Whether you’re looking for professional ironing services or investigating the viability of starting an at-home ironing service, this article will give you a good idea of the average cost of ironing around the world.
There are three different ways in which laundry or ironing services price their ironing.
- Per hour
- Per weight
- Per item
Of course, ironing prices are dictated by supply and demand. Minimum wage is also a factor in some states like New York and California.
In each scenario, the complexity of the ironing plays a role too. Pressing or ironing a suit, for example, usually requires advanced ironing skills, while basic clothes ironing can be learned much quicker.
These factors vary even more wildly when you consider the same variables apply elsewhere in the world. In opposition to first world countries, places like India and Thailand have incredibly low unskilled wages.
With all that being said, these are very rough guidelines and should offer some perspective, no matter where you live.
Ironing Cost Per Hour – $15
The average cost for ironing services per hour is $15. This would usually apply to at-home ironing services as you are effectively paying for someone’s time. In places like New York, you could expect to pay much more and you can get away with much less in less densely populated areas. Also bear in mind that in states like California, you have a much higher number of unskilled workers seeking employment and should be able to pay a bit less.
Ironing Cost Per 25lb Load Weight – $15
The average cost for ironing a 25-pound (±11 kg) load of laundry is $15. This pricing structure applies predominantly to laundry services and is most often already incorporated into their dry cleaning fee.
Ironing Cost Per Item – $1.50
The average cost of ironing a single item is $1.50. This can vary drastically depending on the total volume of ironing as well as the size of the item (drapes or sheets vs. t-shirts) and the complexity of the task (suits, silk evening dresses, etc.)
It could cost as low as 50 cents per t-shirt where drapes could cost up to $3 each to press… and in some extreme cases, a tailor can even charge up to $10 to press and iron a single suit jacket to perfection.
Pick-Up & Delivery – $15
You could expect to pay between $5 and $10 for pick up and again for delivery.
Own Setup – $150
If you’re paying for an at-home ironing service, you may not have to provide ironing tools like a steam iron, board and pressing cloth. If you’re employing a more traditional housekeeping service, you will usually have to provide these tools yourself. Expect to pay around $130-$200 for a complete setup with the iron and ironing board taking up most of the budget.
Minimum Fee – $10
Even if you’re only ironing a few items, it’s important to remember that most ironing services will usually still charge a minimum fee of around $8 to $10 to cover their costs for smaller loads.
Professional Ironing Services Prices Around the World
As an average, here is the cost for a laundry service to iron a 25 lb load of laundry.
- USA – from $15
- Canada – from $11.00
- Australia – anything from $25 – $60
- England – from £11
As an estimate, 9 to 10 work shirts can be ironed in an hour and around 12kg / 26.45 lbs. of washing take about an hour to iron.
At Home Ironing Prices Around the World
If you’re looking to have someone come in to do your ironing, you’ll find the rates per weight, hour or item are generally less expensive than the bigger companies.
- USA –$ 0.90 – $3.00 per item
- Canada $0.90 – $3.00 per item
- Australia $2.00 per item
- England £0.50 – £1.00 per item
What Can I Expect to Pay?
Laundry services differ somewhat in their prices depending on the town or size of the company. We’ve collected and averaged out the prices you can expect to pay in these countries.
Is it Cheaper to do Your Own Washing, Drying and Ironing?
It’s cheaper in terms of the actual cost involved; such as electricity, water, detergent, etc.
The cost comes in when you decide how much your time is worth.
You might be using the ironing time to catch up on guilt-free TV, so you’re not losing.
But if you feel you’re wasting valuable money-making time, then doing your own laundry just isn’t worth it.
Starting Your Own Ironing Business
The cost to start up your own ironing business is low, assuming you have access to the basics.
There are a couple of key points to consider before you’re good to go:
- Advertising: using social media, the local newspaper, notice board or word of mouth
- What laundry services will you offer?
- Pricing structure – weight, per item, per hour?
- Are you willing to collect and deliver?
- Extra outlays such as hangers and/or packaging
- Reliable equipment
- Insurance – just in case
What Can I Expect from a Laundry Service?
- Dry Cleaning
- Ironing / Pressing
Some companies go the extra mile by mending a broken or lost button for free.
Every laundry company is different in what they will and won’t accept with regards to soiled or larger items, so it’s a good idea to double-check this beforehand with your chosen company.
Free or paid for pickup and delivery service.
Hung and/or packaged laundry. Some companies are going in a more sustainable direction by asking you to provide your own hangers with your laundry.
What Exactly is Dry Cleaning?
Dry cleaning infers that somehow no liquid is used to clean your clothes, but this is misleading. The clothes are still washed, but not with water as certain fabrics react badly to a normal water wash.
A chemical solvent called perchloroethylene is used instead of water. Clothes are put into a type of washer dryer that washes the clothes in the solvent. The difference in this process is that the solvent rinses are not discarded, but recovered to be used over and over.
When drained, the machine dries the clothes much like a tumble drier. When dry, they are ready to be pressed.
How Are My Clothes Washed and Dried?
Clothes are normally washed on a cold cycle using that laundry company’s specific washing detergent and fabric softener. Then tumble dried on a low setting to prevent any damage.
Very few laundry services handwash and airdry.
What Are My Best Options?
You can choose what suits you and your budget best.
From having your clothes washed and folded, or your clean clothes ironed or going all-in with having your clothes collected, washed, dried, pressed and delivered back to you.
With the bigger companies, you can set up an online account specifying your requirements.