Ice melt is a very popular product when it comes to ensuring Minneapolis and St. Paul sidewalks are not slippery and it is a product that is used all throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, and every area in the country that sees snow and ice throughout the winter.
There are different times of ice melt on the market with sodium chloride being the most common type. This is plain old rock salt and is great for homeowners to use on their sidewalks. It is cheap and it is effective.
However, there are four other common chemicals and they include calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, acetates, and potassium chloride.
Sodium chloride is effective at temperatures as low as 15 degrees, but magnesium chloride, acetates, or calcium chloride may work best at temperatures lower than 15 degrees.
If you decide to use ice melt on your sidewalk and other concrete surfaces around your Twin Cities home or business, here are some tips to help you:
- Keep an eye on the weather because applying melt before a snow or ice storm is going to provide the most anti-slippage. Applying it after the storm helps, but not as much as it does if you apply it before.
- Make sure the surface is clear so that the product works the way it is supposed to. Remove as much snow as you possibly can.
- Read the instructions before application. While ice melt seems like a no-brainer, it is important that the product is used correctly
- The sunlight can work to your advantage because it makes shoveling easier.
- Don’t use too much or the result is going to be a counterproductive one. Not a lot is required to get the job done.
- Make sure you wear gloves so you can protect your skin from the product.
- Keep pets in mind because you don’t want your pets to be eating the ice melt. It could potentially make them sick, although there are some products on the market that claim to be pet and plant friendly.
- Don’t expect an instant result. It takes approximately 30 minutes before the product starts working. As much as we all want it to be a magic solution, it all comes down to basic chemistry. You can’t rush it and you can’t ask it to do things that it cannot do.
- Make sure you clean up after yourself. This prevents excess salt in the environment that could get into waterways and cause problems with marine life. The salt can make its way into the water supply as well, which is difficult to get out.
- Don’t overdo it and hurt yourself. Shoveling and salting the walkways and driveways around your property can put stress on your body. Unfortunately, there are many individuals throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul that find themselves in the hospital because they have overdone it.
By exercising these ten tips, you can ensure a slip-free surface and save yourself a number of problems in the short-term and the long-term, such as individuals slipping on your property and then holding you liable for the surface not being taken care of.