Chem-Dry Signs Deal to Clean Up Oahu

Local Entrepreneur Inks Franchise Agreement to Bring Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Vans to Market

June 16, 2015 // // Oahu, HI – Chem-Dry, the world's leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service, today announces a signed franchise development agreement that will bring new vans to the streets of Oahu. Ohana Chem Dry will provide the best in carpet cleaning to residents of Ewa, Waikiki, Diamond Head and surrounding cities. The signed franchise announcement follows several consecutive years of explosive growth for the 3,500-unit brand, which is opening an average of more than 100 new franchises per year.

The new Chem-Dry will open under the leadership of franchisee Frank Kelso. Prior to signing on as a local Chem-Dry franchise owner, Kelso worked for himself in a broad range of industries. Kelso previously worked in manufacturing critical components for the aviation industry to the department of defense with helicopter parts, cargo tubes, etc. He has also worked in land development, financing, and eventually, decided to move to Hawaii where he is still residing. Kelso has always been an entrepreneur at heart and his new endeavor with Chem-Dry will allow him to pursue his passion of brining value and service to a community.

“With a significant demand for environmentally friendly carpet cleaning services in the area that are both pet and child-friendly, Chem-Dry will immediately prove to be a great fit for Oahu, said Keslo. “Chem-Dry’s services are far and above any other carpet and upholstery cleaner, so I am excited for the opportunity to bring the brand to town.”

When the first van begins service in June, homeowners in Oahu can expect carpet and upholstery cleaning services unlike anything 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.

“This franchise agreement marks a major milestone for the Chem-Dry brand as we continue our exponential growth and debut our unique carpet cleaning processes in new markets throughout the country,” said D’Wayne Tanner, Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales. “Consumers in Hawaii have made it clear they are looking for superior products and eco-friendly cleaning services. We are confident in Frank Kelso as a franchise partner who is tasked with introducing our brand to Oahu.”

For more information about Chem-Dry, visit

About Chem-Dry

Founded in 1977, Chem-Dry is the world’s leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service, with a network of over 3,500 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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