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The Importance of Cleanliness in Healthcare Facilities

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 12:31 -- Laura M. Pulliam

As baby boomers age, Californians move to Texas in droves, and healthcare reform continues to make headlines, it’s no wonder that the construction of new hospitals and medical facilities is on the rise. 

The Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex is home to a multitude of these top-ranking institutions. And change is in the wind, in terms of how these facilities are being built. The relatively-new Charles A. Sammons Trauma Tower at Methodist Dallas utilized such creative elements as dimmer ceiling lights, in place of fluorescents, to give ICU hallways a more calming glow.

While this may seem like a very small thing, think about it in terms of being a patient in that facility--imagine the difference this kind of lighting makes not only on the environment but on your general feeling of well-being.

With these kinds of visual elements being taken into consideration on the construction side of things, it is clear that in the healthcare field, it is becoming quite apparent that appearances matter. Sonlight Cleaning Services is a commercial cleaning company in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex that has held this value in mind for over thirty years.

Here at Sonlight, we believe that cleanliness is not only necessary for sanitation and hygiene, but for communicating an ethos of care for those you serve.

A clean medical facility visually communicates to your patients that you take pride in your facility and--even more importantly--that you take an interest in their well-being in that facility. It can make them feel more peaceful in an otherwise stressful situation. It shows that you have thought of them and their needs.

Sonlight Cleaning Services specializes in cleaning places of business from 5,000 square feet to one million square feet. We are your one-stop-shop for everything from daily janitorial and porter services to specialty cleaning needs such as flood restoration, carpet cleaning, and parking lot upkeep.

From restroom sanitization to minor maintenance and handyman services, we are here to create a customized plan for how best to keep your medical facility looking its finest. Whether you are a small physician's office or a large hospital, we are here for you. Contact Sonlight Cleaning Services today and let's create a plan for excellence together

The Importance of Cleanliness in School Facilities

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:59 -- Laura M. Pulliam

If you’re a parent, you may have received that dreaded phone call: “Mr. or Mrs. So-And-So? Your child is in the nurse's office.” Sometimes it's as minor as the sniffles, but sometimes it’s more serious than that. 

It’s a simple fact of life that kids are really good at spreading germs. Combine this with the close quarters provided by a school environment and you’ve got a recipe for an epidemic on your hands. 

Schools provide the perfect breeding ground for illness and infection. Children spend extended periods of time in close quarters every weekday during the academic year (and then some, in some cases). There’s no real remedy for this unless you want to have classes out in the sunshine, but that’s simply not an option most of the time in the Dallas-Fort Worth area!

Every teacher and administrator, especially, dread cold and flu season. “How contagious will it be this year? Will our school be affected? What will we do if a high percentage of the student populace gets sick?” And no doubt you are also thinking, “Will I catch something?” 

These fears are not unfounded. Over one hundred million school days are lost each year due to illness. The average student misses 4.5 days each year. It’s not uncommon for a kindergartner to have a dozen colds in a calendar year. How on earth to combat these jaw-dropping statistics?

In this case, the best defense is actually a good offense! Sonlight Cleaning Services is a commercial cleaning company with a high standard of excellence. We understand that cleanliness is about more than just appearances. (Not convinced? Just read this article on dust) 

We go on the offense against germs by thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting those germ-prone areas such as bathrooms and door handles so that diseases are stopped before they even start to mess with you and your students.

We believe you deserve the best when it comes to cleanliness. And in terms of finances, think about it in terms of attendance. Every absence due to illness and spread of infection is income lost to your school. Don’t let germs get the best of your school. Contact Sonlight Cleaning Services and get the best offensive weapon against germs on your team today!

The Importance of Cleanliness in Church Facilities

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:43 -- Laura M. Pulliam

A 2009 Slate article on the so-called “church shopping” phenomenon made reference to a type of undercover church consultant. These individuals are sometimes employed by churches to evaluate their experience of walking into churches as though visiting for the first time. They take stock of everything from how they were greeted to how the restrooms looked (or smelled).

Without getting sidetracked on whether or not this is a length to which you might go to evaluate your church’s first-time-visitor friendliness, let’s spend some time on the incontrovertible truth that cleanliness counts.

As someone who has worked in the church for almost a decade, I can certainly attest to the fact that the state of your church facility matters. While members may be willing to forgive and forget a dirty floor or a overfilled trash can, visitors almost certainly will not. They will remember and they will take that into account when they are deciding whether or not they felt “at home” in your space. Okay, if we’re being honest, sometimes the members are the first to notice when something doesn’t seem quite right (and they’ll make sure you know about it on Monday)!

