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How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?

 
low costDo-It-Yourself: $30-$50average costMedium: $100-$250high costHigh: $180-$500
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Carpet cleaning is generally done through either chemical cleaning (encapsulation) or steam cleaning (hot water extraction). Companies price services either by the square foot of carpet cleaned or by the room or area.

Typical costs:

  • Chemical cleaning a 900-square foot two-bedroom apartment with about 650-square feet of carpet between the bedrooms, hallway and living room runs $124-$240. A 1,300-square foot single-story home has about 975-square feet of carpet through three bedrooms, living room and hall and costs $186-$390. A 2,200 square foot two-story home has about 1,700 square feet of carpet between three bedrooms, one living room, two halls and a family room and would average $323-$600.
  • Steam cleaning the same 900-square foot two-bedroom apartment runs $100-$208. A 1,300 square foot single-story home costs $150-$304. A 2,200-square foot two-story home runs $180-$544.
  • Most companies charge a cleaning minimum of $75-$109.
  • Self-service steam cleaning rental machines are available at many locations. The Rug Doctor rents for about $22. Cleaning solution concentrates are about $13 per half gallon. Spot cleaners are $4 and odor removers $5.
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What should be included:
  • Most wall-to-wall carpeting used today is synthetic and can usually be safely cleaned by either the chemical or steam methods, according to The Carpet and Rug Institute[1] . Wool or specialty rugs should follow manufacturers cleaning guidelines.
  • Chemical cleaning uses a liquid (sometimes mixed with carbonated water) or granulated cleaning product which cleans by encapsulating the dirt. As it dries, the residue is trapped in crystals which are vacuumed away. Depending on the chemical treatment used, the carpet will be dry to walk on either immediately, or up to two hours.
  • With steam cleaning, water is forced into the carpet fibers, which loosens dirt and is sucked back out. The floor will be left wet for 6-24 hours, depending on weather conditions. Most steam companies utilize van-mounted systems, where the machine stays in the van and only the hose enters the house.
  • Pre-spotting and deodorizing is necessary when stains, odors or pet urine are present in the carpet.
Additional costs:
  • Staircase cleaning runs about $2-$3 each stair.
  • Stain removal varies according to type and size of stain, but can run an additional .10 cents per square foot, or $30 for 300-square feet of cleaning space. Deodorizing averages .05 cents per square foot, or $15 for 300-square feet of cleaning area.
  • Each carpet cleaning company has an individual furniture moving policy. Most light furniture is removed and replaced at no charge.
  • Furniture cleaning is also available through most carpet cleaners. Sofa cleaning varies from $60-$196 and loveseats are $40-$140. In-house area rug cleaning is charged by the square foot and varies with rug type. Wool costs around $1-$1.50 per sq. ft., or $168-252 for a 12x14 foot rug, while synthetics average .75 cents per sq. ft., or $126 for a 12x14 foot.
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Great Carpet Cleaning Job
Amount: $150.00 per cleaning
Posted by: Luara in havelot, NC.Posted: December 5th, 2013 12:12PM
Steam or Chemical: Steam cleanedNumber of Rooms: 3 rooms Plus bonus room
Firm: KC'S CARPET CLEANING
This guy was extemely nice and professional-He used a rotovac 360i with a truck mount system. He prespayed with a deodorizer and chemical first then steamed cleaned two bed rooms as well as three closets and a big bonus room above the garage and even did the stairs-The job was top notch- he was done in about 2hrs and 45 minutes and the carpet was already close to being dry
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Carpet Cleaning
Amount: $2.00 per cleaning
Posted by: Miguel Martinez in So Ozone Park, NY.Posted: August 11th, 2013 05:08PM
Steam or Chemical: chemicalNumber of Rooms: first floor living area
Firm: June's Services, LLC
Excellent cleaning with rotovac system, will call him again! Devoted cleaning personal, good, work. Left carpet clean and deodorized. Will use again. 347-206-3232
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Carpet Cleaning
Amount: $69.00 per cleaning
Posted by: Monique40 in Romulus, MI.Posted: April 19th, 2013 03:04PM
Firm: A++ Carpet Cleaning
Carpet had not been cleaned in a few years. There were stains that I didn't think could be removed but the carpet looked like new. I would highly recommend this company 313-918-9718.
