Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Initial Investment

LOW: $31,800
HIGH: $155,534

Change in Units

+0.2% +6 UNITS (1 Year)
-0.2% -7 UNITS (3 Years)

Company Profile



Franchising Since

1978 (38 Years)

Corporate Address

124 12th Ave. S., #300 Nashville, TN 37203


Dan Tarantin

Parent Company

Harris Research Inc.

About Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Robert Harris worked as a carpet cleaner to pay for his law school tuition. He found the cleaning methods being used were not getting the job done and set about developing new solutions to get carpets cleaner. Harris started using his new solution to clean carpets for family and friends, and demand for his services quickly grew. In 1977, Harris founded Chem-Dry to bring his new cleaning methods to more customers.

Chem-Dry began franchising in 1978 and now has locations in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$31,800 - $155,534

Net-worth Requirement


Liquid Cash Requirement


Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Ongoing Royalty Fee


Financing Options

Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee

Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 
startup costs, equipment, inventory

Veteran Incentives

10% off franchise fee

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 27

Lowest Rank: 63

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training at headquarters: 5 days

Additional Training: Video training

Ongoing Support
Toll-Free Line
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Ad Slicks
Regional Media

Absentee Ownership Allowed

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Updated: August 4th, 2016

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