This is not to say that you must have a state-of-the-art building. I’ve visited some beautiful church buildings that, while old, were wonderfully cared for. But the age of a building has no bearing on the quality of what one might find in that building. In fact, some of the most beautiful buildings in the world are decades--if not centuries--old! It’s really not about the building at all. It’s about the pride one takes in maintaining it.

At Sonlight Cleaning Services, we understand that whether you’re a business trying to impress a client or a church trying to make a newcomer feel at home, those all-important first impressions count.

We are a professional janitorial service in the Dallas / Fort Worth metropolitan area that believes in building enduring relationships through integrity, honesty, and a commitment to treating others with the highest level of respect and dignity. And we think you probably resonate with those ideals! That’s why we’d like to partner with you. As you fulfill your mission (the Great Commission), we can fulfill ours of ensuring that your facility is sparkling! 

From the floor to the ceiling--and everything in between--we’ve got your cleaning needs covered. Contact us today for a free quote!

The Importance of Cleanliness in School Facilities

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 18:56 -- Laura M. Pulliam

The last few weeks, we’ve been talking about first impressions and why they matter to your business, medical facility, church, etc. In the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be giving special attention to those institutions that serve as foundations for the community and the role that cleanliness plays in those institutions. Today let’s talk about schools. Whether you’re the principal of a small elementary school or the facilities director for a large university, you share in a desire of all those who serve in the education field to further your institution’s mission. While that mission may be unique to your particular context, I’d be willing to bet that at the heart of that mission is the desire to see today’s children and young adults expand their knowledge.

I’d also be willing to bet that, regardless of the age of your students, you have witnessed firsthand the distractibility of today’s youth. For the time being, let us leave the discussion of fault and blame for another forum and simply discuss the variables that we hold the power to change. One of those variables is the condition of our classrooms! First, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Most of us share a memory of studying for a test and being suddenly shaken by an unquenchable desire to clean our room. Turns out, there’s science behind this drive.

Several studies have been performed that reveal the benefits of cleanliness on one’s mental acuity. A study out of Indiana University revealed that people with clean homes are healthier than those with messy homes. A study out of Princeton University revealed that clutter can make one’s ability to focus quite fleeting. Basically, the more unnecessary input in our line of sight, the worse our ability to concentrate. So perhaps that insatiable desire you had to deep-clean your dorm room in college was actually your brain’s way of coping with the unnecessary input of dirt and dust!

With this data in mind, how might a cleaner educational facility impact your students? Consider the visual impact of scuffed VCT--Sonlight Cleaning Services can buff those marks out easily! Think about dusty mini-blinds in the classrooms--our janitorial service can take care of that! Did an overflowing toilet leave you with mildew in the hallway? Our experts in carpet care can not only clean, but also disinfect and deodorize to remove all signs of water damage.

Cleanliness is our business, just as education is yours. If you're an educational institution in the DFW area, Partner with Sonlight Cleaning Services-- let us work to our strengths so you can work to yours!

 

 

Tips for Making Outstanding First Impressions: Taking Pride In Your Space

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 20:48 -- Laura M. Pulliam

First impressions count. In a 2013 Forbes article, contributor Lisa Quast shares that “it takes only three to five seconds to create a first impression.” She goes on to reveal that while we may hope that impression is well-informed and based on our character, experience, intellect, etc., this is likely not the case. Rather, first impressions are based upon the things we see and hear in those first few seconds. Consider for a moment what a person might take in about you in the initial three to five seconds of meeting them. If you were planning to meet someone important--say a new client--you would likely take a moment to check your appearance in the mirror. Definitely don’t want to miss a bit of lettuce in your teeth!

While Quast’s article was primarily focused on the impression one individual makes upon another, we cannot forget that facilities leave an impression on us as well. (Have you read about the importance of making good impressions with your entrances and restrooms?) It could be said that your facilities are the face of your organization. The organization itself is your heart and soul--your intellect--but if people don’t form a great first impression, they may not stick around long enough to see deeper than “face value.”

