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    How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

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    OK, we get lots of snow in West Michigan and that means salt on the roads (and on the carpet in my allroad.) I've tried lots of water and a vacuum - didn't work. Tried vinegar and water - didn't work very well. What is the solution (no pun) to getting it out?

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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

    Rent a steam cleaner perhaps? My local grocery store rents them for about $15/day.

    I feel like the more chemicals you put into carpets to clean them, the worse the carpet gets over time. That's what happened in my B5, and I'm just planning to have my car detailed by a shop this spring so they can use the steamer on the seats and carpet. It worked magic on me mums MB that has light gray carpet... went from black to grey, no joke!
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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

    Quote Originally Posted by lookaught View Post
    Rent a steam cleaner perhaps? My local grocery store rents them for about $15/day.

    I feel like the more chemicals you put into carpets to clean them, the worse the carpet gets over time. That's what happened in my B5, and I'm just planning to have my car detailed by a shop this spring so they can use the steamer on the seats and carpet. It worked magic on me mums MB that has light gray carpet... went from black to grey, no joke!
    Unless I'm totally off, you still have to add chemicals to a steam cleaner to extract the dirt from your floormats. The steam cleaners that you rent from the grocery stores have non-foaming solutions and a liquid soap. Unless you're strictly using hot water, it's impossible to avoid using some sort of chemicals. I just wouldn't do it as often. Floormats are meant to be used and they'll breakdown eventually. All-weather floormats are the way to go in my opinion. Especially if you live somewhere where it snows a lot .

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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark 'n' Dirty View Post
    Unless I'm totally off, you still have to add chemicals to a steam cleaner to extract the dirt from your floormats. The steam cleaners that you rent from the grocery stores have non-foaming solutions and a liquid soap. Unless you're strictly using hot water, it's impossible to avoid using some sort of chemicals. I just wouldn't do it as often. Floormats are meant to be used and they'll breakdown eventually. All-weather floormats are the way to go in my opinion. Especially if you live somewhere where it snows a lot .

    Yeah but even with the all weathers you still get salt creep around the edges of the dead pedal and on the corners and edges of the mat.
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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

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    Yeah but even with the all weathers you still get salt creep around the edges of the dead pedal and on the corners and edges of the mat.
    Agreed, but you'll have much less to clean up. In my experience, the salt creep can usually be taken care of with a stiff brush, some warm water or Adam's Carpet & Upholestry, and a dry towel.

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    Even with the allroad winter mats....

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark 'n' Dirty View Post
    Unless I'm totally off, you still have to add chemicals to a steam cleaner to extract the dirt from your floormats. The steam cleaners that you rent from the grocery stores have non-foaming solutions and a liquid soap. Unless you're strictly using hot water, it's impossible to avoid using some sort of chemicals. I just wouldn't do it as often. Floormats are meant to be used and they'll breakdown eventually. All-weather floormats are the way to go in my opinion. Especially if you live somewhere where it snows a lot .
    I get a lot of snow/water/salt on my carpet. We received about 130" of snow so I was constantly dragging that and salt into the car. The edge of the mat looks ample but I still seem to get lots of salt water along the edge and under my seat. I did order Adam's Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner so we'll see how that works. I wanted to get under my seat - thought about taking it out but in looking at Bentley's it looks like the sided air bags are hooked into it - I don't want to set those boys off.

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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

    I live half my year in VT so I know about messy carpet. I do however use all weather mats though. My recommendation is spray on OxiClean........great stuff! Spray it down and use a medium stiff bristled brush. Then rinse with warm water and vaccum. You'll have solid results

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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

    Get a carpet brush. Scrub salt stain. Shop-Vac up loose salt. Repeat. Once you are done with the dry method.....

    Mix some woolite and water (I use distilled, but I am nuts) in a spray bottle. Spray and scrub with brush. Shop-Vac up. Also you can use a MF towel to pick up the actual stain.

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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

    I got HORIBBLEst salt ains out of my dads jeep by using Detail King carpet cleaner, some water, and i just scrubbed it then used a wet/dry vac to suck water out.

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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

    water and vinegar mix.

    It will froth up but just be ready to shop vac or MF towel to soak it up.
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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

    saw the ad for this product in a magazine this morning.. i think its exactly what your looking for


    http://www.lubco.ca/salt_eraser.php
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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

    Quote Originally Posted by boravr6 View Post
    saw the ad for this product in a magazine this morning.. i think its exactly what your looking for


    http://www.lubco.ca/salt_eraser.php
    Thanks. I sent an email to them to see if they sell their product in the US.

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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

    did you get your stains out? How did it work out and what did you use?
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    Re: How do I get salt stains out of the carpet?

    Quote Originally Posted by aaronz View Post
    Yeah but even with the all weathers you still get salt creep around the edges of the dead pedal and on the corners and edges of the mat.
    Yup. I'm very careful about dragging snow into the car, but still had the worst salt (or whatever they use now!) stains ever after this winter. It was actually crystalizing around the bottom corners of the dead-pedal.

    I used my Swissvax wheel brush (not an overly stiff, med-long bristled brush), and brushed on some warm water on the stains to help start dissolving the salt. Then I sprayed on 303 Upholtery/Carpet cleaner and agitated with the brush. Use a wet/dry vac to suck up the mess, then repeat if necessary. Finally, rinse by brushing on clean water, vacuum as much moisture away as possible, then pat dry with a MF towel.

    Came out really well. Should have taken pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lookaught View Post
    Rent a steam cleaner perhaps?
    i agree :)

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    Road Salt Stains

    Are usually caused by calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. Use a stiff brush to dislodge any loose road salt and then vacuum, spray the area with a carpet cleaner and let it soak in, rinse with plenty of water and repeat until most of the stain has been lifted. Finally clean carpets by spraying the area with a carpet shampoo rinse and then remove with a carpet extractor.

    (Dry) Salt is inert but be aware that once you add water ( by meting the snow / ice ) to salt it becomes alkaline (corrosive) take care to dry the affected area thoroughly after the salt has been removed and neutralize it with an mild acid (vinegar) Spray vinegar, agitate, allow to remain in place and then use an extractor. Actually, any mildly acidic product should neutralize alkaline salt crystals (Salt-X - http://www.saltx.com/saltx_base_order.htm )


    Note: Once you add reactivity (heat) and water this combination makes salt very corrosive
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