Cleaning salty carpet? (for those of you who drive in the winter)

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Detailing' started by mcummings182, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. mcummings182

    mcummings182 Member

    What's the best way (if there is one) to get the rock salt out of the carpet? I have rubber mats, but I'm probably going to start putting a towel down on top of that for extra protection. I hate winter in Ohio!
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  3. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I have used an automotive carpet cleaner spray and then a stiff brush to clean the carpet. It seems to work ok, but I am sure there are better methods.

    ZREXER Member

    What I have done in the spring is using warm water, pouring a little water on the stained areas and then using a wet vac, sucking out the salty water. I do this 3 or 4 times, then leave the windows down and let the areas completely air dry. You want to get the salt out as after a few years it can start to rust or corode what is beneath the carpet.
    Best idea is to start with either Weather Tech or Husky custom molded floor liners, as they keep the salty muck from gettting into the carper in the first place. You need to check them, because if muck does get below them, the solid plastic liners keep the wet areas from drying which can cause even greater rust/corrosian issues
  5. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    The other day we were talking at work about how to remove salt from dress shoes and it was mentioned that white vinegar works. I would assume that would be true for carpeting as well.
  6. BrilliantBS

    BrilliantBS New Member

    Oh Ohio winters...

    I use the weather tech floor liners, which are overall great. However, you have to watch the dead pedal area because the liner doesn't go all the way up. So, if you don't check every once in awhile like ZREX said it will never really dry.

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