How to Get Rid of Salt Stains in Your Car

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If you live in a region where winter is a five-month-long ice and snow storm, it’s always a good idea to give your car a well-deserved deep cleaning once things finally thaw. While cleaning out the interior, you may notice unsightly white stains caused by road-salt buildup. Here is how to get rid of those salt stains in your car.

How to Remove Salt Stains With Vinegar

Here is everything you’ll need to create this vinegar-based cleaning solution and the car-cleaning tools you should use to apply it:

  • 1 spray bottle
  • 1 bottle of household distilled white vinegar
  • Hot water
  • Scrub brush with hard bristles
  • Dry cleaning cloth
  • Wet/dry vac

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Here’s the step-by-step process:

  1. In the spray bottle, make a cleaning solution consisting of 50-percent vinegar and 50-percent hot water.
  2. Spray the solution onto the affected areas (carpet and floormats will likely have the most salt stains).
  3. Let the solution sit for a few seconds, then scrub vigorously with the scrub brush.
  4. Soak up the remaining mixture with a dry cleaning cloth.
  5. Use a wet/dry vac to suck up any remaining solution and salt residue.
  6. Hang floor mats to dry. If parked inside, you can keep the windows rolled down to air out the vinegar smell.

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How to Remove Salt Stains With Foaming Carpet Cleaner

Here is everything you’ll need:

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Here’s the step-by-step process:

  1. Spray the foaming carpet cleaner generously on the salt stains.
  2. Use the scrub brush to gently work the salt up to the surface.
  3. Allow the cleaner to dry.
  4. Vacuum up the dried residue.

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