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Flooring Trends in The New Year

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 21:08 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Pantone has announced the color of the year--Living Coral. Whether or not you eagerly await this announcement each year, you will no doubt see its effects resonate throughout the upcoming months. Color trends influence many areas of life, from fashion to flooring and everything in between.

While you may not choose this vibrant coral tone as your primary flooring color, it would certainly make a great accent color in your facilities. Besides color trends, it’s interesting to note other trends as well. Today we’re going to talk flooring trend projections for the new year!

Below we’ve included a few highlights about the most popular choices in commercial flooring:

  • Polished concrete - This is simply concrete that has been stained and polished to a matte or high-sheen finish. Sealed concrete is easily cleaned with a microfiber cleaning pad and a pH-neutral cleaning solution (never products containing ammonia or citrus, for example, as they can damage the sealer or wax).
  • Tile - Tile is an impervious flooring type that is both attractive and durable. It is very popular in areas such as hallways and bathrooms that get a lot of traffic and may be exposed to moisture. Tile can be swept, vacuumed, and mopped. Grout may need to be resealed occasionally.
  • LVT and vinyl - Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and vinyl have been a common choice for many years, but have increased in popularity since the addition of plank-type tiles to the list of choices in this material. Vinyl is durable and impervious to water. Though typically glued down to the subfloor, newer LVT styles include “floating” click-and-lock options. Vinyl can be swept, vacuumed, or mopped. Cleaning products should only be used as recommended by the manufacturer, because some can cause premature wear on the finish.
  • Laminate - With AC (abrasion class) ratings up to 5, laminate has come a long way in terms of durability for commercial use. Some types of laminate are water resistant, but extra care should be taken when cleaning this flooring type. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning laminate, as some types can be cleaned with a carefully-wrung mop while others should only be dust-mopped.
  • Commercial-grade carpet - Carpet, like laminate, has come a long way in terms of durability for commercial use. While vacuuming is the best way to get an everyday clean, it is wise to regularly deep-clean carpeting and rugs through bonneting or extraction. Regular stain removal, pre-spotting treatment, disinfecting and deodorizing will also extend the life of your carpet (as well as lower dust particles that affect air quality in your facilities).

Trends come and go, but Sonlight Cleaning Services is here to stay. We’re your one-stop-shop for a commercial cleaning service in the greater Dallas / Fort Worth area. We’ve been in business over thirty years and our highly-trained team of professionals are familiar with the best methods for keeping your floors looking their very best year after year. Give us a call for your free quote to see how we can make this new year the best one yet for your facilities!


New Year’s Resolutions

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 18:56 -- Anonymous (not verified)

It should come as no surprise that “New Year’s resolutions” have become almost synonymous with close of one year and the beginning of the next. As the quintessential ball drops, it’s as though our minds automatically replay the events of 2018 and begin dreaming of the ways 2019 could play out.

Will we find love? Travel more? Increase our saving or giving? Start a new habit or end of bad one? As I reflected on the last year, I realized that my 2018 resolution, which was to read more books, came to fruition as a I looked over the list of eighteen books I had read throughout the last 365 days (which was considerably better than the previous year’s total).

If you manage the facilities for a business, church, school, or other structure, perhaps you’ve made a separate list of resolutions for your organization. What changes or improvements do you want to see in 2019?

In order for resolutions to produce fruit in your life, there is one key element that must accompany the resolution itself… and that’s a plan or strategy.

Sonlight Cleaning Services exists to help you make great first impressions with your facilities. Our team of highly-trained employees specializes in keeping medium and large facilities looking their very best every day of every year--for over thirty years!--and we can help you make a plan that will serve your organization well.

Some of the services we provide include:

  • Daily or weekly janitorial services
  • Daily porter service
  • Power washing
  • Window washing
  • Minor floor cleanup and restoration
  • Wall washing
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Hard floor cleaning and maintenance
  • Parking lot cleanup
  • Minor maintenance & handyman services

Get the new year off to a great start by calling Sonlight Cleaning Services today! If you haven’t worked with us before, we can offer you a free personalized quote. If you already contract with us, think about adding a service or two to your regularly-scheduled maintenance routine to make sure your facilities look their very best in 2019!

From all of us at Sonlight, wishing you a Happy New Year!

We Wish You A Merry Christmas (And A Happy New Year!)

