How to Get Rid of Salt Stains in Your Car

It's hard to keep your car looking clean this time of year, especially where carpeting and floor mats are concerned. Here's how to get rid of salt stains in your car.

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How to Get Rid of Salt Stains in Your Car

If you live where winter is a five-month-long ice and snow storm, you shouldn’t wait until spring to give your cabin a well-deserved deep cleaning. While cleaning out the interior, you may notice unsightly road salt stains. Here’s how to make quick work of this cleaning task.

One option for how to get rid of salt stains in your car is to use vinegar.

Step 1: Gather your supplies

  • 1 spray bottle
  • 1 bottle of household distilled white vinegar
  • Hot water
  • Scrub brush with hard bristles
  • Dry cleaning cloth
  • Wet/dry vac

Step 2: Make the solution

  1. In the spray bottle, make a cleaning solution consisting of 50 per cent vinegar and 50 per cent hot water. (Don’t miss these other brilliant uses for vinegar all around the house.)
  2. Spray the solution onto the affected areas (carpet and floor mats will likely have the most salt stains).
  3. Let the solution sit for a few seconds, then scrub vigorously with the scrub brush.
  4. Soak up the remaining mixture with a dry cleaning cloth.
  5. Use a wet/dry vac to suck up any remaining solution and salt residue.
  6. Hang floor mats to dry. If parked inside, you can keep the windows rolled down to air out the vinegar smell.

Another option for how to get rid of salt stains in your car is to use foaming carpet cleaner.

Step 1: Gather your supplies

  • Foaming carpet cleaner
  • Scrub brush
  • Wet/dry vacuum

Step 2: Apply foaming carpet cleaner

  1. Spray the foaming carpet cleaner generously on the salt stains.
  2. Use the scrub brush to gently work the salt up to the surface.
  3. Allow the cleaner to dry.
  4. Vacuum up the dried residue.

Check out more car cleaning tips to get your ride looking like new.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman

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