cleaning bike with softened water?
we have a water softener in our house, which uses some sort of salt.
Should i be concerned at all when it comes to cleaning my bike off, spraying it down with this water?
I know its not the same as true salt water, but im still curious.
If the system uses sodium the tap water will have elevated sodium levels but that may affect you more than it would your bike. What's the need to spray the bike? If it's wet dirt let it dry and brush/wipe it off, better for the bike's bearings and pivots that way.
Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat
and as far as softened water it's fine, the salt gets removed. Softer water will get things wetter, have more contact, make better use of any soaps, as well as not leave any hard water residue.
With that said, it's a good idea to have gardening water not be softened to keep the costs down.
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The few times I wash my bike is with softened water, doesn't harm a thing.
The softener just uses salt (NaCl) to substitute sodium (Na) for the calcium and magnesium in "hard" water. Sodium won't harm aluminum, and the chlorine (Cl) does not end up in the softened water.
The bonus is that soft water cleans and rinses way better than hard water.
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