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How Often Should It Be Cleaned?

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 18:57 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Cleaning frequency is… well… a frequent topic! No one wants to overpay for unnecessary services but you also don’t want to venture into the other side of the spectrum and discover that your facilities are noticeably dirty between cleanings.

It’s the careful balance between running out of milk and letting the carton go sour. It’s the fine line between wearing a shirt that’s too baggy and one that’s too tight. Finding the right cleaning schedule is a careful balance! That’s why today we’re going to talk about determining cleaning frequency in your commercial space.

For the sake of ease, let’s break it down into a few simple categories:

  • Bathrooms
  • Floors
  • Things that collect dust
  • Windows

When it comes to cleaning frequency, the type of facility matters less than the number of people that facility hosts on any given day. For example, even though a school and a church might have the same maximum occupancy, a school (which will have the same number of people on campus five days per week) and a church (which will have most of its activity on a weekend) will require very different cleaning schedules.

A general guideline to get you started thinking about each of these categories is as follows:

  • Bathrooms - For sanitation and hygiene reasons, bathrooms should likely get the most frequent cleanings in your facilities. At minimum, bathrooms should be cleaned once daily. For higher-traffic buildings, your bathrooms may need upwards of ten cleanings per day. And, again, for places such as schools and churches (to use the example above), cleaning frequency may look different on weekdays versus weekends.
  • Floors - Both carpets and hard floors require sweeping, mopping and/or vacuuming any day they will have foot traffic. Floors additionally require monthly or bi-weekly preventative deep cleaning.
  • Things that collect dust - Dusting of all horizontal surfaces should be done on a weekly basis, at minimum. Dusting of vertical surfaces (such as sides of desks and file cabinets) can be done less frequently.
  • Windows - The required frequency of window cleaning depends on your type of business. Some facilities can go as long as six months between cleanings while others should be cleaned as often as every two weeks.

If your head is spinning with all of these variables, that’s pretty normal. That’s why one of the cleaning specialists at Sonlight Cleaning Services will handle the headache of figuring out a cleaning schedule appropriate for your place of business. All you have to do is share a little bit about your organization! We’ll take care of the rest. Give us a call today to start working on your customized cleaning routine

Special Considerations During Cold, Wet Winters

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 14:16 -- mwade

When overnight temperatures dip consistently into the low thirties and the chance of precipitation is almost constant, it’s safe to say that this is indeed a cold, wet winter in north Texas. The so-called “polar vortex” further to the north seems to have everyone a little bit on edge! Dallas and Fort Worth business owners and organization managers have no doubt taken appropriate precautions to prepare their employees, teams, and clients for the possibility of ice and snow days. You’ve prepared your people, but have you prepared your place of business?

Today we’re going to address the necessary steps you should take to get your building(s) ready to greet the wintry weather like a true northerner.

The first step is to ensure your pipes are protected. Many homeowners respond as if by reflex to the weatherman saying, “It might freeze tonight!” We amble to our garages, grab the faucet cover and pipe insulation and head outside. But if you carry the responsibility for also caring for a church, school, business, or other commercial facility, it’s important to remember to complete this step there, as well. Even though none of us wants the worst to happen, sometimes we make mistakes and need to be prepared for emergency situations. If you walk into work one day to find that the pipes have burst and you’re now standing in a soggy entryway, never fear (as long as you’ve got your phone near)! Call 877-388-3878--that’s the direct number for Sonlight Cleaning Services. We are experienced in carpet cleaning and flood restoration and will have your floors looking good as new in no time.

The second step is to protect your floors from salt stains. Whether you find an appropriate amount of caution or a humorous commentary on “how Texans winter,” as soon as the mercury drops, TxDOT begins dropping salt and sand on the roads. When mixed with moisture, this creates quite a mess on vehicles, sidewalks, and (if you’re not careful) your floors. Salt stains on commercial carpets are nothing to joke about. Snow-melt products have a high pH level (alkaline) and when mixed with your everyday cleaners (also typically alkaline), a chalky white residue is left behind. The best offense is a good defense. Lay down additional entryway mats. If you don’t have a day porter service already, now is the time to start. A day porter can vacuum up salt and snow-melt products throughout the day. It is far preferable to remove these products as they are tracked in and before they can be ground further into the carpet or flooring due to foot traffic.

