Solid state chemistry Damage to shoes when using salts against ice
Hi I wanted to know why the salts used against icing destroy leather and rubber products, how does this happen?
I think it's due to dehydration of the material. This salt has a high solubility energy, so when it dissolve it emits large amount of heat. So when solid solts gets on some type of material it pulls water from it, damaging the material
@chaoticgood Then, in theory, soaking the material in water should solve the same problem
@argentum No, because damage is permanent. I think we all got a hole in lab coats from H2SO4 this way
@argentum Unfortunately I'm not well informed about general shoe composition. I know that natural materials such as leather and sued can be damaged sufficiently if they're not protected
@chaoticgood It is interesting exactly what processes lead to destruction
@argentum Depending on a material. Also I think composition of the salt varies from place to place
In general, does the damaging effect of salts on leather products consist in their dehydration?