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August 2011 Maintenance Matters

Don't Alienate Your Parking Lot

Focusing on cleaning and maintenance tasks outside of your facility has its benefits.

August 01, 2012
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Melting Through The Clutter

Another important aspect of parking lot maintenance is snow and ice removal.

JanSan professionals have numerous ice melt choices, and for good reason: Varying circumstances demand different products to get the job done.

Here’s a quick primer to help you find the right product for your needs:

Magnesium chloride

  • Melts down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit (F), with the fastest melting speed above 0 degrees F
  • Safe to handle and safe for vegetation and concrete and hard surface floors — when used as directed
  • Best for use near public entryways and vegetation, and when concrete maintenance is a concern.

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Calcium chloride

  • Melts down to -25 degrees F
  • Application requires goggles and gloves, and it can harm concrete and vegetation
  • Contains oily substances that can cause slippery floors
  • Best for treating remote areas in extremely cold temperatures.

Sodium chloride (rock salt)

  • Melts down to five degrees F
  • Economical and safe to handle and store around children and pets
  • Must be managed properly if used around vegetation
  • Best for treating large areas and for use in more moderate temperatures.


  • Typically rock salt blended with magnesium chloride, calcium chloride and other additives such as melting enhancers, color and corrosion inhibitors
  • Provide additional benefits such as enhanced melting power, extended freeze/thaw cycles and coloring to assist with even application
  • Can be economical depending on the ingredients.

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