ShowerStick regeneration instructions:
When to Regenerate:
You don’t need to regenerate your ShowerStick prior to its first use. How often you regenerate depends on your water hardness, the duration of each shower and your water pressure. After installing the ShowerStick, use the test kit and you’ll see that you now have soft water (1-3 drops/grains). Repeat this process after each shower and when the test kit shows your water is no longer soft, you’ll know it’s time to regenerate. Then you’ll know how many showers you can take before needing to regenerate again in the future. (Note: Don’t test the water right after regenerating – the salt still inside from regenerating will test as a mineral so the salt needs to be flushed out first for at least 2 minutes). At what point you choose to regenerate is up to your personal preference. Some people who have skin disorders may regenerate at 3-4 grains while others are fine regenerating at 6 grains.
(Water hardness in grains: Soft = 0-3, Moderately Hard = 3-7, Hard = 7-10, Very Hard = 10-14, Extremely Hard = 14+)
How to Regenerate:
1. Remove the regeneration port cap and gently place the shower head on your shower floor to allow the water to drain (takes about 1 minute).
2. Prepare your salt water solution. Using an empty 1-liter water or soft drink bottle, pour 1 cup granulated (fine grain) table salt (plain or iodized) into the bottle (a funnel can be used) and fill with cold or warm tap water. Shake well until the salt is dissolved.
Tip: Coarse grain salts such as softening salt, rock salt, sea salt, kosher salt, and potassium chloride should not be used since they won’t dissolve completely in the water and therefore won’t thoroughly regenerate the resin.
Tip: Draw a line on the bottle to show where the one cup of salt came up to so you don’t have to measure the salt again in the future
3. With the shower head still on the floor, slowly (don’t use a funnel) pour your salt water solution into the regeneration port. If the salt water backs up while pouring it inside, give it a few seconds to drain out. If salt is left at the bottom of the bottle undissolved, add more tap water to the bottle, shake, then pour inside. The more the salt is dissolved, the better job it will do to regenerate the resin.
4. Once all the salt water flows out through the shower head and down the drain, put the shower head back up in the MOUNT and re-attach the REGENERATION PORT CAP. (Use your bath towel to tighten the last notch if it’s easier.)
5. Turn the water on and let it run for 15-30 seconds to fill the ShowerStick back up with water (to keep the resin moist) and to rinse the residual salt through the resin to finish the regeneration process. You now have soft water again and can take a shower whenever you’d like.
Tip: Since soaps and shampoos lather better in soft water, you can use about 50% less of them now
RV Stick & The $70 Mini Stick regeneration instructions:
The following factors determine how often regeneration is needed:
1. The hardness of the water
2. The amount of water used
3. The water pressure
When to Regenerate:
How often you regenerate depends on how hard your water is and how much water you use. Use the provided hard water test kit often to determine if the water is still soft or if it needs to be regenerated. If in doubt REGENERATE…it doesn’t hurt to regenerate often…it’s easy and costs only pennies. (Water hardness in grains: Soft = 0-3, Moderately Hard = 3-7, Hard = 7-10, Very Hard = 10-14, Extremely Hard = 14+).
How to Regenerate:
1. Turn off your water.
2. RV Stick: Mix 2 cups granulated (fine grain) table salt (plain or iodized) with 2 liters of hot water in a plastic bottle (an empty water or soft drink bottle works great). Mini Stick: Mix 1/2 cup granulated (fine grain) table salt (plain or iodized) with 16.9oz of hot water in a plastic bottle (an empty water or soft drink bottle works great). Mark a line on the bottle where the salt comes to with a marker so you can fill the salt to that line next time and not have to re-measure every time. Always use granulated table salt as coarse grain salts such as water softener salt, rock salt, sea salt, kosher salt and potassium chloride won’t dissolve completely in the water and therefore won’t regenerate the resin properly.
3. Disconnect attached hoses and drain the water remaining in your WaterStick.
4. Holding the WaterStick vertically, slowly pour the salt solution into the WaterStick through either end and let it drain out through the opposite end (tip: it’s good to alternate ends periodically). If there is salt left at the bottom of the bottle undissolved, be sure to add more hot water, shake up the bottle then pour inside. Completely dissolved salt in water will do the best job to regenerate the resin.
5. Hold the WaterStick horizontally with your hands covering each end and shake up the resin inside to mix the remaining salt water with the resin beads (this is also good to loosen up the resin).
6. Connect the WaterStick back to the water supply then turn on the water and let it run through the WaterStick and outside for 3-6 minutes for the RV Stick and 1 minute for the Mini Stick (based on your water pressure). This will finish the regeneration process since the residual salt inside the WaterStick will be flushed through to further regenerate the resin.
Note: Before using the hard water test kit after you’ve regenerated, you should use the WaterStick for at least 15 minutes in order to flush out all of the salt. Otherwise, the trace amounts of salt will test as a mineral (just like calcium and magnesium).
Always store your WaterStick with the plug and cap on the ends to prevent the resin inside from drying out which will end its life. Always keep your WaterStick from freezing.