ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - Mar 18, 2015) -  Cleaning franchises made a healthy showing among the annual ranking of 100 Top Global Franchises by Franchise Direct. Accounting for 10 percent of the top 100 franchises, cleaning franchises are the second-largest industry represented on the list.

Cleaning based franchises are particularly attractive to entrepreneurs, as this industry has, historically, presented a lower barrier of entry. In most cases, franchisees and their employees only need cleaning supplies and transportation. In addition to traditional commercial clients, cleaning franchises are seeing an increase in residential customers. Homeowners are busier than ever and as the economy continues to improve, they are looking for ways to outsource chores to save precious free time.

Cleaning franchises cover more than commercial and residential cleaning, however. Of the 10 cleaning franchises in this year's ranking, two are dry cleaning franchises: 5àSec based in France, and Martinizing Dry Cleaning, which is a US-based dry cleaning franchise. Other cleaning franchise segments include: carpet cleaners such as Chem-Dry, upholstery cleaners, coin laundries, window washers, and junk removers.

The complete list of cleaning franchises represented on the 100 Top Global Franchises is: JAN-PRO Cleaning Systems (#26), Jani-King (#28), Chem-Dry (#40), ServiceMaster Clean (#45), Vanguard Cleaning Systems (#49), Coverall (#56), Molly Maid (#64), Merry Maids (#68), 5àSec (#87), and Martinizing Dry Cleaning (#91).

Franchise Direct is known for using objective methodology to evaluate thousands of global franchises. Criteria considered for ranking include commercial factors such as revenue, growth, and stability, as well as social and environmental policies. Franchise Direct's first list debuted in 2009 and has been a useful resource for entrepreneurs considering entering the franchising industry.

To view this year's ranking of cleaning industry franchises and read the accompanying report, please visit the Top 100 Global Franchises page.

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