Do NOT use any deicing
products whatsoever on concrete during the first winter of
installation. Begin using only ‘concrete friendly’
deicing products on your concrete starting the second winter.
Never use any products containing magnesium chloride, nitrates,
urea or sugar beets on concrete.
Try to keep your concrete
clear of snow, as this will reduce the need for deicers altogether.
Snow left on your driveway or front walks will melt on warmer
days and then freeze up at night creating the need for deicers.
Sprinkling a little ‘brick sand’ on these wet
areas will help to absorb this moisture and will also aid
with traction. It is generally good practice to use ‘brick
sand’ on concrete at anytime during the winter season,
just as you see being used on city roads. Concrete friendly
deicing products and brick sand can be purchased at most homebuilder
During some of the warmer
winter days, Patterned Concrete® recommends rinsing down
your concrete driveways, this will wash away or at least help
to dilute salts and deicers that have been tracked in from