How to Start a Carpet Cleaning Service

Carpet cleaning services are low capitalized business that can be done on a part time basis. It has low maintance overhead and no rental costs.

This business guideline will help you get started right with this simple but profitable venture.

Develop a business plan

However easy to start this business is, it still needs some planning. First of all, consider how you can get ahead of other competitor carpet cleaning services? What makes your service different? Because of this, it is best to think of terms how you can add more value to your work. Determine a strategy that will make you different from the rest.

Register a name and license

Visit your county Clerk’s office and inquire if your business needs a license to operate. If it does than you figure out a way to get that license. It is also best to register a name for your business. Use a name that appeals to customers.

Look for start up capital

Carpet cleaning is a simple business to start. The start up cost is a joke. With almost no cash out, risk is very low. And because you can work from your home as an office, no rental overheads! Compared to other competitor businesses like dry cleaning, the carpet cleaning business has a low start up cost. You can self finance your business easily or use credit cards without going into to much debt. All you need are carpet cleaning equipments and a car you can use as transport. In addition to these, you will also need to have a reliable cleaning chemicals and water supply.

Identify your focused market

Choose from two market groups. Both commercial and residential need carpet cleaning services. As long as people continue to use and purchase carpets, your business will always be open. So literally you have no shortage of market and certainly no competitor service has captured and saturated the market. If you offer quality service and you do honest work with your clients, you will develop repeat customers. Learn to charge reasonable prices and you will have more room for more business.

Decide your work length

Decide whether you want your cleaning business to be part time or full time. Indeed your client’s house will become your day to day office area as you offer your carpet cleaning services.

Strategies on how to clean a carpet:

  • Use a good quality vacuum cleaner
    Invest on a heavy duty, tough on dirt, super powered vacuum cleaner. It will make your work easier and certainly quicker so you can take on more clients.
  • Know how to spot clean carpet
    Learn which chemical to use on what. Learn proper use of chemicals so you don’t over do it. Don’t just keep on pouring, study which chemical to use to a particular stain.
  • Put extra effort on areas that are always used
    Work on all the carpet but spend 80% of your time cleaning the areas where there is a high traffic concentration of dirt.
  • Work efficiently but quickly.
    Clean systematically and work by areas but be quick about it. Don’t sacrifice quality service for quantity service. However if you can do both, that would be best.
  • Love the carpets you clean
    Treat the carpets you clean as your own. This way you care for them like they were yours.


  • Sarman Islam said on July 2, 2009
    Dear Concern, Please give me some suggestion about what kind of tools & mechinaries are used for such business? What are the cost of those tools & machines? How many people should i hire for this? Rgds/Sarman_
  • Rosemary kariuk said on October 6, 2009
    I'm interested in starting a home cleaning service/ office cleaning service and i believe you would be of a lot of help, please service me with full details information that would help me be the better than my competitor in the market and offer quality service and not only attain customers but also retain them happily. i look forward hearing from you thank you.
  • Hudson said on January 17, 2010
    I would love to start' selling and showing christian Movies, unfortunately i can't find a where to get them for my shop. am from nairobi, kenya
  • Azaim ali said on February 8, 2010
    I need more information on this service in detail about manpower, tools & equipments, chemicals and capital required. Thanks
  • Ramadhan Abdul said on April 15, 2012
    I want to venture into cleaning business. other than the equipments I need training manuals on office cleaning, carpet cleaning and detail cleaning. Please help if you can
  • Bernard Ndungu said on February 12, 2014
    I would like to start a carpet cleaning business and i want advice on the machinery and chemicals to use
  • Sammy Muriuki said on November 4, 2014
    Am planning to venture into carpet cleaning and softset and its my request please service me with full information that would help me purchase good cleaning equipments and the best chemicals to use. AM FROM AFRICA KENYA THANK
  • Evans Okongo said on September 19, 2015
    Hello am thinking of starting a business in cleaning carpets. I needed to just know where i can purchase equipment for my business. Am from kenya residing in Nairobi.
  • chrispinus okwara said on May 20, 2016
    Concerned, please tell me the kind of machines & equipment that am supposed to have for full cleaning services and the best shops i can get the original ones coz am in mombasa. Thanks.
  • Vianney M said on November 26, 2017
    Am working on starting a carpet and sofa/upholstery cleaning business, i need to know the right equipment and chemicals that are healthy. Need your advise on this would help. Am Vianney, based in Kigali.
  • Ashanti said on October 29, 2019
    I'm looking to start a carpet cleaning and floors. I don't have a ton of money. I need your advice on chemicals, supplies, the do it right the 1st time step by step.


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