Find Extra Streams Of Revenue With Dry Cleaning

Posted on 24 April 2018 (0)

More Ways To Make Cash With Your Dry Cleaning Store

If you are in the dry cleaning business you know that there are times when things can get really slow. People are not bringing in their pants their suits their shirts and dresses as often as you would like them to and this, of course, means lower revenues for your little shop.

Things can get a little tight since the cost of rents the cost of electricity is also water the cost of soaps and materials and labor all remain the same.

Right here I’m going to share a few things that can help you generate a few extra bucks when things get tight.

Start washing towels for hair salons.

You probably don’t even know this but hair salons go through towels like you can’t even imagine. They have to use them for every single client that comes into their shop. I have personally seen a fairly large scale hair salon actually blow through 500 hand towels in a single month.

What this means is that they need their towels washed pretty much every single day. For hairstylist, this starts to turn into a massive headache. They get burned out and tired of doing it. When there are multiple hairdressers they often argue about whose turn it is to wash the towels.

And if for some reason, they forget to wash them all hell breaks loose.

So one of the things that you can do to start generating a few extra bucks of Revenue is to go out in offering a salon till washing and drying service. You’d be surprised at the number of salons that will actually take you on with the offer.

And Hell, you could charge them anywhere from $0.25 to $0.50 for washing a towel.

Start offering dry cleaning pick-up livery service.

Do you have any idea what type of time we are living in?

We are now living in the time when everything is about saving time.

The reason uber has been so successful is not just because people got fed up with cabs and the filth inside of them but because people were saving a tremendous amount of time waiting for a cab.

You can whip out your phone open up your app and have someone pick you up within minutes.

The same is holding true with some hair salons now that are booking appointments for haircuts with apps. Who the hell wants to sit inside a hair salon reading boring magazines waiting to get a haircut for 20 minutes?

People pay to save time. And they pay premium prices!

Get out and try it out and test the market. Rent a small commercial van and test and see if the town you live in would actually be open to a delivery service. Say, you normally charge 9 bucks for a dress, you can add $2 or more just to have it delivered and picked up within a certain radius of your store.

If it pans out and it becomes a hit, go grab a delivery van.

Start offering cleaning services for small businesses.

I believe that huge laundry companies out there like Mission, Ameripride, and Aramark all started by washing the smallest of things for local businesses.

You can start offering the washing of the towels at a car wash, the uniforms of and towels of a janitorial cleaning company and even washing the microfiber towels of the local window washer like this window cleaner in Santa Maria.

Washing the small items of a small business could uncover a small fortune in your town and if it works out, you can use that same dry cleaning delivery van to pick up and deliver their stuff.

There you have it! A few ideas tossed your way to help you generate some more money for your local dry cleaning store.

Start Your Own Dry Cleaning Service – Without A Dry Cleaning Store

Posted on 21 April 2018 (0)

Start Your Own Dry Cleaning Service – Without A Dry Cleaning Store

Have you ever thought about starting up a business of your own?

Well, if you have, you know there is a whole lot involved, especially if you wanted to set up shop with a brand new dry cleaning store in your city.

With the startup cost of any business being so sky high, it makes you wonder how anyone could possibly pull it off!

Let’s take a look at all of the things you need to set things up.

First of all, you’re gonna need to find a location that will have plenty of parking and plenty of foot traffic to get people in your store. Rents for commercial buildings can be astronomical and many owners price it out by the square footage with the common price being about $125 a square foot. So, a building with 2000 square feet is gonna cost you about $2500 a month.

Then you got the cost of all the equipment, dry cleaning machine, washers, dryers, pressors, railing, hangers, counters, computers, and even the smallest of items quickly add up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Then, you have to tack on taxes, insurance costs, utilities and all the other little things like boxes, hangers, tags, labels and even your dry cleaning software for your computer.

After you get things up and running, you then have to hire employees and go through all the added expense of that.

I know this is all just a giant estimate but when it’s all said and done, you’re probably gonna be forking over $500,000 to get things started smoothly.

Ain’t too many folks who have the credit or cash on hand to start a dry cleaning store with that.

