There are 3 basic methods for moving salt from surfaces with Salt-Away
  • Immersion
  • ressure and velocity from spray bottles, compression pump sprayers, garden or other hoses, pressure washers and large tanks with pump systems. It is important to select the appropriate dispensing equipment for the size of the area of the contaminated surface. Diluting Salt-Away is necessary either by pre-mixing or by delivering it from a device that is set to the correct dilution ratio while attached to a water hose.
  • Wet vacuuming

Salt-Away is water-based, highly concentrated and must be diluted. The Salt-Away solution immediately dissolves any soluble contaminant. Flow (run-off) caused by gravity is required to remove salt and other solubles. As flow begins, ingredients in the product will not allow the contaminants in their dissolved state to attach to the surface, and a “sheeting” effect is created allowing the flow to move the contaminants all the way off the equipment. In areas that stay wetter longer and are primarily inaccessible or where salt is trapped, the corrosion inhibitors in the product will keep equipment from rusting and corroding from the inside-out.

Immersion: Immersing items in a bath of a Salt-Away solution is accomplished by dipping the item into the solution until completely covered by the liquid and removing it and allowing gravity to cause the liquid to run off the surfaces. Unless there is salt accumulation on the surface, there is no need to soak the item in the solution. The length of time to allow the item to soak in the Salt-Away solution to break apart salt accumulation depends on the amount of accumulation. Using the solution more than once is not recommended. The recommended dilution ratios for an immersion solution with fresh water can range from 1.5% to 5.0% by volume. A richer solution greater than 10.0% by volume is not recommended. Rinsing the item with fresh water after the immersion process is required.

Application by pressure methods: There are 2 conditions necessary for Salt-Away to remove salt: 1) the pressure and velocity of the water source must be consistent and great enough for gravity to cause flow, and 2) complete and thorough flowing of the solution to the exit areas of the surface must occur. Except for salt accumulation areas, results are immediate. If conditions 1 and 2 do not exist, the Salt-Away solution will dissolve the salt, but the salt will remain on the surface.

Vertical Surface: Upon application to the surface to be treated, the Salt-Away solution immediately dissolves any soluble contaminant. If the pressure is not strong enough to cause complete flow from the surface, the solution will dissolve the soluble contaminants, the flowing will begin, then slow to a drizzle, and eventually stop before reaching the removal area. If this situation occurs, the salt is not removed.

Horizontal Surface: The method for removal is more difficult, but can be accomplished by “pushing” the dissolved contaminants with pressurized spray or stream velocity of the Salt-Away solution until they are pushed off the surface.

Horizontal Surface, No Outlet: Example: salt-contaminated floors where there is no drain. Pressure is not necessary to apply the Salt-Away solution, and the recommended solution is 5.0% Salt-Away by volume. The best equipment to use to apply the solution is a compression pump sprayer. The area must be covered with enough solution to cause standing liquid. If the surface is porous, continue to add solution until it is saturated and a standing liquid condition exists. Allow the solution to stand at least 10 minutes, but do not allow it to evaporate. Salt removal must be accomplished by vacuuming all the standing liquid. The most commonly used vacuum device is known as a “wet-vacuum machine”. Since it is not physically possible to vacuum 100% of the moisture from the surface, any dissolved salt residing in the remaining moisture will not be removed. This process may need to be repeated several times depending on porousness and condition of the surface.

Floor Carpeting: Apply with a carpet cleaning machine using a 2-3% Salt-Away solution. After the application, let it dwell for 10-30 minutes depending on the concentration of salt exposure. Vacuum the solution out of the carpet using the same procedure used for cleaning the carpet. If the carpet needs cleaning, that job must be performed first. Carpet cleaning solutions are not the same as Salt-Away. Do not mix. More than one Salt-Away application may be required the first time it is used. Applying the product several times can dilute the concentration of the salt left in the surface moisture, and additional salt deposits can be removed. For regular maintenance intervals, only 1 application is required. Warning: For carpets, do not use more Salt-Away than recommended. In richer solutions, the dye in Salt-Away may cause stains, and too much foaming may occur.

