Quick Fix: How to Remove Salt Residue From Your Floor With Vinegar
When temperatures dip below freezing, road salt or ice melt can help prevent ice from forming on roads and walkways. But when that salt gets tracked into your home and onto your floors, you might be looking for a quick way to get rid of the mess. Luckily, there are easy ways to remove it. All it takes is a common household ingredient: vinegar. Here’s how to use vinegar to remove salt residue from your carpet or tile floors.
Before you try either of these methods, do a spot test with the solution on an inconspicuous portion of your floor. Allow it to dry thoroughly, then check to ensure there was no adverse reaction, such as discoloration.
How to Remove Salt Stains From Carpet
Step 1: First, vacuum the area to remove any loose chunks of salt, The Spruce recommends.
Step 2: Pour 1 cup of hot water and 1 cup of white vinegar into a bucket and stir. Use a funnel and pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
Step 3: Spray onto the stained area and let it soak for 5 minutes. Blot the carpet with a paper towel, then allow it to air dry.
Step 4: Once the carpet is dry, vacuum the area one last time. After cleaning, the vinegar smell should disappear within a couple hours, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
How to Remove Salt Stains From Tile
Step 1: Sweep the floor to remove excess salt.
Step 2: Mix together ½ cup of vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water in a bucket, Better Homes and Gardens recommends.
Step 3: Dip your mop into the mixture, then wring out any excess liquid. Mop the affected area.
Step 4: Allow to air dry. As with carpet, the vinegar smell will disappear on its own, but you can speed up that process by running a dehumidifier or air conditioner, or by opening a window to allow fresh air to circulate, Hunker.com says.
[On-Screen Text]: How to Remove Salt Residue From Your Floor With Vinegar
Scene opens with salt stains on tile and carpet. Snow boots are seen nearby.
[On-Screen Text]: Remove Salt Residue From Flooring
[On-Screen Text]: Try Vinegar!
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[On-Screen Text]: Tip: Always Do a Spot Test First.
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[On-Screen Text]: Carpet
Carpet vacuumed to remove loose salt.
[On-Screen Text]: 1 Cup Hot Water
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Hand wearing rubber gloves measures 1 cup of hot water and 1 cup of vinegar and pours them into a bucket. Hand stirs the mixture with a long spoon and then pours it into a spray bottle using a funnel.
[On-Screen Text]: Wait 5 Minutes
[On-Screen Text]: Let Dry Completely
Mixture sprayed onto carpet then allowed to soak in. “Wait 5 minutes” appears on screen. Carpet blotted with paper towels and “Let dry completely” appears on screen.
Carpet vacuumed again, and salt stains are gone.
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[On-Screen Text]: 1 Gallon Warm Water
[On-Screen Text]: ½ Cup Vinegar
Hand wearing rubber gloves measures ½ cup vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water and pours them into a bucket. Hand stirs the mixture with a long spoon.
A mop is dipped into the mixture, then wrung out. Floor mopped to remove the salt stains.