Turkey Fun Facts (aka “Fowl Knowledge”)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Gobble Gobble

Gobble Gobble

I heard a really corny joke yesterday:

Question:  “What happens when two turkeys fight on Thanksgiving? ”

Answer: “They usually knock the stuffing out of each other!”

This is a re-post from prior years, it’s always fun to have some Turkey Fun Facts.

Print these out and amaze Uncle Sal & Aunt Millie with your “Fowl Knowledge” 

Be safe and enjoy your Holiday!

The Fish Window Cleaning Team

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Where do Turkey’s get their name?

Have you ever wondered what Turkey (the country in the Middle East) and the American bird have in common? A case of mistaken identity resulted in the American Turkey being named after the country. When the Spanish first found the bird in the Americas more than 400 years ago they brought it back to Europe. The English mistakenly thought it was a bird they called a “turkey” so they gave it the same name. This other bird was actually from Africa, but came to England by way of the Turkey (lots of shipping went through Turkey at the time). The name stuck even when they realized the birds weren’t the same.

Turkey Fun Facts

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

  1. The turkey is one of the most famous birds in North America. In fact, Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey, not the Bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States!
  2. The turkey’s popularity comes from the American people’s love of eating the bird for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  3. The wild turkey we usually see in photos or pictures is not the same as the domestic turkey that we serve at Thanksgiving.
  4. Domestic or tame turkeys weigh twice what a wild turkey does and are raised on farms for profit.
  5. Most domestic turkeys are so heavy they are unable to fly.
  6. After the female turkey mates, she prepares a nest under a bush in the woods and lays her tan and speckled brown eggs. She incubates as many as 18 eggs at a time. It takes about a month for the chicks to hatch.
  7. Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) live in woods in parts of North America and are the largest game birds found in this part of the world. They spend their days foraging for food like acorns, seeds, small insects and wild berries. They spend their nights in low branches of trees (yes, wild turkeys can fly!).
  8. Wild turkeys are covered with dark feathers that help them blend in with their woodland homes. The bare skin on the throat and head of a turkey can change color from flat gray to striking shades of red, white, and blue when the bird becomes distressed or excited.
  9. When the babies (known as poults) hatch they flock with their mother all year (even through the winter). For the first two weeks the poults are unable to fly. The mother roosts on the ground with them during this time.

Tom Turkey’s Tale of the Tail

American Turkey

American Turkey

Peacocks aren’t the only birds who use their fancy tails to attract a mate. Each spring male turkeys try to befriend as many females as possible. Male turkeys, also called “Tom Turkeys” or “Gobblers” puff up their bodies and spread their tail feathers (just like a peacock).

Turkeys grunt, make a “gobble gobble sound” and strut about shaking their feathers. This fancy turkey trot helps the male attract females (also called “hens”) for mating.

Turkey Terms

What's For Dinner

Look What’s For Dinner!

  • Scientific genus and species: Meleagris gallopavo
  • Caruncle – brightly colored growths on the throat region. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
  • Gizzard – a part of a bird’s stomach that contains tiny stones. It helps them grind up food for digestion.
  • Hen – a female turkey.
  • Poult – a baby turkey. A chick.
  • Snood – the flap of skin that hangs over the turkey’s beak. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
  • Tom – a male turkey. Also known as a gobbler.
  • Wattle – the flap of skin under the turkey’s chin. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.



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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

Jaime Clean A Screen With Soap & Water

How Often Should I Replace My Window Screens?

Many home owners regularly clean their windows but pay little attention to their window screens.

Screens Are My Business – But I Don’t Like Them  

One big reason my wife Cynthia and I got into the window cleaning business is because everyone loves clean windows.

One big reason we almost didn’t get into this business is because of window screens.

Screens are Not John's Favorite Subject

Screens are Not John's Favorite Subject

Working with residential window screens is a basic, necessary part of our jobs as window cleaners.   We work with them every day and have become quite adept at dealing with them.  We even smile and maintain a professional demeanor while cleaning and handling them.

But we don’t have to like window screens.

Window screens are often neglected and replaced infrequently and become brittle over time.  Once the neglected screen is touched and/or removed to clean the window, many fall apart right in your hands.

And whose hand is touching the screen?

The window cleaner’s.

