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Quick Fix: How to Remove Salt Stains from Your Car Mats

When roads get icy, road salt or ice melt can help make driving conditions safer. Those same products, however, can make a mess when they’re tracked into your car. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to remove salt stains and ice melt from your car mats. https://youtu.be/jEvDyvFM8qA Step 1: Combine the Ingredients Stir… Allstate https://i0.wp.com/www.allstate.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/boots-in-snow_istock-684x340.jpg?fit=684%2C340&strip=all&ssl=1
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When roads get icy, road salt or ice melt can help make driving conditions safer. Those same products, however, can make a mess when they’re tracked into your car. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to remove salt stains and ice melt from your car mats.

Step 1: Combine the Ingredients

Stir together 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of warm water in a bucket, AutoFocus recommends. Pour into a spray bottle using a funnel.

Step 2: Test the Mixture

Before you try this cleaning method, test it in an inconspicuous portion of your car mat to help ensure it doesn’t stain or damage it. Allow the test spot to dry completely before using the mixture on the rest of your mats.

Step 3: Spray the Mats

Remove the mats from your vehicle and spray them with the mixture.

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Step 4: Scrub Away

Use a scrub brush to remove the stains, Cars.com says.

Step 5: Dry the Mats

Blot the mats using a clean, dry towel.

Step 6: Repeat as Necessary

If stains remain, repeat the process.

Step 7: Allow Mats to Dry

Let the mats air dry, then return them to your vehicle. You can also try this method to remove salt or ice melt stains from the carpet inside your car, too.

Shot of mats inside car covered with ice salt stains/ice melt residue.

On screen text: How to Remove Salt Stains from Car Mats

Salt-covered car mat is removed from car. Hands wearing rubber gloves hold up bottle of vinegar.

On screen text: Try this!

Hands wearing rubber gloves measures 1 cup of warm water and 1 cup of vinegar and pours them into a bucket. Hands stir the mixture with a long spoon and then pours it into a spray bottle using a funnel.

On screen text: 1 cup warm water. 1 cup vinegar. Tip: Do a spot test before trying this approach. Allow the mat to dry completely to make sure there’s no adverse effect.

Dirty car mat is shown on garage floor. Hand wearing rubber gloves sprays mat with solution.

On screen text: Spray

Hand scrubs mats with scrub brush.

On screen text: Scrub

Hand wearing rubber gloves blots the mat dry with a clean, dry cloth.

On screen text: Blot. Let Dry.

Hands without gloves place clean and dry mat back into car and securing it in place with the floor hook.

Sparkle effect shown to emphasize that the mat is now clean.

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