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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!!

I’m Dreaming of a Yellow Easter

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 18:27 -- Laura M. Pulliam

If you’re a native of Texas, you probably already know what I’m talking about. In fact, as the Bing Crosby classic goes, this yellow Easter may be “just like the ones [you] used to know.” As Texans, we are all too familiar with pollen season. When the temperatures begin to rise and the bluebonnets make their appearance, we know that the dreaded yellow cloud is not far behind.

 First of all, what is pollen and why is it so bad this year? In and of itself, pollen is a great thing. Without pollen, we would not have trees, flowers, and other plants. When it becomes problematic, though, is when these microscopic grains join forces to activate an over-response from our immune system which (you guessed it) makes us cough, sneeze, and generally feel ill.

 As early as last year, experts were predicting a 2018 allergy season that would send everyone reaching for the tissues. Here at Sonlight Cleaning Services, that means we’re gearing up for action!  When plants face drought, as they did for several recent years, their energy is predominantly geared toward survival rather than reproduction. But now that we’ve had a couple of wet seasons, here comes the pollen. Cedar season (which technically ended in February) was extremely high - even before the season hit its height, experts were estimating it could range two to six times higher than usual.

Right now, we are seeing a similarly heightened pollen production from trees such as oak, American elm, pecan, cottonwood, mesquite, and hackberry. If your workplace is in an area with a lot of trees, you may have even noticed piles of pollen along curbs, on sidewalks, or in the street. Regardless of how faithfully you wash your car, you’ve probably noticed a fine yellow dusting all over it by the end of the day. So how on earth do we deal with this cough-inducing cloud?

Besides calling your allergist, here are three proactive steps you can take to combat the pollen in your workplace so that you and your team can be spared the worst of the allergen-assault:

  1. First, evaluate and (where possible) eliminate the primary pathways to pollen entry such as doors and windows. Even though the morning breeze may be nice, an open window will let in a lot of pollen in even a short amount of time. If you’ve already noticed a fine yellow dusting around your workplace, we can give you a jump-start on cleaning your windows, walls, floors, and other surfaces.
  2. Second, check your high-traffic areas. Especially in schools, medical facilities, and businesses with all-day foot traffic, shoes can serve as a “Trojan horse” for pollen to access the indoors. If your entryway rugs are looking a little yellow, you may want to add an additional rug (for example, one inside the door and the other right outside the door) as well as a day porter service to vacuum the rugs throughout the day.
  3. Third, clean those carpets! Rugs and carpeted areas are a huge culprit when it comes to pollen collection and retention. During the height of allergy season, carpets should be vacuumed much more frequently than usual. Our cleaning equipment is commercial grade, meaning a better clean than the standard vacuum could deliver, and our staff is trained on the very best cleaning methods. When pollen season begins to subside, plan to deep clean your floors and carpets. Our carpet cleaning solutions actually lift and extract the pollen from the carpeting, meaning the deepest possible clean.

Trees, plants, and pollen will always be a part of life. That doesn’t mean that allergy season has to get you down. Contact Sonlight Cleaning Service today. We can help you and your team avoid allergy ailments and make the most of this otherwise beautiful time of year! Or as Bing Crosby’s companion Frank Sinatra might sing, “It’s that time of year when the world falls in love… with their cleaning company.”


What Is A Day Porter? (And Do I Need One?)

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 14:13 -- Laura M. Pulliam

Most of us have learned not to judge a book by its cover. But I'd venture a guess that we still judge a business by its appearance. I know I've been skeptical of a doctor’s office with a messy lobby and I’ve even walked out of a restaurant with an unkept restroom. If the curb appeal isn't, well, appealing then I'm going to take my business elsewhere!

At Sonlight Cleaning Service, we truly believe that “First Impressions Count.” We can probably all agree that it is important to keep our workplaces clean. Not only does this benefit our would-be guests and clients, but it benefits our employees as well. When a workplace looks well cared for, those who work there can take pride in their role in that place. A tidy environment can actually increase team morale!

What we sometimes forget however, is that for high traffic areas, sometimes a once-a-day clean after hours simply isn't enough. To what areas am I referring? High-traffic areas may include entryways, lobbies, restrooms, break rooms, offices, laboratories, classrooms, etc. This is where a Day Porter service comes to the rescue. We can provide day porter services 8 hours a day in addition to your regular janitorial services to cover your needs.