Facts about salt

  • Salt solutions cannot be neutralized. Solutions that are either acidic (pH 1.0- 6.9) or alkaline (pH 7.1 – 14.0) can be neutralized. The pH of a salt solution is 7.0. No product or other substance can >neutralize= a solution that is already neutral.
  • Salt is hygroscopic. A hygroscopic substance has the capability of attracting moisture and retaining moisture.
  • Salt does not >cause= corrosion. Three elements are required to create corrosion: 1) A corrodible material, 2.)Oxygen, 3) Moisture.
  • A corrodible material can corrode at a faster rate of speed if either of the other 2 elements (oxygen, moisture) exist in a constant environment of the material at greater levels than that which is considered normal or average. Conversely, a corrodible material can corrode at a slower rate of speed if either of the other 2 elements exist constantly at lesser levels than normal or average. Examples: 1. A corrodible object corrodes at a faster rate of speed if the constant atmospheric moisture level is considered high (high humidity) such as a tropical island, as opposed to a constant lower atmospheric moisture level, such as a desert. 2. A corrodible object corrodes at a much faster rate of speed, where if the constant level of oxygen is greater, such as at sea level, than where the constant level of oxygen is lesser, such as at the bottom of the sea.
  • Salt that is attached to a corrodible material, having the ability to attract and retain atmospheric and other moisture, causes the surface of the material to be constantly wetter than in normal or average conditions, therefore, the presence of salt on the surface assists and accelerates the existing possible corrosion process.
  • Salt contains negatively and positively charged ions (calcium is positive; chloride is negative) which are chemically bonded through electrostatic attraction between the two opposing ions. Ionic compounds conduct electricity when dissolved. Microscopic electrical charges become active on wet corrodible surfaces and contribute to the acceleration of the corrosion process.
  • Salt must completely be moved off a corrodible surface if deceleration of the corrosion process is desired.
  • No commercial product or other liquid substance can move salt crystals from a surface by the act of dissolving them. The salt crystals, in solution, must physically be moved off the surface at obvious exit points.
  • Salt crystals cooperate much better at being moved if they are dissolved. The major element required to move dissolved salt crystals off a surface is gravity. If a liquid containing dissolved salt crystals is not allowed to completely exit the surface by gravity, they will remain on the surface.
  • Because salt is soluble, it can be dissolved in almost any liquid. Water is the most common substance used to dissolve salt for many uses. Due to the unique characteristics of water, it has a difficult time moving dissolved salt crystals off a surface. One of the characteristics of water is its high level of surface tension. Water surface tension is evident when looking at a >bead= of water. It is the tension that holds the bead together. Salt crystals (and other soluble substances) dissolved in water attach themselves to the surface tension. Since water can evaporate, and salt cannot, the salt remains on surfaces long after the water evaporates.
  • Salt crystals are a mineral of the earth and cannot be destroyed. There is no other element of the earth or a product that can cause salt crystals (and other soluble minerals) to disappear or vanish from a surface by dissolving them. But they can be moved from place to place. In the effort to completely move salt from a surface by dissolving it in a Salt-Away solution, the salt must be moved while in solution either by pushing with pressure methods, by vacuuming or by gravity to exit the areas of the surface. After it is moved to another location, it will stay there until moved again by another force; air, water, humans, animals, nature.

Dilution Ratios

SALT-AWAY is a maintenance product that safely removes salt from all surfaces. Except in areas of salt accumulation, results are immediate. Salt accumulation can be broken apart by regular, frequent applications and leaving the product in the accumulated areas. Corrosion inhibitors are active on inaccessible surfaces that stay wet. Water-based Salt-Away is not a coating and does not bond to surfaces. Highly concentrated; must be diluted. Safe on all surfaces, including aluminum, magnesium, carbon steel, base metals, bright metals, and all other metals, plastic, vinyl, waxed surfaces, paint, rubber. Does not cause streaks or leave spots.

