Rock Salt And Hardwood Floors – Remove And Prevent Future Stains

Winter is coming and with it, the slippery steps and sidewalks leading up to your home. Then, the rock salt getting tracked into your home. If you have hardwood floors, there are some things you should know to keep the rock salt from damaging them over the winter. Here, you will learn how to prevent and remove the stains that rock salt will cause.

Prevent Rock Salt Stains

Floor mats placed directly outside and inside your door will help to decrease the likelihood of rock salt damage on your hardwoods. Choose a mat that will catch the rock salt and lock it inside. Place a large enough mat inside the door to allow guests to remove their shoes without having to walk on the floor to do so.

Eliminate the rock salt altogether. You have other options to melt the ice on your stairs and sidewalks. Consider using beet and brine ice melt. This is a relatively new mixture that is not as cheap as rock salt, but just as effective and doesn't leave the damage behind that the salt does. Another option is pet-safe ice melt. It is also effective and doesn't contain salt which will not only help avoid salt damage, but you won't have to worry about your pets getting sick from licking the salt off of their paws.

Remove Rock Salt Stains from Hardwoods

You will need:

  • Broom and dust pan
  • Flat mop
  • Bucket
  • Hot water
  • White vinegar
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Hardwood floor cleaner
  • Rubber gloves

Start by sweeping the floors thoroughly.

Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and hot water in a bucket. Put on the rubber gloves and dip the mop cover into the mixture. The rubber gloves will protect your hands from the hot water and will prevent the vinegar from drying the skin on your hands.

Go with the wood grain in the flooring and mop the area well. When you notice a rock salt spot that won't come off, put a drop of liquid dish soap on it and smear it around with your finger. Rub it gently until the stain lifts. It could take five or ten minutes to work, but eventually, the stain will come out.

Once the stains are removed, fill the bucket with clean hot water and get a clean mop cover. Rinse the floor well.

Wait for the floor to completely dry and put the floor mats back in place.

Talk with your local hardwood flooring professional to learn more about protecting your hardwood floors this winter. Contact a company like Floors Free for more information and assistance.