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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
Allison f.
Jon did an amazing job cleaning my pet soiled carpet. Will definitely use again for another carpet cleaning.
Jon's Cleaning ServiceJon's Cleaning Service
Jo C.
Charles is a friendly, professional experienced, knowledgeable carpet cleaner. Our carpets look beautiful!
Dream Klean II, LLCDream Klean II, LLC
Damian K.
Quick turnaround, they did deep cleaning of the tiles and carpet. Very satisfied
R & M Cleaning ServiceR & M Cleaning Service
Casey A.
This was hands down the best carpet cleaning I have ever had! My carpet looked brand new after 6 years with 5 kids....amazing work! I also loved that the carpet wasn't wet for hours, but barely damp.
Ritika S.
Jon responded to my last minute request and arrived promptly to clean the carpets. He went above and beyond and offered to fix up a frayed piece of carpet for us. It was great working with him.
Jon's Cleaning ServiceJon's Cleaning Service
Thumbtack Customer
Cleaned 4 bedrooms, hall and stairs. He's quick and efficient. Stains on my carpet which I had tried to get out many times were erased like magic. I will have him clean my carpets from now on. Oh, and by the way, this isn't steam cleaning. It's ultrasonic, and I've never seen anything like it before!
UV .
Charles has a portable machine so he can Manouver well through entire home. Felt that the power was little limited but carpets Were well cleaned. He did rugs carpets and a chair for a very reasonable price.
Dream Klean II, LLCDream Klean II, LLC
Adam W.
Extremely friendly and arranged an appointment with few days notice. The carpets haven't looked so clean in ages! Thank you!
Dream Klean II, LLCDream Klean II, LLC
Danning X.
Bobby was very quick to respond to my request and came out next day to perform the carpet cleaning. The work was done well and efficiently.
BB&B Carpet and Tile CleaningBB&B Carpet and Tile Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Both tile and carpet cleaned. Charles did a great job! He was on time, explained process and just really cared about his quality of work. I Wilbur using his services again.
Dream Klean II, LLCDream Klean II, LLC
Nicholas D.
Bobby and Jonathan were exceptional. They performed the pressure washing job right away. There prices were very competitive, and they were flexible in what they would do. They were able to pressure wash my siding, gutters, driveway, and back patio, which was huge! They also cleaned my carpets, and did a great job. Jonathan back on my request immediately, and Bobby came out to give me a quote and start working the next day. They were easy to work with, and did excellent work. I would recommend them for pressure washing, carpet cleaning for sure.
Jon's Cleaning ServiceJon's Cleaning Service
Mina D.
Well done. He was puntuncual, professional and awesome. The price was fair as well. Super happy to support a black owned business and one that does a great job with cleaning carpets! Can't wait to book him again. You will not regret going with this pro!
Dream Klean II, LLCDream Klean II, LLC
Gary C.
Bobby did an excellent job. We kept a pretty clean home but had furniture that hasn't been moved for 5 years that created stains that looked like we were going to have to replace the carpet. Bobby worked on it till the stains came out. Highly recommend him.
BB&B Carpet and Tile CleaningBB&B Carpet and Tile Cleaning
Kermit S.
I decided to have my carpets done by Sam because his price was about 20 bucks less than the other 2 quotes I obtained. His work quality was fair and consistent will my rule that states "if you want a good job be prepared to pay the price". My must state that he was on time and very professional and easy to work with. Revised Review 10/17/2017 5:22PM I posted a review yesterday stating I was disappointed in the quality of carpet cleaning work provided by Sam’s Carpet Cleaning Service. Sam came to my home this afternoon stating that he came to address my concerns and offered to do the job over. We focused on the area of concern and Sam completed to work with my 100% of satisfaction. I very impressed with his professionalism and the enthusiasm he demonstrated to get the job done well. Well done Sam, I am looking forward to seeing you next year.
Sam upholstery & carpet cleaningSam upholstery & carpet cleaning
Art P.
Charles contacted me shortly after I submitted request. He was friendly, professional and prompt. He does good quality work and did a great job with cleaning our carpets and left the house smelling fresh as well. I will definitely recommend his services to friends and family. Thanks Charles for the fantastic job!
Dream Klean II, LLCDream Klean II, LLC
Anne C.
The carpet for our rental had not been steam cleaned before we moved in. It looks so much better now. Staff was very professional, especially by calling to say they were running late and giving an updated arrival time to allow me to run errands before the company’s arrival. Very friendly and great job! Highly recommend!!
Thumbtack Customer
I had the whole carpet of my 4 bedrooms single story house done today. I agreed to pay an extra $25 because of the miscommunication for the 5th room/area. Carpet in one of the bedrooms has to much stain from coke or pepsi spills so I decide that I will replace it hence no need to clean it. Charles told me that he thought that it is a total of 4 rooms. Charles and his helpers did a good job. He will come back on Monday with some stronger chemical to remove few tough stains. I am pretty happy with the job and wait for Monday
Dream Klean II, LLCDream Klean II, LLC
Chris S.
We needed our carpets urgently cleaned after renting our home out for 3 years and finding it a mess upon our return. Charles came to our aid quickly and even carved time out of his day to come a second time for a resurfaced stain. Each time he was patient and answered all our questions! We'll definitely be using his services on a biannual basis. Thanks Charles!
Dream Klean II, LLCDream Klean II, LLC
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