Numerous buildings and houses have carpets and these often get dirty. If you are a committed entrepreneur who enjoys hard work, you can turn this dirt into a money-making opportunity with your own carpet cleaning business.
Become a certified carpet cleaning technician. The Clean Trust, formerly the Inspection, Certification and Restoration Institute, can help you find a course. You will learn the basics about carpet fibers, how to react to certain types of cleaners, what temperatures to use, how to remove stains and installation standards. You will also learn about protectors and deodorizers.
Contact the office of your city or county clerk to find out what regulations apply to the cleanup businesses in your city or state. Some states reinforce the environmental rules for indoor air quality and the use of chemicals, as well as the elimination of residual water from carpet cleaning. If you run your business from home, you may find yourself with zoning restrictions for traffic, parking and advertising signs. When you buy third-party liability insurance for your business, consider buying deposit insurance on bail since you will be working in people’s homes. This will protect you and your customers in case an employee commits a robbery.
Identify if your customer base will be commercial, residential or both. You will need a significant amount of equipment to clean commercial buildings. Residential cleaning will be easier to promote since you can use methods such as posting signs or going from house to house.
Purchase cleaning equipment and accessories such as cleaning tools, ladders, tools for cleaning upholstery, rakes for carpets, cleaning solutions and chemical restoration. Steam cleaners are particularly effective at removing most stains. Look for a portable heating system with enough solution and recovery chamber to accommodate the average space you will be working on.
Differentiate yourself from the competition by offering organic products or additional services such as upholstery cleaning, wall cleaning, curtain cleaning, carpet dyeing, restoration services and odor control. You can also provide emergency services 24 hours a day. Once you are a certified carpet cleaning technician, consider enrolling in leather cleaning and mold removal courses to help expand your services.
Keep your house and truck in perfect condition. If customers enter your home, your carpet should be an example of what they can expect from your work.
Get the prices of the competition to get an idea of how much to charge.
Before going door to door to promote your services, check the regulations in the neighborhood association.