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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 carpet cleaners
Jene D.
Ammmaaazing house cleaning and carpet cleaning!
NMF Cleaning ServicesNMF Cleaning Services
Latonya W.
I highly recommend this company. Did an awesome job cleaning my carpet.
Did a good job. My only concern was that the pro was not able to determine if my carpet needed special treatment or basic by looking at it. My carpet was damaged before it was cleaned so when I did the special cleaning it didn’t make much of a difference. They did remove allot of dirt from my carpet. Would have given 5 stars if the consultation was more precise.
Thumbtack Customer
They did a great job cleaning the carpets for an affordable price. Very nice people too. Thank you.
Anaiza Cleaning Inc.Anaiza Cleaning Inc.
Cassie M.
Great carpet cleaning service for a fair price! Very happy with Douglas’ work and professionalism. I highly recommend. :)
Florida Worldwide Business LLCFlorida Worldwide Business LLC
Harold has to be one of the best in the business. He knows exactly what’s he’s doing and you can trust his consultation. Hired him to clean some sofas and carpet that a previous cleaning company didn’t do so well on. Herald exceeded my expectations. I wouldn’t hire anyone else to do carpet cleaning. Harold is the best is the business.
Harold’s Carpet- HCGCHarold’s Carpet- HCGC
Jeryl W.
Smart Carpet & Tile did a great job on my carpet. I’ve been in my place for almost 14 years and the carpet hasn’t been changed. I’l had been consistent with getting it cleaned but hadn’t had it cleaned in a few years so it was pretty bad. Moshe did a great job and did as great a job as could be done considering the state of the carpet. He came by quoted me and came back a few days and completed the job so there were no surprises with the cost. He was punctual on both appointments. I would use them again if needed.
Smart Carpet & TileSmart Carpet & Tile
Francisco G.
Excellent Job at a very reasonable price. Very prompt, professional, and knowledgeable. Would recommend to anyone looking for professional carpet cleaning.
Commercial Floor CareCommercial Floor Care
Nathaniel B.
Armando did an excellent job with my carpet cleaning. We use to use one of the major companies, but will switch permanently to Armando's company.
Armando’s Tile and Stone CleaningArmando’s Tile and Stone Cleaning
Rach O.
I hired this company to clean and deodorize my berber carpets after my dogs escaped from their confined area and soiled the carpets. He arrived on time and after surveying the area to be cleaned, he stated he would need to pre-treat some stains prior to the actual cleaning. He spent some time explaining the process and then proceeded to work. He spent a few hours working on the carpets and left them looking brand new. The cost of the cleaning project was significantly cheaper than other companies had quoted. Now 6 days later, the carpets still look fantastic and there is no dog smell!!! I previously used other well-know companies before and their results were not even half as good as this company. I love this company and will surely hire them again.
Commercial Floor CareCommercial Floor Care
Thumbtack Customer
Jorge was great! I highly recommend him and look forward to using him again when I need my carpet cleaned again.
Anaiza Cleaning Inc.Anaiza Cleaning Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Levoughn is AWESOME!!! I will definitely hire him again! My carpet is cleaner than ever. He explained everything he was doing to the carpet, he was on time and most important thing a price I was able to pay. Than you so much for your service. THAT GUY is the best!
That Guy Cleaning Co.That Guy Cleaning Co.
Iana M.
Noah was awesome! I travel constantly and haven’t been good about cleaning my carpets. They look brand new! I will definitely hire this company again.
Oxi Fresh CleaningOxi Fresh Cleaning
Cindy a.
Isiah showed up a little early, which was perfect. He did a great job cleaning our stained carpets, and was very friendly and professional. I recommend him!
Bullseye RestorationBullseye Restoration
Adrian L.
Excellent service. Very responsive and detail oriented. Very efficient at work done (cleaning carpets in 2 bedrooms). Finished in roughly an hour, and very satisfied! Would highly recommend.
