Here are answers to frequently asked questions.
Ice melters are relatively safe to pets, but a few precautions should be taken to protect them as well as floors and carpets. Animals like salt, and it is a good idea to prevent pets from licking ice melter granules. Keep them indoors while the ice melter is being applied. To prevent pets from tracking residue on floors and carpets, keep a rag or towel near the door and wipe ice melter residue from their paws.
Yes, but be sure to apply ice melters according to the manufacturer's instructions and avoid excessive application where melting snow can run into streams, rivers and lakes.
Alaskan Liquid Ice Preventer will not affect car tires.
It would not be effective as the water on the asphalt would dilute the Alaskan Liquid Ice Preventer immediately.
No, concrete must be at least 1 year old before use. See precautions on package for complete recommendations.
No, Alaskan Windshield De-Icer will not cause rust or corrosion on your vehicle.
Yes, it is safe to leave the Alaskan Windshield De-Icer in the car.
All ice melters that contain chlorides release salts as they form brine solutions. Plants vary in sensitivity to these salts, and damage can result from either direct or indirect contact with the ice melter. Visit our “Tips” section to learn how to protect your plants.
Most concrete damage is a result of the natural effects of freeze/thaw cycles, not a chemical attack by an ice melter. Before applying Alaskan Premium Ice Melter, read label for full precautions, and always remove snow and ice as soon as melting action has loosened ice.
Always store in a dry area with the container completely sealed so that no moisture can get in.
To avoid concrete damage, remove the slush immediately as it is formed. If you are unsure of the quality of your concrete, use traction sand only.
Many municipalities will accept empty aerosol cans in the recycling bin. We recommend contacting your local waste management service
to know how to safely dispose of it. Thank you!
No, Alaskan is sold exclusively at retail stores in Canada.
Applying Alaskan Liquid Ice Preventer onto a paved surface prior to a snow event melts snow/ice on contact (up to 2 cm thick) and also stops the snow from adhering to the surface, which results in easier shoveling. The Alaskan Ice Preventer material mixes and melts the snow to create a brine solution on the sidewalk or driveway surface.
When applied to snow/ice, the chlorides in Alaskan Premium Ice Melter will melt the snow and create a liquid brine which will spread out on the ice and break its bond with the pavement. De-icers work by attracting moisture to form the liquid brine and generate heat to melt the ice. As the ice is loosened, it can be more easily shoveled away.
Apply it up to 48 hours before a snowfall and it will bond with most surfaces to keep the ice from forming. If the snowfall is less than 2 inches, it will melt away, leaving your walkways and stairs free of ice and snow!
Alaskan Premium Ice Melter starts working in seconds. At really cold temperatures, when applying Alaskan Premium Ice Melter, you can often hear the snow/ice crackling and snapping when the product comes into contact with it.
Residues from ice melters are greatly increased with over-application. Alaskan contains TrueBlue™ technology – a non-staining blue dye that shows you where the product has been applied. This will help avoid over-application. On carpeted surfaces, shampooing will remove residues if vacuuming does not provide sufficient cleaning action.
Yes, just keep animals off sidewalks, driveways, steps, etc. until the area has dried.
No, Alaskan is sold exclusively at retail stores in Canada.
Yes, for large areas, it is recommended to use a spreader for even, consistent application.
Sure! Alaskan Ice Melter is one of the few ice melters that have both fast melting and extended melting properties. It starts to melt as quickly as straight calcium, but lasts as long as other sodium/potash blends.
Always remove the tear strip first (use plyers for a better grip) and then always open just one corner at a time.
It will most likely have to be discarded. Liquefied Alaskan Ice Melter will still work on ice and snow, but it will be more difficult to apply properly.
You can try and break it up with a mallet (while still in the bag). If it's in a jug or pail, it will most likely have to be discarded. Always keep containers tightly closed. Ice melt is hygroscopic, which means it will draw water in and then go hard if exposed to air for too long.
Alaskan Liquid Ice Preventer is a blend of calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, sodium chloride and potassium chloride with an anti-spalling agent and rust inhibitor.
Alaskan Premium Ice Melter is a blend of sodium chloride, calcium chloride and urea.
Alaskan Windshield De-Icer is a blend of alcohols: methanol, isopropyl alcohol and propylene glycol.
The main difference is the lower temp melting capabilities of Alaskan Premium Ice Melter and Alaskan Ice Preventer (-31°C). Salt will only melt down to -15°C.
If stored in an airtight container, the shelf life of the product is infinite.
Here are some guidelines for applying ice melter after precipitation has fallen:
Dry Powdery Snow
Can be shovelled or swept, and may not require the use of ice melter.
Apply ice melter early to prevent ice buildup.
Apply as soon as wet/heavy snow begins falling to prevent it from bonding. When more than two inches accumulate, shovel excess snow and reapply if necessary.
Large Accumulations Of Snow
Anytime the snowfall amounts to more than two inches, plow or shovel first. Then use ice melter to melt the stubborn layer of ice or hard-packed snow that remains.
Apply at labelled rates. Use a spreader or application unit. Spread evenly. Do not over-apply, especially around vegetation, metals and concrete.
Alaskan is 100% Canadian made. Premier Tech's production facilities are located both in Eastern and Western Canada.
Of course! It will not allow ice to form on the surface, making it easy to clean off the snow from your surfaces.