Facts & Questions

Who are we?

Apt905.com is the website for Winkler Innovations LLC, a Kansas based company who believes that the United States of America has some of the best minds and products in the world.  

We source our parts from U.S. manufacturers, and when necessary Canadian manufacturers, never from China, never from overseas.

We proudly support all members of the U.S. military, both past and present, as well as all hard working American Patriots.  

We are honored to be able to say "Our products are sourced and made in the U.S.A".

What is hardwater?

The simple definition of water hardness is the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. Hard water is high in dissolved minerals, largely calcium and magnesium. You may have felt the effects of hard water, literally, the last time you washed your hands. Depending on the hardness of your water, after using soap to wash you may have felt like there was a film of residue left on your hands. In hard water, soap reacts with the calcium (which is relatively high in hard water) to form "soap scum". When using hard water, more soap or detergent is needed to get things clean, be it your hands, hair, laundry or dishes.

One of the most common causes of cloudy dishes and glassware is hard water.

Have you done a load of dishes in the dishwasher, taken out the glasses, and noticed spots or film on them? This is more hard-water residue—not dangerous, but unsightly.

Source:   https://www.usgs.gov/special-topics/water-science-school/science/hardness-water

How hard is my water?

Water hardness can vary based on where you are located.  This map should give you a general idea of what your hardness is.  If you want to know exactly what the hardness is, you can have it tested or call your local municiple water supply to find out.

Hardness is measured in a couple of ways.  Grains per Gallon (gpg) and mg/L (milligrams per Liter).  

1 gpg is equal to 1 pound of Calcium Carbonate in 7,000 gallons of water.  For those of you who prefer the imperial system, it takes about 17 mg/L to equal 1 gpg.

Typically hardness is described as soft, moderate, hard and very hard according to a scale like the one below

  • soft: 0-3.5 gpg
  • moderate: 3.5-7.0 gpg
  • hard: 7.0-10.5 gpg
  • very hard: over 10.5 gpg

sources:  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grain_per_gallon    

https://homewater101.com/articles/hard-water-across-us

What does hard water do to my dishwasher and dishes?
  • It Reduces the life expectancy of your dishwasher through corrosion and scale buildup
  • Creates rust on dishwasher parts
  • Clogs washer jet openings
  • It increases the amount of soap needed to properly wash the dishes.
  • Leaves a chalky residue on dishes and on the inside of the dishwasher
  • Creates a film or spots on dishes that you have to physically remove
  • Reduces the cleaning ability of your dishwasher
  • Costs you more money and time
Why shouldn't I just have a whole house water softener installed?
  • The Cost to install a whole house water softener averages $1,500, but can go as high as $6,000
  • States and municipalities have banned whole house water softeners due the dumping of recharging salt into the environment
  • Average water softener use results in the dumping of 40-50 pounds of salt into the sewage system each month
Since it has to be recharged with salt water, isn't that bad for the environment?

The amount of salt used to recharge the Soft n Shine is very low, up to 99% less then what a whole house water softener uses.  It would be the equivalent of accidently dropping a salt shaker down the drain once a month.  Compare that to dumping 50 pounds of salt down the drain every month.

Does the Soft n Shine need to be cleaned?

Yes.  Even though the device is placed into the dishwasher and "cleaned" every cycle, you will need to make sure no odors or discolorations occur on it.  If these are found, first immerse the unit in a bath of hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes and then rinse clean.  If problems still occur you can boil it for 15 minutes or soak it for 30 minutes in a weak solution of bleach, then rinse clean.