Pool parties are fun events, but you’ll definitely see a difference in the pool afterward. Sunscreen provides essential protection from the sun and anyone wearing it will leave some of it in the pool when they take a dip. The bottom line is that sunscreen has a negative effect on your pool, diminishing water quality.
Sunscreen affects the water chemistry of your pool and it’s a complex interaction. As the sunscreen dissolves it reacts with pool chemicals, especially chlorine, that disinfects and keeps bacteria at bay. Sunscreen disrupts that process and the water will become cloudy. Your guests may also experience eye and skin irritation.
There’s no way to prevent the situation and you certainly don’t want to discourage swimmers from wearing the protective lotion. There are special devices called floats that can be placed in the pool that is designed to attract lotion and oil in the water. The device floats around the pool and they’re commonly known as scumballs. However, there are some measures that can be taken to minimize the chemical reaction.
Request that everyone shower or rinse themselves down with the garden hose before entering the pool. It’s one of the reasons that public pools have showers and require people to wash down before swimming. It’s also important that the filter be kept clean and utilized regularly. Modern technology has created filters that contain enzymes designed to break down lotions and oils that enter the pool.
It’s better to prepare the pool ahead of time if you’re having a party and expecting a large number of swimmers. Make sure the filtration system is working optimally and at full capacity. If you’re planning a party, it’s best to engage the services of a professional who can thoroughly inspect the pool systems, add the correct chemicals, and even scrub down the pool to mitigate problems before they arise.
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