Hey there all,
I do both because I have fibromyalgia, so I can not work 5-6 days a row on the same type of motion.
Fact, low moisture can be lower in cost to start up,
fact, training is everything
fact, you will get as many opinions on how to do the job, as there are companies out there.
fact, advertising is costly and different, though mostly similar to window cleaning
fiction, you can not clean carpet unless you use high moisture systems, HWE (really there are very few steam cleaning machines on the market)
You can royally screw up someones carpet without training and the learning curve is large. But, since you started asking question here instead of jumping in, I am sure you can safely do the job because you seek knowledge first, as opposed to … ooopppsss I screwed up a carpet or rug, how can I fix it.
Fact, there are Carpet Forums out there, lots of them, some dedicated to High Moisture, some to Low Moisture, and the better ones who take the lets do the job safely and do it the way it is needed type forums. (those are my type of forums and in MY opinion much better) Really the customer normally does not know or care how you cleaned the carpet so long as you did it properly and it is clean!
If you think some of the people get heated on a system here, traditional vs waterfed… LOL go and visit a carpet forum where there are really heated debates over the up to 25 different ways to clean carpets. Quite an eye opener, that is.
So, what is your budget for equipment, your budget for advertising and marketing. As for Marketing, you use your friends and current customers, the Advertising, is for new customers. A large point to note that there are as many low ballers out there in the flooring industry or more, than there are window cleaning low ballers, so beware!
E.G. here in a depressed economic region, due to GM shutting down and lowering the shifts and staff, along with Firefighters, who do extra jobs on their days off, it is more than competitive, it is nasty. I have now seen ads that state, we will clean your entire house, up to 2000 sqft for only $89. Ok… at $89 you can not afford to clean an entire house, even with a truck mount, because it costs you more than that per customer and to show up!
So, like I said what is your Idea and question, your budgets for material and tools, also the Budget for Marketing and Advertising!
let the games begin…