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Seasons Greetings From Mother Nature for 2017

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 18:58 -- Loretta Moerbe
It’s almost December, which means the holidays are in full force! It’s an exciting time of year with decorations being hung, presents being purchased, and the weatherman saying the words “cold” and “front” in the same sentence! Cooler weather and cold fronts help the holiday season feel a bit merrier and exciting, but sometimes cold fronts can bring in a whole set of challenges for your building maintenance. At Sonlight Cleaning Service, we know that with every season comes it’s own set of challenges, so we come prepared for anything Mother Nature can throw our way! We offer a wide variety of services to help you always make a great first impression.
 
   While cold fronts are generally amazing in nature and honestly quite welcomed after a warmer than average autumn, the dust and leaf mess certainly is not as easy to enjoy! Employees and customers trek through dirt, dust, and things that fall from the trees, and when it rains, they walk through mud and soggy leaves. As they enter your building, they bring that grime and residue in with them and before too long, your carpets and floor begin to look dingy. Left untreated, the carpet will begin to develop permanent stains, mildew, and unpleasant odors.  At Sonlight Cleaning Service, we want to help you always make the best first impression, so call us today and talk to us about our hot water extraction floor care and stain removal!
 
   Once we help you get your floors good as new, we will move on to the other big maintenance issue this time of year—your windows. As you hang your holiday decorations, you may begin to notice just how dirty your windows really can get. The wind this time of year blows around an alarming amount of dust and dirt, which can create a nasty mess on your front doors and windows! Sonlight Cleaning Service offers window cleaning services that will include inner perimeter windows AND exterior windows to a height of 40 feet or two stories. The appearance of your building can be improved considerably by using this service on a regular basis. These services, like many other services we offer, can be performed as requested or incorporated into a monthly maintenance agreement.
 
   So, as the weather begins to look frightful, we will help make your office look simply delightful! As the wind picks up and the cooler temperatures blow in, let Sonlight Cleaning Service take care of the maintenance mess those windy days bring. We look forward to working with you and making your doors, windows, and carpets clean as can be and ready for the holiday season and everything Mother Nature can blow your way. Call Sonlight Cleaning Service today!

When the Cats Away, the Mice Come Out to…Clean!

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 21:35 -- Loretta Moerbe

Your tickets are purchased, your bags are packed, but there is so much work to be done before you actually get to leave for your holiday vacation! Your sticky note collection and phone reminders at work are filled up with twice the amount of work you would usually tackle in a day, and getting coverage for projects and business in your absence can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Some would argue that it’s easier to not even take a good vacation because the stress to get ready for your leisure is almost more stressful than keeping your normal routine. With urgent emails, facility needs, and deadlines breathing down you neck, it’s easy to understand why many find that NOT taking a vacation is the easier option! The fact is, that the amount of work to be taken care of before and after a vacation is what causes approximately 50% of American professionals to not even take a vacation! At Sonlight Cleaning Service, family is highly important, and we are dedicated to making it easier for you to relax and enjoy your holiday vacation!

            Did you know that more than half of Americans have not taken a vacation in the last year? According to a study done by the insurance company of Allianz Global Assistance, only 44% of America took a vacation last year. This statistic is alarming! Isn’t this supposed to be the time of year we go to see our friends and family? Should we not be taking the time to build our relationship with our family and our kids? Mothers across the nation will tell you that your work will be there for you when you get back, to leave it and come back refreshed. Now, mama might not know much about the amount of time and energy it will take to get caught up, but mama is always right! You see, moms have learned that there’s never enough time to do it all, and some of the most productive and happy people will tell you to delegate what you can, know what to say no to, and take time for yourself and your family. Sonlight Cleaning Service, will take care of your building maintenance needs and deep clean and sanitize your building so you and your staff can return to a fresh and clean office.     

            With employees on vacation and out of the office, it is a great time to take advantage of our deep-cleaning services and floor care. We can clean your carpets, hard flooring, and even deep clean your tile grout! We will deep clean your restrooms and kitchen, clean up your parking lot, and air vents. We also offer hot-water extraction cleaning to remove the stains, allergens, and dust build up in and around your furniture. Our minor maintenance handyman service can take care of your minor handyman needs by replacing light bulbs, ceiling tiles, and touch-up painting. Sonlight Cleaning Service knows that you have a lot on your plate, and we will take good care of your building maintenance needs so you can relax and enjoy your vacation and return to an enjoyably fresh and clean work environment! Call us today!

