3 EASY Steps To Completely Remove Rock Salt Stains

3 Easy Steps To Completely Remove Rock Salt Stains. 

Safety is paramount, especially in Winter. And that's why virtually all road gritting that takes place, uses Brown Rock Salt (Halite). Whilst effective at de-icing, Rock Salt can leave a unsightly residue behind that is often (accidentally) stamped into carpet, causing discoloration if not cleaned up quickly. If you have found this article, post staining, do not fear, below is 3 easy steps you can take to clear up that stain! 

Step 1) How to Create the Cleaning Solution

This magical potion is crafted from rare and expensive ingredients. Not. Use a simple mix of equal parts White Vinegar and Water... Yes it's that simple.

Place the equal mix into a spray bottle and go to town! 

If the smell of vinegar is too pungent for you (I can't stand the smell), you can add a few drops of oils like Vanilla or Tea Tree. 

Now if you're wondering why would I use vinegar on rock salt, there's actually a few really good reasons why - take a look:

  • It's a natural born stain fighter. Most people know how strong vinegar is, it's acidity ranges between 2.5 to 4, which means it strong to break up soil particles. We can skip the in-depth science behind it, as we're merely using it as a tool, but just know that the acidity gives the Vinegar STRENGTH. Almost as strong as that ungodly smell.
  • It's nontoxic. You can add it to food, and can clean windows with it, can't say that about many things, can you? Keep it simple, keep it cheap. Want to step it up a notch and use Commercial grade cleaners? No problem, we don't discourage the use of them, they just tend to be more expensive and not readily available to everyone. 
  • It's safe to use on lots of different surfaces. A vinegar solution can help lift stains and signs of corrosion - even better if can be used on carpets! Perfect for your new magic potion. 

Step 2) Spray those Rock Stains away! 

Spray away, hey! Ok, we can't make a cool catchphrase for it because it's not terribly exciting, but, doing this small task will pay off. 

Step 3) Give it time & start dabbing!

We're really trying to make this sound cool, aren't we. Spray the discoloured spots in the carpet - make sure to let the vinegar solution soak in for around 15 to 20 minutes. This will be more than enough time for the Vinegar to take effect and break down the particles causing the unsightly rock salt stains. 


Once you have given it time to soak in, lightly scrub the area with a sponge to break up any lingering salt residue. If there are any remaining tough to rid stains, simply repeat the process, until you have your desired results. 


Removing Salt Stains from Shoes and Boot is actually really really simple. Infact it's virtually the same instructions as the section shown above. The main difference is that you don't want use a spray bottle as it can get messy, really quickly. 

Step 1) Create the Cleaner

Pour some warm (not boiling) water, into a small bowl. Once this has been done, simply match the approximate amount of water in your bowl with household white vinegar. You're done. Genuinelly that simple. 

Step 2) Dip the Rag, blot the Shoe.

Grab a microfibre cloth and dip the tip into your solution. Scrunch the end of the cloth to remove excess liquid. Start to blot your cloth on the shoe and cover all of the areas affected by the rock salt staining. Make sure the stains are sufficiently soaked, if your application is uneven, your end result will be lackluster. 

Step 3) Leave to dry & review

A short while later, your shoes / boots should be nice and dry, with no rock salt stains. If this isn't the case and you're still struggling to remove the stains, add more vinegar to the solution. 


It's not all doom and gloom and you most likely won't get any issues with staining, but it's always nice to have an article explaining what to do if the worst case scenario happens. 

If you're still in need for some de-icing rock salt, we have taken the hassle out of buying the best quality, british mined rock salt. 


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Who is BEST De-Icing Salt Supplier? | RockSaltShop

Who is the BEST supplier of White and Brown De-Icing Salt?

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Choosing the right supplier is absolutely imperative. You could be literally throwing money down the drain & it's not as simple as searching for the cheapest supplier.

Delivery Time Frames

It’s really important to check the delivery times of the company you’re going to use. Some may be cheaper, but they may take an extra 2 days for delivery… worse yet, they might not deliver in your area!

Always, always - check the delivery information on the website you’re viewing, or call the company to find out their delivery time frame. For example, some of our products like Turf, are freshly cut products that are delivered on a Next Day Service, whereas our Rock Salt isn’t a living product, therefore we put it on a Standard 2 - 4 working day service by default. Companies will sometimes name their shipping methods with vague titles, like ‘Economy Delivery’(??). This isn’t done for malicious reasons (the majority of time), so, it’s worth finding out the delivery time frame before you hand over, your hard earned cash.