  • Apply with Salt-Away Mixing Unit connected to a garden hose for large areas. Auto-dilutes at recommended ratio of 0.2% or, 512:1
  • Attach handle of Mixing Unit to water hose. Attach a water hose spray nozzle to front of Mixing Unit.If using a pressure washer, attach Mixing Unit inline between water hose and back of pressure washer at the hose attachment access.
  • Salt-Away creates a “sheeting” action. With gravity, salt completely flows off surface.
  • Spray bottle applications: 5.0%-20% solution. Compression pump application: 1.5% solution.*
  • Immersion applications using agitation: 0.5% solution; all other immersion applications: 1.5%. Rinsing required.*
  • Horizontal surfaces: 5.0% solution. Spray enough on surface to cause liquid to stand. Recommend using a compression pump (weed) sprayer. Do not apply with mop; salt transfers to other locations. Remove with wet-vacuum machine. Repeat application.
  • Floor carpeting: 2-3% solution. Apply with carpet cleaning machine. Let dwell 10-30 minutes. Use carpet cleaning equipment to vacuum. Clean carpet if required before Salt-Away treatment. Do not mix cleaner with Salt-Away. Must be 2 separate operations.

*  So little Salt-Away is required when making a solution with water, it is easier to calculate by % when the desired total volume of the solution is converted to fluid ounces or milliliters. Ok to round partial numbers up or down to nearest whole numbers.

  • 1 US Gallon = 128 fl ounces. Desired volume = 4 GL x 128 oz = 512 fl oz. 512 x 0.5% = 2.56 fl oz. Add 2.56 fl oz Salt-Away to 4 GL of water.
  • 1 Liter = 1000 mL. Desired volume = 16 Liters x 1000 = 16,000 mL. 16,000 x 0.5% = 80 mL. Add 80 mL Salt-Away to 16 Liters of water.
  • The amount of Salt-Away added to the water does not have to be precise. It is ok to round up or down to the nearest whole number.
  • For substrates in preparation for coatings applications:
    • Apply with high pressure dispensed from pressure washers.
    • Perform surface salt contamination test.
    • Rinse Salt-Away residue from surface with fresh water to assure adhering of coating.
    • If used in manufacturing processes:
    • Mix with existing rinse water operation.
    • If pressure is used: Ratio of 0.2% or,  512:1 = 25 US fluid oz (.74 ltr) per 100 US gallons (378.54ltr).
    • Salt-Away Bath: 3.0% solution.

Recycling salt contaminated rinse water applied to new parts will not produce salt-free parts. It is not possible for any product to extract dissolved salt crystals from a solution.


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  • Over-heating Boat Engines
  • Boat Wash, Trailer & Brake Wash
  • Fishing Rods, Reels, Tackle Other Gear
  • Seaside Windows, Awnings, Furniture
  • Radar Systems, Laser Systems
  • Refrigeration Systems
  • Anchor Windlass/Capstan, Cable
  • Business / Home Air Conditioners
  • Diving Suits, Regulators, B/Cs
  • Lock Sets, Valves, Gauges
  • Transformers, Hinges, Winches
  • Communication Towers, Cabin Hrdwr
  • Pneumatic & Hydraulic Equipment
  • Salt Water Toilet System
  • Gunnery, Rocket Launchers
  • Ship A/C Systems, Generators
  • Circuit Boards, Optical Lenses


Special Secret Blend

  • Salt-Away is a carefully selected blend of ingredients specifically chosen to provide the optimum concentration of well-known cleaning materials and surface-active agents, to provide salt removal from a wide variety of surfaces.
  • There are no hydrocarbon solvents in the formula and the cleaning action is designed not to remove lubricating products.
  • Included in Salt-Away are rinse aids and liquid corrosion inhibitors.
  • The constituents in Salt-Away that compose the formula are determined to be non-toxic, non-hazardous, and biodegradable according to the guidelines of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Salt-Away Products, Inc. is in compliance with the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which states that manufacturers of chemicals must report on the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) any hazardous substance in the product. Since none of the constituents in Salt-Away are hazardous, none of the substances are listed. The purpose of the MSDS is not to report a formula of any product, contrary to a popular assumption of some members of the public.
  • Safe to use on virtually all surfaces, including Magnesium, Aluminum, Iron, Steel, Stainless Steel, Chrome, Paint, Gel Coat, Nylon, Isinglass, Vinyl, Plastic, Glass, Wood, Leather, Rubber, Canvas.
  • Salt-Away is also safe to use near plants, pets, fish, children and other living things.

