How Much Does Professional Carpet Cleaning Cost?

Carpet cleaning is essential for maintaining a clean and healthy home environment, but many people wonder about the cost of professional services and if it is worth the investment. In this article, we’ll delve into the factors that impact professional carpet cleaning costs and help you make informed decisions regarding your carpet maintenance.

Carpet Cleaning Costs and Considerations

When it comes to keeping your home’s carpets fresh and clean, professional carpet cleaning services offer a convenient solution. However, the costs can vary significantly depending on several factors, including

  1. Size of the Area:

The starting point for estimating carpet cleaning costs is the size of the area you need to clean. Typically, professional carpet cleaners charge per room or square foot. Larger areas will naturally incur higher costs. Most professional cleaners will consider a room size between 200 – 300 square feet, so be sure to ask. There is typically a little flex in measuring, but if you have a huge master room or a living/dining room that is joined, these are usually considered two areas.

  1. Level of Soil and Stains:

The extent of dirt, stains, and grime in your carpets can significantly affect the price you’ll pay for cleaning. Heavily soiled carpets may require more time and effort to clean thoroughly. Most professional carpet cleaners are equipment with pretreatment or spotter applied before the cleaning solution to tackle these tough spots. It is worth mentioning that some severely set-in stains may not be able to be removed entirely or might require additional treatments.

  1. Carpet Material and Type:

Different carpet materials, such as wool or synthetic fibers, and specific carpet types, like Berber or plush, may require distinct cleaning methods. These variations can impact the overall cost, so agree on the scope of work and price before your technician starts.

  1. Additional Services:

Beyond standard cleaning, additional services can affect the total cost. Options like stain guard protection and contamination treatments can add value by extending the life of your carpets (meaning you won’t have to replace them as quickly), but come at an extra expense. Adding a stain guard will help maintain carpets between professional cleanings and make your regular household vacuuming more effective.

 

Types of Carpet Cleaning: Hot Water Extraction vs. Very Low Moisture (VLM)

When hiring a professional carpet cleaning service, you’ll often have the choice between two primary cleaning methods: hot water extraction and Very Low Moisture (VLM) cleaning.

Hot Water Extraction:

Hot water extraction, commonly known as steam cleaning, involves using hot water and cleaning agents to deep-clean your carpets. Steam cleaning has been around for a long time and is effective for removing deep-seated dirt and stains but requires more drying time and could add to the risk of mold or mildew growth. Other factors such as technician skill level, equipment, and types of chemicals used also impact the effectiveness of this type of cleaning.

Very Low Moisture (VLM) Cleaning:

Very Low Moisture (VLM) cleaning, on the other hand, is a newer method that uses about 70% less was. It’s an eco-friendly and faster option, making it ideal for homes where quick drying is essential. Unlike hot water extraction which often times doesn’t include a thorough vacuuming, VLM starts with a dry extraction which includes vigorous raking and detailed vacuuming to remove dirty and debris. 

After these steps, the pretreat is applied to specific areas, and the cleaning solutions is massaged into the carpet fibers with a buffer. 

Requesting Quotes and Comparing Services

To ensure you get the best value for your investment, it’s advisable to request quotes from multiple carpet cleaning companies. When doing so, consider asking questions about their cleaning methods (and products), extras (some cleaners require an additional fee for apartments on higher floors), service guarantees, and any additional services they offer. 

It goes without saying that reading reviews is a great way to evaluate any business, just be sure to dig further than the first review you see.

You can expect to pay anywhere from $35 – $78 per room of cleaning, depending on promotions, time of year, and the general location of your property. Just about all professional carpet cleaning companies will have a service minimum to come out, so if you only need one room cleaned, it would be best to add disinfectant or stain guard for ensure you are getting your money’s worth.

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Tips for Saving on Carpet Cleaning

While maintaining the cleanliness of your carpets is essential, there are strategies to save on professional carpet cleaning costs:

  • Regular Maintenance: Regularly vacuuming and addressing stains promptly can help extend the life of your carpets, reducing the need for frequent deep cleaning.
  • Seasonal Savings: Look for seasonal and holiday discounts or promotions from reputable carpet cleaning companies by signing up for newsletters and subscribing. 
  • Loyal discounts or referral savings: If you have previously used a company you like, sign up for their loyal programs. Some companies offer credits and rewards for referrals, so your next cleaning could be free.
  • Whole-house Cleaning Bundles: The easiest way to create instant savings is to have your entire house cleaned in one appointment. This can include carpets, stairs, area rugs, upholstery, and even mattresses! To be frank, your technician can offer the most significant discount while they are in-house. The reason is simply that it costs less (time and money) to clean your entire house than having them return a few months later. So, don’t be shy about asking for a quote that includes cleaning, disinfecting, and stain guard; you’d be surprised at how fast the savings add up.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How often should I have my carpets professionally cleaned?

