Cleaning Services Franchise Interviews

Based on Statista's (2023) data, the revenue of "carpet and upholstery cleaning services" in the U.S. is outlined for the years 2012 to 2017, with a forecast extending to 2024. The projection indicates that the revenue for these services in the U.S. is expected to reach around 4,964.2 million U.S. Dollars by the year 2024. The content on this page comprises a collection of podcast interviews featuring CEOs and founders of different franchise opportunities within the cleaning and maintenance sector. 

Summary of Our podcast with 360 Clean

"Did I dream of having a janitorial service as a career? Of course not," said Bodiford, laughing. "But when I started researching business opportunities, I discovered that some of the least-sexy businesses are among the most profitable. 

Franchise podcast interview with 360Clean

We are meeting with Barry Bodiford, CEO of 360clean, a specialized janitorial franchise. We are also meeting with Dennis Null, Area Developer of 360clean. 360clean Launches Area Development Effort to Fuel U.S. Expansion Franchised cleaning service offers eager entrepreneurs affordable opportunities for high returns. CHARLESTON, S.C.-360clean, a rapidly growing specialized janitorial services firm, is ramping up efforts to broaden its franchise business throughout the Southeastern U.S. in 2011. The combination of its proven operating system and innovative franchise model makes the highly affordable and high-return 360clean opportunity an ideal option for eager entrepreneurs with two options: a unit franchisee or an area developer.  

CEO Barry Bodiford, the son and grandson of entrepreneurs, pursued his own ownership dream by founding 360clean in 2005 and began franchising in 2008. At the time, he was a successful and satisfied pharmaceutical sales rep, but he couldn't ignore the urge to manage his business destiny. Having been a graduate assistant coach for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks football team from 1997 to 1999, Bodiford learned the true meaning of work ethic. "Did I dream of having a janitorial service as a career? Of course not," said Bodiford, laughing. "But when I started researching business opportunities, I discovered that some of the least-sexy businesses are among the most profitable. That interested me." With a wife and two children at home, Bodiford launched 360clean while maintaining his pharmaceutical sales job.  

Franchise podcast interview with Americas Swimming Pool Company

It is amazing how many different industries use franchising as a method of growth and distribution. If you frequently listen to our franchise radio show/podcast, you know that franchise is more than food. Today, we are meeting with the CEO and Founder of America's Swimming Pool Company, Stewart Vernon. We chat about Stewart's journey toward entrepreneurship and how he founded America's Swimming Pool Company.

Stewart also discusses coming up with the business plan while in college, working as an apprentice after returning home, and how he got industry advice from a retired pool maintenance owner before launching ASP-America's Swimming Pool Company. Stewart talks about how he gained real experience by launching his own company and how that translated to the continued success that the brand is experiencing. At this point, the company manages millions of gallons of water weekly and renovates or remodels pools yearly.

In part 2, we hear from the great Warren Greshes from our Great Quotes in Franchising Podcast.

We are meeting with Adam Povlitz, the CEO and President of Anago Cleaning Systems, an internationally franchised commercial cleaning brand with over 30 years of experience. Whether you're a hotel looking for quality common area cleaning or a medical facility needing trustworthy commercial janitorial services, Anago is the right choice for your commercial cleaning solutions. What sets Anago apart is its unique 3-tiered business format model, which offers master franchisees expansive territories, seven consistent revenue streams, and the opportunity to provide small business ownership to others. We play a clip from our Great Quotes in Franchising podcast in part two. 

Chem-Dry was launched over 40 years ago to clean carpets and upholstery. The process was developed when our founder, Robert Harris (a chemist- hence the "Chem" in the name Chem-Dry), was on an airplane and overheard a flight attendant offer a passenger some club soda to remove a stain on his clothing. Now, Chem-Dry uses a proprietary hot carbonating extraction cleaning process that provides a more profound, healthier, and faster drying process for carpets and upholstery. Chem-Dry is by far the largest carpet cleaning franchise in the world, with over 3,500 franchises in 47 countries.

Franchise podcast with Ed Quinlan of Chem-Dry

We have a great show. We are meeting with Ed Quinlan, President of Chem-Dry - the world's leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service.

Since its launch in 1977, Chem-Dry has become a recognized market leader by building a robust network of 1,800 franchises nationwide.

The brand was recognized as one of the top 500 franchises in Entrepreneur's Franchise 500(r), the world's first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Chem-Dry ranked on this prestigious list for its outstanding performance in unit growth, financial strength and stability, and overall brand power.

