Removing the ice from your walkway during the bitter cold winter months is essential for your safety. There is nothing more painful than slipping and falling on hard concrete because of ice that you could not avoid. It can lead to serious injury and discomfort which is why removing it is an important task during the cold months.
How can you easily remove ice from your walkway this winter? Check out a few of these tips for suggestions!
Using saltwater is a great way to remove ice from your sidewalks and driveways. Mixing warm water with salt of any kind can be an effective means of removing small patches of ice. Combine the water and salt in a spray bottle and liberally spray the icy parts. The thinnest sections of the ice will melt quickly.
While you wait for the saltwater to do its job, you can be scraping away the ice with a shovel or an icepick. It is best to use this method during the warmer parts of the day when the sun is shining outside. This can help prevent the solution from refreezing on your concrete or asphalt.
Use Rubbing Alcohol
Another way of de-icing your sidewalk is to use a rubbing alcohol solution. You may already have a bottle of this on hand in your first aid kit. Rubbing alcohol has a lower freezing point than water, making the solution less likely to refreeze after spraying it down.
To use this method, combine two parts of rubbing alcohol to one part warm water in a spray bottle. Apply it liberally to the slippery areas of your walkway and wait for it to work its magic. It may take some time for the solution to melt all of the ice, so be patient. You can try to speed up the process by scraping and breaking apart the ice with a shovel.
Get More Traction With Cat Litter
Do you have a feline friend in your home? If so, then you may already have one necessary ingredient to prevent slips and falls on the ice. The grit of cat litter can be thrown over the icy parts of your walkway to help you gain traction. For those who don’t have precious minutes to wait for rubbing alcohol or saltwater to do the trick, this is one way you can prevent major injuries from any slips and falls.
Of course, other substances besides cat litter will work just as well. Sand and sawdust can be helpful tools to help you gain traction on the slick sidewalks. Consider stocking up on some of these helpful items for mornings when you just can’t wait for the ice to melt.
Getting Professional Help This Winter
Do you need help maintaining your property during the upcoming winter? Cleanr Mow can help with all of your outdoor maintenance needs. For more information on what we can offer you, be sure to find out here!