How Much Does it Cost to Clean a Carpet?

We recently updated our carpet fitting cost guide so decided to take another look at the prices being charged by carpet cleaners in the UK.

Back in 2015, we sent our dozens of price requests to carpet cleaners in the UK. We then created a price guide based on that data and displayed it here on our site.

In March 2018 we repeated the process and updated guide price with fresh data.

We hope you find our guide to carpet cleaning costs helpful, if you would like a fixed price, then just fill in this contact form.


When sourcing price for carpet cleaning, we found that most of the firms and individuals provided prices based on the approximate size of the room.

For example; staircase, landing area, small bedroom, large bedroom, large front room, etc.

We asked for carpet cleaning prices from dozens of cleaners based in several locations around the United Kingdom, all of them were able to give us a price either by email or by phone.

None of the businesses we spoke to required a pre-check/visit.

Some of the cleaners asked us if there were any stubborn stains, but most just provided a written/verbal price based on the size of the room

What’s Included in the Price

The carpet is first hoovered to pick up any of the larger objects.

The machine then sprays hot water and shampoo onto the carpet.

By moving the head of the machine across the carpet, the fibres can be moved around enough to loosen up any dirt without damaging the carpet.

The same machine then hoovers up the liquid and any dirt that has been lifted off the carpet.

To finish off, the machine can then be used again but this time without any additional shampoo. This is called a rinse.

There are different machines and techniques, but they all work on the same principle;  they apply a cleaner to the carpet and then use a powerful hoover to suck it up.

Carpet Cleaning Prices – Updated For 2018

Below you’ll find the results of our research into carpet cleaning prices.

The figures were updated in 2018 but are very similar to the prices we were given in 2015.

The figures below are an average of the figures given to us:

Stairs and Landing: £30

Small Bedroom: £20

Large Bedroom: £27

Large Front Room: £35

Minimum Charges

We asked all of the businesses and individuals about minimum charges and the average charge was around £50.

Save Costs by Hiring a Carpet Cleaning Machine

If you have an expensive rug or carpet made from unusual materials, it’s probably best to bring in a pro. But for most carpets, you should be able to achieve a good clean by hiring a machine yourself if you want to keep your costs to a minimum.

You can find these machines at tool hire shops such as HSS but also at stores such as Homebase.

Expect to pay around:

Carpet Cleaner Hire (24hrs): £22-£30

Carpet Shampoo: £10-15


The following information is based on answers given to the questions we put to our chosen carpet cleaners.

Q: Will the carpet be wet afterwards?

A: A little moisture is normal; this can be cured by turning on the heating and opening some windows to allow and humidity to escape before it forms as condensation. The carpet shouldn’t be noticeably wet though.

Q: Can a carpet cleaning firm also clean a rug, sofa and curtains?

A: These machines can be used on carpets and rugs, but in most cases, different specialist cleaning equipment would be needed on sofas and curtains.

Q: Do the prices include VAT?

A: The prices we have displayed in our table above include VAT, or it isn’t applicable because the trader is operating below the registration threshold.

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8 Responses to “How Much Does it Cost to Clean a Carpet?”

  1. James BrooksApril 8, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    Hi Good post, These prices seem reasonable for most companies. Good to check they are nationally accredited also.

  2. KenSeptember 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

    Hi, I need a carpet cleaner to steam clean approximately 50 sqm plus stairwell made up of 13 steps. The job is in Hammersmith, London W12 for tomorrow starting between 2:30pm and 4pm.

  3. GaryOctober 31, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

    Would not agree with your guide. I operate a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning company and have spent thousands on training to provide the service we do. I am contacted frequently by people who have hired equipment and have ruined carpets. Especially wool or Belgian Wrong that have shrunk. I would think strongly about hiring or using equipment without understanding g what it is you are going to clean. The prices are also below what a qualified professional would charge.

  4. VictorNovember 14, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    I have also seen consumers who think they can save money by cleaning their own carpets. Even IF they can save a small amount of money, but the time spent picking up and returning the equipment and the labor spent doing the cleaning, which will take at least 5 times as long as a professional would, there is really no savings at all. More importantly there will be a lot of shampoo left behind causing the carpets to get dirty much faster.

  5. graham gardinerNovember 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    I have found the information provided very helpful as a guide for a price, I think they are below what one would be charged but give a basic idea of what is done.

    • M mills mmservicesFebruary 24, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

      It depends we run a small company in teignmouth devon and these prices are about right for our charges.

  6. Dylan @ Manchester CleanersJune 21, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    As a professional, I’d strongly advise against the use of machines when one cannot use the equipment.
    The chances are either you clean the carpet and you are relatively satisfied with the standard of cleanliness you’ve achieved or spend a lot of time to learn how to use the machines and when you eventually start cleaning, by the time you have finished you may end up with a ruined carpet and many hours spent. Then you will be left with a few options – to call a cleaning company or replace the carpet. The latter being even more costly if you keep cleaning it on your own and things don’t happen the way you want.

    I run a cleaning company in Manchester and have regular enquiries for carpet cleaning. Using a professional service does not just save time but also money. The prices we quote are competitive and affordable. It is worth spending money on something that will have a long-lasting effect.


  7. MariaFebruary 27, 2019 at 11:00 am #

    Please could you give a quote to have my carpet cleaned. It is a flat of 150 sq meters /1614 sq feet ( no stairs involved ) We are in Poole

    Thank you


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