What If I Told You You Could Start Your Own Dry Cleaning Business With Less Than $20,000?

How is that possible you ask?

Easy!

Start your own mobile dry cleaning business and buy yourself a small commercial van.

That’s it.

Who says you have to have all of the equipment, the storefront, the staff, or even the damn hangers to start your own dry cleaning service?

Here’s how you do it. Begin to market your business online like a house cleaning starts doing to get their name out and get customers calling. You can also visit business offices where potential dry cleaning customers use dry cleaning and offer a mobile dry cleaning service alternative.

People these days are in a constant hurry and pay premiums to save time.

Funny, people think uber produced a ride-sharing service but what it did, in reality, was to save people TIME.

You will be saving people time from having to go out to the actual store. You’ll save them time from having to wait in line to pick up their clothes.

People will pay a premium to save time.

So, where do you get that the dry cleaning done?

Simple!

At the any of the dry cleaning stores already in business in your town! Do you think those dry cleaning shops are even going to care that you just dropped a big pile of dresses, that aren’t even yours, that need to be dry cleaned on the counter?

Of course not!

What is the difference for them?

Seriously? What?

Say they charge $9.00 for a dress. You can charge your customers $11.00 to dry clean that dress you picked up and are eventually going to deliver right to their hand.

Net profit – $2.00

Now, imagine doing that over and over again. Imagine building a clientele that constantly needs their clothes delivered.

The possibility is endless, especially if you live in a huge city!

All this would cost you is the cost of a used commercial van that you can have hangers rails into it. You’ll need a business license. You’ll need some fuel from time to time and that’s it.

I know there will be a bunch of details like dealing with missing and lost items, dealing with complaints, your labeling and packaging but all that is just a bunch of minor details that can be ironed out later on.

The sole purpose of this post is to help you brainstorm a way to get into the dry cleaning business without having to unload close to half a million dollars into it.

The Secret Behind The Cowboy Press

Posted on 26 November 2017 (0)

 

Have you’ve ever wondered how your dry cleaners and laundry company you visit is able to get your jeans so stiff. Well, I’m going to pull back the curtain and try to give you a better understanding of the process and steps it takes to get you that starched cowboy press you’re looking for. Now you might not work on a ranch, own a horse, or heck even been on a horse. In fact, you might just work for an office cleaning company and want to look sharp But that doesn’t mean you can’t get that sharp cowboy press look that even Garth Brooks would be proud of. It all starts when you bring your jeans to the cleaners and toss them up on the counter. After you give them your information they will usually ask if you would like no starch, medium starch, or heavy starch. If you ask for no starch you can still get a great wet press without the starch they will still have great lines down the leg of the pants just not as stiff. Some people might not think there’s not much difference between medium starch and heavy starch but I’m here to tell you if the dry cleaners and laundry do it correctly you will see and feel the difference.

 

The first step in a great cowboy press is the washing process of course. It’s usually a basic regular wash cycle unless the jeans are a little more soiled. If that’s the case a longer cycle with more heat will be needed. The wash cycle will go through its steps and when it gets to the final rinse the magic happens. Most dry cleaning and laundry facilities have automatic injecting systems that inject the starch with the water fill of the last rinse. Most people think it’s sprayed on but it’s with the final rinse.

Once washed it’s ready for the pressing process. It takes two different kinds of pant press machines to get the cowboy press. Both these press machines are run by steam and air. The air actuates the press up, down, and release. The steam heats up the hothead (metal part) of the machine that presses the pants. The first press machine used is called a pant topper press, called that because it presses the top part of the pants. With this machine, you slide the pant over the padded part of the machine and make sure the inside of the pockets are flat so the picket line is not visible after the press. You then bring down the hot head which is the hot metal part of the press. This takes about 30 – 40 seconds and they are checked to see if they are dry if longer is needed they bring down the hot head and repeat until dry. After that, the pair of pants is rotated about a quarter and the process is repeated until the whole top of the pants are pressed. Two at a time can be done to save time and energy.

