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How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost? Factors that Affect Average Rates

Adriana Aziz
May 31, 2021
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Contrary to what many people believe, it’s not difficult to maintain carpets. For the most part, all they really need is daily vacuuming and regular spot treatments to remove carpet stains from and keep them looking great for a long time. There are, however, some occasions when you want to restore that plush newness to your carpet but unfortunately, it just doesn’t seem possible with a DIY carpet clean. Well, that’s where carpet cleaning services come in. 

Apart from hiring a carpet cleaner to achieve those ‘good-as-new results, many homeowners look for professional assistance to deep clean their carpets, remove tough carpet stains, and/or clean and restore carpeting that has encountered water damage, we've run the figures and employing the assistance of a carpet cleaning professional is worth the cost

The average cost of such carpet cleaning services by a professional factors in the type of cleaning required, area/size, labour intensity, and equipment required, among other things. In Sydney, the price of professional carpet cleaning is typically between the range of $80 – $200 per room.

Some carpet cleaning services also offer hourly rates and per-room rates which can amount to lesser or higher than the average cost depending on many factors.

All of this makes it very confusing for homeowners to know how much carpet cleaning really costs. Well, MaidForYou is breaking down these factors in detail to give you a better understanding of how much carpet cleaning will cost you in Sydney.

What Type of Carpet is it?

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Different types of carpets come with their own price tag for professional cleaning. This is because some fibres/materials require more delicate cleaning and/or special equipment and treatments in order to clean them safely and effectively. 

Here are three common types of carpets along with their level of cleaning difficulty (which affects the overall cost):

Berber Carpets

These loop pile carpets are relatively easy to clean due to their durable construction and tough fibres. For these reasons, berber is one of the cheapest types of carpets to clean professionally.

Level Loop Pile & Cut Pile Carpets

Both level loop and cut pile carpets possess strong weaves that are merely trimmed down for a short and even finish. Like berber, their cleaning costs are relatively low unless there is high-intensity cleaning required to remove tough stains and grime. 

Wool & Cotton Carpets

These two fibres fall in the ‘delicate cleaning’ category when it comes to carpets. Wool and cotton are typically more expensive carpet materials while their cleaning requirements are also on the tedious side. Having your wool or cotton carpets cleaned professionally will not cost you a bomb, however, they are more expensive to clean than berber and most low pile carpets.

What Cleaning Method/Equipment is Required?

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The cleaning approach and equipment required will depend on the condition of your carpet. Therefore, a professional carpet cleaning service will first assess the carpet, and then suggest a safe and effective cleaning method for it. 

Here are some of the most common carpet cleaning methods used by professionals:

Steam Cleaning

For a carpet that is in need of deep cleaning to remove mild stains, grime, and dust/dirt buildup, steam cleaning is the way to go. It is a very common carpet cleaning service that costs a little more than other methods due to the equipment used, labour intensity, and extra time required to complete the process. For a basic steam clean, the per-room cost is approximately $45.

Dry Cleaning

This is one of the cheaper methods to clean carpets as it uses a specially formulated powder that, once sprinkled over the carpet, will absorb soil, stains, and dirt. The carpet is then vacuumed thoroughly to reveal cleaner, bright carpet fibres. 


Shampooing is recommended for heavily soiled carpets, removing pet stains, and banishing foul odour. This heavy-duty cleaning largely depends on the products being used which differs from company to company. On average, professional carpet shampooing will cost up to or slightly higher than $75 per room.

Other Factors That Affect Carpet Cleaning Costs

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When you know all the factors to consider, that’s when you can get an accurate pricing for professional carpet cleaning. Mentioned below are some of the most important things to factor in when trying to find out how much it costs to clean carpets professionally. Read on.

Size of the Carpet/Carpet Area

Some carpet cleaning companies charge per individual square foot, or fix a price range as per the carpet’s square footage. For example, they may charge you $0.30 per square foot or anywhere from $80 to $100 for an area measuring between 200-400 square feet. 

Types of Stains

There are different cleaning methods, techniques, and products used to treat carpet stains, some of which come at a higher cost than others. Organic stains and certain food stains are tougher to get out than natural carpet stains caused by mud or grass and hence, drive up the cost of the overall service.


If the whole carpeted area is not easily accessible, the company may charge extra to clear the space. To eliminate this cost, homeowners need to prepare the room by moving furniture out of the way or into the next room. It should also be noted that some carpet cleaning methods require large equipment/machinery that require adequate space to manoeuvre freely.

Per Room Rates

These rates are also fixed as per the size of the room, however, they can sometimes fall cheaper than paying per square footage. In smaller homes, the cost of carpet cleaning in Sydney typically ranges from $50 to $80 per room while bigger homes can cost $100 and upwards. 

Carpeted Stairs

Due to the awkward positioning when using carpet cleaning equipment, cleaning stairs is more challenging and therefore, has a separate charge which is typically fixed per step. This may range between $0.50 - $3.00. If the carpet in the room you need to be cleaned has stairs, be sure to get a final quote from the company before hiring them.

At MaidForYou, we are 100% transparent when fixing rates and providing homeowners with final quotes as per the service requested. So, if you’re looking for an all-around home cleaning service in Sydney, give us a call today!

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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