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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
Carpet and sofa cleaning. Great professional job!
The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁
Thumbtack Customer
Moshe did a great job cleaning my carpet.
Smart Carpet & TileSmart Carpet & Tile
Thumbtack Customer
I had two rooms of carpet cleaned,Lion carpet was courteous,expedient & professional & I would definitely use the services again.
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Thumbtack Customer
Chris of Dry Solutions LLC contacted me promptly in regard to deep cleaning the carpets on a rental move out. The carpets were soiled and Chris spent time and effort to make the carpeting clean & presentable. Very profesional,friendly and honest. No lowballing, bait and switch or games. Just clean carpets. Don't waste tiime with those high priced franchises or the cheapest price, get it done right the first time with Dry Solutions.
Dry Solutions LLCDry Solutions LLC
Gerunda H.
I highly recommended The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Company!
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Thumbtack Customer
William was so nice and professional. I only needed one room done and he got it done beautifully in 30 minutes. I highly recommend The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning for professional and affordable carpet cleaning.
The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁
Thumbtack Customer
Carpet cleaning. They got there when they said they would, and did a good job.
Blue Moon Home Repair & Janitorial LLCBlue Moon Home Repair & Janitorial LLC
Thumbtack Customer
It took him less than 10 minutes to finish the carpet cleaning. Needless to say he did a very bad job ,leaving all the stains on carpet.
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Keyla M.
Excellent job !!! Moshe is the best when it comes to carpet and title cleaning , he even went the extra mile cleaning both my carpets and title floor. One very happy customer here 👍👍👍 Will definitely use him again !!
Smart Carpet & TileSmart Carpet & Tile
Georgene S.
Very happy with company Carpet looks like new after cleaning Also, pleased with technician and would recommend Palm Clean Services
Palm Clean Services Inc.Palm Clean Services Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
We needed our carpets done in time for the upcoming holiday and we couldn't be happier with the service and the result! Moshe was right on time, very professional, friendly, and did an amazing job on our carpets! No more researching for a carpet cleaner. :) We will have him return when needed. Highly recommend!
Smart Carpet & TileSmart Carpet & Tile
Thumbtack Customer
Arrived on time. Cleaned a very dirty carpet much better than I imagined. And all at a fair price.
The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁
Glenn a.
Justin is great. My carpet and sofa never came out this clean before and the price was great. Highly recommend.
First Class Tile And Carpet CleaningFirst Class Tile And Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
I had two carpets cleaned and was very satisfied with the results. William Reyes was very nice and took care in cleaning up after. I would definitely have him again.
The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁
Robert P.
Moshe just left my home after cleaning two very dirty wool carpets. He did a much better job than the steam cleaning company I used 6 months ago. I was happy to pay a bit more for a much better job. I recommend Moshe and his company Smart Carpet & Tile.
Smart Carpet & TileSmart Carpet & Tile
Thumbtack Customer
Not much you can say about getting your carpet cleaned. Either is was done correctly or not. I would hire Moshe again.
Smart Carpet & TileSmart Carpet & Tile
Kelly P.
William and The Lion Carpet cleaners were thorough, polite, took the time to explain everything to me and did a great job. Highly recommend!
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ALBERT T.
WE AT THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF GOD AT 1289 WEST 28th STREET IN RIVIERA BEACH, HAD OUR PEWS AND CARPET CLEANED. LION CARPET DID A OUTSTANDING JOB WE ARE VERY PLEASED WITH THE JOB WILLIAM PERFORMED AT OUR CHURCH THANKS FOR THE PROFESSIONALISM. THANKS, DEACON TOWNS.
The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁
Thumbtack Customer
This company was very professional and I would hire again. Very honest before starting job. The carpet I thought was no good anymore. Mr M saved me of replacing a New carpet of thousands of dollars. My ten year old carpet looks and smells New again. Also was Very neat and clean. Would definetly recommend. Thank you again. Joe
Smart Carpet & TileSmart Carpet & Tile
LaShaun K.
Moshe was quick and efficient doing a basic steam clean and sanitize on my existing carpeting after moving in. I would hire this company again!
Smart Carpet & TileSmart Carpet & Tile
Emmanuel S.
Not bad, I would not hire them again. I was quoted 500 dollar dry cleaning for a room and a walk-way not a carpet replacement. I was told the stains could not be remove after a deep-cleaning service.
Smart Carpet & TileSmart Carpet & Tile
Thumbtack Customer
This vendor was reliable and did an excellent job of cleaning this hi-rise building's interior carpets on every floor. I would not hesitation to recommend him to others.
The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁
Mitch S.
William did a great job cleaning the carpets in my uncle condo- they had been neglected for a long time and William was able to make them look great!
The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁
Thumbtack Customer
The carpets smelled like mold after cleaning. Price quoted was 85. Got charged 175. Definitely not worth it. But the guy was nice and hard working so 3 stars.
Smart Carpet & TileSmart Carpet & Tile
Rena E.
William told me the carpet cleaning of my rental unit would take an hour. He finished the job in 25 minutes inclusive of set up and wrap up time! He told my husband the carpet would look cleaner and brighter after four hours. My husband thanked him and paid him trusting his word. When the carpet dried we were able to inspect the carpet up-close. I have no idea what William used to suction the dirt and what kind of cleaning products he used because we found pieces of glass, plastic tags from clothes, bits of tissue paper, a human nail clipping, hair and sticky grease like substance in the carpet (see pics). We were beyond shocked to see the results. The carpet did not look brighter or smell fresh. I called William and politely told him I was not happy with the job. He got angry and said he did not care as my husband had signed his invoice. He hung up on me and did not give me a chance to explain myself. I was appalled and disappointed with William’s unprofessional behavior and service.
The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁The Lion Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning🦁
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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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