Start a Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
A carpet and upholstery cleaning service is
easy to start up. This type of business requires low overheads.
You need very little experience to open this business, but you
do need to provide quality work for your customers. Being
knowledgeable about stain removal for your carpet and
upholstery cleaning service will speed up your cleaning
Here is a list of
what you will need to do before you start your carpet and
upholstery cleaning service
Quality equipment is a must for your business.
Modern technology has improved carpet and
upholstery cleaning equipment. Business owners
today can now purchase more powerful shampooing and
cleaning machines. Improved shampoos and drying
equipment will leave your customers carpet and
upholstery cleaner longer. Machines can even be
mounted to a truck or utility van. These mounted
machines have more power than a portable machine.
Make sure you have a dependable vehicle or van that
has good insurance.
Check with your area government offices for
information on permits and licensing. You may have
to be bonded on certain types of jobs.
Employing a good secretary who can handle answering
your phone calls and setting appointments will be a
lifesaver for you and your company.
Time optimization is a good tool for your business.
This can help you build your business by getting
the most money for your time. The more appointments
you can handle during a day, the more it will help
you have a lucrative business.
Before starting your carpet and upholstery cleaning
service you will want to check out financing.
Manufactures of your carpet and upholstery
equipment offer several financing plans for
purchasing you equipment.
Talk to several insurance agents and choose the
best liability plan for your business. You will
want a plan that covers any unforeseen accidents in
your customer’s home, such as ruined carpet,
breakage, or any other type of damage that might
Professionalism will go a long way with your
customers. Make sure you and your employees conduct
business in a professional manner. You must dress
neatly. Uniforms with your business logo on the
shirt will give you the look of professionalism.
Your carpet and upholstery cleaning service is a
type of business that will take you into customer’s
homes, so how you dress and act will greatly affect
Usually you will be cleaning more than one room at
a time in your customer’s home. A good estimate of
time for an ordinary job will be around two hours.
Figure out your cost for material and the time
spent and charge accordingly making sure you are
making a profit. Charging extra fees for extra spot
cleaning or for cleaning larger rooms is expected.
Survey the job to be done ahead of time and give a
written estimate to your customer.
Opening a carpet and upholstery cleaning
service will not only require that you sell your services, but
it will require that you also sell yourself. Your success will
depend on what effort you are willing to put into it.