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  1. Lindsay
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Hi friends,


I'm using bromine (I'm in Canada, it's what folks use up here) in my tanks (1/4 - 1/2 tsp after every float, as soon as I turn the pump on so that there is plenty of time for it to dissolve) and have noticed that there are weird stains on myliner. I've scrubbed and scrubbed with a nylon bristled brush, had added a metal-remover to my water, then cleaned and even cried salty tears into the tank during the entire process. Nothing has helped. It almost looks like a combo of bleach + mold (but I know it isn't mold!).


I have contacted other Canadian float centres who I've heard have had the same issue, but haven't received a response (or just a response that acknowledged the problem w/o any advice). I also contacted the manufacturer, Oasis Relaxation, but was given a website to contact (Ask Alan A Question) for help. I'm at my wits end and have only been open for 8 weeks and therefore do not want this problem to persist.


Any advice would be useful and greatly appreciated.


Many kind thanks,


Lindsay

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Magic erasers are awesome!!!
  1. Kane Mantyla
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Hello Lindsay. We just had something similar happen to 5 Escape Pods in Las Vegas. Vegas health department requires Bromine, and when we put it in the tanks, the water turned dark brown/red, then cleared up about 1 hour later. However, there was a slight red/brown stain to the liners...all of them! We were pretty panicked for a moment.



Turns out Vegas water comes from the colorado river and has tons of iron in it, and the Bromine activated it. So the owners of the center used "magic erasers" and had some success however this is very labor intensive and didn't take care of all of the stains.





We finally used a product called "Metal Free" from "Natural Chemistry" and it has worked well, and eliminated the stains on the liner. If you think you have high iron in your local water you might try it. I do believe the effect is from the minerals, and not the bromine, although in my experimenting with bromine, I have found the tablets can sometimes stain a liner, too. I recommend a 2 part bromine system, we have had good luck and can easily find a PPM residual.
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Thank you both for getting back to me. I chatted with Travis from Cloud 9 Float Spa today and he recommended a few things. Use the Spa Natural metal-remover for the water, vitamin C tablets on the stains directly, a pre-filter before filling up the tank and he gave me some advice for using liquid bromine. So, my plans tonight is to get scrubbing on the liners, add the new liquid bromine and run the pumps.



Thanks so much for all your help. The joys of running a new business! :)

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"a pre-filter before filling up the tank" - I think everyone should do this before a fill. There's really no reason not to given the relatively low cost and unpredictability of elements in the municipal water supply.



Good luck Lindsay!
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I wouldn't have any advice for getting the stains out, however, by dissolving the bromine before adding to the tank, you can probably avoid the stains (if it is bromine).

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