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Keep On Walking!

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:34 -- Anonymous (not verified)

The secretary of a mid-size to large office never has to worry about “getting their steps in” for the day. I’ve worked at a few churches and if there’s one thing I know about a church secretary, it’s that they are always busy. Across the hall to the workroom. Down the hall to open the side door for the women’s quilting group. Up to the front to answer the doorbell. Around the corner to the printer. Step, step, step… always on the go! Even though they have a desk, they rarely have a moment to sit at it because something is always demanding their attention.

But this came at a price… and the one to pay it was the front office and hallway carpet. You see, down the hall and on around the corner, there was a clearly-defined pathway--a mark worn by time and the day-to-day footsteps of a dedicated secretary. You see, no matter how wonderful the carpet looked the day it was installed, lack of care made the secretary’s everyday footpath as noticeable as a racetrack. 

The commercial-grade carpet (which was light blue elsewhere) was an undesirable shade of brown-blue in the 18-inch wide pathway where our secretary daily walked. But it didn’t have to be this way.

There is a grave misunderstanding about commercial-grade carpet. Though durable, this flooring type (like all flooring types) has its limits. When cared for properly, commercial-grade carpet can last for years. As you can tell from this example, however, there are noticeable consequences when proper care is not taken. That carpet, which should have lasted many more years, ended up being replaced--a costly and disruptive solution that might have been avoided with a regular cleaning routine.

If you’d like to avoid this type of mistake and inconvenience in your place of business, church, school, etc., we have good news. Sonlight Cleaning Services takes a holistic approach to commercial carpet care that ensures the longest possible lifespan for your investment. Our care routine will keep even the most frequently-traversed areas both walkable and looking wonderful for years to come. 

So what should you expect in a commercial carpet cleaning routine? In May of this year, the Carpet and Rug Institute introduced new cleaning standards. Their Commercial Carpet Standard for Maintenance and Cleaning outlines a 5-part approach to keeping commercial carpets looking their best:

  • Soil prevention--for example, using mats and keeping exterior sidewalks clean.
  • Routine maintenance--regular vacuuming with a commercial-grade vacuum.
  • Routine spill, spot, and stain removal
  • Interim maintenance system cleaning systems--for example, carpet bonneting and other surface-level cosmetic cleaning techniques.
  • Deep cleaning systems--regularly-scheduled hot water extraction.

While at first glance this maintenance routine may seem daunting, it can help you avoid the expense and inconvenience of a premature carpet replacement project. And it’s nothing you can’t handle with the help of Sonlight Cleaning Services. We will walk you through the process of setting up a cleaning schedule that will keep your carpets beautiful for years to come… so you can keep on walking and let us do the work!

 

Endless Supply Options (Navigator Included)

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 13:11 -- mwade

Options are great. Put me in a donut shop and let me see every shelf full of possibilities. When the cashier asks if I need help, the answer is always, “Oh, this is a decision I can handle!” Classic glazed? Glazed with sprinkles? Chocolate? Chocolate with icing? Chocolate with icing and sprinkles? Now we’re talking!

Options are great. But sometimes options can give you a headache. Don’t believe me? Try taking a walk down the lightbulb aisle at your local hardware store. I made the mistake of trying this with a toddler in tow the other day and, as I told my spouse when I got home, “It was like trying to assemble a one-thousand piece puzzle with my eyes closed.” Needless to say, after all my trouble, I had still managed to purchase the wrong bulbs. 

Options are great. But options have the potential to give you a headache. That’s why some options are best navigated with the help of an experienced hand.

When it comes to purchasing the supplies you need to keep your church, business, educational facility, financial institution, medical facility, office, or industrial building running smoothly, it’s not hard to get overwhelmed with options. A quick website or catalog scan of the 3,000+ products available through JanSan Janitorial, Industrial Cleaning, and Commercial Maintenance can make your head spin! 

