Do you dread shoveling snow? You’re not alone. Snow is fun to play in and pretty to look at it, but it can be a pain to keep the driveway and sidewalks clear all winter long. Even if you own (or rent) a snowblower, there will be times that you’ll have to get out the shovel. But there are a few things you can do to make ice and snow removal easier!
When the snow is falling fast, it makes sense to just wait until the snow is done to start shoveling. Right? Wrong. Shoveling every couple of hours is much easier than shoveling a big mountain of heavy snow in one shot.
Use Cooking Spray
If you do end up shoveling heavy, wet snow, coat your shovel with cooking spray. This will help cut through the snow more quickly, and will prevent snow from sticking to the shovel.
Buy a Shovel Attachment
If shoveling hurts your back, look for a shovel attachment, which is essentially a removable handle that you can attach anywhere on your shovel handle. They’re inexpensive and widely-available.
Try the Leaf Blower
Leaf blowers aren’t just for leaves anymore! They’re great for blowing light, fluffy snow as well.
Wear Socks – Over Shoes!
Putting a pair of socks on over your shoes or boots will give you more traction on slippery driveways and sidewalks.
Make Homemade Ice Melt
Need to melt ice quickly? Want to minimize the amount of salt you send down the drain? Try this salt alternative – 1 teaspoon of dish soap, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon of water – and pour it on stubborn ice.
Broadway Rental Equipment is here to help make snow removal easier. We rent snowblowers of all sizes, and we also perform snowblower repairs. Visit our Minneapolis equipment and tool rental catalog to see our full selection, and contact us to learn more.