Salt stains don’t just look bad, but if left untreated, they can potentially damage your floor mats and carpet. Clean them regularly throughout winter, and again in spring, to keep them looking good.
Brush the carpet
Vacuum the carpet
Apply salt stain cleaner
Spray the stained areas
Let the cleaner sit on the stain
Scrub with a brush
Vacuum the salt residue
Use carpet cleaner
Clean rubber mats and trays
Use a stiff brush to loosen dried-on and crusted salt. The more salt you can brush away, the less you’ll have to scrub away.
Vacuum up the loose salt, along with other dirt you’ve loosened up with the brush. On the vehicle’s floor, be sure to vacuum up salt dust where the seat bolts to the floor, and around any motors or wiring for power seats.
Read the instructions, as different products may have unique requirements, and follow the directions.
It’s best to start with a smaller amount of cleaner and see if it’s enough to do the job than to soak the carpets with too much product.
The instructions should tell you how long to let the cleaner work on the salt. Cleaning the stain a second time is better than letting the product sit longer than the directions suggest.
Ground-in salt will require more scrubbing. Use a stiff brush rather than a soft one.
It may be necessary to brush the stain a few times when vacuuming to get all of the residue out.
It’s likely the rest of the carpet can use a thorough cleaning once the salt stains have been removed. Follow the product directions. Don’t use too much cleaner, as you don’t want to soak the carpet.
Use a vinyl or all-purpose auto cleaner to take dirt off rubber or vinyl mats and cargo trays. Be cautious with vinyl protectant sprays, which may make the mats slippery.
Lightly spritz the carpets with auto deodorizer to remove odours and give your car a just-cleaned scent.