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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
Noemi j.
Came out to clean both carpets in rooms. Came @ 9am was done before 10am. The fastest carpet cleaning guy, I’ve ever met. Carpet stinks like a old mop bucket, came the next day saying it’s the type of carpet I have and that he will try to clean it again and suck up all the water. Lol. Fast job, but carpet still F *^*** stinks. I don’t even think chemicals and anything that makes the carpet smell good good is being used. I’ve used baking soda in my carpet to get the smell out. Hopefully I can get someone to really clean my carpet the right way.
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Speedy Carpet Kleen to clean 3 sets of stair runner carpets. They were cleaned satisfactorily and I appreciated his extra effort on some heavily soiled areas.
Speedy Carpet KleenSpeedy Carpet Kleen
Thumbtack Customer
Zakia and Anwar did a great job cleaning my carpet. My carpet look good as new when they finished cleaning. And they were personable and courteous. I told them that I would recommend them to the other people who live my building. And I would call them when I need my carpet cleaned again.
A II Z Cleaning ServicesA II Z Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
John showed up on time, was very pleasant and engaging. He really had an interest in making sure our carpets were as clean as possible and sure did that. I'd recommend John to anyone needing their carpets cleaned.
Speedy Carpet KleenSpeedy Carpet Kleen
Latae G.
I would and will hire him again for my next carpet cleaning job
3 Step Carpet Cleaning3 Step Carpet Cleaning
Necola T.
They did an awesome job with my floor. The carpet clean and it smelt clean. I they were very professional and the price was good
IBTL. InBetweenTheLinesCleaningServiceIBTL. InBetweenTheLinesCleaningService
Carolyn N.
Julien showed up on time. He worked quickly and my carpet was cleaned thoroughly.
Supreme SteamersSupreme Steamers
Thumbtack Customer
I needed carpets in a rental property cleaned fast, because I had a new tenant moving in earlier then planned. John called immediately after I put an order request in. He gave me a great price and did a great job cleaning my carpets. I would definitely recommend John and Speedy Carpet Kleen and will use him in the future.
Speedy Carpet KleenSpeedy Carpet Kleen
Sharee s.
She does a wonderful job cleaning my carpet! She was very patience, took her time to clean 3 room and hallway.
Ultra Clean We Scream Cleaning ServicesUltra Clean We Scream Cleaning Services
Jackie G.
I’ve used Maid Savvy for all of my needs - carpet cleaning, room cleaning, they do it all with professionalism. Very highly recommend!!
Get Maid SavvyGet Maid Savvy
Jillian D.
I hired For My Family Cleaning Service to shampoo carpets; my upstairs 2 bedrooms, hallway & stairs. My carpets have never looked this amazing, so clean & no trace of dog smell left in the house. Thank you for a wonderful job. Highly recommend!!!
For My Family Cleaning ServicesFor My Family Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
I'm so glad I hired Aaron to do the carpet cleaning job. He is awesome and exceeded my expectations. My living room carpet and 3 sets of staircase carpet looks really clean. They were on time and did all the work within the time frame I had requested. Thank you so much Aaron. I definitely recommend his company!
A&A General Cleaning and Floor CareA&A General Cleaning and Floor Care
Thumbtack Customer
I would like you to clean our carpet. Weds the 18th at 9:00 am
Shonea Cleaning ServiceShonea Cleaning Service
Winda D.
No complaints I’m satisfying with the job. I will hire him next time for carpet and tile cleaner
3 Step Carpet Cleaning3 Step Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent job cleaning our carpets and house. Responsible and accountable for all work. Would use again.
D&D Custom Cleaning ServiceD&D Custom Cleaning Service
Thumbtack Customer
She was very professional and courteous. She cleaned the carpet very well and in a timely manner. I recommend her.
Shonea Cleaning ServiceShonea Cleaning Service
Lauren E.
I needed help with cleaning up my brand new carpets after me elderly dog had an accident on them. J&J steam cleaning was quick with reply and was able to come out the next day. Now my carpets are back to looking brand new again. Would definitely use in the future!
J&J Steam CleaningJ&J Steam Cleaning
Osiris c.
I am satisfied with the work that JJ did. He took his time to make sure that the carpets were clean.
J&J Steam CleaningJ&J Steam Cleaning
Sarah W.
Yadi came to clean my old carpets that I was looking to replace. I'm no longer looking to replace it because the job was great!
Yadi’s Detailed Cleaning ServiceYadi’s Detailed Cleaning Service
Nicole B.
My cleaner was on time and did an amazing job cleaning the carpet. There were some tough slime stains and I can’t even tell where the stains were anymore! I would highly recommend !
Girls can do anythingGirls can do anything
Thumbtack Customer
Joe arrived and cleaned the carpets t my satisfaction. He was friendly and courteous. I would recommend his services and I will contact him again.
Springtime Sparkle Cleaning ServiceSpringtime Sparkle Cleaning Service
Julius J.
Darryl provided excellent service! He gave an honest recommendation on what we did and didn't need, the quality of carpet in our house and gave a recommendation on things we can do to maintain our carpet in between cleanings. He was punctual, friendly and I plan on using his services again.
Mike L.
Needed a deep cleaning after messy tenants moved out. Hassan got my carpets looking good again. Saved me from having to rip and replace the carpets which would have cost me a lot more. On time, responsive, professional and good value. I'd recommend and hire again.
SAMEDAY!!Allergenic Care Carpet n upholstery .😺SAMEDAY!!Allergenic Care Carpet n upholstery .😺
Raoul F.
Great job done on my rooms and stairs, showed up on time and great work. Polite and professional service. I would recommend this company for carpet cleaning needs.
United Cleaners of AmericaUnited Cleaners of America
Thumbtack Customer
Aaron was a little late, but parking is very difficult in Philly. The clean itself was quick and harmless and the carpets look great! Affordable, thorough, and flexible. Thanks for all of your hard work.
A&A General Cleaning and Floor CareA&A General Cleaning and Floor Care
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Over time, your carpets can collect dirt, dust, allergens and odors — that’s why it’s often recommended you get a professional carpet cleaning at least once a year. A steam clean, shampoo or deep clean can make your carpet look new again. Whether your carpet is made of wool, cotton or synthetic fabric, contact a local carpet cleaning pro near you to get cost estimates, ask about specials and book an appointment.

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