According to experts, salt remains the most cost-effective agent for combating snow and ice. The abundance of salt makes it readily available when necessary, it is easy to handle and spread and when properly stored, any surplus can last for long periods of time. And since it is offered in a variety of formats, salt can be used before, during and after winter weather hits.

Salt can be applied to bare pavement preceding a storm and will prevent ice from forming. This is a pro-active approach to exterior care called anti-icing.

In situations where snow and ice have already taken form on surfaces, cleaners can use a salt brine to spray down surfaces. Brine is simply sodium chloride mixed with water. This is a reactive method known as de-icing.