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Jani-King was founded in Norman, Oklahoma by Jim Cavanaugh. While he was studying business in the University of Oklahoma, he got a job as a night auditor at the Holiday Inn. He became friends with janitor Don McGuffin, who complained that he and his team were so busy cleaning at night that he had no time to look for new business during the day.

Cavanagh saw a potential opportunity in this, and he made a deal with McGuffin to find him work in exchange for a finder’s fee. Soon Cavanagh dropped out of university and established Jani-King with money borrowed from a friend.

Jani-King is now the world’s largest commercial cleaning franchisor, with over 9,000 franchisees operating in 14 countries serving over 60,000 customers. Their headquarters are located in Addison, Texas.

Franchise System

Jani-King offers two different types of franchise opportunities; Unit Franchise and Master Franchise.

Franchisees receive immediate training, support and recognition. They also receive other benefits such as brand power, a proven system, equipment and uniform, advertising, technology, insurance, operations support and administrative assistance.

Jani-King guarantee franchisees initial business, provide a local and national sales team and continuous advice and support to ensure business growth.

Commercial cleaning services are in regular demand, with buildings such as offices, schools, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, banks and stadiums all offering opportunities for Jani-King franchisees.

Franchise Numbers

Franchise Units Total: >9,000

Established in USA:​ 1969

Established in Europe: 1992

Financial Information

Required investment: €12,075 - €85,550

Capital Required: €9,185

Upfront fee: €9,185 - €68,000

Green Cleaning Service

Jani-King are an active member in the US Green Building Association, and established the Green Cleaning Programme in 2011. It aims to provide the same cleaning quality without contaminating air and water. Jani-King provide all of their clients with environmentally responsible green cleaning services, which use environmental products, microfiber systems and specialised chemical dispensing systems. They also educate their clients and franchisees about the importance of green services. Jani-King are continuously engaged in research on the development of non-toxic and biodegradable products.


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