02 May 2016

How to Start a Small Business As A Rug Cleaner

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The Need and Demand for A Rug Cleaning Service

Even with frequent vacuuming, rugs get dirty. If you have children and pets, they get even dirtier.

Although some home centers rent out portable rug cleaners, they are generally the equivalent of a snow shovel in a world of high-powered plows and snow- blowers. The best way to get a seriously dirty rug clean is off-site customer house with professional rug cleaning equipment and solutions.

Challenges Faced By A Rug Cleaning Business

You must learn to master the use of professional systems and gain a realistic understanding of their capabilities and limitations. Before committing to a job, make sure you carefully inspect the rug; make note of any existing stains or damage, and make certain your contract agreement with the client does not promise more than you can reasonably expect to deliver.

Take extra care with especially valuable rugs. Oriental, Persian, or antique rugs may need to be hand-cleaned.

Make sure that your contract agreement limits your liability for damage to valuable rugs.

You will probably have to move furniture as part of the cleaning process; again, take care not to accept liability for expensive antiques and collectibles – ask the client to remove them from the room.

Things to Know Before Your Start This Business

Many professional equipment vendors offer assistance to their customers in recommending machines and tools and techniques for tricky problems. Some of the most common stains, such as coffee, tea, blood, and urine, are also the most difficult to remove.

You can also offer special services such as rug protector, rug deodorizer and etc. for an extra charge.

How to Get Started With Rug Cleaning Business

Place flyers and business cards at home centers, hardware stores, and community centers. Make your services known to area interior decorators and housecleaning services. Contact real estate agents who might be in a position to recommend your services to someone who is selling or buying a house and to clients who rent their house to others.

You should also place ads in newspapers and shopping guides.

Up-front Expenses For This Business

Professional cleaning machines (extractors) start at about $2,000 and go up from there. A typical package includes a wand, at least 25 feet of hose, and various manual wands, rakes, and other tools.

For the most powerful and modern units expect to pay about $20,000 to $60,000.

You’ll need a supply of detergents and other solutions, including pre-treating sprays, spotting kits, rinses, defoamers, deodorizers, and disinfectants.

You’ll require a van or small truck to transport your rugs, portable equipment and supplies.

How Much to Charge For Rug Cleaning Services

You can charge by the square footage of the rug to be cleaned ($1.30-$3.00 for wool fiber rugs). Be sure to take into account any especially difficult stains or unusual circumstances when giving a price or estimate.

Legal and Insurance Issues

Special notes: In dealing with your client’s property, seek to limit your liability for damage or loss to the actual replacement value of items in your possession. You should protect yourself against claims for sentimental value or loss of use.

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