Winter can often hit within minutes, traditional chloride ice melt products can often take several minutes to work after application. Depending on the area, will determine how many people are at risk of a slip or fall on an icy surface. When a granular product is applied, it also becomes tracked into the building causing extra cost and work for cleaning staff. “With two to three entranceways and two to three cleanings per day during a storm, the added cost of added cleaning could easily exceed $400-$500 per day, per building,” Mark Warner, Cleaning Management Institute Education Manager for the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) stated while being interviewed by Anna Spiewak of BASF. Not to mention all of the damages associated with the corrosive properties of chloride products. Flooring, carpets, concrete, automatic doors, metals, plants, vacuums and cleaning equipment are often common things that can be damaged by chloride ice melt products.
To get away from these issues you may have tried other ice melt products, which may have left behind oily residues which can create opportunities for slip-and-fall accidents. Took up to 10 minutes to work, or still had harmful effects on the environment. Luckily, there is a non-chloride liquid ice melt product that starts to work in 30 seconds, that won’t track indoors, dries like water and is much easier to apply on stairs.
Entry® the 2019 ISSA Innovation Award Winner, potassium formate based product has been developed by Branch Creek®, a division of Synatek Solutions.
It is the first ever ice-melt solution to be Green Seal certified—meeting “a rigorous standard for transformative product innovation with a deicer that is safer for people and the planet while performing more effectively than market competitors,” according to greenseal.org.
Another appealing benefit to this product is that it has a lower freeze curve -53º C, a neutral PH of 7.3 – 7.8, and a low oxygen demand required to biodegrade quickly. Most ice melt products work by an endothermic or exothermic heat exchange. Entry® works quite differently, as it breaks apart the molecular structure of the ice lattice, which allows it to work much more quickly because of its ionic form of melt.
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