I was driving through the neighborhood the other day and noticed a carpet cleaning van parked outside the driveway with a for sale sign through the window. Curiosity peaked my interest so I stepped out to read the description and check out the price. It was a 2005 Chevy and appeared fully equipped with a Blue Line Thermasave for sale as well. The van was priced decently at $18,500. I was curious mostly because my cousin was looking into starting his own carpet cleaning business. He currently works for a family-run business in Walnut Creek, CA and has worked in the carpet cleaning area for 5 years.
I decided to do a bit more research to see what starting a carpet cleaning business entailed. According to East Bay Carpet Cleaning, the first thing to look into are the permits and licensing requirements to operate the business in your city. Then you will want to determine whether you want to run the business independently or as franchise. If you choose to run independently, you have the freedom to run your business the way you would like. But be sure you get the necessary training and certifications required to perform the job. If you choose to go the franchise route, know that the start up cost for a carpet cleaning franchise ranges between $20-50K. The usually includes marketing, training and the right to own the brand.
Now to the next order of business, which is to get your carpet cleaning equipment. Most carpet cleaners use the hot water extraction method for cleaning carpets. The two types of hot water extraction cleaning machines are the truck mount and portable. Truck mounts can clean carpets faster, but the portable are great at cleaning in hard-to-reach places. The portables also require frequent emptying because of the small water tanks, which slows down the process. Additionally, portables do not have the high level of maintenance as that of a truck mount, and portables cost about $5,000 while truck mounts cost $15,000.
Being adequately prepared before starting your own carpet cleaning business will help you get started without delays and any unpleasant surprises. You can then determine for yourself and in looking at your budget, whether this is a business that you’re to take on. Always do your due-diligence, seek help, and do not forget to market. Simply running a business will not help help it grown and bring in more income unless you market yourself through business cards, online marketing, through referrals and word-of-mouth or repeat customers. Good luck with your carpet cleaning endeavors!