Commercial Ice Melt: Melting Point Comparison
Cold months bring snow, ice, frost, and sleet, all of which make for slick driving and walking conditions. It is critical to be prepared for winter weather by having the essential commercial ice melt on hand.
Commercial ice melt melts ice fast, efficiently, and effectively, keeping walkways, roads, and roadways safe to navigate.
Common salt ingredients
There are dozens of different ice melt brands, but the list of components generally used is significantly shorter. It consists of the following substances: Calcium chloride, Potassium chloride, Urea, Magnesium chloride, Sodium acetate, Calcium magnesium acetate, and chloride blends.
The most common applications for rock salt and calcium chloride are near commercial, industrial, and institutional sites. Natural salts include rock salt, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, and magnesium chloride. Whereas, synthetic compounds such as urea, ammonium nitrate, and ammonium sulfate are most commonly used as fertilizers. Apart from these, there is another natural chloride-free ice melt carbonyl amide with glycol. There are other options of blends that are calcium chloride-free ice melt but have another chloride as ingredients.
The first indicator of an ice melt’s efficacy is the temperature range over which it can deice (in a reasonable period). Here is the comparison of melting points of different commercial ice melt.
|Brand||Effective temperature(F)||Contains Chlorine||Corrosive||Environment friendly|
|Safe Thaw||5 to -25||No||No||Yes|
|Rock Salt Crystals||20||Yes||Yes||No|
|Vaporizer Calcium Chloride Pellets||-25||Yes||Yes||No|
|MELT 50 Lb. Bag Calcium Chloride Crystals Ice Melter||-25||Yes||Yes||No|
|Arctic Orange ice melter||10 to -25||Yes||Yes||No|
|Ice cutter ice melter||-15||Yes||Yes||No|
|Pro Grade Commercial Strength||-15||Yes||Yes||No|
How to choose an effective ice melt?
When looking for a commercial ice melt, two things are vital. They have an effective temperature and ingredients.
Calcium Chloride ice melt draws moisture into a brine (liquid solution), which lowers the freezing point of water and generates heat, enabling the ice to melt.
Magnesium Chloride Ice melt is a slow-acting ice melt that is more expensive than other ice melt products. It is less corrosive than calcium chloride or sodium chloride, and it is slightly less harmful to plant life.
One of the most commonly used ice melts is Sodium Chloride (Rock Salt) ice melt. It’s also the most affordable ice melt. In frigid temperatures, rock salt is less efficient since it is endothermic.
Potassium chloride ice melt is no longer widely utilized due to its high cost and lack of effectiveness compared to alternative chemicals.
A combination of carbonyl diamide and glycol is non-corrosive, unlike any chloride salt. This calcium chloride-free ice melt has a long-lasting effect and decreases slip and fall incidents in your premises. It melts snow and provides you with a shield for 72 hours thus, keeping your walkways and driveways free from snow accumulation.
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Now is the right time to decide on your commercial ice melt solution. Make sure to check the ingredients and effective melting point of your product. Get a product that is safe and non-corrosive with a desirable melting point.
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