But let’s take a step back in time to one of my more successful lightbulb shopping experiences. I walked into the store, already feeling my stress level mounting. As I stood there, eyes swimming in alternatives, an employee noticed my predicament. Some of the best words you can hear in moments like that is, “What can I do for you today? My job is to make your job easier.”

Sonlight Cleaning Services is a commercial cleaning company that takes a holistic approach to making your job easier. In addition to traditional janitorial services and day porter services, we also help you navigate the perpetual challenges associated with ordering and reordering supplies. Our team can track, order, and supply thousands of commonly-used commercial products. Once we get to know you and the needs of your facilities, we can make the reordering process completely seamless. Our job is to help you navigate smoothly as you keep your facilities in “ship-shape.”

In addition to carrying top brands (including Rubbermaid, Continental, Pro-Team, Kimberly-Clark, GoJo, and P&G), we are also leading the way towards Green Seal approved products such as paper, cleaning products, and equipment. Over 50,000 top products are available to you through Sonlight Cleaning Services, but you won’t have to navigate the options alone. From mops and buckets to soap dispensers and refills, we’ve got all your needs covered (navigator included)! Contact Us Today!

 

Late-Night Clean

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 15:20 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Night classes. As a college student, I always had a love/hate relationship with these once-a-week courses. In theory, it’s a good plan--squeeze three credit hours into a marathon class session late one evening of the week. In practice, it’s a little bit tougher when you’ve got an eight o’clock class the same day or (almost worse) an early-morning class the following day. Once the sun went down and the professor had been lecturing past the two-hour mark, it was just plain hard to stay focused!

My college campus was a unique one. The university, once situated on a land-locked piece of land in the middle of downtown, made the bold move to the “outskirts” where they purchased an existing property. This meant that most of the rooms used as classrooms were originally used for, well, not classrooms. Almost every room had an entire wall of windows. During the day, this was a bit distracting because you could see everyone walking by. At night, it was somewhat erie because only the “after-hours” lights were on and the normally-buzzing hallways were relatively dim. 

One of my favorite “stay awake” strategies during these late-night classes was to watch the night custodians. With hundreds of students and faculty traversing the halls each day, it is no wonder that these energetic individuals had their work cut out for them every evening. Since there were no other people in the building besides my night class, after dark, this was their domain.

The team swooped in with janitorial carts, mops, vacuums, and “slippery when wet” signage. Vacuum the stairs, mop the hallways, clean the bathrooms, restock the paper goods, sanitize the handrails (I had never stopped to consider how many hands touch those handrails in a day!), dust the railing below the handrails, wash the windows, dust the light fixtures… oh my, how quickly they moved!

By the time I arrived the next morning for that 8:00am class, the campus literally sparkled. I am so proud to call such a beautiful, well-maintained campus my alma mater.

You want every student who enters your institution to be proud to call it their home for four (or more) years. And any admissions counselor can tell you that first impressions matter a lot, not just to students but also--and perhaps especially!--to their parents who are likely footing the bill. Fortunately, when first impressions count, Sonlight Cleaning Services is here to serve you and your educational facility. Our impeccable reputation in the commercial cleaning industry has led us to over thirty successful years serving the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. 

So take a moment to consider the impact a first impression can have on your student body. And then give Sonlight Cleaning Services a call. One of our team members will be happy to work with you to create a cleaning routine that is just the right fit for your school. From day-porter services to late-night deep-cleaning, from window-washing to restocking supplies, we’ve got everything you need to make every student proud to call your school their own. Contact us Today for an evaluation of  your service requirements.

When the Mercury Rises, It’s Time to Get… Moving?

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 15:15 -- Anonymous (not verified)

We’ve all seen it. The angry tirades against the heat are only just beginning. A friend recently posted on social media that “never in a million years” would they ever move in August. Why did she express this strong opinion? Because she had just moved. In Texas. In August.

