When was the last time spilled milk sparked a business idea? Earlier this year, in fact, when Ryan Del Rosal and Dariy Margaritov came up with the idea for CleanTie.com, an internet service that matches local drycleaners with people in need of laundry pickup. The two men were traveling to another city on business when spilled milk on a suit almost ruined an important business meeting. The spilled milk incident inspired them to develop a way for people to request laundry pickup in a hurry.
CleanTie has already partnered with over 200 laundry vendors in 25 states, and is still growing. The startup success has been featured in industry publications such as American Drycleaner. With the success of CleanTie in the United States, the company is now launching in the UK to meet the needs of Olympic travelers. Founder Dariy Margaritov said of their expansion, “Due to the Olympics and heavy demand for laundry service we are spreading our business [CleanTie] to the UK. A lot of US travelers who are familiar with the CleanTie service will be in the UK for the Olympics and we want to make sure they have an easy solution for their dry-cleaning.”
So what’s next for CleanTie? The company is in the beginning phases of filming a commercial that features their company racecar. The CleanTie public relations spokesperson, Blair Nastasi, said of the commercial, “Expect the commercial to be entertaining and a little edgy. CleanTie wants to convey the message that dry cleaning doesn’t have to be such a serious inconvenience. We are here to make your life easier. Letting us handle your dirty laundry gives you more time for the important things in life."
Laundry and drycleaning vendors who are interested in adding their business to the CleanTie site, can go to http://www.CleanTie.com and click on the “Register Business” section or call