Rug cleaning costs $2 to $7 per square foot or $150 to $600 for a standard 8' x 10' area rug. Deep stains, excessive dirt, and hand washing cost more than average.
Many rug cleaners have a $50 to $100 minimum charge, plus $25 to $50 for rug pickup and delivery. Special treatments such as stain or moth protection cost $1 to $2 per square foot extra.
Professional rug cleaning is worth it if you want to extend the lifespan of your rug and keep it looking like new. Cleaning also removes odors, stains, and pet damage.
Handwoven, Persian, and specialty rugs are more delicate than machine-made synthetic rugs. Professional hand-washing ensures that the rug is cleaned properly and carefully.
You can either take an area rug to a local carpet cleaning shop, or you can pay a rug cleaner to pick it up and deliver it for you. Popular rug cleaning businesses include:
You should clean your area rug when it:
Most rug cleaning companies use hot water extraction, dry cleaning, steam, or handwashing. The method depends on whether the rug is machine-made, handmade, tufted, or hooked.
Some carpet cleaners are gentle enough to use on rugs, usually for spot cleaning. However, many carpet cleaners and their accompanying solutions are too harsh or powerful and may damage an area rug. Professional cleaning is often cheaper than renting or buying a carpet cleaner.
Start by searching our list of rug cleaners, then:
After asking questions and verifying credentials, hire the best rug cleaning company in your area.
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