This is the time of year that you have to start thinking about things like keeping sidewalks and stairs safe during ice storms. The best thing you can do is have a good supply of the right kind of ice melt on hand so that when you need it, you can get to it quickly and apply it. The last thing you want to do is have to run out into the very weather that you're trying to avoid and get some. In addition, when you wait until the last minute, there's a better-than-average chance that it will be sold out and you won't be able to get your hands on it at all. A lot of people have reservations about using this type of product because they're afraid that it might hurt the surfaces they put it on, their children, or their pets. If you want to know more about the five best types of ice melt that you can purchase, keep reading. As long as you choose one from this list, you know that it's going to get the job done and in most cases, it's safe for the environment too.
Ice Melt, 50-Lb Bag from Uline
There are many benefits to having a bag of ice melt this big, namely that you can deal with a very large area without having to purchase several bags at one time. It can be kept in an airtight plastic container with a lid and you can spread it with a snow shovel. It melts ice in extremely cold temperatures, all the way down to -16 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, it doesn't contain harmful chemicals that can do damage to your lawn and it's even harmless when it gets on your carpet.
Safe Step Magnesium Chloride Pet Friendly Ice Melt
This one seems to have it all. It to comes in a 50 pound bag and you only pay about $15 per bag, so you won't be breaking the bank when you have to buy a lot of it. It is capable of melting ice all the way down to -7 degrees Fahrenheit and it doesn't cause corrosion when it gets on metal surfaces like some of the other products can potentially do. Perhaps the best thing about it is that it's completely harmless when it comes to your pets. If you're one of the many people out there who worry about your pets getting the stuff on their paws and then licking those paws, you don't have to worry when this is the product that has been used.
Bare Ground Mag Plus Liquid De-Icer with Corrosion Inhibitor
This product comes in a five gallon bucket. Clearly, it works best when you have large areas that you need to clear and you need to get it done quickly. Since it’s liquid, your best bet is to put it in a sprayer and then saturate the surfaces in question. It's safe for all surfaces so you don't have to worry about it causing any type of harm and it does get the job done quite well. This one is also safe for pets so if this is the product you are using, you don't have to worry about them walking on it after the fact.
Premium Enviro-Blend Ice Melt
This product also comes in a 50 pound bag in granule form and it's colored so it's easy to see where you've already spread the product and where you haven’t. As the name implies, it's safe for the environment and it's also safe for both your pets and children so if you have concerns about the ones you love getting into something that could potentially harm them, this is a good choice. Like most of the products on this list, it's capable of getting the job done so you're not giving up anything in the process for choosing something safer.
Road Runner Ice Melt Blend
This product uses a calcium chloride blend in order to melt ice and it's effective all the way down to -15 degrees Fahrenheit. Like many of the other products on this list, it's safe for use on vegetation. Perhaps the thing that sets this one apart is the fact that you can apply it to an area that's already covered in ice and it melts extremely quickly, giving you the opportunity to walk outside without slipping and falling.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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