How to Get Rid of Salt Stains on Floors

Now that the cold weather has settled in for the long haul, you’re probably noticing that you’re leaving salt stained tracks all over your floors.

red mop floor lAre you ready to learn the easy ways to clean all those salt stains up? Well, then keep reading!

Choose Your Cleaning Agent

There a few different mixtures you can use to buff out those salt stains on your hard surface and hardwood floors:

• warm water, 2 tbsp ammonia and 1 tbsp borax
• warm water and a drop dish soap (such as Dawn)
• warm water and white vinegar (one to one ratio)

There are probably plenty of other mixtures using the same ingredients, but the three above are simple and effective, and have a wide range of uses.

But, there are some things you need to know: ammonia is not the best agent for many flooring types, so make sure you do a little research on whether its safe to use on your floors. For example, professionals recommend never using ammonia on hardwood floors because it can dull the finish on the floor and also make it more difficult to add a re-coat later.

Vinegar on the other hand is a non-toxic cleaner that can be used for most flooring types. However, according to the blog Stockpiling Moms, vinegar should not be used on stone or marble because it will cause the surface to “pit.”

As for soapy water, this method has been a no-brainer for years, but be careful using it on on hardwood or laminate wood floors. It could dull the finish or cause streaking.

As mentioned above, make sure you know the dos and donts of your floors before you use any product on it. Check out the World Floor Covering Association’s (WFCA) complete guide on how to clean all flooring types.

Clean it Up!

Once you’ve got your chosen cleaner mix ready:

1. Apply the mixture with a clean cloth, mop or spray bottle to the area. If the stains are really thick, let the mixture sit on there for a minute or two so it can dissolve the salt.
2. Wipe the cleaner away using a clean mop or cloth that absorbs liquid quickly (microfiber products do the trick). You don’t want the dirty water to settle too long on the floor.
3. Repeat until the stains have been removed.
4. Rinse with a little water when you’re finished.

If you notice that there are still some salty spots when the floors have dried, do a little spot treatment.

Then, you’re done!

We hope you found this helpful!

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