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Winter Preparation Guide For Businesses

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Winter beauty, with its cool and calm weather, is something we all enjoy. A gorgeous day with snowfall is a memorable experience. However, when these snowflakes solidify to form ice on the road and sidewalks, they can be a nuisance. A walkway covered in ice can be a very unpleasant experience. 

As a business owner, you need to make preparations before the arrival of the winter season. Here is a checklist against which you can grade your winter preparedness. 

Prepare Your Driveway

If you have new concrete (less than a year old), do not use chemical ice melt. However, you can use natural ice melt on concrete that is more than a month old. Check for any cervices or gaps. Add a layer of sealer to save it from damages like- freeze/thaw cycles, stains from dirt, deicing salts, oil, and other contaminants. While concrete looks solid, it is quite vulnerable due to its porosity.

Stock Up

You need ice melt to remove snow from your facility. The biggest concern here is the composition of the ice melt. The majority of the ice melts in the market use chloride in one or the other form. Salt-based or chemical-based ice melts not only damage concrete but is also harmful to your building and delicate machinery. It can even cause short circuits and accidents on the premises. Chemical compounds are certainly not pet-friendly ice melt.

Get ready for winter with the ONLY Salt Free Ice Melt you can trust


For your facility, choose a salt-free, chloride-free deicer that contains natural ingredients. These are not only pet-friendly ice melt but also act gently on the concrete. Unlike chloride-based ice melt, they are not hygroscopic and do not absorb water from the air. Therefore, you can easily stock this ice melt in bulk and store it anywhere. 

One such product is Safe Thaw. It has a modified crystalline amide core that is combined with a unique glycol admixture and traction ingredients. This patented dual-effect compound is non-conductive and non-corrosive. On coming in contact with snow, the crystals leach out a deicing liquid that speeds up the melting process.

If you’re planning to buy ice melt from home depot, keep these points in mind. 

  • Prepare Your Building

Check your building for any weaknesses like aging seals, cracking curtain walls, or a sagging roof. So, before the snow hits your premises, make sure to test your facility for any cracks or crevices, hanging tree branches, and broken tiles in the walls and on the roof.

  • Prepare Your Machinery

Blizzards and ice storms can easily knock out power for a few hours or more. Therefore, having a generator in your facility is always a good idea. Heavy snowfall can also cause damage to your delicate machinery and equipment. Check if they can be brought in the shade, else cover them. Always keep some repair equipment handy at your premises for emergencies.

  • Prepare Your Car

Snowy weather doesn’t mean we can sit at home. We have to step out for necessary work and our jobs. Therefore, it’s important to have a car safety kit in your car. This kit should include items like extra blankets and warm clothing, a flashlight, a shovel, a windshield scraper, water, and snacks. Use winter tires while driving to get better traction on the road.

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.