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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
I needed carpet cleaning on a short notice and Demario responded immediately to my request, worked around my schedule and did excellent job cleaning carpets. I am definitely going to call him again when I need carpet cleaning.
A-1 CleanA-1 Clean
Angela B.
Good job on carpet and sectional cleaning.
Live GreenLive Green
Thumbtack Customer
Demario was awesome! Professional in every way. Cleaned our rental carpet, and it looked like new! Have already gotten A-1 to clean carpets in another house, and awesome again!!! Will keep asking A-1 to do all of our carpets!
A-1 CleanA-1 Clean
Sekar a.
The work was great, left looking the carpet clean.
Wally's cleaning careWally's cleaning care
Thanh T.
carpet cleaning, air duct cleaning. they did a high quality job, and value
Live GreenLive Green
Thumbtack Customer
Keith responded immediately and came out right then and there to clean the carpets. The carpets had not yet been vacuumed and be told me not to worry about it and in the end the carpet ended up looking and smelling fresh and clean. I would definitely recommend his company to others.
Mamatha M.
Javier came on time for carpet cleaning. He clearly explained before he started the job and did a very thorough and awesome work. Will hire him for all our future carpet cleaning needs.
JMC RemediationJMC Remediation
Rebecca C.
Wally was great! He cleaned the carpet in all rooms of my house and they look great. He was very responsive, worked quickly, and helped to work around my work-at-home meeting schedule that day. No sales pressure like from the big name carpet cleaning companies. I’ll definitely be calling Wally for my next carpet cleaning!
Wally's cleaning careWally's cleaning care
Sreedhar M.
My tenants made black spots on the staircase carpet and thought it may need to be replaced. Nico’s Carpet cleaning team did excellent job of removing the spots and deep cleaned the rest of the carpet, bath rooms and living room tiles. They are very professional and shown passion to do whatever it takes.
Nico's Carpet cleaningNico's Carpet cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Cleaned and sanitized older carpet in bedrooms, which look great now!
Lifetouch Janitorial Services And Floor CareLifetouch Janitorial Services And Floor Care
Laura G.
Demario is avert friendly and professional. Cleaned carpet as great as possible for the cost.
A-1 CleanA-1 Clean
Kellie A.
Nicos cleaning cleaned my carpets great! And they were responsible, followed my instructions and were very responsive!
Nico's Carpet cleaningNico's Carpet cleaning
Adnan s.
Great and exceptional service. My carpet looks like new. Chad is very hardworking and knowledgeable guy he truly did an outstanding Job, plus The way they charge for their carpet cleaning seems way more fair and affordable than other services I've used. They will be my carpet cleaners as long as I have carpet in my home. Thanks so much for your great work! Highly recommended 👍
Refresh Floor CareRefresh Floor Care
Bhaskar k.
Mario did a good job cleaning my carpet. He was reasonable and accommodating.
Nico's Carpet cleaningNico's Carpet cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Jobwell done. Had some stains on the carpet and he cleaned them properly.
A-1 CleanA-1 Clean
Smruti P.
Cleaned the carpet so nicely 👍 Am happy with his service !! Will hire again
Carpet Clean &Junk RemovalCarpet Clean &Junk Removal
Thumbtack Customer
I had requested for complete carpet clean (with moving of furniture). The guy who came just refused to move the bed or dining table. I only had to move most of my furniture so the entire carpet is cleaned. He was not willing to clean the carpet in Closet for which I had to pay $10 extra. The cleaning process was very quick and took around 25 mins for 500 sqt. Overall, the service was average. I would request the A1 Clean to have more customer oriented approach.
A-1 CleanA-1 Clean
Ashlyn O.
We booked Silva to clean 2 carpeted bedrooms in our new house. They arrived on time, did the job well, and the carpets smell great! Highly recommend for a quick, easy job.
Silva's Carpet Cleaning Service, Inc.Silva's Carpet Cleaning Service, Inc.
Brian D.
Live Green and Michael did a great job cleaning the carpet. I highly recommend their services.
Live GreenLive Green
Liz T.
Miguel did an excellent job cleaning all of our carpets for an exceptional price. Didn’t try to sell other services and gave advice on how to extend the life of our carpet. We will use his company again to have our air ducts cleaned in the near future.
Live GreenLive Green
Brian S.
Wally did a wonderful job cleaning and stretching my carpet. They are very clean and he was even so friendly with my dogs. Highly recommend!
Wally's cleaning careWally's cleaning care
Charlie M.
Wally was very professional. He did a great job on the cleaning and I will definitely have him clean my carpets in the future —Highly Recommend!
Wally's cleaning careWally's cleaning care
Molly A.
Did an awesome job! Got up stains that other carpet cleaners said wouldn’t come up!
Protex Carpet & Floor CareProtex Carpet & Floor Care
Brie H.
Steve was thorough and had all the equipment to take his time and get our stairs clean. They had pet urine from our senior dog and no matter what product I tried myself, nothing got the carpets clean and fresh! Steve did an amazing job and I would recommend him to anyone looking for clean carpets!
Carpet Clean &Junk RemovalCarpet Clean &Junk Removal
Saint E.
Mason was the most professional Carpet Care technician that I've ever had clean and care for my carpets. Zerorez cleaned the 2 years prior, he showed me all of the foam residue that was left in my carpets from them. He also cleaned the tile and grout in bathroom that Zero couldn't clean. One last thing, there was an area in my living room (3' x 2') in front of sofa that Zero said would never come clean, guess what its clean now! He gives only a 30 minute window and he was ahead of schedule. Give him a try, you wont be disappointed.
Protex Carpet & Floor CareProtex Carpet & Floor Care
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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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