As the 'Big Freeze' brings the country to a standstill, one business
is reporting an unusually large increase in sales.
Lubricant specialists WD-40 is fast becoming a favourite of motorists, homeowners and businesses for its de-icing qualities, helping the nation get back on track.
Normally used to fix dirty, jammed, rusty, squeaky or damp problems, a simple squirt of the famous WD-40 yellow and blue can frees frozen car locks, loosens padlocks and prevents windscreen washer spray nozzles from freezing.
WD-40's senior brand manager, Neil Gow, said: "As people and businesses struggle to cope with the cold weather, many are now discovering extra uses found a can of WD-40 can provide.
"With over 2,000 uses, WD-40 is a product everyone just can't do without, whatever the weather.
"Sales are increasing at a phenomenal rate, with projections of a 300% increase on January 2009."
Other ways WD-40 can help with during cold weather include;
· Spraying on pipes and plumbing joints to stop them freezing
· Prevents snow sticking to shovels
· Keeps snow from sticking to satellite dishes/patio door runners
· Helps start wet damp engines
Bill Noble, WD-40's European managing director, said: "While the company is delighted with the sales increase, it's taking precautions to help staff and their families.
"All staff are being given extra cans of WD-40 for personal use to help them stay safe this winter."