The Cleaning Power of Soft Water
In previous articles, we’ve talked about how soft water is superior to tap water in many ways, especially with cleaning. The main reason why is because it is devoid of any calcium and magnesium. Those minerals cause scale build-up, soap scum, and prevent soaps and detergents from creating a lather. Additionally, when there is an abundance of minerals within the water, there isn’t much room for soap molecules to travel to their destination to clean. This means people are likely to keep adding more soap just to make sure something is relatively clean. The leftover soap ends up becoming scum, and that’s what you’ll see around the tub or on the walls of a shower.
A Pro+Aqua Water Softener, whether it’s the PRO-S-80E or the Travel Series, both products are a great source of soft water when it comes to cleaning.
The PRO-S-80E is one of the best solutions for hard water in the market. This system is capable of softening water for a household size of 4-6 people and upwards of 4 bathrooms in a home. With this system, you’ll have soft water coming out of all the water fixtures. Soft water combined with your favorite cleanser will yield greater results than regular tap water and cleanser. By using soft water, you won’t get hard water stains that are normally left by tap water. Furthermore, when professional carpet cleaners and pet groomers who used portable water softeners found that they got better results. Carpet cleaners have said saw a visible difference, the fibers looked brighter and the colors were more vibrant in the carpets and rugs that they had just cleaned.
Pet groomers have also commented on how soft water was better for their own hands and for their client’s skin. They are also using less shampoo and conditioner per job since they are now able to get a better lather. In addition, their client’s coats are shinier and softer.
How does soft water make cleaning better?
All this is possible through the processes called ionic exchange. The Pro+Aqua PRO-S-80E Water Softener is filled with tiny little balls called cation resin, their shape and color are similar to that of Masago (fish eggs). The resin beads carry a negative charge. The city water that comes into the resin tank has positively charged calcium (Ca2+) and magnesium (Mg2+) ions which cause hardness, are attracted to the negatively charged resin beads. The calcium and magnesium cling to the resin beads much like how lint will cling onto a black sweater. The water that flows out of the resin tank is now soft since it is free of minerals.
However, over time the resin beads become covered with minerals and will need to be recharged. To do this, a brine solution will need to be introduced in the resin tank via the brine tank which sits next to the resin tank. The automatic control head on the PRO-S-80E automatically runs a regeneration after a certain amount of gallons has been used. When this occurs, the salt in the brine trade spots with the minerals, and it’s at that point the system will flush out the minerals as wastewater through a drain line, leaving the resin beads clean and ready to start the whole cycle all over again.