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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Neutralizing salt

May 12, 2011
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Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I remember when all you needed to neutralize a floor with salt on it was to add a little vinegar to your water. Today’s products leave floors looking smeared and blotchy. I’ve tried all kinds of neutralizers and rinses to no avail. Hot water, cold water, nothing seems to remove the salt anymore. Could someone recommend a product that works?
The answer:
Part of the problem, as you note, may be that common rock salt is no longer the only ice melt product used. Often calcium chloride, with its affinity for moisture, is put down. And there are other compounds and combinations of compounds on the market.
I recommend you first mop with a neutral cleaner to capture the bulk of the mess and then do a separate rinse mopping with vinegar or whatever commercial neutralizer you select. Ask your ... — Lynn E Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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