Perlite for traction
For many years truck drivers found they could use Perlite for traction whenever they found themselves stuck in snow or ice. The Perlite didn’t melt the snow or ice, but it did provide as much or more traction than sand, and was a lot easier to use. Instead of weighing over 1000-1500 kg/m, Perlite weighs from 4-7 lbs./cubic foot. And unlike sand, Perlite seems to “soak” up water and “slush” and dries up the “slick” surfaces quickly and easily.
Directions for using Perlite
- For Home Use
Use Perlite for icy spots around your home (walks, steps, driveways, etc). After spreading a thin layer on these surfaces, step on it and press it into the ice to keep it in place (Perlite is so light that a strong wind can and will blow it away.) Perlite can be used in conjunction with salt or chemical ice melting products. When used alone, Perlite will not harm your shrubs, lawn or walks, nor will it harm your carpets or the paws of your cats or dogs.
- For Cars and Trucks
Spread a thin layer of Perlite on and around your tires when you get stuck in ice or snow. Then gently accelerate off the ice. When stuck in deep snow, clear snow away from your tires first before spreading Perlite. Lightweight Perlite is salt-free and it will not harm your car or driveway.