When we hear the word porter, most of us think of a person in a hotel or airport who might help us carry luggage or other heavy loads. Think of your Sonlight Cleaning Service Day Porter as someone who carries the “appearance load” for your business! They take it upon themselves to ensure that those high-traffic areas have a consistently immaculate appearance throughout the day by emptying trash cans, restocking necessities in restrooms or break rooms, and cleaning frequently-used areas. And the best part? You can tailor these services to meet your specific needs.

Think about your place of business. Here are a few questions you may ask yourself to see if a Day Porter might be a good investment for you:

  • Which rooms or areas get the most traffic?
  • How do these spaces look by mid-day?
  • Do these spaces get used on some days more than others?
  • Have I ever noticed an overfilled trash can in a high-traffic area?
  • Do I sometimes see paper towels or toilet paper on the floor in the restroom?
  • Do we sometimes host special events that put more strain on our facilities (such as corporate parties, meetings, or public events)?

When it comes to the cleanliness of your facilities, first impressions count. Let a Sonlight Cleaning Services Day Porter carry the appearance load for you!



Dust: It’s About More Than Appearances

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 19:44 -- Laura M. Pulliam

Many authors have written about the distracting tendency of digital media. And I think we’d all agree that if we’re sitting within sight of a flickering TV screen (regardless of the content of the program) it’s hard to have a conversation with the person sitting across the table. Distractions are everywhere! But sometimes distractions are more subtle than a brightly-lit screen. A 2015 Life Hacker article reported that it takes, on average, twenty-five minutes to refocus on a task after a distraction. Yikes!

So what does this have to do with dust? Let me describe a scenario and see if you can relate. You’re sitting at your desk. You send something to the printer. On your way to the printer, you casually pull the mini-blinds apart to take a peek outside. And then you look down at your fingers. Dust. Printer forgotten, suddenly your mind is recalling that thing you heard on NPR one time about dust being comprised of things like carpet fiber, dead skin, bug parts. Gross. Now you’re sufficiently distracted. Start the twenty-five minute refocusing clock!

Dust is the result of both indoor and outdoor airborne particles that end up making themselves at home in your professional and personal spaces. While we often remember the importance of dusting our homes, other spaces such as your office are often forgotten. In addition to being unsanitary, dust can be distracting. Though small, dust has the power to actually decrease productivity in your workspace.

Use this useful spring cleaning checklist to make a quick review of the items in your building that are often neglected. Follow the links to see ways Sonlight Cleaning Services can help combat “dust distraction” for your team!

  • Start by looking up high. Check ceiling fans, light fixtures, crown moulding and tall pieces of furniture.
  • Next, look at the walls themselves. You might not think about it very often, but walls take a lot of wear and tear. People touch or bump into walls, leaving body oils which can then catch dust. Let us restore your walls through wall washing.
  • Now check your windows. Do they need a good cleaning? We can do that too!
  • Take a look at desks, bookshelves, countertops, and smaller pieces of furniture. When these collect dust, it tends to be more noticeable, but are you forgetting any pieces or rooms that don’t get used as often?
  • Upholstered and leather furniture is often neglected and can have years worth of dust and other pollutant buildup. We offer upholstery cleaning.
  • Last but certainly not least in terms of dust collecting is your carpets. Think about it - the floor is big, horizontal, and has a lot of foot traffic. If dust had a team captain, this is it! Let us give your carpets a fresh start. Bye, bye dust!


Don’t let dust be a distraction for you and your team. Let Sonlight Cleaning Services optimize your space for maximum productivity. Why waste another minute? Contact us Today!



Get Ready!

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 19:39 -- Loretta Moerbe

Springtime is a gorgeous time of year where we get to enjoy beautiful flowers, blooming trees, new life, and, if you live in North Texas, a beautiful array of thunderstorms. As we well know, thunderstorms in Texas can get pretty rough and it’s always a good idea to double-check your emergency response plan. Howard Ruff once said, “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” Unfortunately, sometimes, emergency plans don’t cross our mind until an emergency is right in front of us, but at Sonlight Cleaning Service, we want to help you be emergency prepared. 

The safest place in a severe storm is away from windows, close to the ground, and in the innermost room or closet of your space. You want as many windows and floors between you and the outside as you can get in order to adequately protect yourself. Once you have located the space that will be the safest for everyone, make sure you have an emergency kit nearby. Your emergency kit will need to include first aid, flashlights, and a weather radio so you can adequately respond to first needs. Finally, you will want to train and communicate your emergency action plan to all employees so everyone knows just what to do should the weather cause an emergency situation.

