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How To Remove Salt Stains From Concrete

Melting Ice On Concrete

Salt and deicers combine to form a chemical mixture that seeps into concrete when diluted with enough water. The brine re-freezes when the temperature drops, then evaporate when the temperature rises, leaving damaged concrete and salt stains. Given how crazy the winter weather has been, it’s no surprise that all surfaces appear to be covered in a permanent layer of salt these days.

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Even if it doesn’t snow much, salt is applied to the roads and sidewalks to prevent melting ice on concrete. Cleanup is a breeze with many polished concrete surfaces. On the other hand, concrete floors are easy to clean and resistant to harmful chemicals and abrasive salt. If you’re cleaning a concrete surface, we have some tips mentioned below for removing salt stains.

What Causes Concrete To Deteriorate?

Concrete is a porous substance that absorbs water quickly. Deicers, such as salt, are the real culprits for concrete deterioration. Still, you can use roof safe ice melt. Similarly; coastal climates have high levels of sodium chloride in the air, which can cause concrete to crumble and discolor over time.

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How To Get Rid Of Salt

1. To wet the affected areas, spray them with water.

2. Add vinegar and dish soap/detergent to a bucket of warm water.

3. Scrub the concrete surface with the broom that has been dipped in water.

4. Scrub for a few minutes or until the salt residue, and stains begin to fade.

5. To rinse, cover the area with clean water.

6. Scrub with the broom once more.

7. Using the vacuum, remove the water.

8. Allow enough time for the surface to dry completely.

9. Repeat the steps above if any stains remain.

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Additional Advice And Suggestions

  • Commercial salt neutralizers/removers are often used. These products are frequently used on marine equipment that is regularly exposed to saltwater. Check the labels to make sure it’s safe to use on your surface, which it usually is.
  • A weak hydrochloric acid and water mixture can be used for more aggressive cleaning (1 part acid to 20 parts water). However, because the acid can harm some concrete surfaces rather use roof safe ice melt. Though, It should only be used by those who are familiar with it.
  • It may take several attempts to completely remove the stains and residue if they are severe and thick.

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Wrapping Up

Millions of homeowners inadvertently damage their concrete every year due to melting ice on concrete with their deicing practices. Driveways, sidewalks, and other concrete surfaces are subjected to the effects of the most popular deicer with each freeze and thaw. You must move away from the traditional ice melt that you’ve always relied on. If you have concrete driveways, walkways, or pavers, there’s a good chance you’re doing more harm than good by using them.

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