Having to apply ice melt is not something many of us look forward to having to do – as the need is usually accompanied by blistery, wintery weather. But it is a critical step in protecting against dangerous slip and fall accidents. Although, as Canadians, we’re no strangers to applying ice melt, and it may seem like an uncomplicated process, many of us are doing it wrong! Let’s have a look at these tips for applying ice melt:
May seem unnecessary, but manufacturers actually include very specific instructions on their packaging for how to apply that specific product and when to best use it. For example, certain temperatures require a specific ice melt product. If you don’t use the right product, you’re wasting time applying a product that is not going to work for you.
Don’t apply too much
More doesn’t mean better in this scenario. Plus, any excess applied will just be tracked inside and all over your carpets and floors. You also risk burning the nearby vegetation with the overspill. Ice melt dissolves to liquid and spreads out with normal use. Below is a good example of the type of saturation for an area you should look to achieve. For ease of application, you can use a handheld fertilizer spreader for smaller areas, or a walk-behind spreader for larger areas. Scoops and shovels will almost always result in overuse, so best to avoid using these.
Wear protective gear
Wear gloves to protect your hands when handling ice melt, especially when using a calcium or magnesium chloride based product as its job is to absorb moisture, which will include that on your hands. Also wearing something to protect your eyes is recommended, especially when pouring the product into any dispenser.
Don’t apply on top of snow
This isn’t a hack for getting out of shoveling the snow – it will not melt it. You must clear the snow and then apply the product. In fact, ideally you should apply ice melt BEFORE an incoming storm.
Clean up excess
After the weather has cleared up, be sure to scoop away any excess ice melt. It is not only unsightly and gets tracked inside, this will also help to protect nearby vegetation from soaking up anything harmful.
Store ice melt away from moisture, air and sunlight. Store open bags in an airtight container. Magnesium chloride and calcium chloride based ice melt will draw the moisture out of the air, reducing the efficacy of the product and leaving your ice melt clumpy and hard.
Now you’re ready to tackle whatever winter may have in store! If you need help deciding which ice melt product would be best for your environment, contact one of our sales associates for some guidance.