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Rock or road salt works wonders for melting snow. The only problem is, we end up tracking it into our homes. This means we also end up having to remove carpet stains caused by this salt. It's only a minor inconvenience, however. If dealt with immediately, there's no need for road salt to cause permanant damage. For cleaning carpet stains caused by road salt, first vacuum completely. Next spray the stains with a solution of half vinegar and half water. Let this sit for fifteen or twenty minutes and blot with a damp sponge. Next time it snows, have everyone leave their shoes at the door.
I hope this works. I'm concerned about trying it since the rock salt in one day seems to have leached the colour from the dark grey mat in our brand new car. I know vinegar is superb for many things and hope the use of it will not draw the colour out further.
I have carpets at the front entrance of the store I work at that are heavily damaged by road salt. The management does not want to replace the carpet and I don't know what can get the heavy salt out fast. Any suggestions on this problem?
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|