Just as a family home can benefit from water softening, so can many of the local businesses in your area. The majority of the United States is affected by hard water, and that includes businesses. Resulting from high levels of calcium and magnesium in water, hard water is a natural occurrence that affects over 85% of the water supply in North America. Hard water minerals can stick to surfaces and cause unsightly residue, in addition to bad-tasting or foul-smelling water. Luckily, commercial water softening is possible, and many businesses can benefit. 

What are the Real Benefits of Commercial Water Softening?

Commercial water softening comes with a variety of benefits beyond just turning your hard water into soft water. Most of all, commercial filtered water can be a very cost-effective business expense. For instance, a water heater in your business can wear out fast due to the buildup of hard water minerals in pipes. With soft water, your appliances (water heater, dishwasher, washing machine, etc.) will continue to run efficiently without the accumulation of mineral buildup. Additionally, this could end up expanding the life of your appliances as well. 

Soft water in your business doesn’t only keep your appliances happy, but your employees and customers too. Hard water can come with an unpleasant smell or taste, and leave skin and hair dry. Soft water eliminates any unwanted smell and odor, while also ridding the water of harsh chemicals and minerals that could be drying up your skin. That said, below are the benefits of industrial water softeners for specific businesses.  

Car Washes

It may not be the first thing you think of but car washes are a prime example of a business that can benefit from commercial water softening. As an industry highly dependent on quality water, car washes should always pay close attention to the softness of their water supply. In hard water, the excess minerals and the positive ions in these minerals react negatively with soaps causing the cleaning agents in them to become ineffective. Soft water produces the highest foam levels and the most consistent cleaning performance. Hard water contains minerals that end up as components of the rinse droplets left on the car. As the water in the droplets evaporates, the minerals stay behind and cause white spots. These spots are the last thing clients want to see on their car after paying for a wash.

Coffee Shops and Breweries

Many coffee shops and breweries use commercial water softeners to remove impurities and contaminants from their water effectively. Many of these businesses opt for a reverse osmosis system. Reverse osmosis is a high-threshold filtration process that pushes water through a semipermeable membrane, allowing the water to pass through, but not impurities or contaminants. In addition to turning hard water soft, a reverse osmosis system can remove any foul odor or taste from water. 

One of the most beneficial uses of a reverse osmosis system is that it can be outfitted to fit within the constraints of any type of space. Our modular design can provide an entire factory or a small batch brewery with reverse osmosis water in every tap.


Hospitals and the healthcare industry as a whole rely heavily on water-softening systems to provide a clean and sanitary environment for their patients. Different water purification systems are used in different ways throughout the hospital. 

Deionized water is water that has had most of the mineral content and dissolved ion content removed. It is considered high-purity water. Deionization uses an ion-exchange process in which water flows through resin beds or resin beads. Culligan deionization products reduce total dissolved solids (TDS) from water in a way that is easy to use and maintain. Deionized water is used in the sterilization process for surgical instruments. 

On a larger scale, commercial water softening systems can be used for HVAC water treatment systems and boilers. Eliminating total dissolved solids (TDS) from the water content increases boiler cycles. As the boiler cycles rise, less water will need to be removed from the boiler and will save the amount of usage needed from your boiler plant.

Commercial Water Softening Solutions from Culligan Water

With over 70 years of experience in the water filtration industry, Culligan Water of Greater Kansas City can offer the best commercial water softener and practical solutions for any business needs. From the local coffee shop down the street to giants in the oil and gas industry, our modular designs are custom-fit. Our water treatment technicians and quality experts can help create customized solutions to a vast spectrum of challenges. If you’re in need of commercial water softening for your business, contact us today! We can assess your situation and offer a commercial water filtration system price quote.


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