Preparing For The Winter Chill with Gritting Salt
We are well on our way into winter now and the mornings are starting to become colder. There have already been a couple of days where frost has covered the ground and we’ve noticed the temperature starting to dip. While this time of year is wonderful, with Christmas around the corner and spending time with family, it can be quite dangerous. For vehicles on the road, the government works with road gritters to keep them safe. However, if you are worried about the path outside your home, it is important that you are prepared. Luckily, here at Greens, we offer a range of gritting salt to suit you.
What Is Gritting Salt?
Gritting salt, sometimes known as grit, is made from rock salt. When spread on the ground, it lowers the freezing point of the road’s surface. Ice will not be able to form afterwards and any ice or snow that is on the ground will begin to melt.
Gritting Salt Tips and Tricks
If you want to get the most out of your gritting salt, we have some tips that will help.
- One of the best ways to prepare for the cold weather is to put grit on the ground before it’s too late. Don’t wait for the snow to fall. If you do, you will need twice as much salt to make it safe. When you know it is going to be cold and icy, spread the grit on the ground the night before. This preventative measure will make your life easier.
- What happens if you are caught off-guard by the snow? In this case, clear the snow from the ground and then place your grit down.
- Most people don’t realise that the grain size of the gritting salt determines how effective it is at keeping surfaces free of ice and snow. If road salt is made up of small grains, they can sink into the slush quicker and lose their effect. However, a coarse grain will mean it takes longer to see a result but it will remain ice-free for longer. We suggest using a combination of both fine and coarse gritting salt for the best results.
- Spread the salt evenly. To do this, use a handful of salt for every square metre and ensure it is even and doesn’t have clumps. Of course, doing it by hand only works for smaller areas. If you are looking to grit a large surface or road, a gritting lorry will be beneficial.
- Store your salt in a dry place. As it absorbs moisture, if you leave it in a place that is damp or wet it will form lumps. Something that is good to have on hand is a road salt container to keep it safe throughout the winter. It will also allow you to use it immediately when it becomes necessary.
The Gritting Salt We Offer
Safe Road Salt:
Safe Road Gritting Salt is dry and easy to spread on roads, parking lots and pavements to keep them ice-free. It is a combination of fine and coarse gritting salt that is guaranteed to melt ice down to temperatures of -12 °C. Due to the type of salt it is, you won’t need to reapply it as often to melt the snow and ice. Safe Road Salt is also easy to spread due to the manufacturing process making it as dry as possible.
A 10g application will cover one square meter in a light frost. For heavy frost or snow, you will need to apply 40g per square meter.
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Broste De-Icing Rock Salt:
People often worry about using gritting salt outside their home or place of work as it can sometimes leave a red stain behind. Of course, this isn’t ideal when you will be going in and out of buildings. However, Broste has come to the rescue by creating a white deicing salt that won’t leave a stain.
This type of rock salt is a favourite of homeowners as the 25kg bags last for a long time. If there is a light frost across the ground, you will nee just 10-15 grams per square. When it is particularly cold, you will want to use 40g per square meter. The whole bag will cover at least 60 square meters, even during the coldest days.
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