Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your grit:

  • use a snow shovel to clear new snow prior to applying the grit

  • do it early in the day - it’s easier to move fresh, loose snow

  • don’t use water - it might refreeze and turn to black ice

  • store your grit in a shed or garage, keep it off the ground and covered (to avoid salt seepage) - if the grit is kept covered and dry it will last for several years

  • use the grit sparingly to clear paths, pavements, roads and steps outside the front of your home if they are covered in snow or ice

  • grit won't melt snow and ice on its own - it relies on a chemical reaction which is triggered when walked or driven on

  • heavy traffic and footfall means the grit will last about 6 hours and may then need recovering. Whilst the salt may disappear, the grit will remain for longer and still be effective

  • don't put grit down the drain as it may clog and cause blockages

  • If you don’t have any grit or salt, try using ash or sand - it will provide grip underfoot