Ed discusses the following:

1. Where are you calling from today?

2. Can you describe the history of Chem-Dry? What are some key milestones in the brand's history?

3. How do you describe the franchise to a prospective franchisee?

4. How has technology played a role in your business?

5. How big is your industry? How does Chem-Dry stand out?

6. What has been the most exciting thing for you since joining the Chem-Dry team in 2006 to now in your President role?

7. What strategies have led to Chem-Dry's sustained 45-year history?

8. Are there any recent performance marks you'd like to share?

9. What advice would you give aspiring entrepreneurs looking to buy franchises?

10. What are Chem-Dry's plans for the future?

We play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast in part two. Click the play button below to listen to the show.

Franchise podcast with City Wide franchise opportunity

We have a great show today. We are meeting Jeff Oddo, the CEO of City Wide Maintenance, a building maintenance franchise that his father started. Jeff is credited with turning the business into a franchise. He is passionate about expanding the brand and impacting their communities. Jeff will talk about what he calls the “Ripple effect.”

Founded in 1961, City Wide has become synonymous with building maintenance in its home Kansas City market and the 50-plus U.S. regions where it has grown through franchising since 2001. A single-source solution for all building maintenance services, City Wide contracts with independent contractors to give clients access to dozens of interior and exterior services. City Wide simplifies the maintenance matters that mean most to building owners, operators, and management companies, easing the time, stress, and resources typically required to oversee an entire facility. In part 2, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast. Click the play button below to listen to the show. 

We are meeting Mike Bidwell, the President and CEO of Dwyer Group. Mike Bidwell has been a visionary in the franchise industry for over three decades, beginning in 1984 when he opened up his own Rainbow International® Carpet Cleaning & Restoration franchise and later adding a Mr. Rooter® Plumbing franchise in 1992.


Fast forward to January of 2014, when Mike has not only been president for seven years but is now CEO of Dwyer Group, the holding company for 17 franchise brands with more than 2,800 franchises in nine different countries.

franchise podcast with the envirologik franchise opportunity

With communities and businesses becoming more aggressive in their fight against drain and sewage problems caused by FOG (fats, oils, and grease) and other organic matter, EnviroLogik, the expert in commercial drain line and odor control solutions, is set to pave the way to more robust, healthier and more conscious city systems. Not just an industry leader but an industry disrupter, EnviroLogik is positioned to see massive growth as the brand announces the launch of its first-to-market franchise opportunity, with plans to open more than 250 franchise locations by 2025. 

EnviroLogik uses proprietary, naturally effective products to solve drain and odor issues in commercial spaces, including the buildup of fats, oils, grease (FOG), starch, sugars, and odor-causing compounds that commonly cause blockages in both commercial drains and city sewers. United Kingdom native and entrepreneur Aziz Tejpar recognized the need for businesses to access adequate, environmentally friendly, affordable services as more communities continue to combat wastewater issues aggressively through compliance regulations. We play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast in part two. 

Image One franchise podcast

We have a great show today. We are meeting Tim Conn, founder of the Image One franchise opportunity. From their customer communication and environmentally-friendly methods to their in-depth training and ongoing support, Image One has created an opportunity for prospective franchise owners looking for a career, not just a job. Investing in an Image One franchise affords franchisees confidence in their industry and the support needed for longevity and success. Their tools and training will help build your new business and help you find the proper work-life balance necessary for your happiness. 

franchise podcast with the millicare franchise opportunity

We have a great show today. We are meeting Steve Willis, managing director for milliCare. milliCare’s history can be traced back to 1865! milliCare provides total care for your carpets, floors, and textiles. 

When you choose milliCare for commercial floor cleaning services for your business or property, you’ll see why they are a leader in the industry. Their formally trained experts craft programs to meet your facility’s individual needs and extend the usable life of your carpets and floor surfaces. They know that no two facilities function precisely the same way, so they pride themselves on their sustainable, realistic solutions.

In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quote in Franchising podcast with franchise expert Karol Mercurio.

Franchise podcast with Mr. Jeff franchise opportunity

We have a great show. We meet with Peter Stern, Managing Director, USA of Mr Jeff. Mr Jeff is a laundry service infused with cutting-edge AI technology that has globally modernized the tedious task of laundry in more than 30 countries. It is proud to announce its contribution to water and energy conservation through its laundry services. Using laundry services saves 12,373,102 gallons of water and 593.273 kilowatts of energy a year compared to doing laundry at home. 

Mr Jeff, a tech-based home-delivery laundry service, is part of Jeff, a wellness services platform founded in Valencia, Spain, in 2015 by three young entrepreneurs. With Mr Jeff hubs in over 30 countries, the goal is to provide The Good Good Life to its users and business owners. We play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast in part two. 

