Chem-Dry Franchisees See Increased Average Unit Volumes; Expand Their Territories

Leading Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Service Sees Rapid Growth, Will Add 122 New Locations in 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - May 20, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - With a plan to add at least 122 new locations this year, Chem-Dry, the world’s leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service with a presence in 47 countries, is on track to accelerate company growth this year. The 3,000 unit brand, which serves over 10,000 homes a day worldwide, continues to experience average unit volume increases throughout its system, leading existing owners to increasingly up their territories.

Chem-Dry’s robust sales and system-wide growth is fueled by the brand’s dedication to strategic franchise partnerships; over 40 percent of these new franchise units in the United States are coming from existing franchisees expanding their business. In addition to its skilled workforce, Chem-Dry continues to lead in the carpet and upholstery cleaning industry with its environmentally-friendly, proprietary cleaning tools and products.

Chem-Dry solidifies its position as an industry leader through constant innovation, product design and cleaning process. Unlike other carpet and upholstery cleaning services in the market today, Chem-Dry uses a proprietary green-certified solution and proprietary hot carbonating extraction cleaning process to provide a deeper clean, allow surfaces to dry faster and leave homes healthier. The brand’s primary cleaning solution, The Natural®, doesn’t contain any detergents or harsh chemicals, making it safe and non-toxic for kids and pets. Additionally, Chem-Dry uses 80 percent less water than steam cleaning, so carpets dry in one to two hours, instead of one to two days.

In addition to its dedication to environmental sustainability, Chem-Dry introduces new systems and products, such as the 4.8 Flex Direct Drive. A sophisticated state-of-the-art cleaning system introduced last year that enables a single truck to clean two different areas including a high-pressure area, like tile or grout, and a low-pressure area, like carpet, simultaneously. Chem-Dry is the first company in the industry to develop a piece of equipment that offers both a high-pressure and low-pressure cleaning from a single truck mount unit. It is this type of innovation that has propelled the brand to its elite status.

“Nearly 8 percent of carpet cleaning purchases worldwide are Chem-Dry cleanings, which is more than any other brand in the increasingly fragmented industry,” said D’Wayne Tanner, Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales. “Franchise investors are taking notice. Consumers have made it clear they are looking for superior products and eco-friendly cleaning services. Our brand directly addresses this need and it has shown through the growth of our same-store-sales and franchising efforts.”

This year, Chem-Dry will continue to catapult its growth, targeting healthy markets east of the Mississippi River such as Miami, Fla; Cincinnati, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wis.; Columbia, S.C.; Boston, Mass.; and New York City. Internationally, the company is targeting expansion for Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Philippines, Turkey, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Pakistan.

As one of the most recognized brands in franchising, Chem-Dry’s low investment cost and scalable business model makes it one of the best valued franchises around. Chem-Dry franchisees come from vastly different backgrounds, ranging from airline pilots to janitors to military veterans. In fact, 25 percent of Chem-Dry franchisees have a military background. The company is looking to further expand its presence both domestically and internationally.

Chem-Dry has been ranked the No. 1 carpet cleaning franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine for 27 consecutive years and has also been featured in the magazine’s “Top Home-Based Franchises” list among the top 10 concepts for 19 consecutive years.

About Chem-Dry

Founded in 1977, Chem-Dry is the world’s leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service with a network of more than 3,000 units in 47 countries serving over 10,000 homes a day worldwide. Its green-certified solution and proprietary hot carbonating extraction cleaning process provide a deeper clean, allow surfaces to dry faster, and leave homes healthier. Chem-Dry has been ranked the number one carpet cleaning franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 27 consecutive years and has also been featured in the magazine’s Top Home-Based Franchises list among the top 10 concepts for 19 consecutive years. For more information on franchise opportunities, visit, or to request a quote or schedule a cleaning, visit Chem-Dry is owned by Harris Research, Inc., which is also the founder and owner of the fast-growing N-Hance Wood Renewal franchise.


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