Clean Rock Salt From Your Surfaces

 In Rock Salt Buying Guide, Rock Salt Tips

For many regions of the country, winter means a lot of snow, ice, and slush. Anyone who lives in these regions knows that salt is a lifesaver. It keeps you from skidding all over the road when driving and slipping and falling when trying to navigate driveways, parking lots, or sidewalks. The bad news is that this amazing salt can also cause lasting damage to all sorts of surfaces around your home. Thankfully, there are easy methods to clean up rock salt.

Hardwood and Tile Floors

  • Mix 1/3 with 1-gallon of water
  • Soak soft cloth or mop with the solution.
  • Gently wipe away stains.
  • Don’t wait too long to rinse floors.
  • Be mindful you aren’t scratching the floors.


  • Use a vacuum to remove as much as you can of the dry salt from the carpet.
  • Mix 1/3 cup vinegar in 1-gallon water.
  • Allow the solution to soak in the carpet for about 15 minutes.
  • Soak up the solution by dabbing with a soft towel.
  • Repeat the process using plain water to ensure there is no residue.


  • Rinse your entire car with a high-powered hose or pressure washer. Pay attention to the wheel wells and undercarriage.
  • Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a bucket. Apply the solution to salt stains using a soft brush or sponge. Don’t hesitate to use a lot of the solution. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Thoroughly wash the car with your favorite car wash solution. Rinse.
  • Dry with a clean cloth.
  • Finish up with a wax coat to help prevent further salt damage.

Car Floor Mats

  • Mix 50/50 white vinegar with hot water in a spray bottle
  • Spray on the stained floor mat and allow soaking for a few seconds.
  • Soak up the remaining solution with either a paper towel, sponge, or clean cloth.
  • Use a vacuum or wet vac to suck up any solution left behind.
  • Hang floor mats out to dry completely and air the vinegar smell out.

Rock salt had its advantages especially when it comes to our safety during the cold winter months. It also comes with its disadvantages, like potentially leaving unsightly stains in your home or car.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more expert advice on how to properly clean rock salt residue.

How To Deal With Rock Salt Residue