Carpet cleaning is available for rental properties, homes, multiunit buildings, offices and commercial spaces. Depending on the carpet, several different methods can be used including steam cleaning, dry cleaning and other special techniques. Professional carpet cleaners address general cleaning and odor removal, as well as pet, food, drink, oil, grease and other specific stains. Multiple factors affect carpet cleaning costs.
More than anything else, square footage determines the overall cost of carpet cleaning. Anthony Yacobozzi of Techniclean says the average cost for carpet cleaning in Florida ranges from 25 cents to 50 cents per square foot, while in North Carolina, Steve Toney of Toney’s Floor Care says that prices average around 20 cents per square foot. Many carpet pros have a minimum cost for service to ensure that their time and resources are well spent.
Number of rooms
House layout can also affect carpet cleaning costs. Carpet cleaners may charge per room, assuming a maximum size per room, with oversized rooms incurring additional charges or sometimes being charged as two rooms. Some companies may have a minimum room agreement such as Toney’s Floor Care, which has a two-room minimum at $42 per room.
Carpeted stairs require more labor, time and occasionally special cleaning tools, all of which can demand a higher price per square foot than standard flat carpet cleaning.
Pet stains, other stubborn stains or hard-to-remove spots and odors may require special products or extra time and attention during cleaning. For really stubborn stains, professionals use a hot water extraction method commonly referred to as "steam cleaning" (although no steam is actually generated). They apply a cleaning agent into the carpet pile and use water in the extractor to recover the used solution and soil.
The fiber type, density and pile of the carpet can all impact the cost of cleaning. As a general rule, the denser the carpet fibers, the more resistant to stains. Man-made fibers are often easier to clean. For example, wool carpets clean well but are more sensitive to water and require a higher-level of attention, which may be more expensive to clean than a synthetic fiber such as nylon that’s more resilient in the cleaning process. Most professional carpet cleaners use steam cleaning (high-pressure, hot water extraction) machines.
Moving furniture requires time and labor, which can increase the cost of the carpet cleaning. To save on your overall bill, move desks, tables, sofas and bookshelves yourself ahead of time.