3 remedies to get rid of sidewalk ice.

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It’s officially winter, and as it continues to get colder outside, sidewalk ice will become ever more prevalent. So, how are you going to handle it? To ensure the safety of those walking near your home or business, here are 3 remedies you can use to get rid of sidewalk ice.

Be safe. Be ice free.


As you think about getting rid of the ice on your walkways (and driveways) it’s important that you ask the correct questions. Here are two to think through:

  • What kind of temperature is it currently (and how warm/cold is it expected to get)?
  • How quickly does the ice need to be removed to minimize any dangerous conditions?

If you understand the answers to these questions, you’ll be better prepared to choose the right products. Here are a few product options:   

  1. Sodium Chloride (Rock Salt): As one of the most common ice removing agents, sodium chloride works best in temperatures of 20+ degrees fahrenheit. Typically used because it is a commonly found option, and relatively inexpensive, it’s not always the best if the temperatures get too cold.
  2. Calcium Chloride: Calcium chloride is one of the most common – non sodium – solutions. Working best at temperatures of -25 degrees fahrenheit or higher, it’s a great option. This agent dissolves with contact to moisture. As a part of dissolving, it generates heat which melts the ice.  
  3. Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA): CMA is similar to rock salt – and is often sold as a blend with rock salts – as it works best in temperatures higher that 20 degrees fahrenheit. Typically lower in toxicity to plants and wildlife, CMA is a popular option if you’re looking to protect your lawn and natural landscape.

Each of these solutions fits for different scenarios. Our hope is that you find the best situation for your home or business. If we can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d love to show you the snow / ice removal options we provide. Be safe out there, it’s slippery.