Dry Cleaners in the US: Market Research Report

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Dry Cleaners Market Research Report | NAICS 81232 | Apr 2015

Machine wash only: Shifts in consumer preferences and rising competition cause revenue to stagnate

IBISWorld’s Dry Cleaners market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Falling demand for dry cleaning services, unfavorable shifts in consumer preferences and increasing competition from coin-operated laundromats and household washing machines have led to the Dry Cleaners industry's decline in the past decade. In the early part of the five-year period to 2015, poor economic conditions led many consumers to reduce spending on discretionary laundry services. Moreover, a long-term consumer shift toward low-maintenance clothing has curtailed demand for dry cleaning services that were once necessary for many garments. As a result, industry revenue has decreased slightly over the past five years and is expected to accelerate its decline through 2020... purchase to read more

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Dry cleaning services

The industry garners the majority of its revenue through standard dry cleaning services, which are estimated to generate a combined 76.5% of industry revenue. Within this segment, retail dry cleaning services account for a 64.2% share of the industry, while commercial dry cleaning services account for an estimated 12.3% share of revenue. Dry cleaning is a cleaning process for clothing and other textiles using a chemical solvent rather than water. One of the most common solvents used is perchloroethylene (perc), which has historically been the industry standard since the 1930s. However, perc has come under fire during the past decade because of its hazardous effects on the environment and human health... purchase to read more


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What is the Dry Cleaners Industry?

Establishments in this industry provide dry cleaning and laundering services. Companies may also provide drop-off and pick-up sites for customers. In addition, establishments may also offer specialty cleaning services for garments and textiles such as fur, leather, suede, wedding gowns, draperies and pillows. This industry does not include coin-operated laundromats, nor does it include companies that generate most of their revenue from linen and uniform rentals.

Industry Products
Commercial full-service laundryRetail dry cleaning and laundry servicesCommercial dry cleaning services
Industry Activities
Full-service dry cleaningFull-service laundry

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