Who are we now?
Amber and Korin have 29 years of combined experience in professional cleaning. We know what works and what doesn’t work and we pass this knowledge on to our staff.
We love cleaning – truly! We love the process and the reward of a finished space. It is satisfying, meditative and we love showing others how fun and rewarding it can be!
Training is a never-ending process, It is our practice to invest heavily in training our employees, ourselves… and yes, even our clients. We learn through practice, refining our processes and, most importantly, listening. We love feedback from our team and our clients. We love new ideas and we welcome criticism. If we screw up, we celebrate! Why? Because from failure, we learn. From success? Meh – not so much.
We use products and equipment from companies that align with our core values.
We choose cleaning products that are safer for our employees, the environment, and our clients. You will always have a sparkling clean space that looks, feels, and smells amazing. It will never feel like a sterile environment – it will feel welcoming and comfortable, as it should.
We KNOW we are good at what we do. We are a detail shop, not a car wash. We are not a budget cleaning company, we don’t haggle, and we don’t price-match. We set our rates based on what it will take to get the job done right and pay our employees a proper living wage.
How did it all start?
Story time with Amber (founder)
A long time ago (2003), right here in the Milky Way galaxy… I was working full time as a bartender. It was a great career, fun and fast paced, but then something happened. I discovered that I was pregnant and the idea of continuing in the bar industry became more nauseating than the morning sickness.
I was fortunate enough to inherit six residential cleaning clients from a life-long friend who was retiring from the cleaning business. The intention, initially, was to work until my third trimester, make some decent money, and be home well before 3:00am every day.
Then something else happened- four years went by in a flash. The half-dozen clients had grown to more than twenty, so I decided to recruit a partner. There was no better choice than my best friend, Korin, whose nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic was perfect for the job.
We worked as a dynamic duo for a year until one day we sat down and looked at what we had “accidentally” built. The clients were all such huge fans of our duo that we started to ask what the future could hold for this operation which had grown purely through word-of-mouth.
There was definitely wine involved when we began the discussion of what to call this machine we had built. Drawing from all of the odd or challenging experiences we had shared, we came up with a variety of names that definitely provoked laughter, but didn’t quite fit. We thought back to the original six clients and realized that all of them resided in the neighborhoods along Sunshine Canyon and Sugarloaf Road. Neither Korin nor I can recall who said it first, but someone said, “What about Sugarshine?” We chuckled, but we both knew- that was our baby’s name.
The following year, we hired our first employee. Between 2008 and 2020, Sugarshine Cleaning has grown to a big family, serving clients all along the Colorado front range from Denver to Fort Collins as well as seasonal services in Keystone, Dillion, Steamboat Springs, Drake and Estes Park.
Today, Sugarshine Cleaning is a family that continues to grow and continues to evolve. The vision is much clearer now than it was in 2003. It started as a way to make money, but it now operates as a way to change lives, empower people, and push the cleaning industry to be better.