Finally, after the temperatures have steadily climbed back up out of the 30s, nip the problem in the bud by calling Sonlight Cleaning Services to have your sidewalks and parking lots power washed to remove any leftover salt or sand.

Sonlight Cleaning Services is your partner in preventing snow-woes! Give us a call today!


Questions to Ask Your Valentine

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:49 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Roses are red

Violets are blue

We love our customers

And that includes you!

Valentines week is upon us. All of the grocery stores have assembled their special displays right near the entrance so you can’t miss it. Pink and red EVERYTHING is on display! Do you know, I even saw a Valentines-themed pink stuffed sloth toy? Don’t you wonder whose idea that was!

If you’ve got a significant other, chances are you’ve already made plans for a date night. It’s quite humorous, actually, but I’ve noticed that the more “mature” married couples tend to schedule their Valentine's Day celebrations for… well… NOT on Valentines Day! And when you start to take note of the crowds at every steakhouse and sushi bar on that quintessentially love-struck day, you start to realize these folks are onto something!

Regardless of your choice of cuisine, it’s really the company and the conversation that make the event so special. So whether you plan to celebrate on the day-of or sometime later this week, here are a few questions to get the conversation ball rolling:

  • What is something you enjoyed about this past year? What was something that you found challenging?
  • If you were going to start a new career--something you’ve never done before--what would you do?
  • How have you grown recently?
  • What is something I do that makes you feel loved? One thing I could do better?
  • Describe your ideal getaway or adventure.
  • What three words would you use to describe yourself? To describe me?
  • When you think about the future, what excites you? What makes you nervous?
  • Tell me the story of a moment that shaped you as a person.
  • If you could travel anywhere this next year, where would you go?

We hope you enjoyed these helpful conversation starters--our Valentine's Day gift to you! At Sonlight Cleaning Services, our first priority is to take good care of our customers. We are committed to supplying the business community with quality and consistent maintenance and janitorial service. We pride ourselves in creating a maintenance program that is flexible enough to suit your specific needs, at a affordable price. We’ve already celebrated our 30th anniversary, so you can be sure we’re in it for the long haul.

We hope you’ll give us a call so we can prove to you just how much we LOVE our customers!



The Benefits of a One-Stop Shop

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 19:38 -- Anonymous (not verified)

If you’re anything like me, you constantly have a list of errands that need to be run. Pick up the dry cleaning here, look for a specialty light bulb there, grab a prescription at the pharmacy, and purchase some plant food at the nursery… the list could go on.

It’s not that I mind picking these things up, necessarily, but the hassle of getting from one store to the next--only to spend a few brief moments in each one--really seems to eat up my entire day.

There’s a good reason businesses cluster together. And some even combine forces under one roof--like the local grocer that adds a pharmacy, a bank, and a coffee shop all in the same store. I think it’s because they understand the numerous benefits of a one-stop-shop. In fact, as a consumer, I am typically inclined to give my loyalty to the company that is willing to respect my time in this way!

At Sonlight Cleaning Services, we understand the benefits of a one-stop-shop. No matter your needs, we’ve got you covered. Our services include:

  • Day Porter & Janitorial Services
  • Window & Wall Cleaning Interior/Exterior
  • Hard Surface Floor Care
  • Carpet/Upholstery and Flood Restoration
  • Parking Lot Cleanup
  • Power Washing
  • Minor Maintenance/Handyman Services
  • Restroom Sanitation
  • Professional Janitorial Supplies and Paper Products
  • Installation and Replacement of Air Freshener Dispensers and Scents
  • Special Event Clean Up and Services
  • Emergency Services

If you manage the facilities for a business or other organization--whether it’s quite small (as small as 5,000 square feet) or quite large (as large as one million square feet)--I’m sure you can relate. What a hassle it would be to have to seek out a company to clean your floors… and another to power wash your parking lot… and yet another to deliver the paper products for your restrooms! The opportunity cost of this kind of hunt alone would be astronomical.

