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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to get your carpet cleaned professionally?

The cost of carpet cleaning is generally determined by the type of carpets, stains, square footage and number of rooms that you need cleaned. On average, a professional will charge $94 to clean one room. Two rooms cost an average of $120, and three rooms cost approximately $146. 

To find out how much it will cost to clean your carpets, contact the top-rated professional carpet cleaners near you and ask for free cost estimates.

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.

How do I find and hire a professional carpet cleaner?

First, take your search online to find the best carpet cleaners near you. Look at their ratings, photos of their past work and customer reviews. Having too many negative reviews can certainly be a bad sign, but you should also pay close attention to how they handle those reviews. 

Before you make your final decision on who to hire, ask yourself these questions:

  • What method of carpet cleaning do you prefer? Steam cleaning is an increasingly popular method because it’s thorough and safe, and dries quickly enough for you to return to your home the same day the carpets are cleaned.
  • Are the pros reputable? It's always a good idea to check their reviews and references. Look for references from people in your neighborhood with homes similar to yours.
  • What’s included in the base price? What other services does the carpet cleaning company offer? Some companies will move furniture for you, while others charge a fee for it. Some include stairs in the cost of the home’s cleaning, while others charge per step.

Ask a few carpet cleaners to provide you with an estimate for your home, and compare their quotes to decide on the best one for you. You should also check to make sure that the contractor holds the proper insurance and licenses. 

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.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a professional carpet cleaner during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Set up a virtual appointment to discuss the scope of work. Conducting the consultation over video conference or phone call will ensure that you remain within the CDC's social distancing guidelines

Start by messaging a professional steam cleaner or carpet cleaner near you, and ask them if they would be willing to talk by phone or video call. Be sure to ask them how they handle payments and what precautions they have in place to keep you and your household safe. 