According to Google search results, searches for “moving” in Texas reach an all-time high between late July and early August. And much to the dismay of those poor facilities managers who find themselves booking movers during this peak season, these are the hottest months of the whole year!

No matter how deep your office is in the cozy air conditioning of your building, the in-and-out that is involved in a company move means that no amount of air conditioning will be able to combat the onslaught of heat and humidity brought on by a Texas summer. And whether you’re in a medical office or an accounting office, there are sure to be loads upon loads of files to move, which means those doors will be opening a lot. And as the heat swelters, the boxes move, and the dust settles, it's time to think about preparing the facility itself to be turned back over to the leasing company.

Sonlight Cleaning Services is a trusted name in the community among a variety of institutions--schools, office buildings, medical facilities, churches, financial institutions, industrial warehouses. You name it, we’ve cleaned it! Chances are, if your organization is facing a move, this could be a new experience for you to navigate. With thirty years of experience, Sonlight has overseen the move-out and move-in cleaning process for dozens of organizations. We can help you navigate through the process seamlessly and work with you to create a customized cleaning routine in your “new digs” once you settle in!

So what’s typically involved in a company move-out cleaning job? Here is a sampling of a few things that may be included on a commercial property move-out checklist:

  • Nails should be removed and all holes repaired
  • Stains on flooring should be treated (copy machines are notorious for leaving black powder embedded in carpet)
  • Windows, window sills, cabinetry, and walls should be clean
  • Carpets should be cleaned (Sonlight offers extraction carpet cleaning, which can help minimize the indents left in your carpet by heavy pieces of furniture)
  • Everything should be thoroughly cleaned

When the lease is up and it’s time to change your company accommodations, it’s safe to say you won’t be able to expect the temperature to be so… accommodating. If you’re looking for the best move-out and move-in cleaner in Dallas / Fort Worth, look no further than Sonlight Cleaning Services. We have been keeping businesses clean--from move-in to move-out and everything in between--for more than three decades. We're ready to get moving for you! Contact Us.

 

Handwashing & Hundred-Degree Heat

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 19:00 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Yesterday as I pulled into the supermarket parking lot, I saw something that surprised me. The heat was just sweltering--the thermometer on my dashboard display read over one hundred degrees (unfortunately, this wasn’t the surprising part). As I parked the car and pulled my toddler out of his car seat, I made a mental note to grab a cart near the door. Last time, I grabbed one out of a nearby cart stall and almost burned my hand it was so hot! But despite the unbearable sauna of Texas, the reminders are already out. So what was the surprising thing I saw? The first of many signs this season reminding me to get a flu shot. 

Can you believe another flu season is just around the corner? A 2007 CDC report shared that the average employee takes an annual average of 14 sick days, many of these during "flu season" which generally runs from October through as late as May. Now, some of these sick days are personal and others are for family illness, but the hard truth remains that illness is more than just bad for the individual, it’s bad for business. 

But the even more amazing part is that according to the same report, one simple act could help prevent one million deaths each year. Want to take a wild guess? If you were paying attention in kindergarten or listened to your mama, you probably already know. “Wash your hands!”

That’s right. The simple act of handwashing cuts down on foodborne illnesses, respiratory infections, staph-related infections… organizations ranging from churches to businesses to medical facilities to schools could regain countless hours with a little bit of hot, soapy water! In fact, according to the study, schools that added hand sanitizing stations in classroom decreased absenteeism due to illness by almost twenty percent. 

If you manage one of these types of facilities, what can you do to promote handwashing? Well, you probably shouldn’t count to thirty over your customer or employee’s shoulder as they suds up. But you can do two very important things--keep your bathroom clean and well stocked!

The janitorial and day porter services provided by Sonlight Cleaning Services can take care of both of those matters. Our team takes sanitation seriously. Not only will your handwashing stations be clean in appearance, they’ll pass the germ test as well. Our personnel also use a electrostatic disinfectant sprayer. The sprayer features electrostatic technology allowing disinfectants to wrap conductive surfaces with better coverage.  There is no need for our personnel to touch or wipe surfaces being disinfected reducing the risk of Cross contamination

We understand what it takes to get a facility truly clean. (Do you know what the required dwell time is for different types of cleaning chemicals? We do!)