 

LORETTA MOERBE

You’ve Got Enough Shopping To Do!

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 20:52 -- Loretta Moerbe

   As the holiday season draws near, we begin to notice that our calendar becomes more and more filled in. We begin to make plans, and then we stress about how we will see those plans through with everything else we already have going on. Our evenings are spent hunting for presents in shopping malls and online. As our to do list grows so does our level of stress! In fact, Doctors see a rise in ER visits beginning in November that are directly related to the body’s reaction to stress! With our calendar filling up, it’s hard to stop and enjoy the season. We are constantly on the move, it’s easy to forget something, and there is simply too much to do and not enough time to do it. Sonlight Cleaning Service is all about customer service, and can help take the stress out of caring for the needs of your facility off your plate! Not only can we take care of your building maintenance and janitorial needs, we can also help relieve the burden of keeping up with janitorial supplies!

  Companies have come up with a variety of ways to help make it easier for business owners to reorder supplies with buttons, e-mail reminders, and visits from sales representatives. Sonlight Cleaning Service likes to take customer service a step further by taking care of your facility’s supply needs completely. We can track your facility’s product usage, order products when needed, and even supply you with the items you need! We take the time to build a relationship with you so that we can better anticipate the needs of your facility and see to it that you always have what you need. We have an extensive selection of high-quality janitorial products and supplies to choose from, but if you find you need something that we don’t have—we will go out and get it for you!

   At Sonlight Cleaning Service, we pride ourselves in knowing our customers’ names, their preferred janitorial products, and how often they need to order each supply! We strive to build a trusting business relationship that meets and exceeds your expectations, and we will always provide you with high-quality services and products to keep you operating at your best! We represent leading manufacturers, offer a huge selection of janitorial supplies and equipment, and, best of all, we offer these leading products at great prices!

   We carry top brands including Rubbermaid, Continental, Pro-Team, Kimberly-Clark, GoJo, P&G, and More! We are also a leader in the green movement and stock Green Seal approved paper, plastic, cleaning chemicals, & Equipment. We carry general cleaning supplies, cleaners, disinfectants, paper good dispensers and refills, mops, buckets, restroom products, trash cans, liners, soap dispensers and refills, fragrance machines and refills, in addition to 50,000 other products to choose from!

   As the holiday season rolls in, remember to take time to relax and enjoy this wonderful time of year! Let Sonlight Cleaning Service take care of your building maintenance and janitorial needs so that you can focus on what is really important this time of year. We warmly wish you our best during the holidays, and look forward to working with you! Call us today at 877-388-3878! 

A Toilet Seat is Cleaner? The 6 Dirtiest Places in your Office.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 20:33 -- Loretta Moerbe

As we approach cold and flu season, we do our best to find ways to keep our employees, our families, and our customers healthy. However, as we battle the fight against germs, there are often many places we don’t even realize are covered in germs and bacteria that make us sick! We know the importance of washing our hands frequently, of covering our cough, but there are many seemingly harmless common-touch areas that are dirtier than a toilet seat! The best form of defense is a good offense, and at Sonlight Cleaning Service, we want to help you stay healthy this cold and flu season.

 It is disturbing to think that anything could be dirtier than a toilet seat, but the scary truth was exposed by WebMD when they sent a research team to swab test over 4,500 surfaces in a wide variety of office buildings housing over 3,000 employees total. What they found was shocking! The top six dirtiest places are:

1. Break Room Sink Faucet Handles

            We like to think that the place we go to clean our hands and coffee cups is clean, but WebMD researchers found this to be one of the dirtiest places in the office. We can prevent germ transfer from the faucet to our hands by using a paper towel to turn off the water when we are done, but Sonlight Cleaning Service has you covered! Not only do we daily wipe off sink faucet handles, we also will wipe out the sink and the counter top surrounding it!

