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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
We were submitted a price, when in the quote I listed pet odor as our biggest issue with the carpets. The guy that did the cleaning was very nice but wanted to double the price to actually clean the carpets where we suspected the pets had urinated. The carpets now smell worse bc they weren't cleaned properly and we will have to rent a carpet cleaner to clean them.
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Cleaned carpets and chairs to perfection
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Candace F.
Love my clean carpets!
Midwest Carpet Duct Cleaning & RestorationMidwest Carpet Duct Cleaning & Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
We are really satisfied with the great job that was done to our carpets. The technician was very knowlegable. We will request him the next time and will refer clean green carpet cleaning to friends and family.
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Caitlin C.
Very courteous and detailed in the cleaning of my furniture and carpet
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Bradley B.
Oxi Fresh did a great job cleaning our carpets.
Oxi Fresh of St. Louis Carpet CleaningOxi Fresh of St. Louis Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Clean Green cleaned our entire den and master bedroom area which has white carpet. The customer service was excellent from setting up the appointment to explaining how to continue to maintain our carpet. We will definitely use Clean Green in the future.
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Keino F.
I had pet stains! Carpet cleaning today they arrived on tim and was completed in less than an hour! Our carpet looks brand new again!! Thank you so much!!!
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Fabulous experience. Our carpets look like new and the house smells amazing. Rhet offered his expertise and c explained everything. We would definitely recommend Clean Green in the future as well as use them for all our carpet cleaning projects.
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Melissa W.
Clean Green did a wonderful job on my carpet. When they came out and discovered one of the rooms was over-sized, they honored the price quoted, which I greatly appreciated, but would have understood if they needed to change it. He did a thorough job of checking the carpet for pet stains and was able to get 98% of the stains out. That is far beyond what I expected to be possible. I will be using Clean Green to clean the carpets in the home I am moving from as well.
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Aneshia o.
I used Whalen Power Washing to get my carpet cleaned. He did a fantastic job! My carpet was very dirty and had my entire house smelly. After he finished cleaning my home smelled refreshed. I will be using his services again.
Josie A.
She did a great job cleaning our carpets. They looked really good when she was done.
Oxi Fresh of St. Louis Carpet CleaningOxi Fresh of St. Louis Carpet Cleaning
My staircase carpet had some nasty stains but the lady in charge was able to clean it very well.
Oxi Fresh of St. Louis Carpet CleaningOxi Fresh of St. Louis Carpet Cleaning
Geraldine J.
I have used some other company for years. This was the best carpet cleaning I have ever had.
ProSteam Carpet Care and RestorationProSteam Carpet Care and Restoration
Shane X.
Oxi Fresh helped us clean the carpets in 3 rooms and a basement. The carpets were heavily used by the previous tenants, and Nick helped remove a large amount of stains and dirt. Great communications. And thank you for the great work!
Oxi Fresh of St. Louis Carpet CleaningOxi Fresh of St. Louis Carpet Cleaning
Eileen D.
The carpets that needed cleaning were old, but no money to replace. The cleaning perked up all four and the beautiful pink is almost like new. I am very pleased with the service and the price!
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
These guys did a great job for us and I would recommend them. They were prompt, professional, and got our carpets as clean as they could be.
Kounty CleaningKounty Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Rhet did an outstanding job with cleaning our carpet - it looks new! We will use this service again. The only downside was none of the furniture was moved.
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Did an excellent job to clean our 4 room carpet. Manager Frank is very sincere and nice and enthusiastic leader. Will ask him again in the future.
Rent A VetRent A Vet
Bhavin A.
Rhet was professional, knowledgeable, and a great communicator when it came to cleaning our air ducts and carpet. He ensured that the entire area was clean, and went above and beyond to quickly fix an issue he found. I will surely be using these services again.
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Robinson not only showed professionalism he was very kind. He did an outstanding job. I really appreciate him moving all the furniture that he could to vacuum, clean, sanitize and deodorize my carpets. He left my carpets smelling and looking good. I will definitely do business with him again!
Robinson EnterpriseRobinson Enterprise
Thumbtack Customer
The technician was polite and helpful. He moved some items I was not strong enough to move. The carpet was completely cleaned and some pet stains that bothered me were eliminated. I was very happy with the experience and will contact them again for any future cleaning we need.
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Jeanne M.
Very professional and very reasonable. Both men were very knowledgeable about what they were doing and answered all my questions. They were in and done before I knew it. My carpets are clean and my whole house smells cleaner. I highly recommend this company. Look no further!
Midwest Carpet Duct Cleaning & RestorationMidwest Carpet Duct Cleaning & Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent! Easy to book. Timely confirmation including estimated arrival time and update calls. Rhett was very professional and courteous. We were trying to decide whether to keep or replace a large area of carpet in our new home with some staining. After the cleaning the carpet looked and smelled like new and it was reassuring to know that the previous stains were not pet urine. Will definitely use them again!
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Rett is very professional & explained everything how, & what he was using to clean my carpet's. The dog urine came out better than expected, the job he did went past my expectations. Wonderful job. Rebecca Helfer
Clean Green Carpet CleaningClean Green Carpet 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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