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4 Step Guide To Protecting Your Concrete Finish From Mag Chloride

Mag Chloride

Mag chloride – it’s a term many homeowners might be unfamiliar with, but for those residing in colder regions, it’s almost inescapable. Used primarily as an ice melt, magnesium chloride can do a number on concrete finishes if you’re not careful. But, what’s the big fuss about?

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The Downfall Of Mag Chloride On Concrete

For starters, mag chloride has a sneaky side. While praised for its ice-melting prowess, it leaves behind more than just puddles. The chemical composition can lead to a multitude of problems for your precious concrete. Some magnesium oil side effects can damage not only the aesthetic of your driveway or walkway but also its structural integrity.

  • Corrosion: As with most salts, mag chloride accelerates the corrosion of metals. This is bad news if you have rebar or any metal reinforcements in your concrete.
  • Surface Spalling: Continual exposure can lead to surface spalling. This is where small chunks of concrete start flaking off, making your driveway look like it’s got a case of the pox.
  • Discoloration: Over time, your once pristine concrete can start showing discoloration, giving it a weathered and worn look.
  • Decreased Lifespan: Continuous exposure to mag chloride can cut down the life of your concrete. Think of it as accelerating the aging process – but for your walkway.
  • Okay, enough with the doom and gloom. Let’s get proactive!

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Step 1: Seal It Up!

The first step in the battle against mag chloride is to seal your concrete. This doesn’t just mean splashing on some generic sealer. You need a quality product specifically designed to fend off the likes of magnesium chloride. Once sealed, it acts as a barrier, ensuring that the mag chloride doesn’t get up close and personal with your concrete.

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Step 2: Regular Cleaning

I know, I know – who likes cleaning? But trust me, a little regular maintenance goes a long way. By regularly sweeping and washing your concrete surfaces, you can prevent mag chloride build-up. Remember, it’s not just about the visible chunks; it’s the residue that’s the silent enemy.

Step 3: Be Picky With Your Ice Melt

Here’s where Safe Paw enters the scene. Instead of using mag chloride, consider swapping to Safe Paw, a chemical and toxin-free ice melt. Why? Well, besides being PEOPLE & PET SAFE, it also melts at jaw-droppingly low temperatures (-2°F). Plus, it’s non-corrosive, boasts an excellent spread rate, and did I mention its long shelf life?

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Step 4: Educate & Advocate

One household changing its ice melt habits is great, but imagine an entire neighborhood! Share your newfound knowledge with neighbors and local businesses. Encourage them to ditch the mag chloride for fake pet-friendly salt for ice. The more people that join the Safe Paw bandwagon, the less mag chloride will be around to wage war on your concrete.

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Why Safe Paw Is The Smart Choice

There’s a saying – “Better safe than sorry.” With mag chloride, it’s more like, “Better Safe Paw than… a damaged driveway.” Safe Paw’s granular ice melt provides the benefits of an ice melt without the damaging effects of mag chloride. Protecting your concrete has never been easier or more efficient.

To wrap it all up, while mag chloride is undeniably effective, its aftermath isn’t worth the initial convenience. Save your concrete – and your sanity – by opting for Safe Paw. Your driveway will thank you, and hey, your pets will too!

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