Delivery Reach

Large delivery networks generally cost more to use than smaller, less established networks. As we have been operating for just shy of 10 years, we now use one of the largest and most reputable networks in the country, which allows us to deliver to near all corners of the United Kingdom. This is an absolute godsend for us (and for our customers) as we can offer competitive rates for the whole of the country. It also allows our customers to have access to a larger catalogue of products than they might be privvy to, from a local builders merchant.


We use a calendar system that allows the customer to enter in their delivery date of choice, which will then be pulled through into our order system, which can then be checked by our Customer Service Team. It’s important to establish a specific date in which you will receive your goods, so you can plan your week, to the day.


The BIG one!

Whilst we aren’t the cheapest in the market, we are very very competitive. We offer some of the fastest delivery times in the country, including a Next Day Delivery service on near all products. Alongside this, we offer a tracking service & a direct phone line to our Customer Service Team who will chase an ETA and report back to you. We use one of the largest delivery networks in the Country, allowing us to deliver to you close to 99% of the time. This is just a short list of things you get when you purchase your de-icing rock salt through us.

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Not to beat a dead horse, but, please please consider the information above, before purchasing your product. If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Customer Service Team.

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Rock Salt (Road Grit) vs White De-icing Salt | Rock Salt Shop

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It pays to know the difference and benefits that Brown Rock Salt and White De-Icing Salt have and what they have to offer, so you can find the one that is the best for you.

They work in very similar ways and achieve the same goal, allowing us to use them through the winter, to melt the ice and keep our roads and pathways clear, keeping us safe!

However, there are a few things to consider, including the benefits that each salt brings. Hopefully this information can help you decide which salt works for you.


Rock Salt is the salt that most people refer to when they mention grit salt or road salt. Brown Salt is nearly always used on the roads, being spread by gritting vehicles throughout the winter.  

The Important Stuff

Rock Salt comes under different names, the main one being Halite. You might have found this when you were searching for Rock Salt for Sale. We actually source Brown Rock Salt in the United Kingdom unlike White De-Icing Salt. Rock Salt is mined in a few places over the country, in salt mines. 

Following on from mining the Rock Salt, it goes through less processing than you might think! 

Consisting of Sand, Dirt, Sodium Chloride, etc. The build up of Rock Salt, makes it great for increasing traction on slippery roads as well as de-icing. The only caveat with Brown Rock Salt, is that it leaves a muddy sludge behind, which can be trodden into carpets and such. For this reason, it's mainly used a residential grit, clearing the pavements, making it safer for all of us to walk on. 

With this being said, let's discuss the pros and cons to using Brown Rock Salt.

  • Readily Available - As Brown Rock Salt is mined in the country, we can source the product which quicker than the White Salt, allowing us to meet your order dates easily!
  • Cheaper - Brown Rock Salt is cheaper than White Salt as it's easier to source and mined within the country. If you need to cover a big area, i.e. covering your local pavements, it would be the most economical.
Left behind residue - Brown Rock Salt isn't perfect. It often leaves a residue behind which can be trodden into carpets.


White De-icing Salt is sourced from several countries and is considered cleaner than Brown Rock Salt, as it is sourced by evaporating sea water, rather than mining it. 
The Important Stuff

White De-Icing Salt is sourced from countries with much hotter weather than we are blessed with. Perfect examples of these are Spain and Egypt.

These countries have fantastic climates that provide us with White De-Icing Salt with a high concentration, that doesn't contain a whole variety of materials like Brown Rock Salt. As this is the case, you get more genuine salt and it also has a greater aesthetic appeal and leaves virtually no residue!

With this being said, let's discuss the pros and cons to using White Salt.

  • Readily Available - Although not sourced within the country, we have taken extra steps this year to make sure we have the stock ready for dispatch! 
  • Cleaner - With Salt being the near standalone material, in White Salt, there won't be any brown residue left behind, unlike with other rock salts. Meaning Schools, Hospitals, Shops, etc. Would have less of a problem with their carpets getting clogged up with Salt, meaning less cleaning for everyone!

The Price - With White Salt, you're going to pay more to buy it. If you need to cover a large area and the left over residue won't be a problem, Brown Rock Salt is your cheaper option.


  • What is Rock Salt?
    One of the most asked questions we receive. What is rock salt? In this article, we explain what brown rock salt is and what it can be used for. Both the prons and cons of brown rock salt are written in detail.

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  • What is White De-Icing Salt?
    Again, one of the most asked questions we receive. What is White De-Icing Rock Salt? In this article, we explain what white de-icing salt is and what it can be used for. Both the prons and cons of white de-icing salt are written in detail.

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  • Delivery Information
    Not all delivery points are created equal! Read how we deliver both rock salt and white de-icing salt to see if you can receive deliveries from us.

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Ice Melt


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Click on the question you are interested in most, and we will take you directly top the answer.

What is Ice Melt?