Without a college degree, Mike Nero, CEO and Founder of Naturell, became an eco-preneur way before going green was considered "cool." Nero had been a carpet cleaning business employee and saw the harmful chemicals used in the cleaning solutions. Nero was determined to find a solution that would be less harmful and completely organic. After all, wet carpets and dark places are the ultimate breeding ground for mold and mildew to grow - and to have your kids and pets rolling around on that is a little unsettling to the stomach. 

Christin Myers - Regional Director of the OpenWorks

We are meeting with Christin Myers - Regional Director of the OpenWorks franchise opportunity. OpenWorks is guided by a simple philosophy: A cleaner, safer, healthier environment means a more productive workplace. Our goal at OpenWorks is to offer more than maintenance by working with you to improve your work environment. This is what motivates and challenges OpenWorks to go the extra mile. OpenWorks was founded in 1983 by its current CEO, Eric Roudi. Roudi, a career entrepreneur, realized commercial cleaning was a massive and underserved $100 billion industry. There were very few professional commercial cleaning companies at this time. Already intrigued by franchising, Roudi saw a great business opportunity by combining franchising and commercial cleaning to create the unique concept we know today.


After diligent research and planning, Eric Roudi introduced OpenWorks Facility Services. This company is committed to improving facilities by maintaining high standards and providing quality work to make facilities cleaner, safer, and healthier.


Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, OpenWorks has regional offices located in Los Angeles, California; San Franciso, California; San Diego, California; Seattle, Washington; Dallas, Texas; Austin, Texas; Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois, Denver, Colorado, Tampa, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Phoenix, Arizona. In part 2, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast. Click the play button below to listen to the show. 

Franchise Interviews Welcome back the OpenWorks Franchise Opportunity

We are meeting with Bryan McMahon, CFO of OpenWorks. You'll find a clear difference when you compare OpenWorks to other companies in their industry. Unlike their competitors that maintain facilities, Openworks is the only facility services company that strives to create measurable results that add value to your business.

OpenWorks Difference

Guaranteed customers, NO selling required

We train our franchisees on not only how to do commercial cleaning but also how to manage a business and be a successful business owner

Equipment package included

Initial ongoing training included

The Brand

OpenWorks is a trusted brand that was established in 1983

Financially Strong: $30 million+ in revenue

Full-time partnership opportunity

The Commercial Cleaning Industry

$150+ billion a year industry

Recession-resistant industry & necessary service

An OpenWorks franchise is not just about cleaning buildings when employees go home at the end of the day - it's about harnessing your professional motivations and teaming up with a recognized leader. It's about joining an innovative organization that is revolutionizing an industry dedicated to quality by providing exceptional services that are essential to business.

Franchise podcast with the OxiFresh franchise opportunity

Today, we are meeting with the Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning franchise. Using innovative products and technology, Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning®, the nation's fastest-growing carpet cleaning franchise, offers oxygen-powered cleaning, which cleans down to the bottom of the carpet pile, transforming the carpet right before a customer's eyes. Founded in 2006, Oxi Fresh is committed to being an environmentally friendly business using efficient, low-energy solutions. The non-toxic carpet cleaning agents are applied with a low moisture process and are safe for children and pets. Find out more by listening to the show. 

Franchise Podcast with the Puroclean franchise opportunity

Puroclean Franchise Opportunity Meets with Franchise Interviews.

We are meeting with Monty Smith, Vice President of Franchising for PuroClean. Since its 2001 inception, PuroClean, the nation's fastest-growing franchise in the over $200 billion property damage restoration industry, has grown to more than several hundred locations serving the U.S. and Canada. Known as the "Paramedics of Property DamageTM" among insurance professionals and property owners, PuroClean certified technicians provide emergency services to restore properties damaged by water, fire, smoke, mold, and biohazard events. With approximately six of every 100 households making insurance claims for property damage, including water, mold, fire, and other common household mishaps, PuroClean's services are necessary for all homeowners. 

franchise podcast with the renue systems franchise

We are meeting with David Grossman, the President of Renue, The Deep Cleaning Experts. At Renue, they have deep-cleaned and disinfected thousands of properties across the United States and worldwide since their founding in 1991. Renue’s decades of experience and unmatched expertise have helped them become the leading provider of comprehensive deep cleaning services for hotels and resorts and other high-end commercial properties. There’s no one like Renue in the deep cleaning industry. We play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast in part two. 

Franchise podcast with Gary Findley, founder of Curves and now Restoration 1

We have a great show today. We are meeting Gary Findley, a veteran of the franchising industry. Gary Findley has over 25 years of experience helping entrepreneurs build over 9,500 franchise locations worldwide with only 2 brands. He now oversees one of the fastest-growing restoration franchises in the country as CEO of Restoration 1, a franchise brand with more than 120 locations open and in development.

