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#1 Old 03-15-2005, 04:55 PM
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Canada Getting rid of salt accumulation in your car?

Anyone know good ways to get rid of the salt residue accumulated over the winter inside your car?

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Take it to a nice car wash... as for the inside just wash it off plastic and vynil parts and I guess it should wash out of carpet, too.

Anyway, how much salt do you have in the interior?


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do you mean on the floor mats? wash them. where inside is salt accumulating. why is salt accumulating in the car?

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Canadian Tire has some stuff which helps removing salt on your carpets. Additionally, I'd steamclean the carpets. You can use the same machine rental as for the home carpets but I'd recommend to wait for a little longer and for a sunny day.
Did you use rubber mats? In case you didn't and have ugly stains on the carpet mats, remove them, take them inside and wash them thoroughly, then hang for drying, they will look like new.

Alternatively, bring the car to one of the service companies who offer to do it. Here in Montreal they charge between 80 and 120 CAD, depending on the company and on the service provided.

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Yeah, the nicer car wash places will clean the inside but it's pretty expensive, around $75 last time I checked at the Turtle Wax place.

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don't have floor mats, and yes i meant the carpet.
thanks for the input.

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get floor mats


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Hey TOcorolla.. I've seen some car-washes in the GTA that have Vacuum/Carpet cleaner machines.. you can steam clean your carpets with them pretty much.



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My carpets are in horrible shape. I got my car in 02 so this is the 3rd winter it has faced. This is what it looked like last summer after an attempt to get rid of the crusted salt that has stuck to the carpet...



I tried using Turtle Wax's Power Out Carpet Cleaner but it didn't do much.


I then borrowed my mom's steam cleaner and nothing after numerous attempts.


I've heard detailers actually use boiling water and pour it on the crusted salt directly and it's supposed to help dissolve it. I haven't tried that approach.

I've also been recommended to try to use Bissell's Little Green machine. I've been told that this thing will do the trick. It's like a steamer/shampooer/vacuum combo thingy. I'm willing to invest in it because I can use it in the house too. I saw it on the weekend at Sears for $129 (reg. $149). I think Crappy Tire carries it too.

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The salt layer you should brush off with muscle power and a good brush first, then vacuum, then steamclean.

Such a thick layer takes time to remove. Alternatively, do use the water method. BUT, make sure you have enough sunlight and time to let it dry before using the car again.

Well, Canadian winters are tough.

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i have that problem too - it's very annoying and looks horrible

some of its starting to clump together and make little piles, sometimes i put it on food when i eat in the car....

i've used that turtle wax stuff and it did not work very well, so I think i'm going to get it professionally detailed in the spring to get rid of it all...if left in there too long mixed with damp carpets, it may start to rot the floor out...eeek!

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Go to a detailing shop. Denny's Auto Spa in Mississauga, charges $100.00-$120.00CAD (I think)to do an exterior, and FULL interior shampoo(carpets, seats, etc.) Pretty good guys there, and if they find dope in the car they are even honest enough to return it to you . Seriously, my buddy brought his car there and they found a half quarter of weed and gave it back to him.

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hot water and some elbow grease.......and a brush.....thats how i got my bros slat out...

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My carpets are in horrible shape. I got my car in 02 so this is the 3rd winter it has faced. This is what it looked like last summer after an attempt to get rid of the crusted salt that has stuck to the carpet...


yeh, I've got the same deal, but it's MUCH worse. I have a 93 Camry....that's how many winters it's been thru? let's do the math....oh, I'd say at LEAST 8 yrs of poor maintenance of the interior carpet (the time my dad drove the Camry solely), before it got a good clean up from me. Alas, it's still in crappy condition. I've even taken a wooden stick to the dried salt and tried scraping it off...no luck...and I broke the stick (1"x1")

I'm tempted to try putting a flame to it and see if it'll have any effect...

crusted salt =

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thanks for the pic! mine looks similar to that, except not that many salt residues. i tried using water to help dissolve it, but it takes a long time. i haven't tried steam cleaning it yet;

i 've been keeping the inside pretty clean so far, so i dont think it's worth going to the detailing shop yet....the salt clumps were only my concern...but thanks for the input...gonna give it a try now!

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