The Cleaning Authority

At a Glance

Products & Services: Residential cleaning

Number of Locations: 182

Total Investment: $87.1K - $135.2K

Founded: 1978

Began Franchising: 1996

About The Cleaning Authority

The Cleaning Authority started in the late 1970's in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. In 1989, Steve Robinson and Tim Evankovich bought the company, and in 1996 they began franchising it. Cleaning Authority franchisees offer environmentally friendly home cleaning services, using Green Seal Certified cleaning products, HEPA vacuums and microfiber dusting clothes.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 172 9 0 1
2012 175 1 0 1
2011 170 1 0 1
2010 172 0 0 1
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $87,074 - $135,219
Franchise Fee: $24,000 - $44,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 6-4%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 50% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $40,000
Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 20. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Accounts Receivable

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 2 weeks. Ongoing
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Direct-mail marketing

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #387 (2013), #389 (2012), #384 (2011), #229 (2010),