Preventing Snow from Sticking to your Shovel
A snow shovel is still the most popular way for people to remove snow from their sidewalks and drives. And while fresh snowfall rarely sticks to a shovel, other types of snow will inevitably clump and stick to the blade. More expensive shovels come with an anti-stick coating applied, but if you buy a cheaper model you'll have to find your own anti-stick coating. Fortunately, there are several inexpensive ones you can apply yourself.
Metal shovels seem to fare better than plastic shovels because plastic is easily gouged, scratched and chipped, allowing spaces for water and ice to gather and freeze.
Anti-Stick Coatings For Snow Shovels
- WD-40-spray liberally on both sides of shovel
- Oil based cooking spray-spray liberally on both sides of shovel
- Paraffin wax-rub or even melt a hard paraffin wax over the shovel blade
- Petroleum jelly-rub a thin coating of petroleum jelly on both sides of the blade
- Vegetable oil-spray liberally on both sides of shovel
How To Use
No matter what coating you decide to use, apply it before shoveling each time. After shoveling snow wipe the shovel down with paper towels to prevent dirt, salt and buildup on your shovel. The effectiveness of each method will vary according to weather conditions, temperature and type of snow. No method will last longer than a few sessions. When spraying oil or WD-40 spray the shovel outside to avoid making a mess.