As you can see from the pics, the calcium chloride clings to the tiles and the floor and looks pretty gross.
During the winter months, a lot of my time is spent trying to keep my car and my garage space clean. Given the weather conditions up here, it can be a monumental chore. The City has introduced a new road salt product that is disgusting in every regard. It is a calcium chloride mixture and this stuff is nasty. It clings to everything and is a real pain to remove from floors and car surfaces. I'm thankful that my RaceDeck Free Flow floor allows the water to pool beneath the floor tiles, but the run-off contains so much of the substance, that my floor inevitably becomes coated with the crud. The City claims it is "environmentally friendly", however the findings of a 2000 Environment Canada study examining the impact of de-icing agents would suggest otherwise. It concluded that calcium chloride is toxic to the environment, and I can say that I've noticed huge dead patches of grass in the Spring in the areas that my garage run-off drains to.
I've been doing some quick cleans, but I really need the weather to warm up so I can do a more thorough job. I keep my garage door an inch off the pad to allow the water to drain out. I am very jealous of my garage buddies who live in more hospitable climates.
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