The Top 10 Popular Cleaning Franchises for Consideration in 2021

Update: 15.03.2021
Top 10 Popular Cleaning Franchises

Though cleaning services have always been in demand, they are becoming even more popular nowadays. The tendency created favourable opportunities for the development of cleaning franchise business. Such franchise is a nice choice for entrepreneurs who are not ready to have full-time work. For those businessmen who have not enough money to invest into expensive equipment or pay for renting spacious premises as many other businesses require. And for people who don't know how to start own business and need some piece of advice and assistance from experienced franchise professionals. Many successful cleaning franchises are looking for the ways to expand their business and ready to share their valuable experience in starting and running the business with smart franchise partners all over the world.

Merry Maids

Total Initial Investment: $86,750 – $123,750
No. Existing Locations: 1,724
Royalty Fees: 5-7%

Merry Maids Limited Partnership provides cleaning services for residential customers rather than commercial ones. Even one-time cleaning by the Merry Maids could be enough to make the apartment or house shine for long. However, the Merry Maids system is not intended to extraordinary cleaning projects or restoration. The franchisor is looking for franchise partners willing to convert the cleaning business they are running into a Merry Maids franchised business.

ServiceMaster Clean

Total Initial Investment: $92,985 – $300,310
No. Existing Locations: 4,477
Royalty Fees: 7-10%

ServiceMaster Clean is one of popular and reliable franchises of ServiceMaster group which also includes American Home Shield, Terminix, AmeriSpec Inspection Services, Merry Maids and others. ServiceMaster Clean franchises provide recovery management, janitorial, disaster restoration and floor care services.

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Total Initial Investment: $57,560 – $207,450
No. Existing Locations: 252
Royalty Fees: 6.5%
Agreement Length: 10 years

MaidPro, without a doubt, a successful home cleaning franchise business. The proof is in their 10 years of experience on the market and 200 franchise locations. The business is a perfect choice for entrepreneurs who are looking for affordable franchise concept and flexible working hours. The franchisor is ready to share not only their brand name and tested franchise concept but also the state-of-the-art software and 24/7 support.

Molly Maid

Total Initial Investment: $89,200 – $137,200
No. Existing Locations: 475
Royalty Fees: 6.5%
Agreement Length: 10 years

Molly Maid provides professional cleaning services according to the requirements of the homeowners. In addition to regular services, they do cleaning for a special purpose like special event cleaning, moving out cleaning, and housekeeping services.

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Total Initial Investment: $4,170 – $54,700
No. Existing Locations: 8,790
Royalty Fees: 15%

Jan-Pro franchises specialize in commercial cleaning services to businesses. They mostly deal with gyms, banks, offices, churches, schools, and other establishments. The motto of the company is "Cleaning Greener" which suggests using only eco-friendly cleaning products or at least the chemicals which are less harmful for the environment.

Vanguard Cleaning Systems

Total Initial Investment: $5,500 – $36,600
No. Existing Locations: 3,327
Royalty Fees: 11.5%

The goal of Vanguard Cleaning Systems® franchise organization is to improve and expand reliable and proven commercial cleaning franchise companies in the USA and Canada.

Maid Simple

Total Initial Investment: $10,595
No. Existing Locations: 17
Royalty Fees: 19%
Agreement Length: 10 years

Maid Simple deals not only with traditional residential cleaning services such as hoovering and mopping the floors, tidying up and dusting but also with extra care and beyond basic services which include silver polishing, fireplace cleaning, refrigerator cleaning, moving in/out services and others.


Total Initial Investment: $2,245-53,200
No. Existing Locations: 883
Royalty Fees: 10%

Buildingstars has been successfully operating since 2000 year. It has regional locations in Chicago, Houston, Austin, Phoenix, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and New York. They provide nightly cleaning and green cleaning as well as carpet maintenance, floor care and consulting services.

Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning

Total Initial Investment: $34,050 – $162,457
No. Existing Locations: 3,553
Royalty Fees: $401/mo.

Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning is the biggest cleaning franchise in the world. It encompasses 3,500 franchises in more than 53 countries. It has been one of the leading carpet and upholstery cleaning franchises for 30 years. The company provides carpet as well as tile and stone, granite countertops, leather and upholstery cleaning. They manage to serve approximately 10,000 homes and businesses every day. The Chem-Dry Hot Carbonating Extraction process makes faster-drying, better and more environmentally-friendly cleaning compared to traditional ones.

Stratus Building Solutions

Total Initial Investment: $4,350 – $72,850
No. Existing Locations: 1,549
Royalty Fees: 5%

The franchise offers "Stratus Green Clean" services with eco-friendly chemicals and cutting-edge equipment to commercial establishments such as restaurants, office buildings, retail businesses, medical centers, churches and many others.

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