Trichloroisocyanuric acid is a white crystalline organic compound in powder form, which has a strong “chlorine odor,” is sometimes sold in tablet or granule form for domestic and industrial use. The compound is a disinfectant, algicide and bactericide mainly for swimming pools and dyestuffs, and is also used as a bleaching agent in the textile industries. It is widely used in civil sanitation, pools and spas.

Trichloroisocyanuric acid in swimming pools is easier to handle than chlorine. It dissolves slowly in water, but as it reacts, cyanuric acid concentration in the pool will build-up. At high cyanuric acid concentrations, normal chlorine levels can be rendered ineffective, requiring either dilution by draining and refilling the pool or by adding abnormally high doses of chlorine to overcome this effect.

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