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CARPET CLEANING
Amount: $200.00 per cleaning
Posted by: ALICIAM in LAS VEGAS, NV.Posted: February 8th, 2013 08:02PM
Steam or Chemical: STEAM CLEANINGNumber of Rooms: 7
Firm: HONEST JOHNS CARPET CLEANING
THE COMPANY WAS THE VERY BEST THE WAY THEY CLEANED MY CARPET SCRUBBED IT AND THEN RINSED IT IM SO HAPPY I WILL TELL ALL MY FRIENDS
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cleaned my carpet in my home and my rentals too
Amount: $250.00 per cleaning
Posted by: PeterV in wheaton, IL.Posted: November 8th, 2012 01:11PM
Steam or Chemical: steamNumber of Rooms: 4
Firm: carpet wiser
Cleaned my home carpets, three bedrooms and a living room. He did such a good job I now use him for my rental properties. Good Attitude and works on weekends too.
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Carpet cleaning
Amount: $159.95 per cleaning
Posted by: AZ homeowner in surprise, AZ.Posted: August 16th, 2012 01:08PM
Steam or Chemical: SteamNumber of Rooms: 5
Firm: Aussie Carpet & Tile
Refered to Aussie Carpet we had'nt cleaned our carpet in 2 yrs so we had heavy traffic stains and general stains. Anyway Joe the owner came out and inspected and steam cleaned carpet to better than new all for $ 150.00 back to school special could'nt be happier will call again 602-818-6747
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Contact me
Amount: $99.00 per cleaning
Posted by: Michael Banks in Nashville, TN.Posted: August 3rd, 2012 08:08AM
Steam or Chemical: Steam cleanNumber of Rooms: 4
Firm: B&B carpet cleaning
My name is Michael Banks with B&B carpet cleaning and if your looking for the best price contact me at 615-601-0418.
We are running a special 4 rooms for $99.00and hallway is free.
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carpet cleaning
Amount: $250.00 per cleaning
Posted by: Fugg in Norwalk, CT.Posted: November 14th, 2011 06:11PM
Steam or Chemical: steamNumber of Rooms: 4
Firm: DMS
We just had our carpets cleaned by dms and they did an excellent job.
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Carpets cleaned in Wichita Falls
Amount: $115.00 per cleaning
Posted by: Darian in Wichita Falls, TX.Posted: October 6th, 2011 10:10AM
Steam or Chemical: Steam with chemicalNumber of Rooms: 4 rooms with walkin closet
Firm: MaxKleen of Texas
MaxKleen came out and did a perfect job! They got carpets cleaned a local chain carpet cleaning company could not get clean. I would highly recommed MaxKleen. Great service at a great price.
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Carpet Cleanng
Amount: $89.00 per cleaning
Posted by: DavidC in Odessa TX in Odessa, TX.Posted: July 8th, 2011 09:07PM
Steam or Chemical: NaturalNumber of Rooms: 3
Firm: Mr. Green Carpet Cleaning
We had our carpets cleaned for the first time in a long time. They were in very bad shape. After the tech was finished with our carpets, it looked like new. No extra fees for heavy track or spots. Awesome job! I strongly recommend (432)335-9931
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Steam Carpet Cleaning
Amount: $140.00 per cleaning
Posted by: one2 in Irvine, CA.Posted: May 10th, 2011 07:05PM
Steam or Chemical: SteamNumber of Rooms: 5
Firm: Orange County Carpet Cleaning
We had our carpets cleaned by Oc carpet cleaning 2 days ago. Extremely satisfied with the results. Excellent work. We have no reservation whatsoever in recommending them to anyone. Their toll free number is 800-206-9787
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Matress Cleaning
Amount: $140.00 per cleaning
Posted by: Stacy diop in Chicago, IL.Posted: April 4th, 2011 10:04PM
Steam or Chemical: SteamNumber of Rooms:
Firm: Bfj Cleaning Serivices
We had our mattress cleaned by Bfj and was very satisfied with the results. We was about to buy a new one after we received our tax return.My husband suggested to have it clean first, believe me my son sometime wet the bed and left many brown spot on it. The owner was super nice and professional. If you see the mattress now u think we just buy it. I will be calling BFJ again in the summer for our carpet!
