How To Get Salt Off Your Car

The Maywood area and New Jersey, in general, can be quite hit or miss when it comes to snow accumulation and whether you're somebody who tends to embrace the snow or not, one thing is for certain; your vehicle would be completely content if it never snowed again. 

There are plenty of pros and cons to road salt and while it is the most effective element to help prevent slippery road conditions, salt is also a car's biggest enemy and can actually prove to do some serious damage to your beloved vehicle. 

You're probably wondering why road salt is used so frequently if it causes harm to your vehicle and there's only one answer to this question: road salt is the most effective product when melting snow or ice. Safety has always been the number one priority for drivers and road salt is-and-likely always will be a crucial piece to that puzzle when it comes to wintery conditions. With that being said, it's important you know how to properly remove road salt when it begins building up on your vehicle and that's where our Park Ave BMW comes into the equation. Our Maywood area dealer is here to answer two of the most frequently asked questions:

  1. How does road salt eat away at my vehicle?
  2. How can I get salt off my car? 

How Does Road Salt Eat Away At My Vehicle?

Salt is a corroding element that aids in the melting process of snow or ice. This salt is applied to roads and sidewalks to not only create a higher freezing point but to also corrode and eventually melt that ice and snow. Road salt, unfortunately, won't only speed up the melting process on the Maywood area roads and sidewalks, it will also accelerate the rusting process on your vehicle. 

How Can I Get Salt Off My Car?

When washing the exterior of your car, you'll want to have a high-quality car-washing soap on hand. By using a hose, simply rinse off all visible road salt from your vehicle and then begin applying soap with a car washing mitt or rag. When rinsing off your vehicle, it's very important to focus on areas such as the wheel wells, door handles, and undercarriage of the vehicle because these are the areas that will begin rusting the quickest. Once you believe you have removed all road salt from your vehicle, the drying process is a vital step in this process because as you now know, moisture creates rust. 

While you may worry more about the exterior of your vehicle rather than the interior, you may not realize that each time you enter your car in the winter months, you're dragging some of that salt directly into your vehicle and just like the exterior paint, your carpets could begin deteriorating as well. 

To remove salt from your carpets:

  • Purchase a carpet-cleaning product or mix equal parts of water and white vinegar to create your own homemade cleaning solution.
  • Spray the solution on the impacted area and scrub with a brush to bring the salt to the surface.
  • Pat-dry the area with a dry towel to absorb the salt and cleaning solution.
  • Once the winter season wraps up and you've noticed that road salt has been mostly cleared from the roads and sidewalks, this is the ideal time to wash your carpets. 

Learn More From Our Maywood Area BMW Dealer

If you believe your vehicle has been impacted by road salt and are in need of a repair of any sort, schedule a service appointment at Park Ave BMW today! To hear more information about how road salt impacts your vehicle or how to remove it, please don't hesitate to contact our Maywood area dealership. 

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