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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

Does a professional carpet cleaner or steam cleaner need to enter my home?

Because the majority of carpet cleaning and steam cleaning jobs take place in someone’s home, it’s likely that a professional carpet cleaner would need to enter your home.

When you contact carpet cleaners near you, ask if they will do a video call in place of a standard consultation. Send photos and other materials digitally. Practice safe social distancing at all times, and follow both local and CDC guidelines.

Reviews for Charleston carpet cleaners
Charlie J.
Magic Carpet did an excellent job cleaning my carpets! Love them!
Magic Carpet & Cleaning ServiceMagic Carpet & Cleaning Service
Stuart W.
On time and did an excellent job cleaning my carpet. I would recommend 4 Corners cleaning to anyone that is looking for a value priced carpet cleaning company.
4 Corners Complete Care4 Corners Complete Care
Zeb L.
Carpet cleaning went quickly and well.
A-Z CleanA-Z Clean
Thumbtack Customer
They were on time , prompt and did a great job with carpet cleaning.
A-Z CleanA-Z Clean
Robin I.
Great job communicating, punctual and I’m extremely happy with the carpet cleaning. Would highly recommend.
N2 Floors CleaningN2 Floors Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
I didn't stick around to oversee the cleaning, but I wasn't pleased with the quality of work. The carpets were "cleaned", but there was significant debris still left in cracks between the wall and baseboard. Also, there were several areas with tough stains on the carpet in multiple rooms and none of those areas were cleaned. At a minimum, I expected to see some improvement. My stairs were all carpet and it didn't even appear as if it was cleaned. I had to reach down to feel it to see if it was damp just to make sure. It just looked as dirty as it was prior to cleaning. Probably wouldn't recommend to anyone I know in futures. If you're just looking for some shampoo on carpet, go for it. If you're looking for a deep clean with hard stain removal, you may want to look elsewhere.
A-Z CleanA-Z Clean
Ian G.
Far exceeded my expectations on how clean my carpet would get. Amazing work and super nice!
Immaculate Home Reflections of CharlestonImmaculate Home Reflections of Charleston
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome. Worked with me and my busy schedule. Wanted a good, clean carpet and that's what I got. Thank you!
A-Z CleanA-Z Clean
Sheila G.
Marvin was great. Was on time and ready to clean our carpets. During the service, we requested a few other areas to be cleaned which he did. Very professional and highly recommend him.
A-Z CleanA-Z Clean
Matthew M.
Arrived 10 minutes early even in bad traffic. Carpet looks brand new, even though it’s 10 years old. I get it deep cleaned once a year, two cats so it needs it. First time using this particular company. My last company did an ok job, but not super responsive to phone calls and texts. THIS company is now my go to for carpet cleaning, and I think I’ll make it twice a year due to their reasonable rates. Oh, did I mention they got out a stain that was not able to be removed with earlier carpet cleanings. Definitely very very highly recommend.
Magic Carpet & Cleaning ServiceMagic Carpet & Cleaning Service
Summer D.
Rhonda is amazing and just plain lovely to be around! She cleaned my carpet and it looks and smells great after some nasty pet stains. I will be using her for any cleaning needs I have in the future.
Cleaning QueensCleaning Queens
CJ L.
Kings Housekeeping did a great job cleaning my carpets after a tenant move out. Great rates and great people. Will definitely be using them in the future!
Ilasha’s Errand ServiceIlasha’s Errand Service
Leslie H.
Aaron quickly responded, gave me a very fair price, and did a great job cleaning carpets. He spent extra time making sure the job was done well.
Immaculate Home Reflections of CharlestonImmaculate Home Reflections of Charleston
Charlene T.
Allan arrived promptly and started working on our carpet right away. He was very efficient and effective. He got the fabric clean on 4 dinette chairs that I had given up on, because the fabric was so dirty. Our carpets look like new, just in time for putting our house on the market. Thank you Allan for doing such a great job!
Magic Carpet & Cleaning ServiceMagic Carpet & Cleaning Service
Lauren V.
A-Z Clean was able to work our house into their schedule immediately. I worked with Marlon, and he was very professional and courteous. He also did a great job cleaning the carpets after we had our ceilings scraped of popcorn so I will recommend him to others!
A-Z CleanA-Z Clean
Thumbtack Customer
Marlon no-showed to an appointment HE scheduled, was blatantly rude when questioned as to why, and exposed himself as unprofessional, untrustworthy, and completely not dependable. We choose to not use this tech for our carpet cleaning after all.
A-Z CleanA-Z Clean
Thumbtack Customer
My technician was great, early, professional. But after the carpet dried I still smell an odd urine smell which was why I hired the service. It's 6mon old carpet with no stains just has always had a funk urine smell and I read that your company deoderizes so that's why I went with A-Z clean. Mystery of the smell continues... :/
A-Z CleanA-Z Clean
Jody D.
I appreciate your professionalism in correcting the appointment time issue. They did a wonderful job cleaning my carpets and I was able to get my deposit back from my apartment complex. Thanks again!
4 Corners Complete Care4 Corners Complete Care
April F.
I recently purchased a home that was not move out cleaned by the sellers and also needed the carpets cleaned, so I contacted T & C Cleaning 843 and they gave me the quote and completed the work....which I was very pleased with! They were punctual and very thorough! They did an excellent job and I would definitely recommend them and use them again!
T & C Cleaning 843 Handyman Services LLCT & C Cleaning 843 Handyman Services LLC
Chera R.
Hired for a move out. Very personable and friendly! He was punctual and knowledgeable. He explained the process, what to expect, and gave tips and pointers on keeping the carpet clean longer. Will be using them again in our new place!
4 Corners Complete Care4 Corners Complete Care
Claude C.
Had issues with equipment for carpet cleaning but worked hard to make it work including coming back at another date to finish the job. Had everything gone smoothly on day 1 would have been a 5 star experience.
A-Z CleanA-Z Clean
Thumbtack Customer
I could not be more pleased with Ilesha. Not only is she delightful, she did an amazing job cleaning my carpets. She was creative in finding a way to make it work when the hot water did not work and persevered doing an excellent job. I will definitely hire her again. L. Edwards
Ilasha’s Errand ServiceIlasha’s Errand Service
Katie H.
This is the third carpet cleaning company we have used since we bought our house. I haven’t been overly impressed until this time. He did a great job and the pricing is fair and reasonable. Additionally he was quick to respond to my quote request and got us booked the very next day ( on a Sunday)! We definitely will be a repeat customer.
Magic Carpet & Cleaning ServiceMagic Carpet & Cleaning Service
Robert R.
They did a great job cleaning my carpets. I had a ton of pet stains that needed to come up. He let me know up front that they were pretty deep seeded and may not come out and even may come back before starting the work. I appreciated the honesty and advice. After it was done almost all of the stains were removed and I’m very happy with the work. Would definitely use again and highly recommend.
A-Z CleanA-Z Clean
Thumbtack Customer
I had 3 rooms done with high traffic areas & 1 ugly stain. They got the ugly stain out. They use what looks like the machine you rent at Lowes, so I was concerned. Carpet turned out cleaner looking. Took longer than they estimated of 2 hrs to dry - about 4 hours. Very polite and fast. Showed up on time. Great communicators and followed up next day to see how it turned out. Asked for deodorizer, but don't know as I couldn't smell anything (maybe that's what it does?).
A-Z CleanA-Z Clean
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