The frequency of professional carpet cleaning depends on factors like foot traffic and the presence of pets or allergies. In general, it’s recommended to clean high-traffic areas every 6-12 months.

What’s the difference between stain guard protection and contamination treatments?

Stain guard protection creates a protective barrier on your carpet, making it more resistant to stains. Contamination treatments focus on removing allergens, bacteria, and odors from the carpet.

Is VLM cleaning as effective as hot water extraction for deep cleaning?

Yes, VLM cleaning is highly effective for carpet, area rugs, and upholstery cleaning. Not only that, it uses 70% less water, dries faster, and is safe for pets, kids, and the environment.

Are there any DIY carpet cleaning methods I can use to save money?

You can use DIY methods for regular maintenance, such as frequent vacuuming and spot cleaning. However, professional cleaning is necessary periodically for a thorough and deep clean to ensure healthier indoor air quality.

Do all professional carpet cleaners charge the same rates?

No, rates can vary significantly between different carpet cleaning companies. Factors such as location, the method used, and the level of soiling/contamination can influence pricing. You can expect to pay anywhere from $35 – $78 per room for standard cleaning.

 

In conclusion, understanding the cost of professional carpet cleaning, the available cleaning options, and the importance of optional treatments empowers homeowners to make informed choices. By considering the impact on both your budget and the longevity of your carpets, you can ensure a clean and inviting living space for years to come.

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Carpet Cleaning for Pets – Remove Pet Stains and Odors

Dog with spots falling off - remove pet stains and odors

Pets bring a lot of love into our homes, but they also bring a lot of stains and odors. No matter how well trained your pet is, accidents happen. Kittens take time to get used to new litter boxes, and excitable pups tend to pee when they get excited. 

Whatever the reason for pet stains, you must act fast, it can become impossible to get out of your carpets. You need to have a plan for cleaning up any urine and stains that might occur in your home. This is why we are here to fix your furry friends’ accidents whenever they happen.

Can Professional Carpet Cleaning Remove Pet Odors?

Professional carpet cleaning services will remove most debris, but shampoo might not be able to remove pet smells completely. Hot water activates the bacteria in the urine, giving it the distinct odor we pet owners have come to dread. Using steam after a carpet shampoo will release the pet odors in your carpets, not get rid of them.

Here at Be Green Carpet Cleaning, saving water and using safer products is our priority. This is why dry foam encapsulation is the best way to remove pet stains and odors from your carpet.

Why Can’t I Use a Traditional Carpet Cleaner?

When using pet stain remover and carpet cleaning products, you’re only focusing on the surface level of your carpets. Household cleaners only deodorizer the surface and temporarily eliminate pet odors while lifting the surface-level waste from your carpet. This method might help tide you over, but it won’t fix the problem in the long term.

Our Pet Stain and Odor Removal Services

Most household carpet cleaning products only treat the surface of your carpet. Products like this are fine for temporarily cleaning the visible part of the animal waste or stains on the carpet. While these products can provide a temporary fix, they won’t remove pet stains and odors longterm.

How to Remove Pet Odors and Stains

We aim to completely remove pet odors and stains from your carpet using our dry encapsulation method of cleaning carpets. Our method provides a more permanent solution than any temporary over-the-counter carpet cleaning product can provide.

Pet Urine Odor Removal

The Be Green all natural solutions remove pet odors and stains quickly. Our proprietary “KillOdorizer” penetrates deep into the carpet’s surface to eliminate all the foul smelling dried urine crystals. Every service comes with a satisfaction guarantee, if you’re not completely happy, then you don’t pay for it!

How Our Pet Stain and Odor Removal Service Works:

Black light identifies dog and cat urine in carpet
A black light will quickly highlight any dog or cat urine stains

Step 1: Evaluate the Situation

Be Green carpet cleaning experts will come to your home and move any furniture that one person can safely move. They will then expertly analyze your home using a blacklight and make note of all the areas that need attention. Removing pet stains and odors starts with identifying sneaky pee spots and hidden animal marking areas in the beginning.

Step 2: Pretreatment – Rake, Vacuum, & Spot Treat

Raking carpet to dislodge dot and cat urine
Raking the carpet will dislodge all the trapped dust & dirt

Using a rake, your service provider will dislodge any trapped dust, dirt, and other solid particles. Carpet raking loosens the solid particles and the stiff nylon bristles comb through the fibers to remove long pet hair. Raking is a painstaking process because it requires stamina and strength. However, it is a crucial step before vacuuming and spraying on the enzyme spotter.

