For 24th Straight Year, Chem-Dry Ranks High On Entrepreneur Top Franchises List
Utah company is magazine’s choice for top carpet cleaner
Entrepreneur magazine is the bible of franchise owners and operators, who pore over its articles, surveys and rankings for the most authoritative and comprehensive data available in the franchise industry.
So for us at Chem-Dry, securing a high ranking on the magazine’s Franchise 500 list — Entrepreneur’s annual ranking of the best franchise opportunities — never gets old, even after 24 straight years on the prestigious list.
The magazine’s latest list ranks us number one among carpet cleaners and 46th overall, up 10 spots from last year’s list. Entrepreneur ranks us highly in a couple of other categories as well:
ninth on its list of top 10 low-cost franchises, the ones entrepreneurs can start for less than $50,000; and 12th on its annual list of top home-based franchises.
“Our ranking reflects our company’s excellence and consistency,” says Dan Tarantin, president and CEO of Harris Research Inc., Chem-Dry’s parent company. “We take pride in being the top carpet cleaner in America by both market share and quality, and our longstanding presence on the Entrepreneur list demonstrates the success and staying power of our franchise system, which consists of more than 3,500 units around the world.”
It’s something to be proud of, especially considering how stringent the magazine’s procedures are in putting the list together. The magazine ranks franchise systems according to objective, measurable aspects of each franchise’s operation, including financial strength and stability, growth rate and system size, using only those that submit current Franchise Disclosure Documents and other records, and an independent CPA reviews the rankings. It’s as reliable as a ranking can get.
Underlying everything, of course, is the front end of the business, the cleaning.
Chem-Dry uses a patented method of hot carbonated water extraction to remove stains from carpet and other surfaces, including hardwood, stone and upholstery. The company harnesses the natural power of carbonation to attack stains from soils, oils and dyes at the molecular level, lifting particles to the surface where they can be easily removed with a fraction of the water used in the other common carpet cleaning method, steam cleaning.
Chem-Dry’s hot carbonated water method uses about 20 percent of the water steam cleaners rely on, and the carpet dries in one to two hours instead of one of two days, resulting in a drier, cleaner, healthier carpet in the home or office.
“Chem-Dry was a “green” company long before the term was fashionable,” Tarantin says. “We’ve always used natural, healthy methods to clean because we understand the value of our customers’ most treasured environments — their homes and offices.”