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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
Kimberly B.
Personable guy. Carpet was very clean.
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Veronica D.
Absolutely thrilled with Fresh Cleaning Solutions! David was an absolute pleasure to work with and our carpets are as good as new. We will definitely be using them for all our carpet cleaning needs in the future!
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Fonda J.
The crew was nice and the work was great thanks for the clean carpets.
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Ashley E.
The team was very professional, punctual, and ensured my carpet was clean and fresh. I am very happy with the services they provided and will use them again in the near future. The owner even called to ensure I was satisfied with the carpet cleaning.
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Norman J.
I had carpet cleaning service today and Cleanpath not only provided excellent service but the specialist arrived early and finish quickly! I will be using this company again for carpet cleaning and next pressure washing! 5 star service!
Ginneria H.
I had a great experience with David cleaning my carpet. My carpet is light in color and there were several stains from the previous owner that I have not been able to remove. He came in and now they look soooo much better. He was communicative, arrived on time, and had my carpets cleaned through my entire home all before 8:30 A. Love the early morning appt option! Will definitely be calling Fresh Cleaning Solutions for future services.
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Nicole F.
Wow! I didn’t know old carpet can be that clean, like new one! Very professional, highly recommend!
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Thumbtack Customer
Carlos cleaned an entire house full of carpet and deep cleaned an area with several stains. He was very professional and did an outstanding job! Will recommend him to friends and use him again in the future!
A Super Carpet Cleaning LLC.A Super Carpet Cleaning LLC.
Cory A.
George showed up and and did a fantastic job cleaning our carpet, it looks like new! I would definitely hire him again.
Ron J.
Epic 4 was very responsive. They were able to complete the job within a couple of days after speaking with them. They did an ok job, cleaned the whole house carpet. However, their process did not remove the many of the stains and they did not move furniture or other objects to clean underneath. Plus the carpet took at least a day to dry. After it dried, the dirt/stains they did not get up became pretty obvious.
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Kurt Z.
This was an excellent experience from the minute Carl contacted me. He was responsive, timely and very professional. The guys that came to clean my carpet were on time and very contientous about their work. They made sure I was happy before they left and they were very careful in my house. Oh yeah....The carpets look great!!
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LaDonna H.
The team was very professional, precise and did a great job cleaning my carpet areas. Will definitely use again and will highly recommend to family/friends. It's nice doing business with professionals.
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Sunny J.
Great service and very professional. Ramsey was on time and completed the job in couple hours. He was very professional and went above and beyond to clean every corner of the carpet. I highly recommend their services!
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Joanne D.
Carlos did a wonderful job cleaning our entire house! I was really impressed with Carlos and the job he did. When the realator walked through our house this past week, she said " Wow, who cleaned the carpets? They look great!" He did a great job and a excellent price! Definitely recommend!!
A Super Carpet Cleaning LLC.A Super Carpet Cleaning LLC.
Joel T.
The technician arrived, was shown the areas to be clean. He went straight to work, thoroughly cleaned the carpet. My wife is very pleased and so am I! The carpet looks like new again! Your technician possesses an attitude of commitment to excellence in customer service. You have gained a lifetime customer due to your technician's exceptional attitude and fantastic attitude. I wish I had gotten his name because I wanted to tell you how exceptional he is. Please relay to him my comments. He deserves an award! Sincerely, Joel T. - Buford, Georgia
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Alicia C.
I have never used Thumbtack before and was leery about scheduling through the app. I looked at the great reviews and reasonable price and took a shot. David was awesome! He was punctual and professional! He did a fantastic job cleaning the carpet . It looks brand new and I have children and pets so that says a lot!! I would highly recommending and I would definitely recommend to anyone I know!!!
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Everything you need to know about carpet cleaning.

No matter how clean you keep your home, your carpet withstands wear and tear from dirt, dust and debris. If you have pets or kids, you’ll probably have to take care of additional stains and smells. Nothing beats the convenience of hiring a professional carpet cleaning service. Even if you’re willing to handle it on your own, you'll have difficulty getting the same results as professional cleaners. 

Common carpet cleaning services.

Most professional carpet cleaning services provide the following services:

  • Wet, steam or chemical cleaning method
  • Stain removal including water damage, fabric damage, food stains and pet stains
  • UV light stain identification
  • Odor removal
  • Stair cleaning
  • Upholstery and area rug cleaning 
  • Furniture moving

How professional carpet cleaning works.

When you hire a professional carpet cleaning service, they'll look closely at the carpets in your home to identify the type of carpet, stains and areas that may need special treatment (like embedded dirt). Professional carpet cleaners often use separate tanks for cleaning solutions and hot water to speed up the cleaning process. 

After the room is cleared, they'll begin by applying a spot treatment. Then, they’ll use industrial-grade equipment to get deep into the fibers of your carpet. They’ll also apply stain and soil protectants to help keep things fresh for a long time. 

Benefits of hiring a carpet cleaning service.

Even if you vacuum frequently, it may be impossible to get your carpet looking new without help from a carpet cleaning service. And if you buy an industrial steam cleaner, keep in mind these high-end steam cleaners require careful maintenance between uses.

When you hire local carpet cleaners, your rug will be cleaned using meticulously maintained equipment. 

Questions to ask carpet cleaning companies.

If you've never hired a carpet cleaning service, it can be tough to know what questions to ask. Here are some questions that local carpet cleaners should be able to answer for you:

  • Are you licensed, bonded and insured?
  • Could you provide me with local references from past jobs?
  • What other services do you offer? (air duct cleaning, tile cleaning, upholstery cleaning, etc.)
  • What method do you use to clean carpets like mine?
  • Do you use a soil and stain protectant as part of the cleaning process?
  • How do you treat stains?
  • Are your cleaners safe for pets and small children?
  • What guarantee do you provide?
  • Does your company conduct background checks to screen employees? 

How to choose the best carpet cleaner near you.

Even after your carpets have been restored, it's crucial to have them professionally cleaned at least a year. When you choose a carpet cleaning company, remember that you'll likely need their services again in the future, so take your time deciding who to hire. Look at their online profiles and read the customer reviews and ratings. And get cost estimates from a few local cleaners to ensure you get the best price.

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