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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
Ifeanyi N.
Chico cleaning did a great job cleaning our carpets part of the carpet that was destroyed due to bleach was restored. Our carpet looks almost brand new
Chicos Cleaning & Restoration LLC.Chicos Cleaning & Restoration LLC.
Tim W.
Valley Carpet Cleaning did a great job on my carpets!!! It was a last minute clean request and they were right on it and made my carpets look great!!! Thanks again for quick response and making my carpets look amazing!!
Valley Carpet Cleaning LLCValley Carpet Cleaning LLC
Kristin B.
I am very happy with the job that Ames Carpet Cleaning did. Steve is professional and very easy to work with. Thanks for the beautifully clean carpet!
Ames Carpet & Upholstery CleaningAmes Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Teresa J.
carpets were cleaned beautifully, thx
ProClean Carpet Care LLCProClean Carpet Care LLC
Julie V.
The owner cleaned my carpets and was so professional and respectful yet friendly! My carpets are gorgeous again!!!
Valley Carpet Cleaning LLCValley Carpet Cleaning LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Alex arrived on time at our home, cleaned entire both floors including our extra wide stairs, and wiped down the wood floors as he cleaned the carpets. Alex performed an outstanding job, left carpets looking extremely clean, My wife and I highly recommend Alex for carpet cleaning services.
Capital Janitorial CompanyCapital Janitorial Company
Tamsin R.
Was punctual and cleaned the carpets without any problems
ProClean Carpet Care LLCProClean Carpet Care LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The carpet cleaner showed up on time and did a great job. He was kind and personable and worked hard to get the carpets clean in a few problem areas. We are dealing with older carpet that has been well cared for but shows its age. I also had them clean another house we moved from which had excellent newer carpet and they did a great job.
Valley Carpet Cleaning LLCValley Carpet Cleaning LLC
David L.
Quick carpet cleaning and helped with eliminating dog smell
ProClean Carpet Care LLCProClean Carpet Care LLC
Teresa R.
Did excellent job getting my carpet cleaned
Chicos Cleaning & Restoration LLC.Chicos Cleaning & Restoration LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Great job, carpets are very clean and smell great/
Valley Carpet Cleaning LLCValley Carpet Cleaning LLC
Matt S.
The carpet and our furniture look amazing and smells clean
ProClean Carpet Care LLCProClean Carpet Care LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Deep cleaning of my living room carpet. Tim was on time and worked quickly plus the price was waaaaaay less than any other Carpet Cleaning Service had quoted me on Thumbtack.
Tim's Carpet Cleaning & Property MaintenanceTim's Carpet Cleaning & Property Maintenance
Thumbtack Customer
Jess did a great job!! Carpet was clean and smelled fresh
ProClean Carpet Care LLCProClean Carpet Care LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The cleaning exceeded our expectations! There were some tough spots on the carpet. We didn't think It was possible for the carpet to look so clean. Friendly, professional, and efficient service. We were highly satisfied with their work.
Prime Cleaning & MaintenancePrime Cleaning & Maintenance
Richard S.
Friendly, professional, on time, and did a great job on my very dirty carpets. Would definitely use again and would not hesitate to recommend for carpet cleaning.
ProClean Carpet Care LLCProClean Carpet Care LLC
Leigh C.
Great quality job on a last minute move-out carpet cleaning!
Chicos Cleaning & Restoration LLC.Chicos Cleaning & Restoration LLC.
Jai K.
Jess did a great job with the carpet cleaning! Definitely recommend him.
ProClean Carpet Care LLCProClean Carpet Care LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Integrity Cleaning did a fantastic job on my carpet, cleaning dirt and stains that remained after the carpet had been cleaned by another company less than 2 months ago! I was very unhappy with the results from the previous cleaning, but was told that because the carpet was old, it was not possible to remove all the stains. Integrity proved them wrong and did a stellar job at a very reasonable price -- the stains are gone. Thanks Nate!
Integrity CleaningIntegrity Cleaning
Kim D.
I would recommend Carpets Inc. to anyone looking to get their carpets or rugs cleaned. He was super efficient and left our floors looking brand new!
Carpets Inc.Carpets Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Very responsive and did a great job! I so uld hire Prime Cleaning to clean my carpets again.
Prime Cleaning & MaintenancePrime Cleaning & Maintenance
Nicole P.
Incredibly responsive and came out within a days notice. Carpets look great after for owner neglected to clean after dogs threw up on carpet and whatever else they left.
Mission Cleaning NWMission Cleaning NW
Thumbtack Customer
Great service! Tim provided a quick and fair quote shortly after I contacted Thumbtack to request carpet cleaning services. Tim arrived promptly and cleaned our carpet quickly and meticulously. I would definitely recommend him to others in the future.
Tim's Carpet Cleaning & Property MaintenanceTim's Carpet Cleaning & Property Maintenance
Kristin B.
Jess was fantastic! Arrived on time and did a great job cleaning my staircase carpet.
ProClean Carpet Care LLCProClean Carpet Care LLC
Heather A.
Super happy with the service provided. Not only does carpet look great but the 2 20 year old recliners look like new! I only expected them to no longer smell like cat urine but they look Amazing!!!! I will never go with anyone else for carpet and upholstery cleaning. I only wish I had more carpet that needed cleaning. :)
ProClean Carpet Care LLCProClean Carpet Care LLC
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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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