The entire state of Wisconsin gets salted during the winter to protect us all from accidents, but that salt can wreak havoc on your clothing, shoes and other items. Klinke Cleaners has some cleaning tips for you that should save your valuables.

Being based in Wisconsin, Klinke Cleaners locations are very familiar with salt stains and we are more than happy to clean your clothing and even leather and suede based shoes but we want to give you some tips to treat these salt stains yourself and some advice for cleaning other items before they’re permanently damaged. 

Removing Salt Stains from Floors

Removing salt and salt water stains may not seem very important, but salt is so abrasive that as it gets stepped on it can wear off the top protective layer on most flooring materials. If you still have a liquid or slush mess on the floor you can simply wipe it up with a sponge or soft towel and then clean the floor with warm water or a cleaning solution. If the salt has dried, rewet it with warm water and then wipe it up. You may want to create a solution of 50/50 water and vinegar for a thorough clean. 

How to Get Rid of Salt Stains on Clothing

Weather proofed or resistant clothing can typically be wiped clean with a warm water mix that includes a bit of vinegar. If it doesn’t do the trick, try adding a bit more vinegar until it comes clean. Then blot dry with a clean cloth. If your clothing isn’t weather proofed you can try letting the salt dry and then brushing it off with a very soft hairbrush. You don’t want to work the salt deeper into the clothing, but rather remove it. Laundering once you remove the majority of the salt may then work. But if it’s an extremely delicate fabric we recommend dry cleaning. 

Remove Salt Stains from Leather

Salt can really damage leather. Pretreating leather clothing and shoes that may be exposed to salt is a good idea but even if your leather goods are treated, wipe off all salt with a damp, clean cloth as soon as possible. Blot dry. If the water isn’t enough to clean it, try using a 50/50 water vinegar solution or saddle soap. Suede products can be cleaned with undiluted white vinegar but should be blotted until completely dry and brushed in circular motions with a clean, soft towel. 

Again, when in doubt, please take your shoes and garments to a Klinke Cleaners location for dry cleaning.