How to Start Your Own Carpet Cleaning Business

By Lanee’ Blunt

A carpet cleaning business is a recession proof business because most people are trying to save money and they would rather clean it opposed to buying it new. You will have two market groups: consumer and commercial. The consumer group consists of customers in their own homes or condominiums and the commercial end with cleaning office buildings, medical centers, auto dealers, and etc. You can have a very profitable business if you are willing to build it into a big business or you can stay small too.  If you have managerial skills you can hire crews and manage teams to do the work.

Open a rug cleaning service
Apply for Licenses and Permits. You must set up your business as a legal entity. Decide which form of ownership is best for your particular business: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, or S corporation. Obtain a business license from your state.  Inquire about licensing with your organization that handles licenses and registration in your city. You can check with SBC.gov to find the licensing and tax requirements for your state. 

Insurance and Bonding
You should be bonded and insured before you work for clients. Your insurance rates will depend on the state that you live in and how many employees you have on your staff. You may purchase your bond through your insurance company and it will need to be renewed every year.

Start with a business plan
A business plan will be required if you are going to request financing. It can help you by getting you a business loan and investors. It will help you to stay focused. Include information about the type of services you are going to provide. Focus the plan on commercial or residential cleaning and provide a list of equipment and supplies needed, employees, and how you plan to market the business. Include in the plan the name of your company, what your business hours will be, and the types of vehicles your company will use for cleaning.

You can purchase the equipment you need online or from local industrial equipment leasing company. You will need truck mount machine, portable extractors, vacuum cleaner, chemicals, steam cleaners, and accessories. You will need a cell phone, clipboard and GPS system or maps.

Advertise your carpet cleaning business. Commercial businesses that will need your services for upholstery and carpet cleaning include restaurants, hotels, churches, schools, banks, and apartment buildings.  You can also expand your services to drapery cleaning, wall cleaning, smoke damage cleanup, fire restoration, water damage restoration, and upholstery cleaning.



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