One of the first things you can do when preparing for winter is cleaning and clearing your ramp and ramp steps if applicable. Some ramps already have a mesh type surface design and allow rain and snow to slip through the walkway, and require less maintenance than the others. Wooden ramps, while less versatile than their aluminum or metal ramp counterparts, have a protective coat applied to them and have spaces that act as a drainage for water. However, a big snowstorm can cause a potential problem for you if you don’t keep the walkway clear or let the now pile up prior.
You can clean and clear your ramp by:
- Using a broom or shovel to wipe away any snow
- ice melt that is safe to use on metal or aluminum
One of the best ways to clean the thick broom or a snow shovel preferably one that is not metal as it can damage the ramp instead of clean it. In the event that you are unable to clean the ramp, consider asking someone to help you beforehand.
Using ice melt for your ramp can simplify the cleaning process. If you plan on using a salt make sure the ice melt is one that is non-corrosive if your ramp is a metal/aluminum one as it can also damage the ramp. Wooden ramps usually have a protective coat and ice melt can be an even better solution than simply shoveling. If you have pets, make sure to use a salt that has calcium chloride as its main chemical.