When ice forms on your walks and patios, what should you do? Grab some rock salt and spread everywhere? Absolutely NOT!
Rock salt (sodium chloride) should never be used on anything other than asphalt. If applied to walks and patios, the salt will damage the surface and will eat into the surface leaving pockmarks. Salt may also damage nearby plants and can harm your four-legged friends. Plus, it can damage your indoor flooring when it sticks to the bottom of your shoes when you come inside.
What should you use instead? Many of the products listed below have less corrosive properties and lower freezing points which results in less freezing and thawing. Of course, you should always shovel and remove as much snow and ice as possible before applying. Use the product sparingly, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and wear gloves to protect your hands!
- Calcium Magnesium Acetate
- Potassium Chloride
- Magnesium Chloride
- Calcium Chloride
Check your local hardware store for these de-icing agents. And finally, don’t forget to remove residue from your surfaces during long thaws and again in the spring.