How to Remove Salt and Water Stains on Flooring

how to remove salt stains from wood and tile floorsArgh!  Despite placing mats over the majority of my mud room, the boys still manage to step on – or put their wet boots in – the one little spot where there’s no mat.

It’s not that the salt is hard to clean, it’s just… “put your freaking boots on the mat, will ya!”

3 Easy Steps to Keeping your Floors Salt Stain Free

  1. Grab a damp e-cloth (or any other high quality microfiber cloth or mop)
  2. Wipe the floor with the e-cloth (or mop).  This will very easily remove most salt stains and will take a matter of seconds.
  3. If there is a buildup of salt (i.e, the damp e-cloth didn’t get it all), spray the area with diluted vinegar – 1 part water to 1/4 part vinegar – let it sit a minute or 4 and then wipe again.

ecloth cleans salt stainsProtecting your Floors from Salt

If left, salt can dissolve the finish on some floors so it’s important to stay on top of it.  It may be impossible to prevent all salt stains but here are a few tips to keep them at bay:

  1. Get rid of as much snow/salt off your boots OUTSIDE.  Have a mat outside the door, “clap” your feet together, or kick a step to knock the snow off before stepping inside.  Teach your kids how to do this too!
  2. Even if you hate them (like me), suck it up for winter and put a couple (few) mats down in the entrance way.  Encourage kids to take all their gear off on the mats and to not step off them until their boots are off. Obviously, the bigger the mats, the better when you’re dealing with young kids.
  3. Keep wet boots on the mats or in trays.
  4. Show your kids/spouse what happens to the floor when they step off the mats then get them to wipe up the mess! A quick wipe with an e-cloth is easy enough that the kids can do it – and maybe that’ll help them remember to put their boots in the right spot!

This is my floor after using only a damp e-cloth General Purpose Cloth. Easy as pie!

ecloth cleans salt stains


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5 Responses to How to Remove Salt and Water Stains on Flooring

  1. Great tip! I hate snow ! I use vinegar for almost everything at home. It is very useful. You should try to wash your wall with vinegar. If you have some stains you could spray on the stain and wipe it. It is easy. Best regards!


  2. Marie says:

    Ah! Sorry I missed that you mentioned the mop in brackets! And yes, not everyone has the mop……glad you kept that in mind and were trying to be helpful to all! Looking forward to spring!!!! Thanks, as always, for your advice on cleaning!


  3. Marie says:

    Hi Kate! Yes, it’s been quite a winter for most of us with lots of snow! Here in the midwest it just doesn’t seem to want to end! I’m curious as to why you don’t recommend using the mop for the salt stains. I keep mine at the ready at all times, and these last few months I’ve used it daily and often more than once a day. I keep the mop wet and the spray bottle filled too, and just go over all the salt stains and the marks left by just snow, rinse the mop and hang it conveniently nearby. It’s so quick and easy!


    • Marie – you’re right, the e-cloth mop is PERFECT for cleaning up the salt and melted snow messes. I suggested the cloth only because it’s affordable to everyone and some readers don’t have the mop. Although I did mention the mop in brackets 🙂 But yes, the mop would be just as effective and even easier! Glad to hear that it’s helping you keep things clean.



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