Why Your Bluestone Patios Need A Different Ice Melt
Winter is a tough season for outdoor spaces.
No matter how carefully you decorate your patio or deck, cold weather can quickly destroy your hard work.
If you have a bluestone patio, winter can be even tough.
That doesn’t mean you put your patio or deck away until spring! With the correct ice melt and simple tips, you can keep your bluestone patios and decks safe all year round.
Bluestone Properties You Should Know About
Bluestone is a natural stone that is popular for patios. It’s porous, so it can stain easily if not properly taken care of. It will also be damaged by snow and ice if you don’t protect it.
In fact, its porous nature makes it such a good choice for patios and driveways. It has been used for centuries in flooring applications, but because it’s so soft, some homeowners may worry about protecting these surfaces from ice melt or de-icing products (like salt) and prevent damage over time.
Snow Can Ruin Your Bluestone
Your bluestone patio is going to get a lot of use this winter. You want to ensure that it’s always looking its best.
So, you’ve to put in some time and effort. This means keeping up with regular cleaning and maintenance, but it also means taking care of inevitable accidents: snow and ice melt can damage or stain your bluestone patio!
Snow melts quickly and leaves behind puddles of water that will freeze overnight. When that happens, they might cause cracks in your patio surface as they freeze and thaw repeatedly. If you don’t clean those puddles before they become icicles, those icicles could fall off when heavy winds come around later in the year—and if one falls onto your beautiful bluestone patio, you might have issues!
Best Ice Melt For Bluestone:
If you’re having trouble deciding what type of ice melt to use on your bluestone patio or driveway, do not worry—there is an answer!
Chemical-Based Ice Melt
If you’re thinking of using regular rock salt on your bluestone patio or driveway without causing damage, rethink. If your goal is preservation, we recommend using something that is free from chemicals like sodium chloride, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, etc. A chemical-free ice melt helps prevent stains.
Chemical-Free Ice Melt
This is where Safe Thaw comes in! This product contains special surfactants, inhibitors, and ice melting boosters that make maintenance easier by preventing buildup. It contains natural ingredients (modified urea) which means zero stains on the bluestone and other natural stones. We have found that it melts snow fast and works in low temperatures. Therefore, it’s considered the best ice melt for bluestone.
Pro tip: Use the best handheld ice melt spreader to make sure your ice melt is spread evenly.
100% salt & chloride-free, fast acting Ice Management Solution
So, we’ve given you a lot of information about bluestone and how winter weather can damage it. Now that you’re convinced, what do you do? First, get some Safe Thaw or a similar non-corrosive ice melt. You will be glad you made the investment for your patio.
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