How to Clean Salt Off Your Wood and Laminate Floors

Winter boots making a mess? Here's how to clean salt off wood floors.

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During the winter, rock salt is great for keeping the roads and sidewalks clear of ice and snow—but not so great when tracked into the house.

When the snow or icy water evaporates on your floors, it leaves behind streaky white stains. The first line of defense is a sturdy mat like this for wiping shoes. But if you’re still losing the battle to dirty boots, here’s how to keep your floors salt-free all season long.

How to Clean Salt Off Wood Floors

Vacuum the area first to get rid of any salt granules. Fill a 24-ounce water bottle with warm water and add one tablespoon of vinegar. Spray the solution over the salt stains. (Just a light mist will do, don’t soak your floors.) Then let it sit for a few minutes so the salt can dissolve.

Wipe down the floors with a damp microfiber cloth, scrubbing away stubborn stains. Then wipe them again with a dry cloth. This simple recipe will make your floors gleam, with no salt in sight!

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How to Clean Salt Off Laminate Floors

To remove salt stains from laminate floors, your secret weapon is still vinegar. Of course! Fill a mop bucket with 1 gallon of hot water, 1/3 cup of vinegar and 1-2 drops of dish soap. Dip your mop in the solution, then wring out most of the water (too much water can damage laminate floors). Mop up the stains, then go over floors again with a dry microfiber cloth or a dry mop to make your floors shine and ensure there is no water left on the floor.

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Erica Young
Erica is a cleaning and home décor expert. She knows exactly how to tidy a filthy kitchen and straighten out a mixed-up pantry! When she's not writing you'll find her organizing a closet, buying more bins she doesn't need or bingeing her latest TV show obsession.