Ice Melt Residue Salt on Carpet - Why Is It Such a Problem and How to Remove:
Tracking ice melt into your home or business can severe damage to your carpet and hard floors - tracking in dirt, destroying carpet fibers and increasing wear as well as making hard floors oily and slippery.
The Problem of Ice Melt on Floors - Carpets, Rugs, Entry Mats, Car Mats and Hard Floors:
Ice melt is tracked onto carpet during the winter months from shoes and boots. The heaviest buildup is usually in the entry areas of a house or building and appears white and crusty. This residue is not easily removed with normal cleaning detergents. In fact, alkaline detergents make the problem worse.
On waxed VCT floors, rock salt (sodium chloride) leaves a white powdery residue that can dull and eat away the floor finish or wax and potentially damage the floor as well. Worse yet, the oily residue from calcium chloride ice melt can be slippery on smooth floors creating a slip hazard, fall injuries and potential lawsuits.
On wood floors, ice melt leaves behind an slippery, oily residue that can damage urethane or wax finishes used on wood floors and may eventually draw out natural moisture, causing splintering.
On rugs, ice melt can lead to dry rot issues.
On carpets, calcium chloride and magnesium chloride ice melt attracts dirt on carpets and is hard to remove by normal cleaning.
Calcium chloride ice melt is hygroscopic (draws moisture) and turns to calcium hydroxide (lime) when you try to clean with an alkaline detergent. The white powder from calcium chloride ice melt will very quickly track throughout a building and, since it is hygroscopic, causes severe soiling. Quick removal is important!
What is Ice Melt? What Is In Ice Melt and What Are Its Properties?
Ice Melts include sodium chloride, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and urea and work by lowering the melting point of snow and ice.
Calcium chloride is used in place of sodium chloride (salt) when the temperatures are extremely low when salt no longer performs to melt ice. Calcium chloride is an exothermic deicer, which releases heat to melt the ice, works the quickest and is effective at a broader range of temperatures. For example, solid calcium chloride releases heat and is effective down to 25 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. The predominant chemical in a blended product will determine its performance.
Sodium chloride ice melt, often called rock salt, is an endothermic deicer, absorbs the sun’s heat and uses it to break ice down to liquid brine, works more slowly and is effective at a smaller range of temperatures. Sodium chloride is effective down to 25 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.
Follow these Steps to Remove Ice Melt Residue from Carpet and Keep Ice Melt From Harming Floors and Carpet:
How to Prevent Ice Melt Problems in a Business Building:
How to Prevent Ice Melt Problems in a House:
Consumer Steps to Remove Ice Melt Residue from Carpet and Keep Ice Melt From Harming Floors and Carpet:
Use a clean and absorbent cloth or rag soaked in white vinegar, an acid, to dab the salt stain and allow it to soak for 15 minutes. Blot the carpet with another rag and clean water. DO NOT USE ON MARBLE or LIMESTONE!
Cleaning Carpets in the Winter
When setting up for a job, take solution hoses into the house first. Lay them down in the entryway and set up your extension cord. Start the base unit running right away. After getting all set up and moving the furniture,plug in your solution hose and start cleaning.This procedure will help keep your hoses from freezing.
Make sure cleaning heads and hoses are drained when finished cleaning. Freezing will damage the jets and other brass fittings. If you do not have a heated garage, use a space heater in your van. Plug your electric water heater into keep clean water hot. This will help keep the inside of the van warm, too.
Be sure to do all the necessary and routine maintenance on your equipment. Have spare pump screws and a stator handy. Carry a shovel to clean side walks and areas around the van. Don’t forget to use door drapes to keep the heat inside the house and the cold out. Be sure to wear shoe booties inside the house or building - don’t bring snow, salt and grime into the home!
Spray a silicone lubricant on the outer edge of truck doors that are frozen shut. Wait a few minutes until the silicone sinks in then try to open the door gently. Don’t yank on it or you may damage the weather stripping.
If the emergency or parking brake won’t release, rock the truck back and forth gently by putting it in forward and then reverse while trying to release the brake. If this doesn’t work,have it towed somewhere warm so the cables underneath can thaw.
Ice buildup around windshield wipers will damage the blades and may cause the wiper motors to burn out.
A frozen cooling fan can cause the engine to overheat. Watch the temperature gauge. If it starts to climb into the red, stop. Turn off the truck and wait a few minutes, then try starting it again.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Ice Melt Residue on Carpet - Why Is It Such a Problem and How to Remove:
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