How Much Does Professional Rug Cleaning Cost?
$50 - $300
$50 - $300
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated July 19, 2022Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PA
On average, area rug cleaning costs $150 to $600 for a typical rug between 8 by 10 feet, while a smaller rug costs $60 to $300 to clean.
A professional rug cleaning service will likely charge $1 to $5 per square foot for cleaning and $3 to $8 per square foot for hand-washing. The price range depends on the rug material, cleaning method used, and additional treatments like stain removal.
The $1 to $8 per square foot price depends in large part on the cleaning method. Take a look at some of the common rug-cleaning methods and their average cost.
|Method||Price per Square Foot|
|Dry/Chemical||$1.50 – $5|
|Steam||$1 – $4|
|Hand||$3 – $8|
You can expect to pay between $1.50 and $5 per square foot if the expert uses a dry or low-moisture wash. This method uses a chemical detergent worked into the fiber with a special machine. The chemicals work out the soil and then the pros vacuum everything out, requiring a short dry time.
Steam cleaning your rug costs $1 to $4 per square foot. Most carpet manufacturers recommend this service because the deep clean tends to remove soil and dirt without damaging any fibers.
Hand washing an area rug costs $3 to $8 per square foot. Sensitive materials like wool or cotton may require hand washing. It's the most time-intensive method, requiring separate steps for applying shampoo, scrubbing, and rinsing. The higher price makes hand washing relevant only for delicate and unique pieces.
In addition to the method, the rug material determines how much you'll pay. Low-price, synthetic fibers are durable and inexpensive to maintain. Natural fibers, especially when hand-woven, like wool and silk, require the most care when washing.
|Type||Cost Range per Square Foot|
|Wool||$5 – $8|
|Cotton||$2 – $8|
|Silk||$4 – $8|
|Synthetic||$1 – $4|
|Sheepskin||$4 – $8|
|Sisal||$4 – $7|
|Other Materials||$1 – $8|
Wool rugs cost $5 to $8 per square foot to wash. Machine-woven wool and wool blends tend to cost less or about $3 to $7 per square foot. For most hand-woven wool rugs, hand washing is the best and only option.
Cotton rugs cost $2 to $8 per square foot to clean. You’ll pay on the higher end if the rugs are all-natural with no additives or hand-woven features. Cotton blends with synthetic fibers can often use synthetic washing methods, like steam cleaning.
Silk rugs cost $4 to $8 per square foot to clean. They almost always need hand washing and dry cleaning. It’s a costly, time-consuming process to avoid harming the silk.
Synthetic fiber rugs cost $1 to $4 per square foot to clean. This rug type is usually durable and inexpensive to make, meaning it stands up to harsh shampooing and steam cleaning without damaging the fibers.
Sheepskin cleaning costs run from $4 to $8 per square foot. You should clean sheepskin rugs annually using hand wash methods. Your rug cleaning pro will use specially formulated detergents that avoid drying or cracking the hide.
Sisal rugs cost $4 to $7 per square foot to clean. Sisal rugs are made from woven agave plant fibers and they’re highly absorbent, making them tough to clean. You’ll need a liquid-free cleaning method used by hand to clean this type of carpet.
There are a few other types of rug materials with some slightly varying costs. If you have a rug made of one of the following less-common materials, you can expect to pay within these price ranges for its cleaning.
Cowhide: $3 to $8 per square foot
Rayon: $3 to $8 per square foot
Seagrass: $4 to $7 per square foot
Jute: $4 to $7 per square foot
While rug-cleaning costs are primarily based on the material, the weave and style often play a role in determining the cost of cleaning Oriental or Persian rugs.
Oriental rug cleaning costs $5 to $8 per square foot. The knitting and delicate materials require hand washing. Ensure that the rug-cleaning pro uses sensitive cleaners without many chemicals to avoid damaging the fragile fibers.
Persian rug cleaning costs $5 to $8 per square foot. The process of cleaning this rug type is identical to Oriental rugs. The only discernible difference between the two rug types is the kind of knot.
A few other styles and weaves that might increase the price, including the following options.
