Top 250 Franchise by Entrepreneur – Rank no.48 – Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning – US
Products & Services: Carpet, drapery & upholstery cleaning; tile & stone care
Number of Locations: 3,522
Total Investment: $29.95K – 131K
Began Franchising: 1978
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. In 2006, Chem-Dry was acquired by The Home Depot.
Net Worth: $25,000
Liquid Cash Available: $25,000
Franchise can be run from home. 35% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
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Chem-Dry is a carpet cleaning franchise chain based in Logan, Utah. When it was founded in 1977, it was originally based in California. Chem-Dry began franchising in 1978 and now has over 4000 locations worldwide, including in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, The Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia, Portugal, Thailand and the United Kingdom, making it the largest carpet cleaning franchise chain in the world. In 2006, Chem-Dry was acquired by The Home Depot.
Chem-Dry uses hot carbonated extraction, which is a drier process than steam cleaning. They also now offer encapsulation, a process to aid commercial carpet cleaning. They offer upholstery cleaning and pet odor removal as well.
Chem-Dry uses a rating system known as “Circle of Excellence" to differentiate franchises. When entering a local ZIP code into Chem-Dry’s website, the top results will be those who have achieved “Circle of Excellence". They will be further divided with icons to show those who use CTS Truck Mounts, have achieved 5 Star Training and offer tile and stone cleaning.