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Units as of 2020
3,577 (41 added in 3 years)
1.2%
2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#155 Ranked #74 last year
Initial investment
$68K - $192K

Company Overview

The Chem-Dry story began in the 1970's when Robert Harris founded the company to introduce a new way to clean carpets. Chem-Dry's Hot Carbonating Extraction process removes dirt from carpet fibers and other surfaces without introducing chemicals or saturating carpets with water. The business has grown to include upholstery, tile, stone, granite and grout cleaning, pet urine and odor removal, and water damage restoration. Today, Chem-Dry has more than 3,000 franchises in more than 55 countries.

About Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Industry
Maintenance
Founded
1977
Parent Company
Harris Research
Leadership
Ed Quinlan, President
Sponsored Content

More from Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning Franchise

One of the best buys in the franchise industry

Carpet cleaning is a massive market. Every year, home and business owners install an estimated 14 billion square feet of new carpet, and all of it has to be cleaned. Carpet makes up more than 47 percent of all residential floor coverings in the United States, and Chem-Dry has devised a better way to clean it and keep it clean.

Since our founding in 1977, we’ve used a patented method of hot carbonated water extraction to attack dirt, dust, oils and allergens in carpet fibers and on hard surfaces.
Our carpets dry more quickly and stay cleaner and healthier for longer than any other cleaning method; we’re proud that the Carpet & Rug Institute has given our process its Seal of Approval. Our method is safe and environmentally friendly, with an organic cleaner and no harmful chemicals or soaps.

Our total investment is $41,545, and we offer competitive financing for your business. You can own a Chem-Dry franchise and join the world’s largest carpet cleaning brand, with more than 3,500 locations in 47 countries around the globe. Chem-Dry is one of the most recognized brands in franchising, and its low investment cost and high rates of return make it one of the best franchise values around.

That’s not just our opinion. Entrepreneur magazine has rated Chem-Dry the top carpet cleaning franchise for 24 years in a row. Year after year, Chem-Dry’s franchise system earns one of the highest ratings in Franchise Business Review’s annual franchisee satisfaction survey; our franchise owners say they love the freedom and flexibility Chem-Dry ownership gives them to enjoy their families and interests.

We enjoy a customer retention rate of 96 percent, by far the best in the business. And our training and support systems are honed and refined over our 34 years in franchising.

 

It adds up to an ideal business opportunity for a smart entrepreneur. Look at the average revenues for our franchise owners:

  

*Fill out the request information form to schedule a call with a Chem-Dry recruiter and receive a copy of our full Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD.)

The revenue means you can quickly recoup your initial investment of $41,545 to $127,000 (depending on the number of territories and equipment packages you purchase). And Chem-Dry offers ways to make the investment even more affordable, including a 10 percent licensing fee discount for veterans through the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program and in-house, low-interest financing — a rarity for a franchise system. We offer multi-unit territories; your Chem-Dry empire can be as big or small as you want it.

Even with more than 3,500 locations around the world, we’re not done growing. We recently moved our headquarters from Logan, Utah, to Nashville, Tenn., to help us grow our presence in the eastern half of the United States, where we’re busy signing agreements with ambitious entrepreneurs ready to take advantage of one of the franchise’s industry’s best opportunities.
Ready to secure a great lifestyle for you and your family by providing an essential service through the best carpet cleaner on the planet? Contact us today …
 

 

 

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1978 (43 years)
# of employees at HQ
116
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.

# of Units
3,577 (as of 2020)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
124 12th Ave. S., #300
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
$67,645 - $191,507
Net Worth Requirement
$70,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Veteran Incentives
10% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
$409/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.

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
26 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
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Marketing Planning & Support
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
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

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Updated: February 8th, 2021
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