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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
Tina Z.
Got green clean service to clean my carpet when my roommate was moving out. He not only cleaned the carpet in the roommate but was kind enough to do my little den area as well. Finally able to clean the stain and get a clean carpet.
Green Clean ServicesGreen Clean Services
Thumbtack Customer
On top of my clean carpets I also learned all about carpet cleaning techniques and carpet care. Isreal and his brother are both very nice guys, I definitely recommend them!
Coronado's Carpet CleaningCoronado's Carpet Cleaning
Sherry L.
Great quick carpet cleaning and service!
Green Clean ServicesGreen Clean Services
Tony E.
Great service and carpet cleaning. Recommend to any and all!
Green Clean ServicesGreen Clean Services
Meghan G.
There were still spots on the carpet and the furniture marks were not lifted which should happen when you properly clean carpet.
Green Clean ServicesGreen Clean Services
Michael A.
Carpets turned out great. I’m happy with the service. Next time I need carpets cleaned I know who to call.
Green Clean ServicesGreen Clean Services
Haru k.
Pet stains and odor were lifted from my carpets. Highly recommended . Will continue to use Clean my carpet for future projects.
Clean My Carpet-Upholstery-FlooringClean My Carpet-Upholstery-Flooring
Brandon A.
They did an amazing job cleaning the carpets of our new house!
Moreno Janitorial & Carpet CleaningMoreno Janitorial & Carpet Cleaning
Francesco V.
It was quick and very effective. Shocked by how much cleaner the carpet was
Green Clean ServicesGreen Clean Services
DAE HEE M.
Thanks you so much for cleaned up! Feel so good after clean my carpet!
Oxi Fresh Diablo ValleyOxi Fresh Diablo Valley
Thumbtack Customer
Mother Nature's Carpet Cleaning was great! They cleaned my carpets to the best of their abilities (even though the carpet was molding due to my landlord's unfortunate attempt to clean them herself...); the carpet looks and smells MUCH better than before. They were also willing to speak with my landlord to explain that the padding may be ruined, which may be causing the scent to be strong. Super professional, super quick to respond to my request, and super helpful the entire time. Would definitely hire again!
Mother Nature's CleaningMother Nature's Cleaning
Jason B.
Great experience! Would hire again for any carpet cleaning needs.
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Simon R.
Turned up on time, was extremely polite and courteous. Finished with clean carpets!
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Justin R.
Quick responses, was on time, and did a great job cleaning our carpets.
Moreno Janitorial & Carpet CleaningMoreno Janitorial & Carpet Cleaning
Melissa W.
Clean my carpet was absolutely amazing. They were very responsive to my messages and punctual. The carpet cleaning process was quieter than expected and they were able to get this huge stain out of my floors. I will be calling them again for future cleanings. Highly recommend
Clean My Carpet-Upholstery-FlooringClean My Carpet-Upholstery-Flooring
Bill R.
Daniel was great. He cleaned all the carpets and they look like new. He even came back again to scotchguard the stairs. He was prompt, easy to communicate with and professional. Definitely my go to carpet cleaner from now on!
Clean My Carpet-Upholstery-FlooringClean My Carpet-Upholstery-Flooring
Nathan H.
My roommate interacted with Daniel when he came to clean the carpets and here’s what he said: “Daniel did a great job cleaning the carpets, was professional, on time, and really great to work with. Would highly recommend him!”
Clean My Carpet-Upholstery-FlooringClean My Carpet-Upholstery-Flooring
Jaspreet J.
If your looking for Mind blowing results and a carpet cleaner that actually cares about doing a superb job then clean my carpet is for you. Daniel saved us money and restored our carpeting. He removed stains and odor from our rental inlaw that we thought were a complete total loss. Highly recommended!!
Clean My Carpet-Upholstery-FlooringClean My Carpet-Upholstery-Flooring
Daniel T.
Vladi was right on time, cleaned the carpets quickly, and did a great job. Thanks!
Green Clean ServicesGreen Clean Services
Joe A.
Please disregard this review - I did not have my carpet cleaned by this company.
Clean My Carpet-Upholstery-FlooringClean My Carpet-Upholstery-Flooring
Brent O.
Green cleaning services was hired to clean the carpets of a rental unit of 5 rooms that were covered in stains and a few years of busy tenants. So happy I chose this company! The carpets look brand new and will definitely recommend his services and looking forward to hiring them again for any future carpet and upholstery projects. Thank you!
Green Clean ServicesGreen Clean Services
Thumbtack Customer
Leopoldo did an excellent job with the carpet cleaning, was on time, and was flexible in his schedule when I had to change the appointment time on him. The carpet looked like new. Thanks!
LP Cleaning ServiceLP Cleaning Service
Aaron M.
Super friendly gentleman! Cleaned the carpet quickly, no complaints at all. Would absolutely hit him up again for a deep clean 👍👍
Junior’s cleaning serviceJunior’s cleaning service
Jack S.
Great work, results and value. I highly recommend for any carpet cleaning needs!
Silva's Carpet Cleaning Service, Inc.Silva's Carpet Cleaning Service, Inc.
Bryan S.
My carpet looks fantastic today! Thank you Augustine/Castro cleaning services
Castro's Cleaning ServiceCastro's Cleaning Service
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Over time, your carpets can collect dirt, dust, allergens and odors — that’s why it’s often recommended you get a professional carpet cleaning at least once a year. A steam clean, shampoo or deep clean can make your carpet look new again. Whether your carpet is made of wool, cotton or synthetic fabric, contact a local carpet cleaning pro near you to get cost estimates, ask about specials and book an appointment.

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