Affordable CTS 400 Flex Shows Chem-Dry’s Commitment to Equipment Innovation

This one machine can handle multiple services, and a reasonable price point means that franchise owners can quickly recoup their investment

One of the biggest appeals a Chem-Dry cleaning franchise can offer is the ability to offer multiple services. Whether it’s water damage cleanup, upholstery and carpet cleaning, tile and stone or granite renewal, Chem-Dry franchise owners can help residential and business customers in many ways.

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And now, they can perform these services much more efficiently, thanks to the introduction of the CTS 400 Flex, a cleaning machine that can handle multiple surfaces quickly and efficiently. Even better, the CTS 400 Flex is a smaller, more versatile and more affordable version of its predecessor.

Smaller machine for newer franchises

“We have a larger Flex model that can clean carpet, upholstery, tile and stone, but it’s a bigger, truck-mounted system that costs about $30,000,” says Doug Smith, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development. “That can be a lot for a new Chem-Dry cleaning franchise owner, or one who’s doing well but is still in the early stages of growing the business.”

The CTS 400 Flex is a slide-in, truck-mounted machine, as opposed to a direct-drive system, which means that it’s smaller but still capable of doing the same operations. It runs about $20,000, and interest at Chem-Dry’s recent franchise owner convention in Miami was high.

“I think we sold more than 20 of them on the spot,” Doug says. “It’s a great alternative to the larger model, and the owners were really excited to see what it could do.”

Equipment innovation a Chem-Dry staple

Another enhancement the new machine offers is the ability to go from carpet and upholstery settings to tile and stone cleaning at the flip of a switch. That’s a valuable innovation for cleaning techs who have their hands full, and it showcases the ongoing research and development that sets Chem-Dry apart in the cleaning franchise world.


“We know that there’s competition out there, and we also know that nobody can touch us in terms of the range of environmentally friendly, effective cleaning products and services we offer,” Doug says. “We also know that we have to offer the best, most advanced equipment in the market in order to succeed. We hear from Chem-Dry cleaning franchise owners every day, and they let us know what they want to see. We take those ideas, put them on the drawing board and come back with outstanding machines like the CTS 400 Flex — with more to come.”

Chem-Dry is the world’s largest carpet cleaning franchise with nearly 3,500 franchises in 51 countries that serve 10,000 homes and businesses a day. We have been Entrepreneur magazine’s top-rated carpet cleaning franchise for 28 straight years and one of its Top 10 choices for low-cost franchises. Our Hot Carbonating Extraction process delivers a faster-drying, deeper, healthier clean that appeals to both homeowners and business owners — and the process can be used to clean tile and stone, upholstery, area rugs and even granite.

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