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Does Ice Melt Work On Thick Layers Of Accumulated Snow?

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Snow is great for the environment, but it can be a real pain to clear. If you live in an area that gets heavy snow, you know how difficult it can be to remove all of that snow from your sidewalks and driveway. Snow shoveling is hard enough on its own, but what if there’s a layer of ice on top? How to melt ice faster? Ice melt can help with this problem by breaking down the snow before it melts into water and melts away.

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How To Melt Ice Faster If You Have Thick Snow?

If you have a thick layer of accumulated snow, it’s best to use an ice melt bulk product that melts ice and prevents slipping. Safe Paw’s patented traction compound provides slide resistance, lasts more than 72 hours on the surface, and is salt-free, chlorine-free, and acetate-free. It uses a two-step process that begins by breaking up the ice and then melting it. This combination is effective for melting through even the most difficult conditions, including ice formations and compacted snow.

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How Much Ice Melt Should Be Used?

How much ice melt to use depends on the area and depth of the snow. For example, if you have a driveway that is 10 feet wide and 100 feet long, with 20 inches of accumulated snow, you would need around 1 pound of salt per square foot to melt it all (depends on the product you’re using). If your driveway is only 5 feet wide with 50 inches of accumulated snow, we would recommend using half as much salt (0.5 pounds per square foot).

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Is There A Way To Speed Up The Process Of Breaking Up Snow?

  • You can break up snow with a shovel.
  • You can clear off your driveway by using a snow blower, which is an electric tool that you attach to the end of your hose.
  • You can plow through the accumulated snow with a heavy blade on the front of your car or truck.
  • You can rake away piles of dirty, slushy mounds off of driveways and sidewalks using long-handled brushes attached to each end of a long stick or handlebar.

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Melt Away Your Snow With The Right Ice Melt

If you want to melt away your snow, the right way to do it is with the right ice melt bulk. Ice melts are safe for people and pets, but also effective at melting away thick layers of accumulated snow.

Some common forms of ice melt include rock salt or calcium chloride pellets. However, they can damage concrete or metal surfaces if accidentally applied too heavily or over a large area.


The key to keeping your driveway clear is to use the right ice melt bulk. We recommend using Safe Paw because it has a low freezing point, meaning that it melts snow faster and keeps you from having to shovel as often.

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