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It is estimated that 85% of Dry Cleaners in the US are "mom and pop" type of operations. However, there are established dry cleaning franchises that have developed a business model that small business owners can follow and succeed. The franchising companies offer training, marketing, and extensive training in the business. However, as with most franchises, a percentage of sales must go to the franchisor in addition to any initial fees. This business model is ideal for those who might not have extensive experience in the industry and could benefit from support and marketing provided with franchises.  

Before starting a Car Was Business the following should always be considered.

Return On Investment - ROI

As a rule of thumb, a Dry Cleaning Business that requires lot space and substantial investments in equipment should aim for a 15-20% annual return on investment or the equivalent of 5 to 7 years to recoup the total initial investment. A small mobile Dry Cleaning business could see it's total investment returned in 1 year due to the absence of the substantial initial investment.

Dry Cleaning as a Part Time Business or Absentee Operation

You can run a Self Serve Dry Cleaning with as little as 3 hours per week, mainly to check the condition of the self serve bays and to collect money from the coin changers. This options is very attractive for people who have other business to run or simply see this business as an extra source of income. On a smaller scale, some people choose to have a mobile Dry Cleaning and operate it on a part time business. Which is ideal for a small operation that does not require a location or hired labor.

Tax Benefits

The amount of equipment in a Dry Cleaning Business is substantial and therefore one is able to use depreciation of equipment against income, which implies favorable tax benefits.

Dry Cleaninges in Times of Recession

Dry Cleaninges are not fully recession proof but people still enjoy having their cars cleaned. Recessions usually force car owners, especially in lower income brackets to cut back on expenses such as a Dry Cleaning. However, Dry Cleaninges are seen as a necessity to many because of the self image attached to one's car, therefore there will be always an abundant supply of customers.

Cash Business

Dry Cleaning Business that are Self Serve are all car business, which in itself is very attractive to many.

Labor Skill Requirements

Labor for Dry Cleaninges usually requires minimum skills, therefore labor costs are on the low end and there is usually an abundant supply of laborers. One can opt for part time workers or full time and equipment repair can be done at reasonable prices.


Dry Cleaninges technically do not need much inventory as the machines are the primary reason customers come to a Dry Cleaning. Inventory would include car was soap, towel to dry cars, and other items to enhance cosmetics of a car.

Easy to Sell

Dry Cleaninges are highly in demand because many people understand the basics of operating a Dry Cleaning. Therefore, an advantage of having a Dry Cleaning lies in the fact that one can sell it at an attractive price in a relatively short amount of time.


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