Carpet Cleaning: How To Deal With Rock Salt And Calcium Chloride

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Winter brings grit and grime that can wreak havoc on your office floors and carpets. Despite guarding your entry ways with throw rugs and door mats to trap what people drag in, snow and sludge is bound to reach the indoors of your business, bringing with it rock salt, snow sludge, dirt, and ice that can leave your carpets and floors looking like a gravel-strewn road.

How does rock salt and calcium chloride damage your carpets?

Rock salt, also known as sodium chloride, is a big enemy to your office carpets. This is because it leaves a white residue which makes carpets slippery and dirty. Foot traffic can also cause the tiny salt particles, which are abrasive, to rub against the carpet fibers, causing wear and tear or even unsightly fading.

Calcium chloride is also abrasive and can wear out carpet fibers and attract dirt. When tracked into the office in large quantities, calcium chloride is notorious for leaving an oily residue over your carpets, making them slippery and thus dangerous to walk on.

The oily residue also destroys urethra and wax finishes, leaving the carpets vulnerable to moisture damage. Here is a look at how to protect your carpets against these two menaces.

Steam cleaning

While basic carpet cleaning and a simple vacuum may be enough to keep most stain-making menaces such as grit and mud at bay, more needs to be done to eliminate rock salt and calcium chloride deposits.

This is mainly because of the oily stains that calcium chloride deposits leave, which can only be removed using heat. To eliminate these offensive, stubborn stains, you need a carpet cleaning service with to come in and help.

Having high traffic areas stream cleaned, especially after a heavy snowfall, will help keep your carpets safe and free from stains, dirt, and odors.

Use vinegar cleaning solution

Few people know that they can make their own salt-cleaning solution to bust up stubborn stains on their office carpets. A simple solution of equal parts white vinegar and water is a very effective salt stain remover. Simply have your janitor scrub the carpets with the solution and a brush or sponge every time you notice some staining.

Commercial cleaners, such as Options Plus Carpet & Upholstery Care, are also effective against rock salt stains, so you can have professional cleaners come in at least once every month for a thorough clean-up to supplement your own salt-removal efforts and keep your carpets safe.