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 14:10 -- Anonymous (not verified)

We wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Clean tidings we bring to you and your team

We wish you a Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year


The windows may all need washing

The carpets could all be splotchy

The hallway’s in need of polishing

And we’ll be right there!


Clean tidings we bring to you and your team

Clean tidings from Sonlight

For a Happy New Year!


As 2018 comes to a close and we prepare to ring in the New Year, your friends at Sonlight Cleaning Services send their warmest greetings.

Sonlight Cleaning Services is a family-run business that has been taking care of the commercial cleaning needs of businesses throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex for over thirty years. We’ve worked hard to build and maintain an excellent reputation in this community and we’re not going anywhere!

Our team at Sonlight is excited to begin another year as we ended the last--helping businesses, schools, and churches make great first impressions with their facilities.

If your facility is over 5,000 square feet, it’s time to call Sonlight Cleaning Services to create a customized plan of care for you. We handle day-to-day cleaning needs (such as janitorial services and day-porter services) as well as special cleaning needs (such as window washing, power washing, and flood restoration).

There’s no time like the present to build a relationship with Sonlight Cleaning Services, your partner in creating lasting first impressions!



Better Than Santa’s Elves

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 19:35 -- Anonymous (not verified)

The other day I did something I had never done before--I ordered groceries online. This may be normal occurrence for some people, and I blame a German heritage for this stubbornness, but I told myself this was a “luxury” that I could certainly do without.

My weakness came in the form of an advertisement for the service coupled with an especially busy week leading up to holiday travel. So I did the thing I said I’d never do. I placed an order for curbside grocery delivery.

I pulled into a parking space and texted the parking space number to the special phone number, and then I waited. Presently, a man pushing a full grocery basket came walking directly towards my vehicle. A typical grocery trip takes me over an hour!

As I thought about the hassle involved in a typical chore like this, I started to think about the actual cost versus the opportunity cost involved in contracting this service. Whatever was lost financially was regained almost immediately in the ability to use my time elsewhere (plus, grocery shopping was not a job I particularly enjoyed to begin with).

As I backed my vehicle out of the space, trunk full of groceries, I rolled down my window and waved to the employees, “I just wanted to say that you guys are even better than Santa’s elves! Merry Christmas!”

We don't mean to brag, but when it comes to taking care of the cleaning needs of your company, Sonlight Cleaning Service’s janitorial staff members are better than Santa’s elves. Whether your business is 5,000 or 5 million square feet, our team has your best interests in mind. From light fixtures to floors, we’ve got you covered. Sonlight offers almost every kind of cleaning service your business could need--we even offer power washing and window washing services! This also means that we simplify your routine. You don't have to search around for a specialized company when you need the windows to sparkle. Simply add it to your regularly-scheduled care routine with Sonlight!

If you’re a small business owner who is tempted, like me, to think of some things as a “luxury” that you’ll be able to take advantage of one day, I urge you to consider the opportunity cost. Think of the benefit of using your time somewhere besides maintaining your facilities. Imagine the impression your perfectly-clean business will make on your clients.

Even Santa has help to get the job done. Call Sonlight Cleaning Services today for your free quote--we won’t come on a sleigh but you still might mistake us for Santa’s elves!


