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Laundry Business 101: How to Own & Operate a Laundry Business


It’s one thing to start a laundry business, it’s another thing to own and operate a laundry business successfully. Owning a laundry business with a franchise like Tide Cleaners makes it easier to get started and to operate a successful business.

Starting a Laundry Business

Before starting a Tide Cleaners laundry business, you need to go through a qualification process. This can take just over three months. Usually, a Tide Cleaners business can be opened within four to five months from construction commencement. Don’t worry: Tide Cleaners will be with you every step of the way.

Upfront Costs

The initial franchise fee to open a Tide Cleaners franchise is $10,000 per unit. New owners can expect to invest between $681,100 to $1.5 million for a plant store, which is the store format that you must use for your first outlet.

Qualification Process

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Operating the Business

Operating a laundry business is easier when you have the backing of the Tide Cleaners’ successful business model and popular brand name. The various services offered by Tide Cleaners help ensure you will be successful at operating your laundry business once it is up and running.

Ongoing Costs

Tide Cleaners franchise owners must pay a royalty fee to the franchisor of 6.5 percent of net sales. There is also a requirement to contribute 4 percent of the store’s weekly net sales for marketing. Net sales are the gross sales minus taxes, refunds, and discounts.

Laundry Business Services

  • Dry cleaning

  • Wash and fold laundry

  • Shirt laundering

  • Wedding dress cleaning

  • Household items cleaning

  • Alterations

  • Shoe cleaning and repair

Location Opportunities

Start Your Laundry Business

Owning and operating a laundry business can be an incredibly successful and rewarding endeavor. Owning a Tide Cleaners franchise allows you to have the independence you want as a business owner while receiving the support of a successful brand.