Chem-Dry Posts Strong Mid-2019 Franchise Numbers

Strong economy, proven business model and unmatched record of franchise-owner support are some reasons why legacy brand has strong appeal

For more than 40 years, entrepreneurs have become Chem-Dry floor cleaning franchise owners in order to realize their dreams of business ownership and financial independence. Chem-Dry has been of interest even during economic downturns, and in a strong period such as 2019, inquiries are continuing to come in fast.

“We are ahead of our projections for the year, and that’s coming off a couple of very successful years before that,” says Doug Smith, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development. “The stability of the floor-cleaning industry is a major reason why Chem-Dry is a perennial favorite for people looking to own their own business. And once they find us and see what else we have to offer, they are eager to get started.”

Steady growth builds on multi year trend

Chem-Dry floor cleaning franchises are expanding now as they have been for decades, because they are perfectly situated to capitalize on an evergreen business. Even so, there wouldn’t be the continuing interest without strong support for franchise owners, Smith points out.

“It wouldn’t be enough to just offer equipment and cleaning products; they could get that from our competition,” he says. “Chem-Dry has been innovating in the floor cleaning franchise space from the very beginning and providing outstanding and ongoing training and support as well. That, on top of introducing many new services — four this past year alone — is what keeps us top of mind for entrepreneurs who are exploring this industry sector.”

New and existing markets equally strong

More proof of the brand’s durability shows in market growth. Chem-Dry is equally popular in entirely new areas, as well as with potential franchise owners who see how well the brand performs in their communities and want to get on board.

“We see as much infill as we do new-territory growth, which is exciting for us,” Smith says. “Chem-Dry franchise owners are always open to someone else starting up nearby, and they are usually ambassadors for us when it comes to helping that new owner with some pointers. It’s just another reason why Chem-Dry continues to grow.”

Chem-Dry is the world’s largest carpet and upholstery cleaning franchise with more than 3,000 franchises in over 55 countries, serving 11,000 homes and businesses a day. Chem-Dry has been Entrepreneur magazine’s top-rated carpet cleaning franchise for 31 straight years. The Chem-Dry Hot Carbonating Extraction process delivers a faster-drying, deeper and more environmentally friendly clean that appeals to home and business owners. In addition to carpet and area rugs, Chem-Dry provides cleaning and renewal services for tile and stone, granite countertops, leather and upholstery, air ducts and dryer vents.

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