Winter Floor Stains

By: Danny Lipford
Play | Download (Right Click, Save As...)

No matter how hard you try, some of that snow that’s on the bottom of your shoe is going to make it inside, and with it often comes the ice melt compound you’ve put down on the steps and walkways. Ice melt compound residue is unsightly on hard surface floors. On carpets, you may not see it, but the damage can be even worse.

The most commonly used melt compound is calcium chloride in small white pellets. This chemical pulls moisture from the air and leaves a moist, oily film that attracts dirt like glue.

To clean it from hard surface floor, use a light cleaner. But don’t wet mop it, because the mop may simply spread the residue around the floor. For the best results, just leave those shoes at the door.



Please Leave a Comment

We want to hear from you! In addition to posting comments on articles and videos, you can also send your comments and questions to us on our contact page or at (800) 946-4420. While we can't answer them all, we may use your question on our Today's Homeowner radio or TV show, or online at

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.