Trying to keep upholstery clean is a challenge for every family. Children traipse in and out with their hands covered in food, the family pet jumps onto the lounge without warning and a party leaves red wine stains all over the place.
They’re problems that can’t be eradicated with hot water and soap – so a good upholstery cleaning service is always in-demand. Think it might be the right job for you? Here’s a few tips to keep in mind when you plan to Start an Upholstery Cleaning Business!
Getting the right gear and knowing how to use it
To do a thorough job – the kind that’s going to help build a great reputation – you definitely need the right equipment. The centrepiece should be an exceptionally high quality system – be it steam, rotary or dry cleaning. It’s great to keep costs down, but not if it means compromising reliability and effectiveness. In addition, you’ll need premium cleaning substances, such as upholstery cleaners and heavy duty stain removers. And, of course, you’ll need a reliable vehicle to transport you from job to job.
The easiest place to start is with everyone you know. Offer your friends and family members your services at reduced prices if need be, so that you can get used to working in a range of contexts and situations before going out into the ‘real world’.
After that, you can attract new clients through targeted marketing. The best place to start is with real estate agents and property managers who lease out furnished apartments and houses. They want all properties in their care to look as fabulous possible, so they’re always on the look out for reliable cleaning services.
To attract attention and boost sales, trying running promotional offers. These might include ‘two pieces of furniture for the price of one’ or discounts for first time customers. You can promote these via your website and on social media platforms like Facebook. Another option is to sign up with discount coupon companies.
Doing a great job
When you complete your first few assignments, it’ll be essential to make an outstanding impression. So, from go to woah, concentrate on pleasing your clients.
Present with a friendly, open manner and, when working, do the very best that you can. Don’t leave any stain untouched. This will maximise your ability to develop a respected reputation, the chance of repeat business and opportunities for word-of-mouth advertising.