Mistakes when using ice melt

Mistakes when using ice melt

Ice melt products can help facility managers keep their buildings both safe and attractive. Top five mistakes made with ice melt products:

Mistake #1:

Not using it.

Whether it is in an effort to save money or save time, some opt not to use ice melt on slippery sidewalks and entryways. Unfortunately, this could be an expensive mistake.

Mistake #2:

Using too much.

Too often, people believe that if a little ice melt does a good, than a lot must do a better job. Overusing ice melt can lead to the product being unnecessarily tracked into the facility.

Mistake #3:

Applying it wrong.

Reading application directions for ice melt is important not only for determining quantity, but it is also the only way to be sure you use the product correctly.

Mistake #4:

Using the wrong kind.

Nearly all deicers on the market are made from one, or a blend of, five materials — calcium chloride, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, and urea. What makes these products different is how quickly they work and at what temperatures.

Mistake #5:

Not cleaning it up.

Tracked-in ice melt is unattractive and has the potential to damage floors. Sodium chloride ice melt (also called rock salt) leaves a white powdery residue that, if allowed to sit on the floor too long, can dull the finish. Calcium chloride and magnesium chloride ice melts leave behind an oily residue that can damage urethane or wax finishes used on wood floors. The oily residue can be slippery on smooth floors (a potential hazard) and can attract dirt on carpets.

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