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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
JOhn H.
Carpet looks new!!! I will be using S&S Carpet Cleaning for all my cleaning needs. Their work is superior, on time and a great value.
S&S Carpet & Tile CleaningS&S Carpet & Tile Cleaning
Jacob M.
Advance Carpet Cleaning did a superb job with our residential multi-room carpet cleaning on carpet that is several years old to us. They got out difficult pet staining and drinks stains. They were also so friendly and kind. A+++
Advance Carpet CleaningAdvance Carpet Cleaning
Alicia M.
I'M SO HAPPY WITH MY CARPETS... I LOVE EVERYTHING about Cardinal Carpet Cleaning... I've worked with many carpet cleaners throughout the years and this company is the best ever... Josh Ryan does an outstanding job... He has Great Communication, Friendly, Punctual, Extremely Thorough and Left me with the Cleanest Carpets I've ever!!! I am glad I chose Cardinal Carpet and plan to keep him as my permanent Carpet Cleaning Specialist. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Cardinal Carpet CareCardinal Carpet Care
David a.
They were on time and very professional and went above and beyond to make sure area carpets were clean . They knew which carpet needed more attention from our pet. Thank you very much and will use again for grout cleaning for our tile and when carpets need to be cleaned again . Thank you
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional and friendly, did a great job cleaning the carpet.
ProTouch Services LLCProTouch Services LLC
Wendy R.
they were prompt, polite, and work hard to get the carpet clean.
Advance Carpet CleaningAdvance Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful experience from start to finish. On time. Professional. Awesome job cleaning the carpets, got out all the dirty spots. Will definitely call Josh at Cardinal Carpet Care for my cleaning needs in the future.
Cardinal Carpet CareCardinal Carpet Care
Greg h.
a true 5 star company....they cleaned my 15 year old carpet and it looks like new...they got a particular stain out that 2 previous carpet cleaners could not get out...very fair price also
S&S Carpet & Tile CleaningS&S Carpet & Tile Cleaning
Ella M.
Byron was very courteous and efficient. I was delighted with the cleaning of the carpet. Many thanks.
Precise Carpet and Tile Cleaning ServicesPrecise Carpet and Tile Cleaning Services
Corey P.
Literally could not recommend more! They did an awesome job cleaning my carpet.
Advance Carpet CleaningAdvance Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Prompt..Friendly..the carpet is in a rental house...they did such a awesome job on the carpet...that I think they got the dirt out from the previous tenants AND the dirt from recent tenants..I have had carpets cleaned, but this is the BEST! Thank You Both!
Younglove's Handyman ServicesYounglove's Handyman Services
Helen J.
Excellent customer service! Very happy with how clean and fresh the carpets look and smell!
Precise Carpet and Tile Cleaning ServicesPrecise Carpet and Tile Cleaning Services
Garry G.
Fantastic service. Technician was very friendly and professional. Carpet is clean and smells great. Will hire again!
Advance Carpet CleaningAdvance Carpet Cleaning
Jonathan M.
Timely scheduling, successfully cleaned/treated carpet, fair prices. Definitely will use them in the future
Metro Wash LLCMetro Wash LLC
Joyce G.
I will hire S&S carpet cleaning again. He did an excellent job and was punctual.
S&S Carpet & Tile CleaningS&S Carpet & Tile Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
John was very professional and did a great job cleaning my carpets. Fast service and quality work.
No Sweat LLCNo Sweat LLC
Nicole C.
Needed a carpet cleaning service at last minute I contacted advance carpet at 10am and two nice Gentlemen was at my door at 3pm i love the work they did my carpet look brand new first time using this service but won’t be my last and very affordable wow
Advance Carpet CleaningAdvance Carpet Cleaning
Lynn G.
Precise carpet cleaning was on time, got right to work. I was a bit disappointed that some of the ceramic tile grouting areas did not seem cleaned enough. Also felt that the tile edges near baseboards did not get cleaned. More care could of been taken there. I was surprised they took the carpet outside and laid it on the driveway because of the dirt factor. Carpet did look much cleaner but felt areas were it is walked on should of been pre stained better. Also carpet did not dry in an hour like they said and without the help of the dryer they left with me it still was not dry after 6 hrs nearly. I should of said something more but I didn't when they picked up the money.
Precise Carpet and Tile Cleaning ServicesPrecise Carpet and Tile Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
He was very personable and friendly. Did a wonderful job on the carpet that he did. He also did my tile for me. I had hoped the grout would have been cleaner than it was. It just needed a deeper cleaning. He completed everything in roughly 3 hours so very timely. I would definitely hire him again for the carpets to be cleaned again.
Cardinal Carpet CareCardinal Carpet Care
Thumbtack Customer
No sweat came on short notice and did an outstanding job. I would recommend No Sweat for your carpet cleaning needs.
No Sweat LLCNo Sweat LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Fast & courteous. Carpets are clean and smell great. Pricing was excellent and he guaranteed his work. Will definitely use again.
Precise Carpet and Tile Cleaning ServicesPrecise Carpet and Tile Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
Great job, on time, affordable and very professional I highly recommend Ray to do your carpet cleaning job thanks
Central Florida Carpet & Tile Services, LLCCentral Florida Carpet & Tile Services, LLC
Janell K.
Precise Services Carpet Cleaning did a phenomenal job on my carpet. The only thing I didn't like was the punctuality... my appointment was set for 10am and arriving nearly a hour late is unprofessional especially when there's no apology nor phone call. However, the price paid was unbeatable. My carpet still looks good...Great job Precise Services!!!!
Precise Carpet and Tile Cleaning ServicesPrecise Carpet and Tile Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
Job well done! Very professional and honest. Won't hesitate to take them again for carpet and tile cleaning. Extremely satisfied. Thank you
Precise Carpet and Tile Cleaning ServicesPrecise Carpet and Tile Cleaning Services
Lina H.
Byron was amazing and on point and quick. Quality work for an affordable price this is the second time I got them to do my carpet cleaning. Amazing amazing
Precise Carpet and Tile Cleaning ServicesPrecise Carpet and Tile Cleaning Services
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