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How To start A Carpet Cleaning Business

John O Connor

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Why Start A Carpet Cleaning Business?

First of all you have to ask yourself why do you want to start your own business? Many people start businesses because of circumstances such as when they have been made redundant. Other people just get to the stage in their lives where they want a change from what they have been doing for years. Some people like the idea of being their own boss and in control of the business. Now that you have made your decision you have to decide on the type of business you are planning to tackle. In this article we are going to discuss the starting up of a carpet cleaning business so you can become an expert carpet cleaner.


As with most businesses you will have to acknowledge what your budget will be. You can use your redundancy money if you are lucky to have any or you can go to the bank for a business loan. With your budget determined you can now go shopping for the required equipment.

Choosing the right carpet cleaning equipment

There are many carpet cleaning types of machinery out on the market but the one common piece of equipment you will need is a van to carry everything. A small van will normally suffice. You can purchase a carpet cleaner for a few hundred euros but as we all know, you get what you pay for. Carpet cleaners can range from a small wet and dry vacuum suction cleaner to a specialised water extraction push or pull unit. There is also an option of a truck mounted unit which could set you back €15,000 or €25,000. You also have consider your market when buying a carpet cleaner. If you are only going to be attending household carpets a big industrial cleaner won't suit but if you are going commercial an industrial cleaner is a must. When you think you have the selected the right carpet cleaner Google is great for finding a review of the cleaner so you know what you are getting. Your choice of cleaner could be the difference between a successful business and a failed one.

There are 3 main types of carpet cleaning machines available.

1) Wet & Dry system- this is typical for doing domestic cleaning and will also be capable of cleaning upholstery.

2) Push or Pull carpet cleaning machines- these are generally for small commercial businesses

3) Truck mounted carpet cleaner- this system is the ultimate in carpet cleaning but requires a large initial investment of up to €25,000


Everyone thinks that carpet cleaning is just a matter of obtaining the correct equipment and going at it. Think again. I would recommend attending a carpet cleaning course if there is one in your area. You won't believe how intricate it is when you get in to it. This training will also show you how to clean upholstery and also rugs and mats.

Cleaning solutions

Carpets are made from various materials which can range from man made plastic materials to pure natural materials such as wool. Some carpets are a mixture of both. In saying that before you attempt to clean a carpet you need this information but after a while you will be able to make an intelligent guess. If you get it wrong the consequences could be catastophic. Imagine cleaning a pure wool carpet with the wrong solution and a customer informing you that the whole carpet has shrunk!!!! There are many companies out there that will supply you with the information required to clean the different types of carpets. Our website has information on other aspects on cleaning around your house. Complete Services Ireland conduct other aspects of cleaning for your home.

Go and do it

Now you have all of the equipment and the training all you need now are customers. You can have a website built or you can just distribute flyers or advertise locally. But most of all when you are called to clean a carpet do it right first time. A business such as carpet cleaning will have a lot of word of mouth and people do talk. If you are a bad carpet cleaner your business will suffer. For more information visit our carpet cleaning page.


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