2. Microwave Door Handles

           It’s hard to swallow the fact that the very place you put your food is one of the dirtiest places in your office. Thankfully, Sonlight Cleaning Service will wipe out not only the handles of your microwave, but also the interior as well! This will not only help prevent the spread of illness, but it will also prevent the build up of food spills and overall cleanliness of your daily food preparations.

3. Keyboards 

           It is important to clean your keyboard often with a microfiber cloth that is slightly dampened with alcohol. You can even use disinfectant wipes, but remember you want to turn off your laptop, or unplug and remove batteries from your keyboard as you disinfect. Always dry your keyboard off with a dry microfiber cloth and allow the device to sit before turning the device back on again. A great time to do this is before you leave for work on Fridays! Always be sure to check the manual for your computer keyboard for their suggestions on how to keep your keyboard clean to prevent damage to your device.

4. Refrigerator Door Handles

            This is another common-touch area that is often assumed to be clean, but is actually transferring germs to our hands and then to our food! Sonlight Cleaning Service will wipe the refrigerator exterior and handle to eliminate fingerprints and germs daily!

5. Water Fountain Buttons

            Water fountains in general made the top dirtiest places list, and Sonlight Cleaning Service is well aware of the germs that can accumulate on a water fountains. That’s why we give water fountains a good wipe down covering not only the dirty buttons, but also the mouthpiece and the fountain basin. Not only does daily cleaning of water fountains fight germs, it will also prevent the build up of hard water stains caused by water sitting on its surface.

6. Vending Machine Buttons

            Your Sonlight Cleaning Service crew will wipe off the surface of your vending machine on a nightly basis, but it is commonly recommended to take extra care of the buttons on your machine by using rubbing alcohol and using the same process you would with any electronic device. After you or your IT disinfects the keyboard, run that same cloth over your vending buttons to fight germs and the spread of illness. Remember, you want to promptly dry the buttons to prevent damage to your machine. And, again, check the manual for the best suggested method of keeping those buttons clean without causing damage to your machine!

            It is hard to believe that these seemingly harmless places, some where you even prepare and store your food, are the dirtiest places in your office! As you can see, at Sonlight Cleaning Service, we take care of the dirtiest common touch places in your office on a nightly basis! Also, if you let us know that you have illness going around your office, we will be sure to boost our sanitizing routine to help you keep germs at bay and prevent the spread of illness. Call Sonlight Cleaning Service today, and get your business cold and flu season ready!

 

LORETTA MOERBE

Power Washing…It’s important!

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 19:48 -- Loretta Moerbe

There is a saying, “a smile is a curve that sets everything straight,” and this saying resonates well with company owners that are highly focused on customer service. We know that a happy customer becomes a regular customer; and, some would argue that a happy customer is a company’s best form of advertisement. It is important for those of us in business to constantly put our best foot forward, and in order to do that, we have to take a step back and take a good look at our business. A key ingredient in a successful business is: location, location, location! I invite you to take a step back and look at your location and see if there are any exterior areas that might need a little attention in order to help you continue your successful journey in a well-managed and healthy environment for your business.  At Sonlight Cleaning Service, we want to help you keep your business looking its best both inside and out!

            Let’s look at your building as if you are coming in for the first time. Maybe you are a visitor from corporate, job candidate, or maybe you are a first time customer—what do you see? What stands out to you as you approach the business? Over time, businesses accrue normal wear and tear on their facility, and if poorly maintained, things like old gum and stains can build up in excess and leave a negative impression for those coming in. Sonlight Cleaning Service offers a wide variety of services to address issues involving normal wear and tear on your facility’s exterior, and will help you keep your business in top shape and help you set the stage for the positive experience your customers will inevitably receive once they come inside.

            Power washing front areas will help you create a positive image. Customers notice when a building is in good shape and tend to gravitate more towards businesses that look and feel nicer to be around. Let us help you clean gum, dirt, and stains from your walkways, entrances, and sidewalks. Are your signs dirty? Sonlight Cleaning Service can make your exterior clean and pristine! Remember, that first impressions start the second a client steps out of their car and having a clean parking garage, signage, and walkways will immediately begin to set the experience a person will have as they enter your business.

