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The Merry Maids® Story

How Our Cleaning Franchise Started

Becoming the nation’s leading house cleaning franchise didn’t happen overnight. Quite the opposite, actually. For four decades, we’ve been working hard to build Merry Maids® into the success it is today. Customer service has always been at the forefront of our services, and everything we do always revolves around providing exceptional services each and every time. Only through making each of our customers happy were we able to grow into a company that has over 480 U.S. locations nationwide.

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From Humble Beginnings

ServiceMaster® was founded in 1947 as a mothproofing company by Marion E. Wade, a former minor league baseball player, who believed that employees and customers should always be treated with dignity and respect.

Incorporated in 1947, it expanded to offer carpet cleaning in 1952, establishing one of America's first franchise businesses. In 1962, it entered the healthcare arena and was a pioneer in third-party outsourcing. In 1980, ServiceMaster entered the education market and expanded its range of commercial services.

Merry Maids® was incorporated in 1979 in Omaha, Nebraska, and was acquired by ServiceMaster in 1988. Today, our more than 525 independently owned and operated franchises in North America clean more than 120,000 homes in the United States and Canada alone. Merry Maids® still operates under many of the same tenets of Marion Wade’s original purpose: to deliver exceptional service and quality to customers.

Reaching National Stardom

Nothing speaks to the quality of your brand like prestigious industry awards. ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. is proud to be named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2016. As an established leader in the residential cleaning industry, Merry Maids® has earned many accolades, including a place on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® for multiple years.

Notable awards have included:

  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s #1 Residential Cleaning Company
  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s “America’s Top Global” franchise list
  • Forbes.com’s “Top 20 Franchises for the Buck” List
  • GI Jobs Magazine’s “Top Military Franchises” List

Doing business under an award-winning brand gives you a competitive advantage.

Become a Part of Our Respected Brand

We spend countless hours every day cleaning homes and decluttering lives. Our extensive experience has allowed us to develop advanced processes and techniques that deliver exceptional results. Our customers have come to expect only the best from our maid franchise, which is why we offer our worry-free guarantee. When you become a Merry Maids® franchise owner, you become a part of a brand that is recognized and well-respected.

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“Being in this industry is the perfect fit for me. Why not be with the best in the industry? Why would you choose a B or C version if you can choose the best one?” - Brian Houtman

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