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 carpet cleaners
Joseph S.
These guys did the best job on my carpet ever! Spots that my other cleaner gave up on they removed or considerably reduced. From now on they are my sole carpet cleaners.
Coronado's Carpet CleaningCoronado's Carpet Cleaning
Dhananjay S.
Mike was on time and completed the cleaning in 45 mins. I would recommend him for carpet and sofa cleaning services.
Green Clean ServicesGreen Clean Services
Joe V.
Had our carpets cleaned last week. Good value and arrived right on time.
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing job by the team! Loved their work and professionalism. This was probably the best carpet cleaning I've got. The pros : Very punctual in replying to questions. Came on time to start the cleaning. The price is very reasonable and is accurate The people are super warm and friendly. They take their job very very seriously. The carpets are super clean. After the job is done, the carpets don't feel soggy - just a little damp and dry pretty fast. The cons: None!
Coronado's Carpet CleaningCoronado's Carpet Cleaning
Kate O.
Adrian cleaned our carpets and the home looks and smells much better than it did. He was easy to communicate with, arrived on time, and got the job done efficiently. Definitely plan to use him again for any future carpet cleaning we need done :)
Thumbtack Customer
Gerardo did an incredible job on my carpets. He was able to remove stains which previous carpet cleaners had not even begun to address properly, and my carpets look new again! On top of this, he was on time, worked efficiently and quickly, and was a pleasure to deal with. Thank you, Gerardo!
Gerardo's Janitorial ServicesGerardo's Janitorial Services
Thumbtack Customer
I had some stains in certain areas and George did an outstanding job of deoderizing and rendering my carpet free of stains. Also, George was quite friendly. Two thumbs up. I highly recommend George for carpet cleaning services.
CM Carpet CleaningCM Carpet Cleaning
Vivian D.
I am rating strictly on responsiveness. I scheduled OCR to clean my carpets when my previous cleaner bailed (separate review). They were extremely responsive and accommodating. However, the move-out company I was able to book last minute cleans the carpets as part of their service. I'm positive if I had used OCR they would have done a superior job based on the communication I received.
OCS Carpet cleaning & HandymanOCS Carpet cleaning & Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Israel did an awesome job cleaning our carpets with several years old stains. Would highly recommend him to our friends!
Coronado's Carpet CleaningCoronado's Carpet Cleaning
Daniel S.
The carpets on the stairs came out better than they have in 9 years of prior cleanings. And the bathroom tile floors were cleaned and sealed. And the same with the 12 x 12' patio tile. On time. Good work.
Rio M.
It was a pleasure to have worked with Israel, his brother Jose, and their father Israel Sr. They are licensed (formal classes taken) experts in stain removal and carpet cleaning and have been in the business for more than a decade. They were highly efficient with setup at our 3-story townhouse and had all the proper machinery and equipment to deep clean and dry out our carpet, tiles (2nd floor), bed, and couch upholestry. They even cleaned the staircase one more time after they completed the tile cleaning. Our place looks fresh, new, and move-in ready! Pictures attached is a testament to the quality of work from Coronado Carpet Cleaning. Israel and family are very easy to work with and are very fun personable people. I enjoyed working with them and am very fortunate and thankful to have met them. I look forward to working with them regularly.
Coronado's Carpet CleaningCoronado's Carpet Cleaning
Abhi M.
Frank and his team did a fantastic job of cleaning carpet. It looks brand new. Frank was also quick to do a phenomenal chair upholstery cleaning job for me at the last moment. Can't recommend them enough. Thanks team F & S ! You guys rock.
F&S Carpet Cleaning ServicesF&S Carpet Cleaning Services
Dixie L.
Absolutely the best carpet cleaner ever. This was a 4-bdrm move-out property and carpet was very dirty with lots of stains. I thought it would have to be replaced. Allano arrived at 10AM and did not leave until 6PM. To say that he did an incredible job is an understatement. The carpet looked like new. The stains were gone! I don't know what miracle he used but it was incredible. He could have charged double and I would not have argued. I can't praise him enough. I would definitely ask for him again.
Dr carpet cleaningDr carpet cleaning
Eric Q.
Eric is just a awesome pro! He worked solo but got every detail done. He’s a happy guy no matter how sweaty his shirt become. Almost every single dent was remove after the cleaning. I strongly recommend him as your next pro if you are looking for a carpet cleaning expert who’s professional on work scheduling and rescheduling, carpet knowledge and work quality. But on the other hand, I don’t want him got too busy by appointments, he just work so hard and sometimes even skip meals. Anyway, all in all, he’s just awesome!
Ankur D.
I hired the Unstain team for cleaning my entire 1 bedroom apartment along with the carpet and patio. The overall experience was excellent. They were very responsive and detail oriented while we were discussing the quote. They did a very thorough cleaning job and used good quality products. After they were done, the apartment looked were tidy and there was no weird odor of bad chemicals (which I noticed with other cleaners' work in the past). Their pricing is also very reasonable. I would highly recommend working with Unstain.
Handy manHandy man
Thumbtack Customer
Israel did a very good job. My carpet was quite old and dirty, and he was able to remove the large stains and make the rest of it look 100% better. There was one area that looked a bit streaky,so I called , and Israel came back first thing the next morning and re-cleaned the area with no hesitation. Very prompt, professional, and best value! Will definitely hire again.
Coronado's Carpet CleaningCoronado's Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Gerardo cleaned my carpets at home on Aug. 25, 2014 .... did a SUPERB job! I will share his contact information with all my neighbors because of the professional job he did ..... stains all gone, very clean, smells great, dried in 4 hrs, did it quickly .... I'm totally pleased. Plus .... he was timely, very courteous, generous in his services (did the extra things you might want.... shoe coverings, protectors for furniture legs, respected my house and other contents, etc.). His price quote was great, compared to others ... I definitely feel I got more than I paid for: a good feeling to have.
Gerardo's Janitorial ServicesGerardo's Janitorial Services
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