Refreezing – The Nightmare De-Icing Scenario

When the deep freeze sets in it can cause untold damage to buildings, vehicles, roads and pavements. The hazards to people walking or driving by aren’t there for all to see and an ice melting product is often required in the harshest winter scenarios to ensure safety from slips and trips.

Another problem that is often overlooked is how the deep freeze can set in to every little nook and cranny, not just windscreens, windows and surfaces.

A General Ice Melting Product and Deicer

A general deicing product will perform an adequate job of melting ice in the affected areas. It might not be the fastest and could be a cheaper product on the market, but it will eventually do the job.

There are a few problems with a general, domestic use deicer however. Firstly, they are more likely to have been developed using potentially harmful substances. Harmful to you as the consumer; harmful to the surfaces being used on; and to the environment. The last thing you want is to melt ice away from a windscreen but be left with smears and damaged window seals.

Ice windsreen

The Refreeze

Another problem with a many deicers and winter supplies is that they are reactive rather than proactive, tackling the problem at hand but not the cause of the problem. Say for instance you’ve had some problems with frozen tiles and guttering on the roof of your company building, you may be able to use an ice melting product to thaw away the ice that is there now, but then what? In a cold winter you could end up doing this day after day and this will only lead to roof damage that worsens day to day as the constant expansion and melting of ice causes cracks and fissures to appear in the surface.

A Professional Approach to Screenwashing and Deicing

In sub zero temperatures in the deepest, darkest hours of winter you need a professional de icer, something that will break through the ice and clear the way for a full and effective working day ahead.

Remember though that application is just as important as the product you are using. In any situation and any surface, whether driveway or windscreen, the best start to any ice removal procedure is to use a soft brush to sweep away the excess top layer of snow, leaving just the ice behind. Once you’ve done this, liberally apply the ice melting product and watch as it breaks the bond of ice and surface and leaves behind a safe surface for you.

Thawout Professional De Icer is one of the professional winter supplies we hold as part of our catalogue here at APT and has been scientifically developed over the years to be effective on a wide range of surfaces. From the usual windscreens down to the small areas of a car, such as the windscreen wipers, locks and hinges, you can’t afford to have freezing set in, and even worse, the re-freeze to take place.

Thawout not only clears the ice to begin with but it also has extra anti-freezing ingredients which allows it to settle in and prevent ice from returning to claim the surface area as its home once more the next night. It’s also smear free and won’t damage the surfaces.

For professional winter supplies, ice melting products and deicers, we know the best markets on the product. If you would like to speak to a member of our team before the deep freeze impacts on your fleet of professional vehicles, contact us today.

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