            Not only will a fresh and clean walkway and garage send a positive message, it also helps you extend the life of your building and decrease major repair costs. Dirt and dust are everywhere in Texas, and can build up to create moldy grime on your building and other exterior surfaces. This grime significantly adds to the overall corrosion of your building and ground surfaces. Power washing helps keep these surfaces clean and protects not only your building, but it will also protect your budget as well! Sonlight Cleaning Service is a healthy investment for your business, and we know that our hard work and service will help you get the best out of your building!

            Sonlight Cleaning Service cares about your business, and we want to see you succeed! Our highly trained maintenance team is ready to help you take care of your building maintenance needs. Call us today!

 

LORETTA MOERBE

Let Sonlight Cleaning Help You Get Fall-Ready!

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:29 -- Loretta Moerbe

Fall is a beautiful time of year! The squirrels are gathering their food for winter supplies, moms and dads are putting together Halloween costumes and making holiday travel plans, and businesses are getting ready for their busy holiday season! Getting our businesses ready for Autumn is more than just festive decorations; it’s about planning ahead for the challenges that changes in the weather can bring. Sonlight Cleaning Service is prepared for anything Mother Nature brings, and is ready and willing to help you prepare as well!

            As the weather changes, leaves begin to fall and create challenges for building owners and maintenance crews. Those crunchy leaves sure are beautiful, and quite satisfying to walk on, but as they are tracked inside on the bottom of our shoes, they begin to lose their beauty. Along with falling leaves come wetter weather, and wet or dirty floor surfaces not only affect the appearance of our floors, but it can also pose safety hazards. Dirt and mud tracked in can scratch hard floors and deeply grind into your carpets, causing your flooring to wear down quickly. Sonlight Cleaning Service offers a variety of floor services and exterior power washing to help preserve your building and keep it beautiful and clean for your employees and customers!

            As Autumn approaches, the days become shorter and we roll the clocks back for Daylight Savings, which means, sometimes your employees will be arriving at work before the sun even comes up, and, they will be heading home after the sun has set! It’s time to clean and open those windows and let in as much sunlight as possible. Sonlight Cleaning Service will help you clean the blinds, wash the windows, and deep clean your upholstery to keep those open windows looking as crisp and clean as the cool air that is moving in!

            Not only do we need to clean our windows, but we also need get our HVAC systems ready for the winter. You know that burning smell that happens the first time you kick on your heater? Yeah, that’s dust burning off the coils, and it’s not even remotely pleasant. And, not to mention, as the weather gets colder, people begin to get sick and all the dust and allergens built up in your HVAC units contributes to breathing difficulties and respiratory related illness. Help your employees breathe a little easier by calling Sonlight Cleaning Service to change your filters, clean your fans, replace ceiling tiles, and other areas dust collects!

            Sonlight Cleaning Service is a family owned and operated company that sincerely strives to exceed your expectations! As you get your business ready for the change in seasons, let us help your business and facility reach its fullest potential! Call us today!

 

LORETTA MOERBE

Let Us Lend You a Hand

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:18 -- Loretta Moerbe

 You hear it all the time, “when it rains, it pours” or “bad things come in threes,” but we know in business that maintenance issues happen all the time and usually when it’s least convenient. Sonlight Cleaning Service truly is prepared for whatever life throws your way and can swoop in and take your rainy day of maintenance issues and turn it in to a productive day of solutions!

  Minor maintenance issues are usually pretty easy to overlook and forget because frankly, you’re just too busy to get to it and it’s not an emergency. But, one light bulb that is out quickly turns into five light bulbs that are out and before you know it, you have stained ceiling tiles, ten light bulbs to change, marks on the walls, a clogged toilet, and a loose front office handle. These issues build up fast and it is important to make sure you have someone in charge of the minor maintenance of your property so that you can keep your focus on what’s most important to you and your business. At Sonlight Cleaning Service we are dedicated to help you succeed, and we have highly trained staff ready to help you take your business maintenance to the highest level of operation.

