Merry Maids was founded in 1979 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Dallen Peterson and his family. They began with their own cleaning service and started franchising the following year. The company operates a franchised house cleaning service.
The company was purchased by Service Master in 1988 and operates as a subsidiary. The company currently has approximately 1,450 franchises across the US and Canada. The company is best known for performing many cleaning jobs that other companies won’t do, including cleaning inside ovens, washing windows inside and outside, as well as cleaning inside refrigerators and cabinets.
Merry Maids is the largest cleaning franchise in the world. In September of 2016, the company was named the top performing franchisor at a convention held in New Orleans, Louisiana.