5 Ice Melt Types
1. Sodium Chloride – is one of the ice melter products that people are most familiar with and is generally sold as rock salt. Many people rely on rock salt in order to create safe walkways for themselves and their neighbors during the winter. Rock salt will gradually melt the ice, getting it to around twenty-four degrees Fahrenheit. Rock salt is also significantly less expensive than many other ice melt products on the market today, which is one reason so many people rely on it. However, many people find that they get salt stains around the house when they use rock salt, which may be a problem for many people. Also it is dangerous to the environment.
2. Potassium chloride – will melt the ice to twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit, but it won’t reduce it to temperatures lower than that. People that are suffering from a particularly hard winter with a lot of dangerous ice may want to invest in a stronger ice melt product. However, in terms of environmental impact, potassium chloride is preferable to many other ice melter products. People that are environmentally conscious will sometimes pick potassium chloride as an ice melter product even though it is not the most environmentally friendly product. It is significantly costlier than competing types of ice melter products and it will not always produce ideal results.
3. Magnesium Chloride – is rated very highly in terms of its ability to efficiently melt ice. While magnesium chloride is not as affordable as rock salt, many people think the slightly increased price is worth it if they get better results with magnesium chloride. Magnesium chloride tends to be better for the environment than many other ice melter products, which is a strong incentive for an increasing number of consumers. However, it is still not a child and pet friendly ice melt.
4. Calcium chloride – is one of the most familiar of all ice melt products, apart from rock salt. Products based on calcium chloride have been in use for a long time. However, people that are concerned about the possible health consequences of using ice melt products should be particularly wary of using calcium chloride, even compared to other ice melt products that contain chlorine. Salt stains with calcium chloride are also very common, even though it is more expensive than sodium chloride.
5. More and more ice melt products are incorporating glycols and similar compounds. Unlike many other products on the market today, ice melt products using glycols will not be corrosive. These kinds of products will also start working at a faster pace than many products that utilize different components. People that use ice melter products made from glycols should also have fewer problems with salt stains. The formula used by Safe Paw Ice Melt is safe for the environment.