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How to Store Ice Melt Products?

How to Store Ice Melt Products?

Justin Rollin

Ice melt products are hygroscopic, meaning they absorb moisture from the air, so their longevity relies on careful storage in the appropriate conditions at the right temperature. While they’re usually fine during winter in Minneapolis and St. Paul, the warmer months may affect their potency. Here are some tips on how to store ice melt in summer. 

The Best Way to Store Solid Ice Melt Products

Way to Store Solid Ice Melt Products

Avoid Moisture

How to store ice melt, so it doesn't harden? Keep it away from moisture! Ice melt should be stored in a temperature controlled environment such as a warehouse, garage, or shed. Airborne chlorides draw moisture from the ice melt, degrading and hardening the product. Although it only absorbs moisture from the air when humidity is above 75%, avoiding moisture altogether is recommended, as it will decrease its effectiveness, or in the worst-case scenario, the ice melt may turn hard like concrete. 

Stay Away From the Sun

Can you store opened ice melt? Yes, but in an airtight container away from the sun. For best results, you should also cover it with a dark wrap to avoid the product becoming brittle from exposure to ultraviolet light. These rays can instigate a reaction in the product, rendering it less effective when winter returns. 

Ensure Optimal Ice Melt Storage Conditions

Proper ice melt storage depends on the composition of the product, but when done correctly, it can preserve ice melt for up to two years. Most people store ice melt in sheds, garages, or warehouses.

When it comes to how to store ice melt crystals, we often get asked three questions;

  1. Can you store ice melt in a metal container?
  2. Can you store ice melt in a glass jar?
  3. How to store bags of ice melt?

To answer, you shouldn’t store ice melt in a metal container unless it has a resistant interior coating because the corrosive nature of sodium chloride will eat away at the metal. While glass is an excellent option, you’d have to use a plastic lid for the same reason. And you should always decanter any bags of salt into airtight containers. Keeping your ice melt in a temperature-controlled environment will improve its effectiveness and save money as you won’t have to replace it every year. 

How to Store Solid Ice Melt Products and Liquid Deicers

How to Store Liquid Ice Melt Products

You can store liquid ice melt in carbon steel containers or tanks that have an epoxy-based interior coating and a durable coating on the exterior to prevent salt corrosion. Fiberglass and plastic containers also work well for smaller amounts stored at an ambient temperature. However, plastic tanks can lose strength at high temperatures if used to store solutions with calcium chloride.

Stainless steel tanks are usually not suitable for ice melt with calcium chloride, either, as it may induce stress cracking. Containers made from 5454 or 6061 aluminum seem to be a good option as they’re not affected by chemicals present in most ice melt products. The proper storing of deicing fluid is critical to protect the environment and maintain chemical integrity. For this reason, if you’re storing large amounts, it’s best to use double-wall tanks engineered to withstand the effects of strong chemicals.

Order Top Quality Ice Melt Products from Ninja Deicer

Remember, there are many types of deicers, so make sure you purchase the correct kind before stressing about storage. Now that you know how to store ice melt in winter, you may want to consider stocking up before the snowstorms arrive. At Ninja De-Icer, we have a wide selection of premium products. Find out more about our ice melts by getting a quote today!