Once the storm has passed and it is safe to leave your shelter, you will want to assess the damage and check for anything that may need your immediate attention. The damage caused by hail storms can sometimes be disastrous and will require your immediate attention and clean up. Sonlight Cleaning Service is there for you when these emergencies pop up, and we are ready to come in and provide our disaster clean up and flood restoration/remediation services to get you back on track faster. We can handle most any emergency whether it be a pipe bursting, hail, rain, or other messy accidents that sometimes happen.

We are easy to reach and our emergency line operations department will answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We are ready at anytime day or night to help you get your clean up started and get your business back in order! Not only are we there for you in emergencies, we are there for you everyday! Our goal is to help your facility always leave a great first impression and operate at its best.

Heed the advice of Howard Ruff, and don’t wait for the rain to build up your Ark! Let Sonlight Cleaning Service help you maintain a higher standard of clean that people will surely notice!




Change is good

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:53 -- Loretta Moerbe

With Springtime peeking its head around the corner, the phrase “Spring Cleaning” begins to come to mind. De-cluttering your space helps you create more harmony, balance, and peace in your life. This practice is used to lower stress, promote productivity, and give you a sense of freshness. While de-cluttering can often times be a daunting task, one cannot argue with the fact that taking time to organize, simplify, and balance your priorities in life and the space you live it in will, in fact, make you feel better. Sonlight Cleaning Service is here to help bring a feeling of freshness and superior cleanliness to the appearance of your facility.

Sonlight Cleaning Service has been in business for more than 30 years providing high quality cleaning services for businesses that agree with our business model of “First Impressions Count.” We offer a wide variety of services to help you bring a high-level first impression to your customers and employees. We offer all aspects you would expect from a janitorial service and several you wouldn’t expect! We provide complete floor care, window cleaning, power washing, minor maintenance, construction clean-up, and tailor-fit services upon your request! We work hard to meet and exceed your expectations, and know you and your business will reach a high level of harmony and freshness with us behind the broom!

A book called “Organized Simplicity” teaches us a lot about the importance of a clean space and good quality air and light. It is suggested to promote clean air with plants and dust-reducing furniture to help keep the air clean and free of allergens and other particles that are bad for our lungs. Sonlight Cleaning Service takes air quality a step further and can help keep your air clean by cleaning your air vents, cleaning your upholstery, and maintaining your air fresheners and deodorizers. Sonlight even uses HEPA backpack vacuum cleaners to ensure your air stays free of dust and allergens. Our window washing services will keep your windows squeaky clean in order to maximize the light brought into your space. Don’t have many windows? Sonlight Cleaning Service will also check and change your light bulbs for you! We strive to provide the best services to our customers and help them create a bright and clean atmosphere for their customers and employees!

It is important to mention that a first impression will make or break the feeling your employees and customers have about your space. Take some time this week and focus on the attitude and the ‘feel’ of your space. Messy spaces with dirty floors and windows tend to send a negative message that could hurt your business and create a negative work environment. Sonlight Cleaning Service knows you care about the message you send to your employees and customers, so we work hard to promote a positive first impression for you and everyone that walks into your space. We love what we do, and more importantly, love to leave a space as clean as possible. Our goal is to leave a great first impression on every service we provide so that your facility will leave a great first impression to your customers and employees.

We look forward to working with you and encourage you to make the switch to Sonlight Cleaning Service today! Let us help your facility create a great first impression every time someone walks in! Call us today!



Olympian Gold-Medalist Clean!

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 17:10 -- Loretta Moerbe

   Watching the modern Olympics has been a loved tradition since the late 1800’s, but the Olympics in general have been around since late 700B.C. It is interesting to see the history behind the Olympics and to continually watch it grow in popularity! There is always a new record broken, boundaries pushed, and the incredible talent of athletes from around the world. We watch these games in sheer amazement and find ourselves awestruck at the incredible gifting’s and hard work of each athlete. Frankly, it’s very impressing to see these athletes push through and finish strong and we are left inspired that we too can push through and do our best at the things we love doing! At Sonlight Cleaning Service, we work hard so you feel just as inspired as you walk into your office every day!

