Everything you need to know before starting a dry cleaning business
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How do I start dry cleaning business | Requirement

Starting a dry cleaning business is a good idea. Dry cleaning is a skilled job. It requires quite a high investment as compare to a laundromat. If you are doing dry-cleaning in a real sense and not doing laundry in the name of dry-cleaning then I think you are on the right path. In India, most of the Dry Cleaners use water and do laundry in the name of Dry cleaning. Most of the time they have basic machines like a hydro, a dryer, and a washer extractor. They have a 4 kW boiler and a flat iron table for the finishing of clothes. This is what a normal Drycleaner shop has. Almost 90% of the dry cleaners have a mini plant model where they have a plant located somewhere else and have a shop in the market.

Time is changing and so you have to also change the model of dry cleaning. In today’s time, we are supported by technology and so we can think about a live dry-cleaning studio.


To open a dry cleaning business you need to know about


  • Machine required
  • Chemical required
  • Electricity load
  • Water 
  • Manpower
  • Monthly expense
  • Investment


Machine Requirement to start Dry cleaning business

The requirement of the machines depends on how many clothes you want to process per day. To know about the calculation, check this blog out. But to start with a small amount of processing power you need, 

  • 12kg of multi-solvent dry cleaning machine (Soft mount)
  • Boiler 4Kw
  • 2 press table
  • Spotting table
  • Brushing area
  • Packaging machine.


The chemical requirement to start a Dry cleaning business

The requirement of Chemicals in Dry cleaning business is very simple. You need a 

  • Sporting kit
  • A cuff and collar Chemical
  • A good Dry cleaning detergent

To start with the Dry cleaning you should have at least one set of each chemicals and they can order according to their needs.


Electric load requirement to start a Dry cleaning business

Electric load mostly depends on the capacity of the machine that you are going to install in the Dry cleaning shop but for a general idea, you need 12 to 15 KG of minimum load while starting a dry cleaning shop. It is also essential to understand that most of the heating process in the laundromat should be done by gas cylinders. So to minimize the electric load one should opt for gas-heated dryers.


Water requirement to start a Dry cleaning business

To start with one should have at least 1000 L of water capacity per day. It may increase with time. 


Manpower requirement to start a Dry-cleaning business

Usually, to start a Dry cleaning business one need to have at least four employees in shop

  • Master
  • Pressman
  • Manager
  • Pick up boy/helper


The salary of all the employees depends on their experience and can vary from place to place. But it is advisable to use a hundred percent programmable machines so that the process is not dependent on workers and it’s free from manipulation.


Monthly expenses of a Dry cleaning shop

A monthly expense can range from 45,000 to 85,000 depending on the area where you have started your Dry cleaning shop. This can be increased if someone is opening it in a Metro political city like Mumbai and Delhi. The main reason for the High operating cost is the rent involved.


Investment involves starting a Dry cleaning

Dry cleaning business can be started with an investment of just Rs.15 lakh. The investment can vary up to Rs. 18 lakh depending on the type of Dry cleaning shop you want to open in the area you want to open in.


If you also want to know about how to start a laundry business check this blog out



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