Rug washing business

dido31

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Has anyone set up a rug washing business ? I’m looking for some advice as to whether it’s worth doing, how to price it ( based in Surrey/hants border) How to promote it and dealing with any issues I might incur. Also insurance cover for any damage to rugs ??
thanks in advance!
 

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HOW many other rug washing businesses are in your area. What do they charge. There are lots round here and I think the market is pretty saturated so you would have to do something to be better than the ones already running.
 

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Collection and delivery service is useful. You'll need to factor in likely distances though. Maybe speak to some YO, see if you can put up a card at their card, do a regular pick-up/drop-off.

I can't remember what we used to pay.
 

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Just checked and the one I use is £17/14 for horse/pony turnout wash and proof and £8/6 for stable rug wash including pickup and delivery up to 60 miles. Reminds me I need some doing. Repairs are pretty cheap too
 

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Thanks everyone! I do have a friend who would be happy to do repairs and I’d be happy doing a collection drop off obviously for more than 1 rug though.
Any ideas on type of insurance to cover any possible damage to rugs ?
Also I’m looking for ideas for a business name if anyone’s got any...!
 

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Prices charged by a rug wash local to me. I haven’t used them, but I know folks who do, and they seem pleased with the results. The outfit I use charges slightly more, but the drop off point is more convenient for me.

Rug wash and repairs established 18 years

Turnout wash and reproof £14
LW turnout wash and reproof £10
Stable £7
Fleece / fly £5
Numnah £2
Set travel boots £4
Waterproof fly wash and reproof £10

Most rugs washed reproofed and repaired for under £20
Rugsafe products used giving excellent waterproofing


As a customer, I would want to know what brand of cleaning and proofing products a rug wash used. IMHO Nikwax is a good brand.
 

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I think our local rug washer has contracts with big yards (some of them racing) plus the local tack shops - they are the bread and butter of the business.
 

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Has anyone set up a rug washing business ? I’m looking for some advice as to whether it’s worth doing, how to price it ( based in Surrey/hants border) How to promote it and dealing with any issues I might incur. Also insurance cover for any damage to rugs ??
thanks in advance!
Doesnt Jan the rug lady cover that area? I know Rokers take in the drop offs for her etc and she does have a very good reputation for reproofing and repairs, Chobham Rider take in repairs and for rug cleaning, Ripley laundrette takes in for rug washing etc, that's 3 well known ones within 5 miles of each other.

OP, its def worth checking on the local equine Facebook pages as there are quite a few in the area
 

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If you do decide to go for it, I would strongly recommend that you collect payment before rug is collected/returned. A few local rug washes I've chatted to have had difficulty collecting payment after they've delivered the rugs back. Some people sadly have no shame.
 

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I think you would need to offer a professional standard repair service too. I washed and re-proofed some rugs that the youngsters have outgrown using Nikwax products this year and it is an expensive enterprise so the margins must be quite small when doing it commercially.
 

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If you do decide to go for it, I would strongly recommend that you collect payment before rug is collected/returned. A few local rug washes I've chatted to have had difficulty collecting payment after they've delivered the rugs back. Some people sadly have no shame.
I know people will often not collect (or pay for) their laundered rugs until they need them which can be months after they dropped them off.
 

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I think you would need to offer a professional standard repair service too. I washed and re-proofed some rugs that the youngsters have outgrown using Nikwax products this year and it is an expensive enterprise so the margins must be quite small when doing it commercially.
I did repairs, briefly and a long time ago. To get some rugs back to a decent condition took time and effort often beyond what was really economically viable.
 
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