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Old 04-06-2005, 09:08 PM   #1
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Road calcium on the carpet

I know that most of you, guys, have the chance to live in "snow free" country but here in Canada snow is part of living 4 to 5 months a year...

Result, I get some road salt (calcium) on my car carpet do somebody knows how can I do to clean all that mess ?

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well i never tried it and i could be wrong.. however i was in engineering and took 2 chem classes. salt can be dissolved in water. im guessing spray it with water. then you can probably soak it up with a sponge or something.. i dunno.
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man i wish i could tell you but ive never even been in a situation where salt is the problem. california.
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I live in PA and what I do is just get car shampoo and scrub the crap out of them with real hot water.

Or get some of those rubber mats for the winter.
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I don't know about getting it wet, road salt is really not the best thing to have soaking down to the metal. I would recommend a carpet cleaner in dry/powder form, and a good scrub brush. Then use a vacuum with a brush attachment that you can work into the carpet to get as much of that stuff out as possible...
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the way I did it when I lived in upstate NY was to just shampoo the carpets. You can pre-treat them if it is real bad with some sort of carpet cleaner and hot water as was stated earlier and then just suck up the water with the shampooer.

As for the idea of salt getting to the metal, well, I wouldn't be worried about it now as it would have gotten there already when the snow and salt was brought in in the first place.

The best solution is get a beater. None of my stangs have seen snow. Parked from October to May every year. THat would be a large reason I am in louisiana now...no more parking. If a beater isn't a option, get those floor mats that hold a lot of water. The heavy duty rubber ones. They will catch everything you bring in and then only the mat will get salty.
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Thx everybody,

Sorry for the delay, If one of you have to move up north (wich I don't wish you) and get the same kind of problem. I got a very good recipe from a neighbor: a solution one part of white vinegar (the one your girlfriend uses in recipes) in three parts of hot water...Damp a small scrub brush in solution, finishing step with shop vac and hair dryer...The final result is fantastic...
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