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$45

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$90

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How much does carpet cleaning cost?

So, your carpets are due for a bit of TLC, and you’re wondering about how much carpet cleaning service costs? Before you hire a carpet cleaner, take a look at the professional carpet cleaning costs in your local area. That way, you can plan your budget and be confident you’re getting a fair price. 

The national average carpet cleaning cost is around $90, but your cleaner might charge more or less. The cost of carpet cleaning depends on where you live, how large your home is, how much carpet you have, and how long it’s likely to take. 

This carpet cleaning price guide will break down everything you need to know about carpet deep cleaning costs in the US. By the end of this guide, you’ll have a clear idea of how much does it cost to rent a carpet cleaner. You’ll also get a better idea how to get started in posting here on the platform.

Should I get my carpet professionally cleaned?

Getting your carpets professionally cleaned helps them last longer and ensures better hygiene in your home. The most common reasons people hire a professional carpet cleaner are:

  • They’re renting and required to get a professional clean once a year and/or after they move out

  • Their carpets are looking a little worse for wear, and they don’t feel like hiring a machine to shampoo the carpets themselves.

  • There are lots of other (very good) reasons to hire a carpet cleaner. Most people see carpet cleaners as a good investment in their home’s cleanliness, their health, and the longevity of their carpet.

How often should you clean your carpets?

You should vacuum your carpets around once or twice a week (more often if they’re dirty). You should book a deep clean — like a professional carpet clean — every 12 to 24 months. You’ll probably need to clean yours more often if you have small children, pets, or live with a smoker, or if you live in an area with a lot of dust or pollution.

To go longer between carpet cleans (and stretch your budget further), use a welcome mat at your front and back door. This will help cut down on the amount of dirt coming into your house. And if you spill something on your carpet, spot clean immediately by dabbing the carpet to reduce the chance of a stain.

The benefits of a professional carpet clean

Getting your carpets steamed and shampooed properly doesn’t just make them look nicer. It also cleans out a whole lot of yucky/harmful things, like:

  • Pesticides and herbicides you might’ve transferred from your shoes (See also: Pest Control Cost Guide)

  • Organic allergens and compounds

  • By-products and smells from cooking, heating, smoking, and candles

  • Heavy metals from dust (arsenic, lead, lithium, etc.)

  • Fine particles your vacuum cleaner can’t catch

  • All things you probably don’t want to let build up in your home for too long.

What’s included in a professional carpet cleaning service?

When you book a carpet cleaner for your house, a standard clean will usually take around two hours (depending on the size of your home and the number of bedrooms). This service often includes the following:

  • A professional steam cleaning machine (your carpet cleaner will bring this with them)

  • Shampoo for your carpet

  • 3-4 standard bedrooms carpet cleaned

Your carpet cleaning professional may also help with moving the furniture and/or vacuuming the floors before they start. Some will also offer lounge suite and upholstery steam cleaning, curtain steaming, and car seat upholstery cleaning. If you need these tasks included, make sure you tell your cleaner when you book.

What services are not part of a carpet cleaner’s work?

While some cleaners are pretty flexible, usually, they won’t do:

  • Maintenance tasks — like repairing your carpet

  • Renovation tasks — like replacing a patch of carpet that’s worn through

  • Significant moving — move your beds or other heavy furniture to clean the carpet underneath

You’ll need to hire a handyperson or flooring contractor for those tasks. But if you want one person to take care of all the work, you can always specify this when you post your task. You might be lucky enough to get a skilled carpet cleaner who’s capable of helping with other tasks, too.

How much does it cost to clean a carpet?

While we don’t have a carpet cleaning cost calculator, this guide can give you an idea how to compute for your budget before posting. The average cost of carpet cleaning ranges from $45 to $600, but it depends on the amount of work involved. Carpet cleaning prices depend a lot on the type of house and all the tasks needed to complete the job. 

Square footage

Average cost (labor included)

250 sq.ft.

$45 - $90

500 sq.ft.

$90 - $180

1,000 sq.ft.

$180 - $360

1,500 sq.ft.

$270 - $540

2,000 sq.ft.

$360 - $720

2,500 sq.ft.

$450 - $900

Factors that affect carpet cleaning prices

Aside from the size of your space, there are other factors that affect the carpet cleaning cost per square foot. Here are some that might increase or decrease your total bill:

  • Your location

  • The number of bedrooms in your home

  • The type and condition of your carpet

  • Any extras (like hallways, lounges, car seats, rugs, furniture)

  • How difficult or easy it is to access and complete the job

  • How urgently you need the job done

  • Whether you need the cleaning done on a weekend or weekday

Should I DIY my carpet cleaning?

