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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
Melanie L.
Moses gave us an absolutely awesome experience!!!! We bought a foreclosed home that had absolutely horrendous carpet. After bringing in a carpet service that did absolutely nothing to get the multiple stains out, Moses was our last chance before we would have to just replace the carpet all together. Moses came early and thoroughly cleaned every stain in our carpet. He left our carpet that was once looking like an embarrassment brand new and clean. He exceeded our expectations in every way and he will forever be our "carpet cleaning man".
Corporate Touch Cleaning  Inc.Corporate Touch Cleaning Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Came in and cleaned the carpet in 3 bedrooms, a closet, and a small strip of carpet between the living room and kitchen. Prices are affordable and Gentleman was on time and quick. The carpets looked amazing once he was done.
Pro Carpet PlusPro Carpet Plus
Christina P.
He was on time. Very pleasant and he cleaned my carpet very well!!! I would use him again!!
Corporate Touch Cleaning  Inc.Corporate Touch Cleaning Inc.
Christina P.
He was very professional! I was late getting there and he still was accommodating and very nice! Cleaned my carpet good! It was horrible!!
New Wave Carpet and Tile CareNew Wave Carpet and Tile Care
Shamika T.
Cleaner clean was VERY professional. They cleaned two rooms and some furniture. The price was reasonable and being that this was last minute I really appreciate them taking time out there day to accommodate me. My carpet downstairs has the most foot traffic, they did a great job on the floors. Also I like the fact that before they move to the next room they ask you to come take a look at the work they finished in that particular room. You now will be my new carpet cleaners!!!!!
Cleaner CleanCleaner Clean
Brian C.
Floyd was punctual, explained the process thoroughly, and did a great job cleaning my carpets at a great price. I will definitely hire him again
Sityfresh® Carpet CleanersSityfresh® Carpet Cleaners
Jessica J.
Peach Home Service did a great job on our carpets! They were able to clean up multiple stains that I thought would leave permanent damage and now our carpets look as close to new as they have in years! They were very responsive which worked perfect for our timeline and they were very professional and punctual!
Peach Home ServicePeach Home Service
Carey Carpet and upholstery did a great job cleaning 6 rooms and a staircase in my home. He was very professional and quick. I will be using him again in the future as well as referring him to others.
Carey Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning CompanyCarey Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Company
Thumbtack Customer
Scott was prompt and courteous in responding to my quote request. He communicated in advance of the scheduled appointment. He arrived on time and did an outstanding job. He is thorough and detail-oriented. He cleaned my carpet as if it was his own. I will recommend him to everyone I know. And I will certainly be a repeat customer. He didn't try that adding an extra amount to the bill that other carpet cleaners did in the past. And there's no funky chemical smell. Thanks for making a humdrum task easy, Scott!!!
Pro Carpet PlusPro Carpet Plus
Jonart B.
1 Simple Solution was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend their service to anyone in need of carpet cleaning services. With stellar results. This was by far the best customer service experience I’ve had a long time with any company they were extremely professional, punctual and detailed with the work performed in my home.
1 Simple Solution the Certified  Carpet Cleaners1 Simple Solution the Certified Carpet Cleaners
Thumbtack Customer
These guys did a great job. Arrived on time (actually a few minutes early) and jumped right on the job. The job was for 6 rooms and my staircase. They did a great quality job fast, and at what I considered to be a very fair price. No hassle, no upcharge!! I'm putting them in my phone for all my future carpet cleaning services.
Epic4 CarpetEpic4 Carpet
Akira L.
I ended finding this pro for my parents house and they loved him. He really pays attention to detail and makes sure you are satisfied with the work done before leaving. Compared to our previous carpet cleanings we say he blows everyone out of the water. Our old guy use to come and get out in like 30 minutes but Steven takes his time and you can tell.
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