A thorough vacuuming making sure not to miss corners and edges.
A thorough vacuuming covers corners and edges.

After a vigorous raking, your service provider will start vacuuming. Corners and edges will get extra special attention. Professional grade vacuums have their filters cleaned out in-between every appointment. A thorough vacuuming will remove pet hair, dirt, bugs, and fecal matter traffic’d in from pet’s feet. Only fats, oils, germs and bacteria remain. Before applying any new moisture we strive to remove as much dry material as possible. This is important because water + dirt = mud, and mud is much harder to remove!

To begin the spot treatment process, your service provider will spray a fermented spotter enzyme solution all over the fibers. Areas with stubborn stains or heavy soils will get special attention.

Our pretreatment solution is an all natural enzyme solution which contains the active ingredient: Protease (Subtilisin). Before arriving to your home, your service provider will have prepared this spotter solution for weeks ahead of time. This enzyme is a highly reactive organic compound and has fermented for weeks. It actually get’s stronger with age. Once the enzyme is ripe, it becomes super effective at breaking chemical bonds and digesting proteins. Next, the spotting solution get’s applied everywhere (sprayed). This is where the magic starts to happen: a chemical reaction breaks down the proteins, fats, and oils which dissipate into basic amino acids, peptides, and carbon molecules. Of course, this treatment is safe for pets and children. Carbon detectors may trigger the alarms. This is not uncommon, it just means the organic chemical reaction is working! Standard ventilation will displace the air quickly.

Step 3: Shampoo – Cleanse the Carpet

Carpet Shampoo

After the spot treatment, your service provider will message the carpet with a bubbly foam shampoo and citric acid mixture. The carpet shampoo is a surfactant soap and will unfold the left over proteins, leaving behind zero residue. Additionally, the citric acid acts as an all natural brightener to make the white’s whiter and colors more vivid. Citric acid is less harsh than chemicals like hydrogen peroxide or bleach. Fun fact: citric acid is an organic compound and abundantly found in nature. It’s what makes oranges, lemons and limes taste so sour!

During the shampoo, Be Green service providers are careful to not to “soak” the carpet. Keeping the moisture content as low as possible helps prevent mildew, mold and other bacteria regrowth. This is where your carpets get the refreshing bath they deserve. All of the previously sticky and gummed up carpet fibers will now be clean and smoothed.

After the shampoo, the carpets immediately begin to look cleaner and brighter. However, pungent odors from dog or cat urine may smell even worse now that the moisture has reactivated pee spots. Pet owners should additionally purchase deodorizer and stain guard (protection) described in the next steps.

Step 4: Disinfect and Deodorize

After your carpet has been shampoo’d, the carpet will look much brighter and feel rejuvenated to the touch. But looks aren’t everything! The only thing that’s going to remove pet stains and odors is KillOdorizer (our powerfully effective deodorizing solution). The strength of the deodorizer solution varies because it depends on the severity of your issue. Everybody’s home is different and our beloved pets always find ways to leave behind messes. Even the most strictly trained animals find hidden places to mark their territory, it’s just in their instinctual nature. We love our pets so much, but their outdoor tendencies can be a real pain. Trust us, we’ve seen it all!

KillOdorizer work’s wonders because it has two primary active ingredients: methyl alcohol, and all natural essential oils. The methyl alcohol is the sanitizing disinfection agent, which quickly destroys germs, bacteria, and animal waste festering in the carpet. The essential oils provide a refreshing light fragrance to enhance the feeling of your newly cleaned carpet. KillOdorizer is available in several different scents and the fragrances are extracted from all natural plant and other fruit sources.

(Optional but necessary for pet accidents)

As mentioned above, adding a deodorizer is an optional purchase because it’s application varies drastically from home to home. Severely soiled areas require multiple applications of disinfectant, while other areas may only need 1 single application to smell fantastic. Your service provider will analyze every area with a blacklight to determine how many applications of disinfectant your home needs. We often find pet accidents in hidden areas. Regardless, you can’t go wrong by adding applications of KillOdorizer onto your order. Keep in mind: some rooms may need more, while some rooms may need less.

Step 5: Soil Retardant (Optional)

Finally, fully protect your carpets with a high quality stain guard. You may choose to add on an application of stain guard protection. Our soil retardant is like a force field against future stains and pet accidents. Although it will not train your cat to use a toilet, or show your dog to the doggy door, it will provide a silicone based protective layer to your carpet fibers which makes pet urine & other accidents much easier to clean up in between professional cleanings. Soil Retardant is the cherry on top add on to help you protect your investment and keep your carpets looking and smelling fresh all year long.

