If price is your only concern with ice melter products, just use softener salt.
If you care about the safety of your patrons and preserving the integrity and appearance of your concrete, grass, plantings and entries to your buildings, then read below.
What is the “Effective Melting Temperature” of Your Ice Melter Product?
Ice melting progressively decreases as temperature drops until it reaches the theoretical “eutectic” temperature, the point at which an ice melter approaches zero ice melting. This eutectic temperature is lower than the temperature at which a user can expect effective melting under wintry conditions. A product’s effective melting temperature is what users need to know from ice melt manufacturers.
What are the Effective Ingredients Found in Your Ice Melter Product?
Not sure who came up with this idea, but did you know that BEET JUICE is being claimed as an “effective” ingredient in some ice melter products? The only thing that beet juice will do effectively, is stick to your footwear while discoloring and damaging the entries of your building.
Magnesium chloride and calcium chloride are ingredients that melt ice below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
Sodium chloride (salt) melts effectively to +5 degrees Fahrenheit
Calcium magnesium acetate and fertilizer ingredients such as urea and potassium chloride don’t melt effectively below +10 degrees Fahrenheit
If ingredients are not disclosed on the packaging, you have good reason to question the product’s ice melt claims.
In Blended Products, How Much of Each Ice Melting Ingredient is Enough?
Blended ice melters include a complimentary mix of ingredients designed to lower the melting temperature as well as inhibit environmental injury and/or corrosion. However, there must be a sufficient amount of any ingredient to achieve measurable results.
Independent lab analyses and industry studies show that trace amounts of ingredients are insufficient to achieve additional ice melting or, for that matter, environmental protection.
If the percentages of ingredients are not listed on product packaging, the user should question performance claims, since there may be too little ingredient to make an effective difference.
What Substantiation Do You Have for Your Ice Melter Product Performance Claims?
In today’s crowded ice melter market, buyers seek (and need) more supporting evidence to make the best ice melter decisions. Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) data, university studies and credible user testimonies provide third party verification of claims. Manufacturers who don’t provide sound science substantiation for their claims deny a user the information necessary to make informed buying decisions.
What are the Applicable Cautions and Best Practices of Your Ice Melter Product?
The distributor should provide Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) information, as well as forthrightly disclosing useful data, warnings and information. This could include prohibited applications, product staining ratings on various surfaces, and best practices to avoid or minimize unintended harm to pets, adjacent vegetation and concrete.
Scrub n Shine’s Quality Ice Melter Products are the Best Value in the Twin Cities
At Scrub n Shine, we never hide anything or make false or exaggerated claims of product performance.
Our four chloride blend remains the leading choice of apartment and townhouse communities in the Twin Cities and surrounding area!
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