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How to Remove Salt Stains from Carpet


Winter means snow, slush and ice. Unfortunately, the salt products that people use to keep themselves from skidding and falling can cause lasting damage to carpet. The good news is that we have a few pointers on how to get rid of salt stains from carpet. 

How to Remove Salt Stains from Carpet

If your flooring is badly discolored or bleached you might want to call a professional — like ServiceMaster — to remove salt stains from carpet. Doing so could spare you a massive headache. Carpets that are lightly stained, however, can be cleaned with vinegar and water.

Note: Perform a spot test on a small, out-of-the-way area of carpeting before fully cleaning.

You’ll need:

*1 cup of vinegar

*3 gallons of water

*A bucket

*A vacuum

*A sponge

*A soft carpet brush

*Microfiber cloths


Loosen any salt from the carpeting with the soft carpet brush.

Make sure the carpet is dry and vacuum the area in a variety of different angles to remove as much salt as possible.

In the bucket, mix the vinegar and water.

Dip sponge into the bucket and wring it out. Use this to lightly apply solution where you need to remove salt stains from carpet. Keep in mind you want to dab, not scrub. Scrubbing can actually cause damage to the carpet fibers.

Let the solution sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

Blot up the solution with a microfiber cloths. Do this until the carpet is dry.

With a clean sponge, gently apply water (no vinegar this time) to the spots where you were removing salt stains from the carpet. This will help get rid of any remaining salt or vinegar residue.

Blot the areas once more with clean microfiber cloths until the carpeting is totally dry.

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