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The History of Merry Maids®

Delivering Home Cleaning You Can See and Feel Since 1979

Since our earliest days, Merry Maids® has put customer satisfaction at the forefront of our services. We give customers their precious time back by taking care of their everyday cleaning. You can live your life while we handle the details. This philosophy has allowed us to grow and become an integral part of our customers’ lives for 40 years.

How it All Began

Merry Maids® was founded in 1979 in Omaha, Nebraska by Dallen Peterson. Dallen worked with his family to create the Merry Maids® system and franchise the company. In 1988, ServiceMaster purchased Merry Maids® from the Petersons. All ServiceMaster companies specialize in home services, so Merry Maids® has been a natural fit for ServiceMaster from the beginning. Some of our sister companies in our Family of Brands include Amerispec, Furniture Medic, Terminix, ServiceMaster Restore, and ServiceMaster Clean.

Merry Maids® currently has approximately 485 locations throughout the United States. As we have grown, our core values remain the heart of what we do and who we are. Many of the franchise owners who purchased territories in the early years have included their children in their businesses and continue to work themselves. Merry Maids® also encourages career growth. In fact, several branch managers began their careers as team members.

Come Home to More

Our comprehensive cleaning services
let you relax, unwind, and spend time
doing the things you love.
Floors swept and dust bunnies removed
Protected the kingdom from the evil cat
Got to spend time with the princess fairy
Rug vacuumed and spotless

Our Awards & Recognitions

We are proud to be recognized for the hard work we put into each and every home we clean. Our worry-free guarantee ensures that you’ll always be happy with our visits. Just a few of the awards we have received include:

  • Women’s Choice Award
    Merry Maids® has earned the Women’s Choice Award® since 2013 from Women Certified for America’s Best for Home in Cleaning Services. The award is based on criteria that include female satisfaction surveys as well as excellence considerations.
  • Ranked #1 Residential Cleaning Service by Entrepreneur Magazine
    Entrepreneur Magazine ranks Merry Maids® #1 in the Residential Cleaning category.

We Partner with the Best

We believe that we are stronger when we work together, which is why we are proud to be partnered with organizations that can help enhance our services and deliver phenomenal results. One of our partners is Fresh Wave.

  • Fresh Wave
    Fresh Wave products eliminate odors naturally and safely using a proprietary formulation of all-natural active ingredients, plant oils, and extracts. Fresh Wave products encapsulate and destroy odor molecules without masking fragrances or perfumes. The science behind Fresh Wave, formulated by parent company OMI Industries in 1989, has been put to use on some of the world's worst odors, including wastewater treatment plants and asphalt production facilities. Natural, non-toxic, and fragrance-free, Fresh Wave products are safe for use in any room of your home.

Find out why our customers have been counting on us for unrivaled cleaning since 1979. Schedule your free cleaning estimate today by contacting us at (888) 490-4227.