Welcome to my world.

When Was the Last Time You Noticed Your Screens? 

Do Your Screens Look Like This?

Do Your Screens Look Like This?

One of my first blog posts was “How Often Should I Clean My Windows? (Dec 2011)” because it is my customers’ most frequently asked question.

I followed it with “How Often Should I Clean My Awnings? (Jan 2012)” because it’s the #2 question I hear most.

The #3 most frequently asked question, and today’s topic, is about one of my least favorite subjects, window screens.

When we clean residential windows we always remove, clean and replace the screens.  It’s an important element of professional window cleaning and just part of the package.

It’s easy to notice homeowners that pay attention to their windows and screens because every window works and the screens are all in pretty good shape.

Old, Torn and Corroded Screens

Or Do they Look Like This?

Do we wish all customers were like this?  Yes.

Is this what we see in the real world?  No.

Quite often, the only time homeowners even notice their screens is when they finally get around to cleaning their windows.

Infrequent window cleaning is one thing, dealing with neglected and corroded screens is rarely done before they break.

Herein lies my issue with screens.

How Often Should I Replace My Window Screens? 

Different Screens Types and Elements

Each screen is exposed to different elements, and therefore lasts longer or shorter

As with most things in life… it depends.

There are a number of structural and environmental factors that determine how often you should replace your window screens.

Here are some factors that will affect your screen’s longevity:

  • Structure – Is it well-built or kind of flimsy?
  • Screen mesh type – Steel, aluminum, fiberglass, other
  • Frame type – Steel or aluminum
  • Corner type – Plastic or mitered
  • Usage – How often is the screen moved or handled?
  • Water damage – Sprinklers and/or continually damp area
  • Little Ones – Dog and Cats and Children can punish screens
  • Environment – Sun Exposure, severe weather, proximity to the ocean
New and Maintained Screens Make Us All Happy

Add 5 -10 years by maintaining your screens regularly!

So, no one answer will fit every screen.  It depends.

OK, so how long should a screen last?

A normal screen that is primarily in shade, remains relatively dry, gets cleaned semi-regularly and is not subject to lots of handling (except at window cleaning time) should last you 10 to 15 years before it begins to break down and need replacement.

With regular maintenance and care, you can add 5 to 10 additional years to your screen’s life.

Maintain Screens And They Will Last Longer 

Here are 8 screen maintenance tips to increase the life of your screens:

  1. Drew Performs Maintenance on a Window Screen

    Drew Performs Maintenance on a Window Screen

    Wipe the frames regularly (every 3-6 months) and check for corrosion

  2. Keep the window track free of water and dirt
  3. Check plastic corners.  If they look faded, the plastic is getting ready to break.  Replace.
  4. Inspect the screen mesh for holes and replace if you find some
  5. If the screen mesh looks shiny, this means it’s getting old and needs to be re-screened
  6. Inspect the spline to see if it’s coming out of the frame, use a spline tool to press it back in.
  7. If the spline continually slips from the frame, it may be dry and needs to be replaced
  8. Make sure the screen mesh is taut within the frame, re-screen if necessary

In most cases, maintenance costs are less than replacement costs.  You can do most of these tasks yourself and save money while keeping your screens in working order.

One note: When we surveyed our customers, we found that cost is not generally the reason for infrequent maintenance.  It’s the time and hassle.

If you are not a Do-It-Yourself type of person, your local hardware store can inspect and maintain your screens for you. You just have to bring the screens into their store.

Also, there are also many excellent on-site screen companies that will come to your home and maintain them on the spot.  These companies tend to be a little more expensive, but they really reduce the time and hassle factors for you.

Whatever method you choose, regular maintenance increases the life of your screens.

An Ounce Of Prevention = A Pound of Cure 

This is what a screen graveyard looks like

Screen Graveyard

Over the last couple of years, we’ve unfortunately had dozens of situations where a 20+ year old screen falls apart in my cleaner’s hands and the customer, rightly so, asks what we are going to do about it.

Yep.  We touched it without noting it first, and we now own it.

And, as a professional service provider, we replace it for the customer free of charge.

Here’s a helpful tip to prevent customer/service provider issues before they happen.

