Archive for January, 2012

A Clean Home is Good for Your Health

Posted on January 29, 2012. Filed under: Green Cleaning | Tags: |

A clean home  - just what the doctor orderedA clean home makes you feel great, but did you realize that a clean home may provide tangible health benefits?

This article shares 10 health benefits of a clean house. Some of the benefits listed in this article are well known, but others may come as a surprise. Most of us know dust and dirt may exacerbate allergies and asthma, and thoroughly cleaning your home gets rid of bacteria that pose health risks to people with compromised immune systems. Did you know that a clean, uncluttered home may also lower your risk of injury?

If you’d rather spend your time with friends and family, consider hiring Sponge & Sparkle to keep your Atlanta home sparkling clean.

As one customer says:
We found Sponge & Sparkle based on good reviews online. Thus far, we have enjoyed their professionalism (corporate & cleaning staff) & flexibility. Their pro-active emails/phone-calls make us feel that we are in good hands.

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Happy, Engaged Employees Lead to Happy, Loyal Customers

Posted on January 22, 2012. Filed under: About Sponge & Sparkle, Customer Care |

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Our Awesome Employees at the 2011 Sponge & Sparkle Holiday Party

At Sponge & Sparkle, we employ the golden rule as part of our company’s culture. Treating others as you want to be treated, however, doesn’t stop at the way we treat our customers.

We believe our employees should be treated with the same consideration and care. How can we expect our cleaning technicians to treat our customers well if they are mistreated by our office staff?

Is Employee Engagement Worth It?

Common sense and research also show that a caring work environment leads to motivated employees who put forth their best. This, in turn, has a positive impact on a company’s bottom line.

The contributions our team members make play a big part in Sponge & Sparkle being Atlanta’s oldest independently owned house cleaning service. In an industry (house cleaning) where the average employee turnover is 4-5 months, our average employee turnover is 5 years!

What Customers Say About Sponge & Sparkle Employees

I am so grateful for the hundreds of customers who have trusted us to clean their homes for the past 30 years.  Here’s what they have to say about Sponge & Sparkle cleaning technicians.

The Dream Team!
The dream team came!  This was the cleanest my house has ever been!  Kitchen floor was cleaned as never before.  Great job, girls.  K. ROSS

Outstanding Cleaning, Wonderful Employees
I want you to know what a pleasure it has been to have been your customer these last few years. The cleaning services you provide have always been outstanding and your employees have been wonderful. C. MUSE

Great Job and Trustworthy

It is so nice to have someone who not only does a great job but someone you can trust. J. SAXON

So Fresh, So Clean
Camille did a great job cleaning our house in Decatur last week! Everything looked and smelled terrific!

 A+ Extremely Professional, a Delight to Work With

KAREN cleaned our home for the first time last week and she did an incredible job! The cleaning was very thorough, she took her time and made my home “sparkle”! she was a delight to have in the house and she was very accommodating to my “work from home” needs. I look forward to having her back. A+!

Very Fast and Very Thorough

We’re really happy we went with Sponge and Sparkle. The cleaners Mabia and Jared are fast but very thorough, and are always on time. We have a converted loft that gets dingy and dusty very easily, and it always looks and feels brand new after they’ve cleaned. Highly recommended.

Resources to Improve Employee Engagement

If you are looking to institute a caring company culture, one that takes care of your employees and customers, here are two resources that will help you on your journey.

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The Sponge & Sparkle Closet Clearing System

Posted on January 15, 2012. Filed under: Clearing Clutter | Tags: , |

closetIs your closet crammed with clothes, yet you never seem to be able to find anything to wear? Here’s a surprising statistic – most of us wear only 20% of the clothes we have in our closets. In this article, clutter clearing expert and coach Sue Rasmussen explains the 14 categories of clothes you have in your closet, and 13 of them are clothes you don’t need.

The Benefits of Clearing Closet Clutter

The benefits of cleaning the clutter out of your closet include:

  • Less dust and dirt accumulation.As Atlanta house cleaning experts, we see it all the time – clutter is a dust magnet.
  • More energy. Clutter weighs you down. Most of us have to find something to wear on a daily basis, and having to face a mess each day can be a drain.
  • Discover new clothing. Many people find that once they clear and organize their closets they end up with more, rather than fewer things to wear. Once they are able to see what they have, it is easier to put together outfit combinations.
  • Help someone in need. The clothes clogging your closet are probably just want someone else needs. Donate your new or gently used clothing to someone who can use it.

Our Closet Clearing System

Here’s a simple system for clearing out your closet. Take everything out of your closet. Put the clothing that you know fits well and looks fabulous back into your closet.

What if you can’t decide? Granted, most of us don’t have the iron will to get rid of everything that we don’t wear. So, here’s a compromise. Once you’ve removed all of the clothes you can bear to part with, put the rest in the closet with the hangers all facing one way. When you wear something, place it back in the closet with the hangers facing the opposite direction. At the end of the season, you will have a clearer picture of the clothes you don’t wear.

Wondering What to Do With Your Clothes?

Sell your unused clothing to a consignment shop or better yet, donate them to charity. Here are few non-profits in Atlanta that accept new and gently worn clothing.

Once you’ve experienced the zen of having an un-cluttered closet, consider calling us for a top to bottom Atlanta house cleaning.

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CAT OWNERS NEED US!

Posted on January 8, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Culprit #1!

Now that I am the slave to 2 fuzzy cats, I am appalled at the amount of fur, dander, and dust generated by these guys!  Of course it is all totally worth it, but it can get disgusting and doesn’t take much to spiral out of control.

I felt like I was approaching that downhill slide – just too much to do  and not enough time.  Arghhh – I hate that feeling because I love a clean house, and know how important it is.  But something had to suffer it seemed , so it was the house.  One thing I know for sure (yes Oprah this is the one thing I know for sure)  is that dirt is determined and relentless.  It wants nothing more than to  reproduce itself in all it’s varieties as quickly as possible! And once something gets a little dirty, it quickly escalates into a lot of dirt.

But today, I was the recipient of an unexpected sparkling from SPONGE & SPARKLE.  We had three cancellations this morning due to clients being sick,  so to give one of our teams a  not so bad day/paycheck, my house was put on the schedule.

Coming home a little while ago was…..delightful.  No visible cat fur, just  sparkling  clean everywhere.  It made me happy.

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