It’s recommend that rugs and carpets to be cleaned at least once a year. Rugs and carpets in high-traffic areas may need to be cleaned more frequently, especially if they’re at risk of developing mold, built-up dirt or other problems. Area rugs are often located in high-traffic areas of the house, such as entryways, hallways and family rooms, where they collect significant dirt and stains over time — and simple vacuuming isn’t usually rigorous enough to lift ground-in dirt or set stains.
Cleaning professionals have the skills and equipment to deep-clean rugs and carpets without weakening their fibers, typically using either hot water or dry cleaning solutions. Cost factors for professional rug cleaning can include the size and type of rug, necessary stain removal and the distance the cleaner must travel. In general, you should budget between $100 and $250 per rug, on average. Cleaning costs may be less if you’re paying by the square foot to have wall-to-wall carpeting cleaned.