The Gold Standard
Experience and dedication make Sparkle Wash Fox Valley the natural choice for commercial pressure washing and restoration needs
Artie Gold has the competition beat when it comes to gift giving. In 2012, Artie told his wife, Shawn, what he was doing for Mother’s Day. Not flowers, not chocolate, not jewelry. He was going to purchase a pressure washing franchise for the couple to run together.
Having been looking for just the right opportunity, the entrepreneurial husband-and-wife team talked it over and knew that between Artie’s background in facilities and maintenance, and Shawn’s prior experience in sales, marketing and purchasing, it was the right move.
Artie shares, “We wanted to be our own boss, have scheduling flexibility, strive for financial freedom and enjoy the challenges of building a stellar team. There’s no better feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment than to get a thank you letter or phone call from a customer who is ecstatic about the result of our service. On a whim and with a strong trust in each other, we used our 401(k) retirement savings to put up the funds for the bank loan.”
The Golds purchased the Sparkle Wash Fox Valley franchise in August 2013 and never looked back, growing the business 26% from 2014-2019.
Sparkle Wash at Your Service
Sparkle Wash Fox Valley, which is part of the Sparkle Wash International franchise, provides a variety of expert mobile pressure washing, restoration and stationary truck wash services—including brick cleaning, building washing, roof washing, window cleaning, and fleet and boat washing—to general contractors, real estate agents, homeowners, property managers and business owners throughout the region. Some recent high-profile commercial jobs include the Grande Cheese Company’s corporate headquarters in Fond du Lac and Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley in Appleton. Whether smart board, EIFS, brick, ACM panels or any other exterior material, the Sparkle Wash Fox Valley team has the equipment and know-how to get optimal results. The fully insured company takes great care to work with municipalities to obtain proper permits and signage, including adherence to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permit requirements for wash water. And with safety always top of mind, Sparkle Wash Fox Valley engages in safety training on a regular basis—both online and hands on.
Artie and Shawn take great pride not only in high-quality work but in their ability to provide strong customer service and maintain a strong, cohesive team. Shawn says, “We do our best to create positive employee and customer relationships. We do that by developing a team that supports one another in completing the job at hand as well as fostering an environment where everyone can have a good work-life balance.”
In fact, the experience and size of the Sparkle Wash Fox Valley team allows them to tackle any job, big or small. Shawn states proudly, “Our 10-person team works well together to overcome any obstacle. We’re a very versatile group, and everyone is trained to analyze each situation to determine the right products, process and pressure to complete each job.”
Equipped and Ready
Shawn adds, “We have industrial equipment, high standards of customer service, and a focus on scheduling and on-time completion. Everyone’s time is valuable. We’ll be there when we say we will be. Plus, we’re not afraid to try something new or at least investigate the opportunity to add to our portfolio of services.”
It is obvious to customers and peers alike that Shawn and Artie are doing something right. A winner of the Sparkle Wash International Top Gun award, annual Top Sales awards and the 2018 Franchise of the Year Award, Sparkle Wash Fox Valley sets the standard for the pressure washing business in and around the region. Other franchisees actually look to Artie and Shawn for best practices. Artie says, “We are the liaison between franchise owners, as either we are doing something or have tried it.”