Concrete with SaltWith winter weather acting all crazy these days, it’s no surprise that all surfaces seem to be covered by a permanent layer of salt. Even when it doesn’t snow very much, the roads and sidewalks are treated with salt, just in case.

With many polished concrete surfaces, cleanup is super easy. In fact, with concrete floor epoxy, surfaces are easily cleaned and resistant to harmful chemicals and abrasive salt.

If you’re dealing with cleaning a surface of concrete that doesn’t have a protective layer, we have some tips for removing salt stains. Many salt stains can be easily removed with a little bit of water.

salt on floorYou Will Need:

  • Dish soap or detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Stiff-bristled broom
  • Mop (Shop Vac optional but recommended)

How to Remove the Salt:

  1. Spray affected areas with water to get them wet.
  2. Fill a bucket with warm water and add vinegar and/or dish soap/detergent.
  3. Dip the broom into the water and use it to scrub the surface of the concrete.
  4. Scrub for several minutes until the salt residue and stains start to lift.
  5. Use the Shop Vac to remove the excess water. If you don’t have a wet vac, use the mop to soak up excess water.
  6. Cover the area with clean water to rinse.
  7. Scrub again with the broom.
  8. Remove the water with the vac.
  9. Allow the area to dry.
  10. If any stains remain, repeat the above steps.

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Many commercial cleaning products are safe to use on concrete surfaces, just be sure to read the labels.

If your surface seems to have undergone years of abuse, then it might be time to invest in a concrete floor repair job.

Looking for polished concrete cleaning tips? Check out our polished concrete maintenance page.

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