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How to start a Laundry Business Service

Laundry Business

 What is Laundry Services

laundry service is a service in a hotel that washes and irons clothes for guests. Almost all hotels have a laundry service. If you hand in clothes one day you should get them back a day or two later. The laundry service will wash, dry, and iron your clothes.


1. You can start with no money (just doing home service)

2. There are always customers if you market your business well

3. The cost to set up is not much. You can start small and grow

4. It is very profitable. You cam make a lot of money from laundry business

5. You can start from your home if you can’t afford a shop

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When you open the business, encourage customers to come to you by offering ‘first week deals’ such as two loads of washing for the price of one.

Start to Market Your Business

Once you have everything in place to open your laundry business, start marketing your venture aggressively. From posting fliers to sending direct mail, and even getting your own website launched, there are endless ways to market your laundry business to different target markets.

Think About Becoming a Laundry Franchisee

Business franchises come with a number of benefits, including the providing of everything you will need to get your business up and running. Systems like Laundry Care partner with entrepreneurs seeking to provide laundry services to local residents and commercial customers and help them build a business.

As the brand  and business model are already set-up and established, entering a franchise contract can come with less risk than starting a business entirely from scratch.

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Equipments needed to start a Small Laundry Services

1. Wide Ironing Table: It is very important for your table to be wide enough, at least to give enough pressing space and convenience   as you will be handling large quantity of ironing. Do not use small table that will make your work inconvenient and eventually cause you some damages. Get a table that is smooth and wide enough, something like 4×6 feet.

Pressing/Ironing bench is the best choice for pressing cloths and it is the most convenient, more convenient than  regular tables. You can get it very cheap in the market or from electronics shops.

2. Good Pressing Iron:
 Invest in quality pressing Iron for the sake of efficiency, and don’t forget you are handling people’s fabrics. Inefficient Iron could cause more trouble than gain by raking havoc on your customers cloths. Go for high quality, brand new Iron from known makers like Philips.

3. Garment Conveyor: You will need a garment conveyor for hanging finished clothes. Just get a nice locally made by furniture makers, but let it be wide enough to avoid stuffing cloths. The conveyor I am talking about is just a hanging stand, not the ones that convey cloths used by bigger dry cleaners. A local furniture maker will help you design your locally made one if you do not have money to buy standard conveyor.

4. BIG Washing Basins: You will need many of this to soak different colors and different types of materials separately. Be careful how you handle people’s fabrics so that you don’t go about paying for damages rather than making profits. Soak Jeans separately from other materials, soak whites cloths separate, and other colors too. Do not mix colors!

5. Industrial Laundry Detergent: Cleaning is technology, you need to master it with all sense of seriousness. Good cleaning detergent will go a long way to assist you in making thorough cleaning, and that in turn will bring more customers. Do not go for just any washing soap, go for high quality detergent that comes in quantity – you will be needing much quantity of it.

6. Space For Ironing: Spacious ironing environment will not only make your job faster and more comfortable, it will give you sense of balance and relaxed feelings. Devote big enough part of your home for it.

7. Other Items Like:

  • Laundry detergent: Don’t just buy any the detergent, buy the ones used by dry cleaners
  • Washing machines: There are different grades, look for the one you can afford that is quality
  • Washing Basins: You will need it to soak clothes and for other uses
  • Pressing Iron: A quality iron that has good customization features for different materials
  • Ironing table: Where you can comfortable iron clothes
  • Garment Conveyor: This is what you use to hang cloths. Get a carpenter to make one
  • Starch: A lot of customers will request for it to add beauty to their cloth
  • Water: You will need a source of water. If there is no water supply, you can buy a thank and store water
  • Power Generator: As electricity is not reliable, you will need a good generator that can carry your equipment just in case
  • Nylon and tags: You will need nylon to package the ironed cloths. You will also need tags to tag the clothes so you don’t mix things up
  • Shelves: You will need shelves to keep the ironed and packaged cloth in order.

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Common Challenges found in Laundry Services

  1. Issues of Missing Clothes

If you are not careful when handling peoples’ clothes, you are going to have a lot of issues of missing clothes. This is the most common of the challenges of running a laundry business. This is common when you have a good number of customers. There is the possibility of misplacing a client’s shirt or trousers or under wears.

To avoid this, adopt effective documentation of items (proper labeling and handling) at every stage of the process of dry cleaning the clothes.

  1. Issues of Stained Clothes

If you are not careful, you will have a lot of stained clothes. It does not augur well for you and your customers. It could happen while washing or while ironing. It could be the clothes staining themselves. You are expected to read the labels on the clothes and follow the instructions. This gives you clues on how best to handle the cloths without staining them. You don’t want to keep replacing customer’s clothes.

  1. Rainy / Wet Days

A rainy day is a pain in the ass for drycleaners. It is one the many challenges of running a laundry business in Nigeria. To worsen it all, you can’t eliminate them because they are natural.

What you can do is to make sure you have an alternative. Drying machines were invented for this contingency. They are meant to mitigate the effects of rainy season to your laundry business.

  1. Burnt Clothes

If you are not careful when using industrial pressing iron, you are likely going to get your clients’ clothes burnt. You should read the label on the shirt clothe to know the heat that is suitable for ironing it. You can’t use same temperature to iron clothes made of silk and clothes made of pure cotton as I assume you already know.

  1. Clean Water Supply

An essential part of your laundry services is having clean water supply. When you own a laundry business, you are expected to have access to clean water supply. The lack of clean water supply is undoubtedly one of the challenges of running a laundry business.

You can’t afford to wash your customer’s cloths with dirty water so you must sort that out. You have to situate your business where you can get clean water supply.

  1. Electrical Power Supply

You need power to survive in laundry business. You need power for your washing machines, drying machines and electric pressing iron. When opening your business, factor in electricity or you end up spending the little money you have on generator sets and diesel. On the other, you need to also have the generator sets because Nigeria can be funny.

  1. Meeting Up With Delivery Time (Set targets)

Very important to this business is delivery. It is one of the challenges of running a laundry business in Nigeria. Delivery here refers to meeting up with the time set with customers or getting the cloths to the promised destination. Set up a strategy to meet up with the delivery time.

  1. Sourcing for Clients

This business is for people. You have to have clients so as to make money from it. You have to overcome the challenge of attracting customers. You must attract them. Once you have a loyal customer base, you are good to go.

  1. Enough Space (Bigger Facility) in Good Location

The space you will use should also be considered. You need space for sorting out clothes, washing, ironing, packaging and storing the clothes. You have to get a sizeable location or you will need to get another one along the line.

  1. Equipment Breakdown

Equipment breakdown in the form of tear and wear is one of the challenges of running a laundry business in Nigeria. It is inevitable that your equipment will breakdown at some point as a result of consistent usage. You are therefore expected to factor it in and have enough backup now. You don’t want to get stranded. You should constantly service the serviceable equipment regularly.




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