I live in an area that has extremly high hard water .We have an iron remover and a softner but some of my glasses still come out with a white stain on them that cant be removed!!! Is it the glass or am i doing something wrong with my dishwsher
If the glasses are old or the softener has been allowed to run out of salt a few times the glasses have become etched. When hard water has soap added, the hot water and soap precipitates some of the hardness (limestone - what cement is made from) into particles and the dishwasher shoots this around in the dishwasher and "sandblasts" everything. Once the glass is etched you have to replace it. In future, a. never run out of salt. b. wash good glassware, crystal and fine china by hand.
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Re: water stains on some glasses
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You aren't using fabric conditioner, or using 'cheap' fabric conditioner or your spin speed is too high. Tumble drying will remove the creases anyway, or you can iron them damp. Creasing is showing you the water is almost fully removed. If you live in a hard water area add water softener like Calgon to the wash and fabric softener drawer.
Water is the universal solvent. It dissolves some of almost anything it comes in contact with. Calcium and Magnesium are VERY common elements which combine readily and are commonly known as limestone. Limestone dissolved in water is what makes water hard. Water hardness is measured in grains; one grain hardness = 17.1 ppm limestone. Rain water is approx. 2.5 grains hard. Most lake water is 6 to 8 grains hard. 11 grains is Very Hard water. 30 grains is Extremely Hard water. Most people are choosing a brand of water softener at around 15 to 24 grains hardness... they're tired of the stiff towels and scratchy bed sheets.
You can likely get your water hardness and iron content tested for free at any place that sells softeners; just take a water sample in. If you want to know who the knowledgeable ones are, go to wqa.org and find a Certified Water Specialist near you.
Personally, I love soft water and would have a softener at any level harder than lake water BUT you should also know that I'm a perfectionist who gets 'em wholesale.
(Iron has nothing to do with hardness. Iron is a staining element that can leave rust stains on your porcelain at, as low as, 0.3 ppm)
Cabinet style water softeners (GE, Whirlpoool, Kenmore, Sears) are very inefficient at removing iron. They are not designed for water with high iron content such as yours. I might suggest setting the hardness level up as high as it can go (100gpg). Indications that water softener resin is getting fouled with iron are exactly as you described. Rusty water the day after a regeneration. You may need an iron filtration system before the softener so all the water softener has to do is remove the hardness.
Here is a link for an iron filtration system that works with air. Very simple, works very well.
Water softners will remove approx. 90% of the iron from the water...if this is acceptable then you are okay with the Culligan...if not then you will also have to install an iron removal system in addition to the softner.
Also check around with your local plumbers, as many will install a water softner at a gereatly reduced cost from what the franchises will charge you...and they have just as good a systems and often do a much better installation job.
I have had customers that have complained of this. I my area it is usually related to hard water a iron in the water rather than being the fault of the washer. The washer and the clothing is just the place that it is most noticable. For these customers a water softener has solved the problem. You should get your water checked for hardness and iron it may be the problem. Another thing that it could be, is if you have iron piping in your house. Rust from inside the iron piping can flake off and stain your clothing. Just a few things that you can check out....
The first place that I'd check would be the small metal screens inside the openings on the water inlet valve. They can get really rusted, epecially in areas with hard water, so I would recommend removing the water supply hoses and take a gander at the screens. They can sometimes release the iron oxide into the wash water and cause brown stains or blotches on clothing. Hope this helped and best wishes.
Windex and newspaper should do. You sure they are water spots and not the glass? When they set out the plastic impregnated in the glass (safety glass), seperates slightly and looks like a water spot or even a bubble. It is a combination of heat & sun rays. May have to live with it or replace the glass.
Check for iron content of the water in your area. Excessive iron will clog the zeolite beads in your softener and reduce its life. You can try increasing the backwash and rinse cycles to see if it helps. You can also get an iron pre-filter for a softener. I am assuming you have either a private well or a municipal well.
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