Upholstery cleaning is a common type of specialist cleaning. While many people will scrub up stains on their carpets or sofas themselves, a professional deep clean is the perfect way to ensure your upholstery stays in the very best condition. This could cover carpets, curtains, sofas, chairs, or rugs.
You can of course undertake this work in a DIY fashion, however with the wide variety of specialist chemicals and equipment in use by the professionals, it can be difficult to get comparable results cleaning upholstery yourself. Because of this, many people choose to have a professional upholstery cleaning service carried out in their homes.
But, if you're considering having this done, it's important to have some idea of how much you're likely to pay. To help with your research into upholstery cleaning prices, we've written this article to cover the prices for a range of different types of upholstery cleaning – carpets, curtains, sofas and chairs, and rugs.
Carpet cleaning is one of the most common types of upholstery cleaning. Whether it's a drink spill on a cream carpet, pet hair, dust or dirt on well trafficked rooms, or any other reason, a professional carpet cleaning service will bring the carpets in your home back to their former glory.
Carpet cleaning prices will typically vary based on the amount of carpet you’d like to have cleaned. Some cleaning companies will charge per metre squared, others will charge an hourly rate, while others will simply charge an average price for the size of the room or home. Because of this, it can be difficult to compare prices – but it’s worth getting a few quotes and then working out a comparative rate, as this will give you the best price.
If you’re paying per room, expect to pay between £30-£50 for a small room, like a bedroom or small living room. For larger rooms, you could pay between £50 and £80. And then for very large rooms, like combined living and dining rooms, or hallways, stairs and landing, you could pay as much as £120 in total.
If you’re getting all the carpets in your home cleaned, you should expect to pay between £150 and £400, depending on the size of the home. Small, 1 bedroom flats will be at the lower end of this range, while large, 4-6 bedroom homes will be at the top end, or possibly even more, especially if you have multiple staircases, for example.
Cleaning curtains is one of those less commonly done cleaning jobs that can really reinvigorate a space. Your curtains make a big difference to the ambiance and aesthetic of a room, and freshened, cleaned curtains can make a massive positive impact. In a living room, this can refresh a tired space, while in the bedroom you might be surprised to learn it could even improve the quality of your sleep.
Some curtains can simply be put through a gentle cycle in a washing machine, but most are dry clean only. This means you’ll need to take them down to your local dry cleaners (some do offer collection and drop off services). The price you could pay is between £5 and £30 per set of curtains, depending on whether they’re lined or unlined, the size of the curtains, and whether they are stained or soiled and therefore require specialist attention.
When it comes to sofa cleaning, the price you’ll pay will generally be per item that you need cleaned. For dry cleaning, expect to pay around £35 for an armchair, £50 for a double seater sofa, £75 for a triple seater, and around £100 for a large, four-seater sofa. Steam cleaning is cheaper, with an armchair costing around £15, a double seater sofa around £30, £45 for a triple seater and £60 for a four-seater sofa. They may be cost benefits to having multiple items cleaned at the same time, so if you’re getting a whole suite cleaned, there may be a discount.
Whether you need steam or dry cleaning will really depend on the type of sofa you’ve got, the material used on the upholstery, and the overall condition. Experienced, professional cleaning companies will be able to assess the condition of your sofa and chairs and recommend the best course of action to get them back to the best possible condition.
Depending on the type of sofas and chairs you have in your home, you may be able to clean them yourself. Seat and cushion covers may be machine washable, while leather can be wiped down with special leather cleaner. However, for best results, a professional steam or dry cleaning service is generally recommended, especially if you have specific nasty stains you’d like to get rid of.
When it comes to rug cleaning, the range of price you might pay is quite wide – from under £20 right up to £200. This is because of the huge variety of rugs that are available, and the potential for specialist cleaning to be required. However, for most modern, cotton, wool or synthetic fibre rugs, expect to pay between £20 and £50 for a steam or dry clean, depending on the overall size of the rug. As well as steam or dry cleaning, there are a few other types of rug cleaning, including foam cleaning, deep cleaning, and cold water extraction cleaning. This is a new kind of cleaning that's significantly better for the environment because it uses far less energy and less harsh chemicals.
Rug cleaning gets significantly more expensive with Persian rugs or those made from silk or other unusual materials. These kinds of rugs will require specialist cleaning, so depending on the exact type, size, and overall condition this could cost as much as £200. A professional rug and carpet cleaning company will be able to advise you on what's required – but remember that it's worth getting several quotes and opinions to be sure you're getting the best deal.
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