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Rug Cleaning Cost

Rug Cleaning Cost

National average
(dry cleaning an 8x10 rug with stain removal and protection)
Low: $160

(dry cleaning only an 8x10 rug with no stain removal or protection)

High: $750

(dry cleaning an antique 8x10 rug with heavy stain removal and protection)

Cost to clean a rug varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from Carpet Cleaners in your city.

The average cost of cleaning a rug is $470.

In this guide

Rug Material
Cleaning Method
Enhancement and Improvement Costs
Additional Considerations and Costs

How Much Does It Cost to Clean a Rug?

Area rugs are great elements for style, comfort, and function. However, with heavy foot 1 traffic and wear, rugs often find themselves in need of a cleaning. In fact, rugs in high-traffic areas are recommended to be cleaned at least once a year. Almost every rug cleaning service charges by the square foot 1 instead of by the hour and typically cleans the rugs at your home.

Dry cleaning an 8 x 10 synthetic fiber rug, with stain removal and a protective coating, has an average cost range from $300 - $640, with most people paying around $470.

Rug Cleaning

Rug cleaning costs
National average cost$470
Average range$300 - $640
Minimum cost$160
Maximum cost$750


The most common way to charge for rug cleaning is by size. The average cleaning cost is $2-$7 per square foot, which means a standard 8’x10’ rug would cost $160-$560 to clean. The higher cost processes typically include a decontamination bath.

Rug Material

Synthetic area hugs are the most resilient and the least expensive to clean. Natural fiber rugs, such as silk and wool, are more delicate and require a different cleaning process, which can raise the price by up to 20%. Rugs that are older or more delicate may also have a higher cleaning fee, up to 35% more than standard costs.

Cleaning Method

Most cleaning companies start by vacuuming the rug. The traditional method is steam cleaning, which soaks the rugs with water and cleaner, removes the dirt, and then requires rugs are dried for a few days. Chemical cleaning involves less water but more cleaning solution and a faster drying time. The price for the two processes is comparable (around $2-$7 per square foot 1), and more services will inspect a rug before making a decision on how to best clean it. Some companies wash rare and delicate rugs by hand and hang them to dry. This is the most labor-intensive option and regularly the most expensive, averaging $4-$8 per square foot 1.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

  • For rugs that are stained or have pet dander, many cleaners will offer a spot-cleaning service. This option focuses on pre-cleaning and deodorizing solutions on the affected areas before the entire rug is cleaned as normal. Prices range from an extra $1-$3 per square foot 1.
  • Some rug cleaning services offer pickup and delivery services, typically for $25-$50 per rug.
  • Adding a protective sealant can help the rug sustain further damage and stains. The process averages $0.50 per square foot for wool and silk rugs and $0.25 per square foot 1 for synthetic rugs.
  • Older rugs may be susceptible to moths, which can destroy the fibers. A professional cleaning usually gets rid of moths, but you can also add a special moth treatment solution for around $50.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • The DIY method of renting a rug cleaner from a store kiosk works for most rugs. The average rental cost is $30-$60 per day.
  • In-house cleaning can be slightly more expensive because of travel fees, but if helps you avoid transporting a large rug.
  • Off-site cleaning doesn’t disrupt your home with the cleaning process and drying time, but it can be difficult to transport large or fragile rugs, so it requires pickup and delivery services, which will increase the total cost.
  • Some rug issues require the use of additional specialists. For example, fixing burn holes could require a carpet repair specialist, at a cost of $150-$225. Some rug cleaning services will repair mold and water damage for an additional fee (around $200-$300 on average), while others may refer you to a restoration specialist.
  • Many rug cleaning companies offer coupons, or discounts if you schedule regular maintenance appointments.
  • Note that some providers require a minimum price or rug size to clean your rug.


  • How much is it to dry clean an area rug?

The exact cost will vary depending on the fiber and the level 2 of soil, but you can expect to pay around $3 - $5 a square foot 1 for dry cleaning.

  • How much does it cost to have a rug cleaned?

Costs will vary depending on the type of cleaning and the type of fiber, but average costs will range from $2 - $7 a square foot 1.

  • Do dry cleaners clean rugs?

Some do, but most do not. You can have your rugs dry cleaned by a professional rug cleaner.

  • What is the best way to clean rugs?

Rugs can be dry cleaned, steam cleaned, or shampooed, depending on the level 2 of soil and the type of fiber in the rug.

  • How do I clean my rug?

You can contact a professional rug cleaner, or depending on the fiber, you can rent a rug shampooer.

  • Can you take a rug to the dry cleaners?

Not all dry cleaners handle rugs, but many rug cleaning companies offer dry cleaning.

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