Many of us assume that all water is the same, but water is a solvent and can absorb minerals and other matter, changing its profile. This means that water can have a different feel, depending on its characteristics. So, here we’ll explore water feel in a little more detail so you can discover why your water may feel different and what you can do to correct it.

No Soap Lathering:

If you’ve ever felt like you can’t seem to use enough soap to get a good lather, you’re not imagining it and there is a reason. This issue is caused when your water contains high levels of minerals, specifically hard water minerals. These minerals interfere with the lathering capabilities of soap, shower gel, detergents and other cleaning products.

Fortunately, this issue has a relatively easy fix. There are a number of water treatment systems to remove hard water minerals, such as water softeners.

Slippery Skin:

Having slippery feeling skin is often an after effect of using softened water. However, this is not actually a bad thing. It is actually a sign that your skin does not have a residue of soap and hard water minerals. While this can take a little getting used to, you’re actually feeling your actual skin.

Itchy, Dry Skin:

The reverse of the above water feel is when your skin feels itchy and dry. This includes your scalp feeling itchy. When you have hard water, you’re likely to use additional soap, shower gel and shampoo when you bathe, as you’re trying to get a good lather. Unfortunately, this can leave a film on your skin, which causes irritation.

However, this may also be due to the presence of chloramine or chlorine in your water. Most cities use these chemicals to treat water supplies and eliminate bacteria and other possible contaminants.

For either issue, there is a water treatment solution. You can use a softener or an RO system to remove these contaminants.

Coarse Hair:

If your hair feels brittle and coarse it could also be a symptom of chloramines or chlorine in your water. This is more common during rainy seasons, when treatment facilities increase the amount of disinfectant in water supplies to address contamination issues.

Fortunately, you can install water filtration systems to eliminate traces of chloramine or chlorine. Just bear in mind that you’ll need a whole house system, so you’re bathing in good quality water.

Water feel is just one aspect of your water quality. Of course, you are likely to notice how your water feels as you regularly bathe. However, be on the lookout for water that has an odd color or odor. These can indicate contamination issues that should be addressed.

Good quality water for preparing food, drinking and bathing is essential. So, if you have concerns about your water feel or overall water quality, be sure to speak to your local water treatment specialist. An experienced professional can not only test your water for contaminants but also guide you through the various water treatment solutions applicable to your water supply.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.