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Winning in a Winter Wonderland: Liquid or Granular Ice Melt

Winning in a winter wonderland_ Liquid or Granular

Welcome to the second post in our “Winning in a Winter Wonderland!” blog series! Bare Ground knows its important to understand the various ways to beat ice and snow – what products to use, when to use them, how to apply them, and so on. With all this information at your fingertips on granular ice melt and liquid ice melt, winter will have nothing on you!

In the first post of the series, we talked about MagPlus, Bare Ground’s liquid magnesium chloride ice melt. It’s a USDA BioPreferred product, and one of our favorites – especially for households with pets! However, you may notice that when you’re out in the stores, one of the most common forms of ice melt is actually granular. So…how do you know which one you should be using? Should you be using both?

There are clear benefits to both liquid and granular ice melt. Both will effectively remove ice, but the best choice for you really depends on your needs and goals. Let’s take a look at the top 5 benefits of both forms of ice melt.

Granular Ice Melt

  1. Melts through thick ice
  2. Stays active and the granules last longer
  3. Dilutes less when the snow and ice start to melt, therefore staying more effective
  4. Easy to apply – just toss and spread
  5. Use it to melt isolated residual patches after a storm

Mag Plus Liquid Ice Melt

  1. More environmentally friendly and USDA BioPreferred
  2. Lighter in weight and easy to apply
  3. Can be used before, during, and/or after a storm
  4. Less corrosive and safer for plants, pets, and all surfaces
  5. Has a residual non-stick effect and can reduce the accumulation of snow by up to 2″

When it comes down to making your decision about which form of ice melt to use at your home or business, there are four main factors to consider. Before making your purchase and combating the snow and ice, take stock of location, duration, protection, and application.

Location
Take inventory of where ice accumulates on your property. Does it occur in concentrated areas, or is it more wide spread? Are they more thick patches or thin sheets of ice?

Duration
How long is the weather or cold snap forecasted to last? If it’s a long storm, dilution and application will be important.

Protection
What is important to protect? Do you have new brick hardscaping or gorgeous plants and shrubs to protect? Do you have furry family members with sensitive paws? If so, Bare Ground’s MagPlus Liquid Ice Melt is the better choice for you.

Application
Who will be applying the ice melt? Does the weight or method of application make a difference?

Looking at the benefits of each kind, and taking the four factors into consideration, you will be well equipped to make the best ice melt decision for your property, protecting all of the lives and landscaping you hold dear!

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Winning In a Winter Wonderland: The Many Uses of MagPlus Liquid Ice Melt

Winning in a winter wonderland_ MagPlus

Winter has begun across much of the United States, and as we try to clear our driveways and walkways of the beautiful yet dangerous snow and ice, there are often questions of what product to use, when to use it, how to apply it, and so on. Wouldn’t it be nice to wave a magic wand and have it just disappear??

Well… you can. But more on that later. Today we’re kicking off a multi-part series on how to beat ice and snow called “Winning in a Winter Wonderland!” We’re starting by talking about the Bare Ground’s MagPlus liquid ice melt and how it’s not just for after the storm!

A USDA BioPreferred product, MagPlus is environmentally friendly Magnesium Chloride blended with a corn-based corrosion inhibitor that is safe on all surfaces and around pets and plants, making it a popular choice for families with pets and beautiful landscapes. As a liquid ice melt, it is water soluble, and keeps melt water in a liquid state longer than granular ice melt products. In addition to its extremely effective and gentle nature compared with other products, MagPlus is also a multi-use liquid ice melt.

In the hours before a snow or ice storm begins, MagPlus can be applied to a bare surface which creates a non-stick surface. The application of the mist makes for an easier removal of ice and snow, and helps maintain safer grounds and walkways. This particular use of MagPlus is awesome in areas that remain extremely cold for long periods of time.

Once the storm begins, MagPlus can be used at any time to reduce the accumulation of the event by up to as much as 3”. The impact with this application depends on the level of humidity present in the snowfall and the ambient outdoor temperature. For example, increased water content in heavier snow can inhibit the reduction effect of MagPlus, where the coldest snowfall temperatures with very low water content in the snow will see greater reduction in accumulation. Regardless of the snow’s moisture level, if the snow storm overpowers the reduction effect, the application of MagPlus maintains it’s non-stick qualities for easier removal!

Once it has stopped snowing or depositing ice, Bare Ground MagPlus can be applied to remaining patches of snow and ice. This causes the patches to melt – even at low temperatures.

With its multi-stage use, effectiveness, and less harmful qualities, Bare Ground’s MagPlus is the clear choice for homeowners and businesses looking to protect their property, pets, and landscape when clearing snow and ice!

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Clean Up Winter Before Spring!

Spring Sidewalk

When cold temperatures linger and snow keeps coming, it can feel like winter is never going to end. As we trundle our way through the last chills of winter, we all look forward to warm, spring months where flowers start to bloom again and grasses become greener. We may even get a taste of spring as a tease before winter is really over. But, before we make our way to local nurseries to pick out some perennials or start planning our veggie gardens, there’s some post-winter cleaning to do.

After every snowfall and every ice storm you likely used a deicing product to treat your driveway and walkways. Did you know that salt and liquid deicers can leave behind efflorescence?

“Efflorescence” might sound pretty (the word means “to flower out” in French), but the reality is something much less attractive. Efflorescence is the white, powdery deposit you see coating stones, bricks and concrete. This happens when soluble salts rise to the surface of porous materials and gets left behind after water evaporates. While these coatings aren’t hazardous, they can quickly become an eyesore. What is the best way to get rid of these stubborn and unsightly stains?

BareGround’s One Shot Efflorescence Remover is our fast-acting, water-based cleaner scientifically designed to remove efflorescence from concrete and masonry. By attacking sodium chloride deposits directly, our solution makes cleaning a breeze. Best of all, a treatment of One Shot Efflorescence Remover also helps prevents efflorescence stains from recurring.

After you take care of your spring cleaning at ground level, don’t forget to clean places you don’t see as easily, like the solar panel on your roof.  While the ice and snow may melt away on its own, there will always be dirt and grime left behind which will diminish solar panel efficiency and effectiveness.  In order to maximize the impact of your solar investment, it’s essential to keep panels clean throughout the year

Our One Shot Solar Panel Cleaner washes away dirt and reduces surface tension to prevent further buildup. Specially formulated to protect and improve the efficiency of solar glass, our cleaner is:  

  • Ammonia free
  • Streak free
  • Non smearing
  • Quick drying
  • No odor or VOC’s
  • Environmentally and User friendly

Plan ahead now and soon you too can say hello to warm weather by saying goodbye to all the wintry weather mess.