Woven: $3 to $8 per square foot
Flat Weave: $3 to $8 per square foot
Indian: $3 to $8 per square foot
Rug cleaning prices often change by the size of the rug that needs attention. The table below breaks down the prices by either dry and wet cleaning methods.
|Size (Square Feet)||Steam / Dry Clean||Hand Washing|
|2x4 (8)||$8 – $40||$25 – $65|
|3x5 (15)||$15 – $75||$45 – $120|
|4x8 (32)||$30 – $120||$75 – $250|
|5x7 (35)||$35 – $190||$140 – $280|
|6x10 (60)||$60 – $300||$180 – $480|
|8x12 (96)||$96 – $480||$288 – $770|
|Round, 3-foot diameter (7)||$10 – $35||$20 – $55|
|Round, 6-foot diameter (28)||$30 – $140||$85 – $225|
|Round, 8-foot diameter (50)||$50 – $250||$150 – $400|
|Round, 12-foot diameter (113)||$115 – $565||$340 – $900|
In addition to standard rug cleaning, you may want to add on treatments for stains, odor, and other protections to extend the life of your rug.
|Stain removal||$10 – $50 per stain|
|Anti-odor treatment||$15 – $75 per rug|
|Stain protection||$1.50 – $2.50 per square foot|
|Moth protection||$1 – $2 per square foot|
|Wool treatment||$1 – $2 per square foot|
|Antimicrobial disinfectant||$2 – $3 per square foot|
Other carpet maintenance factors, such as pickup and delivery, repair, location, and ease of access might increase the service price. You’ll want to consider adding these costs onto the base price to estimate your area rug cleaning costs.
Pickup and delivery: You can expect to pay $25 to $50 per delivery. You may pay more if you live outside the company’s delivery area.
Location: Rug cleaning costs about 25% to 40% more in areas with a high cost of living, such as New York City.
Rug repairs: Repairs include services like color corrections, reweaving, mold damage, repairing edges, blocking, and straightening. You can expect to pay $2 to $8 per square foot or $200 to $500.
DIY rug cleaning works well for synthetic rugs. But for hand-woven or delicate materials, it’s best to hire a local rug cleaner to avoid damaging your carpets. Plus, renting a rug-washing machine costs $30 to $60 per day.
Hiring a rug cleaning expert has the added benefits of recommending the right treatments, suggesting potential add-ons, and often offering a warranty to protect against any damage for an additional fee.
Rug cleaning prices in New York City range from $150 to $900. The higher price compared to the general average is due to the increased cost of living and the higher transport and travel rates.
You have four options to clean your area rug: shampooing, steam cleaning, dry or chemical treatments, and hand washing. Shampooing and steaming methods offer a deep and relatively inexpensive treatment, while chemical alternatives have faster drying times. Hand washing is best for delicate, hand-woven materials.
The cleaning frequency of rugs depends on their type, style, and how much foot traffic it gets. Most rugs should be professionally cleaned annually, with regular vacuuming, rotating, and spot treatment for stains. Consult a local rug cleaner for advice on how often you should clean your specific type and style of rug.
You shouldn’t take any natural fiber area rugs or hand-woven rugs to a dry cleaner. This option won't damage machine-made rugs, but a specialized carpet cleaner will do a better job.
Cleaning a 9-foot-by-12-foot rug costs between $80 to $865. The exact price of your service depends on your rug’s material and style.
Stanley Steemer is a national carpet-cleaning company that cleans area rugs for $100 to $250 or more.
Cleaning and maintenance are crucial to preserving your rug, which can double its lifespan. Professional cleaning is worth it to achieve a clean carpet free of allergens and dirt, specifically if you own natural fiber or hand-woven area rugs.
Professional carpet cleaning costs $125 to $235 for most homeowners. Your local carpet cleaning experts will either charge by the room or between $0.20 and $0.40 per square foot.
The best cleaning method depends on the material. Hand washing is best for hand-woven, natural fibers. Steaming is better for synthetic and cotton fibers. Ask an expert to inspect your rug and provide a professional recommendation.