Baptistry Care & Use
Fiberglass church baptisteries need proper care to last as long as possible.
Please see our tips below to ensure your baptistry gives you safe, healthy, long-lasting performance.
Where possible, we do not recommend leaving water in a baptistry for extended periods of time. To prevent buildup of harmful bacteria, try not to leave water in a baptistry for more than 48-72 hours. Fiberglass baptistries should be emptied and allowed to dry for at least a week after each use.
Water left in a baptistry can develop algea and bacteria that are harmful to humans. If you must leave water in a church baptistry for extended periods of time, you should install a filtration system and use a sanitization method to to eliminate bacteria. To our knowledge, there is not a "perfect" method of treating the water in a baptistry. If you use chemicals such as pool or spa chemicals, your baptistry life will probably be shortened. If you use UV light treatment, ozone treatment or other methods of sanitizing, you are probably going to end up with some of the water not being treated and with the possibility of some organisms still in your water. You may want to consider augmenting with spa chemicals.
We recommend the use of our cartridge filter and UV light sanitizing unit. Water is pumped past a UV light which effectively kills the mircorganisms in the water. Not all water in the baptistry will be treated, so you will want to occasionally test your water and determine if additional chemical treatment is required. (Be aware that use of some chemicals may void the baptistry manufacturer's warranty. Check the warranty for details.) No chemical treatment for the prevention of bacterial growth should be used unless guaranteed in writing by the chemical manufacturer to be harmless to polyester resins. You should use as few chemicals as possible.
When the baptistry is used only occasionally, simply wipe down after draining and allow to dry.
Once or twice a year, clean your baptistry with a fiberglass cleaner and wax it using a non-abrasive auto wax or boat wax. Failure to properly clean your baptistry can cause problems with decomposition of the resins used in the fiberglass and may be considered misuse, thus voiding any factory warranties.
Caution: Use of strong detergents, highly caustic cleaners, strong acids and cleaning powders will automatically void your warranty.
Caution: Electrical outlets should be at least 10 ft from your baptistry or as required by code. Under no circumstances should anyone in a baptistry touch a microphone or other electric device when in the water.
IMPORTANT: ACCESS TO BAPTISTRIES SHOULD BE RESTRICTED DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY NEAR OR HAVE ACCESS TO A BAPTISTRY, ESPECIALLY A FILLED BAPTISTRY.