Snow Salt Leaving White Residue?
When it rained or snowed this Winter did you use a de-icer, ice-melt or an anti-icer. Did it come in a box or bag. Was it a solid, liquid, granular, flakes, pellets, pearls or a powder. Was its main ingredient Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Accetate or Liquid Glychol? At this point it does not really matter. It is no secrete Philadelphia and New Jersey has had a pretty harsh winter but Spring is just around the corner and the weather is clearing up. What does matter is getting rid of the white residue and salt that still remains after all the ice and snow has melted.
Not cleaning your property of the ice melt and rock salt is not only an eye sore on the outside of your property but it can potentially damage your floors and carpeting inside your property if not taken care of properly. Calcium chloride and magnesium chloride ice melts leave behind an oily residue that can damage urethane or wax finishes used on wood floors. The oily residue can be slippery on smooth floors and can attract dirt on carpets. If never removed, either type of product may eventually harm wood floors by drawing out natural moisture, causing splintering, or lead to dry rot issues in carpets and rugs.
Obviously, the best way to prevent ice melt damage is to prevent it from being tracked into the building by using mats on both sides of the door. And, since we do not recommend pressure washing during the winter months, it sets us up from Spring Cleaning. Until then you should vacuum carpets and/or mop flat surfaces regularly. In a couple of weeks when all the ice and snow is gone, give us a call.