FAQ

Here are answers to frequently asked questions. 

Are ice melters safe to pets?

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.

Are ice melters safe to the environment?

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.

Can Alaskan Liquid Ice Preventer affect car tires?

Alaskan Liquid Ice Preventer will not affect car tires.

Can Alaskan Liquid Ice Preventer be used on wet asphalt?

It would not be effective as the water on the asphalt would dilute the Alaskan Liquid Ice Preventer immediately.

Can Alaskan Premium Ice Melters be used on new concrete?

No, concrete must be at least 1 year old before use. See precautions on package for complete recommendations.

Can Alaskan Windshield De-Icer cause corrosion on a vehicle?

No, Alaskan Windshield De-Icer will not cause rust or corrosion on your vehicle.

Can I leave my Alaskan Windshield De-Icer in my car?

Yes, it is safe to leave the Alaskan Windshield De-Icer in the car.

Can ice melters damage your plants or your lawn?

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.

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Do ice melters affect concrete?

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.

How can I store my Alaskan Premium Ice Melter during summer?

Always store in a dry area with the container completely sealed so that no moisture can get in.

How can we avoid/prevent damage to concrete?

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.

How do I dispose of a used can of Alaskan Windshield De-icer?

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!
 

How does Alaskan Ice Preventer work?

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.

How does Alaskan Premium Ice Melter work?

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.

How long before a snowfall should you apply the Alaskan Ice Preventer?

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! 

How quickly can we expect the Alaskan Premium Ice Melter to work?

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.

How to get rid of ice melter residue on your flooring?

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.

Is Alaskan Liquid Ice Preventer safe for animal paws?

Yes, just keep animals off sidewalks, driveways, steps, etc. until the area has dried.

Is it possible to use a spreader with Alaskan Premium Ice Melters?

Yes, for large areas, it is recommended to use a spreader for even, consistent application.

Is the Alaskan Ice Melter really effective at temperatures as cold as -31 °C?

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.

What can I do if I can't open the pail?

Always remove the tear strip first (use plyers for a better grip) and then always open just one corner at a time. 

What can I do if my Alaskan Premium Ice Melter has liquefied? (Is the product still useable?)

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.

What can I do if my Alaskan Premium Ice Melter has solidified? (Is the product still useable?)

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. 

What ingredients does Alaskan Liquid Ice Preventer contain?

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.

What ingredients does Alaskan Premium Ice Melter contain?

Alaskan Premium Ice Melter is a blend of sodium chloride, calcium chloride and urea.

What ingredients does Alaskan Windshield De-Icer contain?

Alaskan Windshield De-Icer is a blend of alcohols: methanol, isopropyl alcohol and propylene glycol.

What is the difference between ice melters, salt and ice preventer?

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.

What is the shelf life of a jug of Alaskan Premium Ice Melter?

If stored in an airtight container, the shelf life of the product is infinite.

When to apply ice melters?

Whenever the safety of pedestrian or vehicular traffic is threatened by a buildup of snow or ice. By applying an ice melter before precipitation begins, you can prevent ice from bonding to the surface, and simplify shovelling or plowing. Pre-apply only if you are sure physical snow removal can be accomplished soon after.

Who makes Alaskan Ice Melters?

Alaskan is 100% Canadian made. Premier Tech's production facilities are located both in Eastern and Western Canada.

Will the Alaskan Ice Preventer work with snowfall more than 2 inches?

Of course! It will not allow ice to form on the surface, making it easy to clean off the snow from your surfaces.