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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
Jeanne V.
I am very happy with work that EverLush Carpet Cleaning did for me today! Vinson Luna is a very "down to earth" professional! My carpet looks AWESOME and the cost was less than anticipated! EverLush Carpet Cleaning will be my "go to" for all future cleaning needs!
EverLush Cleaning ServicesEverLush Cleaning Services
Thumbtack Customer
Team Carpet did a fabulous job with cleaning my carpets! Marty was thorough and provided exceptional service. Thank you so much!!
Team Carpet CareTeam Carpet Care
Thumbtack Customer
This is the best carpet cleaning I have ever had. The carpet looks awesome. Mike arrived on time and was very courteous. No add on costs.
Magic Dry LLCMagic Dry LLC
Ariel B.
Came on time very professional the carpet was cleaned quickly and came out very clran
Dirtbusters Carpet CleaningDirtbusters Carpet Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Mike came into a carpet cleaning that hadn't happened for 2 years with a dog that thought it was grass... I've already booked him for another cleaning!
Magic Dry LLCMagic Dry LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience with Magic Dry. This was the second carpet cleaning company I have used in Thornton and I will definitely be using them again. Mike was very professional and expanded every step of the process. The carpet was 100 times cleaner than it was before and he even got some tough rust stains out. In addition, the carpet was dry as soon as he was done. Great value for a great price and no hidden charges.
Magic Dry LLCMagic Dry LLC
Carla h.
He pre-spotted all pet urine. After cleaning the carpet pile looks better than it has for years. Highly recommended and pleased with his cleaning. Carla helms
JD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pinaJD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pina
Yolanda S.
Christian arrived on time ,greeted me with a friendly smile and was energetic. We walked the rental property at which time I explained my areas of concern and expectations. The carpets were cleaned to a reasonable expectation but the carpet repairs that we discussed with the office and with Christian didn't happen.
Spectrum Cleaning and RestorationSpectrum Cleaning and Restoration
Patrick C.
The best carpet cleaning service we have ever contracted. I can’t think of anything to mention for improvements to their service and I usually can think of something to nitpick!
Magic Dry LLCMagic Dry LLC
Vince J.
Anthony is amazing! Truly a professional and he is very passionate about what he does! Anthony will take extra good care of your carpet and tell you every step of the way what he is doing. So rare these days to find someone who takes such pride in their work! Our carpet looks brand new today!! Thank you Mr. Anthony! I will never have anyone else but you clean our carpet.
Carpet Clean GroupCarpet Clean Group
Thumbtack Customer
BEST job EVER. Did a better job than last carpet cleaner by removing EVERY stain. I think he has better equipment. Also, best price on Thumbtack.
Team Carpet CareTeam Carpet Care
Thumbtack Customer
Destroyed our throw rug which we had cleaned. Sold us on an upgrade to get our pet stains out of the carpet - pet stains remained. Customer service and follow-up is poor.
Spectrum Cleaning and RestorationSpectrum Cleaning and Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
I had Marty clean my daughters room. She had all kinds of stains in her carpets from makeup to bbq sauce.....he got them all out! He was very professional and curtious, offering other suggestions for my carpets, like re stretching or even replacement (when needed). I immediately called my friend and told her he needed to come do her house. We will be scheduling that for next week.
Team Carpet CareTeam Carpet Care
Thumbtack Customer
Had 2 sick doggies that decided to use my loft as their potty... I was very afraid knowing how hard ito is, not only to clean the stains, but to get rid of the smell... magic dry ando Michael did wonders! This is now my go to carpet cleating company!!
Magic Dry LLCMagic Dry LLC
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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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