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If you’re like most homeowners, using tap water is a key part of your cleaning routine. From washing your dishes in it to mixing it with soap to mop the kitchen floor, the water coming out of your faucet cleans your dishes, clothes, food and more. It’s understandable that many homeowners are concerned about the safety of their tap water and how effective it is at protecting against pathogens, bacteria and viruses. The quality of water that you use to clean and disinfect your home can have an impact on whether or not the surfaces are truly clean.

The Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting

Before we can review the best way to clean and disinfect your home, it’s important to distinguish between the two. Cleaning is the process of using soap, detergent or other cleaners to get rid of dust, visible dirt on the surface and some germs. In most cases, cleaning is designed to make it so that your surfaces and objects are clean and attractive. However, disinfection involves killing germs and preventing any bacteria that are present from multiplying. Instead of being able to use mild soap or detergent, you will need to use a stronger substance like bleach.

To clean and disinfect your home you must also plan on doing both. You cannot easily disinfect a surface that is not already clean, so you should start by thoroughly cleaning the surface before completing the disinfection process. If you don’t clean the surface, germs underneath the dust or dirt could still multiply and not be destroyed as you would want them to be. Be sure that you read all labels on cleaning products to ensure that anything you use on material that might be consumed or consumed off of (dishes, etc.) is safe.

Cleaning with Hard Water or Soft Water

One of the primary downsides of hard water is that it makes it very hard for soaps to lather and things to be completely and thoroughly cleaned. Because of the presence of so many minerals, soap is less effective and it’s harder to get a surface totally clean. Soap scum left behind after cleaning can stick to your hard surfaces and also allow germs to stick around as well.

Soft water is great for cleaning because it makes it easy to get a great lather and thoroughly rinse when using cleaning products. Soft water also makes cleaning products go farther, so you will get more from the soaps and detergents that you use. While disinfectants are useful, soap is also a critical tool in preparing surfaces for disinfection. If you have hard water, working with an experienced water filtration company like Atlantic Blue Water Center is a great way to improve the water quality and make your home an even cleaner place to live.

What Happens If You Have High-Iron Water?

If you have water with high iron content and use bleach to disinfect your home, it could lead to unsightly discoloration. Combining high-iron water with bleach leads to unattractive orange stains. These stains appear similar to those that are caused by iron over an extended period of time, but adding the bleach accelerates the process. A water filtration system can eliminate this issue and help to prevent staining on your plumbing, kitchen surfaces and bathroom surfaces. With filtered water, you will have a permanent solution to water with high iron content so you can easily clean and disinfect your home.

What Can You Do to Fix Your Home’s Water?

The best way to remedy water with high iron content or that is extremely hard is with help from Atlantic Blue Water Center. The quality of the water that you use directly impacts how clean and safe your home is. Hard water can leave behind bacteria that prevents you from getting any surface in your home completely clean. Our professionals can test your water and determine what treatments will make it safe and easy to use once again.

We have a broad range of treatment options for all types of homes and needs, and we can customize your treatment or filtration solution to meet the needs of your family. If you have an existing water filtration solution installed but it is no longer functioning properly or doing an inadequate job, we can determine if a new system is right or if repairs can be made. We are always here to support you as you clean and disinfect your home.

Call Atlantic Blue Water Center for a Water Test to Help Clean and Disinfect Your Home

Atlantic Blue Water Center is here to help homeowners, home sellers, home buyers and business owners in need of a quality water test. Call us today to schedule your water testing at (410) 751-9200.