Getting into the carpet cleaning industry isn’t as easy as buying a carpet cleaning machine, printing a few business cards and calling door to door. So if you think this is an easy industry with an easy job maybe you should stop reading now, because this is not the career for you.
The route to become a qualified carpet cleaner has many different paths; you can attend college which has a variety of courses including:
- NVQ Level 1 and 2 in cleaning and support services including carpet/soft furnishing cleaning
- The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICS) offer Cleaning Operators Proficiency Certificate (COPC)
- City and Guilds Level 2 Award Certificate and Diploma in Cleaning Principles
An alternative option is to attend a two day course run by the our industry which are the only nationally recognized trade association.
This results in becoming a full member of the our industry, guaranteeing you will be a fully insured company with professionally trainer technicians and follow a code of practice.
It is extremely important in keeping fully up to date with the latest cleaning techniques and health and safety legislation.
Carpet Cleaners’ salaries and things to know before becoming one
The starting salary is around £11,000, although a fully trained technician can earn up to £14,500 a year and if trained for specialist cleaning you have an earning potential of up to £25,000 a year which is very appealing.
Before entering the industry you need to take into consideration certain aspects of working as a carpet cleaning technician, this could involve working long hours including evenings and weekends this could be an advantage if you are self employed and can set your own hours, or not so if you are working for a company requiring you to be flexible.
What you need to become a carpet cleaner
You will also need a full license and if self employed your own work van big enough to cater for large equipment and cleaning supplies.
You will be required to be on your feet for long periods of time and travel up and down stairs sometimes with heavy machinery, if you have asthma or allergies to dust mites or cat/dog hair this also needs to be addressed.
The carpet cleaning industry is a booming business to be in; you can acquire large contracts with Government buildings, offices or shops which in effect can be ongoing for a long period of time with guaranteed earnings.
As the carpet cleaning industry is such a wealthy business to be in, it’s no wonder there is a lot of competition. For example, there are in excess of 150 businesses providing carpet cleaning in Harrow, London.
Becoming a qualified carpet cleaner: conclusion
Becoming a qualified carpet cleaner can result in a lifelong career with great earning potentials which in effect is a great path for people who are not afraid of hard work and commitment, and have the determination to build a career for themselves.
An answer to my earlier question is a simple yes.
There are many benefits and it’s an economically sound industry to forgo into.