Given the choice between the two, the simplest option is usually the right one. Give Sonlight Cleaning Services a call--we’re your business’s one-stop-shop for everything you need to help keep your facilities looking their best. When first impressions count, we’re here for you!


What Can a Commercial Cleaning Service Do For You?

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 21:53 -- Anonymous (not verified)

If you oversee the facilities for a church or school, a doctor’s or dentist’s office, a small business or a large company--or any number of organizations with a lot of square footage--you may be wondering “What does a commercial cleaning company do?” Or more specifically, “What can a commercial cleaning company do for me?”

Sonlight Cleaning Services is a commercial cleaning company that specializes in caring for large facilities (that is, over 20,000 square feet). We also contract with facilities as small as 5,000 square feet or as much as one million square feet.

Some of the services we ordinarily provide to our customers include regular janitorial services and day porter services--these frequent services are what keep things looking their best every day of the week. We also provide more specialized services that some cleaning services must contract out to other companies (this means fewer vendors for you to manage)!

Specialized care Sonlight provides includes those things your facilities may need on a less frequent basis, such as carpet cleaning and flood restoration, window washing, and power washing, to name a few.

Our employees are highly trained and held to the highest professional standards. Additionally, we operate our business according to four corporate values:

  • Be honest and do the right thing always
  • Excel with customers and exceed their expectations
  • Help develop people to their fullest potential
  • Grow personally and professionally by continually improving, innovating and meeting all commitments

We believe that faithful adherence to these values is what has allowed Sonlight to flourish for over 30 years.

So what can a commercial cleaning service do for you? If you choose “just any cleaner” the answer may be nothing more than a standard or sub-par cleaning job. If you choose Sonlight Cleaning Services, the answer is so much more than that!

Because we hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards in the way we conduct our business, we build lasting relationships with our customers and staff. Why? Because we genuinely believe that both deserve the highest level of respect and dignity, and we work together to ensure that you are completely satisfied with our work.

Give us a call today and find out what Sonlight Cleaning Services can do for you!



Your Choice for Church Cleaning

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 21:37 -- Anonymous (not verified)

If you’re at all connected to the church world--and especially if you work for a church--you know that right now we’re enjoying a precious few months of relative calm between two big holidays. And that also means right now is the perfect time to evaluate your church facility cleaning needs for 2019.

The reflective season of Advent has come to a close; the celebration of Christmas is behind us. Even the twelfth day of Christmas, known to the Christian church as the Festival of Epiphany, is in the rearview mirror.

In just a matter of weeks, many folks will gather in their churches on Ash Wednesday (this year on March 6) to remember that “we are but dust, and to dust we shall return.” After that, some churches will continue to hold midweek services during the season of Lent. Forty days later, the Resurrection of Jesus will be celebrated on Easter Sunday (this year on April 21st).

Do you see why this is the perfect time to evaluate the cleaning needs for your church facilities?

During the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas, it’s hard to think about anything else besides the most urgent tasks. But right now is the ideal time--and, in fact, the only convenient time--to make plans for ensuring that your church facilities look their very best leading up to Easter.

This is an especially important matter to think through when you consider the number of guests you will have on your campus on Easter weekend.

What might seem like minor issues to long-time members can seem like insurmountable obstacles for a newcomer. For example, dingy carpet in the children’s classroom or nursery may be hardly noticeable to the seasoned student, but to the new parent who comes in to drop of their little one, it may be the first thing they notice… and it may be enough to make them think twice about dropping off their child. It may seem like an exaggeration, but it’s not; visitors are on the high alert for those kinds of “red flags.” You don’t want the new parent to walk away thinking, “If they can’t take good care of their facilities, how will they take good care of little Johnnie?”

There’s no better time than the present time to contact Sonlight Cleaning Services. One of our folks will be happy to discuss your ongoing and specialty cleaning needs. We customize every quote so you can be sure to get the very best rate for your church or nonprofit and we have a solid 30-year history of working with churches in addition to schools, office buildings, medical facilities, and industrial buildings.

Give Sonlight a call--your church’s choice for all your cleaning needs!


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!



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