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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
Lindy G.
Very pleased with Russell’s Cleaning service! Very satisfied with carpet cleaning.
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BreAuna G.
My carpets were extremely clean and smelled amazing!
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Thumbtack Customer
Chauncey provided professional carpet cleaning services with next day availability. He was on time and courteous. This carpet is old and difficult to clean but he was very effective & efficient. I will recommend to my family & friends.
Auto Vanity/Divine Carpets & UpholsteryAuto Vanity/Divine Carpets & Upholstery
Thumbtack Customer
Nice guys that did a great job cleaning my carpets.
Ronald M.
Arrived on time, worked really hard on getting the carpet superbly clean. Cleaner has a mild lemon smell, but not overpowering. Extremely courteous and friendly. Pricing was excellent and carpet dried in about 2 hours, meaning not a lot of water was left in the carpet. Got up a lot of dog hair, dirt and fine sand.
PureClean Carpets LLCPureClean Carpets LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My carpet looks great and smells clean!!! Love the job they did!!!😊
Mike P.
All-Star Clean did an amazing job on our carpets! I was able to get an appointment quickly, and the crew was exceptionally friendly. Their cleaning process allows you to walk on the carpets within two hours of them being cleaned. Give them a try, you will not be disappointed!
Annette B.
I would definitely recommend him for my next carpet cleaning. He was on time for the job . He did a outstanding job on my carpet. Very friendly.
Russell’s Cleaning ServicesRussell’s Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
WOW!!! MY carpet looks new!! I had horrible stains that previous carpet cleaners could not get out and he did!! Excellent communication, punctual, professional, great price and such a nice person. I couldn't be happier with every aspect! By far the best carpet cleaning experience ever! I am SOOO happy!!
Auto Vanity/Divine Carpets & UpholsteryAuto Vanity/Divine Carpets & Upholstery
Thumbtack Customer
Quick response, fast service, and our carpet finally angels clean again!
Thumbtack Customer
I had my house carpet cleaned. The outcome was great! Chauncey was every professional and gave great tips on keeping your carpet fresh. My carpet smelled bad with pet oders now they smell and look awesome. 2 thumbs up!
Auto Vanity/Divine Carpets & UpholsteryAuto Vanity/Divine Carpets & Upholstery
Thumbtack Customer
Great service, very professional and efficient. Carpets look so much cleaner. Fantastic job, many thanks.
Williams Pro-CleanWilliams Pro-Clean
Thumbtack Customer
Chauncey provided great service to our much neglected carpets. We had an enclosed area with cat urine stains/smells that we tried everything to get clean but was unable. After the cleaning, the entire house smelled fresh with carpet that looked better than when we moved in! We definitely recommend!!
Auto Vanity/Divine Carpets & UpholsteryAuto Vanity/Divine Carpets & Upholstery
Thumbtack Customer
Chauncey arrived slightly early and promptly went to work cleaning my carpets. He gave me a fair quote and delivered with great quality. I had a few spots on the carpet that seemed to be gummed together and he made it look like new.
Auto Vanity/Divine Carpets & UpholsteryAuto Vanity/Divine Carpets & Upholstery
Haleigh C.
I was really concerned about how getting carpets cleaned in an apartment was going to go, but he made it easy and was prepared! The carpets look amazing and I’m so glad I got them done. We will def be using his services again.
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Joni G.
What a great experience!! Fabulous job cleaning a LOT of outside windows and two double staircases (and two landings per double staircases). He also got out a stain from the guest bedroom carpet that I was thinking may not be possible. He is my definite go to for windows and carpet cleaning for certain. Did several "extra" cleaning of outside windows that I forgot to tell him about originally. Would not "charge" me but I threw some extra in anyway!!
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Thumbtack Customer
Chauncey cleaned our rent home carpets and did a remarkable job! He was able to squeeze me in quickly and was able to get out some serious dark stains! The carpets look brand new! Thank you so much! We will definitely be using him again! Highly recommend!
Auto Vanity/Divine Carpets & UpholsteryAuto Vanity/Divine Carpets & Upholstery
Jean H.
They were courteous, on time, very patient with my questions, and finished in record time with nothing but clean carpet left behind! I'm looking forward to seeing how the cleaning holds up and expect nothing but the best. Very, very pleased.
Kim M.
Actually called and let me know they were arriving early! Did an very thorough job. Will definitely use them again. Clean both my carpet and my tile/grout.
Mike N.
Great dude, busting his hump for a slice of the American Pie. Did a great job, on time, super friendly. I will definitely use him for all future carpet cleaning needs!!
PureClean Carpets LLCPureClean Carpets LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Chad did an outstanding job! He cleaned carpets and mattresses for me. He was professional and communicative throughout the process. He showed pride in his work and the results reflected it. Highly recommend!
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Lauren B.
I had a wonderful experience with my carpet cleaning - he was efficient and did a great job. He made my rug come back to life! I will definitely use him in the future.
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Shavon T.
This was the first time I have had my carpets cleaned since I purchased my home over 8 years ago. I didn't have high expectations when it came to getting rid of the old stains and odors. I was truly impressed from the introduction! Mr. Russell was early! He was professional, kind and respectful. In addition to his cleaning, he identified a separate issue dealing with my plumbing that needs to be addressed as soon as possible, and provided instructions on how to effectively communicate the issue with a plumber. Mr. Russell cleaned/steamed/deodorized all of my floors and stairs BEYOND my expectations! I would be honored to refer anyone to him for carpet cleaning needs.
Russell’s Cleaning ServicesRussell’s Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
Job began 1 1/2 hrs after appointed time. Service person was polite, thorough, and diligent about completing the areas I wanted cleaned. We are now about 30 hours post cleaning and my carpets are STILL not dry. Application involved use of a large vacuum/dispensing machine. If the application had added a second pass, without applying liquid, to take out more water, maybe it would have dried by now. I have fans running top speed in each room as well as the central unit fan. Spots are gone but water isn't. I have cleaned my carpets in the past with a home machine. One pass to vacuum isn't adequate.
Auto Vanity/Divine Carpets & UpholsteryAuto Vanity/Divine Carpets & Upholstery
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Chauncey to clean some very soiled carpets in my mother's house and he did a fantastic job. My mom is elderly and I live far away and Chauncey was very kind and went above and beyond helping her. I highly recommend him!
Auto Vanity/Divine Carpets & UpholsteryAuto Vanity/Divine Carpets & Upholstery
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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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