Benefits of Soft Water

Experience the benefits of softened water for you, your home and your family

What causes hard water?

When it rains, the water falling from the clouds is completely soft, it is not until the rain hits the ground that it begins to absorb minerals found within the earth.

Hard water areas

Chalk and magnesium areas in the UK stem down from the East coast of England across to Wales and down to Dorset.

Cold water areas

Granite areas are so hard that water cannot permeate through it, so rain water will simply run-off the surface.

Naturally soft vs softened water

If you’ve been on holiday to Cornwall, Wales or Scotland, you’ve probably experienced the beauty of naturally soft water – your skin might have felt softer, you might have found you were using too much soap in the shower and noticed that the bathroom and kitchen where you were staying stayed cleaner, shinier and brighter.Softened water, by name association, is very similar, except ion-exchanged softened water is much softer than naturally soft water.

This means that your skin will feel much softer, your hair will be silkier and you will use as much as 50% less soaps and detergents than you would use in a naturally soft water area, which is of course less than you would use anyway in a typical hard water area.A premium quality water softener will typically pay for itself within 3-6 years, and could last in excess of 20 years.

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Benefits of soft water

Improve Skin Conditions and Hair

Did you know that the residue from hard water stays on your skin and clogs your pores? This is a factor in many skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and very dry skin. The scum can also serve as a home for bacteria, leading to nappy rash and itchiness. The mineral build-up in hard water can cause your hair cuticles to stand up, making your hair feel rough and dry.

  • Spend less time cleaning and less money on cleaning products!
  • Longer lasting appliances and happy pipework!
  • Sparking surfaces, glassware and crockery!


Reduction in limescale

Limescale is the residue left behind by hard water. You may have noticed it on your kitchen surfaces, taps and shower. It also causes scaling in your kettle, dishwasher and washing machine, as well as inside your pipes and boiler. Softened water eliminates limescale and gets rid of years worth of built up scale, which will reduce cleaning time around the home. You will also save money on appliances and your boiler as they will work more efficiently and last longer.

Save money with cheaper bills, longer last appliances and the need for fewer products

Having softened water can save you money as your appliances last longer and are less likely to break, as limescale won’t be blocking your boiler and pipes. They will run more efficiently which results in a cost saving on your heating bills, as well we less washing powder, cleaning products, shampoo and soap.

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What our customers say

The Minimax has replaced a ten year old electric machine with a single cylinder. The old machine had ceased softening the water. The new machine has served, not only as a replacement but provides a better quality of softened water.

We just had a Minimax M2 installed about 10 days ago after moving to the Reading area from South Wales. We really struggled with the hard water marking of sanitary ware and taps and the difference it made with detergents etc. It is probably one of the best items we’ve bought as it’s made such a difference.

I cannot understand why people in hard water areas do not invest in a water softener. In 14 years we have had no scale build up anywhere, we have never had to clean the shower head, and our central heating has never had to be drained down.