 Most businesses have an office manager, an engineer, or someone in charge of facilities that can adequately cover this work, but in business, it’s important to be a good steward of your resources. Time is money! You don’t want your staff wasting time on small and tedious tasks, and you certainly don’t have the time to spend on a ladder—but we do! We can take care of these minor maintenance issues like re-gluing baseboards, touching up paint on the molding, or tightening door hinges so your staff can focus on adding more value to your property. Sonlight Cleaning Servicehas a well-trained handyman staff ready and properly equipped to help you get your general building maintenance and handyman tasks accomplished.

 Not only do we have an extensive capability to handle your general maintenance needs, we also offer a wide range of special services that will help you keep your business looking and functioning at its best. In addition or our daily cleaning packages, we offer emergency clean up services, special event cleaning services, and more! Check us out online at www.sonlightcleaning.com for a full list of our services, or call us at 877-388-3878 and let us help your business excel and give your customers the best impression possible!

Remember, first impressions count, and Sonlight Cleaning Service is there to help you make a great first impression every time!

LORETTA MOERBE

5 Second Rule: Fact or Fiction?

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 15:41 -- Loretta Moerbe

Picture this: you picked up lunch from your favorite spot. You spent a little more than you normally would because it’s so worth it. You go to take that first bite and the unthinkable happens—you drop the entire plate on the ground! Your mother’s words quickly cross you mind and you shout, “Five-second rule!” You pick it up and inspect for anything stuck to your food. Luckily, you have a great cleaning service like Sonlight Cleaning Service and the carpet was vacuumed thoroughly the night before. So, you decide it’s safe and you eat it anyway, but… do you know what you’re eating?

            Every day, we walk into a number of places that directly transfer a number of bacteria onto our shoes. Think about the places you have been even just this morning. Perhaps you went to the gas station, the coffee shop, the bathroom, and the parking garage. If we pulled out our microscope and saw what’s on the bottom of your shoes before noon, I bet you’d think twice about eating that food off the floor. Daily vacuuming just isn’t enough in the battle against bacteria. At Sonlight Cleaning Service, we want to help keep you healthy, and that’s why we offer a wide variety of deep cleaning services to help you keep ahead of the bacteria that can make you sick.

            So what’s in our carpet anyway? According to The Five-Second Rule and Other Myths about Germs: What Everyone Should Know About Bacteria, Viruses, and Mildew, bacteria can live longer than 4 weeks on carpet! And, have you heard of “microbial adhesion”? This means that germs like Salmonella Typhimurium, Campylobacter, and Salmonella Enteritis are IMMEDIATELY transferred to food. In case you’re not familiar with these bacteria, these are the ones that cause extreme diarrhea and vomiting that can lead to hospitalization—thus declaring our five-second rule is fiction! Sonlight Cleaning Service offers several deep cleaning options for your carpets to help you keep germs at bay.

            Not only are our carpets laced with bacteria, you can also find any number of allergens deep inside the carpet fibers that can make you sick. Vacuuming will help keep the top layer clean and fresh, but what do we need to do about the bottom layer where all the dust and allergens get trapped? Sonlight Cleaning Service recommends you have your carpets cleaned by hot water extraction yearly, or biannually for high traffic areas, to effectively combat allergens, bacteria, and keep your carpet looking it’s best.

            Our process of Hot Water Extraction deep cleans your carpets with hot water mixed with disinfectant, leaving you with not only cleaner carpets, but also cleaner air and a much healthier environment for customers and staff. While, the Five-Second Rule isn’t all that reliable, Sonlight Cleaning Service strives to provide the best of customer service and is the premiere cleaning service for the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Call us today, and let us help you achieve a cleaner and safer environment for your business!

Blog Article by

LORETTA MOERBE

Book reference;

Maczulak, Anne E. The Five-Second Rule and Other Myths about Germs: What Everyone Should Know about Bacteria, Viruses, and Mildew. New York, NY: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2007.

