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How to Start a Laundromat and Dry Cleaning Business

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Posted On : Thu Oct 20th,2016

A complete guide to open a dry cleaning business in the USA

What is a laundromat and dry cleaning?

Laundromat and dry cleaning is a cleaning process for various textile delicate fabric using multiple chemicals, washing machine and cloth dryer.

What is a laundromat and dry cleaning business?

A laundromat and dry cleaning business offers valuable cleaning services for household items and clothing.


How to start a dry cleaning business?

You need to learn the skills by visiting dry cleaning industry that include equipment, customer assessment, market analysis, start-up cost, and license or permit requirements.


How many types of laundromat and dry cleaning businesses are there?

Dry cleaning business can be started under following categories:

  • Laundry Service for Hotels and Motels
  • Laundry Service for Boarding Schools
  • Laundry Service for Hospitals
  • Laundry Service for Churches and Seminaries


How can you research the laundromat market?

You can observe following points to research the market:

  • Analyze census date to evaluate the population in your area
  • Check out how many laundromat businesses are running already in your area

How can you be prominent in dry cleaning industry?

If you are offering delivery services, customers will trust you as you are saving their time but you need a reliable staff and transportation to deliver on time. It will be a far good idea to run a green dry cleaning services. As the traditional laundromat and dry cleaners use harmful chemicals such as perchloroethylene. Offering a health and environment friendly cleaning will bring you the customers’ reliability and reputation.


What does a good laundromat and dry cleaning business plan include?

A professional dry cleaning business plan explain these points:

  • Set your goals
  • Set your company business structure
  • Cash flow
  • Highlight your services
  • Write your proposed marketing strategy
  • Develop your sales strategy
  • Financial projection


What is meant by secure funding?

Secure funding means your set budget and projected profits and losses. It explains how much you need to operate the business and to meet the day to day expenses including equipment.

What are the legal requirements to register a laundromat and dry cleaning business?

  • You may need to get necessary permits and license to operate dry cleaning business. it will be renewed on regular basis as per your states laws.
  • Contact with the state office for necessary paperwork and to register your dry cleaning business name.

How you can grow your laundromat and dry cleaning business?

Offer pickup and home delivery services- it will help you in building your business image. Mostly customers like if you pick up their laundry without any extra charges.


What are the necessary equipment to start a laundromat and dry cleaning business?

You need to buy the following dry cleaning equipment:

  • Vending machines
  • Dryers
  • Detergents
  • Laundry carts
  • Coin machines
  • Pressing iron
  • washers


What kind of location is best for laundromat business?

Location near apartment buildings can be suitable and you must not set your laundry business near a competitor without having a clear advantage.

What kind of license and permits you need to operate a laundromat and dry cleaning business?

You will require fire department permit, water pollution control permit, and health department license.

How to market laundry business?

You can offer bonus services with customer loyalty and reward system. You can also offer discounts time to time to market your laundromat business.


What types of challenges you may face in dry cleaning business?

The challenges you may face in this business are:

  • Missing clothes
  • Rainy days
  • Stained clothes
  • Burnt clothes
  • Equipment breakdown


You must buy insurances to face all above challenges.


The Author of this article is a M.Phil in English Literature

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