It is important to follow manufacturers guidelines
and warnings when using Baquacil , Baqua Shock , and Baqua Clean.
Special precautions must be taken when cleaning filter
cartridges used in a spa or swimming pool using Baquacil as a sanitizer. The filter
cartridge must be cleaned more often and thoroughly when using Baquacil.
Chlorine oxidizes the bacteria in the water whereas active
ingredient in Baquacil -- polyhexamethylene biqunaide (PHMB) destroys the bacterial cells.
The active ingredient PHMB locates and binds to bacterial surfaces and attacks the outer
bacterial wall. After penetrating the outer wall, the inner cell membrane is destroyed.
This destruction allows the cell contents to disperse into their surroundings. They are
further broken down into their elemental parts by non-chlorine oxidizer Baquacil Shock.
Baquacil is a mild coagulant which combines bacterial cells
and other particles in the environment into particles large enough to be caught by the
filter. The resulting deposit is a gray sticky film on media, which can only be removed
with Baqua Clean.
If trisodium phosphate (TSP) or any TSP cleaner is used
prior to stripping the film, the cleaner and the gray film will combine to form a gum-like
substance. Once this occurs, the substance cannot be removed from the media and the filter
cartridge must be replaced.