Some people prefer to save on the cost of carpet cleaning by doing a DIY job. DIY-ing can certainly save you some money, but perhaps not as much as you’d think. Consider having to rent or purchase a steam cleaner for stubborn stains, like food or coffee spills. There’s the cost of detergent, too. Here’s a quick computation for you:

Factor

Estimated cost

Hire a carpet cleaning machine from your local hardware 24 hours

$35 to $50

A bottle of carpet shampoo



$15 to $25

A chiro/physio session after you hurt your back from all the cleaning

$65

The look on your partner’s face when you mess up the carpet like a rookie

Priceless

If all goes well, you’re still looking at a minimum of $50 to clean your carpets yourself. While we’re mainly talking about carpet cleaning prices here, you should also think about your time and what that’s worth. Whilst a professional can take two hours to finish the job, it might take you twice as long for the same work.

Carpet cleaner hourly rates

Carpet cleaning companies may charge around $50 to $100 per hour. Independent carpet cleaners may charge around $12 to $20 per hour. Unless you’re a commercial cleaning company or a large corporation, you’re probably not planning to employ a carpet cleaner full time, so these rates won’t apply to you. As you’ll need to engage your carpet cleaner as a one-off contractor, they’ll need to charge you higher rates. This is because they’ll be covering their expenses, including:

  • Their wage

  • Tax

  • Superannuation

  • Insurance

  • Travel expenses

  • A carpet cleaning machine and equipment

  • Carpet shampoo and cleaning supplies

  • And more!

A lot of the time, your carpet cleaner will need to charge you double or triple the standard rate to cover the costs associated with running their business. When you set the budget for a task, try to keep in mind the approximate number of hours it might take.

See also: Rug Cleaning Cost Guide

How to create your first carpet cleaning task

Ready to hire your carpet cleaner and create your first task on Airtasker? It’s easy! 

Just write out your task, post your listing, review your offers, choose a cleaner, and they’ll arrange to come and do your carpet cleaning. If you’re curious, read some more about how it works.

Here’s what you might include in your listing:

  • Timing and budget

  • Location

  • Number of rooms/carpets and approximate sizes

  • Deep clean or standard clean? Any stains?

  • Any extras? (e.g. vacuuming, furniture moving, upholstery)

  • Any access issues? (e.g. upstairs or in an apartment)

  • Any special requirements? (e.g. high-pile carpet, delicate/worn)

  • Is the job likely to be challenging or time-consuming?

  • Equipment provided?

The more information you include, the easier it’ll be for your carpet cleaner to price up the job and make you an offer. Plus, they’ll refer to the info in your listing when they arrive to complete the task.

Price guide

$45 - $600

low

$45

median

$90

high

$600

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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Some contractors calculate the cost of carpet cleaning based on how many square feet of carpet you need to be cleaned. Standard prices range from $0.18 to $0.36, so for an average 200 square foot bedroom, you can expect carpet cleaning prices to start at around $36.
Carpet cleaning for a standard 3-bedroom home usually takes around 2 hours.
After your professional carpet clean, you’ll need to allow 6-8 hours for your carpets to dry. You can help speed up the process by keeping the windows and doors open and turning on the ceiling fan.
Your carpet cleaner will be able to work around smaller furniture (like desks, chairs, and side tables) but may leave larger items in place. If you’d like them to clean the carpets under, say, a large bed, it’s a good idea to let them know or move it onto your tiles or floorboards before they arrive.
Some contractors calculate the cost of carpet cleaning based on how many square feet of carpet you need to be cleaned. Standard prices range from $0.18 to $0.36, so for an average 200 square foot bedroom, you can expect carpet cleaning prices to start at around $36.
After your professional carpet clean, you’ll need to allow 6-8 hours for your carpets to dry. You can help speed up the process by keeping the windows and doors open and turning on the ceiling fan.
Carpet cleaning for a standard 3-bedroom home usually takes around 2 hours.
Your carpet cleaner will be able to work around smaller furniture (like desks, chairs, and side tables) but may leave larger items in place. If you’d like them to clean the carpets under, say, a large bed, it’s a good idea to let them know or move it onto your tiles or floorboards before they arrive.

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