How to melt the ice on deck stairs with items you already have in your pantry

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 under Deck Stairs | 8 Comments

If your Deck Stairs become very slippery when the weather is icy and you can’t get down your deck stairs it is possible to use items already in your pantry to clear the ice.

One thing that does work really well is table salt – but it’s expensive. If you’ve got a water softener, and you have the ‘flakes’ for it that’s even better. The only bad thing about salting steps is that it will age the wood faster as it will expose the wood to ”freeze and thaw ” cycles.  It’s a good idea to also sweep the salt off your deck stairs after you’ve melted the ice.

A word of warning however – don’t use hot water – as all you’ll do is melt the ice that’s on there and make fresh ice (unless it’s above freezing).

If you want something that’s inexpensive and works very well for traction on deck stairs and also won’t harm them, get some grit and sprinkle it on. This works really well for a short term solution.

8 Responses to “How to melt the ice on deck stairs with items you already have in your pantry”

  1. Flossy Says:

    Salt??
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  2. Tigger Says:

    If it's not too cold, salt. But be careful with that because salt will kill plants.

    If you have it, you could use kitty litter to give you some traction.

    Good luck!
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  3. Lucky Cat Says:

    Kitty litter and salt would be the best bets.
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  4. ahlan Says:

    Salt is the best solution.
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  5. James M Says:

    salt it
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  6. Jim C Says:

    hot water first then brush off then salt and cat litter
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  7. Northy Says:

    table salt works great- but it's expensive. If you've got a water softener, and you have the 'flakes' for it..that's even better. The only bad thing about salting steps is that if will age the wood faster(will expose the wood to freeze thaw cycles) so it's a good idea to sweep it off after you've melted the ice. Don't use hot water- as all you'll do is melt the ice that's on there and make fresh ice(unless it's above freezing). Anyway, just a few ideas. If you want something that's inexpensive and works good for traction on steps and won't harm it, get some #1 turkey grit at a feed store and sprinkle it on. Works great!
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  8. James H Says:

    use some salt(table or rock)and kitty litter or even rice. You could just put a towel down so you can get down the steps without busting your butt. once you do get out try a product called Zeroice. it works great throw down just like rock salt and it melts the ice away quickly
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