Along with offering fire, water, and mold damage restoration services, the team at Restoration 1 also provides emergency services, storm damage services, sewage system cleanup, and more! Their IICRC and IAQA licensed restoration professionals can address your problems quickly. We have been restoring damaged residential and commercial properties to their former glory for over a decade.

Restoration 1 Values

At Restoration 1, they understand that the people they work with are going through a stressful and emotionally difficult time. Because of this, they strive to provide caring and courteous support, upfront communication, and effective services to our customers. They handle water damage, fire cleanup, smoke odor removal, mold remediation, and other services needed to restore your home or business.

In part 2, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.

This podcast was one of our first historic shows, with Bob Goggins, VP of Franchise Development for Service Brands International, talking about the company and the particular franchise opportunities offered. Discover if this is an opportunity that is right for you.  

Franchise podcast with the ServiceMaster Clean franchise opportunity

We are meeting with Dave Messanger, the director of ServiceMaster Clean's market expansion. ServiceMaster's family of brands is one of the world's largest and most versatile service networks. The ServiceMaster brands include TruGreen, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and AmeriSpec.


ServiceMaster Clean is committed to its franchise owners. The ability to offer qualified prospects up to 80 percent financing through its affiliate, a ServiceMaster wholly-owned finance company, ServiceMaster Acceptance Company, is only one of the benefits of a ServiceMaster Clean franchise. In part 2, we hear from the legendary Michael Gerber from our Great Quotes in Franchising Podcast.

Franchise podcast with the Shine franchise opportunity

We have a great show today. We are meeting with Lee DeJonge, COO of Shine, a window care and holiday lighting franchise with 40 locations in 10 states at the time of this interview. Lee is also a franchisee and just opened his sixth Shine location. But while window cleaning is Shine’s business, the mission is to make the world brighter by building thriving businesses and creating opportunities for individuals to become leaders. Part two is a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.  

We have a great show today. We are meeting with Todd Hopkins, Founder/CEO/President of The Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services franchise. Office Pride is a fast-growing franchise in the $78 billion commercial cleaning industry. Their franchisees provide top-quality janitorial services and total floor care delivered professionally and consistently through a commitment to honesty and integrity. As an Office Pride franchisee, you can enjoy all the benefits of owning and growing your own business, plus being part of a 25-year-old franchise with a carefully designed and proven business success model and support structure. As a part of our network, you will immediately have impeccable references, world-class training, support, and financial and operational tools.

The culture at Office Pride is our true distinguishing quality – our Core Beliefs and Values set the tone for every business interaction we have, and we’re known nationwide for providing total customer satisfaction based on those Core Beliefs and Values. 

Speaking of Beliefs and Values, would a franchise opportunity built and run on Biblical principles interest you? Office Pride is a faith-based franchise system. Our franchise owners don’t have to separate their faith from their professional lives because Office Pride encourages you to live your faith through your business.

Part 2 discusses what every entrepreneur needs to know before buying a franchise. We will play a clip from our popular “Great Quotes in Franchising” podcast. 

Today’s show is sponsored by the Lightspeed Speaker Series 1 for Retailers’ Summer Edition. Go to for more information. 

Ron Holt of Two Maids and a Mop franchise

We are meeting with Ron Holt, the CEO and President of Two Maids and a Mop. Over the years, the Two Maids and Mop received some great accolades. Some include the following.

• Inc. Magazine's Fastest Growing Cleaning Company in America

• Cleaning for a Reason's National Maid Service of the Year

• Hire Power Award for Best Job Creator in the Home Cleaning Industry

Two Maids and a Mop offer a unique selling proposition that has long been admired within the residential cleaning industry. People from almost every service-based industry have worked extremely hard to determine the actual inner workings of the famous Two Maids and a Mop Pay for Performance Compensation Plan.

We asked Ron what makes the Pay for Performance Plan tremendous and how it works. In a nutshell, the plan makes an owner out of every single one of our Team Members. Customers will rate their service on a simple scale from 1-10. The rating-and that rating alone directly determines the compensation level paid to the two Team Members responsible for cleaning the home. Customer feedback is the only factor utilized when determining Team Member compensation. The plan revolutionized the cleaning industry and has always created significant buzz for our company. 

Ron suggests that by franchising, you will have access to this plan and can leverage its internal and external benefits on the first day of your business operation. Click the play button to listen to the show.

franchise podcast with You've Got Maids franchise

We are meeting with Joseph Berger - President of You’ve Got Maids. Joseph has a unique perspective on the franchise industry, as his parents, Frank and Cynthia Berger, founded the residential cleaning concept. Joseph will discuss the You Got Maids franchise, the benefits of working in a family-run business, and his best advice for maintaining a healthy professional and personal relationship with those you work with. We play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast in part two.