Chem-Dry Continues Unbroken Streak on Entrepreneur‘s Franchise 500 List
30+ years on the gold standard of brand evaluations shows Chem-Dry’s ability to survive and even thrive in the toughest of economic climates
After the chaos of 2020, who doesn’t want a little normalcy? Count on the team at Entrepreneur magazine to come through: the 2021 Franchise 500 List has just been released. And just like it has in the previous 33 years, Chem-Dry stands out to those looking to buy a carpet cleaning franchise.
“Entrepreneur releases this list and so many others, throughout the year to help would-be small business owners get the basics,” says Doug Smith, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development. “The Franchise 500 is the starting gate of sorts because of the depth and breadth of information contained there. We are, as always, very proud to be included.”
Affordability and flexibility solidify Chem-Dry’s appeal to those looking to buy a carpet cleaning franchise
When a potential Chem-Dry floor cleaning franchise owner takes a look at the brand’s ranking, they’ll see one major plus: a very low entry cost. That tied into an unchanging monthly fee that doesn’t penalize owners for success is a very big deal. Then factor in the ability to run the business from a home office as well as work as much, or as little, as the owner likes.
“Chem-Dry carpet cleaning franchise owners have a lot of latitude and many tell us that was a big reason why they chose this business,” explains Smith. “From the equipment package they choose as well as their ability to customize their marketing outreach and other awareness tactics, they do what they know will work in their community. And all along the way, they are backed up by our proven systems and processes that make sure back-office and other operations are going smoothly.”
Quick pivot to new services during pandemic also a positive
Chem-Dry grew in 2020 as dozens of new franchise owners came on board. That is in stark contrast to many other types of franchise, which saw cutbacks and closings due to the pandemic. Chem-Dry cleaning franchise owners were able to leverage the new MicroPro Shield cleaning program and much more to keep business steady — and even growing.
“We knew that customers would value cleaning now more than ever so we answered that with a whole new product line,” Smith says. “That has helped our franchise owners build whole new books of business in a very challenging climate. It’s just one way that Chem-Dry is fast on its feet and why we’ve been around for over 40 years.”
Chem-Dry is the world’s largest carpet and upholstery cleaning franchise with more than 3,000 franchises in more than 55 countries, serving 11,000 homes and businesses a day. Chem-Dry has been Entrepreneur magazine’s top-rated carpet cleaning franchise for 33 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.