Quick Tip: The next time you have your windows cleaned, talk with your window cleaner before they start, and ask them to inspect the screens and indicate those they recommend maintaining or replacing.  You both can then determine how to handle any repairs and/or replacement.

This up-front communication saves a lot of headaches and reduces the possibility of “after-the-fact” situations.

Be safe and have a great weekend!

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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.


Sonya Removes Paint Large Job

How to Remove Paint From Window Glass (Without Scratching)

Stores paint their windows to celebrate holidays and advertise sales.  Ever wonder how they get that paint off?  Here’s how.

Window Paint Is Serious Business 

Valentino's

Valentine's Day Paint

I look at windows all day (it’s my job) and my favorites are the stores that paint hearts for Valentine’s day, Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, Basketballs for March Madness and Firecrackers for the 4th of July.

These seasonal graphics put me in a fun mood to celebrate and often reminds me that I haven’t bought flowers for my wife yet!  (Thank you!)

Seasonal topics can be fun.  For stores, these painted windows are serious business.

Reminding me to get flowers puts me into a psychological “need mode“, and the advertised deal 20% off on a dozen roses entices me to enter the store and buy them (“action mode“).  We all do this every day – no big deal – but what if it’s mid-March and a store still has Valentine’s Day decorations?

Removing the Paint

Removing the Paint

Am I supposed to get flowers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? No. Get flowers for my wife so I can watch college basketball?  It helps, but probably not necessary.

Now I’m confused.

And I begin to question if this store cares about me.  It’s sending the wrong message, and I might be less likely to visit their store because of it.

Serious Business.  Subtle, but serious.

Removing Paint is Messy 

In response to one of my blog postsFirst Impressions Matter…What Does Yours Say? (Nov, 2011), I received the following question:

Charles W. from Redondo Beach writes:  “My store’s image is very important and we paint our windows to keep up with each holiday and event.  We change our windows graphics about 10 – 12 times per year and when we remove the paint it sure is messy. Any tips on how to remove it properly and efficiently – my son Matt really wants to know.  Thanks! “

Ready for St. Patrick's Day

45 minutes later: Ready For St. Patrick's Day

Well Charles, the least messy way to remove paint is to have someone else do it!  If you are (or most likely Matt is) going to remove the paint, here are some pointers to remove paint from your windows without scratching the glass and without a big messy clean up job.

The following techniques address commercial storefront windows with standard metal frames.

In future articles I’ll provide information on removing paint, stickers, over spray, etc.  from residential  windows.

The removal techniques for commercial and residential windows are generally the same.  The differences reflect the size and scale of the jobs, plus residential windows requires a lot more detail work since you live with those windows every day.

A Quick Word About Razors

MIni Glass Scraper

Mini Glass Scraper

For small paint removal jobs like drips, small lettering and over spray, start by using #0000 fine-grade steel wool.

Fine steel wool is safe, works great and it gets the job done fast.

You can also use a Mini Glass Scraper.  They are safe and handy for small clean up jobs and you can get them just about anywhere.

For large jobs, you are going to need a professional grade window scraper / razor or you’ll be there all day and your arm is really going to hurt from overuse.

Using a Razor to Remove Paint From Windows

Warning!  Using razors can be dangerous.  Do not use a razor without reading the instructions and receiving proper training.

As with any project, it’s important to always start with the right equipment.

Triumph 6in Tilted Scraper

Triumph 6in Angled Scraper

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bucket of Soapy Water – Dish washing soap works great. Use about as much soap as you would use when doing the dishes in a sink.
  • Professional Grade Window Scraper – Your local hardware store carries many brands, we like the 6-inch Triumph Angled Scraper.
  • Painters Tarp & A Broom – This tarp catches the paint “sheets” and shavings.  The broom, well it’s a broom.  What do you think it’s for?
  • Window Cleaning Equipment – We recommend using a squeegee, mop and some clean dry towels.  Have some #0000 fine steel wool handy too.

Got everything?  Ok, let’s get started.

Step #1:  Spread the Tarp & Apply Lot’s of Soapy Water 

Lot's of Paint to Remove

Lot's of Paint to Remove

Start by laying down the tarp along the glass.  Next, drench the paint and glass with soapy water.  Wait about 2-4 minutes and then re-apply more soapy water before proceeding.

