Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost
By Alan Fletcher
- 30-Year Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate
Homeowners want to know...
should I pay to have my Carpet Professionally Cleaned?"
price you’ll pay for carpet cleaning depends on the age and condition of
your carpet and the amount of time and effort it will take to do the job
right. Take your time to read and learn how to make sure you properly care for
your carpet and you will save time and money and also be happy with your
carpet's performance for years to come!
Homeowners Need To Know:
Often Should I Have My New Carpet Cleaned?
Do I find a Reputable Carpet Cleaning Company?
To Avoid Costly Carpet Cleaning Mistakes
- The dirtier your carpet is… the more it’s going to cost to have it
Imagine not cleaning your stove top for a
week, or a month or a year! How much more difficult would it be for you to
clean it? If your stove
top was just dirty from last night’s meal then it might take just a few
quick swipes with a damp cloth or sponge to get the surface clean again.
But if you
had not cleaned it after daily use for a week or more, then can you imagine how long it could
take to clean it and how much more difficult it would be? The same goes for
your carpet. If you haven’t your carpet cleaned in years, no matter who you
call it’s going to take some extra time and effort to do a thorough job.
Don’t expect miracle results from low-cost or discount carpet
If your carpets are in serious need of a
thorough deep-cleaning, don’t go searching for a Carpet Cleaner Coupon that
says “Two Rooms Cleaned for $29.99!” You won’t be happy with the results
from a light surface cleaning.
Carpet Cleaners that advertise super cheap
prices are notorious for luring you in with an amazing low price special and
once they arrive, they surprise you with an estimate so high it will knock you
off your feet! You don’t need this type of aggravation! But do be prepared to pay a
reasonable and fair price to have your carpets properly cleaned.
- Have your carpets cleaned before they start to look dirty.
carpet is new the fibers are shiny and beautiful. Abrasion is what causes carpet to look
ugly and worn out. Abrasion causes the carpet fiber to lose its beauty and
is caused by dirt and debris being ground deep into the carpet pile from
repeated and ongoing foot traffic. If you wait too long between cleanings, your carpet can
become permanently damaged and lose its shine permanently. Dirt and grime can easily cause abrasive wear that
cannot be undone.
Once you reach this point,
there is nothing any carpet
cleaner can do to restore the “like-new” shine or beautiful appearance your
new carpet once had.
Sure you can have your carpets cleaned, but you won’t be happy with the way
your carpet looks when it’s all said and done.
Make arrangements to have your carpets cleaned on a regular basis.
There are plenty of "poor
quality" carpet cleaning companies that you need to avoid. So instead of clipping out a carpet cleaning
coupon and rolling the dice hoping you get good service, visit Alan's
Cleaner Directory and see who I recommend near you. If you don't find
one, make sure you find a cleaning business with the IICRC
All the companies on my
list are IICRC certified or equivalent and have been personally hand-selected by me. They must pass my
own set of requirements before I will recommend them to my readers. Make an appointment and
be sure to ask them about their Carpet Maintenance Plans.
typical cost to clean your carpet ranges from 15 cents to 45 cents per square
Dirty carpets take longer to clean and you
must understand that when you get an estimate or bid from a carpet cleaning
business. If you
have your carpets professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months as required to
maintain your new carpet warranty, then the cost to have your carpet cleaned should be on the lower end of
That's because it will not take
as long to clean your
carpets. But if you seldom have your carpets cleaned, and they are fairly
then you can expect the price you are asked
to pay more. If you haven't had your carpets
professionally cleaned in 6 years, and your carpet is really dirty and you
have a lot of stains and spots that need special attention, then don't be surprised when the estimate is
at the higher end of the scale or even off the chart!
The fact is, all carpet cleaners
must charge a reasonable price for their services or they won’t be able to
stay in business. If it will take twice as long to thoroughly clean your dirty
carpet then expect the job to be priced accordingly.
Room Carpet Cleaning Cost
Example: A common bedroom size is 10’ X 14’ or 140
18 cents per square foot
the cost for cleaning would be about $25.00 (Carpet
28 cents per square foot
the cost for cleaning would be about $40.00 (Carpet
36 cents per square foot
the cost for cleaning would be about $50.00 (Carpet
Some Carpet Cleaning companies prefer to
charge by the room or by the job. It still ends up being pretty close to the
same price as it would be if calculated by the square foot, so if you know
about how many square feet you need to have cleaned it will be easy for you to
calculate an approximate cost.
Carpet Cleaning Cost Example:
Most 3-bedroom ranch style homes
are about 1000 square feet.
At 18 cents per square foot - Total cost about $180.00 (Carpet
At 28 cents per square foot - Total cost about $280.00 (Carpet
At 36 cents per square foot - Total cost about $360.00 (Carpet
Carpet Professor Says...
It's NOT a scam
for a professional carpet cleaner to charge you according to the amount of
time and effort needed to properly clean your carpet.
Proper Carpet Care and Maintenance
It's up to you to make sure your carpet is
maintained and cared for according to the carpet manufacturer's guidelines.
Failure to do so will void your carpet warranty and cause your carpet to wear
out prematurely. Regular vacuuming and professional cleanings every 12 to 18
months is required and will allow your carpet to last as long as
What is a Carpet Maintenance Plan? It’s
a special price for purchasing your future carpet cleanings in advance at a
discounted price. Perhaps they
offer four cleanings for the price of three or three cleanings for the price
of two. Either way, it is in your best long-term interest to invest in a
carpet maintenance plan to keep your carpets cleaned on a regular and ongoing
I think it is a very smart move and
you have the option of setting the date of cleaning whenever it is convenient
for you. You will save money in the
long run, your carpet will last years longer, your home will always look nice
and be a healthier place to you and your family to live.
Carpet Cleaning Extras
Spills, spots and stains...
Some carpet stains need special treatment
and require extra time, treatment and effort. You should expect pre-treatment
of most spots and stains to be included as part of the basic price, but in
some cases, especially with pet accidents or biological spills and stains
there may be an extra charge.
impossible to predict how much extra it might be without knowing the type of
stain, size and disposition of the affected area.
Damage, Restoration and Repairs
Carpet Cleaners may be able to repair or
restore your damaged carpet. Carpet is often damaged from floods, accidents,
burns or pets, but may be repairable or restored by a competent carpet
technician. Some spots and stains are impossible to clean but other options
may be available. In some cases, depending on the type of carpet you have,
carpet dyeing may restore the color to a faded or bleached out area.
be cut out and replaced with leftover carpet or by using the same carpet taken from a “less critical” area (like a closet). Some carpets may
need to be re-stretched or reinstalled. The cost for these extra services will
depend on your situation.
If the cost is too high or if the carpet is not
repairable you will have to decide if it's time to start
thinking about buying new carpet.