We are incredibly lucky to live somewhere where water is available to us whenever we want it. But have you ever thought about the difference in water that comes out of your tap? No two glasses of water are exactly the same, the main difference between what comes out of one tap to another is the hardness of the water. This difference is noticeable on household appliances, especially the dishwasher.
To give you a better understanding of what it means for your appliances, read below to learn more about the distinction between hard water and soft water, what it means for your dishwashing, and what you can do to prevent the negative effects.
The Hard Facts
All water as it falls as rain is naturally soft, which means that the only ion (an electrically charged atom) is sodium. As this water makes its way through the ground and into the waterways that eventually lead to our taps, it becomes ‘hard’. This is through it picking up lots of dissolved minerals such as chalk, lime, magnesium and calcium. These minerals are in many ways preferable, because many of these minerals are essential to our health, making hard water better to drink – and it can also taste better!
When hard water passes through a dishwasher, the minerals in the water build up on the heating elements, most notably as limescale. This not only makes it a lot harder for the dishwasher to clean the dishes, but it can actually make them look worse as the minerals are dissolved and re-deposited on dishes and glassware, causing unsightly cloudy spots or filming.
Softening the Blow
Finish® has developed a number of products to ensure that even if you are supplied with particularly hard water, you can still guarantee that your dishes, glassware and cutlery come out clean and shiny.
- First, use a high-quality detergent like Finish® Quantum® along with Finish® Jet Dry® for best results, even in hard water. This speeds up the drying time, and ensures that nothing is left behind as the water eventually disappears.
- Ensure that you use Finish® Hard Water Booster along with your detergent. This softens the water and contains no other impurities that could hamper the dishwasher.
- And crucially, you should make a regimented habit of using Finish In-Wash Dishwasher Cleaner Tablets once a week, and Finish® Dishwasher Deep Cleaner Liquid once a month. When the minerals do build up on the machine’s vitals, the cleaners will ensure that they are disposed of before they get the chance to settle on to your dishes.
Whatever your water hardness, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t get perfectly clean dishes the first time, every time.