Pet Odor Upholstery Removal 

Be Green Carpet Cleaning also works on furniture! Our company offers upholstery cleaning services where we can apply the Be Green Carpet Cleaning process to clean pet stains on furniture and help remove odors. This is an easy and effective way to clean your furniture without throwing out your favorite pieces.

Our cleaning experts can handle pet stains and odors on:

  • Couches
  • Chairs
  • Loveseats
  • Sectionals
  • Ottomans
  • Dining Room Chairs
  • Sofas

Learn more about our upholstery cleaning services here.

Pet Carpet Stain Cleaning Tips

When pet accidents happen in your home, acting quickly is extremely important. If you find a fresh urine stain or pet waste, you may be able to prevent long-term staining and odors with the proper methods.

  • Pick up waste: If your pet has thrown up or defecated on your carpet, pick up as much as possible before focusing on the stain.
  • Blot the stain: Apply a clean, dry cloth over the stain and press down firmly to absorb any moisture. Avoid rubbing, as this can rub the stain into the fibers of your carpet. 
  • Rinse the stain: Using a wet clean cloth, apply it to the stain until the area is damp. You don’t want to soak your carpet; if you add too much water, the urine or stain will soak deeper into the carpet.
  • Blot the area until dry: Apply another clean cloth to blot the rinsed area. Repeat until there is no more liquid to absorb.
  • Repeat steps 2 and 3: Repeat these steps until there are no more stains visible and as little odor as possible.
  • Note: There are some pet & child friendly natural house hold cleaning solutions available for DIY use, although you should read the labels carefully and make sure to follow the instructions as best you can. We’re happy to refer you to our friends over at The Pet Fix for handheld spray solutions that you can use yourself. Just keep in mind, these solutions may work well temporarily, but they will not come anywhere close to providing a full on professional carpet cleaning from a Be Green Service Provider.

If your pet stain has settled or leaked into the subfloor, this method won’t work. However, this process will work on fresh stains, so try to catch them as soon as possible.

Using these methods, you can easily help prevent accident stains and help take any old stains and odors out of your carpet for good.

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What’s the Best Way to Clean Carpet?

Spot Treat Carpet Stain

Carpet Cleaning is a very subjective subject, and there are so many different recommendations and claims all across the internet. Carpet flooring is one of the most expensive investments in our homes, and at the end of the day, we all want the same end result: Great looking, fresh-smelling, soft, stain-free carpets that last for years.

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Dry clothes fast with a Dry towel

 

 

 

Dry your clothes fast with this dryer hack!

 

In a pinch for time and need your clothes dry now?

Grab a fluffy dry towel and throw it in with your wet clothes in the dryer. The dry towel will help draw out the moisture from your wet clothes accelerating the drying time and saving energy!

We recommend using a towel that matches the color of your clothes so you don’t have to worry about the towel changing the color of your clothes or your clothes changing the color of your towel.

This is most effective the first 15-20 minutes of drying time. After 15-20 minutes pull the towel out and start the dryer again and your load should be done drying in 15-20 minutes (times will vary depending on the load size.). This also helps reduce wrinkles in your clothes!

 

Ta da! You just got a little greener and a little smarter. Now go tell your friends and family how to dry clothes fast with a dry towel!

 

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How To Keep Your Carpet Looking New Without Using Lots Of Water

Keep Your Carpet Looking New Without Using Lots Of Water

Keep Your Carpet Looking New Without Using Lots Of Water

We use very little water compared to regular carpet cleaning services. On average, we use about 3-5 gallons of water to clean an entire home. Which means, your carpets will not be saturated after a Be Green cleaning. It’s important not to let water absorb into the padding of your carpets because this creates a perfect environment for mold spores to develop. These spores will just keep on growing FOREVER. In addition to mold’s aggravating effects on allergies and asthma, (more…)

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How to Remove Indoor Air Pollution

indoor air pollution

Most of us are aware of outdoor pollution and how it affects our health and well-being directly. However, indoor air pollution can be just as harmful and sometimes even more so. Most of us spend a lot of time indoors (home, work, school etc.). So knowing this we need to make our indoor air quality as healthy and clean as possible. Our carpets and rugs are one of our home’s largest filters. They trap dirt, pollen, fungus, asphalt, bacterial matter and insecticides (just to name a few). In order for these filters to do their job, we need to clean them from time to time. Not only do we need to clean the filters regularly but we also want to clean them with solutions that will not put more harmful elements into the air we breathe.

