Top 4 Tips for Salting Ice

Have you ever slipped on the ice? The experience is both humbling and dangerous, and not one we would recommend repeating. That’s why our team at Greenworks Lawn Care wants to help you get the most out of your ice salt this winter. Winter weather is full of hazards, so use these tips to keep your sidewalk and entryway safe during this icy season.

Tips for using ice melt

1. Don’t Use Too Much

We understand how you might reason that using more ice salt would yield better results. After all, wouldn’t more salt equal less ice? However, when it comes to salt, less is more. Overuse of the product can result in it being tracked into your home and can also harm any vegetation you may have underneath or around where the salt is being used. Be sure to read the application instructions thoroughly to determine the recommended quantities per area. If you’re worried about using too much product, try using the colored varieties now available so you can see exactly where your salt is landing and when to stop applying.

2. Apply Salt Correctly

While reading the application directions to determine quantity, you’ll also need to pay attention to the rest of the package warnings and instructions. For example, some products may be harmful to bare skin thus it’s important to wear gloves. Additionally, ice melt should not be used on roofs or brick sidewalks, so pay attention to what type of surface you’re applying it to and read warnings to avoid property damage. Finally, manufacturers recommend using a handheld fertilizer spreader instead of a scoop or shovel to ensure even application.

3. Find the Correct Type

Most ice melt products are made from the same 5 chemicals. What makes the products different is how quickly they work, and at what temperature. Pricier options generally will work faster and at lower temperatures. Generally, there is a product to suit every need so look at different manufacturers to find the right ice melt for your area.

4. Clean It Up

This may be the most important tip we can offer. Ice melt tracked into your home is both unattractive and harmful to your floors. Be sure to use mats both outside and inside your entrances to prevent salt from being tracked in. It’s also important to clean the mats often throughout the day. If the ice melt has been tracked into your home, be sure to clean it up right away to avoid further damage. Use a vacuum or a mop to clean hard floors, however, carpets may need to be cleaned professionally depending on the damage.

Call in the Professionals

Even after keeping all of these tips in mind, ice removal and ice melt application might still seem overwhelming to add to your to-do list this winter. If that’s the case, our team at Greenworks Lawn Care is here to help. We serve the residents of Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Brownsburg, and the surrounding areas. To find out more about snow and ice removal, contact us anytime at (317) 663-0222.

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