What is Clarifier?
Clarifiers are used to help remove tiny microscopic particles such as pollen, dust, dead algae remains, oils, or any number of other tiny particles that find their way into your water.
Chemically speaking, pool clarifiers are made from polymers such as quaternary ammonium chlorides, polyacrylamides, or chitin. The polymers cause the tiny particles to clump together and become big enough for pool (or spa) filters to filter them out of your water. Clarifiers are often confused with flocculant, which is similar but works differently.
What Form Does Clarifier Come In And How Do I Use It?
Clarifier comes in liquid form and is typically sold 1 qt or larger bottles. It should be added around the edge of the pool (or spa) and the pump should be allowed to run several hours to allow it to work.
You should always read and follow all safety precautions on the product labels. Keeping your pool (or spa) safe means keeping yourself and others around you safe while maintaining your pool chemicals and your equipment. Some common recommendations include:
- Wearing protective gear such as gloves and eye protection.
- Store chemicals in ventilated areas and separate from one another to avoid chemical reactions from leaks.
- Do not mix chemicals.
Interesting Fact About Clarifiers
- Chitin is a natural polymer used in some clarifiers and is made from the shells of crabs, shrimp or lobsters