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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does carpet cleaning cost per square foot?

In some cases, a quote from a carpet cleaning company will depend on the square footage of the room. The lower end of these prices will be between $0.15 and $0.20 per square foot, and they may rise as high as $0.40-$0.50 per square foot. Factors raising the price include the carpet’s condition (are there stains?) and whether they have to clean carpeted stairs, which take longer.

To find out how much it will cost clean your carpets, request cost estimates from pros near you.

Which is better: steam cleaning or shampooing carpet?

Both steam cleaning and shampooing are tried-and-true methods for getting dirt and stains out of your carpets. The methods are different, however.

Steam cleaning will remove dirt from your carpets via hot water extraction, while shampooing requires scrubbing. If you’re in a time crunch, or if you just have one or two small spots that need to be removed, shampooing may be a better option, as it allows you to spot-clean small areas. Both steam cleaning and shampooing make your carpets wet, so you will need to allow for time for the carpets to dry. 

Contact carpet cleaning pros near you, and discuss the best options for your carpets.

Is it worth getting carpets professionally cleaned?

Purchasing a steam cleaner yourself may help to remove stubborn stains, but it simply won’t match the deep clean and efficiency that comes from hiring a professional carpet cleaner. Pros have powerful tools that can quickly remove even the most stubborn stains. 

If you’re selling your home, clean carpets can make your home more appealing to prospective buyers. And the expense is offset when you consider that you only need to get your carpets cleaned about once a year. Plus, professional carpet cleaning can extend the life of your carpets, saving you money in the long run.

How long does carpet cleaning take?

Given the way it can transform the carpet, cleaning happens remarkably quickly. You can expect an average size room to require about 20 minutes to thoroughly clean.

The job could take longer for several reasons. If the stains are widespread or particularly deep, the professional cleaner might need to spend more time removing them. They may also need to take time to move furniture out of the way.

How long does it take for carpet to dry after cleaning?

After a cleaning, you can expect your carpet to remain slightly damp for between six and 12 hours. You can expect the lower end of this figure if the air is dry, there’s plenty of air circulation or the temperature isn’t too low in your house. However, for humid environments or lower temperatures, your carpet could stay damp for longer.

What is dry carpet cleaning?

Dry carpet cleaning uses very little moisture to clean carpets. Instead, this method uses compound cleaning agents to loosen dirt that might be trapped in the carpet’s fibers. It’s an effective way to remove stains from soiled carpets. 

To learn more about how to maintain your carpets, read our guide.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a professional carpet cleaner or steam cleaner when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a carpet cleaner or steam cleaner, follow all guidelines surrounding social distancing, sanitize any involved surfaces, ventilate indoor areas where workers have been and use digital payment services instead of cash or a check. Before the pro arrives at your home, create a plan with them to make sure everyone in the household stays safe.

Do professional carpet cleaners or steam cleaners offer remote or virtual services?

While cleaning services such as professional carpet cleaning or steam cleaning are not typically done remotely, many businesses and professionals are making changes to accommodate the CDC's social distancing guidelines. If you come across a carpet cleaner’s profile and it states they’re offering remote services, contact the cleaner to see what those services include. 

Does a professional carpet cleaner or steam cleaner need to enter my home?

Because the majority of carpet cleaning and steam cleaning jobs take place in someone’s home, it’s likely that a professional carpet cleaner would need to enter your home.

When you contact carpet cleaners near you, ask if they will do a video call in place of a standard consultation. Send photos and other materials digitally. Practice safe social distancing at all times, and follow both local and CDC guidelines.

How can I find out if a professional carpet cleaner is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Local and federal governments are currently in the process of defining essential services guidelines, and it’s best to read them to see whether professional carpet cleaning or steam cleaning is considered essential. A good place to start is with your city or state’s government website.

The CISA's Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors on a federal level. Some, but not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Reviews for El Cajon carpet cleaners
Amy D.
Prompt professional carpet cleaning service! I am waiting for their quote on cleaning our ceramic tile.
Imperial Carpet CareImperial Carpet Care
Thumbtack Customer
Uriel cleaned my carpets and did a thorough and professional job. He was there on time and worked very hard to get the stains out of the carpet. They look great.
Imperial Carpet CareImperial Carpet Care
Mike S.
Amazing job on our tile and our carpets. They were able to clean the tile beautifully, even the grout. I didn’t realize how much our carpet and tile needed cleaning until they came. Couldn’t be happier with them and we will definitely continue to use them in the future.
Imperial Carpet CareImperial Carpet Care
Corrine m.
Our tech was Urial. He was so efficient and our couch and carpets look so clean‼️ We will be using Imperial Carpet Care from now on and we have already refered them to our family.
Imperial Carpet CareImperial Carpet Care
Corey H.
Ladies did an outstanding job getting the cat urine smell out of the carpet and completely deodorizing the room . Will use them again for future cleaning service
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Ed L.
Super Steam was timely. They arrived 5 minutes ahead of schedule. Both Donna and her husband were pleasant. Having been a carpet cleaner in my previous life I have a few suggestions for improving their service. Furniture tabs should be part of the quote. However, charging $1 per tab extra is a little excessive. Donna did provide a lower bid for tabs. I chose to use aluminum foil from my kitchen instead. My method of cleaning someone's carpet always ended by exiting the equipment and wand usually through the front door. I never cleaned the exit area and then go back into the home to clean other rooms. Too much water was used on the carpet. I expected with a powerful steam machine they posses that the carpet would be damp not wet. The carpet cleaner did go back at my request to dry vacuum walking areas. I needed to bring out fans and lay down bath towels to help speed of the drying process. I chose to hire an outside contractor to say time, but my involvement in placing tabs under all the furniture I moved, saved me no time. Next time I will just use my Bissel
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Thumbtack Customer
Uriel was my technician this morning. He was prompt and extremely professional, and my carpets look amazing. The whole house smells clean and fresh! I'm super happy with Imperial's reasonable price and Uriel's work and will definitely recommend them.
Imperial Carpet CareImperial Carpet Care
Katelin R.
I can't say enough good things about Imperial. I used them for a client of mine because I needed to find a new reputable company for future referrals and they did not disappoint. They protect your home, your walls, your floors and after doing an amazing job cleaning the carpets, they put some dryers on for a bit to give them a jump start in the drying process. Also left me with some booties in case I needed to walk in them for any reason! Definitely calling them out again!! Wonderful, and Uriel was such a nice and caring guy!
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