Remove the Salt Residue on your Floors

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If you live where there is a lot of snowfall during the winter, you know the struggle of dealing with rock salt. It may be helpful on roads and sidewalks, but it can cause unsightly stains and residue on the floors in your home. If this issue sounds familiar, continue reading to learn the best ways to clean the salt messes up!

It is important to do the best you can to prevent the salt from coming into your home in the first place. Place a thick/coarse mat outside the front door, and another mat inside the door. This will catch a lot of the salt from people’s shoes. A rubber shoe mat can be helpful to store people’s shoes, and don’t be afraid to ask people to take their shoes off when they come in.

However, some salt residue is unavoidable. Here’s what to do to best clean it up on any type of flooring.

Carpet

Start by vacuuming as much up as possible.

Mix an even amount of white vinegar with hot water, and pour mixture into a spray bottle. Spray stained area with the mixture and let it sit for about five minutes. Blot with a paper towel and allow it to air dry.

Vacuum area again once it is dry.

Tile/Linoleum

Sweep the larger bits up with a broom.

Mix ½ cup of white vinegar with a gallon of hot water. Use this mixture and a mop to clean the affected area.

Let air dry. The vinegar smell (for any surfaces) will dissipate on its own, but can be sped up with a fan or by opening a window.

Hardwood

Sweep the larger bits up with a broom.

A ratio of 1 cup of white vinegar to every 3 gallons of warm water should be used. As an alternative, some cleaning solutions that are specifically designed for hardwood floors can be used. Hardwood is more sensitive, and you should always double check what can and cannot be used on your particular floor, based on the sealant type. Do not use any solutions on an unsealed floor

Use a microfiber mop and your solution to wipe the floor. Allow it to air dry.


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