How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?

How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?

Do your carpets need to be professionally cleaned to bring them back to life?

As much as you cherish and look after your carpets, there comes a time when they will need the type of thorough cleaning that only professionals can perform. As the months go by and despite your best cleaning efforts, your carpets can still become a breeding ground for pathogens, mould and foul odours.

If you’ve never had your carpets cleaned by a company, you’re probably asking yourself: how much does carpet cleaning cost?

This is quite a difficult question to answer because there are lots of companies and lots of different tariffs. It can be a bit like asking: how longs a piece of string?  There is no one-size-fits-all tariff.

However, to give you a ballpark figure, we’ll look at the average prices you can expect to pay in Victoria as well as the key factors that affect the cost of professional carpet cleaning. These are:

The Size of the Area to be Cleaned

Some companies charge per square metre instead of having fixed prices per room. Take the time to measure the width and length of your rooms to work out the square meterage. This will give you a good idea of the anticipated costs.

Note that your carpet cleaning company may charge you a minimum fee if the square meterage is too small.

The Type of Carpets

Carpets are made from lots of different materials such as wool, cotton and polyester, and this can affect the intensity of the carpet cleaning process.


If your home or commercial premises are outside the carpet cleaning company’s area of service, you may have to pay an additional fee for transportation and other costs.

Companies that charge a flat room rate typically include a cap which means that huge rooms may be charged as two rooms. Room size is a big determinant of cost because the larger the size, the more time it takes to clean them.

The Condition of Your Carpet

If your carpet has tough stains (i.e., blood, wax or glue) and high traffic areas that require special treatments and extra attention, you can expect this to affect the final cost of cleaning. As a general rule of thumb, the harder the stains are to remove, the higher the professional carpet cleaning cost. However, it will be worth the effort in the end when the stains that have bothered you for so long are no longer there.

The Cleaning Method

The two most popular types of carpet cleaning are dry carpet cleaning and steam cleaning, and they can attract different charges.

The Cleaning Method

Other Costs

Before you engage a carpet cleaning company, ask them if their services attract any other costs. For example, some will charge extra to move furniture, or for a targeted spot clean. Depending on the company, some will offer extra services such as pre-spray or pre-treatments, high-pressure cleaning and carpet stretching and re-stretching.

Carpet Cleaning Costs

So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. How much will you have to pay for professional carpet cleaning?

According to online marketplace Oneflare, the average price for Australia ranges from $35 to $40 per hour. To give you a better idea of what you might pay for carpet cleaning in your home, here is a breakdown of costs in Victoria:

  • $25 for an empty bedroom
  • $30 for a furnished bedroom
  • $40 to $60 for empty and furnished living room
  • $10 to $15 for empty hallway/landing
  • $15 to $20 for furnished hallway/landing
  • $3 for a set of stairs
  • $140 to $200 for a three-bedroom house
  • $200+ for larger properties


Final Thoughts

When comparing carpet cleaning companies and their charges, bear in mind that price isn’t necessarily an indication of quality. Choose one with a great reputation and references, has public liability insurance and offers fair and competitive prices.

Rather than looking at the money you are going to pay out as a cost, think of it as a worthwhile investment. Proper and effective professional carpet cleaning helps to preserve and protect carpets and extend their longevity. This can save you a lot of money in the longer term by not having to buy and lay new carpets.