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Love it or hate it, winter is almost here, and it will likely bringing snow and ice. When you live in an area that sees lots of winter weather, you need to plan ahead. One simple way to prepare is to put ice melt into your annual budget. This will ensure that you can always stay safe and avoid having slick walks that endanger you and your friends and neighbors. Once you’ve budgeted for your ice melt, buy it early in the season. You don’t want to be rushing to the store at the same time as everyone else, putting yourself at risk for not getting the ice melt you need.

Choosing high-quality ice melt is important, so don’t assume that cheaper bag is the same. Perhaps even more important, though, is learning to use it correctly to get the most bang for your buck.

Application

Mix with sand to improve traction. Ice melt is great at doing its main job: melting ice. However, adding sand to your ice melt can create a mixture that both melts the ice and provides traction. This will increase the safety of everyone on your property.

It may seem like you should use lots of ice melt to get the best, fastest results. However, you’ll actually see better results and save money by applying only two thin layers of ice melt. One layer should be applied before the storm and, if safe to do so, another during or immediately after the storm. Make sure to clear away fresh snow first so that you can apply the ice melt directly to the ice for better, faster results. If you’d like more precise measurements, check the bag for instructions, but a general rule is to use about 2-4 ounces of ice melt per square yard.

Stay Safe

Ice melt is a very helpful product, but it is still made up of chemicals. Since you’ll be scattering the ice melt, you’ll want to protect your eyes from any stray ice melt particles. Gloves may already be necessary due to the cold, but they will also protect your skin from the drying properties of ice melt, which could cause dry skin.

Cleaning Up

After placing ice melt, you’ll have to deal with the messy aftermath of the storm. Outdoors, clearing away the slushy mess is likely the first order of business. Scoop up and throw away ice melt rather than shoveling it to the side, since this could hurt your plants.

Inside, the wet mess tracked in by people and pets can be a struggle. Ice melt can leave white residue on your floors. Luckily, there are simple ways to protect your pets and your floors. Set up a small tray to rinse pet paws in as they come inside. This will prevent them from tracking in any mess and remove ice melt from their paws. Ice melt can also cling to shoes, so use quality mats both inside and out to reduce the mess.

Storage

Store your ice melt away from moisture and sunlight in an airtight container or well-sealed bag. This will help your ice melt to last longer, since it will be less likely to absorb any surrounding moisture between uses. It will also help to ensure that children and pets don’t get into the ice melt. Any ice melt left over at the end of winter can be stored through the summer so that you are ready when winter weather hits again.

Consider Ice-X This Winter

If you have worked ice melt into your budget, we have a product that will work perfectly for your business. Ice-X is chloride-free and safer for kids and pets. It is chloride free and won’t damage your surfaces, works in subzero temperatures, won’t harm grass or plants, and can be used as a pre-spray before the winter weather hits. Contact us today to get a quote for your needs today.

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