How to remove salt stains from commercial carpet

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Salt stains plague the entrances of many buildings this time of year.   They can be some of the most difficult stains to remove.

If you are feeling adventurous and would like to try and tackle the job yourself you will need a few things.

**Note this process is for direct glue down carpet.  If the carpet has padding underneath, it is best to hire a professional for heavy salt stains.**

  1. Vacuum
  2. Famous carpet cleaner you rent from grocery stores
  3. White distilled vinegar
  4. Lots and lots of water
  5. A brush to agitate the carpet
  6. Pump up sprayer
  7. Large fans or air movers



Vacuum the carpet as thoroughly as possible.  The whole process goes much easier if you can remove as much of the salt as possible with a vacuum first.


Mix a 50/50 solution of one part vinegar and one part water.


With the pump up sprayer spray the vinegar and water solution on the salt stain.  Don’t be stingy. You will need to fully saturate the area to break up and dissolve the salt.


Agitate the carpet with a brush to get the vinegar to penetrate into the carpet pile.


Let dwell for 10 to 15 minutes.


With the hottest water that comes out of the faucet, fill the carpet cleaner and rinse the carpet throughly.  There will still be salt in the carpet even after the salt appears to be gone, so keep rinsing.


When you are confident you have removed all the rock salt, go back over the area 3 to 4 times with only dry passes.  This will remove as much of the excess moisture as possible.


Place large fans or air movers to blow over the wet carpet to speed drying.


If salt stains still remain, repeat this procedure until salt is totally gone.

However, if this sounds too daunting you can always call a professional.  Make sure they guarantee their work.  At KB Clean we Guarantee you will be thrilled with the work we do.  Give us a call at 440-289-6979 or email us at

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Salt Stains removed before and after

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