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What Are Average Carpet Cleaning Prices?

Matt Marandola
Written by Matt Marandola
Reviewed by Asya Biddle
Updated January 11, 2022
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Average carpet cleaning prices typically run about $177

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Between food, pets, and all the feet that run across your carpet, trying to keep it clean may seem impossible. But sometimes, all your carpet really needs is a deep clean by you or a professional to really get the grime and grit out. 

Carpet cleaning prices will vary from $120 to $230 based on square footage, the type of carpet, and if you’re taking advantage of any extra cleaning services.

Asya Biddle, Expert Reviewer

“Yearly professional carpet cleaning is something I always recommend to our customers,” says Asya Biddle, Angi Expert Review Board member and manager of The Dustbusters janitorial company in Williamsport, PA. “No matter the frequency of cleaning, solution utilized, or time we as homeowners put into caring for our carpets, we are unable to lift the dirt and grime and thoroughly clean our household carpets the way a commercial carpet shampooer/steamer, solution, and specialist can."

How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost by Square Footage?

Carpet cleaning costs between $0.20 to $0.40 per square foot on average. But this price isn’t set in stone, as smaller carpeted areas may mean that you pay a flat rate rather than by square footage. 

When you hire a local carpet cleaning service, they’ll come out and measure the carpet’s length ahead of time to give you an estimate. If it falls under their minimum square footage, they’ll likely charge you a flat fee of around $100 to $150

In most cases, the flat rate applies to how many rooms you need cleaned rather than the square footage of those areas. Carpet cleaning can cost around $25 to $75 per room.

How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost Near You?

Prices don’t tend to fluctuate too much between states. The majority of the cost of carpet cleaning actually comes from how far the company needs to drive to reach your home.

Here are common carpet cleaning prices in these states:

  • Nevada: $160

  • Montana: $205

  • Minnesota: $190

  • Ohio: $160

  • South Carolina: $140

  • New Jersey: $200

  • Massachusetts: $175

  • Oklahoma: $180

Carpet Cleaning Price Breakdown

Carpet cleaning prices are straightforward; you’ll pay for the labor, travel fees, and any special type of cleaning you need.

Labor

The cost of labor is built into the price, whether you’re charged per square foot or per room.

Travel and Ease of Access Fee

The farther away you are from the company’s main service area, the higher the travel fee. Most cleaning companies operate out of vans because they carry a lot of equipment. And because these vans don’t get the best gas mileage, travel costs tend to be a big factor.

Ease of access to your home makes a huge difference as well. If you live on the third story of a condominium, then they need to carry all that heavy equipment up three flights of stairs. This spontaneous workout may increase charges.

Carpet Material

The carpet’s material plays a role in the cleaning cost. Some carpets have short fibers, making them easy to clean. Other carpets are long and shaggy, which require a bit more scrubbing. 

Common carpet materials and the cost to clean them include:

  • Berber: $90

  • Cut and level loop: $90

  • Cotton: $125

  • Wool: $125

Carpet steam cleaning

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How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost by Type?

There are four main types of carpet cleaning, all with different costs.

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is effective in high-traffic areas, where your carpet sees a lot of action (and the dirt and stains that come with it). This method uses hot water to clean deep into the crevices of your carpet. Pressure is applied to the hot water to create steam and shuttle chemicals into the carpet fibers. This combo loosens dirt and anything else that may be lurking down in your carpet fibers, which is sucked up and removed.

The typical steam carpet cleaning costs around $300. Steam cleaning does get the carpet wet, so you’ll need to wait around 24 hours for your carpet to dry afterward.

Shampooing

If you have a toddler who’s prone to spilling, shampooing your carpet will work out any heavily stained areas. 

When you shampoo a carpet, you’re leaving foam on the fibers to break up the dirt and stains. Wipe up all of the foam to ensure that you don’t have any residue leftover that completely negates everything you just did.

The cost to shampoo a carpet is around $240. Hire a local carpet shampoo professional and you’ll never have to stare at that purple Kool-Aid stain ever again!

Dry Cleaning

For those in need of quick carpet cleaning, you can opt for a dry cleaning. With this method, you’re really only tackling the grime on the carpet at the surface level. This makes it perfect for those days when muddy paws come running in and you need to tackle the problem before it stains the carpet.

Dry cleaning only takes around one to two hours to dry and will cost around $215.

Carbonated Cleaning

If you’re imagining the fizz of soda pop when you think of carbonated cleaning, you’re not too far of. Carbonated cleaning uses tiny chemical bubbles to burst the dirt out of the fibers and move them up into the suction. Instead of merely loosening dirt from the carpet fibers, carbonated cleaning actually moves debris up to the surface for easy removal. 

Carbonated cleaning costs around $335 on average.

How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost to Do Yourself?

You can rent steam cleaners to tackle cleaning a carpet yourself, which will cost around $35 to $50. You’ll also need to pick up detergent for the stubborn stains, which will cost another $15 to $25. This brings the total cost of DIY carpet cleaning to around $50 to $75

The process isn’t difficult, but it does require some precautions. For one, you don’t want to damage the carpet by tearing up fibers. And you’re likely to spend more time tackling the project than professionals would.

For deep stains and carpets that aren’t regularly cleaned, you’ll want to hire a professional. They’ll have the tools needed to break up these monstrous stains and often have insurance in the event they damage your carpet.

FAQs About Carpet Cleaning

How often should you clean carpets?

You’ll want to have your carpet cleaned every 12 to 18 months. But carpet cleaning frequency depends on foot traffic, so if you find dirt and stains magically appear in your home fairly frequently, you can have your carpet cleaned more often.

How do you maintain your carpet?

There are a few tips you’ll want to use to keep your carpet looking brand new. Make sure you tackle stains immediately. You’ll want to use carpet sprays to handle odors that don’t seem to come out.

Should you replace or clean your carpet?

If you find yourself dealing with an increase in allergies and a smell that always lingers, these are signs that you need to replace your carpet. The moment cleaning no longer works is the moment you need to rip it up and replace it with a new carpet or a new flooring like vinyl or laminate.

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