Always make sure the window’s surface is slippery or you can scratch the glass.  Using lots of soapy water causes the paint to stick together as you scrape instead of flaking off in small pieces.

Step #2: Scrape in a Small, Inconspicuous Area First

Remove a little paint with your scraper to make sure the glass isn’t scratching. If you hear a coarse, gritty sound stop immediately and check your blade – it may be dull or broken.  If so, replace it with a new one.

Also, if you see scratches, there may be imperfections in the glass and you should either stop the job or apply even more soapy water and proceed with extreme caution.

Important Note: As you stroke, always push your blade forward and lift it from the glass as you finish and reload for the next one.  Scratching may occur if you drag the blade across glass during an unnecessary back stroke.

Step #3: Scrape Around the Window’s Perimeter

Halfway there - 2.5 hours

Halfway There - 2.5 Hours

Angle your razor 30° – 45° away from window’s frame and remove the paint along the frames.  The angle prevents the blade from catching and scratching the frame and caulking.

If the window has been drenched, you’ll notice the paint comes off in big pieces, or “sheets”, as you move across the glass.

Try to keep the “sheet” intact as you finish your stroke and gently put it on the tarp.  It’s efficient and much cleaner.

Step #4: Scrape the Rest of the Window

Once the frames are clear, keep your razor’s 30° – 45° angle and use overlapping horizontal or vertical strokes to remove the remaining paint.   If the glass/paint is getting dry, use more soapy water – you want big sections of paint to come off as described above.

Some newbies use their blade at a 90° or “right” angle to the paint as they try to “chip” the paint off.  Do this and you’ll create flakes and probably break your blades frequently.  Using a 30° – 45° angle efficiently “slices” the paint off the glass and reduces flaking.

Tip: If the paint is flaking, apply more soapy water and make sure you are keep the razor’s proper angle as you stroke.

Step #5: Clean the Glass and Clean Your Work Area

Job Complete - Clean Up Phase

Looking Good Sonya! Total Job: 4.5 hours

You’ve removed most of the paint off but small pieces remain.  Re-apply soapy water and use a combination of the Razor and the #0000 fine steel wool to remove what’s left.

Once complete, remove & fold your tarp with the paint “sheets” and flakes, you should have caught about 80% – 90%. Discard the paint appropriately.

Use your mop and squeegee to clean the windows and remove any remaining flakes from the glass.

The remaining 10% – 20% of the paint flakes need to dry on the ground.  Attempting to sweep them while wet only rubs them into the ground. It should dry in about 30 minutes.

Do you remember the broom?  Good, let’s use it!

Follow these 5 efficient steps and you’ll have paint-free windows with less hassles!

Now Let’s Get Ready for the Memorial Day Sales!

Razor Safety Tips 

Always Be Safe!

Razor Safety - Always Use Caution!

As noted above, razors can be dangerous if not used correctly.

Because we use razors during our normal business day, we constantly train our cleaners on how to use a razor properly.

Here are some razor safety rules: 

  • All razors are to be inspected prior to each use and at the end of each day.
  • All scrapers are to be carried in a safe manner or put in a safe place.
  • All protective covers must be in place at all times when the razor is not in use.
  • Two cleaners should never work side by side when scraping glass. A safe distance (approximately 5 feet) should be maintained.
  • Razors should be discarded appropriately so no one can come in direct contact with the blade.
  • If at any time a razor is broken it should be discarded in a safe manner immediately.
  • If the protective cover is broken a new properly functioning cover must be provided prior to continued use of the razor.
  • Razors should never be placed in buckets that have water in them or pockets without the protected cover.
  • Razors must be kept away from children at all times.
  • Always place the cover on the razor when not in use.
  • If at any point your razor falls let it drop. Never attempt to catch a falling razor.

Be safe everyone!

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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

FISH Cleans 40,000,000 Windows in 2011

Fish Window Cleaning’s  “Fishing Report” – Winter 2012 Issue has arrived.

The “Fishing Report” is a quarterly magazine written and produced by Fish Window Cleaning’s Corporate office to keep franchisees and customers updated on the latest news in the Fish Family.

Fish Window Cleaning is America’s Largest window cleaning company, and reports that Fish Franchisees cleaned 40,000,000 windows in 2011.

