General Carpet Cleaning Costs in the San Francisco Area

Carpet cleaning prices can be based on a per room or total square footage cost structure.

Carpet cleaning prices for a typical three-bedroom house is around $250 while an entire house can cost anywhere from $400 to $700.

On a ‘per room’ basis, you might pay around $100 for the first room and then price per room should go down after that, generally speaking.

It’s common for cleaning companies to tack on additional charges if they have to move furniture, so homeowners should move furniture in advance to keep their spending down.

Ideally, carpets should receive a deep cleaning at least twice a year due to the dirt, allergens, and dust that can be trapped within the carpet’s fibers. Cleaning should be done more frequently if you have pets tracking the carpeting or if your space receives a lot of foot traffic.

Vacuuming can keep your carpets looking clean in the short-term, but the professional quality machinery that carpet cleaning companies use delivers much stronger results. This equipment can clean deep within the carpet’s fibers, removing dust, dander, mold, allergens, and other types of debris.


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Per Room Carpet Cleaning Rates

Carpet cleaning prices can cost anywhere from $100 to $150 for one room, on average. Depending on the size and number of rooms, the price per room would vary. The majority of people that pay for these services are normally charged a flat rate of $40 to 60$ for each room. If a room is extremely large, it’s possible that homeowners will be charged for two rooms. Some cleaning companies charge for each square foot cleaned and most charge a minimum of around $200 for a service call in the San Francisco area.


Square Foot Carpet Cleaning Prices

The average cost for carpet cleaning, per square foot, is around .50 cents. It’s typical for companies to offer a lower rate, .35 cents / sqft, for example, if the entire home is being cleaned, particularly if the house is larger.


Other Costs Associated With Carpet Cleaning

You may also have to pay more if your carpets are extremely dirty. But again, if your entire home is being cleaned, you may still receive an overall discount. If you’re having 1,000 sq feet of dirty carpet cleaned, you can expect to pay approximately $450.

Companies may charge you an additional fee for your halls or entryways, even if you’ve already been quoted a per room rate. A company that charges for each square foot may be a better option for you, since you won’t be surprised by hidden costs.

Please note that there will usually be additional charges for stain and spot removal.



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Removing odors and pet stains: If your carpets have odors, you’ll be glad to know that professional carpet cleaning can take care of that, often eliminating the need to replace the carpeting. These areas will be pretreated before the company gets to work on the main cleaning. With that said, if the same area is stained repeatedly, it’s possible that the carpet pads will have to be replaced. This could cost around $300.

Cleaning upholstered furniture: Upholstery cleaning services using hot water extraction. Prices for this service start at around $100. Again, there may be discounts for additional furniture after the initial item.

Cleaning stairs: You may be charged extra for stair cleaning, but rates could be as little as $6 per step/stair.

Water restoration: If you’re dealing with water damage, you’ll want to work with a IICRC certified company. A company with the proper certification will be able to ensure that your furnishings and carpeting are not retaining any water after the cleaning is completed. The faster you take care of water damage, the better. Water can seep into your carpet pad, which means it also might have to be replaced.

Moving and removing furniture: You won’t always have to remove furniture from a room when it’s being cleaned. If the cleaning company is only cleaning the traffic area, you can leave sofas, chairs, and other furniture where it is. However, if some furnishings do need to be moved, you will be charged a minimum of $50 flat rate or per hour fee for this service. If you’re able, it’s best to prepare your home and clear the carpet area to be cleaned, prior to them arriving.

Protective treatments: Scotchgard protective treatments can make carpeting more resistant to water and stains. It makes it far easier to clean carpets after a spill. If something is spilled on your carpeting, you have between 15 and 20 minutes to clean the mess up. There’s no guarantee it won’t stain but it sure helps. This treatment typically costs upwards of $50.

Carpet wicking: If stains have reached your carpet pad, you may experience wicking. You’ll see this approximately a day or two after your carpets dry. You may see a dark spot reappear after the carpets have been cleaned. If this happens, you’ll need the cleaning company to clean your carpets a second time. That’s why it’s important to work with a cleaning company that offers a guarantee on their work.

Guarantees can be anywhere from several days to a full month.

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