Ice Melter products can help your business stay safe and attractive. Leading manufacturers share their experiences on mistakes they have seen, and how they can be corrected.

Mistake #1 – Not Using Any
In an effort to save money or time, some facility managers choose to opt out of using ice melter on sidewalks. This could potentially turn into a very expensive mistake. Slip & falls represent a huge liability issue; ice melter plays a major role in helping to prevent falls. Legislation requires businesses to take some action to prevent people from slipping and falling. By not taking any precautionary measures, business owners open themselves up to lawsuits.
On the other hand, some managers only use ice melt after a major snowfall. However, even a light dusting of snow can lead to slippery conditions if the snow melts and then refreezes.

Mistake #2 – Using Too Much
Often times, maintenance staff believe that if a little ice melt works, then a lot must do a better job. This thought is very incorrect. Overuse can lead to the product being tracked into the facility, causing increased labor to clean up the mess. Excessive application does not improve performance, so it is important to read the application instructions listed on the package. Colored ice melters have recently become available to assist users in preventing over spreading.

Mistake #3 – Applying Product Incorrectly
Reading application directions are important to ensure product is used properly. For example, product should be spread before precipitation freezes (if possible), or immediately after the snow has been cleared. It may be difficult to predict, however if you are certain that a storm is coming, getting ice melter down can have a huge impact.
It may also be wise to seal any surfaces which may have come into contact with ice melt long before the winter weather begins. This will prevent moisture from seeping into pores and cracks in your walkways which causes damage.

Mistake #4 – Using the Wrong Kind
There are many different types of ice melters available on the market today. What differentiates these products is how quickly they work, and at what temperatures. Exothermic de-icers release heat to melt the ice; they work the quickest and are more effective at lower temperatures. Endothermic de-icers absorb the sun’s heat to break down the ice; they work more slowly and are only effective at a smaller range of temperatures. Generally, the price of the ice melter is determined by its performance, which is why it is important to work with your distributor to find the product which best suits your needs. This way you will see better results as well as cost savings.

Mistake #5 – Not Cleaning It Up
Tracked in ice melt has the potential to damage your flooring. Rock salt leaves a white powdery substance behind, which left untreated, can dull your floor finish. If never removed, ice melters will harm wood flooring by drawing out natural moisture, and will lead to rotting issues in carpets. The best way to prevent it from being tracked into your facility is by using entrance matting (both inside & outside), and to clean them with a vacuum or mop throughout the day.

 

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