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2022 Franchise 500 Rank
#220 Ranked #289 last year
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Initial investment
$76K - $169K
Units as of 2021
221 3.1% over 3 years

Company Overview

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.

About The Cleaning Authority

Industry
Maintenance
Founded
1977
Parent Company
Authority Brands
Leadership
Leanne Stapf, COO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1996 (26 years)
# of employees at HQ
22
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees in the following US states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin

# of Units
221 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
7120 Samuel Morse Dr.
Columbia, MD 21046

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a The Cleaning Authority 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
$15,000 - $20,000
Initial Investment
$76,011 - $169,044
Net Worth Requirement
$225,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Veteran Incentives
30% off franchise and territory fees
Royalty Fee
4-6%
Ad Royalty Fee
1%
Term of Agreement
15 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.

Third Party Financing
The Cleaning Authority has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

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
47.5 hours
Classroom Training
37.5 hours
Additional Training
Ongoing
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
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?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
20
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Updated: February 8th, 2021