(pronounced kite-in) came into being in the 1970's when the EPA
ordered fishing companies to stop dumping the shells of crabs and
lobsters back into the ocean. Researchers discovered that the chitin
contained in the shells had properties that could be applicable
in a variety of industrial uses. Similar to cellulose, chitin is
a naturally occurring polymer. It is also the only naturally occurring
The combination of chitin's remarkable properties makes it an extremely versatile pool chemical. Chitin is natural, non toxic, non allergenic, anti microbial, and bio degradable. It has a strong positive charge, which allows it to bind easily with negatively charged surfaces or materials; including metals and any microcontaminants in the pool water.
pool & spa use, chitin is produced in a patented formula by
the Vanson company, marketed under the name Sea-Klear.
The properties of chitin enable it to attach itself to a variety
of organic contaminants, minerals, metals, and oils. The result
is clearer, cleaner water with less staining and scaling. Vanson
also notes a beneficial effect on the filtering medium, whether
sand, D.E., or cartridge. The efficiency of your filtering improves
with regular use as chitin's natural coagulants help the filter
to trap more dirt and debris.
is added as a liquid directly to the pool. It's touted as an all
in one replacement for clarifiers, filter aids, stain & scale
magnets, and enzymes. The pool janitor has used Sea-Klear with great
result, and can recommend it. Sea-Klear is compatible with all types
of pool chemicals, and is a great addition to any sanitizing program.