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      12-12-2005, 05:15 PM   #1
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Salt Marks on Carpet

I have tried just about everything but everytime I still end up just brushing it off as much as I can:

Is there a good product/trick to get salt stains off the carpet once they are on it and dry ?
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      12-12-2005, 05:21 PM   #2
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On the floor mats or the carpet itself? Have you tried a carpet cleaner (like one of those bissell machines). You might try letting it soak for a bit in warm soapy water first, could help the stain come up easier. Just a couple ideas. Hope it helps.
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      12-12-2005, 05:23 PM   #3
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Seriously, I use a few sprays of brake cleaner on my velour mattes. Rub gently with a dry towel, it will remove any kinds of stains (even oil and chewing gum) and didnīt do any harm to the mattes.
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Yeah, its on the carpet itslef on my wife's BMW - she cares a little less than me about these things

It is on the left sidewall just before the accelerator pedal, so soaking is hard to do unless I flood the car

I have tried using soaked towels etc., with limited effect.
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Those salt marks are most likely calcium salt, organic solvent (brake or carb cleaner) will not able to remove them. You need water (best is very warm water). Use a shop vac and pour some warm water over it, do this for a few time, the salt will be gone. Vacumn it dry. HTH.
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OK, thanks guys.
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In Canada we use some vinegar with warm water.
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In Canada we use some vinegar with warm water.
But then you risk stinking the car up. A friend tried this, got the mats cleaned, but the smell remained for months.

I went to Canadian Tire and you can get black automotive carpet there, its about $20 for a decent size roll. I cut some pieces of that to fit under my rubber mats (rubber mats are a must in the winter), and these pieces are big enough to basically cover all the exposed carpet around my mats. The black that it comes in is just a little darker than the carpets in the car, it doesn't look too bad overall. So hopefully they'll contain the salt and I'll have nice plush carpets in the spring.


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Non chlorinated brake parts cleaner.
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Folex or Kids&Pets. Both available at Target.


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Bimmerista, you should have bought those hi-tech Michelin mats that Ssam bought!
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