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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 Ashburn carpet cleaners
Vida A.
Excellent service. He is definitely my goto for carpet cleaning!!!
RK Carpet services,LLCRK Carpet services,LLC
Brett T.
Awesome job, easy to arrange, great carpet cleaning. Thank you!
Kenny's Carpet &Flooring Care LLCKenny's Carpet &Flooring Care LLC
Jewel H.
They did a quick, and great job with our carpet cleaning in our basement. Thanks guys!
Kenny's Carpet &Flooring Care LLCKenny's Carpet &Flooring Care LLC
Phantane S.
The crew showed up on time and performed a quality carpet cleaning. Thanks for a job well done.
Kenny's Carpet &Flooring Care LLCKenny's Carpet &Flooring Care LLC
Lanlin Z.
Manny did great job and I would definitely hire him next time! Use water base and steam no bad chemical smells and clean and fresh!!! Manny also explained everything. If you are thinking about carpet cleaning, alpha carpet clean is your choice. Though they are not the cheapest but very reasonable price and worth the money!
Alpha Carpet Clean, LLCAlpha Carpet Clean, LLC
Chong W.
Durant did a good job cleaning the carpet, removed the food and liquid stains on the floor, thank you!
Shiny style Carpet CareShiny style Carpet Care
Naveen K.
Satisfactory work on the carpet cleaning. It would have been nice to understand upfront that not all of the stains would be removed!
Alpha Carpet Clean, LLCAlpha Carpet Clean, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Hi everyone , I would definietly recommend Max Soriano 's services for cleaning carpet . They were very professional came to my house did job fast and my carpets are like new . Thanks a lot Mehr
JM Professional Building ServicesJM Professional Building Services
Mike G.
Durand did a great job cleaning our carpets. We had some fairly major stains and be was able to make it look so much better. Highly recommend Durand.
Shiny style Carpet CareShiny style Carpet Care
Vijay R.
Bill came in within 4 hours notice and right before scheduled time. He did great job with steam cleaning carpet. Highly recommended and will use his services next time
Edibill  Services & Carpet Care LLCEdibill Services & Carpet Care LLC
Yazmin P.
Thank you Cesar for cleaning our apartment carpets. Not only were you easy to schedule, the price was great and the job was done fast! I will definitely do business with you again and highly recommend him.
DMP Cleaning ServicesDMP Cleaning Services
Shawn G.
I hired Mica Inc./Tomer on 03/11/2021 for steam cleaning the carpet of my house after checking his excellent ratings on Thumbtack and due to his quoted price being more reasonable compared to the other pros. Tomer was punctual, cleaned the carpet efficiently, removed the stains and showed me the cleaned areas multiple times during cleaning to make sure I'm satisfied with the work. I'm very satisfied with the quality of his work. He also took good Covid-precautions by wearing a good quality mask, gloves, shoe caps and maintaining social distancing. His friendly and communicative nature is a pleasure to work with. I'll hire him again. Thank you Tomer for the good work!
Mica carpet,rugs&upholstery cleaningMica carpet,rugs&upholstery cleaning
Desiree R.
Ceaser was amazing!! He was very flexible with my time , was punctual , did a wonderful job with cleaning my sofa and my rugs. He will be back next week for my carpet cleaning . As a realtor I’m always looking for great contractors and he is going to be my “go to” 100% !!! Ceaser thank you for the outstanding job you did !
DMP Cleaning ServicesDMP Cleaning Services
Durand arrived on time. He did his job silently and delivered amazing work. I was very impressed with the work done in 3 bedrooms and the staircase. I would recommend Durand anytime for carpet steam cleaning work. I would rate him 5 out of 5.
Shiny style Carpet CareShiny style Carpet Care
Jay M.
Cesar is very punctual and responsive when I was getting a quote from him for a carpet cleaning job. He is always responsive with any clarifying questions I had. He adds a lot of value to the work that he takes up. And was kind enough to go above and beyond in his work to ensure he has a satisfying and happy customer!
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