We also keep your bathroom well-stocked. Even the most devoted hand-washer is deterred when there’s no soap in the pump or paper towels in the dispenser. Sonlight can track, order, supply, and restock the most commonly-used San Jan supplies, including soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, fragrance machines, tissues, and other restroom products. 

Flu season may be right around the corner, but you won’t be caught empty-handed (or germ-handed) with Sonlight on your side! Contact Sonlight Cleaning Today!!

Selecting the Right Cleaning Company for Your School

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 18:21 -- Anonymous (not verified)

This coming weekend is Tax Free Weekend--the universal symbol of the close of summer. While not all states hold tax free weekend at the same time, it seems to be the agreed-upon signal that pools are about to close, stores are about to be swarmed with back-to-school shopping, and teachers are about to double-down on getting their classrooms ready.

As parents, teachers, and students gather the supplies necessary to kick off a new academic year with enthusiasm, it’s high time to look around your school’s campus and ask the question, “Are we ready to make a great first impression?”

If you manage the facilities for a school of any size and for any education level--from preschool through graduate studies--you know firsthand that when students begin roaming the halls, all the catch-up cleaning you did over the summer months quickly is undone. Don’t let it get you down. Buildings exist to serve people, not the other way around. But it’s important not to get behind or you’ll soon find yourself with more work than you can make up for over a long holiday weekend.

Sonlight Cleaning Services is a commercial cleaning company in the Dallas Fort Worth area with over 30 years of experience working with businesses, schools, churches, industrial buildings… you get the picture. We can tackle projects from very small chain locations (5,000 square feet) to as large as they come (over one million square feet)!

Is Sonlight the right cleaning company for you? Here’s a few reasons we think we might be!

  • When you work with us, you “shop local.” We are owned and operated by the Reichert family--and have been for the entirety of those 30 years. We do not franchise and we are deeply invested in our community. We’re here to stay.
  • We are experienced. We’re the best of both worlds in that we’re privately operated but with years of experience and awards to back us up. 
  • We’re licenced and insured. We take the worry out of it. You won’t have to think twice about who you’re working with because we’ve got you covered.
  • All of our team members are background checked and thoroughly trained. Especially when children are involved, this is an incredibly important thing to consider.
  • The services we offer are extensive. You won’t have to worry about subcontractors or hiring out for jobs like floor waxing. We do it all. We’re a one-stop-shop for everything from power washing to day porter services.
  • We don’t believe in “one-size-fits-all” packages. Your school’s needs are as unique as each of your students. Our team members work with you to create a customized cleaning plan that meets your needs perfectly. 

Leave the guess-work to your students. When you work with Sonlight Cleaning Services, you’re guaranteed an A+ clean every time!

Whose Boots Have Your Floors Been Under?

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 18:27 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Do you oversee facilities management for a large church, school, business or medical office, industrial building, or financial institution? Were you on the “ground floor,” so to speak, when the facilities were being built? Or do certain buildings (or all of the buildings) predate your tenure in that location? Do you actually know what the original flooring looked like? Even if you think you do, you may want to read on.

I recently overheard a conversation that went something like this...

Person 1: “I had no idea the tile was that color. And the grout is white. I mean bright white. I always assumed it was beige.”

Person 2: “What do you mean? Didn’t you clean it?” 

Person 1: “Of course I cleaned it! I know for a fact that it was swept and mopped daily since I started five years ago.”

Person 2: “Then how could you have no idea what color your own floors were?”

Person 1: “They were installed long before I got there. And come to find out, they had never been properly cleaned.

