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Perlite - The Environmentally Safe Traction Material


For many years truck drivers have 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 60-70 lbs./cubic foot, 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.


  • 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 conjuction 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.

Information given herein is from sources considered reliable, but no guarantee of accuracy can be made or liability assumed.  Your supplier may be able to provide you with more precise data.  Certain compositions or processes involving perlite may be the subject of patents.
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