How to start a Home-based Carpet Cleaning Business

According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there has been a growing demand for carpet cleaning services for both residential and commercial settings, a trend that’s expected to continue through 2016 and beyond. Every day foot passage, spills and common household or office accidents lead to dirty carpets after every short while. If you are looking for a home based business idea, then carpet cleaning services can pretty much fit the bill.

Advantages of running a carpet cleaning services business

One good thing about starting a carpet cleaning services is that you don’t need to have prior skills or experience. This is a business that almost everyone can do – men and women alike as long as you are reasonably in good physical shape.

Once you establish good relationship with your clients, you can be guaranteed to enjoy plenty of cleaning opportunities as most of them would require their carpets to be cleaned at least once every year.

What you need to know before starting carpet cleaning services

Gain some carpet cleaning experience

Although you don’t necessarily need to be an experienced carpet cleaner, it’s important to get used especially if you haven’t done it anywhere before. You can simply learn carpet cleaning techniques through working in a carpet cleaning company or taking some training programs. Don’t worry if getting such opportunities becomes difficult. You can still learn skills on job by first cleaning your family and friends carpets. If they’re happy with your job, then you’re good to hit the road marketing your business.

Draw a Carpet cleaning business Plan

You need to have strategic plan about your business requirements such as startups, estimates of what you require for your business and the projections for the future of your business such as expansions and marketing strategies as well as new opportunities.

Business Name Registration and other Logistics

Put in place all the logistics including legal requirements such as licensing, registration of business name – should you choose a fictitious name, and insurance. You may want to check with your local county administration on business licensing where applicable.


You may also need to set aside some money for advertising your business and other promotional material such as business cards, branding your vehicle, logos, website for marketing your services and so on.

Obtain Carpet Cleaning Equipment

Having done your scouting on all your requirements, your next thing should be acquiring your carpet cleaning machine and other necessary equipments such as brushes, detergents, stain removers, chemicals etc. If you are well organized and budget is not a big issue, you can acquire a powerful industrial machine and make arrangements for a vehicle for transportation. But you don’t have to start with heavy equipments. It depends on your budget. If you want to move gradually, you can start by renting carpet cleaners and plan for your own equipments later after your business has fully established. You can still use your current vehicle to transport your equipment. However if your business grows and you decide to have a team of staff and more equipments then you might require a company service van.

Expanding your carpet cleaning Business

To expand your clients’ base you need a good marketing strategy. You can make efforts to acquire a mailing list for home and business owners to advertisement with details about your services. Additionally make use your website to reach your potential clients online.

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