Demo Day & Cleanup Day

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 21:05 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Remodeling is almost essential to any successful business these days. Patrons have an unspoken expectation that the companies with which they do business look “with the times.” This is not to say that every business needs a modern minimalist style; quite the contrary, your business should reflect, well, your business! But as your business evolves and grows, so should your facilities. And this means… remodeling! 
HGTV star Chip Gaines (of the very popular TV show “Fixer Upper”) has a favorite day and he made sure everybody knows it. It’s not his birthday or Thanksgiving… it’s DEMO DAY! 
But if you’ve ever been witness to--or maybe even on the planning side of--scheduling a remodel of your place of business, you know all too well that “demo day” is followed by a lot of other (equally as important) days that aren’t quite so much fun. 
Before demo day, there are plenty of essential preparation days. Budgeting, meeting with architects and contractors, moving furniture or rearranging temporary offices or meeting spaces. There is so much pre-work involved! After demo day, there is the season of rebuilding what was torn down. This can be a little unnerving for the observer, as the “bones” of your building are exposed before “new skin” is put on. And then, after your beautiful architectural drawings are being revealed in real-life before your very eyes, there’s the all-essential CLEANUP DAY.
The good news is, if you’ve got Sonlight Cleaning Services in your corner, you don’t have to dread cleanup day. In addition to your year-round daily, weekly, or monthly janitorial services (dictated by the size of your facility), you can customize your care routine to include a special deep-cleaning after your renovations. 
At Sonlight, we’re all too familiar with the propensity of demo day dust to infiltrate your facilities. No matter how carefully you’ve taped and tarped off the construction zone, it just seems to find its way everywhere. That’s why we take a full-building approach to cleanup day. 
In addition to the normal cleaning your buildings receive, we pay special attention to those other places dust can settle. We can replace air filters, wash walls, dust fixtures, and wash windows. Did the contractor spill paint on the sidewalk? Not to worry! We do power washing, too! We’re all-too-familiar with the nooks and crannies affected by a renovation we will ensure your renovation is ready for its big reveal!
Even in the weeks and months following your project, you’ll probably notice that dust will continue to settle. But with Sonlight Cleaning Services, you don’t have to worry--we’ll catch that outlying dust during your regularly-scheduled janitorial service. Call us today to discuss your cleanup day!

Deck The Halls (and Dust Them Too)

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 20:24 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Deck the halls with boughs of holly


‘Tis the season to clean heartily


In all fairness, Sonlight Cleaning Services never claimed to be gifted lyricists. But we do know a thing or two about commercial cleaning! In today’s blog we’re going to talk about one of the services we offer--wall cleaning--and why this oft’ overlooked opportunity should be added onto your regularly-scheduled cleaning routine with Sonlight!

Horizontal services, as we know all too well, have this unavoidable habit of collecting dust and dirt. Vertical services (especially textured ones) also get dirty but are often neglected in the cleaning routine.

Interior walls are prone to neglect because… well… most people simply don’t think think about cleaning them! Did you know that airborne dust particles can just as easily settle on the texture of your wallpaper or drywall as they can on an office bookshelf? Additionally, any place on the wall that comes into contact with body oils or clothing (which can leave behind oil or even detergent residue) becomes an immediate adhesive for buildup of airborne dust particles.

Left unattended, walls exposed to these conditions lose their luster, leading to the need for more frequent (read: costly) replacement such as new wallpaper or paint.

Ideally, walls should be dusted from top to bottom, with special attention to edges and corners where cobwebs tend to be found. Smudges and stains are then removed before the walls are wiped down with a mild cleaner.

At Sonlight, we believe that this type of care is the best way to reduce cost in the long run. 

Before you “deck the halls” this Christmas, let the experts at Sonlight clean them for you! Give us a call for your free quote today!


Remember to Schedule Your Holiday Party Cleanup

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 20:44 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror and Christmas is seemingly just around the corner. As Christmas cards and invitations to holiday parties begin to arrive, you may be making plans for your own company Christmas party.

Holiday parties for your large facility or office, with a little intentionality, can be so much more than just a formality. When done right, these events provide opportunities for you to show your staff just how much they are appreciated.

When a team has worked hard all year, it’s important to set aside time to celebrate achievements and commemorate milestones! Additionally, gatherings that focus on building relationships--such as the annual Christmas party--increase group cohesion, which can lead to better teamwork throughout the year.

Here are five tips for making this year’s Christmas party the best one yet:

  1. Determine your parameters. This includes things that are “set” far in advance like budget, guest list, date, etc. Something to consider as you think about this step is what kind of company culture do you want to communicate? For example, if “family-focused” is one of your values, you may want to choose a date and time that would allow for family members to attend. Parties can be great opportunities for communicating (and solidifying) company culture.


  1. Pick a theme. Casual daytime brunch? After-hours party? Will you bring in some type of entertainment? Will people be dressed up or come in casual attire? (Humorously, many companies choose the opposite of whatever the “norm” is in the office--for example, if folks typically show up in a suit and tie, then a casual “Christmas Luau” theme might be a fun break from the norm!) This is the step where you sketch a draft of what the party will look like. A themed party can help build excitement for the event, especially when communicated in advance through your invitations… which brings us to our next tip…


  1. Send invitations. Yes, a company-wide email might suffice. But if one of the objectives of throwing the party is to communicate to your team just how valuable they are, a special invitation--either paper or e-vite--can go a long way! (It might even help your attendance!)