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Carpet Steam Cleaning
Amount: $87.50 per cleaning
Posted by: DeborahC in Monroe, NY.Posted: March 27th, 2011 12:03PM
Steam or Chemical: SteamNumber of Rooms: 3
Firm: Your Good Sons
A new company in the area. The sometimes say they are handymen, sometimes cleaners. They are really both. In all honesty, they are 2nd cousins of a friend at work who recommended them. They did a good, thorough job of my dining room, living room and hallway. They charge 25 per sq. ft. They charge extra for stains, moving furniture, etc. All carpet cleaners do. They have a 400 sq ft minimum and charged me for $2.50 for cleaning a grease stain and $2.50 each for moving two pieces of furniture. The total was only $87.50, the last time a franchise came here, they got me for about $150 last year. The work quality looks to be the same. They gave me a 10% discount coupon good 6-9 months from now. I was a few sq ft less than their 400 sq ft minimum, but if I only needed a single room done, I'd wait until I needed everything done, because the "minimum" might be better if it was only 250-300 sq ft for these guys.
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Carpet Cleaning
Amount: $420.00 per cleaning
Posted by: Adrody in Elk Grove, CA.Posted: March 18th, 2011 01:03PM
Steam or Chemical: Steam/ChemicalNumber of Rooms: 1 master bdrm
Firm: Chemfree
The company is called "Chemfree" and I heard of this company through a coupon which stated $69.99 for 3 bedrooms and 1 hall. However, I had less space than. I just wanted to clean my room, the hall, and Living Room which came out to be 435 sq. feet. They charged me $1.25/sq ft! It included: pre-treamtent, treatment, anti-microbial, and pet deodorization. The rugs did have some mold and pet urine/fecal stains, but $420?! That was way too pricey I think. We hand't washed the carpets for about 3 years but I think I got ripped. Could someone out there justify if I was ripped or not?! I was just concerned with my carpets because they did have unbearable odors. This Chemfree isn't even locatable in the ICR so I'm just frustrated.
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carpet cleaning
Amount: $125.00 per cleaning
Posted by: janel in pompton lakes, NJ.Posted: December 7th, 2010 04:12PM
Steam or Chemical: chemicalNumber of Rooms: 1
Firm: chuchill carpet care
they came in they setup did my living room which was 450sq ft and urine stains from my dog probably 10 of them highly recommend them did i also tell you the two guys who came were beautiful give them a call 201 215 4235
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carpet cleaning
Amount: $75.00 per cleaning
Posted by: sofy in elgin, IL.Posted: October 8th, 2010 07:10AM
Steam or Chemical: steam cleanNumber of Rooms: 3
Firm: carpet wiser cleaning & restoration
great experiance with the firm!!!! they did an awsome job....the tech came in did an estimate < he told me every thing that had to be done and explained how often i had to get my carpets cleaned and also gave me ideas on how to keep it clean longer!!! i recomend them !!
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Carpet Cleaning
Amount: $80.00 per cleaning
Posted by: AliciaE in Waterford, MI.Posted: October 3rd, 2010 09:10PM
Steam or Chemical: Hot water extraction/ steamNumber of Rooms: 5 rooms + hall
Firm: Dirty Mats Carpet Cleaning
They came out, were very nice and did a wonderful job. A+ work! My carpet was really dirty, they made sure it was done right and like new after they were done. They also did free deoderizing and left my house looking and smelling great! I definitely recommend this company, will call them back for next cleaning! =)
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carpet cleaning
Amount: $130.00 per cleaning
Posted by: Paula1027 in Granite City, IL.Posted: September 7th, 2010 05:09AM
Steam or Chemical: ChemicalNumber of Rooms: 4
Firm: X-Treme Carpet Cleaning
they came out no sales tactic paid 130 for four room smells and looks real good they spent about 1 1/2 hours on cleaning my carpet.will use again
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Carpeting Cleaning Cost
Amount: $160.00 per cleaning
Posted by: Angel Rodriguez in West Covina, CA.Posted: July 15th, 2010 11:07AM
Steam or Chemical: ChemicalNumber of Rooms: 4
Firm: DiCom Carpet Cleaning
Took out Stains and left carpet smelling lemony. Looked around and did not get a lower price. Companies were trying to charge me $250-$400. I know they say you get what you pay for but I feel I got a good job for a cheap price. found them on the Pennysaver but then I looked online and found them at www.dicomcarpetcleaning.com
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Carpet Cleaning
Amount: $249.75 per cleaning
Posted by: Sandra Mae in Aston, PA.Posted: April 12th, 2010 02:04PM
Steam or Chemical: Hot water extractionNumber of Rooms: 5
Firm: Fiber Brite Carpet Cleaning
Fiber Brite Did a great job. I would recemend them to anyone.the owners name was Mark 610-932-8886
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