 

 

Limiting Your Limitations

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:53 -- Loretta Moerbe

We all have our limitations. Some may have limitations that exceed the limitations of others and sometimes limitations can be costly. However, in business, we shouldn’t have to cover the cost for another person’s limitations. Being aware of our own business-related limitations can help us take steps toward overcoming, expanding, or making up for these shortcomings. A major part of customer service is learning how to properly handle our shortcomings in a way that will instill confidence in our business or product as a whole. Sonlight Cleaning Service knows that a poorly run facility can be one of the biggest limitations in both customer and employee satisfaction. We are dedicated to helping you succeed by taking care of your facility and helping you make a great first impression every time someone walks in.

            Everyone is different. We all have different limitations, expectations, needs, etc., and Sonlight Cleaning Service is prepared to meet the unique needs and preferences of your facility by creating a tailor-fit cleaning program just for you! We offer cleaning services that refresh your facility daily so you can come into your work environment feeling fresh and ready to work without the limitations of yesterday’s mess waiting for you. Not only does a thorough daily clean help you enter your work environment feeling renewed and ready to go, but it can also help you increase the longevity of your facility by keeping away grime and dirt that can be corrosive to your building materials.  Sonlight Cleaning Service is there to help you see to it that you not only have a clean facility, but that you are also making a wise long-term investment in the maintaining of your facility to help you avoid costly repairs down the road.

            Usually businesses want someone to come and clean overnight once everyone has left, but sometimes that just isn’t enough! High traffic areas usually require attention several times a day, and Sonlight Cleaning Service understands that you need that great first impression to last beyond your morning coffee. We offer a Day Porter Service that will provide you with a continuous cleaning regime of your high traffic areas so you can maintain an immaculate appearance all day long. Check us out online at www.sonlightcleaning.com to see your limitless options included in our Day Porter Service.

            Finally, when it comes to limitations, we know that life is not about what limitations you have, it’s what you do with those limitations that really counts. We can turn our shortcomings into strengths by simply becoming aware of what is holding us back and taking steps toward a better tomorrow! At Sonlight Cleaning Service, we are dedicated to making sure the cleanliness of your facility is not a limitation to the services you provide your customers. We are excited to see our clients succeed and we look forward to being a part of your team!

Emergencies Happen: Are You Prepared?

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 19:36 -- Loretta Moerbe
     I.C.E. is an acronym that stands for “In Case of Emergency,” or ICE. It’s usually the phone number that is called to reach your most relied upon individual that is fully capable to take care of you in the event of an emergency. They’re who you call first in your time of need and usually know just what to do when you are in a crisis. Having emergency contacts and an emergency preparedness plan in place is a crucial part of business ownership. Employees need to be fully trained and aware how to handle every anticipated emergency in a calm and orderly fashion to promote not only safety but also to instill a confidence in your business. Customers notice how you respond in an emergency, and it’s best to always be prepared. At Sonlight Cleaning Service, we want to be that ICE number for your business maintenance needs so that when disaster strikes, you can remain calm and let us handle the mess so you don’t miss a beat!
    We all have bad days, and it’s how you handle those bad days that can make or break your ability to put your best foot forward in customer service. Toilets overflow, people get sick, pipes burst, but it doesn’t have to ruin your day! We have a team of highly trained individuals that can step in and clean up the mess these kinds of emergencies create so you can keep your focus and get on with your day. It’s important to have a team that cares about your business as much as you do. When these disasters strike, simply give Sonlight Cleaning Service a call at 877-388-3878, and we will help you get back on track!
    Sometimes the emergency isn’t related to a pipe bursting or a toilet overflowing. Perhaps you have executives or VIP clients coming to check out your facility and you want to impress your guests with an extra clean environment. Well, you’re in luck! Sonlight Cleaning Service also offers all of our normal cleaning services on an emergency basis and will see to it that your facility is ready to make a great impression!
While emergency services and emergency preparedness plans are a crucial part of business ownership, it’s important to note that having a high-quality cleaning service in place is a great way to consistently give customers a great impression of your business and can even help prevent some maintenance emergencies from happening.
    Remember, Maintenance emergencies usually strike at the most inconvenient times and it’s crucial to have a truly reliable contact in place that is available to spring into action the moment an inconvenient disaster occurs. With our 24/7 Emergency Service, our highly-qualified team can help you get your business back on track without missing a beat! Call us at Sonlight Cleaning Service and let’s update your ICE number.
 
 
 
 

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