Here are answers to frequently asked questions.
Many municipalities will accept empty aerosol cans in the recycling bin. Contact your local waste management service to know how to safely dispose of it.
Of course! It will not allow ice to form on the surface, making it easy to clear off the snow.
No, Alaskan® is sold exclusively at retail stores in Canada. Visit the ‘Where to buy’ section to find the retailer nearest you.
Sure! Alaskan® Premium Ice Melter is one of the few ice melters that have both fast-melting and long-lasting properties. It starts to melt as quickly as straight calcium but lasts as long as other sodium/potash blends. Compared to other de-icing products at temperatures of -10 °C and colder, Alaskan® Premium Ice Melter melts more ice per hour. Learn more on how temperatures affect Ice Melter efficiency.
The main difference is the lower temperature melting capacity of Alaskan Premium Ice Melter (-35 °C). Salt will only melt down to -12 °C. Learn more on how to differentiate between ice melter and salt.
Alaskan® Premium Ice Melter starts working in minutes s. At really cold temperatures, you can often hear snapping, crackling and popping sounds when it comes into contact with snow/ice. Learn more on Alaskan® premium.
Ice Melt Ingredients
It is a blend of sodium chloride and calcium chloride. Learn more on premium ice melter.
It is a blend of : methanol, isopropyl alcohol and propylene glycol. Learn more on the ingredients.
How to use
The Alaskan® Liquid Ice Melter can be used before and after winter precipitations. Apply it up to 48 hours before a freezing rain episode or a snowfall and it will bond with most surfaces to keep the ice from forming. If the ice or the snow is less than 2 inches, it will melt away, leaving your walkways and steps free of ice and snow! Learn more on how to use it.
Whenever the safety of your family or vehicular traffic is threatened by a build-up 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 the melted snow/ice can be removed soon after. Learn more on ice melters.
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 thrown out. Always keep containers tightly closed. Learn more on how to store your ice melter during the summer.
It will most likely have to be thrown out. Liquefied Alaskan® Premium Ice Melter will still melt snow/ice, but it will be harder to spread and more likely to be over-applied.
Always remove the tear strip first (use plyers for a better grip). Try open one corner at a time.
Yes, we recommend using the new Alaskan® spreader jug for small to medium surfaces. For larger ones like your driveway, you can use a wheeled spreader for more convenience. Discover our spreaders.
When applied to snow/ice, the chlorides in Alaskan® Premium Ice Melter melt the snow/ice and create a brine which spreads out on the snow/ice and breaks its bond with the surface. De-icers work by attracting moisture to form a brine that generates heat and melts the snow/ice. As the ice is loosened, it can be more easily shovelled away. Learn more on how our Premium Ice Melter works.
Applying Alaskan® Liquid Ice Melter onto a surface prior to freezing rain or snow event melts snow/ice on contact (up to 2 cm). It will also prevent the snow/ice from adhering to the surface, which results in easier shovelling. Its material mixes and melts the snow/ice to create a brine solution on the sidewalk or driveway surface. Learn more on how it works.
Ice Melt Safety
Yes, just keep animals off sidewalks, driveways, steps, etc. until the area has dried. We recommend using the Alaskan® Pet friendly Ice Melter for a complete peace of mind. Learn more on how ice melters affect your pets.
Yes, but be sure to apply ice melter according to the manufacturer's instructions. Avoid excessive application where melting snow/ice can run into streams, rivers, and lakes. Learn more on how ice melters affect the environment.
Yes! They 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.
Ice Melt Prevention
If properly stored in its airtight container, the shelf life of the product is infinite. Learn more on our Alaskan® premium.
On carpeted surfaces, shampooing will remove residue if vacuuming does not provide sufficient cleaning action. Alaskan® Premium Ice Melter contains a non-staining blue dye that shows you where the product has been applied. This will help avoid over-application. Learn more on tips to get rid of ice melter residue on the floor.
After applying ice melter, always remove the slush immediately as it is formed. If you are unsure of the quality of your concrete, use traction sand only. Concrete must be at least 1 year old before use. Learn more on how ice melters affect concrete.
Always store in a dry place with the container completely sealed so that no moisture can get in. Learn more on how to store it.
No. Most concrete damage is a result of the natural effect of freeze/thaw cycles, not the chemical effect of an ice melter. Before applying Alaskan® Premium Ice Melter, read the label for full precautions, and always remove snow/ice as soon as it has melted. Learn more on how ice melters affect concrete.
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 alaskan.ca to learn how to protect your plants and lawn. Learn more on how ice melters affect your home.
Yes, it is safe to leave your Alaskan® Multi-Purpose De-Icer in the car, as long as the temperature is higher than -30 °C.
No, it will not cause rust or corrosion on a vehicle when used as directed. Learn more on how to use it.
No, concrete must be at least 1 year old before use. See precautions on package for complete recommendations. Learn more on how ice melters affect concrete.
It would not be as effective as the water on the asphalt would dilute the product immediately.
No, it has no effect on car tires.