How To Deal With Rock Salt Residue
Winter in the Midwest is often harsh. Environmental factors like snow, ice, and wind are obviously dangerous, but there’s also a hidden winter hazard to consider: rock salt residue.
Rock salt is used to melt ice or prevent it from forming in the first place, and it’s very effective at what it does. The problem is that rock salt used for deicing leaves a residue that can spread well beyond where we want it to go. Salt spread on roads and parking lots can be brought into buildings by foot traffic, and cars driving on salted surfaces can build up a corrosive residue on their undercarriage. Left untreated, this can damage your building and harm people, pets, and plants. Even if you don’t use salt on your own property, you need to know how to clean up the residue.
Salt Residue on your Vehicle
If you’ve ever driven on a freshly salted road, you know how damaging the residue can be on your car. Tires make the slush and meltwater splash everywhere on your car. You probably don’t want to get under your car and scrub it bit by bit. Simultaneously, leaving salty residue on the bottom of your car will ultimately damage the metal parts and corrode the paint. This is why it’s so important to have your car washed after major snowstorms. Selecting the “undercarriage” option at a drive-through car wash will help keep everything working as long as possible.
Salt residue can also build up inside your car, especially on the floor. Consider buying machine-washable floor mats or plastic ones that are easy to wipe off.
Salt Residue In Buildings
Rock salt is an extremely effective deicer, but if people or pets walk through salted areas, they will track the salt indoors, where it can harm them.
The first thing you can do to keep salt from building up inside your building is to prevent it from coming in at all: install a non-slip mat at your entrance. This lets people wipe their feet, and it also reduces the amount of water you have to mop up. It’s always good to have fewer slip-and-fall accidents.
If your floors are tile or concrete, regular mopping will suffice to remove the salt residue. Carpet will likely require a stronger solvent or a carpet cleaner.
If you have any specific questions about your cleaning up rock salt residue, contact us! We’ll be glad to help you find what you need!