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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
Phyllis V.
George was professional, curteous, pumctual and the price was good. The Carpet was very well cleaned. I highly Recommend GK Carpet Cleaners
Asher O.
Oscar did a great job with my carpet and furniture cleaning.
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Edward. M.
My carpets never looked so clean. George arrived on time with his equipment. He certainly didn’t rush the job and managed to remove stains and grime. I’m very pleased with the result and will certainly hire G K Carpet Cleaning again.
Bharti S.
Very prompt on my request. Came on time. It took 40 mins for cleaning a carpet/rug I had. It is clean and smells good now. I recommend Smart Cleaners services!
Smart Cleaners US - Carpet And Upholstery CleaningSmart Cleaners US - Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning
Andy B.
The carpet cleaner was professional, super nice and gave me all the information I needed about this service. Would highly recommend!
Fantastic Carpet Cleaning NYCFantastic Carpet Cleaning NYC
Dana G.
Denis did an amazing job cleaning the carpet on my staircase and landing. The carpets had never been cleaned and are in a high traction common area. They look as good as new! Denis was so quick too and since we had a late appointment he even left his drying fans with us to dry the stairs overnight. I couldn't be happier!
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Lima M.
Did an excellent job with old, difficult to clean carpets (two flights of stairs with roaming cats to contend with!). Very good quality work.
Thumbtack Customer
It's hard finding people who care about their work as much as George and his wife do. They did an amazing job of cleaning our carpet and highly recommend them. We have found our "carpet guy"! Thank you so much! You are the very best!
Jonathan L.
Oleg was very polite and very competent. Our carpets were left over from previous owners and he vigorously cleaned them and a difficult set of stairs. Would highly recommend Olegs work
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Yvonne C.
I’m an very glad I chose this company. George did a fantastic job I was about to get rid of the carpet on the stairs because it was dirty and didn’t look like it could ever come clean again. Well I was amazed at how it looked when George finished. When George came he was very friendly he explained his providers the type of products he used and how his equipment worked. George also went the extra mile and provided the tenants and I plastic booties to insure will the carpet was drying it wouldn’t get dirty Magen George finished he even stayed awhile to see how the carpet was drying. Then he showed me how dirty the water was that came from the carpet the water was beyond dirty. George saved me money I won’t be buying any new carpet for a couple of years maybe more. I hired George to come back to maintain the carpet stairs every six months. Thank you George fir the fantastic job
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing job- Mr. Kelley is prompt, professional and thorough in his work. Highly recommended! Our carpet is very old and was stained and now it finally looks and feels clean after today. Many thanks for a job well done.
Jhonelle M.
Our living room carpet was an atrocity. Years of someone spilling coffee regularly had left it looking grim. Stains are gone! He even went on hands and knees to get the stubborn cat hair from out of the stairs (darn cats - clean up after yourselves already! 😹). Nothing could make these 20 year old+ carpets look brand new, but he came pretty darn close. Thanks Jayway!
Audrey M.
Great service! Jay responded immediately to my request and came the same night. My mildewed carpet was quickly revived, clean and fresh. His equipment was that if a professional and worked neatly and quickly. I am very appreciative. Will definitely hire again!
Thumbtack Customer
George cleaned a shag area rug, plus the wall-to-wall carpet in my bedroom and hallway. All had urine smells from my incontinent kitty who recently passed away. He did a fantastic job--everything looks and smells like new. I recommend him highly, and will certainly hire him again if I need his services.
Sakae I.
From initial contact to the end, it has been a very pleasant experience. They were responsive and polite in explaining the job and clear in giving me estimates. Oleg was also very polite and precise in person, and did an amazing job cleaning my almost 30 years old carpet. He initially said it will be 2 hours but it actually took him 3 hours to complete the job. Obviously he wanted to do the job right. I am so appreciative and will definitely recommend him to everyone!
King Carpet & Upholstery CleaningKing Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
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