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What is a Water Softener and Why do you need it?
Is your commercial or industrial washing machine producing less than desired results? You may be surprised to learn that in order to get perfect laundry results, you need a lot more than loading an industrial washing machine and pressing a few buttons.
This article will explore the difference between hard and soft water, what a water softener is, and why you should consider using one to produce remarkable and dependable results in your industrial laundry.
Hard water versus soft water
Hard water refers to the mineral content within the water, particularly calcium and magnesium. When water falls from the sky, it’s considered soft as it hasn’t come into any contact with minerals yet.
Plumbing can be destroyed over time and in turn, can damage linen, resulting in damaged fabric fibres, holes, streaks and discolouration…an industrial laundry nightmare! Hard water is actually an incredibly common problem, which is precisely what water softeners were invented to combat.
What is a water softener?
Water softener consists of a tall, narrow water-softener tank, and a short, wide brine tank. The softener tank is connected to the laundry’s water-supply line, with a small-diameter fill tube connecting the brine tank to the softener tank. A discharge hose will run the waste from the softener tank to a nearby drainpipe of your choice.
Filled with specially formulated resin beads, the softener tank must remain permanently sealed until its salt or potassium pellets need replacing.
Why should you consider a water softener for your industrial washing machine?
Here’s a simplified outline of the water softening process to explain:
- The water enters the top of the water-softener tank
- It percolates down through the resin beads
- The mineral deposits cling to the resin
- The now-softened water exits through the softener tank and flows throughout your industrial laundry pipes and industrial washing machines.
Sooner or later, the beads will reach maximum capacity and won’t be able to attract any more mineral ions. This is when your water softener tank must be flushed.
During regeneration, the salty water from the brine tank flows into the softener tank. A rinse cycle commences and the salty water washes away the deposits from the resin beads. The water and minerals are flushed out of the discharge hose and the system is ready again to soften your industrial laundry’s incoming water.
A water softener for your industrial washing machine
We’ve explained what water softener is and how it works, but how does it help you wash in your industrial laundry? Keep reading to find out.
This is what a water softener in your industrial laundry will STOP:
- Grey and faded laundered linen
- Extra detergent usage
- Limescale and calcium build-ups in pipes
- Wasting money and time
- Overall hassle
This is what a water softener in your industrial laundry will INCREASE:
- Effectiveness of detergent
- Lathering and rinse-ability
- Better quality linen results: no more stiff linen and unwanted residue
- Time to spend on other things
For the best industrial laundry results, you should consider installing a water softener and use it in conjunction with a Girbau industrial washer.
Although debatably good in the home because of essential vitamins and minerals, you don’t want hard water in your industrial laundry. This is why you should invest in a water softener to ensure the best linen results for your business and customers. A water softener system in partnership with a Girbau washer or Maytag industrial washing machine will deliver dependable results, time after time, wash after wash.
For an industrial washing machine you can continuously count on and service and expertise you can trust, call Dependable Laundry Solutions today. Whether you want to buy an industrial washing machine, get help with your existing one, or find out more about laundry water softeners, we can help.
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