Here are 3 things you can do to immediately impress upon your visitors that you take pride in your space:

  1. Give your facilities the sniff test. If first impressions are made in those crucial few seconds, you’d better believe the nose comes into play! The best time to check your building’s scent is when you first arrive. Have you ever been smelling various candles in the store only to notice that--suddenly--they all smell the same? When you spend a lot of time in a space, you can easily stop noticing how it smells… but you’d better believe your visitors notice! Note especially if your building has a musty smell. Sometimes this can be caused by dirty carpet or water damage. Have you had your carpets deep cleaned lately? If you’d like to “up your scent game,” consider adding fragrance machines to restrooms or in hallways.
  2. Clean, clean, clean your floors. Did you know that the majority of a person’s first impression of a building--a whopping 70%--is based on the condition of its flooring? Whether you have VCT, ceramic, concrete, rubber, terrazzo, quarry tiles, or carpet, Sonlight Cleaning Services is your commercial cleaning company for ensuring floors look fabulous.
  3. Don’t forget to declutter. As tidying expert Marie Kondo says, “tidying orders the mind while cleaning purifies it.” We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the need for cleaning your space, but in order to appreciate the cleanliness of your facilities, you’ll want to make sure your space looks… well… tidy! Regardless of how painstakingly you’ve scented and scoured, clutter can absolutely distract from the statement you wish to make with your space. For example, if you’re tempted to store boxes of supplies in your front office, consider the dramatic improvement to your first impression by simply removing those boxes and replacing them with a potted plant.


Sonlight Cleaning Services takes pride in our ability to help Dallas-Fort Worth businesses, churches, schools, and medical facilities create outstanding first impressions. Contact us today!

 

Tips for Making Outstanding First Impressions: Restrooms

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 19:31 -- Laura M. Pulliam

First impressions count. From the moment someone walks through your parking lot, they are formulating an opinion about your organization. Is there trash on the sidewalks? Excessive dirt on the entryway rug? A burned out lightbulb above the doorway? These small, seemingly-insignificant factors can make or break the reputation of your business, medical facility, church, school, etc. Last time on the blog, we shared five simple things you can do to really “wow” your guests as they arrive.

Today we’re going to talk about another (often forgotten) place visitors or clients take into account when they think about your organization. Today we’re talking about restrooms. Yes, go ahead and laugh! It may sound silly, but take a moment to think about it yourself. If you walked into a doctor’s office, for example, and found the restroom to be exceptionally untidy or (worse) downright dirty, wouldn’t you have second thoughts about the care you may receive in that office?

Apply this same scenario to a church, your child’s school, a law office or other business facility and you will likely find the same to be true. We inevitably judge the establishment’s professionalism by its powder room.

Here are three proactive steps you can take to ensure that your restrooms remain consistently excellent.

1.    Check to ensure the locking mechanisms work on the doors. Whether your restrooms are single or multiple stalls, the people who use them expect privacy. Regularly check the locks or latches to ensure that they are doing their job.

2.    Put a waste basket near the door. The 2018 Bradley Healthy Hand Washing Survey, in a poll of 1,035 adults, revealed that 60% of respondents were “extremely” or “quite concerned” about contracting the flu and two thirds of those polled said they “always” wash their hands after using a public restroom. In seasons of high concern over a particular illness, people may be more averse to touching door handles (especially since the other 40% of the population is not quite so committed to hand washing). By putting a trash receptacle near the door, you allow visitors to touch the door handle with their paper towel while still disposing of it properly. Not only is this a thoughtful gesture to those who religiously adhere to handwashing, it also serves as a subtle reminder to the 40% to go back and suds up those hands! (Just don’t forget to empty the trash receptacle frequently, especially if it’s on the small side.)

3.    Clean it! This should go without saying, but (unfortunately) it needs to be said--if your clients or visitors are using your restrooms, those facilities absolutely need to be cleaned daily, if not more often. The Hand Washing Survey revealed that “70% of Americans say they’ve had a particularly unpleasant experience in a public restroom due to the condition of the facilities.” Respondents shared dismal details such as clogged toilets and empty toilet paper rolls. Their greatest request? Please keep it cleaned! Sonlight Cleaning Serves is a commercial cleaning company with a high standard. Whether your restrooms are public (for clients, visitors, students) or private (for employees or a very limited staff), we will work with you to determine a cleaning frequency in accordance with use.

The research doesn’t lie. It is clear that these small but very important spaces have the ability to make an impression! Call Sonlight Cleaning Services--we’ll help you make the right impression with your restrooms.

Tips for Making Outstanding First Impressions: Parking Lots & Entryways

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 14:28 -- Laura M. Pulliam

First impressions count. There’s no getting around it: a first impression matters. Whether you’re a business, medical facility, church, school, or something else entirely, a visitor’s first glance around your campus will oftentimes be the determining factor as to whether or not they will return. Additionally, it will influence how they describe your organization to family members, friends, or neighbors.

Here are five small things you can do to your points of entry to create a great first impression on your first-time visitors. (And your returning members, students, patients, and/or clients will appreciate it as well!)

1.  Pay attention to the parking lot. Before people even reach your front door, they’re going to walk through your parking lot. What does your parking lot say about your facility? Does it reflect accurately the impression you wish to make? When first impressions count, Sonlight Cleaning Services is there to meet all your cleaning needs. We’ll even meet you in the parking lot!

