The cold weather is here. Some like it, while others agree with Carl Reiner who once said, “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”

Something else that doesn’t like the freezing weather is a lot of your cleaning chemicals. Check the labels for any freeze warnings they may have. When some products freeze, the solids within the solution will fall out and can’t be blended back into the mixture. When this happens, the product is basically useless and will need to be thrown out. If a water based product freezes, you can thaw it then shake it up and it should be good to go.

Then there are spray aerosol products. These need to be used at room temperature whenever possible. Aerosols consist of a water-based product and a solvent-based propellant. When an aerosol can is cold, it won’t dispense properly. Instead of a nice even spray, either nothing will come out (even though there’s still plenty of product inside) or it’ll just spit at you like an angry camel.

This is because when the water-based product gets cold, it gets thick and sluggish. So when you push down on the sprayer, you get a much larger percentage of solvent-based propellant vs. product and end up with a can full of a cleaning product that you’ll never be able to get out. And there goes more of your money in the trash. This problem is easily alleviated by running the can under hot water for about a minute in order to restore it to room temperature.

If you’re unable to park your vehicle in a heated garage overnight, then you’ll need to remove at least your non-water based chemicals so that they’re not ruined. Bringing in your aerosols is also a good idea as there may not be any hot water on the job you’re going to and to save you the time it would take to thaw the cans when you could be doing something that would make you money instead.