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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
Thumbtack Customer
Wilmar and his mothrt Blanca came to my house and started right in to cleaning my carpets. They worked as a team and had my carpets cleaned within a hour and half. Wilmar didn't just steam clean the carpets, he pretreated the entire carpet area with a pretreatment and then used the steam cleaning process. He was able to lift stains out that other professional carpet cleaners said that they were embedded into the carpet fibers and couldn't never be lifted out. Great job Wilmar and Blanca, thanks.
Wilmar Cleaning ServicesWilmar Cleaning Services
Parker D.
Did a great job to clean all of the carpets in my home. Carpets look great and price was very good.
5-Step Healthy Carpet, Air Testing & Cleaning5-Step Healthy Carpet, Air Testing & Cleaning
Lee C.
all of the above says it all. Very please to have them come to my apt. and clean my carpet and chairs. I will have them clean my carpet again. In short. very pleased.
5-Step Healthy Carpet, Air Testing & Cleaning5-Step Healthy Carpet, Air Testing & Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Cleaned carpets before a move out. Removed stains that had been their for AGES! Carpet looked brand new! Very impressive work at an incredibly fair price. Highly recommend!
G- Force Carpet CleaningG- Force Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
The carpet looked very clean after Mike cleaned it and he added air freshener that was a nice extra touch, all for a fair price.
G- Force Carpet CleaningG- Force Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Wilmar cleaned my white carpet and a hallway. They have never been so clean. Pleasant, professional and personable. Best cleaning job I have ever had.
Wilmar Cleaning ServicesWilmar Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
G Force did an excellent job cleaning my carpets. He was on time, courteous and efficient. I will definitely use this company again!
G- Force Carpet CleaningG- Force Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Great job cleaning my carpets. He came out the same day I made the appointment. The price was right...a great deal.
Wilmar Cleaning ServicesWilmar Cleaning Services
Natalie D.
Mike was great. He arrived a little early, ready to start cleaning my carpets right on time. He was very friendly and I felt comfortable leaving him in my new townhome. I left for work and he pulled the locked door shut behind him when he was done. My carpets were not very dirty to start with, but I wanted to move in knowing the carpets were clean and odor-free. He did a great job and I would recommend him to anyone!
G- Force Carpet CleaningG- Force Carpet Cleaning
Jessica F.
Throughout the process, Jerry was super responsive and knowledgeable. Really enjoyed working with them and will be sure to contact them again for future cleanings. Our carpets and furniture look great!
5-Step Healthy Carpet, Air Testing & Cleaning5-Step Healthy Carpet, Air Testing & Cleaning
Peggy C.
Jerry, cleaned my carpets very well in the three bedrooms. Even though ,he did not check the quality of the air, as was included with the payment I am overall happy with the results.
5-Step Healthy Carpet, Air Testing & Cleaning5-Step Healthy Carpet, Air Testing & Cleaning
Kelly V.
They were supposed to come between 3 and 5PM on a Friday. They did not end up showing up until around 7:40PM. They also seemed to rush the job. After they left, we walked through and there were definitely stains still left in the carpet. We used our small carpet cleaner and we were able to pull out a lot of the living room stains ourselves easily. Only giving two stars because they still came late on a Friday evening. Otherwise they would get one star. It’s just not a very good cleaning job at all and we’ve had much better carpet cleaners in the past that have a better process. We will probably have to pay someone else to do the house again correctly or just rent one ourselves.
5-Step Healthy Carpet, Air Testing & Cleaning5-Step Healthy Carpet, Air Testing & Cleaning
Kari R.
Best price offered, great communication and response time, very professional. Best carpet cleaning service E-V-E-R!!! I've used Stanley Steamer and several other companies that claim they're the best, paying extra charges for "special" stain removers and treatments that they con you into getting once they arrive to inflate the bill, only to leave me with excuses about why they couldn't get out the mystery stains my kids left behind. Today, Anthony arrived on-time, took his time and really worked on removing every stain in my 4 bedroom home and finally getting out the stains left behind by 2 previous carpet cleaning companies...WOW!!! You will be my go-to for carpet cleaning in the future and I'll happily refer your services to everyone I know. Thank you for the awesome job!
Just Hands Cleaning ServiceJust Hands Cleaning Service
Whitney J.
Jerry was an extreme professional and worked so hard to make our home and carpet and stairs look and smell brand new. He worked without a break for 5 hours straight I can’t recommend him enough. He also offered to do a free air quality test and treatment with the carpet cleaning. He was on time, an extremely great value for the level of work he put in. I can’t say enough great things about him and his company!
5-Step Healthy Carpet, Air Testing & Cleaning5-Step Healthy Carpet, Air Testing & Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
That was really nice experience with Mike, I think he is one of the best professionals in the carpet cleaning business of Greenville county. He delivered quality work, he is very professional, he pays attention to details. I highly recommend Mike to the people who need service.
G- Force Carpet CleaningG- Force Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
He did such a great job cleaning my carpets! I lived in a two bedroom apartment with a two year old boy and I had a lot of spots in my dining room, but he removed all of them! My apartment looks better than it did when I moved in!
Wilmar Cleaning ServicesWilmar Cleaning Services
Mary A.
I appreciated that G Force was able to accommodate a schedule change within 24 hours. Cleaning of 4 bedroom home as completed within 90 minutes. I have had other carpet cleaners in who may use better products or have a better method, as two of the bedrooms felt not as clean as in the past (and these were guest rooms that have little to no traffic). Also, water was left on my hardwoods from the cleaning hoses and equipment. I would have appreciated either G Force putting mats down on non carpet areas prior to cleaning or cleaning up the mess they made prior to leaving. I was left having to mop up water off of my hardwoods right after G Force left. Also, not to the fault of G Force but for Thumbtack users to beware, even if you put notes in your Thumbtack request, the services may not see or get them. The individual from G Force thought he was cleaning 5 areas instead of 6 due to how the Thumbtack intake form is set up. I know I specifically added the 6th area to the end notes, but G Force was unaware of it. They honored the quotes rate, however users may want to verify prior to having their cleaner of choice come out.
G- Force Carpet CleaningG- Force Carpet Cleaning
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