Be Green natural organic dry cleaning process ensures to not only remove all indoor air pollution be we also remove some of the harmful chemicals left from previous traditional methods of carpet and rug cleaning. We also educate our customers on how to maintain their indoor air quality by teaching them ways to keep their carpets and rugs healthy and clean in between Be Green cleanings, along with helpful tips and suggestions not commonly known.

Having healthy indoor air quality will provide a healthier environment for us all to thrive in. This will provide a healthier YOU! Now that’s not only providing well-being for yourself, but for all your family and loved ones as well.

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Health Benefits of Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning

Eco-Friendly FamilyEco-Friendly carpet cleaning a great way to keep homes healthy. All the contaminants/ick such as chemicals, dust, dirt, allergens and pollen end up on your carpet. This is actually good because it traps all those elements in. That means it’s not circulating in the air throughout your home, therefore you’re not breathing this all in! YAY!  However the negative side is that it all ends up in your carpet. Boo! Not only are these undesirable elements settling into your carpet there are also dust mites and mold.

Dust mites are microscopic and thrive off people and pet dander. They can easily infest carpets without anyone knowing it. These little buggers can really aggravate allergies and asthma. Our eco-friendly, natural upholstery and carpet cleaning method removes these little buggers from your carpets leaving you with a sense of relief of knowing you have a mite-free carpet that promotes the indoor air quality of your home.

Mold can easily get into your carpet from just simply spilling liquids and also from traditional methods of cleaning carpets that get your carpet wet. Wet or damp carpets are perfect environments for mold to thrive. Mold is a fungus that creates spores that float in the air which also aggravate allergies and asthma. Our organic DRY cleaning method removes mold created by spills and previous traditional methods your carpet may have been exposed to.

Be Green Carpet Cleaning provides a healthy way to remove all the dirt, chemicals, dust, dust mites, allergens, pollen, and mold from your carpets in an environmentally friendly, safe, natural and effective way.

Getting your carpets cleaned with Be Green Carpet Cleaning creates a healthier home for our customers the non-toxic chemical free way.

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Carpet Cleaning Will Get Rid of Bugs and Pests

Getting Rid of Bugs and Pests with Carpet Cleaning

Getting a professional carpet cleaning with Be Green Carpet Cleaning will help prevent and stop fleas from making a home in your carpets and rugs!

Most bugs in the home are pretty harmless, and are actually beneficial to have to a certain degree. However when there are too many of a certain type of any bug this can cause some problems. Dust mites and fleas are attracted to carpet as it is an easy place to thrive and be camouflaged from human eyes.

Dust mites are microscopic and are pretty much harmless but they can really aggravate asthma and allergies through their feces and their decomposing body parts. They feed off the dead skin of humans and pets and never go hungry as humans and pets are constantly shedding. Their decomposing body parts and feces can easily get into the air that we breathe and cause irritation. Yuck!

Our eco-friendly carpet cleaning process will safely remove dust mites from your carpet leaving you with the relief of knowing your carpets are dust mite free!!

Fleas are a problem as they can spread disease through biting people and pets. Fleas like to lay their eggs in the padding of the carpets and can really be hard to remove. They can also survive up to a year without a meal. YIKES!! So these guys can really linger and survive for long periods of time hidden comfortably in your carpets.

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Carpet Dirt & Stain Removal

Artwork of room that needs Carpet Dirt & Stain Removal

Carpet Dirt & Stain Removal

Carpet Dirt & Stain Removal is a key component to making your home feel fresh and clean. Imagine having a pristinely clean house, but dirty carpets with carpet stains! It just wouldn’t feel clean. We love to satisfy our customers with beautiful clean carpets the organic and environmentally friendly way.  Be Green Carpet Cleaning offers a perfect organic natural method for Carpet Dirt & Stain Removal.

Dirt accumulates beneath the surface of carpets that vacuuming just can’t get to. We get to the bottom of the dirt and bring it to the surface with our 100% nylon carpet safe rake. This rake is safe for the fibers of your carpet and will dredge up all kinds of dirt and debris to the surface where it can easily be removed with a vacuum. This results in increased carpet life and a deep clean.

Stains can really make a carpet look and feel bad and carpet stain removal can be a tricky process. Carpet Dirt & Stain Removal products that you can buy at the store can get a stain out effectively. However a lot of these over the counter carpet stain removers contain harsh chemicals that can be toxic to people and pets. These household stain removers can even bleach the area of the stain leaving a noticeable spot on your carpet!

The Be Green Guarantee!

Our expert carpet cleaners will assess the nature of the stain and select the best option to remove the stain.  We guarantee to remove any stain within reason the safe, natural, and eco-friendly way.

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