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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
Deb B.
Great work, on time, great value, carpets cleaned well. I will hire Oxymagic next time I need to have my carpet cleaned.
Oxymagic of Northern Colorado, IncOxymagic of Northern Colorado, Inc
Derek J.
Look no further- best carpet cleaner I’ve ever had!
Team Carpet CareTeam Carpet Care
Thumbtack Customer
Showed up early to the job, were very professional, took care of everything and left me with great looking clean carpets! Thanks Team Carpet Care!!
Team Carpet CareTeam Carpet Care
Christi S.
He did a fabulous job on our carpets. I never knew my carpets could get that clean. He was able to accommodate me with short notice and responded to my emails, texts, and questions promptly. The price was very reasonable and worth every penny. I would highly recommend his carpet and tile cleaning services.
Oxymagic of Northern Colorado, IncOxymagic of Northern Colorado, Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Chris did an excellent job on cleaning my carpets. I really was unsure if these carpets could be cleaned satisfactory from all the previous stains and pet odors from before. Chris did get out all the stains and odors. I highly recommend him.
High Country SteamHigh Country Steam
Carla M.
MAK cleaning arrived on time, they were professional, and our carpets and couches look awesome! Thanks! Dejan!
MAK Cleaning LLCMAK Cleaning LLC
Kiki H.
Great experience - happy with the communication, the carpet cleaning, the punctuality and professionalism. Would recommend and would hire again!
Oxymagic of Northern Colorado, IncOxymagic of Northern Colorado, Inc
Rickey G.
Truly astonished by the amazing job JD's cleaning did on the carpets at the place we were renting. He's very fast at responding, very professional, and very smart with what he does. I highly recommend anyone in the Longmont or surrounding areas to give him a call for all your carpet cleaning needs. Thanks again JD's cleaning for all your hard work!
JD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pinaJD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pina
Emily L.
Lovely hardworking college student came to our house, on time, and left our carpets exceptionally clean. Thank you!
Oxymagic of Northern Colorado, IncOxymagic of Northern Colorado, Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Mike worked for hours on my very old stained carpet He did a great job and I would gladly hire him again. I just had it cleaned by another company in August and they did such a poor job and charged me more. My carpets don't look new but for year old carpets with pets and kids they look good.
Magic Dry LLCMagic Dry LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Chris takes pride in his work- he was prompt, polite, and very hard working. The best carpet cleaner I've ever had.
High Country SteamHigh Country Steam
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional and hard working. I didn't think it was possible to get our carpets as clean as he did. Will hire him again.
JD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pinaJD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pina
Cielo L.
My carpet looks amazing. After having 2 puppies and a cat - my carpet was trashed. I am so impressed it looks so new and it is deodorized and everything. Plus the rug that was souled is amazingly clean too! Thank you so much! Highly recommend!!!
Dirtbusters Carpet CleaningDirtbusters Carpet Cleaning
Ursula M.
Andrew with Team Carpet Care did an excellent job cleaning the carpets. He communicated very well with both my husband and me about the process, drying time and what we could expect from the cleaning. I was pleasantly surprised that indentations from furniture were no longer visible after the cleaning. Andrew also pointed out that the pattern that resulted from the machine would be visible - but after a round of vacuuming and normal foot traffic, the pattern it is gone. Dealing with Team Carpet was very easy, responses were quick and everyone worked within the promised time frame. Overall a very pleasant and satisfactory experience.
Team Carpet CareTeam Carpet Care
Thumbtack Customer
We needed carpets in rooms and stairs cleaned, as well as an area rug. With all the great reviews Chris had, we trusted him to do the cleaning when we weren't home. No regrets, the carpets looked great and smelled fresh. Most the carpet dried easily, within a day, except for the stairs, but he had warned he spent extra time rinsing them because of stains. We had residual staining from pet accidents, and all of those were gone with the cleaning. Didn't get a chance to meet Chris, but he was responsive over text and the work done was great. Highly recommend.
High Country SteamHigh Country Steam
Art C.
Outstanding job. Showed up on time got right to work and did a better job them most carpet cleaners I've ever used. I would highly recommend this company.
Dirtbusters Carpet CleaningDirtbusters Carpet Cleaning
Joan R.
He let us know when he was on the way to our house. He did as he had been asked to do. That was to clean an old carpet and make it look the best he could. Very happy with the results.
Team Carpet CareTeam Carpet Care
Edwina p.
First carpet cleaner in 10 years who cleaned all my stairs, top and front without being asked. I moved all the small stuff before he came . He moved the sofa and chairs without being asked. Good old fashioned work ethic. Will hire him again .
JD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pinaJD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pina
Amy G.
My carpets have never looked so clean! Scott came with only a couple days notice, very responsive customer service. I have 3 dogs and 3 cats, and he scrubbed and scrubbed out an embarrassing number of pet stains and took extra care in a few hot spots. Frankly I was exhausted watching that man worked so hard! My carpets look brand new and the stains are gone!
Spanking Clean and GreenSpanking Clean and Green
Beatrice J.
Joseph cleaned all our carpets following a major remodel in our basement and was able to fit us in with 3 days of my call just in time for the arrival of town guests. His work is thorough and we are thrilled with how it came out.
JD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pinaJD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pina
Linda P.
Mr. De Pina was a delight to work with. He was professional, ready to get to work, responded to my needs for assistance with some of the heavier furniture, managed his time well and it was an all-around pleasant experience. I would definitely recommend to anyone needing carpet cleaning.
JD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pinaJD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pina
Deanna P.
Scott did a great job cleaning my carpet. I love that he uses no harsh chemicals. There was no smell at all, perfect! I would recommend him to anyone. He also finished in a very timely manner, just what I needed when trying to finish moving.
Spanking Clean and GreenSpanking Clean and Green
Tara B.
We needed a move out carpet clean done by last weekend. When we were stood up by another company on Thumbtack, JD came through within 6 hours!!! I reached out to him Monday morning and he showed up by lunchtime that same day. Thank you so much for getting this job done for us!
JD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pinaJD Cleaning Services LLC. Joseph De pina
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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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