised chlorine granules act by releasing chlorine throughout the body of water so that it may bond with the pathogens there, neutralising their harmfulness to humans. Chlorine tablets that test for levels of the chemical in water are key to ensuring there isn’t too much, which would be harmful to swimmers, or too little, which would not effectively neutralise germs and parasites.

  • How to clean a swimming pool

    ow to clean a swimming pool

    Pools are a great luxury for the home and a popular draw for a range of businesses, but many have no idea how to clean a swimming pool when it is first installed. Unless you want to go down the costlier route of employing somebody who knows what they are doing to handle the job for you, it is time to start learning.

    The matter of how to clean a swimming pool is not as complex as it may appear. For the most part, it's just about making sure you keep on top of a few key areas.

    Swimming Pool Chemicals

    In order to prevent micro-organisms or other living things from multiplying in your pool, it is important to treat it regularly with the right sanitising chemicals. Chlorine is the most common, though alternatives are available, and they come in liquid, powder and tablet forms. There are also other chemical treatments available such as algaecide and treatments for altering the PH, as well as water testing kits which are vital for ensuring you have the right balance of everything.

    Removing Debris

    It is also necessary to remove debris and dirt from your pool sometimes, especially if it is outdoors, because leaves, dust and dirt are likely to blow in on the wind. Some debris will float and can be hooked out with a net. Some may settle on the bottom and can be removed with a special tool that attaches to the filter system and acts rather like a vacuum cleaner sucking water instead of air. Filters should also be cleaned regularly, including immediately after cleaning with this vacuum-like attachment.

    Pool Covers

    Ideally, you should also try to prevent debris getting in the pool, particularly if it is located outdoors. For this, a swimming pool cover will work wonders and will also serve to prevent evaporation and save energy if the pool is heated. If for any reason you do not or cannot use a cover, a liquid swimming pool cover treatment will do the job of preventing evaporation and conserving heat, leaving the debris to be picked up as part of your regular cleaning operations.

    So there you have it - a brief outline of how to clean a swimming pool without getting too complex and technical. To find out more about the extensive range of pool chemicals and treatments we can offer to help keep the water clean, take a look at the relevant section of our online store.

  • What are Stabilised Chlorine Granules?

    Stabilised Chlorine Granules   Stabilised chlorine granules are a popular method of killing off bacteria in swimming pools and spas without creating an unpleasant odour or causing skin irritation. The element chlorine is one of the most effective treatments against bacteria in public leisure centres and swimming pools.

    Swimming pool chlorine

    Among the many types of chlorine-based pool chemicals granular chlorine has a number of advantages. The key ingredient in chlorine granules can be either calcium or sodium hypochlorite. These chemicals kill not just bacteria but algae, fungi, slime and other undesirable pool inhabitants. The advantage in using a sodium hypochlorite based product such as Champion Chlorine Granules rather than a calcium compound, is that on dissolving in water, it does not add to the water’s calcium content. A calcium-based pool chemical not only further hardens the water but may also create scum over the water surface and around the pool sides. As the granules dissolve in water they create hypochlorous acid which is the chief sanitising agent. A further by-product is isocyanuric acid which enables the water to resist any chlorine loss under bright sunlight. Heat and light from a bright sun can react with hypochlorous acid to release chlorine into the atmosphere and may also create an unpleasant smell that used to be a significant feature of public swimming pools some years ago.

    Stabilised chlorine granules and tablets

    Chlorine tablets are used mostly in larger sized pools. Chlorine can be added to swimming pool water in the ratio of 1.8 grams of chemical to 1,000 litres of swimming pool water. It can be used in both indoor and outdoor pools of all sizes. Like the granules, the tablets will dissolve rapidly and can be used daily to keep the pool clean. Use stabilised chlorine granules or tablets on a regular basis to keep your swimming pool clean and free of infection at all times. Why not explore our range of sodium hypochlorite and chlorine granule products or contact one of the team for further information. For more advice on stabilised chlorine granules contact us here.

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