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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
We have a very old worn carpet and Robert (Best Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning) got it cleaner than expected.
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Margaret O.
Chris is a very nice guy. My carpet was really dirty. I think the carpet cleaners with truck mounted units that really pull out the dirt clean the carpets more effectively.
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Thumbtack Customer
carpet cleaning, very reliable
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Linda G.
Carpet cleaned, awesome job.
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Thumbtack Customer
Carpet cleaning. Very satisfied with results.
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Shantelle R.
Great job on cleaning our carpet!
Arizona showtime carpet careArizona showtime carpet care
Thumbtack Customer
I had never had my carpets cleaned by this method. Chris was able to get the stains out that were in the carpet at my rental condo for some time. I will hire Chris again to clean the carpet in my house.
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Thumbtack Customer
i had a carpet cleaning done by chris yesterday.he arrived on time and was very courteous.my carpets are looking great.
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RANNY M.
Colin is a carpet cleaning pro! His work ethic and Brinkley product for carpet cleaning is why we will hire them again. Thank you thumbtack for this excellent referral.
Brimley's White Glove Chem-DryBrimley's White Glove Chem-Dry
Thumbtack Customer
I'm totally impressed by this company. My mother started to eat in the living room and would have spilling accidents. After having the house cleaned there were no more dark spots on the light colored carpeting. I will contact Best Carpet Cleaning for all our upholstery, carpet and tile cleaning needs. By the way, I have NEVER had a cleaning company stay for three hours in my houses. Best Carpet Cleaning truly cares about their customers and aren't there just for the money alone. Thanks again!
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Lynn Z.
First time to us this carpet cleaner. The price was right.
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Thumbtack Customer
We needed our carpets cleaned in a time crunch and they did an amazing job. They came out quickly for us and the carpets were cleaned great and treated to pevent future stains. Will use again.
Ultimate Floor Care LLCUltimate Floor Care LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Chris was GREAT!! On time, courteous, worked quickly but not so fast he did not do a great job cleaning my carpets. And, he was reasonably priced. I recommend Chris to clean your carpets! Kim
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Monica S.
Chris quick dry carpet cleaning service was great! Thank you!
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Dan J.
On time, courteous and cleaned the carpet very well! Thank you Chris!
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Stephen V.
Great Job! I was looking for a deep clean, but the method used cleaned the carpet and removed some stains. Bravo!!
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Pat S.
Nice job. Will have again if I need to have carpets cleaned again
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Amanda J.
Thank you Gunnar! Our carpets look so much better, and smells brand new! Hire this guy if you want your carpets cleaned well with a smile. :-)
CopperState Floor Care LLCCopperState Floor Care LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Average carpet cleaning, price paid was not as quoted, said it would be $45 for 3 rooms of carpet it was $100, I was under the impression this was for entire home including tile as discussed, typical bait and switch, carpets do looks much better and dried quickly.
All Steam PhxAll Steam Phx
Thumbtack Customer
My carpets have never been so clean!! I highly recommend Chris.
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Thumbtack Customer
Chris was very polite, cleaned thoroughly and carpet dried within the hour which was great!
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Thumbtack Customer
I contacted Chris about cleaning our rental property's carpet. He agreed and understood that the unit was currently under construction and that we wouldn't need the carpets done until the week of or the week after Thanksgiving. When I tried to contact him about scheduling the carpet cleaning (3- 4 different occasions) we never received a call or text back.
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Thumbtack Customer
Rob did a excellent job on my carpet, very professional and called prior to appointment. Thanks Rob for a great Job. I would highly recommend Rob on any carpet cleaning.
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Stacy D.
Ryan was excellent! Very professional and responsive. He cleaned the carpet in our master bedroom and the entire upstairs. All rooms look great! I highly recommend Arizona Showtime Carpet Care!
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Matthew E.
Helped my in laws with carpet cleaning and turned out better than expected. Excellent work.
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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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