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The Hard Water Corner

Common sense information about a common problem.

Soft Water and the Silky Feel

silkDid you know the number one objection to installing a water softener is the silkier feeling that soft water produces while bathing. I meet people all the time that allow hard water to destroy their water heaters, shower doors, dishwashers, granite counters, faucets and more. And the only reason why is because they did not want the slippery feeling associated with soft water. Well friends you’re in luck. At Florida Water Technologies Inc. you can have your cake and eat it too. If you (or your spouse) are one of those who objects to soft water only because of the slippery feeling we can help. We can custom blend our water softeners in such a way that will provide you softened water without the slippery sensation in the shower. But first let’s take a look at the differences of bathing in hard water versus soft water.   

Bathing in Hard Water

Hardness minerals react with the fatty acid component of soap to form what we call soap scum. (Looks like this: 2 C17H35COO-Na+ + Ca2+  (C17H35COO)2Ca + 2 Na+) When bathing in hard water you are actually coating your skin and hair with soap scum. That is why hard water produces an un-slippery feeling. Thus hard water needs large amounts of soap to form a lather, and in hair washing, the soap scum sticks in the hair. The use of synthetic detergents tends to alleviate the abrasive feeling of bathing in hard water. However the last thing we need is more chemicals in our lives. Soap scum on shower tiles and vinyl shower curtains have been reported to constitute a rich microbial biofilm. That is why some customers have less of that orange/pinkish bacteria in the shower after they install a water softener.  

Bathing in Soft Water

Bathing in soft water feels silkier for a couple of reasons. First, soap lathers better in soft water than in hard water, so it's easy to use too much. Second, soft water is literally the opposite of hard water which does not create soap scum film. Without the hard water minerals, soft water rinses the soaps and detergents from our bodies, hair and clothes much more efficiently. This leaves our pores unclogged, allowing moisture to be absorbed, and with softer, healthier skin. And with the pores on your skin unclogged your body oils can do the job they are intended for. That is why people that struggle with dry skin conditions love soft water. Skin that feels itchy, tight, or ashy will improve by switching from hard to soft water.

What we recommend

Try soft water for a month to see how your body adjusts to regular exposure. You may become used to the silkier feeling just like you are used to the abrasive hard water un-slippery feeling. Avoid soaps that use a moisture additive and stick with a good old basic soap. Also, reduce the amount of soaps and shampoo that you use in the shower.

How to achieve soft water without the slippery feeling.

Our secret to achieving softened water without the slippery feeling was first discovered when I read the Dead Sea Scrolls. Just kidding, however we can provide softened water that protects your homes plumbing system without the slippery feeling. From time to time we have a customer request that we adjust the water to alleviate the slippery feeling. We will then tweak the system to achieve a more acceptable balance. As to how do we do that? Give us a call I would be glad to tell you.

In conclusion, some of our customers start out determined that they too will not like the silkier softened water. But after they try it, they find that they actually do like green eggs and ham.

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