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Posted May 1st, 2015

Chem-Dry Carpet and Tile Cleaning Franchise Honors Global Partners at Worldwide Convention

International Franchisee of the Year goes to South African franchise; Master Franchisee award goes to Chem-Dry Nordic in Denmark.

LAS VEGAS — Chem-Dry, the world’s largest carpet cleaning franchise with more than 3,500 franchise locations in 46 countries, honored its global partners at its annual convention and singled out a South African couple and a Danish businessman for awards.

International Franchisee of the Year

Frank and Julie Neto, owners of Sandton Chem-Dry near Johannesburg, were named International Franchisee of the Year during the event, held Jan. 26-29 in Las Vegas. The Netos have been Chem-Dry franchise owners for two decades, and own three franchises serving customers in areas surrounding Johannesburg.

“Both the Management and Staff of the Chem-Dry Sandton team were absolutely delighted just to be nominated for this award, winning the award was a very, very proud moment for us all. It was with sheer delight that Julie and I announced to our staff that not only was this award coming to South Africa – It was coming to our office! A very big thank you to all involved in the nomination and selection process, we were truly thrilled just to be named on this prestigious list.” –Frank Neto

Master Franchisee of the Year

Chem-Dry also honored a master franchisee at the convention: Thomas Hanke. Master franchisees own the rights to the Chem-Dry brand within the entire country, and use the tools and systems developed by Chem-Dry in the United States to help entrepreneurs start businesses worldwide.

Chem-Dry named Hanke the International Master Franchisee of the Year for 2015. Hanke supports Chem-Dry franchisees in Denmark and Sweden and has worked with his franchisees to turn Chem-Dry into the preferred choice for commercial office cleaning in Scandinavia.

“I was thrilled and surprised to receive the award this year. I now proudly present it together with my other awards”. –Thomas Hanke

Chem-Dry growing worldwide

The continued success of the Netos and Hanke is more evidence of the international appeal of Chem-Dry and its healthy, green approach to cleaning. Entrepreneur magazine has named Chem-Dry its highest-rated carpet cleaning franchise for 27 years in a row. The company’s success is built upon better technology. Founded in 1977, Chem-Dry is the world’s leading carpet and upholstery cleaner, serving over 10,000 homes a day. Its green-certified solution and proprietary hot carbonating extraction process deliver a faster-drying, deeper, healthier cleaning.

The company continues to grow into new markets worldwide. In the past year, Chem-Dry has added Master Franchisees in India, Egypt, France, and Spain. Chem-Dry is currently seeking master franchise partners worldwide, particularly in South America. For more information, visit

John Howard
Chem-Dry VP of International Development

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