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Average San Francisco Carpet Cleaning Prices


As a homeowner, it’s not unusual to wonder what to anticipate when looking for San Francisco carpet Cleaning prices. It’s always a good idea to know the general methods used when carpet cleaners set rates and how they charge. This way you’ll be prepared for any surprises, and also know whether or not you’re being overcharged. 

It may even be tempting to go with a DIY carpet cleaning machine and do the work yourself, however, to keep your carpets looking fresh and clean, it’s wise to take the time to hire a professional carpet cleaner to do the job right. 

How Much Does It Cost?

Every home is different. Every carpet style and size is different and it’s not all unusual for there to be more than one type of carpet in a home. In short, there is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to carpet cleaning.  However, there are a few different ways to determine what it might cost. 

Many professional companies will charge on a room by room basis. Others will charge a flat rate for several rooms at a time. There is usually a cap as to how much they will charge, and some companies will consider one room two rooms if it measures larger than average. 

It’s also important to know that if the carpet cleaners have to move the furniture, they will charge more. This includes sofas, entertainment centers, and other items in the home. 

Many will charge you by the square foot. This may be great for smaller homes, however, since the company may have to charge additionally to make up for it, you can expect to be charged for travel time or distance, as well as materials. Larger homes may be slightly less due to the fact that they will be there longer. 

Typical rates for cleaning carpets can be anywhere from .30 cents per square foot to .50 cents per square foot. This includes all of the supplies, equipment, and time. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification Guidelines will have all of this set forth in their documentation.

Dry Carpet Cleaning Vs. Steam Cleaning

It’s also important to understand that the type of carpet cleaning chosen can greatly affect the cost. 

Steam cleaning is very popular. It relies on hot water extraction. It’s not actually using steam, but rather, hot water under very high pressure to push it through the carpet and then extract it. The water is mixed with a carpet cleaning solution to ensure that the dirt is removed as well. It will take about 24 hours for the carpet to dry after it’s been cleaned in this fashion. 

Most carpet manufacturers suggest steam cleaning for a deep clean. In order to maintain their warranty, many homeowners must have their carpets only steam cleaned. Carpet cleaners may use a portable electric steam cleaner or one that is mounted on a vehicle that can deliver more powerful suction.

The fee for steam cleaning will vary depending on your location, and the particular type of machine that is being used. For a typical 2200 square foot home, that has 3 bedrooms as well as a living room and hall, it may be as low as $75. However, it may also be as much as $550. The average tends to fall between $120 and $235. 

Dry carpet methods or “low-moisture” are also sometimes called encapsulation. They use a chemical solution and very little water to quickly clean the carpets. They’re not as powerful and won’t reach as deep as their more powerful steam cleaning counterparts. 

The chemicals won’t reach as deeply into the carpet to give it a deeper clean and the dirt may not fully release. 

Homeowners won’t have to wait 24 hours to walk on the carpet however, so this is why many homeowners like it better. You will be asked to leave the home while it’s being cleaned to avoid chemical inhalation. 

For a 2200 square foot home, the price range for this type of cleaning is $323 upwards to $600. 

Are There Hidden Costs?

The national average in 2018 was $175 for a single room. You can anticipate anywhere from $120 to $235 on average and larger homes may run upwards from $350 to more than $550. 

Most cleaning services will offer upfront pricing that will cover the basics. However, it’s important to remember that there may be add ons such as special services like stain removal, travel expenses, and specific treatments. 

Carpet cleaners may also charge more for specific chemical use. Standard services can’t remove all stains and may require further treatment to ensure a full clean. 

Pricing may be covered under the contract, however, read the fine print and ask questions. If you need a color repair, it will be more, and it will affect the particular type of cleaning that is chosen. 

Always get references and hourly rates. The pricing should be fairly determined by the add ons, the method of cleaning, and the size of the job.

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