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In What Quantity Should You Use Ice Melt?


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So, how much ice melt per square foot is needed to remove snow from your driveway? The amount of ice melt you’ll need depends on several things: how much precipitation is predicted, the length of time between snowfall and ice melt application, how cold it is outside and whether you need to remove existing snow and ice.

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How Much Ice Melt Per Square Foot

The amount of ice melt you’ll need to melt the ice on your walkway depends on a number of factors. The first is how much snow has fallen and how long it’s been on the ground. If there are a few inches of snow and it’s been there for just a few days, you might be able to get away with using less than if it’s been in place for weeks (or months) at a time.

Use a spreader to spread it evenly on any surface. Do not overspread any ice melt pellets, granules, or liquid ice melt. Although we might think it will melt the ice quickly, it will erode the concrete surface later.

You cannot use potassium chloride ice melt or any other ice melt on new concrete, limestone, etc., as it will cause cracks on it. You must store ice melt in a clean and dry place to ensure it does not clump or become soggy, thus getting spoilt.

Some products such as rock salt, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride ice melt, etc., leave whitish to bluish residue around your concrete.

Do not sweep off the ice melt on the pavement or your vegetation as it will ruin the soil moisture level.  Always store your ice melt in clean and dry spaces.

The answer lies in Safe Thaw. When a significant amount of snow accumulates over time, the safest action is to apply a natural and safe ice melt solution that can also avoid slipping. 

Safe Thaw, a natural salt-free ice melt, offers resistance to slip and fall. As a result, it can be safely used even in thick ice and at the lowest temperature.

Safe Thaw works in two steps: first, it breaks the ice and then melts it without allowing it to freeze again. This combination is good for melting through even the most challenging situations, including ice formations and packed snow. 

How To Clean Ice Melt Off Concrete

Cleaning ice melt off concrete is a simple process, and can be done by anyone.

The first thing to do is to find a broom, which will be used to sweep away the ice melt.

Next, you’ll want to get some hot water and a bucket. Pour some of the hot water over the concrete in order to melt any ice that’s stuck on it.

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As you can see, there is a lot to consider when figuring out how much ice melt per square foot you need for your driveway or sidewalk. Clearly, the most important factor is the amount of snowfall, but other considerations include temperature and how soon after snowfall you want to remove it. By measuring the area to be melted before shopping for a deicer, you can decide exactly how much ice melt per square foot is needed—a task that will make your job easier this winter!

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