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Ice Melt Removal from Carpet


How to Remove Ice Melt/Rock Salt from Carpet

Ice melt is tracked onto carpet during the winter months. The heaviest buildup is usually in the entry areas of a building. It will appear white and crusty on carpet.


Basic Method

  1. Vacuum carpet thoroughly.
  2. Apply Matrix Target Tannin Stain Remover diluted at 6 oz per gallon of water. 
  3. Agitate with a pile brush or a Grandi Groom. Let it dwell on the carpet for 10–15 minutes.
  4. Thoroughly rinse and extract the area with Matrix All Fiber Rinse diluted at 6 oz per gallon of water in a portable or truck-mounted extractor.
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  1. Matrix® Target Tannin Stain Remover
    Matrix® Target Tannin Stain Remover

    Target is ideal for removing alkalines and tannin stains, such as coffee, tea, urine, perfume, and others. This acid-side spotter can also be used for correcting browning, dye reversal, and setting fugitive dyes. It is also excellent for removing ice melt residue.

    • Acid spotter ideal for correcting browning
    • Removes alkalines, coffee, tea, urine, and perfumes
    • pH: 0.05–1.0
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Dilute 2–6 ounces per gallon of water

    Starting at $9.10

  2. Matrix® All Fiber Rinse
    Matrix® All Fiber Rinse

    All Fiber Rinse rinses away every trace of dirt and cleaning solution, leaving behind a residue-free carpet that's squeaky clean and soft to the touch. For best results, use All Fiber Rinse after cleaning with Matrix Grand Slam Pre-Spray.

    • Eliminates every trace of dirt and cleaning solution residue
    • Leaves carpets bright and soft
    • pH: 4.0–4.5
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet and wool
    • Variable dilutions

    Starting at $17.72

  3. Grandi Groom Carpet Rake
    Grandi Groom Carpet Rake

    Use the Grandi Groom to agitate pre-sprays with ease, allowing the chemical to reach soils and dissolve them prior to extraction. It's also great for grooming carpet after cleaning to promote a better appearance and faster drying.

    • Ideal for agitating pre-sprays into carpet
    • Excellent for working protector into carpet fibers
    • 18-inch-wide head
    • Complete with 54-inch handle and head
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