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How to get road salt stains out of vehicle floor mats and carpeting?

Cleaning Your Car’s Carpet in the Winter: Here’s the Fastest Way to Do It

It’s that time of year again. Holiday cheer! Presents! Beautiful lights! And…snow. Love it or hate it, wintertime here in Milwaukee means snow and lots of it. And along with that snow comes road salt. Which inevitably gets tracked into your vehicle. And then stains your carpets. It’s one of our least favorite parts of winter and we’re sure it’s a pain in your side too. But there’s good news!

Getting road salt stains out of your vehicle’s carpet is easy. Here’s how to do it.

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Removing Salt Stains from Car Carpet

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Getting those pesky road salt stains out of your vehicle’s carpeting is super easy! All you’ll need is a vacuum cleaner, a spray bottle, warm water, white vinegar (or dish soap), and a clean cloth.

  1. Vacuum the mats and carpeting thoroughly to remove salt chunks, dirt, and other debris.
  2. Fill the spray bottle with one-part warm water and one-part white vinegar. You can use dish soap in place of white vinegar if you don’t have any.
  3. Spray a little of the solution directly onto the salt stains and then firmly press or dab at the stains; don’t rub or scrub.
  4. Repeat Step 3 until the stains are gone, using a clean part of the cloth each time.

Be conservative with how much you spray. The vinegar/water solution is powerful enough that you don’t need to soak your carpet in it. If you carpet or mats do wind up quite wet, use a towel to sop up the excess moisture. You can also hang the mats somewhere warm to dry.

Get All-Weather Mats

If you don’t want to deal with all that nonsense in the first place, order some all-weather mats. They keep your vehicle carpet protected, no matter which elements your feet bring inside. They also make an excellent holiday gift! To learn more about them, give Hall Mazda a call. We’ll be glad to help.