How a Culligan Water Softener Can Improve Your Laundry
We can’t make chores fun but with a water softener from Culligan Water, we might be able to make laundry day (and your clothes) a little less dull. A water softener is a great investment for any homeowner, and many homeowners are starting to make the switch to soft water. Not only can a Culligan Water Softener improve the way your clothes look and feel, but it can also save you money on laundry detergent and help extend the life of your washing machine. Keep reading to discover all the different ways a water softener can improve your laundry, and add to your home’s value.
What is Soft Water and Why Should You Use It?
To talk about the benefits of soft water, we must first talk about the disadvantages of hard water. Hard water can wreak havoc on your home’s appliances, in addition to your skin and clothes. The hardness of your water depends on the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium found in your water. Hard water is extremely common in North America, affecting over 85% of the continent. A simple water analysis can identify just how hard your water is. If you’re curious about the hardness of your water, consider an in-home water quality test. Culligan Water offers free consultations that can inform you of your water’s makeup and our professionals can offer solutions based on your results.
Using a water softener is the most efficient way to convert your hard water to soft water. A water softener uses resin beads to attract and hold onto hard water minerals, removing them from the water. Soft water prevents the buildup of minerals (scale) on the inside of pipes, fixtures, and hot water heaters while reducing soap films and energy bills. Additionally, soft water is ideal for doing laundry in a variety of ways.
Soft Water Makes Your Clothes Last Longer
Simply put, soft water is better for washing your clothes. The harsh minerals found in hard water can cause fading, pilling, and damage to your garments over time. Pilling refers to the development of small balls of threads on the surface of your clothing pieces. For your crisp white articles of clothing, hard water can end up making your clothes look dingy due to leftover mineral deposits that build up on the fabric.
As a better form of water, it’s no surprise that soft water would treat your clothes in the washing machine better than hard water. Soft water is gentle on your clothes leading to whiter whites and longer-lasting garments. In using soft water while washing your clothes, you can also notice a softer feel to your garments.
Your Laundry Can Feel Softer When Using Soft Water
Not only can soft water make your clothes last longer but they can make them feel softer too. While in the washing machine, soft water can help you get a better wash and rinse. The water-softening process removes many of the minerals in your water that would cause build-up on your fabric surfaces. In removing the calcium from your water, you’re left with less abrasion during the wash cycle thus softening your garments and preventing color fading.
Soft water also helps to make laundry detergents work more effectively. In hard water, detergents and soaps have to fight harder to compete with minerals like calcium and magnesium in the makeup of your washing machine’s water. With detergent working to its full capability in soft water, your clothes can be fully washed and cleansed of visible and invisible dirt and minerals on clothing surfaces.
Save on Laundry Detergent with Soft Water
In switching to soft water in your home, you’ll not only notice differences in your clothing but you’ll notice differences in your grocery bill too. A water softener can cut down on your laundry detergent usage. When calcium is present in your water it can combine with the dirt and soap to create scum. This scum makes your detergent less effective, leading you to use more detergent and longer rinses to get your clothes clean. In a study conducted by the Water Quality Association, research showed that using softer water was better at removing stains than increased water temperature or more detergent being used. When it comes down to the numbers, soft water could end up reducing your laundry detergent use by as much as 50%.
Improve Your Laundry with a Culligan Water Softener
Culligan Water won’t help you do your laundry but we will help make your detergent more efficient and your clothing softer by installing a high-efficiency water softener in your home! Culligan Water’s series of Aquasential Smart High-Efficiency Water Softeners deliver an endless supply of soft water to your faucets and appliances that utilize water. Backed by one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry, this series of water softeners are a reliable, long-lasting soft water solution to your home’s hard water problems.
If you’re ready to improve your laundry and have soft water flow through your home, contact us today!