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Liquid Brine vs. Rock Salt: Which is Best For Commercial Properties in WI and MN?


Who out there has dumped so much rock salt on the icy sidewalk people had to actually step around the mounds to pass?

When it’s icy, it’s tempting to really dump on the salt, hoping it will melt the ice on your commercial property fast.

But if it’s really cold, the salt just lays there, and eventually starts blowing around. It doesn’t work instantly. It has to turn into liquid first.

Meet brine — it’s already in liquid form, ready to get to work melting ice and snow.

Liquid brine starts melting that first dusting of slippery snow right away and keeps it from bonding to the surface.

Liquid brine vs. rock salt: What’s the difference? And what’s best for your commercial property?

Let’s take a look.

First, What’s Brine?

Brine is a liquid mixture of water and salt that’s sprayed on parking lots, roads, and walkways, often before a snow or ice storm to prevent snow and ice from sticking. But it can be used after a snow or ice event, too.

liquid road brine being spreadThe brine mixture of 23.3 percent salt and water uses much less salt than traditional rock salt. You can treat a larger area with much less salt per square foot.

Liquid Brine vs. Rock Salt

So brine gets right to work, melting slick spots fast. And it uses much less salt. There are other benefits to brine, too:

  • While salt blows around, brine stays where you put it.

  • Brine doesn’t stick to shoes and boots and get tracked into buildings the way rock salt does. That means less cleanup for you — less rug cleaning and floor damage.

  • Rock salt or liquid brine for parking lots? If just a small amount of snow falls, brine can be applied both before the snow falls and again on top of it, and that may be all the treatment your property needs.

  • Brine is less harmful to surfaces like parking lots, sidewalks, and handrails.

And, here’s a big factor in liquid brine vs. rock salt:

Brine is Better for the Environment

You’ve probably heard about how harmful rock salt is for the environment. It finds its way into lakes and streams, jeopardizing drinking water and the fish and other wildlife who live there.

Traditional salt can burn surrounding lawns and landscaping, too.

liquid brine being spread on sidewalks Brine uses a fraction of the amount of chlorides as traditional rock salt, so it’s gentler to the environment. You can treat a larger area with much less salt per square foot.

That means much less salt ends up going into the ground.

Liquid Brine for Commercial Properties in WI and MN

You want to prevent icy and slick surfaces to reduce the chance that employees, customers, tenants, and visitors will slip and fall.

Brine’s benefits add up to reduced liability on your commercial property.

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Our goal is to help you stop worrying and maintain a functional and safe commercial property.

When you’re ready to put your trust in us, we can’t wait to meet you — and help you make the best choices for your property.

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