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Windshield Deicer for Concrete... ?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Winterized, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Winterized

    Winterized Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    OK... if this is that stupid a question I can take ridicule.

    So much is written on the ...best and safest liquid for pretreat... I'm saturated and confused by reading it all.

    Would auto windshield fluid be a viable option to pretreat concrete steps? Not harm the concrete, pet paws or lawn?

    If this is really stupid... what would YOU use at your home that is safe and effective. the quantity would be small so price is not a big issue.

    This would be zone 3.5 so would be used between +20 down to 0. Thanks....
     
  2. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    It can't cost much to try it at home.

    That said, I don't believe it would work. On the windshield, it doesn't take much snow and ice to dilute the fluid to the point where everything still freezes. As an example, ever spray washer fluid on a windshield that is frosted over? It works for just a bit and freezes again.
     
  3. H&HPropertyMait

    H&HPropertyMait Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    i use it on brick steps. works great. i had nothing but doubts.
     
  4. peterng

    peterng Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    I think it is made from Methyl Hydrate or the like which isn't really environmentally friendly is it ?
    Pete
     
  5. H&HPropertyMait

    H&HPropertyMait Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    I'll take not being 100% "green" over a slip and fall any day.