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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 carpet cleaners
Yolanda E.
The carpets are clean and great!!
Live GreenLive Green
Rubin P.
Did wonderful job cleaning carpet my carpet looks like new
Silva's Carpet Cleaning Service, Inc.Silva's Carpet Cleaning Service, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Thorough carpet cleaning. I had tile/grout cleaned with steamer.
Live GreenLive Green
Teresa V.
He did a good job ... on the carpet cleaning.
Carpet Clean &Junk RemovalCarpet Clean &Junk Removal
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Keith to clean our carpets, the carpets look really nice after the cleaning. We had pet stains that appear to be gone, and the real reason to having the carpets cleaned. Keith was really good at communicating his price, availability and showed up at the time we agreed on. I would highly recommend him as we are really pleased with the results.
John R. G.
Keith and his crew came over and did an excellent job on our downstairs carpet! I will hire him in the future for all of my carpet cleaning needs!
Nicole H.
Very good service and will recommend to anyone who needs carpet cleaning service.
Live GreenLive Green
Thumbtack Customer
Carpets look great, however, there was one stain that occurred 3 days before the carpets were cleaned that he was not able to get up. My dog got sick. Pricing was exactly as quoted, no surprises.
A-1 CleanA-1 Clean
Rebecca B.
Eugene did an amzing job stretching and cleaning my carpet. Very puntual and professional will definitely use again
Smith Bros Contractor ServicesSmith Bros Contractor Services
Monica M.
Carpet cleaning Keith did a GREAT job. I am totally satisfied and would highly recommend his service.
Thumbtack Customer
Demario's customer service is amazing! Finding an individual with that these days awesome! Ok now to the actual job - carpets look AMAZING! Feels good to have clean carpets and our recliner! Demario thanks for your hard work and dedication to your customers!
A-1 CleanA-1 Clean
Kikki H.
We received excellent service. The carpet is so clean and fresh. The whole team was friendly and professional and awesome with same day service.
Nico's Carpet cleaningNico's Carpet cleaning
Monique P.
Demario was early to our appt & worked so quickly. My carpet looks and smells amazing! Definitely will call for future cleanings!
A-1 CleanA-1 Clean
Thumbtack Customer
Demario and his assistant did a fabulous job! My carpets are old and were really filthy. Demario did above and beyond what I expected. I'm recommending him to anyone looking for a reliable, reasonably priced, excellent carpet cleaning expert. I will definitely use him again!
A-1 CleanA-1 Clean
David M.
Showed up on time and did a good job cleaning our upstairs carpet. They also have a number of other services that they offer (auto detailing, duct cleaning, etc) at relatively reasonable prices. Would definitely recommend them.
Live GreenLive Green
Irene E.
Salvador did a great job of cleaning my very soiled carpet. He was thorough and efficient. He also took the time to explain all that he was going to do. Great experience!
JMC RemediationJMC Remediation
Tia P.
Demario was great. He is very professional - showed up when he said. Great communication and work etiquette. I hired him to not just clean my carpet but also my slate tile. He did a great job on both!
A-1 CleanA-1 Clean
Irene E.
Live Green did an awesome job on my carpet! They were punctual, very personable, conscientious, knowledgeable and reasonable. They also cleaned my duct work , clothes dryer duct and vent. So glad that they were able to do all of this. I highly recommend this company.
Live GreenLive Green
Thumbtack Customer
Wow! Unbelievable! We just moved out of a rental. We had been there a year and the carpet was nasty when we moved in! I had little confidence it could be cleaned. I could not have been more wrong! Isaac did an absolutely amazing job! He was prompt, on time, and responsive. His price... Unbeatable!
Lifetouch Janitorial Services And Floor CareLifetouch Janitorial Services And Floor Care
Lynda S.
Freeland Floor Care (Jason) did an amazing job of keeping the carpets in my house. They look brand new!! He was prompt, explained what his approach would be & got started. Not only will I only use Jason’s services going forward I know I’ll have him back in soon to deep clean a large tiled room.
Freeland Floor CareFreeland Floor Care
Crystal E.
Great people & great work! My carpet isn’t the greatest and they really got it cleaned up amazingly. They explained everything and I couldn’t be happier. I always prefer to go small business so I would encourage anyone to use their services. I was really needing it done quick and he was able to get me in day of request. Friendly, friendly people and hardworking what else can I say! Use this company you won’t regret it!!
OL ServicesOL Services
Thumbtack Customer
Keith is AMAZING! I will never use anyone else....EVER! It's always scary hiring someone online, you never know who will show up. I put out a request on a Sunday, Keith responded the same day, I called him on the Holiday weekend Sunday and he answered....AND he was on the job. 1st good sign! Next, he called to confirm the next day,(Monday) I missed the call, he left a message, then he text me. 2nd good sign. I didn't need him until Thursday morning, so Wednesday evening he text me again to confirm a time and get my address: early a.m.? GREAT! Thursday, at 8:00 on the dot he showed up, walked through the job with me. My dogs loved him, (they bit the handyman, who I overpaid for shotty work), 3rd great sign. He made carpet that I was going to replace look new again. Keith is my carpet man for as long as I can reach him. I will never hire anyone else again. The last carpet folks I hired charged me $500 to clean two large rooms and a hallway, he charged me $160, for the same two rooms, hallway, and my master bedroom and closet! I gladly paid him $200! It was worth every penny! You can tell he takes pride in his job. Love, love, love him.
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Why you should hire a carpet cleaner

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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