How to Get Snow Salt Off Hardwood Floors

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Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum

  • Towel or microfiber mop

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

  • Warm water

  • Bucket

  • Spray bottle

Tip

Use any leftover vinegar and water to mop the rest of your floor.

Use mats at every door and ask people to remove outdoor shoes at the door to prevent more salt from being tracked onto your floors.

Salt can damage wood floors.

Salt melts ice quickly and keeps your walkways hazard-free. But ice-melting salt granules also stick to the bottoms of your shoes, where you track them into the house. Forget to remove your shoes or wipe your feet and you could end up tracking the salt across your hardwood floors, where it can leave white stains. Clean up the salt as soon as possible to avoid permanently damaging your wood floors.

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Step 1

Vacuum a dry floor to remove any remaining salt crystals, as well as dirt tracked in with the salt. If the floor is still wet, mop up melted snow or ice with a dry towel or microfiber mop.

Step 2

Mix vinegar in a gallon of warm water. Transfer this solution to a spray bottle.

Step 3

Spray the stained area of the floor with the vinegar and water solution. Dampen the area, but don't soak it. Let it sit for several minutes. The vinegar and water will help re-dissolve the salt.

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Step 4

Mop the floor with a dry towel or microfiber mop.

Step 5

Dampen a clean rag in clean water and wipe down the area to remove any traces of salt. Wipe with a dry towel.

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Cynthia Myers

Cynthia Myers is the author of numerous novels and her nonfiction work has appeared in publications ranging from "Historic Traveler" to "Texas Highways" to "Medical Practice Management." She has a degree in economics from Sam Houston State University.