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Tips for preventing ice buildup at homes

Inevitably, as people are entering their homes, ice melt is being tracked indoors ... Those are other options out there.” The Nebraska Department of Transportation also uses a mixture safe and easy to make at home. It's part salt, salt brine and beet ...

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OMAHA, Neb(WOWT) -- Plenty of ice melt is being sprinkled across sidewalks and driveways at many metro area homes, but it's not exactly staying outside either Inevitably, as people are entering their homes, ice melt is being tracked indoors Mike Dowling, a manager at Ace Hardware, tells 6 News the best way to prevent any sort of damage or just plain mess is to simply remove shoes before going insideHowever, if that doesn't work, there are alternatives “We’ve got boot trays in stockWe’ve got just area rugs that you can put by your doors as well," Rowser said If it is tracked inside, Rowser suggests cleaning it as soon as possible since it can be dangerous to flooring "It’s a pH level of the acidity in the salts that cause a problemWe do sell some actual hardwood floor cleaner that will help lower the pH levels and not harm the woods, but just basic wiping up would be just a good solution right away," Rowser said For pets, there's pet-friendly ice meltThere are alternatives to ice melt, too, like winter windshield wiper fluid that work in temperatures no colder than 25 degrees below zeroRowser, though, suggests they only be used in vehicles

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