You see, what happened here is not unusual. A building that was not very old--perhaps less than 15 years old--was cleaned regularly but not professionally. And the facilities manager, having only been there five years, had no idea what the floors looked like when they were first installed. He truly thought the grout was beige when it was actually white! He had no idea that the previous company that leased the building never had the tiles steam cleaned. 

At Sonlight Cleaning Services, some of our proudest moments come when we get to see things like this--a customer truly “wowed” by their own facilities. In a few more years, that facilities manager might have gone to the trouble to replace flooring that was actually in terrific shape. 

Oftentimes the greenest and most fiscally-responsible solution--contracting Sonlight Cleaning Services for your regular and specialty cleaning needs--is actually the very best solution for your building. A complete flooring replacement would have cost unnecessary money and time (replacing flooring is a huge inconvenience to employees, students, and/or clients). 

Do you know the original condition of your floors? See if you can recall or find pictures of your floors shortly after they were installed. How many shoes have traversed those floors in the years that have elapsed? 

Sonlight Cleaning Services utilizes the most up-to-date cleaning methods to care for all types of commercial flooring, including carpet, tile, LVT, laminate, and VCT. Regardless of whose boots have been on your floor, you won’t know it once we’re done! Contact us today for a free estimate!!

 

Plan a Dallas-Fort Worth Staycation

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 14:46 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Summer in Texas is hot. As spring draws to a close, people begin bracing themselves for the onslaught of unrelenting heat. Get the air conditioner units serviced, restock the sunscreen supply, book a getaway to the beach or somewhere with cool air… these are all reflex behaviors of Texans everywhere. 

But something is happening in Texas this week that lifelong Texans typically only daydream about. Daily highs, usually soaring well into the 100’s this time of year, are resting easily in the low 90’s and (amazingly) some days aren’t even leaving the 80’s. Talk about something worth celebrating! 

If you’ve never had a “stay-cation” in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, now is the perfect time to check a few things off your bucket list. 

  1. Visit your local water park. Simply pull up your favorite search engine and type “water park near me.” There are a multitude of water parks in the greater DFW area to choose from so you won’t have to drive far to enjoy one! Cap off your visit with a stop by an ice cream shop and you’ll have a quintessential summer day.
  2. Check out the Fort Worth Stockyards. Take a trip back to a simpler time as you watch the live cattle drive--down cobblestone streets!--at 11:30am or 4:00pm every day. Check the calendar on the website to see what else you should “git along” to see.
  3. Take advantage of cooler temps at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. In addition to beautiful ponds and gardens, they offer multiple events every day of the week. From “Christmas in July” in the children’s garden to elegant garden parties and food tasting events for adults, there will be plenty of options to choose from!
  4. See one of the museums. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, a comprehensive exhibit on JFK’s presidency & assassination, is one of many unique and world-class historical museums located in the area. If you enjoy art, the Dallas Museum of Art would be a great place to start.
  5. Visit the Fort Worth or Dallas Zoo. Both kids and adults love a visit to the zoo. And with two exceptional zoos in close proximity, you may even want to see both this summer!

When it comes to vacations, sometimes the best treasures are closer to home than you think. When it comes to a commercial cleaning service that can deliver everything you need (and more), you similarly don’t have to look very far! 

Sonlight Cleaning Services is a Dallas-Fort Worth based commercial cleaning company with a 30-year track record of keeping DFW businesses, churches, medical facilities, office buildings, educational facilities, and industrial buildings looking their very finest! So before you head out for your staycation, give us a call. In the time it takes you to visit the lion, tigers, and bears, we can prepare a customized quote for your facilities--oh my!

 

 

How to Extend the Life of your Tile Floors

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:35 -- Anonymous (not verified)

When it comes to tough, reliable, beautiful, and long-lasting flooring, ceramic tile is often the material that tops the charts. No other flooring type has quite the track record that tile boasts--archaeologists find records of its use thousands of years before the turn of the millennia! 