2011 Another Banner Year for FISH!

Winter 2012 - Fish Report Cover

Pictures of Fish Franchisees - Who do You Recognize?

FISH is celebrating it’s 34th Anniversary and is made of good people, doing good work.

The Fishing Report – Winter 2012 issue features 50+ photos of Fish Window Cleaning franchisees from around the country.

Franchisees are encouraged to submit pictures of their teams & Red Fish Vans and every time there’s a regional meeting or a District Manager visits a location – pictures are taken and shared. To check out more Fish photos, visit our Online Photos – Fish In Action.

Request: Click on the Fishing Report Cover – Do you see someone you recognize?

If so, please leave a comment and tell us who you see!  

Thank you!

2011 Fish Window Cleaning Milestones

Fish had a great 2011, here are some of the highlights!

Bob and Brenda DePoortere w/new van

75 new FISH Red Vans in 2011 Pictured: Bob and Brenda DePoortere - Cookville, TN

  1. Cleaned 40,000,000 Windows
  2. Gained 57,762 New Customers
  3. Added 42 new Franchisees
  4. Completed 11 Territory Expansions
  5. Added 75 new FISH Red Vans
  6. Provided 22 Days of HQ support in the Field
  7. Delivered 64 Days of Classroom Training
  8. Graduated 54 people from FISH Training
  9. 2011 Inc. 5000
  10. 2011 Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500
  11. 2011 Dun & Bradstreet AllBusiness AllStar Franchise 300
  12. 2011 Franchise Business Review – Franchise Satisfaction Award

2012 is looking even better!  Stay Tuned!

New Fish Franchisees Since Last Issue

Please welcome our newest additions to the Fish Family.

Contact them, they’ve launched successfully and are making windows SPARKLE!

Bart, Sherrill & Deanne Thompson, Laguna Hills, CA

Bart, Sherrill & Deanne Thompson, Laguna Hills, CA

Welcome Aboard!  Now let’s go clean some windows!

Item’s Featured in this Quarter’s Issue

Dave Kipp Visits the Riccos in Midland, TX

Dave Kipp Visits the Riccos in Midland, TX

The Fishing Report is loaded with information about Fish Window Cleaning.

Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • Moment with Mike – Words from our CEO
  • “Best of the Best” Franchisee Awards – To be presented at the 2012 Convention
  • New FISH Franchisees – Fish has added 9 new Franchisees since the last issue!
  • Fish Takes an Active Role in IWCA Forum & Showcase
  • Fish on the Road – Rundown of Regional Meetings and District Manager Visits
  • Branding Committee Update – Marketing Items and Blog Content
  • 2012 Convention: It’s Time to Rock & Roll! – July 26th-28th in St. Louis, MO
  • New FISH Beachfront Vacation Property – Pictures & Description
  • FISH 3 Update – New proprietary software that runs the franchise
  • Plus much, much more!!!

Get Your Fishing Report Today!

If you would like a copy of “The Fishing Report” please contact GeGe Mix at Fish Window Cleaning Headquarters at 877-707-3474.  Also, each local franchisee receives 5 copies and we are happy to share them.

We can hardly wait until the next issue… Go Fish!

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 Fish Window Cleaning is a National Franchise with 220+ franchisees located throughout the United States.  FWC corporate headquarters are located in St. Louis, MO.

John Gran and Cynthia Julian own and operate the franchise located in the Los Angeles – South Bay, providing residential and commercial window cleaning, gutter cleaning, chandelier cleaning, pressure washing, and more.

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Mike and Linda receive the Franchise Business Review Top 50 award

Attitude & Aptitude Earn Fish #14 Spot in Top 50 Franchise Award

Fish Window Cleaning is ranked #14 in the Franchise Business Review’s Top 50

Franchise Business Review Top 50 Award

Franchise Business ReviewInternational Franchise Association

Each year, Franchise Business Review (FBR) surveys thousands of franchise owners.  Their goal is to determine how satisfied the franchisees are with their Franchise and then rank and present their findings in their annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards – known as the  Franchise Business Review Top 50 Awards.

Fish Window Cleaning at IFA Convention

Also in Feb, the Fish Team attended the IWCA Convention in New Orleans, LA

The Top 50 awards are then presented at the annual International Franchise Association (IFA) convention.

