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What Have You Touched Today?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 20:53 -- Loretta Moerbe

   According to an artistic photography piece put together by Paula Zuccotti, an argentine-born designer, people on average touch over 140 objects in a single day. In her piece, she laid out and photographed every item an individual touched in a day, and she is planning on repeating this artistic piece again in ten years to make notice of the changes that take place. In composing her piece, she asked 62 people to make a note of all the objects they handled in a 24-hour period, then, she gathered all the objects together to create a ‘snapshot’ of their daily life. 

   Artwork like this is not only interesting to study and enjoy, but it also challenges us to think and compare the items we touch on a daily basis and ask ourselves about the kind of snapshot we are creating of our own lives.  As we explore the items we touch in a day, it gets our minds turning about what is most important to us, what we are spending our time on, and what effect these items are having on our lives. It’s also important to notice who else is touching these items and what kind of impact that adds to our picture. At the end of the day, when we zoom in on each item you’ve touched, what will we see? According to the CDC, we will see germs and bacteria that is transferred from our hands onto the items we touch, and each item we touch exposes us to viruses and germs that will make us sick! This fact really puts a damper on how we enjoy these items doesn’t it?  At Sonlight Cleaning Service, we know the items you touch in your daily life are an important part of your day, and we want to keep you germ free!

   Sonlight Cleaning Service makes it a part of our daily routine to wipe all common area surfaces and clean high traffic touch areas to help keep your office clean and reduce the risk of spreading germs. If someone in your office happens to get sick, let us know and we will take extra measures to disinfect surfaces to prevent the spread of illness. Sonlight Cleaning Service cares about you and your coworkers, and we know how important it is for you to stay healthy! We also offer services to deep clean and sanitize carpeting, flooring, and other areas in your building so you can always put your best foot forward in all areas of your business.

   Cleanliness and professionalism go hand in hand and it’s important to make sure that your office is maintained by a professional cleaning service. Not only does a clean work space ensure the health and hygiene of everyone, but it will also enhance their productivity by giving your employees a clean and germ free space.  As you think about all the items you touch in a day, ask yourself about who is taking care of these items. If you’re ready to ensure you have the best cleaning service to take care of your space, call Sonlight Cleaning Service today!

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 19:07 -- Loretta Moerbe

   It’s the most wonderful time of year, but often times it is the most stressful time of year! With all the joy and merriment surrounding us, it is surprising that hospitals actually see a significant increase in stress related illnesses this time of year. As we approach the holidays, it is important that we reduce our stress and take time every day to do things that help us enjoy the holiday season with our friends and family. It is important to us at Sonlight Cleaning Service that you get the most out of the holidays, and we are here to help you enjoy this season!

Just breathe:

   Deep breathing exercises offer many benefits that include reducing stress and blood pressure. According to livestrong.com, Deep breathing promotes better blood flow to your organs and brain which helps release toxins from your body and helps you sleep better. You’ll notice a decrease in muscle pain, tension, and body aches as well. But, what happens when you take a deep breath and the smell yesterday’s trash greets your nose? How can you relax when your cleaning service keeps forgetting to take out the trash in every waste bin? Sometimes, the very thing designed to make your life easier ends up making you stress out more! Sonlight Cleaning Service is known for our superior service, highly trained staff, and unsurpassed work ethic. You can breathe a little easier with us taking care of your office maintenance needs!

Reduce Stress Triggers:

   Doctors recommend you frequently explore your environment and take note of things that cause you stress and do your best to reduce stress triggers. It’s easy to reduce stress triggers that are within your control, but what about that long list of pet peeves that make your blood boil while you’re at the office? Research shows that one of the top pet peeves and sources of stress in the office originate in the office kitchen. People leaving their food mess in the microwave and dirty dishes in the sink top the charts as major sources of stress at the office. Didn’t their mother teach them to clean up after themselves? Do they even think about other people? Is that what their kitchen looks like at home? Gross! You’re not alone, it would bother us too! Sonlight Cleaning Service  cares about the cleanliness of your office and understands that sometimes work gets in the way of minor mess clean up during the rush of lunch. We are also aware of the problems caused by leaving those messes for days on end! That’s why we make it a part of our nightly routine to check the sink, microwave, countertops, and eating surfaces for any messes left behind and see to it that you walk into a clean and sanitized kitchen every day! We are all about taking care of your maintenance needs and are happy to serve you and your coworkers.


Sonlight Cleaning Service enjoys leaving you a beautifully clean space to walk into every morning, and we know that first impressions count and can help you get your day started off on a positive and stress-free note! Call us today, and let us take care of your building maintenance needs so that you can get back to enjoying this wonderful time of year!

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.

 

 

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