Ice Melt is a de-icer, also knows as 'Prilled Urea'. It's actually a fertilizer, that contains up to 46% nitrogen. The product itself is produced by the reaction of Ammonia and Carbon Dioxide under high pressure, which is then shaped into small spherical prills.

Ice Melt has been used for as a de-icer for quite a while now, especially by businesses, as it's a superior product for a few, key reasons. We touch on this, later.

What can Ice Melt be used for?

As mentioned above, Ice Melt is used mostly as a fertilizer. This being said, it does have other uses, the biggest one being, a de-icer. Lots of business use prilled urea as their preferred de-icing method, alongside several schools that we work with. There is a really good reason for this, which will be explained later, but, in short it's a cleaner product!

Why Ice Melt is a great choice

Ice Melt is a fantastic choice for many reasons, here are a short few:

So now you can see why so many people choose to use Ice Melt.

Is Ice Melt the best solution for me?

Now you’ve seen the benefits of using Ice Melt, but it can’t be the god send it seems, right? Well, you’re not wrong, there is things to consider when using Ice Melt. By weighing up this options, you can decide if Ice Melt is the best option for you.

We don’t recommend using this around animals - Ingesting the product is a big no no (as with virtually every other de-icing product), therefore mitigating the risk of this, is something to consider.

Use this product away from sources of water. This isn’t a concern for most, but it is worth mentioning, that this is a product that can contaminate water.

As with any de-icing product, only use it for the purpose it was intended for. It’s common sense, but, it’s always worth mentioning.

Why is Ice Melt more expensive?

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Ice Melt goes through an extensive process to be made and refined, therefore it attracts a slightly higher cost. It's only natural to pay more for a superior product, but that's why we offer all of the options in our product catalogue, so you can weigh up the best option for you.

The fact of the matter is, Ice Melt isn’t the only product you can use to melt ice. There are other options, e.g. Rock Salt or White De-Icing Salt, both are suitable options with their own pros and cons, which are talked about in our quick-to-read article.

If you are on a budget, the brown rock salt will be a good option for you, however, it’s leaves a brown residue behind and can clog your carpets, so check your shoes before entering your house / place of work.

If you have more to spend, choose a white de-icing salt, it’s a better option and is purer, with no grit in. This way you don’t have to worry about clogging up the carpets, or an unsightly residue being left behind.

To conclude, it’s more expensive due to the creation process, and the results it is going to give - it’s not the only option and it’s always worth taking your time and weighing up the pros and cons of each option.

Is Ice Melt better than Brown Rock Salt?

It really depends.

As mentioned above, Ice Melt is a fantastic option and the results are better (so, Yes is the answer), but it’s more expensive and we don’t recommend using it around animals.

If you have slightly more to spend, or you have a larger area to de-ice, then Ice Melt is better than Brown Rock Salt.

If you are on a budget and or you have a small area to de-ice, then save your money and go for the Brown Rock Salt. Don’t spend more when you don’t need to. You can choose the best option for you, this is merely a suggestion.

Is Ice Melt better than White De-Icing Salt?

Again, it really depends.

White Salt is cheaper than Prilled Urea and is a cleaner product, as it’s made by repeating the process of flooding huge salt pans or salt beds with sea water and allowing the sun rays to evaporate the water, leaving a crystallised salt deposit behind. 

It’s not as taxing as creating Urea (ice melt).

White de-icing salt honestly doesn’t have many negatives, and for most cases, I would personally choose White Salt over prilled urea. Again, it’s down to the size of area you want to de-ice. If it’s small, save your money and go for White De-Icing Salt, it’s most likely going to the best option.

Purchasing Ice Melt with a Purchase Order Number

We work with hundreds of Public Sector Organisations every single year, including schools and councils. To make the process as easy as possible, we accept Purchase Order Numbers - Simply e-mail us a purchase order number, alongside a delivery address and the product requirement.

If you are in desperate need for the product, please email us and call us, so we can ensure we can book you in as quickly as possible.

Purchasing Ice Melt Online

Purchasing Ice Melt online has never been easier. We have an easy to follow system, that will intuitively guide you through the ordering process. Simply click on this Ice Melt product link and choose the amount you would like to order.

Here’s a small breakdown:

  • Choose the Pack Size you would like to order
  • Click ‘ADD TO BAG’
  • *You will now be taken to the Cart Screen*
  • Click the red button labelled ‘Check Delivery Charges’ (you can’t miss it)
  • Enter your postcode & choose the appropriate delivery method
  • Read through the delivery instructions
  • Hit the ‘Checkout’ button - you’re on your way!

How is Ice Melt delivered?

Delivering Ice Melt is relatively easily, more so than most people expect.

That being said, it’s important we clear up the most important things!

