How to Start Your Own Cleaning Service Provider
For the past 50 years, our homes and offices used to be covered with cemented or tiled floors.
Today you are most probably able to find most of the commercial offices’ floors laid with carpets. More of our private houses are furnishing their floors with carpet too, some even go to the extreme of including carpets in their bathrooms and kitchens. They called it wall-to-wall carpeting.
The on-site carpet cleaning industry was born due to the fact that removing wall-to-wall carpet to clean is super impractical.
It’s also noteworthy to recognise that more home owners are towards the trend of alternative floor coverings. About 3/4 of their floors are covered with carpets and the rest are such materials as laminates,ceramic tiles,stones and hardwood.
Even so, there’s still many room for carpet cleaning services to come in, especially those that are diversified and clean area rugs, upholstery and those alternative floor coverings.
Many carpet cleaning services started of as home-based business. As it grows, one may choose to shift into a commercial venue but many highly profitable carpet cleaners never move out of their houses.
“This carpet cleaning business is something that the average dude can really do without a big amount of education or spending.”, says Mike Blair, owner of A A A Prestige Carpet Care, a carpet and upholstery cleaning business in St.George, Utah. “It isn’t for everybody. It’s a physically and emotionally demanding business. You do it all when you’re starting, you’re the chief cook and bottle washer. But it’s profitable enough.”
WHO’LL LOOK TO YOU FOR CLEANING SERVICES?
Every homeowner and business owner with installed carpeting and/or upholstered furniture is your prospective client. Targeting a residential market will mean less in thew way of startup costs and equipment since business typically need more than just having their carpets cleaned. You’ll need more equipment to service them.
However, due to the fact that wide range of commercial businesses use carpet and upholstery cleaning services, this is a lucrative market that is worth pursuing.
Commercial operations that use carpet and upholstery cleaners include apartment buildings and condos, offices, schools, banks, restaurants, hotels, churches, bowling alleys, transportation terminals, and more.
One such reliable cleaning services provided by one of my most trusted Singaporean friends Mr. Dinesh’s company is Clearvisions Cleaning Solutions (S) Pte Ltd . More information can be found in his website clearvisions.com.sg.
WHO ARE YOUR BUSINESS RIVALS IN THE CLEANING INDUSTRY?
You’ll might be competing against all the carpet and upholstery cleaners in your vicinity who target the same market, but there’s other sources of competitions you need to be aware of.
May commercial accounts prefer to contract with a janitorial service for their carpet cleaning and other miscellaneous cleaning jobs; it’s easier for them to have a single source for these type of cleaning services. You need t convince these prospects that as a specialists, you’ll do a better job. Or find out who their janitorial service is and work out a subcontracts deal with the cleaning service.
In the residential market, your primary competition (besides other carpet and upholstery cleaning services) will be the do-it-yourselfer. This includes people who rent carpet cleaning machines from local supermarkets, people who buy their own cleaning machines,and people who use spray-on-and-vacuum carpet cleaning products available in the supermarkets and retail stores.