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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
Mindy B.
Carpet was clean but the stains are still there😞
The Best Carpet CleaningThe Best Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Gatewood cleaning cleaned my carpet and stairs. I think they did a good job. Additionally, they torn out some carpet that I needed removed. They also removed the carpet from the premises. They were easy to work with, punctual, professional and courteous. I would definitely recommend their services.
Gatewood carpetsGatewood carpets
Sharon A.
I was pleasantly impressed with how clean my carpet is. Big Thank You to J & J Steam Cleaning!
J&J Steam CleaningJ&J Steam Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
A real good job, neat, clean and I will suggest him to friends and others in need of carpets cleaned. Thanks again, Wilbert!
Team Excellence Cleaning Service LLC.Team Excellence Cleaning Service LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
After years of neglecting my carpets, I debated whether to replace or have them cleaned... I had several questions for Rodney and he promptly answered all of them! On the day of arrival, Rodney was prompt, curteous and very knowledgeable of what it took to get my carpets cleaned... His customer service, personal touch and attention was above anything i would have expected...Will definitely hire again, and recommend to anyone looking to have carpets professionaly cleaned.
Goodfellas Carpet CleanGoodfellas Carpet Clean
Karyn H.
Chris and Mike did an excellent job on my carpets which had not been cleaned in at least 14 years. They worked so diligently and thoroughly to make my carpets cleaner than I could have imagined. I was very impressed by their professionalism and hard work. I am very pleased with their work and highly recommend Century Cleaning LLC to anyone!
Century Cleaning LLCCentury Cleaning LLC
Dennis H.
Just purchased home but previous owners had a dog, so the odor was in carpets and air. IBTL (InBetweenTheLines Cleaning Service) came out to do a thorough carpet clean and deodorize also. They actually came out decent and look way better then before. I'll definitely be using them again and recommend them to people.
IBTL. InBetweenTheLinesCleaningServiceIBTL. InBetweenTheLinesCleaningService
Thumbtack Customer
Wilbert did a carpet cleaning for me. He was respectful, professional, polite, and pleasant. I am very satisfied with the results and his service!
Team Excellence Cleaning Service LLC.Team Excellence Cleaning Service LLC.
Peyton B.
They did an amazing job cleaning the carpets - look new! Very respectful and professional. My only reason for not giving 5 stars was being late for the appointment. Overall - highly recommend!
IBTL. InBetweenTheLinesCleaningServiceIBTL. InBetweenTheLinesCleaningService
Haile H.
G&G Cleaning Services provided me great service with their carpet cleaning. They responded within 15 minutes of submitting my request and came out the next day to perform the work. They arrived earlier then the scheduled appointment and called which is a plus instead of having to wait for someone. Solid cleaning and good customer service.
G&G cleaning serviceG&G cleaning service
Thumbtack Customer
Bad attitude, bad equipment, and high price different with quote price. I asked if they can move furnitures before I hired them, and asked their available time. However, they said they CANNOT move furnitures and they didn't have much time to clean my carpet when they arrived my house. Also, before they came, the approximately price that they told me was $140, but they asked for $250 when they were here. Moreover, there are some stain on my carpet, and after they clean, the stain is still there. Choose others if you can.
Gatewood carpetsGatewood carpets
Victoria K.
J&J Steam Cleaning did a fantastic job! They were very quick and responsive which I appreciated, but they didn't badger me with scheduling since we just moved and hadn't figured out our schedule just yet. I really appreciated the text message appointment updates, especially when I received an “en route” message. Our carpet was in an okay state when we moved in, but with small children and a newborn on the way, I wanted it professionally cleaned before I give birth. The carpet looks and feels do plush now whereas before it felt very worn. J&J even vacuumed prior to shaping which I really appreciated because being 37 weeks pregnant, it's very laborious carrying a vacuum up a flight of stairs to do our entire upstairs. We are currently trying to book J&J again to do our basement!
J&J Steam CleaningJ&J Steam Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
I enjoyed having Art and Steve working in our house. We rent to college students and Art was very particular how he cleaned our carpets. He did not treat our house as another college rental so who cares attitude. I plan on having Art do our other houses as well as our home. Very friendly and professional. Great job guys!
Gatewood carpetsGatewood carpets
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