2.  Illuminate the entryway. A dimly-lit space can convey a sense of foreboding. So unless you’re going for a certain “spa-like” look, change any burned-out lightbulbs or add a lamp (either freestanding or on an entryway table). Don’t have time to be changing light bulbs?  Sonlight Cleaning Services will help you with that.

3.  Add a trash receptacle. While this may, at first glance, seem like an odd thing to add to make your space more welcoming, you’d be surprised how many people will use it. Some people may be walking in the door as they take the last few sips of their morning coffee. Other people make a habit out of carrying trash from their vehicles toward whatever building they happen to be entering. If you serve a high percentage of young families, a mom or dad may be walking in with a diaper in hand from a quick change in the car. Adding a trash receptacle not only keeps those - shall we say - undesirable pieces of trash from being carried around the building, it shows those entering that you have thought of their needs ahead of time. Take note of how often these entryway trash receptacles are being used and, especially if your facility has multiple points of entry, consider utilizing a day porter service to ensure that those receptacles are not overflowing. (Not sure what a day porter service is or if you need one check out this helpful article!)

4. Vacuum Entryway Rugs. Entryway rugs are a huge asset to any facility with a lot of foot traffic. They keep dirt from being brought further into the building. They can reduce the amount of pollen that gets brought indoors. They keep floors from getting slippery when it’s raining. These rugs work all day to help keep the rest of the facility a little cleaner… but that also means they probably need some attention throughout the day. An otherwise appealing appearance can be quickly overshadowed by an exceptionally dirty rug. Analyze your foot traffic at each entryway, taking into account those seasonal variables such as pollen or rain, and decide how often rugs should be vacuumed or otherwise cleaned in order to maintain a professional appearance. Rugs in lower-traffic areas can likely be cleaned once per day or less, but rugs in high traffic areas may need to have the attention of a day porter service.

5. Powerwash. Nothing puts a damper on your entryway quite like gum or mold on the sidewalk. If there is one thing you can do to immediately and dramatically enhance your building’s appearance (and improve that all-important first impression), this is it. Powerwashing sidewalks, entryway walkways, parking lots or garages, awnings, and/or building exterior should absolutely be on your list of routine building maintenance. Exterior signage should be inspected regularly to see if it needs a good cleaning. Contact Sonlight Cleaning Services for a free quote - let our professional mobile unit “wow” you with dramatic results.

The first step toward getting positive reactions from the people who walk through your doors is… well… to make those first few steps excellent! Contact Sonlight Cleaning Services - your partner in making outstanding first impressions

Keep Growing!” Small Business Series: Part 3

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:48 -- Laura M. Pulliam

This is part III in a series of articles highlighting small businesses. Want to catch up? Read Part I and Part II.

Is My Business Big Enough for a Cleaning Company?

Take a look around your facilities. Is your office space 5,000 square feet or larger? If the answer is yes, then yes, you’re ready! Not sure what your square footage is? Sometimes the best way to get a rough idea of your square footage is by comparing it to other things:

  • An NBA Professional and College basketball court is 4,700 square feet.
  • The turf on a baseball diamond is just about 5,000 square feet exactly.
  • A ten-lane olympic-sized swimming pool is 13,448 square feet.
  • A football field is 57,600 square feet.

Now if you’re not as much into sports, you can compare your space to the typical Dallas home. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, right? The average square footage of a house built after 2010 in Dallas is 2,613 square feet. If your business is the size of two “average” houses, then you’re big enough for a commercial cleaning company!

What if I’m Not Sure We Can Afford to Outsource our Cleaning Needs?

If you read Part I & Part II of this Small Business Series on the blog, then you know the better question is, “How can you not afford to outsource?” Your finite amount of time and energy should be invested in doing the things that only you can do! And as for your team members, the same principle applies.

But if you’re still asking yourself this question, take a moment to reflect on your entrepreneurial journey. What else were you unsure of when you started? How many Google searches and other resources did you consult before launching into the unknown? How many friends, colleagues, or relatives did you consult before pulling the trigger on your dreams? Research is the prerequisite to any new endeavor. If you’re unsure as to whether or not a commercial cleaning service is for you, the first step is to simply do a little researchjust ask! We would be happy to talk with you about your specific needs and provide you with a free quote so that you can make the best decision for you and your business.

How Do I Know Sonlight Cleaning Services is the Right Partner for My Small Business?

When it comes to small businesses, we get it. Your business is your baby; you grew it from scratch. Sonlight Cleaning Services also started out as a small business so we know how important it is to choose your business partnerships with care. We invite you to get to know us!

