How to become a Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: August 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Carpet and upholstery cleaners use specialist cleaning equipment to wash and deodorise carpets and upholstery fabrics including curtains, sofas, chairs and other soft furnishings. Some also clean hard and wooden floors, provide advice about the removal of stains, offer treatments to control dust mites and carpet beetles and apply fabric protectors and flame resistant coatings to furnishings. Many also provide repair and restoration services following flood and fire damage.

Carpet and upholstery cleaners provide services to private householders and to commercial customers in sectors such as hospitality, buy-to-let and catering. Some also carry out contract work for loss adjusters and public sector organisations such as schools and libraries. The majority of cleaning services take place on-site at customers' premises, however many cleaners also operate from their own workshops, where heavily soiled or damaged items are taken for more intensive cleaning.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a carpet and upholstery cleaning service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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