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How Salt-Away Works

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. 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 carry 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.

Salt-Away Concentrate Formula


SALT-AWAY‘S CLAIMS ABOUT ITS PERFORMANCE ONLY APPLIES TO SALT-AWAY AND THE USE OF OUR EQUIPMENT.

OUR PRODUCTS ARE GUARANTEED TO PERFORM AS WE CLAIM. USING ANOTHER PRODUCT WITH SALT-AWAY‘S EQUIPMENT, IN NO WAY MEANS THAT OTHER PRODUCTS ARE AS EFFECTIVE AS SALT-AWAY.

THE BLEND OF CHEMICALS USED IN SALT-AWAY ARE NOT THE SAME AS OUR COMPETITORS’ CHEMICALS.

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 and vapor corrosion inhibitors.
  • The ingredients are considered non-hazardous, non-toxic, and biodegradable and, as such, discharging Salt-Away into normal drainage outlets is safe.
  • 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, children and other living things.

Salt Removing Agent

  • Salt-Away‘s salt removing agent completely removes fresh salt and breaks down salt build-up.
  • 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 into the solution.
  • If Salt-Away is sprayed on the surface and not rinsed off, the water evaporates out of the solution and the salt crystals are embedded into the residue.
  • The liquid and vapor corrosion inhibitors 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.
  • A second application of Salt-Away is recommended for further protection.
  • 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.
  • Download MSDS Sheet.

Rinse Aid

  • Salt-Away‘s advanced formula contains a new, 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 from the rinse water from spotting the equipment.

Liquid and Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors

  • The ingredient second highest in percentage content is Salt-Away‘s corrosion inhibitors.
  • Tested for 18 months, this corrosion inhibitor works in liquid solutions and vapour 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 Colour

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

Product Concentration and Dilution Ratio

  • Salt-Away is extremely concentrated.
  • The Salt-Away Auto-Mix 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 Auto-Mix Unit at a ratio of 512 parts water to 1 part Salt-Away.
  • This dilution ratio is meant for salt water marine engine flushing and normal external salt removal on ANY surface, by means of dispensing with the Auto-Mix Unit connected to a standard garden hose.
  • Add 10-15mls of Salt-Away Concentrate to each litre of water when immersing a salt-corroded part into a solution of Salt-Away and water.
  • This dilution ratio is also recommended for boaters who want to immerse the lower unit of their outboard motor into a Salt-Away solution.
  • Most of our testing data show problems of salt build-up 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 Build-up Removal Program for build-up problems.
  • Our recommended dilution ratio has always been 512 parts water to 1 part Salt-Away. Our New, Advanced, Enriched Formula, introduced in 2001, is much more concentrated than our Original Formula, thereby causing the Advanced Formula water ratio to Salt-Away to be much greater.
  • Our recommendations are intended to be conservative.

Facts About Salt


Salt cannot be neutralized. Substances that are either acidic (pH 1.0- 6.9) or alkaline (pH 7.1 – 14.0) can be neutralized. The pH of salt is 7.0. No product or other substance can “neutralize” a substance 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 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 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 by pressure methods 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.