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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
Kenneth L.
Excellent to work with. No issues with the carpet cleaning
Mighty Clean carpet and upholsteryMighty Clean carpet and upholstery
Thumbtack Customer
Very good price and carpets were cleaned quickly and very well!
Paramount RestorationParamount Restoration
Sylvia B.
I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of their carpets to be cleaned!!!!
Mighty Clean carpet and upholsteryMighty Clean carpet and upholstery
Robin M.
The carpets were clean and not as wet as other companies I have used.
Mighty Clean carpet and upholsteryMighty Clean carpet and upholstery
Thumbtack Customer
cleaned all carpet areas as requested. Could not have been more satisfied
Paramount RestorationParamount Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
We contacted to have some food stains removed from our carpet. We were pleasantly surprised to see how good our carpet now. Having it cleaned made our carpet look far younger than it actually is! Very satisfied.
ProDry Floor CareProDry Floor Care
Thumbtack Customer
Dana was on time, had a great personality and worked hard. He did an excellent job removing the stains in my carpet caused by 2 toddlers. The carpets look great. The sanitizer and deodorizer left the house smelling lemon fresh. Dana did an excellent job cleaning the upholstery of my SUV...also stained from the toddlers. I would recommend Dana and will use Mighty Clean for my carpet and car interior cleanings in the future.
Mighty Clean carpet and upholsteryMighty Clean carpet and upholstery
Lindsay J.
Paramount Restoration did a great job on our carpets. 3 year old carpets now look new after cleaning. Plus, the scotchguard coating will help protect the carpets in the future. Very professional, punctual, and fair prices. Would definitely hire again.
Paramount RestorationParamount Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
OMG!! My husband and I have never been so satisfied with a carpet cleaning experience in our lives! Your service is amazing and your process of carpet cleaning is the best! Most companies just dump gallons of water into the carpet or steam it soaking wet, then use a vacuum to suck whatever water they can which can take days to dry and can possibly set up mold. You guys deodorize and use soft cloth scrubbers to really get the dirt and stains out of the carpet, which is how carpet should be cleaned. We also love the way you guys hand clean upholstery using the same technique. Our furniture and carpets have never looked as close to the way they looked when we originally purchased them! The technician who services our home was polite and professional. His expertise shows in his work! Safe-Dry of Cincinnati is our new carpet cleaning company, and we will refer you guys to everyone we know! Thanks so much! Sylvia and Gregory Waldon Cincinnati, OH
ProDry Floor CareProDry Floor Care
Thumbtack Customer
Family room carpet. Had a few soiled spots. They cleaned them well. Very satisfied
Paramount RestorationParamount Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
I cannot begin to tell you how well of a carpet cleaning job this company did!!!!!!!! In all my experiences with other carpet cleaners, this company out does any by far!!!! Thanks, again Dana, for the job well done!!!!!! Will definitely spread the word about this company!!!!!
Mighty Clean carpet and upholsteryMighty Clean carpet and upholstery
Thumbtack Customer
Extra touches made a carpet I was unsure could get cleaned turn out great. Thanks!
American Maids & Floor Specialist LLCAmerican Maids & Floor Specialist LLC
Kimberly M.
Wayne was very efficient and thorough. The carpets were clean and smelling fresh after he completed the rooms.
ProDry Floor CareProDry Floor Care
Alicia A.
To begin, our appointment time was never confirmed, but then showed up later than we had requested. The shoes of the individual who cleaned our carpets were quite dirty so once the carpets were cleaned I had to go back and clean the wood floors where he had to walk to get to the carpet area. The work that was done was very good (except for the last two steps on our stairway). However, we were also told it would dry in 6 - 12 hours, but it took about 24. The carpet was pretty saturated. We were pleased with the price compared to other locations.
Paramount RestorationParamount Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
They did a great job cleaning the carpet and moving the furniture to do a complete job. They were nice guys too.
Paramount RestorationParamount Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
Jamie came and measured all the carpet in our new home so we could get an accurate quote. She recommended the best cleaning package for our carpet cleaning needs. I am extremely impressed with everyone at Safe-Dry so far. We scheduled our cleaning and look forward to meeting with Jamie and Wayne. Just based off of the quality customer service and value involved with the quote, I am highly impressed with Safe-Dry Cincinnati and recommend them for all local carpet cleaning and whole home services. J. Bauer, MSgt, USAF Delhi
ProDry Floor CareProDry Floor Care
Thumbtack Customer
Justin did a great job cleaning the carpet at my rental apartment. He was very thorough and careful in cleaning the carpet in each room. He even provided a particular solution to removing a few stains without charging extra. I would hire Paramount again with no hesitation. Thank you for a job well done!
Paramount RestorationParamount Restoration
Milton W.
They did a excellent job cleaning the stains on my carpet. Responsive in communication. I'd definitely use they're services again
Icare cleaning and handymanIcare cleaning and handyman
Victoria S.
Incredible value for cost! Our carpets literally changed color, they were so clean - and they had been cleaned previously, but apparently not very well! Job finished incredibly quickly, easy to talk to and fantastic service. Wish our new place had carpets so we could get those done too! Definitely recommend!
Carpet Cleaners PlusCarpet Cleaners Plus
Thumbtack Customer
Paramount was hired to carpet clean a flight of stairs and a short hallway.Tech was friendly and informed. Did a better job than I thought possible. I placed two stand-up fans to cover the job area, and in spite of the heavy humidity and rain, carpet dried-out well, with no odor but a faint clean smell, within 2 days.
Paramount RestorationParamount Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
Had about 6 areas plus stairs cleaned with Safe-Dry. Wayne did a wonderful job on our carpets. He was prompt on arriving and took the time to clean each section carefully. We had one room with off-white carpet that I had given up hope would ever come clean, but Wayne worked his magic and thoroughly impressed us. I will definitely call them back for our next cleaning.
ProDry Floor CareProDry Floor Care
Milan D.
This is a one owner-operator company and Dana is very good and quite detail oriented. We are happy with the cleaning and will be using his services in the future. When it comes to carpet cleaning, we have a 10,000 sq. ft building, mostly carpeted, and have used a variety of companies over the years. Although we did not have every space cleaned this time, it is safe to say that what was cleaned this time by Dana has been the best. Highly recommended!
Mighty Clean carpet and upholsteryMighty Clean carpet and upholstery
Phil R.
They did a great job. No complaints. I will definitely use them again the next time I need my carpets cleaned.
Paramount RestorationParamount Restoration
David l.
They do a really solid job. They put furniture up on blocks and the carpets look and smell nice and clean. Very affordable as well.
Paramount RestorationParamount Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
Service was good. Carpet didnt dry until overnight. Cleaning solution could be improved. Service man very helpful and professional.
Paramount RestorationParamount Restoration
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