Carpet Cleaning Cost
Price guide for having your carpets professionally cleaned
Sometimes carpets are simply too worn and dirty for your vacuum cleaner. If you’ve got kids and pets then the dirt, grime, sillages and dust will build up over time despite regular hoovering. But before you rush out and buy brand new carpets, you could save money by calling in professional cleaners for a deep clean. The results can often be astonishing and provide your existing carpets with a new lease of life.
Typical professional carpet cleaning prices
Things to consider about carpet cleaning
When you shop around for carpet cleaning prices, check that they all include the same work. For example, a good carpet cleaner would first hoover to pick up larger objects, then spray hot water and shampoo into the carpet before moving the head of the machine across the carpet to loosen up any dirt without damage. They typically will then use the same machine to vacuum up the liquid and any dirt before using the machine again but without any additional shampoo as a final rinse. There are different machines and cleaning techniques, but they are all much the same and work on the same principles.
Be aware than most carpet cleaners will have minimum charges, so even though they may quote just £25 for a room, the average minimum charge is around £50. In addition, the prices you get quoted will not include extra work to deal with especially stubborn stains, therefore, these will cost a little more.
So when gathering quotes, be sure to mention any particular stains that may be difficult to remove. Most carpet cleaning firms will not remove furniture from a room, they will expect you to do this before they arrive. If they turn up and are unable to start because they need to clear a room, they’re likely to charge you a bit extra.
Doing it Yourself
Though professional carpet cleaning isn’t too expensive, it’s easy enough to do yourself if you have plenty of time but not enough budget! The process is not difficult but it is time-consuming, especially in a large home with big rooms. Many stores in the UK hire out cleaning machines and the carpet shampoo is pretty cheap too. If you have the time you could clean your entire house for as little as £35, but be prepared for some hard work and to put some serious sweat equity!
To get the best results from a DIY deep clean, you need to vacuum and shampoo your carpets in several stages. Firstly, carpets need to be vacuumed and then use the hired industrial machine to spray shampoo and hot water deep into the pile of the carpet.
Then the cleaning head can do it’s work into the carpet to loosen the dirt by agitating the fibres before it is sucked up. After the first initial sweep, you should probably repeat the entire process without using any shampoo for the best results. However, this will be too much work for most so it’s generally better just to hire a professional carpet cleaner!
Getting your carpets cleaned checklist
- If you have nylon carpets they will need to be cleaned more frequently
- Professionals can clean your carpet much better and quicker than DIY cleaning
- All carpets in the average home can be cleaned in just a few hours
- Professional industrial strength cleaning machines are up to 10x more powerful!
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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Submitted by Mary
I need a quote for a back staircase carpet clean. The staircase covers four floors. There is approx. 73 sqm of carpet.
Submitted by Amy
Carpet clean for an end of tenancy in a five bedroom house. Carpet is on stairs and all upstairs rooms except the bathrooms, plus one downstairs bedroom. Some staining and damage.
Submitted by Vanessa
Carpet cleaning for 2 bedrooms, living room and corridor. No rough stains.
Submitted by Fatima
I have four bedrooms that one little bit big size and other three are medium to small size. I need one of professional cleaning for all rooms carpet.