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Getting Ready For Winter Travel!

Our ServiceMaster of Grand Rapids crew spend a lot of time on the road, and as the winter weather approaches, it seems people need to be reminded of best winter travel practices! All you have to do is add a little snow here in West Michigan, and cars and trucks are in ditches everywhere!


One thing you may want to invest in, is an emergency car kit in your vehicle, especially if you are going for a longer trips. It is always better to be prepared for the unexpected emergencies!

Good things to include:

  • Blanket
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Extra clothing and shoes
  • First aid kit with seat belt cutter
  • Flashlight (crank or battery-powered). Replace batteries once a year.
  • Food that won't spoil (such as energy bars)
  • List of contact numbers
  • Small shovel, scraper and snow brush
  • Warning light or road flares
  • Water
  • Whistle

Recommended additional items to keep in your vehicle

  • Antifreeze, windshield washer fluid
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Road maps (the actual paper kind!)
  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
  • Tow rope and jumper cables
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How To Clean & Care For Oak Hardwood Floors

Here are some tips for cleaning oak floors and to keep them looking great. 

The best way to clean oak hardwood floors daily is using a dry mop to remove loose dirt, pet hair, and other particulates. Dirt and grit are the enemy of your hardwood flooring, acting as abrasives that can scratch and leave unsightly marks. If your oak flooring sees heavy traffic, consider vacuuming with a soft brush attachment or setting the beater bar to its highest setting. Create a no-shoes rule to reduce the amount of dirt and allergens tracked into your home and across the flooring. Always wipe up spills immediately to minimize stains and hardwood damage.
When considering how to clean oak hardwood floors, remember excessive water and harsh cleaners should be avoided. Oil soaps also should be avoided as this type of cleaner can build up, creating a film over time. While vinegar and water may help remove dark rings or small stains, vinegar is acidic and can affect the flooring's finish and stain. Generally, a solution with a neutral pH may be the best way to clean oak floors. Follow the flooring manufacturer's recommendation when cleaning oak wood floors in your home.
Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish if the finish of a hardwood floor is just dirty or if it's worn. Our ServiceMaster Clean flooring specialists offer advice for checking the finish before cleaning oak floors. If the finish on your oak flooring is worn, it's best to avoid using a wet mop to clean it. To test the finish, pick an inconspicuous spot and drop a tablespoon of water onto the floor. If the water beads up, the finish is in good shape; however, if the water soaks into the wood quickly and leaves any type of spot, the finish is worn. A worn finish should be redone before any type of floor cleaning or you increase the risk of damaging the wood.
A damp mop cleaning with plain water often works best for oak hardwood. The mop should never be soaking wet, simply damp to the touch. Avoid steam mops, as they may dull the finish. If you're dry mopping or vacuuming the oak floors regularly, it's likely you won't need to use a damp mop more than once every few weeks. When cleaning no longer restores the floor's shine, consider having the finish redone. Your oak floors deserve special care and treatment. Let us take the mystery out of cleaning oak hardwood floors. Our ServiceMaster Grand Rapids flooring professionals can assess the condition of your oak hardwood and determine the best cleaning method to get the job done and return the floor to its natural beauty. 

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