   Research indicates that the majority percentage of a person’s first impression of a space is centered around the appearance of it’s flooring. Sonlight knows flooring well, and encourages you to do a walk through of your facility and determine how clean your floors really are! Here are a few questions to ask as you do your walk-through:

1. Is the flooring by the wall as clean as the middle of the room?

     The flooring right next to the wall is supposed to be just as clean as the rest of the room, but often times, those spots are missed and over time become very dingy! Your customers and employees notice that dinge, especially in the bathroom, and it is important to clean right away. Dinge and dirt build up will ruin your tile and grout! Sonlight Cleaning Service can get those floors looking like new in no time, and if you utilize our daily cleaning service, you will notice that we leave your office flooring thoroughly cleaned and can help enhance the life of your hard flooring!

2. How clean is my grout?

            As mentioned in the previous question, dirt and dinge build up can shorten the life of your tile floors, but it can also ruin your grout. Having hard floors re-done is an expensive pain that takes time away from important business hours. That’s one main reason why it is important to keep your hard flooring and grout clean and well maintained. Sonlight Cleaning Service uses “acid-based ceramic tile scrub,” which is an acid-based cleaner specially designed for ceramic tile and will clean your grout without ruining your flooring! We can treat your entire flooring and get your grout noticeably clean!

3. How clean is my carpet?

            A great way to test the cleanliness of your carpet is to ask, “If I dropped a piece of food on the floor, would I be too grossed out to eat it?” While it is a funny question to ask, it is also one that will get you thinking about how clean your carpets really are. Carpets are full of germs and bacteria that can make you sick! Dirt build up in carpets can cause stains and make your carpets look very dingy. In order to properly maintain your carpets, they need more than just vacuumed, and Sonlight can help! We offer hot water extraction methods to clean your carpets and other flooring. Cleaning like this should be done multiple times a year to keep your carpets looking their best!

            Sonlight Cleaning Service works with the Olympian mindset and knows that you will be impressed with our hard work and consistently impressive results! We work very hard, we train and educate ourselves frequently, and strive to bring you a great first impression every time you walk into your facility. Sonlight Cleaning Service reaches for the gold medal in every task we face and will never settle for less than our best! Call us today!


Roses are Red, Violets are blue…

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:32 -- Loretta Moerbe

It is important to take time to show how much you care and value the people in your life, and Valentines Day is a great time to pause and say thank you to your family, friends, and even coworkers! People show they care in a variety of ways. Some show their appreciation for others with their words, some with their acts of service, and others even with gifts. There are many different ways to express gratitude, appreciation, and love! Often times, it can be difficult or even maybe a little awkward to show appreciation to those you work with on a daily basis, but it’s important to take the time to build up the people around you—to stop and say “thank you.” Sonlight Cleaning Service makes it a priority to show how much we care about you and your business by providing you with nothing but the highest quality cleaning services. 

            Taking time to show appreciation to coworkers helps to build trust and to build a more cohesive team. People like to be recognized, and it’s always a good idea to recognize and reward hard work! The simple act of recognizing someone for a job well done, will encourage them, and others on the team, to keep up the great work. People that are recognized feel good about the work they are doing and by feeling appreciated, people will work even harder and become more productive and invested in the final product. Showing appreciation will also instill the notion that hard work is acknowledged and appreciated which will in turn create an environment where people work hard to meet and exceed expectations. Sonlight Cleaning Service knows that a clean office is a productive office, and we are excited to join your team and help you create a work environment that is refreshing and welcoming to your team.

            The best part about creating a positive and appreciative work environment is that it takes very little investment of your time or expenses! It’s the little changes that count. A great time to acknowledge the work your employees do is at staff meeting. All it takes is two or three minutes at the beginning of the meeting to bring attention to your coworkers. You can offer cost-efficient rewards like gift cards for coffee, an extra hour for lunch, or even an extra day of vacation! The sky is really the limit as far as possibilities, and the reward system you pick will highly depend on what is important to your staff. A great way to encourage your employees is to hire a quality cleaning service they can rely on. Sonlight Cleaning Service cares about you and your staff, and we look forward to being a part of the positive changes you are making around your office!

            Sonlight Cleaning Service takes care of our employees and sees to it that they are fully equipped and ready to give you their very best! We are certain that once you hire us to take care of your facility, you will enjoy a whole new level of clean. Call Sonlight Cleaning Service today, and take the first step in creating a refreshingly positive and productive work environment!



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