ever-genial Mitch Cohen, of Cohen Hardware in
Philadelphia, e-mailed me recently, reporting that many
customers were asking him how to get ice meltís white
residue out of their brick pavers.
donít use anything on my brick pavers, so I canít
speak from experience. And when I shovel the sidewalks
and the driveway, I remove snow from the lawn in a
six-inch strip along both edges, so any that melts stays
in the yard and doesnít flow back onto the pavement
and freeze ó a trick I learned growing up in New
Cohen thought I should give ice-melt cleanup a go,
column-wise, so hereís what Iíve learned.
Block, of Minnetonka, Minn., reminds homeowners that
sodium chloride (rock salt) and calcium chloride will
melt snow and ice, but it can harm pavers ó or any
with the active ingredient calcium magnesium acetate are
recommended for use on concrete pavers. E.P. Henryís
website lists two of these products ó EnvironMelt and
Majestic Snow and Ice Melt.
advice goes, this next piece is a little late: Aldon
Chemical, a manufacturer of paver sealer, says that if a
sealer is applied, ice-melt chemicals should not be able
to stain pavers or the sealer. Test the chosen ice-melt
against a small sealed section first. If the sealer
shows staining or damage (it should not), it is easily
remove white residue, Iíve seen power washing,
oxygenated bleach, and white vinegar recommended. If you
try them, let me know how they worked for you.
better traction on brick pavers, Iíd recommend
spreading sand on them. Towns up north often use a
mixture of sand and calcium magnesium acetate on roads.
once used cat litter on the sidewalks ó the "ice
at night" winter of 1994, when they ran out of salt
in January. But the stuff is too easily tracked inside.
my house, I try to keep ice-melt use to a minimum ó Iím
sure it causes environmental damage. What I use is a
product designed not to cause pain to those with paws,
and it does work: Safe Paw salt-free ice melt.