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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!

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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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Choosing Commercial Flooring

Choosing the right flooring for your commercial office means balancing what it looks like, with how well it performs. Image can mean everything, and the way your flooring looks will leave an impression on both your customers and employees. Factors such as budget, design, traffic and maintenance requirements need to be considered when comparing office flooring options for your business. The floor cleaning experts from ServiceMaster of Grand Rapids have tips for choosing the best flooring options for your office.


Commercial Flooring Options

Your business flooring needs to fit the space both in design and usability. The goal is to create an appealing floor that matches with other interior elements of the space. Make sure both the color and material used matches the rest of your office space. When considering office flooring ideas, keep in mind the various material options:

  • Carpet or carpet tiles
  • Ceramic tile
  • Hardwood
  • Laminate
  • Natural stone
  • Rubber
  • Vinyl

Carpet

Consider carpet or carpet tiles in office spaces that require insulation from noises. Carpet also provides a softer surface for those who spend large portions of the day on their feet. Available in a huge range of styles, colors and constructions to fit your design and budget needs, carpet offers a lot of flexibility. Carpet does need to be vacuumed daily and cleaned regularly with the help of your preferred janitorial services team to keep it looking great and stain-free. With carpet tiles, you have the ability to replace stained or damaged ones easier than with a wall-to-wall style.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile offers warmth and beauty, as well as durability. For high-traffic areas look for hard ceramic tile rated. Like any other flooring material, ceramic tile can stain but a professional cleaner can treat spots and removes stain to restore the tile’s original look.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors are durable and easy to maintain with regular care. There are many options for wood flooring, from rich red oak to environmentally friendly bamboo. Hardwood floor is classic and adds elegance, warmth and style to any work space. Even though it can be damaged by moisture, scratches and stains, modern hardwood floor finishes can help protect from excessive damage and the wood can be sanded and refinished by ServiceMaster Grand Rapids if needed.

Laminate

Laminate flooring can offer the look of hardwood, tile or even stone flooring but at a lower price. It’s constructed in layers and designed to resist warping from moisture. Typically it features a thick surface coating to protect from scratches and other damage. It does require regular care and cleaning.

Natural Stone

Perhaps not ideal for every office, natural stone does offer a luxurious look. A higher end material, it creates a distinctive appearance that adds something special to the décor. Natural stone may scratch and stain, but a protective sealer can be applied to help reduce issues. Regular maintenance and cleaning is required.

Rubber

Ideal for high-traffic areas, rubber flooring offers design versatility and is an easy-care flooring material. Rubber flooring is durable, heat and water-resistant as well as slip resistant. It’s comfortable to walk and stand on daily and also offers sound absorption, so it’s ideal for an open-concept office space.

Vinyl

Like rubber, vinyl can be ideal for high-traffic areas and when budget is a factor for choosing office flooring. It can be treated to resist scratches and stains. Vinyl flooring also may be treated for slip-resistance. It’s available in a range of styles, color and designs.

Regardless of which material you choose, make sure it is an "Easy-to-Clean" option in order to maintain its good looks. If you aren't sure, talk to our cleaning experts at ServiceMaster Grand Rapids about the care needed for various flooring materials.

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