We deliver using an 18 tonne curtain sided vehicle, which uses a manual pallet truck and tail lift to lower the goods off of the back of the vehicle.

18 Tonners are large and this needs to be considered when ordering. They are 3( 9 foot) meters wide, and 9 meters long (30 foot). Please ensure there are no signs suggesting 7.5 tonners are the only option for that road.

We need a completely flat and hardstanding surface to offload onto, as the pallet trucks have no brakes.

Additionally, we predominantly deliver to the kerbside, which means we need a drop kerb that is flush with the ground, so we can gain access to your pavement and driveway.

We brake this down to cover the major points, but, delivery itself is genuinely straightforward - For more detail, please read our Delivery Page.

Is Ice Melt safe for animals?

Some sources online will tell you it is completely fine for animals, and some will tell you it’s deadly. So, we air on the side of caution and suggest that Ice Melt isn’t used around animals, as we do not want them to ingest the product, more so as a general safety concern.

Does Ice Melt affect plants?

Unless used excessively, Ice Melt should not affect your plants. That being said, de-ice your driveway, not your plants!

We kid.. spread liberally and don’t throw excessive amounts of Ice Melt onto one small area.

Where can I buy Ice Melt?

We are not only the leading supplier of Ice Melt in the United Kingdom, we use one of THE LARGEST delivery networks, to increase the chances of delivery to your area. We work closely with hundreds of depots, dotted around the country to ensure you receive the quickest delivery times possible in your area.

Other retailers are available, and if there is a local company to you, we always suggest using them. This way you’re supporting your local business, which could pay off in the future. That being said, many places in the UK, potentially where you live, have next to no retailers selling Ice Melt.

Use our product catalogue and reserve your Ice melt, today.



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What is Rock Salt? | Rock Salt Shop

What is Brown Rock Salt?

Brown Rock Salt is also known by the name, Halite. However, the majority of Rock Salt Suppliers, ourselves included, refer to this product as Rock Salt. You might have heard people referring to road salt or grit salt, these are other names for brown rock salt when used for de-icing purposes.. 

This leads really well into telling you what we use brown rock salt for. Rock Salt has a multitude of uses, but the main uses are for preventing ice and melting snow and ice on paths, roads and car parks. It's the stuff you find in grit bins at the side of the road and the salt speard on road out of gritting lorries.

There's a lot of history behind rock salt, but, the digestible version is: we source it from mines of ancient underground salt deposits and most importantly, the majority of rock salt is mined in the UK. This means it's quicker and easier to deliver it straight to your delivery point.

We supply Brown Rock Salt for de-icing in 25kg Bags, 950kg Bulk bags and even in Loose loads, delivered throughout the country!

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We are one of the cheapest rock salt supplies in the whole of the country. We offer Rock Salt bulk bags as cheap as £120.00 including VAT. For the majority of postcodes, our extensive delivery network allows us to deliver to you for free on Standard Delivery.

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Another product we are proud to say, our customers love! As affordable as £166.32 including VAT. For the majority of postcodes, our extensive delivery network allows us to deliver to you for free on Standard Delivery.

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A new product in our ever growing inventory. We sell several different Grit Bins and De-Icing Salt Spreaders, with an impressive size and price diversity. We can deliver Grit Bins for a very small charge to nearly all of the UK.

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Where does Rock Salt come from?

Rock Salt comes under several different names, but, the main distinction is that, de-icing rock salt is a rock, rather than a mineral, showcasing the difference between rock salt and the salt you have in your kitchen! 

Rock Salt can be found all over the world. It is typically formed by evaporation of salty water like seawater. Salt normally forms in deposits ringing dry lakebeds, inland marginal seas and in enclosed bays and estuaries' in arid regions of the world. In times gone by, very large areas of water evaporated and makde large amounts of rock salt. Marine sediments would then bury the salt. Halite is less dense than the marine sediments so it would push its way up through the sediments creating a dome like structure. 

About Our Brown Rock Salt

The Rock Salt we supply is mined in the UK and graded to BS3247:2011 (Highways Agency Standards), which means it is crusged and screened to contain granuals between 1mm and 6mm in size. It contains an anti caking agent to prevent the salt from forming lumps, this ensure it is free flowing and is therefore suitable for use in grit spreaders.

Our Full Specification & Rock Salt Material Data Sheet is available on online 

Brown Rock Salt has a dry density of approx 1.28 tonnes per m3 or 1.44 tonnes per m3 when wet.

Highways Spreading Rates for Rock Salt:

These figures are at best a guide for use on highways with properly calibrated spreaders: 

  • Dry road frost or ice 10-15 grams per m2
  • Wet road frost or ice 20-40 grams per m2
  • Snow on roads 40-60 grams per m2
Spreading rates using pedestrian spreaders will be significantly higher. 
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