Few things are harder on your family than hard water. It’s hard on your clothes, your dishes, your pipes and your appliances. Fortunately, no one knows more about hard water and how to soften it than Windsor® Salt. To find out more about hard water and how Windsor can make your “hard” life a little easier, just click either topic.
The words “hard water” describe water that contains calcium and magnesium, the hardness minerals. Rain water begins as soft water, free of these minerals and as it passes over and through the earth, flowing into lakes, rivers, streams and ground water, it absorbs the hardness minerals. While these minerals aren’t harmful to your health, they do affect the properties of water and its effectiveness in washing and cleaning.
Hard water can turn simple household tasks into hard work. Soaps and laundry detergents don’t lather as well. Glasses and dishes are left with spots. Clothing feels coarser and colours look duller. Tubs and bathroom fixtures are covered with an unsightly film. Hard water is also tough on washing machines, making them wear out up to 30% faster.
Not only does soft water turn tough cleaning jobs into easy work, it also saves money and time. You need less soap to get clothes and dishes clean. You can say goodbye to annoying water scaling and soap scum as well as stubborn tub rings. Your pipes and appliances remain stain- and clog-free, requiring less maintenance and repair.
When the resin beads in your softener become saturated with calcium and magnesium ions, they need to be recharged. Sodium ions from the water softening salt reactivate the resin beads so they can continue to do their job. Without sufficient softening salt, your water softener is less efficient.
As a rule, you should check your water softener once a week to be sure the salt level is always at least one quarter full.
Hard water contains traces of dirt, iron and other minerals that can build up in the resin beads and valves of your water softener, and can lead to expensive repairs. Windsor® Clean and Protect™ is specially formulated to clean out those traces of dirt and minerals and to help keep your water softener clean longer than all other salt pellets on the market. System Saver II Pellets are formulated with salt that is guaranteed 99.7% pure and contain virtually no insolubles that need to be cleaned from your brine tank. For these reasons, Windsor® backs System Saver II Pellets with a total satisfaction guarantee.
Windsor® Clean and Protect™ comes in handy 18.1 or 11.3 kg bags that are easy to lift, carry, open and pour. The corner pull-tab opens just wide enough to allow salt to pour out easily, and enables you to regulate the flow. The sturdy handle makes it easy to carry. Whatever your needs, Windsor® has a water softening solution for you.
The principle behind water softening is really just simple chemistry. A water softener contains resin beads which hold electrically charged ions. These ions need to be recharged by salt water, to keep your water softener working efficiently. When hard water passes through the softener, calcium and magnesium ions are attracted to the charged resin beads. It’s the resulting removal of calcium and magnesium ions that produces “soft water”.
DO YOU LIVE IN A HARD WATER AREA?
Due to the nature of the water bed sub-soil structure water hardness may vary from one source to another within a general area.