Grooming vans are cars that act as mobile pet lounges, providing many of the same services offered by desktop pet groomers. These vans can be built on almost any platform, although one ton and larger vans tend to handle the extra weight better. Some of the amenities that can be found in a grooming van include hot and cold water, a washing station, grooming table, dryer and all cleaning and care products needed to care for cats, dogs, and various other pets. Mobile groomers sometimes convert their own cars, although there are professional conversion companies that also offer the service. Some mobile grooming companies offer a grooming van to each employee and operate on a rate share program,
Mobile grooming is a service that usually charges a premium over similar desktop businesses. In exchange, the pet owner is offered the convenience of not having to travel to a traditional dog hairdresser. Mobile groomers sometimes specialize in cats or dogs only, although others can handle almost any type of pet. Some of the services that these groomers usually provide include washing pets, trimming fur or performing more complicated cuts, brushing teeth and cutting nails. Each grooming van is typically transformed according to the specific needs of the business.
Many different types of vehicles can be transformed into grooming vans, from traditional vans, to box trucks and step vans. Groomers usually work inside, so the one requirement is there must be enough headroom to stand up, and enough space to work with the animals. Since most mobile groomers offer laundry services, a grooming van usually also needs to have some type of water tank and a way to warm it up. This can be achieved with a propane heated water tank, or through a heat exchanger connected to the engine cooling system. In addition to the water tank, and a method of heating it, is also necessary for any type of sink or bath.
The other main component present in most grooming vans is a kind of table on which the smaller animals can be put. This provides the groomer with the ability to wipe animals off, perform haircuts, and do other work while standing up. These tables are sometimes adjustable as well so they can accommodate different sizes of pets. Other than that, a grooming van needs to be stocked with all of the other equipment and supplies needed to perform the specific services offered. Storage space is often required for items such as flea and tick medicines or shampoos, toothbrush materials, chemicals to remove skunk odor, and various other materials.
- Grooming vans often provide pet nail cutting services.
- Getting bitten or scratched by the animal being groomed is a routine occurrence for a mobile pet groomer.