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How-To: Say Goodbye to Salt Stains

If you live in a snowy climate, chances are that road crews are keeping the highways and byways of your hometown ice-free with the use of salt. It's likely that you, as well, are cutting down on ice on the steps and paths around your home by using salt. While salt can be a great tool, it can also wreak havoc on rugs and carpets inside your home — especially in the entry, where boots can too easily track salt all over these items.

Even if you've had salt stains on your carpets or rugs for most of this Winter, you can still banish them with some simple ingredients and a lot of elbow grease. To find out how to get rid of those stains,


  1. Start by vacuuming the carpet to get rid of any dirt, grime, and extra salt.
  2. Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 1 cup warm water, and fill a clean spray bottle with the mixture
  3. Thoroughly spray the mixture on the stain, and let sit for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Use a clean sponge or towel to blot the area — don't rub or scrub it, which could make the stain worse.
  5. Repeat as needed. Allow to air dry each time.

Source: Flickr User lakbdesign/fergusandme

Join The Conversation
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i don't have salt on my carpet or rug really but it's all over my goddamn boots and the only thing that takes it off is straight up white vinegar!
syako syako 7 years
Gah. I hate the salt.
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