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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
This was the best carpeting cleaning we have ever had!!!! Technician was on time and was extremely thorough. Carpet look amazing and smelled great... Book carpeting cleaning as soon as possible....
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GLORIA M.
I am amazed at how great my carpets look. Jerome was friendly and efficient in getting my carpets cleaned. I definitely will pass their number along to anyone who's looking for an affordable carpet cleaning company.
Epic4 CarpetEpic4 Carpet
Haneesh K.
They did a great job cleaning the carpet
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Thumbtack Customer
Carlos was great. He did an excellent job cleaning and stretching my carpet. I will be using him in the future for all my carpet needs!
A Super Carpet Cleaning LLC.A Super Carpet Cleaning LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
They came on time and ready. Great company, friendly carpet cleaner and I couldn't ask for more. 5 star company!!! Great work. Carpet looks new.
Epic4 CarpetEpic4 Carpet
Thumbtack Customer
Carpet cleaning for 3 rooms and living room furniture steam cleaned.They did an amazing job.
Epic4 CarpetEpic4 Carpet
Myah A.
Professional and punctual! Did a great job cleaning my carpet the had pet urine stains.
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Thumbtack Customer
He was on time and did a fabulous job cleaning stains I thought wouldn't come out. The carpet were cleaned today and they are already dry.
Epic4 CarpetEpic4 Carpet
Penny H.
Epic4 Carpet & Vent Cleaning Services is WONDERFUL. The crew was on time, professional at all times, and very prepared and knowledgeable about the carpet cleaning I needed. They were also thorough and got some real hard spots on my carpet. I am going to have them out again soon for Vent/Duct cleaning - AND they gave me a card for a 10% discount! GREAT COMPANY, GREAT PEOPLE. THANK YOU EPIC4! Penny Henritze 2-28-2017
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Beverly M.
Our carpet had pet stains and coffee stains. Corporate Touch was efficient and effectively cleaned our carpet and has it looking great again. Also the price quoted was reduced once he saw the areas he had to clean. I was impressed and will definitely use this service again.
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Myah A.
They did an excellent job cleaning my carpet looks and smells great! Will definitely contact them again.
NW HOME SOLUTIONNW HOME SOLUTION
Eric N.
Fresh Cleaning Solutions did a awesome job cleaning my carpet. He was timely and professional. I was very impressed that he was able to accommodate my request at the last minute. He was able to get all of the stains out of my carpet. Highly recommended!! I will definitely use again!!!!!
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Thumbtack Customer
The best carpet cleaning service I've ever had! My carpet looks likes it was just installed! Already sent referrals to my friends and family! My company for life. I am glad I found this company.
Epic4 CarpetEpic4 Carpet
Jacqueline K.
I highly recommend this company for carpet cleaning. David explained everything he was going to do and finished in a very reasonable time.
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Dorothy T.
I was overwhelmed how good a job Eric did just beautiful. I definitely will contact him again for carpet cleaning.
Midwest Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning LLCMidwest Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning LLC
Judy P.
Very professional Alexis was. She goes over & beyond to ensure the carpets are extra clean and the job is well done! I will use her services again!
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Thumbtack Customer
Carlos did an amazing job on short notice. By far the best carpet cleaning experience and results to date, will definitely be using his services again in the future.
A Super Carpet Cleaning LLC.A Super Carpet Cleaning LLC.
Melody C.
Marta did a great job on my move out clean and professional carpet clean.I will hire again. Thank you so much. She is professional and very kind.
EZY123 CLEANING LLCEZY123 CLEANING LLC
Evelyn C.
My experience with M. O. C. Building and Home Maintenance was superior! Mr. Vareen was very professional, courteous and went over and beyond my expectations. My carpet looks beautiful, and it's free of the pet smells that permeated the house. I would definitely use this company again for carpet cleaning and other Home Maintenance projects.
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Rita W.
True quality carpet & upholstery care did an excellent job with steam cleaning of my house. Very professional and efficient! I will recommend this company for anyone looking for quality service.
True Quality Carpet &Upholstery Care LLCTrue Quality Carpet &Upholstery Care LLC
Myah A.
He was able to come out last minute and did an excellent job cleaning my pet stained carpet. All the rooms look and smell great! Will definitely book again.
True Quality Carpet &Upholstery Care LLCTrue Quality Carpet &Upholstery Care LLC
Kyla L.
The best words to describe the awesome job Floyd did is PHENOMENAL and EXCEPTIONAL!!! I had a last minute emergency after my dog got sick and used the restroom on our new carpet. I reached out to Sityfresh hoping that I would be able to have carpet cleaning service done within 1 day or 2. Everything was last minute, but Floyd came through within hours of me reaching out to him. He’s an expert at what he does, and did an amazing job cleaning the carpet. His prices are more than reasonable. I will definitely be utilizing Sityfresh again, and will be referring friends, family and clients! I am beyond happy and impressed!!
Sityfresh® Carpet CleanersSityfresh® Carpet Cleaners
Pariis W.
So I’m getting a new puppy and I needed my carpets cleaned ASAP (I’m a horrible procrastinator because I only had 1 business day to make it happen 🥴) so hopped on and Freddy was the first of many i reached out to respond with price and availability! When I say first I mean within 5 minutes of my submitting my request. I usually do more research but I was desperate BUT I’m sssooooo glad I went with Freddy and Complete Carpet Cleaning! My home is NOT small and he was in and out within two hours. My carpets look AMAZING!!! And my teenagers room doesn’t smell anymore so I’m beyond pleased with his work. Will definitely be booking regular cleanings with him. (Note: I didn’t have him or my husband move any furniture this go around as I just needed a quick professional cleaning around that)
Complete Carpet Cleaning LLC.Complete Carpet Cleaning LLC.
Wilma T.
Joshua came at the agreed upon time. They did a superior job. Had one severely staines area on my carpet. They did a fantastic job of cleaning the area. Would definitely use their services again. Good value too.
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Lakia M.
Fresh Cleaning Solutions was excellent! I wish I had taken pictures. I had extreme pet stains. They were able to treat and remove the stains. Very affordable, punctual and personable. My carpet looks like new! Thank You!!
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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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