Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Soft Water Benefits Study

I have just read an article about some of the benefits of softened water.  They had different case studies using softe water and hard water 30 grains per gallon.  ( Just to give you a base line, Water Quality Association says 10 is considered extremely hard)  They used laundry detergent that was phospate free.  The laundry study investigated stain removal where detergent usage was 50, 75, and 100 percent of the manufacturers recommended level; water hardness ranged from 0-30 gpg hard and water temps were 60, 80, and 100 degrees F.  Nine different phosphate free detergents were tested on nine different stains. The most significant conclusion is the fact that stain removal is increased more by softening water than by increasing detergent dosage or by increasing temperature.  Decreasing hardness was up to 100 times more effective at stain removal (depending on the stain) than increasing detergent dose or temp.  The same type of conclusion was drawn when it came to dishwashers as well.  There was 70 percent savings on detergent (phosphate free) and up to 12 times more effective at cleaning dishes.  There are many more benefits to soft water if you have time, the Battelle Study with gas hot water heaters found there was a 24 percent effeciency loss with hard water.  It is important to have soft water and if you are looking for a water softener or thinking about getting one then check us out at http://www.allamericanwatersofteners.com/

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