Winters in Detroit and the Great Lakes Region are notoriously bad, but if you’re prepared, you can weather any storm! Having ice melt on hand is a great way to protect your home and family, but you have to use it properly to get the desired results. Follow these tips from the pros here at Hercules and Hercules when applying ice melt to your sidewalks and driveways.
Invest in the right kind of ice melt.
Cheaping out on ice melt can result in poor results and wasting product. The lowest price may be appealing now, but if you have to buy more of a sub-par product, you aren’t saving in the long run. As a rule of thumb, you should use about two to four ounces of ice melt per square yard.
Buying the right kind of ice melt for your environment is also important. There are many types on the market, including those made from rock salt, solarized salt, magnesium chloride, urea and other compounds. Be aware of each one’s unique melting temperatures and how they affect vegetation and concrete. Talk to an associate here at Hercules and Hercules to get a recommendation on what is best for your needs.
Use ice melt safely.
Always wear protective gloves and eyewear when laying down ice melt. One of the best ways to protect your property is to use a spreader with guards to stop ice melt from going on areas that can be damaged, like vegetation.
Don’t wait until the last minute.
Plan ahead to ensure you have enough ice melt on hand before a major storm hits. Stock up next time you purchase your favorite cleaning supplies. Keep an eye on the forecast to lay out ice melt before the snow starts to fall to ensure maximum and long-lasting results. Getting started before a storm will save you product and labor too.
Store ice melt properly.
Keep open bags of ice melt stored in your garage in airtight containers and away from sunlight, air and moisture. Some types of ice melters, including those made from calcium chloride and magnesium chloride, draw moisture from the air. Store them well to prevent the products from hardening, degrading and clumping.