How to Prevent Stone Steps from Freezing Up in Winter (Aspirin Method)



Icy stone steps are a recipe for disaster when guests and the postal worker call. Try this simple homemade remedy to keep your stone steps ice-free.

Steps

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    Clean the steps as usual.
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    Make a rinse. Add one aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) tablet and a tablespoon of methylated spirits (denatured alcohol) to the rinse mixture.
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    Rinse the step down with this mixture. The aspirin and the denatured alcohol will work together to keep the steps from freezing up.
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    Repeat as needed. When you notice icy build-up again, repeat.

Things You'll Need

  • Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)
  • Methylated spirits (denatured alcohol)
  • Rinse
  • Container

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Categories: Paths and Paving