Perhaps this should be in the advanced section. I'm thinking ahead and one of my chief complaints is the harshness of our pool water. Understandably the numbers were out of whack and I'm on the verge of good numbers and clear, algae free water. Last night I hopped into the pool for a cool off and noted the water did feel much better but I'm never satisfied and since we have a softener in the house I'm spoiled. I read the thread on Borates - Why and How, it *sounds* like Borates would create a feeling similar to softened water, correct? Additionally, there are other benefits but are there any reasons why it might not be for me?