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Ice Melt Do's & Don'ts
Mistake #1 - Not Using It
When a storm dumps snow, a facility manager may not see a need to put down Ice Melt as long as the parking lots and sidewalks have been shoveled. Underneath is typically a thin layer of ice that would be obsolete if Ice Melt had been used. Even a light dusting of snow can lead to slippery conditions if the snow melts and refreezes as the day goes on.
Mistake #2 - Using Too Much
Overusing can lead to the product being unnecessarily tracked into the facility. It may also burn the vegetation beneath or around where the product is used. Manufacturers recommend applying Ice Melt using a handheld spreader for small areas and a walk-behind spreader for large areas. Scoops and shovels almost always cause overuse. Generally, there is a perception that you need to cover the entire surface for Ice Melt to work but, Ice Melt dissolves in liquid and spreads out.
Mistake #3 - Applying It Wrong
Reading directions is important to determine quantity and to ensure you are using the product correctly. Pre-application is ideal as an initial deterrent before snow falls. If you are aware a storm is coming, getting the Ice Melt down first can have a huge impact on the ice and snow removal and the application cycle.
Putting deicer on a 10” snow pile simply doesn’t work. Ice Melt must be applied on the ground for it to be effective. If it can’t be put down prior to the storm, the product should be spread before precipitation freezes, as soon as possible thereafter, or immediately after the snow has been cleared.
Mistake #4 - Not Cleaning It Up
Residue can damage urethane or wax finishes, can draw out moisture, and cause cracking and splintering of wood floors as well as cause dry rot issues in carpets and rugs. The best way to prevent damage is to prevent Ice Melt from being tracked into the building. Use mats both outside and inside all entrances and clean them with a mop or vacuum throughout the day. Once the product has been tracked in however, it needs to be cleaned up in a timely manner.
Mistake #5 - Waiting Too Late To Order
Weather is unpredictable, so don’t wait until you need product to order it. Frequent storms can cause temporary supply shortages as demand increases. Also, the conditions that cause you to need Ice Melter also can cause delivery issues and delays as roadways become hazardous. The safest scenario is to have a supply on hand before bad weather
occurs and monitor the supply for replacement as is used.