  1. Book catering & entertainment. This one is pretty self-explanatory. While some companies choose to go the good ol’ potluck route, it’s worth considering that many people are overly-worked and overly-stressed this time of year. A meal that they don’t need to cook themselves will be a fabulous draw for your party!


  1. Sonlight Cleaning Services offers the add on service of cleaning up your office parties. Did you know that this last step can actually make or break your party? All of the work you’ve put into ensuring your company party is a success--one where your team feels valued and appreciated--can quickly be undone with the words, “Okay, everyone, let’s clean up before work tomorrow!” Let Sonlight take care of the mess. You (and your team) deserve the night off! Sonlight Cleaning not only provides daily cleaning 5 days per week for your large office or facility. We are also a full service company with additional services such as strip and wax, carpet cleaning, Jan San supplies to help save our customers money and of course we will also clean up after your Holiday party so you can enjoy the event with your staff. Contact us today if you have any questions or if you would like an estimate to cover the 5 day per week cleaning that you need done the right way every time for your large facility or office. When “First Impressions Count” successful businesses choose Sonlight Cleaning Service, Inc.



Let’s Talk Turkey

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 19:03 -- Laura M. Pulliam

The holidays are such a special time of year. Families gather around the table to give thanks for their many blessings and share in a meal together. Before the guests take their seats, though, the all-important preparations must first take place.

It’s amazing just how crowded the grocery stores are during the week leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas. One would think that grocery shopping was suddenly an Olympic sport. Grandmas get that determined look in their eye as they reach for the last box of stuffing mix. Mothers hit the dairy aisle for whipped topping (for that all-important pumpkin pie). Fathers with cart loaded down with frying oil eye the turkeys, just imagining how it will look perfectly golden and ready to serve.

But, oh, the turkey. The average Thanksgiving turkey purchased in the United States comes in at a whopping fifteen pounds. Putting a frozen bird of that size in the shopping cart is definitely a two-handed task. And this is exactly where the danger begins.

Did you know that raw turkey carries bacteria (including salmonella) that can easily contaminate any surface with which it comes in contact? Before even leaving the parking lot, the same hands that just touched the raw turkey will also touch the shopping cart handles, a few more last-minute items, and the credit card reader. This is not even to mention the surfaces that the turkey will come in contact with before it is later cooked and ready to serve to guests.

When it comes to “talking turkey”, we also need to talk about procedures for properly disinfecting surfaces that come into contact with the turkey!

So what is the proper method for disinfecting these surfaces? When most people think about disinfecting, they imagine a quick spritz of sanitizing spray followed by an equally brief wipe-down. This is actually a very dangerous practice because it fails to account for something called dwell time.

Most disinfectants have a contact or “dwell” time. You may have noticed that that most disinfectants have a percentage noted on the bottle, for example, “Kills 99.9% of germs.” The dwell time is the amount of time that the disinfectant needs to remain wet on the surface in order to adequately kill the percentage of germs it claims to kill.

When it comes to commercial cleaning, Sonlight Cleaning Services understands the importance of dwell time and implements it in our procedures. Our protocol is to first clean a surface (in order to remove dust, dirt, or debris) and then disinfect the surface, allowing for the adequate amount of dwell time required by the product before wiping the surface again.

Nobody likes to get sick over the holidays--especially food poisoning from coming in contact with an inadequately disinfected surface! Take a tip from your friends at Sonlight for your home and remember to clean and disinfect your countertops and other surfaces, allowing for adequate dwell time. After your family celebrations are wrapped up, give us a call! We’d love to partner with your business for all your commercial cleaning needs.

Happy Thanksgiving from Sonlight Cleaning Services!



The New Kid On The Block

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 20:27 -- Laura M. Pulliam

A few months ago, my family and I visited a new church building that had just opened its doors about a month prior. The entryway was tastefully decorated, not too busy. The canned lighting in the hallway was a nice touch. The walls were a calming shade of soft grey. All of these things were great, but the thing my eye was almost immediately drawn to… was the floor!

“Is this real wood?” I wondered out loud. It extended from the front door to the sanctuary and then down one hallway to the coffee and dining areas. Having lived in a home with wood floors, I knew it couldn’t possibly be “real” -- it would take far too much traffic and spills in its lifetime. Yet I was so impressed with the hand-scraped, reclaimed wood look of this flooring that I had to find someone on the building committee just to find out!

