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How to Get Rid of Winter Salt Stains for Commercial Buildings

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
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Rock salt is a Michigan winter necessity for safety around streets, as well as sidewalks and driveways. However, you’ve probably seen the effect that tracked-in salt can have on your floors. Cloudy salt stains on your floors can be frustrating to see, and if left to sit they can damage the finish on a floor. Don’t worry, we have some recommendations for making salt stains vanish when they inevitably appear this winter.

Cleaning minor salt stains

Even a minor salt stain will likely resist a simple hot water scrub, so you’ll have to use other solutions.

Pure white vinegar

Pure white vinegar is an effective solution in fighting salt stains. It works well in dissolving salt to get rid of the stain, and it won’t damage your flooring. If you’re spot cleaning, then soak part of a cloth with vinegar and rub the stained area. If you need to clean a larger area, then you can mix a cup of vinegar per gallon of water and mop your floors to get rid of the salt stains.

Cleaning tough salt stains

Depending on the amount of salt present or the length of time it’s been sitting, you may find that white vinegar isn’t effective enough in cleaning it.

Salt neutralizers

You can find salt neutralizers in spray bottles at your local home improvement or home goods store. These solutions are formulated to neutralize salt, so they should be able to take care of any salt stain you have. Follow the directions on the bottle for best results.

Hydrochloric acid

If you don’t want to go to the store for a salt neutralizer, check to see if you have any hydrochloric acid on hand. Hydrochloric acid is especially effective at cleaning salt stains, so it will be able to get rid of even the toughest stain. You need to dilute it by mixing one-part of hydrochloric acid with twenty-parts of water. Also, if you’re using it on concrete, then keep in mind that hydrochloric acid can damage some kinds of concrete.

Get help from professional cleaners

The easiest way for you to get rid of salt stains in your business is to not do any work on them at all and just let professional cleaners take care of the mess. As professionals, they’ll know exactly what solution to use and how much, and they’ll do an efficient, effective job.

Floor stripping & waxing

If the salt stains have progressed to the point of damaging your floor’s finish, then your best course of action is to have the finish stripped and the floor refinished or rewaxed. Adams Complete Cleaning & Restoration can quickly and easily strip and wax your floors so that they look as good as the day they were installed.

Adams Complete Cleaning & Restoration | Salt stain removal, stripping & waxing, and more

If you don’t want the nuisance of cleaning salt stains from your floor, or your floors are damaged enough to need restoration, Adams Complete Cleaning & Restoration can help! We can make quick work of any number and severity salt stains in your business, leaving a fresh-looking floor behind. We can also strip damaged floor finish and refinish or rewax your flooring so that it is fully protected again.

Call today at (586) 945-3507 to schedule a floor cleaning appointment or a stripping and waxing appointment. You can also send in an online contact form.