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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
Short notice and did a great job cleaning the carpets at my new house. Was also able to facilitate restretching of carpet where it needed it.
Wildcat Carpet CleaningWildcat Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
I was extremely pleased with the carpet cleaning experience . Alex was awesome!
Thumbtack Customer
They were hired to clean the carpets and the tile flooring. They did an ok job on the carpet but did not move anything to clean under it. They ran out of time and never did clean the tile flooring. Excuse after excuse was made about why they couldn't make it back to clean the tile. I will not be using them again for any type of work.
Kellie's central Ky cleaning serviceKellie's central Ky cleaning service
Thumbtack Customer
The best carpet clean we have had. Still looks great several weeks later.
Bluegrass Cleaning CompanyBluegrass Cleaning Company
Thumbtack Customer
Very happy with Centric Cleaning. Chris worked me into the schedule as soon as possible which was a great help. Price was very reasonable. The technician, Zack arrived on time and did a fantastic job cleaning the carpet in my rental property. Carpet looked great! I will definitely hire them again.
Centric Carpet CleaningCentric Carpet Cleaning
Karen R.
Outstanding company to work with. Responded promptly, arrived on time, work quality was very professional. Had to deal with pet odor and stains. My 10 + year carpet is like new again! Odor is gone. Will recommend to anyone needing carpet cleaned.
Prince Cleaning, LLCPrince Cleaning, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The couple who came to clean my carpets were on time, friendly, and efficient. I would hire them again witjout hesitation.
Kellie's central Ky cleaning serviceKellie's central Ky cleaning service
Thumbtack Customer
Kellie and Ty did an excellent job cleaning my nasty carpet, and I am thrilled to have hired them to clean my house, as well. They are timely, efficient, and reasonably priced. I highly recommend Kellie's cleaning service!
Kellie's central Ky cleaning serviceKellie's central Ky cleaning service
Thumbtack Customer
Hired for carpet cleaning two bigger rooms in my house. Prompt and courteous service, and the quality of work was excellent. Will use again and would recommend for hire.
Kellie's central Ky cleaning serviceKellie's central Ky cleaning service
Samantha S.
I’m pleased with their work quality, I was not able to be there the entire time but when I went back the stains are gone and carpets are nice and cleaned. I will recommend Adin to my friends.
PureClean Carpet CarePureClean Carpet Care
Thumbtack Customer
I called Kevin last minute about cleaning a house I was moving into. He came the next day to provide a whole house estimate. It was a great price, especially for the services provided and he was able to fit us in the next day. The quote truly was what we paid, no last minute surprises. He and his crew did an outstanding job and the carpet is clean and sanitized! Thanks so much!!!
Bluegrass Cleaning CompanyBluegrass Cleaning Company
Thumbtack Customer
Communication and commitment to their customers is what sets Centric Cleaning apart. My calls were handled promptly and professionally. My satisfaction was of importance to the owner not just so he could have a good rating but because he genuinely cares about his customers. My carpets were heavily soiled due to a sick pet and Centric Cleaning worked to remedy the problem. I would definitely use them again.
Centric Carpet CleaningCentric Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Carpet was and is still very clean. I was preparing to move out of my rental and they did a great job. The Realty Company began bringing potential renters the next day and Centric provided several pair of disposable booties for them to wear. I will recommend them anytime that I know of someone who needs dependable service!
Centric Carpet CleaningCentric Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
I had 7 bedrooms and stairs cleaned in a college rental house. They were disgustingly dirty. The carpets turned out so clean you could sleep on the floor. I was amazed. I wish this company serviced my city. I would use them in a heartbeat. Best service I have ever seen. Outstanding in every way. They gave me big discount because the house was empty, and they didn't have to move any furniture which was totally awesome. I would highly recommend.
Bluegrass Cleaning CompanyBluegrass Cleaning Company
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding is a major understatement when rating the job Kellie & her team did on our home. I am a single mother with 2 kids and work 50-60 hours a week so it's pretty overwhelming trying to keep up on housework.... but it took a long while for me to admit that I am not SuperMom and needed help! Kellie to the Rescue!!!!! She and her team spent 6 hours cleaning our home and shapooing our carpets, it was a big job yet she charged me less then I was quoted? 😊 they really did go above & beyond! Even cleaned the carpet on my cats climbing toys!!😻 my kids told me they never realized how dirty our house was until they saw it clean... Lol. I don't know what they use to clean with, but OMG my house has had the best, freshest scent ever since. I love it!!!! I have since hired Kellie to come every 2 weeks now and consider it to be the best $ I've ever spent. I couldn't be happier with the job they did & the amount of stress they have taken off me. Thank you so much kellie & team I am forever grateful to you🙏
Kellie's central Ky cleaning serviceKellie's central Ky cleaning service
Thumbtack Customer
I will most definitely be recommending Kevin to anyone I talk to that mentions having their carpets cleaned. He was very informative about the process and things that your flooring endures over time. No corners are cut to get the job done in a specific amount of time, Kevin is there until the job is completely finished and is very particular about his work. Kevin is a great guy that provides great service. 5 Star service all the way!
Bluegrass Cleaning CompanyBluegrass Cleaning Company
Thumbtack Customer
Chris and his team did a fantastic job! We had our upstairs carpet done (2 bedrooms and a hallway) and the upholstery cleaned. The dogs had trashed the hallway due to some illness and they even came back a second time to work with us through the pet odor that had surfaced and ensure great quality care. Highly responsive, professional team, and eco products which is great for our very sensitive house. Thanks guys!
Centric Carpet CleaningCentric Carpet Cleaning
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Over time, your carpets can collect dirt, dust, allergens and odors — that’s why it’s often recommended you get a professional carpet cleaning at least once a year. A steam clean, shampoo or deep clean can make your carpet look new again. Whether your carpet is made of wool, cotton or synthetic fabric, contact a local carpet cleaning pro near you to get cost estimates, ask about specials and book an appointment.

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