When Winter comes, so do the salt trucks. Roads, driveways, and parking lots are covered in salt, which inevitably finds its way into your vehicle's interior, and leaves a white crusty reminder of just how long winter can be. On this episode of Autoblog Details, we demonstrate a very quick and easy way to remove salt crust from carpet and soften the mat. Watch all our Autoblog Details videos for more quick car care tips from professional detailer Larry Kosilla.
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[00:00:00] When winter comes, so does the salt truck. Roads, driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks are covered in salt which inevitably finds its way into your vehicles carpet and leaves a white, crusty reminder of just how long winter can be. On today's episode we're gonna show you a quick and easy way to remove crust and salt from those mats, coming up on this episode of Details. My name is Larry Kosilla and I'm a professional detailer. Together with Auto Blog,

[00:00:30] we're creating the ultimate collection of quick car care videos. This is Auto Blog Details. Here are the items you'll need for this task. Table salt. or sodium chloride, is soluble in water. However, road salt is mixture of table salt and calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate. These other two are white, but, they're not soluble in water. That's why winter salt stains cannot be removed

[00:01:00] with just water. Mix 50% hot water with 50% white vinegar in a spray bottle. Next, vacuum the stain to remove any loose salt crystals. Then, spray the stain with the mixture and allow two minutes for the vinegar to break down the blended road salt. White vinegar, which almost everyone has in their pantry, contains acetic acid. The acid reacts with the insoluble carbonates found in road salt,

[00:01:30] and chemically changes them into substances that are water soluble, making the stain easily removable. Blot the area to absorb the dissolved salts,or use a wetvac to lift the moisture. Be sure to avoid using a household or non-wetvac for this job as moisture and salt do not play well with these types of machines. So use a shopvac. Once the stain is gone, and to help minimize any remaining vinegar smell, spray a light mist of fabric cleaner on the area. Scrub with a stiff bristle brush,

[00:02:00] and wipe with a microfiber towel, or a wetvac until dry. If possible, remove the mats to air dry, or leave the windows open over night. In this case we used a shop fan to expedite the drying process. Vinegar can be a potent smell if the car is left sealed overnight. So roll your windows down or pull the floor mats out. During the winter season it's a good idea to leave a dedicated bottle of salt remover and a stiff bristle brush
near your wash suppliesfor any quick touch ups. However, rubberized winter floor mats

[00:02:30] can dramatically reduce this problem altogether. For more how-to car care videos visit Autoblog.com/details. I'm Larry Kosilla from AmmoNYC.com. See you next time. [00:02:39]

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