If you still live in a state that uses road salt, your car’s exterior is probably caked in a white residue of road salt. Worst of all, your car or truck’s interior is probably stained from the road salt as well.
Thankfully, road salt stains are easy to remove from your car or truck’s interior and exterior. Road salt interior stains are not as tough to remove as juice and other types of stains. Road salt is also easy to remove from the exterior of your vehicle.
Here’s what you need to know to remove road salt from your car’s interior and exterior.
Removing Interior Road Salt Stains
Removing road salt from your car’s interior is probably the more complicated of the two. Although it’s not really that complicated.
- Step 1: Spray salt stain with warm water.
- Step 2: Spray salt stain with a carpet cleaning formula.
- Step 3: Scrub carpet with brush or sponge.
- Step 4: Dry with paper towels or vacuum up water with a wet vacuum.
When drying, place your car or truck in a warm garage. This is very important to effectively dry the carpet.
Removing Exterior Road Salt Stains
It’s important to remove road salt from the exterior of your car because it can cause rust. Visit car washes as often as you can during the winter to remove salt.
If you plan to do it yourself at home, here’s what you need to do:
- Step 1: Be sure you’re using a high pressure hose. It’s a lot easier to remove all the salt this way.
- Step 2: Focus on the wheel wells and around the base of the vehicle. Try to get as much slush and salt off as you can.
- Step 3: Use a car shampoo or soap to clean your car. Mix a little baking soda into the soap bucket. This helps to neutralize the salt.
- Step 4: Thoroughly scrub and rinse your car.
- Step 5: Dry your car as best as you can. Be sure to get it dry along the edges where rust can commonly appear.
Also be sure to use a good tire dressing formula to restore the brightness of your tires during the winter.
Following these steps will help you remove salt from your vehicle inside and outside.