Omega YachtOmega Yacht
Lutfiah H.
Amazing job, I hired them for move out carpet cleaning and they removed all the stains even tough ones from my pup! On time, professional and very friendly
Oxi Fresh CleaningOxi Fresh Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Marco and Roudy were very professional and did a great job with both carpet cleaning and move out cleaning of my condo. I also really appreciated their flexibility and responsiveness with my schedule changes. The services provided were worth every penny.
Commercial Floor CareCommercial Floor Care
Jikang Z.
Mercedes and Luis arrived on time, and did a excellent job cleaning my carpet in my 4-bedroom house, much better than my prior experience with another cleaning company. We are very satisfied with their work, and will continue to work with them next time.
L&L Cleaning services LLCL&L Cleaning services LLC
Phil S.
I hired this company to clean two carpets. One came out fine and the other was 10 times worse the following day after it dried. I’m currently trying to get my money back from Thumbtack and this company is giving horrible excuses for their lack of professionalism and also not refunding/replacing the carpet. I have so many things to say, but will keep it short. They are unprofessional, horrible with communication, disrespectful and wanted me to work around their schedule after making the carpet worse from cleaning. I’m sure they have done good work in the past, but when it comes to making things right I wouldn’t trust them for the life of me. Absolutely disgraceful and unprofessional once again. Update: The companies recent reply to my review is a lie. They never replaced the carpet as they said they would or reimburse me. The carpet is worse than before. I am posting all photos of proof attached below. Everything that you need to see is there.
Thumbtack Customer
I dare to recommend this company, request my carpet cleaning service for the same day and it was incredible as they could solve it, thank you for such excellent service, attention and very good price. I will continue hiring them for my next cleaning services. thanks again.. HAPPY HOLIDAYS..
NMF Cleaning ServicesNMF Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
Jorge did an excellent job with the carpet cleaning! He was on time, very nice, and was able to complete our one bedroom apartment (living room and bedroom) in under an hour. I will certainly use him again.
Anaiza Cleaning Inc.Anaiza Cleaning Inc.
Amapola D.
Best experience and results ever! Have already hired twice, and will always hire again when needed, as well as recommend to others in need of great carpet cleaning services! They are amazing! Thank you so much!!!
Oxi Fresh CleaningOxi Fresh Cleaning
Jessica R.
This was my first time using Oxi Fresh and I have to say, Patrick and his team are very professional and very responsive. I’ve had our carpet cleaned several times with other companies but this one was hands down the best. Patrick was very accommodating with scheduling and overall, his team did a great job. There was a small spot accidentally left undone in my daughters bedroom. However, as soon as I called Patrick, he immediately scheduled a tech for the very next morning. I will definitely use their service again - they left my bedroom carpets impeccably clean.
Oxi Fresh CleaningOxi Fresh Cleaning
Abdul H.
This guy is very professional with his job. He made my dirty apartment looks very clean and tidy. I estimated 4h for cleaning with him, but actually it took 6h and the cleaner was very cool headed and calm and clean everything very nicely within extended hour. I like his professionalism, responsiveness and consistent hard-work for the job. I strongly recommend him for carpet cleaning and the house cleaning. The only thing he needs to improve is punctuality, cause he said he will be coming by 11 am and he actually came at 1:30 pm though.
PMJ Furniture & Cleaning ServicesPMJ Furniture & Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
Jorge was great. If you live in a condo you know what a pain it is to get equipment in and out. After starting to clean my carpet with one machine Jorge discovered that a different machine was going to do a better job for me so he packed up the equipment and swapped it out for something more suited to the job. He could just as easily have continued with the one machine and it would have been "good enough." But he wanted to do the best job possible, knowing his reputation is on the line. The carpet came out amazingly clean, which I didn't think it would. Excellent work and a great value. Thank you Jorge.
Anaiza Cleaning Inc.Anaiza Cleaning Inc.
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