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New Concrete? Read This Before Applying Any Salt or Ice Melt

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Winters are fast approaching, and we have to prepare ourselves for the inevitable. We cannot have a lackadaisical attitude towards getting the correct ice melt for new concrete or snow removal equipment.

There is always a question that crosses our mind when we think of concrete surfaces—can we use ice melt on new concrete? What are the different ways to remove snow and ice from new concrete without damaging it? 

  • New concrete is anything less than 12 months old. 
  • Ice melt usually comprises a blend of salt with other chlorides such as calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, etc. Any new concrete is susceptible to damage because the pores have not closed yet, and it is yet to get accustomed to the weather changes. 
  • Concrete is more fragile in its first year after being poured and smoothened. It takes at least 12 months to cure, settle, and gain strength to avoid cracking in due course. While concrete is durable, you have to care for it in the first year to increase its lifespan. 
  • Once you pour or apply ice melt on new concrete, it converts ice into slush or brine, thus making it slightly watery. The water seeps inside the concrete further, and the constant freeze/thaw cycle disturbs the strength of the concrete, thus leading to cracks.
  • It is better to steer clear of ice melt on new concrete and only stick to traction agents such as Traction Magic to form a good grip while walking. You can alternatively use shovels or snowblowers to remove excessive snow. 

Safe Thaw 

Safe Thaw is an eco-friendly ice melt recommended for concrete over 12 months old. Despite being an ice melt, it does not rust or cause any damage because it comprises all-natural ingredients, such as modified carbonyl diamide crystal, special glycols, non-ionic surfactants, traction agents, and special inhibitors. Once the crystals touch the icy surface, it lets out a deicing liquid that speeds up the melting process. As a result, it works well even in sub-zero temperatures. In addition, Safe Thaw prevents the water from refreezing, thus making the concrete surface non-slippery. It works on any surface, including jet-ways, train platforms, bridges, and roads. 

Note: We do not recommend using any ice melt for new concrete, including Safe Thaw, within the first 12 months of pouring concrete. You must always test it on a small patch of stamped and unsealed concrete to ensure its stability.

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If you have recently got a concrete driveway or pathway made, we recommend a traction product such as Traction Magic to help form a better grip while walking or driving. Its anti-skid formula works on surface and area, including general pathways, office buildings, residential areas, sidewalks, and industrial areas. In addition, if you cannot use ice melt for new concrete, Traction Magic helps attain a balance to keep you safe in winter. 

Conclusion

From calcium chloride ice melt industrial to regular salt, you have to be careful while using any ice melt on new concrete. It is not advisable to use it on any concrete surface that is not cured and less than a year old. It means the concrete has stabilized, and you can now ice melt to keep it clear of ice. It is not entirely safe to use ice melt; however, you may want to check for eco-friendly options, such as Safe Thaw, to help save your environment and landscape from any damage. Safe Thaw works wonders on cured and settled concrete over a year, thus giving you the desired results.

Other Ice Melt Products

Traction Magic Ice Melt Spreader

Traction Magic

Stay safe on slippery surfaces with a product that’s 100% natural and safe for pets, people, and your property. Use Traction Magic on sidewalks, steps, or as instant traction for your car. Traction Magic provides instant traction on all icy surfaces.

Safe Paw Pet Safe Ice Melter

Safe Paw

Imagine an ice melt you can put down and never worry about. It won’t harm animals or children, and it won’t damage your property. That’s Safe Paw. Unlike anything else on the market, Safe Paw can change how winter affects our planet.