What are the benefits of using soft water and the detriments of using hard water?
Using softwater will help ensure a lasting finish on Boats, RVs, autos, aircraft, etc. The harmful elements left in hard water can dramatically shorten the life of most finishes.
Soft water is much more beneficial to hair and skin. Hard water may leave a film on skin and possibly cause skin irritations. Hard water may also leave behind minerals that can change your hairs true color. Soft water leaves behind shiny, soft hair that is more manageable. Skin feels soft and smooth.
Soft water also ensures the purest flavor when cooking-because there are no unwanted minerals adding unwanted flavors to foods and beverages-ice tea, coffee, etc. Also, as these deposits build up they reduce the efficiency of heat transfer, so food may not cook as evenly or quickly in pans with large scale deposits
Any appliances and plumbing that use water are also at risk for the abuses of hard water. The dishwasher, washing machine, coffee makers, and other on-board pumps, etc. will have deposits left behind if they are using hard water. When the deposits start building up, supply hoses and water outlets can slow down or become clogged. If soft water is used to run these appliances then there is less maintenance and less chance early replacement of equipment.
Hard water requires more soap and synthetic detergents for laundry and washing, and contributes to scaling in boilers and industrial equipment.
The American Institute of Laundering reported that laundry costs almost double when water with a hardness of 5 gpg (grains per gallon) is used versus when water with a hardness of less than 1 gpg is used. It has also been documented that when using water with less than 1 gpg hardness:
A) linens last twice as long
B) soap consumption is less
C) washing times are less