Granular Deicers


MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE

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MAG® freezes (a 22% solution) at -27°F(-33°C) and melts effectively down to -13°F

Leaves No Residue

Is Less Damaging To Concrete than Rock Salt

Is Safer To Use than most deicer products

Magnesium Chloride is considered (by some) as the best total ice-melter that is less corrosive on metal surfaces, protects concrete from spalling, is less toxic and environmentally as safe as Calcium Chloride and much less corrosive than Sodium Chloride (rock salt).


CALCIUM CHLORIDE

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Effectively melts to -25° F

Is the fastest, most effective ice melt available

Premium-priced, similar to magnesium chloride, but pound-for-pound, melts twice as much ice

Is hygroscopic, drawing moisture from the air,  and exothermic,  creating heat to accelerate the melting process

 

Calcium Chloride Ice Melt is widely used by commercial businesses for melting ice and is the preferred choice over common rock salt.  Vegetation, corrosion and concrete performance compares favorably to competing ice-melt materials, including magnesium and potassium chloride.


CMAs

Snow Glo™ Snow & Ice Melter - 50 lb.

High visibility, light green color for easier application

Specialty formulation melts on contact, down to -25°F

A smart, economical alternative

Helps prevent slips and falls on driveways, steps, sidewalks, parking lots and other high-traffic areas

 

Snow Glo’s light green colored coating helps consumers see where they’ve applied the product. After plowing or shoveling, product should be reapplied as needed.


ROCK SALT

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Halite ice-melting rock salt effectively melts snow and ice at or above 19 °F, slowly down to 5°F

  • Halite rock salt is the most commonly used ice melter today
  • Made of pure sodium chloride
  • This rock salt is non-toxic and leaves no residue

 

Rock salt or sodium chloride is the most commonly used ice melter. It is inexpensive and melts ice.

Compared to other materials, though, it has limited effectiveness in very cold temperatures. It will not melt ice at temperatures below 20o F, and it may be harmful to vegetation, but is considered safe for concrete.

 

Using Deicers

There is no perfect deicer for every condition and the product of choice should be determined by effectiveness, temperature, cost and environmental impact. While all deicer are indeed effective and can be used in a wide array of temperatures and winter conditions, you still have to be cautious and use the product as directed to get maximum results. Here are some important factors to consider when using any deicer:

• Make sure you are wearing thick protective clothing including gloves and a mask.
• Use products in moderation. Over-application may harm concrete, vegetation and other surface areas.
• Use mats in entranceways to prevent tracking.
• Wash hands thoroughly after applying this chemical. This product may cause skin irritation for some individuals. If skin irritation occurs, rinse with water, remove and wash contaminated clothing, and consult a physician. This product may cause eye irritation. If eye irritation occurs, flush with water for 15 minutes and call physician. Harmful if swallowed. If ingested, give water, induce vomiting and call physician immediately.