Jonathan Barnett

Jonathan Barnett

President & CEO, MBA, CFE


“Oxi Fresh is what customers were waiting for. They were sick of long dry times, spots coming back, and the harsh chemicals of many steam cleaners. Oxi Fresh has changed all that, and now customers can look forward to a carpet cleaning instead of dreading it.”

As a carpet cleaning company, Oxi Fresh has set itself apart from the competition. Unlike traditional companies, we offer fast-drying carpet cleanings, eco-friendly systems, and a business platform that fully embraces the power that modern technology offers.

This radical approach to building a carpet cleaning company has resulted in a fast growing, award winning brand. Oxi Fresh has hundreds of locations across the United States and Canada and is quickly becoming a household name.

Despite that rapid advancement, the brand was only founded in 2006. But it was how the brand was founded that has led our company to truly stand out from competitors. From the very beginning, our company left the normal, accepted paths of carpet cleaning companies thanks to the drive and convictions of our founder, Jonathan Barnett.

A Carpet Cleaning Revolutionary

The carpet cleaning industry before Mr. Barnett was rather stuck in its ways. Steam carpet cleaning was the norm. Customers expected long, annoying dry times of 12-24 hours. Spots coming back was fairly normal. And among certain cleaners, overcharging, overselling, and deceptive pricing practices were taken as routine. On top of this, many brands were using extremely outdated technology and systems.

Mr. Barnett saw all this both as an unfortunate situation for consumers and an opportunity. He founded Oxi Fresh on modern principles and modern technology. The carpet cleaning company employed a low-moisture system that dries in just about one hour. Green methods became a major focus, getting quality results while also protecting the environment. As a franchise brand, the company implemented clear policies so that customers could feel confident about getting exactly what they asked for.

Behind the scenes, Mr. Barnett implemented a variety of marketing and operational systems designed to help franchisees truly accelerate their businesses. From automated email marketing to a custom-built customer relationship management platform, these tools and programs have proven instrumental to the company’s growth.

The company’s strong performance has resulted in frequent industry recognition. Oxi Fresh was ranked as a Top Franchise to Buy in Forbes, placed in the Franchise Business Review Hall of Fame, has earned a spot in the Franchise 500 for a decade, and has been recognized by Franchise Update Magazine, Franchise Gator, Franchise Times, and many other publications. Mr. Barnett has spoken on Fox News, on the Thrive Time Podcast, and was included in Global Franchise Magazine’s list of top 20 keynote speakers.

Thrivetime Podcast featuring Jonathan Barnett

Before the Brand – How Jonathan Barnett Became an Entrepreneur

Mr. Barnett’s journey towards entrepreneurship started with his grandfather and mother.
The latter had always demonstrated an enormous work ethic, raising him while earning first her masters and then her doctorate. The former was both an inventor and an entrepreneur, whose energy and joy took root in a young Jonathan.

Mr. Barnett earned his BS in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University in just three years, during which time he also opened his first business. Established during his first summer at college, Johnny B’s Fireworks helped pay for his education. In fact, it actually grew to four locations, and he ended selling the business upon graduation.

While at ORU, Mr. Barnett played on their D1 basketball team and served as their chaplain for two years. Mr. Barnett, who has always loved basketball, decided to use his knowledge of the game to establish Crossover International. This non-profit ministry traveled overseas with Christian athletes to run basketball camps and share the Gospel. While no longer active, Mr. Barnett greatly values the impact Crossover had.

Mr. Barnett then pursued post-graduate studies, earning his MBA from Colorado Christian University in 2005. He also joined the IBL that year, purchasing a professional basketball franchise and naming them the Colorado Crossover. His two seasons owning the team further stoked an interest in franchising that helped create Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning.

Founded in mid 2006, his carpet cleaning company already had seventeen territories in five state by the end of the year. That growth continued year after year, leading the company to have over 300 locations within the first ten years, a truly amazing growth rate in the franchising world.

The carpet cleaning company has earned numerous awards and accolades over the years. It’s twice been ranked in the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest growing privately held companies in the USA. Oxi Fresh has also been recognized for ten years in the Franchisee Satisfaction Awards, which earned them a spot in the Franchise Business Review Hall of Fame. On top of that, Forbes ranked Oxi Fresh as their #3 Top Franchise to Buy in the United States. The company has also ranked in the Franchise 500 for ten years in a row.

“As a carpet cleaning company,” said Mr. Barnett, “I feel that Oxi Fresh is truly exceptional. We’ve combined the power of oxygen with revolutionary technology. Together, they make for world-class entrepreneurial experience for carpet cleaning franchisees and an amazing cleaning experience for customers.”

When not at work, Mr. Barnett spends his time with his lovely wife Vanessa, their five beautiful children (Janessa, Jazelle, Jayden, Justice, and Jonathan), and their wonderful dog Roman. Mr. Barnett loves spending his time watching his kids at all of their various sporting and school activities. He also enjoys attending basketball games, football games, and concerts.

In the service business, reputation is everything!
Over 282,413 reviews - 4.65 ranking score.

Our customers love Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning!
…our franchise owners love having 5-Stars next to their name on Google.

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