 

“Keep Growing!” Small Business Series: Part 2

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 18:31 -- Laura M. Pulliam

This is part II in a series of articles highlighting small businesses. If you haven’t read part I, click here!

What are the Financial Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Company for my Small Business?

All too often, small businesses fail to acknowledge the financial benefits of hiring a cleaning service. If you’re still thinking, “I can save money by doing it myself,” let’s think about it in terms of opportunity cost. In the world of economics, opportunity cost refers to the careful balance between the value of two options. One option is sacrificed in order to chose another, presumably more advantageous, option. Here’s how this works out in your small business when it comes to cleaning. If you (or even an employee) are cleaning your business, the appearance is that you are not having to “pay” someone else to clean. While this might sound like a cost-efficient option, the opportunity cost is that, in order to clean, you are actually sacrificing precious time that could have been spent elsewhere. The average employee work-week is 40 hours, so it’s safe to say that as the owner or manager, you’re putting in closer to 50 hours (or more). That’s 50 hours you have to invest in your small business. Let’s say you’re efficient and manage to clean your entire business space.

Have you stopped to realize that could be over 10% of your week? How much more revenue or progress could that time investment generate if it were spent on something only you can do? Is it worth the opportunity cost? The answer is an emphatic no! In fact, if you begin to think about it in these terms, you may realize that you are the highest-priced commercial cleaner in the whole city! Sonlight Cleaning Services is committed to working with clients to create a maintenance program that is both specific to your needs and affordable. We provide services, not one-size-fits-all “packages.” This tailor-fit approach means that you can scale your cleaning services as you scale your business!

Are There Other Benefits to Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Company for My Small Business?

If you or one of your valued employees are still using your own “elbow grease” to clean your business, it’s time to look at the intangible benefits of hiring the pros to clean your business. You have a finite amount of creative energy. You and your team members have a finite amount of time. These finite resources should be invested into your business, your family, and your dreams… not in cleaning your toilets or vacuuming your carpets. While that may have been a good use of your time and energy when you were just starting out, have you stopped to consider that you’ve come a long way since you started? Contact Sonlight Cleaning Services to find out how we can lighten your load, leaving you time and energy for doing the things that only you can do!


If you are an entrepreneur with a business space of 5,000 square feet or 1 million square feet, it’s time to utilize a commercial cleaning company that shares your dream to continually improve and innovate. If you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, call Sonlight Cleaning Services, your partner in business growth.

“Keep Growing!”

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 18:34 -- Laura M. Pulliam

If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, this article is for you. If you’ve ever found yourself wearing the hat of CEO and janitor in the same day, this article is for you. If you’re guilty of spending your Saturday cleaning your business rather than enjoying your precious time off, this article is for you. Why? Because as a small business owner or entrepreneur, you might be ready to invest in a commercial cleaning service.

How Do You Choose The Right Company?

As a small business owner, you want to partner with a company that understands your entrepreneurial spirit and unique needs. Sonlight Cleaning Services began over thirty years ago as a small business with a big heart. Founder and CEO Cathy Reichert launched Sonlight long before #girlboss was a trending hashtag; before the internet even existed, we were dreaming big dreams. Today, we are one of the biggest names in commercial cleaning business here in the greater DFW area. But we haven’t forgotten our roots. One of the core corporate values of Sonlight Cleaning Services is to “grow personally and professionally by continually improving, innovating and meeting all commitments.”

When Should I Hire a Commercial Cleaning Company for My Small Business?

We want to keep growing and we want your business to keep growing. A small business requires emotional and physical energy. You have likely invested your time, money, and heart into bringing your dream to life. Maybe you’re in your first building or have upgraded to larger, more spacious facilities to accommodate your growing enterprise. When this kind of growth happens, it’s easy to fall into the trap of treating the business like a child wearing too-small shoes. Little businesses, like little feet, seem to grow overnight!

So when should I hire a commercial cleaning company? If your office space is over 5,000 square feet, it’s time to partner with the pros for your business cleaning needs. We can provide your business with fully customizable daily or weekly services that will help your business’s outward appearance shine as bright as your business dreams.

Are You Set For Success?

The Dallas/Fort Worth area was recently ranked among the top five cities for starting a new business. Once a small business itself, Sonlight Cleaning Services is ready to come alongside you as you explore the cleaning needs of your growing business. We can provide you with a free quote and help you analyze what types of services will give you the biggest cleaning “bang” for your buck. Or you might say, the most sparkle for your cent! Bottom line? We want you and your business to “keep growing!” Call us today for a free estimate!!

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