Salt Removing Agent

  • Salt-Away’s salt removing agent completely removes fresh salt and breaks apart salt accumulation.
  • Its high, dense foaming action assists as an indicator to see where Salt-Away has been applied, and it also ‘clings’ to surfaces to slowly soak through the layers of salt.
  • As the salt dissolves into the Salt-Away salt removing agent, the crystals are lifted from the surface.
  • In areas where salt is trapped, the water evaporates from the solution and the salt crystals are encapsulated in the residue. The liquid corrosion inhibitor in the residue will not allow the salt crystals to attack the surface.
  • If Salt-Away is rinsed off the surface, the salt crystals are lifted off the surface and washed away.
  • Salt-Away’s salt removing agent, which causes the foam, is non-hazardous.
  • This foam dissipates within a few minutes.
  • We are very concerned about environmental conditions, and we do not want our customers to perceive that any element of our product is hazardous.
  • Further, we want our customers to keep a copy of our Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on file. This document verifies that Salt-Away is not hazardous and is helpful to agencies who may not be familiar with our products.

Click here for copy of SDS.

Rinse Aid

  • Salt-Away’s advanced formula contains a popular rinse aid.
  • This rinse aid performs while fresh water is being applied to rinse off equipment.
  • While the fresh water is mixing with the Salt-Away solution, the rinse aid causes the mixture to ‘sheet off’ the surfaces, and keeps hard minerals in the rinse water from spotting the equipment.

Liquid and Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors

  • The ingredient second highest in percentage content is Salt-Away’s corrosion inhibitor.
  • Tested for 18 months, this corrosion inhibitor works in liquid solutions.
  • It is 100% non-hazardous and is a high-performance inhibitor which saves your equipment from rusting and corroding when Salt-Away is used on a regular basis.

Deep, Rich Blue Color

  • With this deep, rich, blue color, it is very easy to see the strength of Salt-Away while being diluted.
  • Shows concentration of product.

Product Concentration

  • Salt-Away is extremely concentrated.
  • The Salt-Away Mixing Unit was used in the vast majority of the testing performed in the development of Salt-Away.
  • Salt-Away is manufactured to be dispensed from the Mixing Unit at a ratio of 512 parts water to 1 part Salt-Away since the solution is being applied with pressure from the water hose.
  • Add 1-2 ounces (30 – 60 ml) of Salt-Away Concentrate to each gallon (3.79 L) of water when immersing a salt-corroded part into a solution of Salt-Away and water.
  • Most of our testing data show problems of salt accumulation are solved by using Salt-Away at the same dilution ratio referenced above, and repeating the application on a regular basis.
  • We recommend our Salt Accumulation Removal Program for accumulation problems.

Features and Benefits

  • Easily applied with Salt-Away’s Mixing Unit. Attach inline between a garden hose and a hose-end spray nozzle or the hose attachment of a pressure washer.
  • Special Light-Use Spray formula available for quick and easy application. No rinsing required.
  • Professional Strength Spray formula available for removing salt accumulation on smaller items.
  • Is a maintenance product and should be applied regularly as long as salt is present in the environment. Will not bond to surfaces.
  • Greatly reduces costs for labor, parts & repair. Substantially lessens operational down-time.
  • Safe to use. Non-toxic, non-hazardous, biodegradable, environmentally safe.
  • Features


  • Removes salt and breaks apart salt accumulation
  • No scrubbing, just spray on
  • Water soluble, contains no hydrocarbon solvents or petroleum-based products
  • Contains high performing rust and corrosion inhibitors
  • Safe on all metals and other water-safe surfaces
  • Very concentrated. High dilution ratio


  • Extends life of fixtures, appointments and equipment
  • Normal maintenance time for salt removal cut by 75%
  • Does not strip wax, streak metals, or remove lubricants
  • Stops trapped salt crystals from corroding items from the inside-out
  • Safe on all metals and other water-safe surfaces
  • Economical dilution ratio. 512 parts water to 1 part Salt-Away for pressure applications (water hose, pressure washer, or other non-bottle spray applications)