As winter moves in and temperatures drop, the appearance of ice on your property poses hazards for your residents, staff,
and guests. Prevent ice buildup on sidewalks, walkways, driveways, stairs, and rooftops with
ice melt. Stock up on ice melt supplies before the harsh winter starts so you are ready for immediate
What Is Ice Melt?
Ice melt, as the name suggests, is any product used to melt ice and is available in various formats including granules,
pellets, powder, flakes, or liquid.
ice melt product is applied, it creates a chemical reaction that lowers the freezing point, and liquefies, or melts,
the ice. The type of chemical in your ice melt product determines the ability, rate, and temperature at which melting
Types of Ice Melt
Typically, ice melt granules are the most effective. They are less likely to blow away in windy conditions, and they penetrate
deeper than powder or flakes.
Ice melt products can be pure concentrations or blends of fast-acting chemicals such as:
Sodium chloride (rock salt)
Popular ice melt products include:
Excel™ Calcium Chloride
Excel™ Calcium Chloride high-powered pellets work immediately, quickly penetrating frozen surfaces. It leaves
no powdery residue, and is safe on concrete and vegetation when used correctly. Calcium chloride pellets are the most
efficient ice melter available. Excel melts snow and ice to -25°F.
Road Runner Ice Melt is a combination of calcium chloride pellet, magnesium chloride pellet, and sodium chloride,
creating a fast-acting ice melt option at a reasonable price. The pellet works quickly and lasts longer. Road Runner
melts snow and ice to -15°F.
Traction Melt CI
® is made up of sodium chloride granules encapsulated by liquid magnesium chloride. Corrosion inhibitor is added to reduce
damage to metal surfaces. It is fast-acting and an environmentally preferable option popular with many state and city
departments of transportation. Traction melts snow and ice to 0°F.
Green Scapes™ Ice Melt—Environmentally Preferable Option
Green Scapes™ is an efficient ice melter that is safe for sidewalks and vegetation. Each granule contains
magnesium chloride, sodium chloride, liquid Ice Ban, corrosion inhibitor, and green dye. The green color allows for
easier and fewer applications. Green Scapes melts snow and ice to -10°F.
Always follow manufacturer directions for the use and handling of
ice melt products. Ice melt should never be applied to concrete less than one year old. Do not use more than the
recommended amount—typically about one cup per square yard. Over-applying can harm the environment and damage surfaces.
ice traction devices for shoes, and an
ice melt spreader for an even and effective application.
Ideally, ice melt should be applied when a storm is expected; that is, before ice and snow appear. Applying ice melt ahead
of time helps prevent ice from bonding to the roads and walkways. However, this is not always possible, so you want to
have snow removal equipment on hand. If you apply ice melt during the snowfall, it may help keep snow from becoming hard-packed
and make removal easier. Also, slush should be promptly cleared away to prevent excess moisture from being absorbed into
the concrete during the freeze/thaw cycle.