When it comes to dealing with ice-covered sidewalks, nothing works better for preventing slippage and adding traction than ice melt. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the top questions about ice melt so you can apply it like a pro this winter!
What type of ice melt is the best?
Not all ice melts are the same. Different types have different spread rates, ingredients, melting speeds and melting temperatures.
Road Runner from Scotwood Industries is one of our most popular brands. The combination of Calcium Chloride pellet, Magnesium Chloride pellet and Sodium Chloride makes Road Runner a fast acting ice melt at a reasonable price. Very few blends use premium pellets. The pellet actually allows the product to melt faster, longer and at lower temperatures. Melts to -15ºF!
What’s the best way to apply ice melt?
Lay your ice melt down consistently and evenly. We love using a hand-held or push-type spreader for big jobs.
How much should I use?
If you think buying and using ice melt is a waste of money, think again! The expense of buying a few bags each season is nothing compared to the costs your business may incur should someone slip and fall on your property. Stay safe by wisely investing in ice melt this winter.
More is better, right?
Less is more when it comes to ice melt. Putting down too much can harm plants and grass in the surrounding area, and it won’t actually help melt ice any better or faster. Remember that a little bit goes a long way!
When should I apply it?
Putting ice melt down on top of snow won’t do much good. Instead, keep an eye on the weather forecast and spread ice melt before a storm hits. In the worst case scenarios, when you don’t know a storm is coming, apply it right before shoveling or before precipitation freezes.
How can I stop ice melt from damaging my floors?
When tracked in from the outdoors, ice melt can damage your floors, leaving behind a white powdery residue that may dull the finish. The best way to prevent damages is to stop ice melt from getting inside your building. Using matting strategically placed both outside and inside your entrances will stop ice melt from coming in, but if you do notice it on your floors, use a mop or vacuum to clean it up. Use a good detergent to remove any filmy residue.
How should I store ice melt?
Store your ice melt in an airtight environment away from air and moisture. An unopened bag will still be good next season, but open bags should be emptied into air-tight containers to avoid clumping. Keep your ice melt away from sunlight.
To learn more about our ice melt products, janitorial supplies in Boston and how to best use them, contact the team at Banner Systems today!