This year’s 52nd annual IFA Convention was held February 11 – 14  at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

The convention is attended by hundreds of Franchisers from all over the county.  There is a full agenda of seminars, round tables, exhibitions and networking events and the week culminates at the prestigious awards presentation held towards the end of the convention.

During this year’s Awards Presentation, Fish Window Cleaning was awarded the #14 Ranking in the Franchise Business Reviews Top 50 – Large Class Division. This represents a 16 spot jump from last year.

Congratulations Fish Window Cleaning!

What makes a good Franchisee?

In an interview, Mike Merrick was asked: “What are you looking for in a franchisee?”

Mike Merrick, CEO

Mike Merrick, CEO

I can probably boil it down to two words: Attitude and Aptitude.

You need the right “attitude”, every single day.  It’s the “I will succeed” attitude that drives every successful business owner of every business – not just the window cleaning business.  By “aptitude” I mean you need to have some inherent skills or the ability to learn them.

  1. Goal oriented person. Practically, we want to find franchisees who have a higher comfort level. Someone who easily reaches their comfort level will grow the business until they’ve got a decent income – it’s not hard – and then they’ll level off. We want to find franchisees willing to take the business to the next level. The opportunity is waiting.
  2. Truly service centered. This has been a part of my philosophy from the beginning. It is not lip service to me. It is based in my values from the start of the day to the end. I insist the customer is king. If a customer isn’t pleased, we ask “what will it take to make you happy?”
  3. Sales drive. Once the goal is set and the commitment to service is there, this is a business driven by a determination to hit the street and sell. If you do, you will shine big. The work is there. The money is there. If you don’t regularly sell, you will flop. There is no substitute.
  4. Management Skills.  The ability to manage employees. If you can’t handle employees, you shouldn’t do this business.
  5. Personality. The customer buys your personality while paying for your service. The clean windows consistently come second to the window cleaner. If you aren’t seen as a likeable person, this opportunity may not be for you.
  6. Organized. Our system teaches every aspect of doing this business well. It just needs to be followed. This business can be a disaster to the person lacking organization, intent on doing their own thing.

Mike concluded with a final thought:  “When someone buys a Fish Window Cleaning franchise, one of the most valuable tools they get is over 20 years of my mistakes. If you’re buying our experience, make sure you use it.”

Building a World Class Franchise

Mike Merrick had lost his job as a bank manager when the window washer for the branch said he was interested in selling his business. Merrick looked at the company’s books and was impressed with what he saw–low overhead and virtually no inventory. In 1978, Merrick and his wife, Linda, purchased the company, renamed it, and Fish Window Cleaning was born.

Fish Window Cleaning

The Largest and Most Respected Window Cleaning Company in America

Based on growing demand and his success, he realized there was a need for this service in other markets. Mike used his 20 years of experience to create the Fish Window Cleaning franchise system.

In 1998, the first FISH franchise location was opened in Tampa, FL. Since then, Fish Window Cleaning has grown to more than 220 franchise territories in 40 states. Thirty years later, the company still maintains the traditional Mission Statement and a Core set of Values it was founded on.

Although Fish is now the world’s largest window cleaning company, we will always treat every customer as though they are our only customer.

Why Purchase a Fish Window Cleaning Franchise?

  • In Business Since 1978
  • High Frequency Repeat Business
  • Plan-able Grow
  • Low Start-up Cost
  • High Profit Margin
  • Growing Demand in the Residential & Commercial needs
  • Partnerships with Maid Services, Janitorial Companies, and Contractors & Builders
  • No High Rise!
  • Monday – Friday, daytime hours
  • Proprietary Software – Profitable Routing & Scheduling
  • Unparalleled Franchise Support
  • We teach you to develop a growing business.

Visit our Corporate website at  www.FishWindowCleaning.com for details on purchasing a Fish Window Cleaning Franchise 

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 Fish Window Cleaning is a National Franchise with 220+ franchisees located throughout the United States.  FWC corporate headquarters are located in St. Louis, MO.

John Gran and Cynthia Julian own and operate the franchise located in the Los Angeles – South Bay, providing residential and commercial window cleaning, gutter cleaning, chandelier cleaning, pressure washing, and more.

Click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

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