Preventing Salt Stains on Your Commercial Carpets After Winter

After the frosts of winter have been melted away using rock salt and other ice melt products, those signature white salt stains appear seemingly overnight in your business entryways and lobbies. Trying to get these stains out yourself can prove a difficult case to solve, and it’s possible to do more damage than good to the carpet in the process. Don’t risk causing permanent stains on your commercial carpets, check out these tips for prevention or call in the carpet cleaning professionals at ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services in central New Jersey.

Understanding Salt Properties

The salt used to melt ice on the roads isn’t just mere table salt. It is composed of several different elements including sodium chloride, calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate. This salt cocktail is highly alkaline in nature. Why does this matter? Well, you may already be familiar with the white chalky residue that’s leftover on your carpets once the solution dries after being tracked in. What you don’t see is that its alkaline nature makes it react differently with traditional commercial cleaners than other residues or stains.

Most commercial cleaning products also contain highly alkaline chemicals. So, instead of neutralizing the stain, it simply adds more alkaline chemicals to an already saturated environment. This results in the stain strengthening its bond to the carpet fibers. You may think you’ve cleaned the stain because you’ve wetted it, and no longer see the white residue. But it is more than likely to reappear after the cleaning solution has dried.

Tips for Cleaning

Don’t use traditional commercial cleaning products to clean salt stains out of your carpets. Instead, you should opt for a high-powered steam cleaner with a cleaning solution that has a very low pH, such as a vinegar-based solution. A professional carpet cleaning like the techs at ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration has the proper tools and equipment to perform a thorough salt extraction from your carpets.

Tips for Prevention

Try these tips to minimize damages to your carpets when people track in road salt:

  • Frequently clear away snow from outside walkways to minimize the amount of moisture that makes it into your building.
  • Invest in welcome mats that can catch most of the salt right as its tracked in.
  • Post signs that encourage people to wipe their feet on the welcome mats thoroughly before proceeding to the rest of the building.
  • Add runners or other long commercial floor mats in hallways or other highly trafficked areas.
  • Vacuum frequently so that your regular janitorial cleaning crew can remove much of the salt and debris the day it occurs.
  • Work a professional commercial cleaning like ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services in central New Jersey to have protective coatings applied to your carpets after a thorough professional cleaning job.

 

Protect your investment. Commercial carpets see a lot of wear and tear throughout the year, and the time right after winter has almost come to a close is the best time to get your carpets cleaned. Contact us today for a quote!