How To Melt Ice on Driveways, Sidewalks, and Entryways

Ice Melt Overseeding Spring Winter

If you're looking for a way to melt the ice on your driveway, sidewalk, and entryway this winter season without spending all day outside with a shovel or using salt that can harm plants and get tracked into your home, we've got just the thing.  We'll show you how to use  Covington’s Liquid Ice Melt. It's an inexpensive alternative so you can spend less time outdoors and more time doing what matters most: hanging out with friends and family.


How Does Salt Melt Ice?


Have you ever wondered why you put salt on ice to melt it away? One of the easiest ways to warm up a driveway or sidewalk that has a layer of ice is by using salt. Using liquid ice melt is one of the most popular and effective methods for melting ice because it works fast and also keeps down any future slippery surfaces. The liquid will enter the ice and create spaces within the ice so that it can start to melt. Don't worry about your dog licking any of the liquid, because our liquid ice melt is not toxic to dogs or any other animals. 

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Watch Our Ice Melt in Action on Sidewalks

Is Ice Melt Safe for Dogs?


Absolutely! We love to grow things, so naturally we didn’t want to have a product that was harmful to pets, children, lawns or gardens. Made with magnesium chloride, our ice melt leaves minimal to no residue which makes clean-up a breeze, practically non-existent. It's almost that time of year when we're all looking for ways to keep our lawns green and free from snow and ice. But, what about our dogs? Liquid ice melt is a great solution for keeping your yard clear of snow and ice, but you might be wondering if it's safe for your dog. The good news is that liquid ice melt can be used around pets without any issues!  It won’t make them sick or cause any side effects.  If you are still unsure, try using the product several feet away from where they spend most of their time outside to make sure it doesn't irritate their skin or eyes.  And remember to always keep an eye on your pet after applying anything new in their environment.

 

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Best Ice Melts for Concrete


Another easy way to melt ice on walkways or driveways is by using a shovel to break up the ice into smaller chunks. This method works well if you have just one area of ice you are trying to remove instead of an entire sidewalk or driveway. Once all of the chunks are broken up into manageable pieces, then simply move them out of your way and make room for traffic in your walkway again after they melt. Using kitty litter can also be a smart option when trying to quickly ice surfaces off around your home. The large granules in kitty litter make it an excellent choice when trying to melt ice on a walkway or driveway because the rough texture will help grind down and bust up any ice. This is a great option for pet-friendly homes since regular salt can be harmful to you and your beloved four-legged friends!

 

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How to Melt Ice on Driveways


One of the best ice melts for sidewalks and driveways is magnesium chloride liquid. This liquid is not harmful to your pets, but still melts ice on contact with a temperature as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, this type of ice melt can be used on asphalt or concrete without leaving behind any residue or damaging stains on your driveway. If you have a sensitive nose, this type of ice melt is also more bearable than regular salt because it emits a faint eucalyptus scent rather than an annoying salty aroma!

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Check it Out on Driveways & Entryways

Do It With Confidence! 

No matter which ice melt product you decide to go with, just remember that any salt or chemicals used need to be kept away from waterways and ponds so that the environment is protected against runoff. This year, no matter what type of ice melt you decide to use, comfort yourself in knowing that you're not only protecting your home from falls and bringing the joys of the outdoors inside, but you're also doing a service to your local environment! Winter won’t last forever and it won’t be long until we are all overseeding in spring



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