Generally, there are two types of cleaning. Chemical cleaning (encapsulation) uses a product to encapsulate dirt, which then dries and is vacuumed away. The carpet could be ready to walk on immediately or in up to two hours. If steam cleaning is executed (hot-water extraction), the floor will be left wet for 6-24 hours, depending on weather conditions.
The Carpet and Rug Institute says that most wall-to-wall carpeting used today is synthetic which can be cleaned by either method. Wool or specialty rugs may need special care, so you should follow manufacturers’ cleaning guidelines for cleaning these.
Factors Affecting Carpet Cleaning Cost
Carpet cleaning services use either square footage of carpet cleaned or the number and types of rooms being cleaned to determine cost. The final cost of your carpet cleaning also takes into account the number of stairs, furniture moving, and stains. You can also get multiple-room discounts, available from many cleaners. The more rooms cleaned at once, the less it costs per room.
Price Range for Carpet Cleaning Service
Most carpet cleaning services have a $75-$109 minimum charge. Steam cleaning tends to be a bit less expensive.
- Chemical cleaning of 650 square feet carpet typical of an average two-bedroom apartment can run $124-$240. Steam cleaning the same apartment runs $100-$208.
- Chemical cleaning the 975 square feet of carpet found in a 1,300-square foot single-story home costs $186-$390 while a steam cleaning would cost about $150-$304.
- A 2,200 square foot, two-story home (about 1,700 square feet of carpet) would average $323-$600 for a chemical cleaning and about $180-$544 for a steam cleaning. You can use an online calculator to help estimate costs.
Optional Carpet Cleaning Services
While most light furniture is moved at no charge, each carpet cleaning service has it’s own furniture moving policy. You can also have your furniture cleaned through most carpet cleaners.
Pre-spotting and deodorizing will be necessary for stains, odors, or pet urine in the carpet. Some carpet cleaning services offer these services for free. Otherwise, stain removal, usually charged by size and type of the stain, can run an additional 10 cents per square foot ($30 for 300-square feet); deodorizing averages 5 cents per square foot ($15 for 300-square feet).
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