It’s white, it’s everywhere, it’s a tell tale sign of winter and it can leave white stains all over your car. Road salt can cause a lot of wear and tear on the exterior of your car and lead to rust, however, salt also gets inside your car and creates unsightly stains all over your interior. As winter was just over, the salt that has been spread all over the roads to prevent accidents has now created annoying stains on your car mats. Learn how to to remove salt stains from your car or truck this spring!
DIY Methods to Remove Salt Stains From Your Car
If you are interested in getting a head start on your spring cleaning, a good place to start is to freshen up your car by removing those ugly salt stains on your floor mats! If you prefer a DIY approach below are a number of steps to help you remove salt stains from your car’s floor mats.
Step 1: Vacuum mats or if they are removable take them out and shake off all the built up debris.
Step 2: Fill a spray bottle with half warm water and half white vinegar. Alternatively liquid dish soap can be mixed with the water instead of vinegar.
Step 3: Spray the parts of your mats and carpet that are stained with salt, followed by firmly pressing a cloth on the wet spot for a few seconds. Lift the cloth and if necessary repeat this step until the stain is gone. Make sure to fold the cloth to a clean or unused section to ensure that it is truly effective.
When cleaning your car mats, make sure you are able to dry them off after using a wet/dry vacuum or by airing them out outside. This will protect you from the possibility of creating mildew under your carpets if they were to remain wet.
Think you might need something a little stronger to get the salt stains out of your car’s interior? There are a number of different store bought sprays that you can purchase and use the same steps above switching out the vinegar and water for the store bought spray. Alternatively, if you have access to a carpet cleaner, the upholstery head will work just as well at removing salt stains from your cars carpets.
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