Want to open a Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning?
2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#155 Ranked #74 last year
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Initial investment
$68K - $191K
Units as of 2021
2,616 26.4% over 3 years

Company Overview

The Chem-Dry story began in 1977, when founder Robert Harris discovered a new way to clean carpets. Since that time, Chem-Dry's Hot Carbonating Extraction process, which removes dirt from carpet fibers and other surfaces without introducing chemical or saturating carpets, has been the cornerstone of a growing product and services line that includes wood floors, upholstery, area rugs, tile, stone, granite and grout cleaning, pet urine and odor removal, air duct cleaning, and more. Today, Chem-Dry has more than 3,000 franchises in more than 55 countries, serving 11,000 homes and businesses a day.

About Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Industry
Maintenance
Founded
1977
Parent Company
Belfor Franchise Group
Leadership
Ed Quinlan, President
Sponsored Content

More from Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Own A Chem-Dry Floor Cleaning Franchise

Low overhead, high returns make this a best-buy opportunity

More than 14 billion square feet of carpet and flooring is installed in homes and businesses each year — and every inch of it must be cleaned at some point. That’s why a Chem-Dry franchise is a year-round business with ongoing, significant earning potential.

Chem-Dry’s patented Hot Carbonating Extraction process put us on the map almost 50 years ago. The process, which uses water and no harsh chemicals, dries quickly and is safe for kids and pets. It sets the tone for almost five decades’ worth of market leadership, including more than 50 green-certified products and services.

Chem-Dry is also an affordable franchise, thanks to a home-based business model that lets you grow at your own speed. The investment to own a Chem-Dry franchise starts at $68,145 and includes a $414.32 monthly service fee that doesn’t change, no matter how much you earn. That’s because Chem-Dry doesn’t believe in penalizing entrepreneurs for success!

With Chem-Dry, you’ll partner with one of the best-known franchise names in the world. We consistently appear in the top ranks of best-bets from such well-known evaluators as Franchise Business Review and Chem-Dry has been Entrepreneur magazine’s top-rated carpet cleaning franchise for 32 straight years. We also enjoy an industry-leading customer-retention rate of 96 percent, thanks to best-in-class training and support.

There are many financing options available, including in-house, low-interest financing, as well as a 10 percent licensing fee discount for veterans through the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program.

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1978 (43 years)
# of employees at HQ
118
# of Units
2,616 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
3310 West End Ave., #620
Nashville, TN 37203

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$23,500
Initial Investment
$68,145 - $191,196
Net Worth Requirement
$70,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Veteran Incentives
10% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
$414/mo.
Term of Agreement
5 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

In-House Financing
Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee
Third Party Financing
Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, inventory

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
17 hours
Classroom Training
23 hours
Additional Training
Video training
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Marketing Planning & Support
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
Yes
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Yes
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
Are exclusive territories available?
No

Franchise 500 Ranking History

Compare where Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning landed on this year’s Franchise 500 Ranking versus previous years.

Additional Rankings

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Ranked #155

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #39

Top Global Franchises

Ranked #30

Top Franchises for Veterans

Ranked #14

Top Franchises for Less Than $100,000

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Updated: February 8th, 2021