The fascinating thing about tile is that it is one of very few flooring types to earn that coveted title of “timeless.” This morning I was at the dental office and caught a glimpse of yet another fixer-upper-style show. This one was highlighting old buildings that had what they call good bones. Often the good bones these TV hosts highlight include wood trim, original molding, shiplap (of course!), interesting brick work, and--you guessed it!--tile flooring.

If you doubt the allure of old tile, take a look at the wildly popular Instagram account “Cheap Old Houses” which boasts almost half a million followers, all of whom are eager to see the next post which will inevitably include some timeless architectural treasure. If you take a moment to browse through the comments section, you’ll quickly find that on almost every post there are literally hundreds of people ooohing-ing and ahhh-ing over well-preserved 100-year-old tile floors. 

Though one of the more expensive flooring options, there is no argument that tile is a worthwhile investment. Unlike carpet, which must be replaced relatively frequently, tile can last upwards of a century. 

Ceramic tiles themselves are typically impermeable to water and dirt. However, the grout that surrounds each tile is somewhat less durable. The average lifespan of grout is approximately one-quarter to one-eighth the lifespan of tile. It is the weakest link in your tile flooring. Therefore, special attention must be paid to grout care so that your floors can remain beautiful for many years to come.

Many tile cleaning companies focus on restoration or repair--at Sonlight Cleaning Services, we believe the best approach to extending the life of your tile flooring is actually preservation. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

We use an acid-based solution that is specifically formulated for ceramic tile and grout. This approach deep-cleans and whitens the grout, rather than just removing surface dirt. Afterwards, we clean the tile using a patented tile and grout cleaning tool with a professional hot water extractor. If your specific type of tile and grout requires a sealant, we apply this water-protective coating as the final step in the tile care process.

When we’re finished, you’ll be falling in love with your tile floors all over again (and so will your clients)! Contact us Today!!

 

 

How to Extend the Life of Your Paint and Wallpaper

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 13:40 -- Anonymous (not verified)

What do schools, doctor’s offices, financial institutions, churches, office buildings, and manufacturing facilities all share in common? Walls! Every building has them. And something that most of the walls in these facilities also share in common is that many of them--if not all of them--have some type of well covering. 

Sheetrock is a great building material, but it doesn’t look great in its natural state. The two most popular ways to “dress up” sheetrock are wallpaper and paint (typically along with texture). Paint and wallpaper each have their pros and cons. 

Pros of paint:

  • Relatively inexpensive and simple to change when you wish to update the look of a space.
  • Simple to apply and repair.
  • Great for rooms with high humidity levels, such as restrooms and kitchens

Cons of paint:

  • Care must be taken in application or you could end up with paint getting tracked onto your floors.
  • Requires reapplication every few years.
  • Sheetrock must be textured and any defects repaired before application. Most paints also require the use of primer, adding an extra step.

Pros of wallpaper:

  • Longer lifespan than paint--as much as 3 times longer--and much of the wallpaper being sold today is wipeable and easy to clean.
  • Great for making a statement and giving a space a decorative look. It can also be used strategically to make a space feel larger--for example, horizontal stripes will make a room look wider and vertical stripes will make a room look taller. Some wallpaper is so beautiful you don’t even need any additional wall decor to make your space feel warm and welcoming.
  • Good quality wallpaper can help hide imperfections in the sheetrock.

Cons of wallpaper:

  • Somewhat more complicated to install.
  • Not easily repaired.
  • More expensive than paint.

When you partner with Sonlight Cleaning Service for your daily janitorial needs we have the add on wall cleaning care plan that will extend the life of your wall coverings. Our specialty enzyme based products can extend the life of your wallpaper or increase the time between paint cycles, protecting your investment and reducing the need for touch-ups or repairs. This wall cleaning service can be seamlessly incorporated into your monthly maintenance agreement with Sonlight, saving you money (and headache) in the long run by keeping your walls looking wonderful year after year! Contact Us Today for a Free Estimate.

 

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