A plastic shovel can be used to remove snow from stamped concrete as you would on any other hard surface. Snow blowers can also be used, but care must be taken to ensure that the rotating blades do not touch the concrete surface. Make certain that the guides on the snow blower that actually do make contact with the concrete are not sharp to eliminate scratching of the surface.
The blade on any truck used to clear snow from your driveway must be fitted with a ‘plastic’ guard along the bottom of the blade to eliminate scratching of the surface.
De-icing products should NOT be used on stamped concrete during the first winter of installation. In the second winter you can begin using only ‘concrete friendly’ deicing products. Never use any products containing magnesium chloride, nitrates, urea or sugar beets on concrete.
Keeping your concrete clear of snow will reduce the need for deicers altogether. Any snow left on your driveway or front walks will melt on warmer days and then freeze up at night creating the need for deicers. Sprinkling a little ‘brick sand’ on these wet areas will help to absorb this moisture and will also aid with traction. It is generally good practice to use ‘brick sand’ on concrete at anytime during the winter season, just as you see being used on city roads. Concrete friendly deicing products and brick sand can be purchased at most homebuilder supplies.
During some of the warmer winter days, Torus Construction recommends rinsing down your concrete driveways, this will wash away or at least help to dilute salts and deicers that have been tracked in from daily driving.