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When Salt Stains Concrete White, How Can It Be Removed?

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Salt stains are a common problem for concrete surfaces and can be caused by a number of factors. In this article, we will discuss some of the causes of salt stains on concrete surfaces as well as their removal methods so that you don’t have to deal with them on your own.

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Here Are Some Ways To Remove White Stains From Salt For Ice And Ice Melt For Precast Concrete:

  • Scrub The Stains With A 50/50 Solution Of Water And Vinegar, Then Rinse With A Garden Hose.

To remove the white stains, you’ll need a solution of 50/50 water and vinegar. Vinegar is an acid, and water is a base—the two react to form salt and water. The salt for ice will dissolve in the water, leaving your concrete clean! This method is concrete-safe.

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  • Mix Up A Thick Mixture Of Baking Soda And Hydrogen Peroxide, Rub It On The Stains, Then Let It Sit Overnight Before Washing It Off.

Mix 1 cup of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Rub the mixture onto the stains, let it sit overnight, then sponge it off in the morning.

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If you don’t have any hydrogen peroxide on hand, you can also use club soda or lemon juice instead. Just be sure to treat the area as soon as possible—if left untreated for too long, salt for ice can become extremely difficult to remove. This method is concrete-safe.

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  • Make A Paste With Distilled Water And Muriatic Acid, Apply The Paste To The Stains, Wait 30 Minutes, Then Wash It Off.

Soak the concrete in a solution of one cup of muriatic acid and four gallons of water for 30 minutes, then wash it off with clean water. Wear protective clothing and gloves when using this method, because muriatic acid is a strong acid that can cause chemical burns if it comes into contact with your skin or eyes. Do not mix this solution with any other chemicals, and do not use it on granite or marble surfaces; its effects on those materials are unknown at this time. Also, avoid applying the acid if the concrete has been sealed; doing so may damage its surface sealer and cause more staining to occur in future years.


We hope this article was helpful in explaining what causes white stains on concrete, and how to remove them. To sum it all up, the best way to get rid of these stains is by using a good concrete cleaner. 

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