If you’re at all experienced in construction or commercial building management, I’m sure you already know what I did not at the time. The flooring in this church building is called luxury vinyl tile (or LVT) and, in my follow-up research, I have learned that it is sometimes jokingly called the “dark horse” of the flooring world. Many believe this is the commercial flooring of the future.

Similar to VCT in its composition, this low-maintenance, highly-durable flooring is making waves in the commercial (and now even residential) markets. Though it looks remarkably like wood or other types of porous flooring, it is completely waterproof as well as scratch and stain resistant. The vinyl even has an added protective layer of UV-cured polyurethane so, unlike VCT, it does not need to be stripped and waxed in order to maintain its durability.

One of the most fascinating things about LVT is just how realistic it looks. This flooring typically comes in “planks” that have the appearance of wood, stone, or even concrete. Utilizing some of the same technology that made laminate wood-look floors popular, the image itself is a photographic image under the protective layer. LVT excels over laminate, however, because it is impervious to spills!

In addition to being waterproof, LVT is easy to maintain. This makes it ideal in high-traffic areas such as hallways, waiting rooms, entryways, and even classrooms. LVT should be swept or vacuumed frequently and mopped with a “two-bucket” system to ensure that any neutral cleaner residue be washed away. The amount of traffic will determine the frequency required.

Even though it made its first appearance on the market as far back as the 1970s, LVT is still considered the “new kid on the block” by some flooring professionals. However, here at Sonlight Cleaning Services, we are always up-to-date on the best cleaning practices for every type of commercial flooring. We will ensure that your LVT floors remain as beautiful as the day they were installed. Contact us today for a free quote!


Wax On, Wax Off: Proper Care of VCT Flooring

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 20:51 -- Laura M. Pulliam

Vinyl composition tile (typically referred to simply as “VCT”) is a staple in the commercial flooring industry. Composed of PVC chips which are melted and formed into thin squares, rectangles, or custom-designed shapes, this extremely durable material has been a popular choice in almost every type of commercial building--from churches to schools to medical offices--since as early as the 1940s.

VCT is popular for many reasons, but the three we’d like to highlight today are its versatility, durability, and longevity.

No matter your facility’s unique flair, there is a VCT out there that will suit your style! This versatile flooring comes in every imaginable color. Wood-look, neutrals, bold colors and patterns--a quick image search for “VCT flooring designs” pulls up endless inspiration! This truly is a versatile flooring choice.

As with most flooring, VCT’s durability is enhanced through proper care. These thin, dense tiles are intended to be covered with a polymer coating finish in order to protect them from scratches, gouges, and chips. This coating or special “wax” is what gives VCT its shine. But wax does more than make your VCT floors glisten--it entirely coats the tile and fills in the small gaps between each tile. Without this wax, the edges of the flooring can begin to chip prematurely, especially in areas with heavy foot or rolling traffic.

Even though VCT comes with a factory-finish, the finish applied after installation is really what gives it “nine lives,” so to speak. Some cleaning companies apply only one-to-three layers of wax; however, at Sonlight Cleaning Services, we believe that your flooring is an investment that should last as long as possible. That’s why we use five coats of high-quality floor finish when we strip and wax VCT floors. One of our team members met with a potential client who caught another company’s cleaning crew putting automobile wax on a floor--in our book, that is completely unacceptable! When properly cared for, VCT can provide even the highest-traffic areas with years of beauty and function.

This brings us to longevity. One of the elements that make VCT a desirable choice for commercial and high-traffic buildings is the fact that a broken tile can be replaced independently, without having to redo the entire floor. If you are preparing to install this flooring type in your facility, it is highly recommended that you keep a small supply of extra tiles in case it should be needed in the future. If you do replace a tile, remember to call Sonlight to have the floor stripped and refinished (remember that wax between the tiles actually helps preserve the integrity of the tile)!

Like all flooring types, VCT requires routine care such as sweeping and mopping to keep it looking its best for as long as possible. If you love a high-shine look, we also highly recommend floor buffing! This is what gives the floors that gorgeous bowling-lane sheen.

If you want your VCT floors to live out a long and beautiful life in your building, contact Sonlight Cleaning Services to arrange a care schedule for your facilities. We’re your one-stop-shop for both regular care (such as mopping and buffing) AND special care (such as stripping and waxing)! 


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