How to Remove Salt Stains from Your Car Mats

When roads get icy, road salt or ice melt can help make driving conditions safer. But that salt and ice melt can reek havoc and make a disastrous mess when it’s tracked in your car.  Thankfully, there’s an easy way to remove salt stains and ice melt from your car mats.


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Step 1: Combine the Ingredients
Stir together 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of warm water in a bucket, AutoFocus recommends. Pour into a spray bottle using a funnel.

Step 2: Test the Mixture
Before you try this cleaning method, test it in an inconspicuous portion of your car mat to help ensure it doesn’t stain or damage it. Allow the test spot to dry completely before using the mixture on the rest of your mats.

Step 3: Spray the Mats
Remove the mats from your vehicle and spray them with the mixture.

Step 4: Scrub Away
Use a scrub brush to remove the stains, Cars.com says.

Step 5: Dry the Mats
Blot the mats using a clean, dry towel.

Step 6: Repeat as Necessary
If stains remain, repeat the process.

Step 7: Allow Mats to Dry
Let the mats air dry, then return them to your vehicle. You can also try this method to remove salt or ice melt stains from the carpet inside your car, too.

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