 

 

 

 

The second machine used in the cowboy press process is called a leg press. This machine is very self explanatory. But for those who don’t know this is the machine that’s going to give you those good looking lines down the middle of the legs. The first step is to grab the bottom of the legs and line up the inseam to prepare for the press. You then lay the pant legs together on the padded part of the machine, grab both ends of the pants and give it a tug to get a good flat stretch while making sure the pants line remain straight. Once the lines look good you flip one pant leg back and bring down the hot head for a second or two. This is done to get a quick press for a few seconds to make sure there are no wrinkles in the legs. After that’s checked the hot head is brought down for the full press for about a minute or so. When the press is finished you should have a great press with no wrinkles. If there are still some wrinkles a spray bottle with water is used to spray on the wrinkles and another press is required. When the press is complete you lay the other pant leg down in the same fashion as the previous one. You repeat the same process and steps as the first one. When that step is complete both pant legs are the put together and lined up and pressed a final time just to make sure a good press is completed. The pants are usually put on a hanger and hung to let any other moisture dissipate. This is done so when you bag the finished pants they don’t sweat inside the bag.

 

That’s basically the process of a cowboy press. It’s a simple process but at the same time needs a great deal technique and the rite machines. So next time you’re in your local dry cleaning and laundry and ask for a cowboy press you’ll have an idea what goes on behind the counter.

 

Dry Cleaning

Posted on 10 November 2017 (0)

Not everyone understands how dry cleaning works. Maybe we should start by understanding why you should use dry cleaning services. The dry cleaning process is usually gentle on the various types of clothing that shouldn’t be cleaned using the rigors of a washing machine cycle. Not every type of clothing material and fabric responds well to the traditional cleaning techniques we often use. Materials such as wool, linen, silk, and satin garment require dry cleaning to achieve best results.

Handwashing is not recommended when dealing with expensive fabrics as it may cause the material to shrink beyond repair. The dry cleaning process utilizes techniques that ensure fabrics are thoroughly cleaned while ensuring that the original color is retained and fading reduced. Now you know why some clothes just need professional cleaning.

What’s Dry Cleaning?

Well, the fact that this cleaning process is referred to as dry cleaning doesn’t mean that it’s a “dry” method. Dry cleaning involves wetting the clothes with chemical agents and solvents before steam is used to treat and press them. The commercial dry cleaning process starts when you drop off your clothes at your dry cleaning storefront. Most commercial dry cleaning companies have a central cleaning facility instead of having equipment at each drop-off location. The steps involved in dry cleaning include:

Garment tagging

As soon as you drop off your dirty clothes, the laundry attendant tags them with an identification number. There are different types of tags used including iron-on strip with an assigned barcode, pinned paper tags, and stapled paper tags. Garment tagging ensures that your clothes are not given to another customer. Note that clothes from different customers are usually cleaned together.

Garment inspection

Once the clothes have been tagged, someone inspects them before they are cleaned. Inspection, in this case, involves checking for any missing buttons, items in the pockets, and tears. If anything is found in the pockets, it’s given back to the customer. If any issues or problems are identified on your clothing, they are noted down.

Stain Pre-treatment

The first two steps are supposed to prepare the clothes for cleaning. The cleaning professionals, during the inspection, will also check and see if any stains require treatment. Once identified, the stains are treated before the clothes are taken to the solvent cleaning process.

Machine Dry Cleaning and Post Spotting

Understand that the dry cleaning process resembles the process undertaken when using washing machines. The difference lies in the fact that dry cleaning is done on a larger scale. Once the clothes have been pre-treated, they are loaded into the dry cleaner where they are cleaned using a water-free chemical solvent. The solvent is extracted and then recycled for another use while the clothes are rinsed using fresh solvent. You realize that the clothes need to be post spotted to identify any stubborn stains. Post-spotting is necessary since the chemical solvent used works well in cleaning oil-based stains only. Water, steam, or a vacuum is used to get rid of any remaining stains.

Dry cleaning is highly recommended for clothes with persistent stains, delicate silk, tailored garments, and fabric that’s of questionable wash-ability. It’s important that you find a great commercial dry cleaner that’s reliable and trustworthy. Once the outlined steps have been accomplished, the cleaner may make repairs if any, reattach buttons, or press out wrinkles before they are folded and hung ready for collection.