Better Water, Easier Cleaning
Posted: March 1, 2013
The purer the water you have, the better the boat will turn out. Additionally, pure water with very little hardness will dry completely spot-free. The general way to measure the quality of the water is with a TDS meter. If you do not have one, take a sample to a local water or pool-care company, and the people there should be able to tell you about the make-up of your water.
The ideal would be to have water below 50 TDS, as this is spotless — you don’t even need to dry it. TDS of 50 to 150 is good. Water above 170 is considered hard, and you will want to get an inline softener for your hose. Water above 250 is very hard. Most inline hose softeners may not be able to keep up and will need to be recharged frequently.
Remember, the harder your water, the smaller the area you want to work, drying it quickly so you don’t leave hard-water deposits. Be very diligent about this with your glass, too.