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The Cost to Clean Every Type of Flooring in Your Home: Rugs, Carpet, Tile & Grout, Natural Stone, Concrete, Hardwood, Laminate

Posted by Hammond Knoll on May 22, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Price is something that’s always at the forefront of your mind.

Whether it’s your home, your vehicle, paying for college, putting in a pool or just meeting the basic needs of a family, you’re always thinking about expenses.

When it comes to the cost of regular maintenance for your area and Oriental rugs, carpets, tile, grout and natural stone, your instinct may be to put it on the backburner and label it “non-essential.”

But regular cleaning is more important than you may think. You’ve invested a lot of money in your home and it only makes sense to protect that investment.

We’ve put together this guide to show you what you stand to lose if you ignore maintenance (or, regular professional cleanings), the benefits of keeping flooring clean, and, most importantly, the details of what you can expect to pay to have your rugs, carpets, and hard surfaces cleaned.

Let’s get started.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Ignore Your Floors and It’ll Cost You

  1. Allergens Will Run Amok
  2. Germs Will Go Wild
  3. Bathrooms Become a Biohazard
  4. Your Home...Let’s Just Say, It’s Not a Good Look
  5. Costs Go Up

Chapter 2: The Essential Benefits of Cleaning Floors

  1. Optimal health for You and Family Members
  2. Greater Airflow Throughout Your Spaces
  3. An Improved Look and Feel for Your Home
  4. Mo’ Mo’ Mo’ Money!

Chapter 3. Deep Dive: The Cost to Clean Every Type of Flooring in Your Home

  1. Area Rug & Oriental Rug Cleaning Cost
  2. Tile, Grout and Natural Stone Cleaning Cost
  3. Carpet Cleaning Cost
  4. Upholstery Cleaning Cost
  5. Concrete Cleaning Cost 
  6. Hardwood Cleaning Cost
  7. Laminate Cleaning Cost 
  8. Leather Cleaning Cost 

Chapter 1: Ignore Your Floors and It’ll Cost You

Sometimes your best-laid plans don’t pan out.

You want to clear the junk out of the attic, but you never seem to have the time. You’re definitely going to clean all the windows – as soon as “things” slow down.

You’ll have Aunt Myrtle’s hand-me-down Oriental rug professionally cleaned when you have the extra money.

While it’s true that the big projects can be put on hold for a while, it’s not a good idea to put off cleaning your rugs, tile, grout and natural stone, or your carpets.

You may think you’re saving time and money, but that’s not actually the case.

Here’s what can go horribly wrong when you fail to clean.

1. Allergens Will Run Amok

Carpets and rugs collect dirt, grime and all manner of yuck – including the pollens and other allergens that have you itching your eyes, blowing your nose and begging for the sweet release of sleep so your head will stop pounding.

Yeah, allergies are no fun and regularly having your carpets and rugs cleaned by a professional is the best way to keep allergens at bay.

2. Germs Will Go Wild

Think of all the traffic your rugs get. From muddy feet to dirty paws, they take a beating.

Your carpets, tile and other hard surfaces, too.

Germs don’t need a lot of encouragement to reproduce and floors that never get cleaned are a breeding ground.

Does it make more sense as to why the family keeps passing around that cold that never seems to go away?

Yep, you need a deep clean on a regular basis to rid your home of the nasty germs that try desperately to hang on.

3. Bathrooms Become a Biohazard

Does your bathroom grout look like a science experiment gone horribly wrong? 

Mold and mildew are not only unsightly, but they can also irritate your allergies, too.

It’s important for you and your family’s health to maintain the tile, grout and natural stone in your bathroom and everywhere else in your home.

4. Your Home...Let’s Just Say, It’s Not a Good Look

Your home is your showplace. Or, it’s supposed to be. 

When you fail to properly clean your house, it won’t be the representation of you that you want it to be. (It won’t smell particularly nice, either!)

Bottom line: You can’t make a good impression with dirty rugs and carpet or tile, grout and natural stone that have seen (much) better days.

5. Costs Go Up

If allergies, sickness and embarrassment aren’t good motivators, perhaps your wallet is.

You may think you’re saving money by foregoing the carpet cleaning or skipping the tile and grout refresh, but the opposite is true.

Dirt, dust and other grit cause the fibers of your carpets and rugs to break down over time.

That translates into having to buy replacements much sooner than you would need to if you had just made regular maintenance a priority.

Chapter 2: The Essential Benefits of Cleaning Floors

What do you stand to gain by making it a priority to regularly clean your rugs, carpets, tile, grout and natural stone?

A lot, actually. Here’s a look at the top five perks you’ll gain from having your floors professionally cleaned.

1. Optimal health for you and family members

We’ve talked about the allergens and germs that like to make a home in your dirty rugs and carpets. And don’t forget their cousins, mold and mildew, who add fuel to the fire.

As you follow a routine maintenance schedule for these areas of your home, you’ll notice fewer allergy symptoms, fewer colds and an overall healthier home.

2. Greater airflow throughout your spaces

This may come as a bit of a surprise, but did you know that the dirt in your carpets affects how well air moves through your home?

All the collected dirt, dust and yuck reduce airflow and cause your home to be more stuffy and all-around unpleasant.

There’s a reason why your mom told you to get some “fresh air” every once in a while!

3. An improved look and feel for your home

You want your home to impress everyone who comes through your door. (Especially Aunt Myrtle when she comes to pinch cheeks and check on the condition of her beloved Oriental rug.)

Grimy tile doesn’t have the pleasing sheen that it used to when it was new. 

It doesn’t take an Einstein-level understanding to know that regularly cleaning your home – in all ways – will ensure that it looks good for your guests and your own family.

What you may not have thought about is how these surfaces feel.

For example, the debris that builds up in carpets and rugs causes the fibers to get matted down as they get walked on. 

Your once-soft and luxurious carpet now feels flat and rough. 

Your smooth, shiny tile looks dull and may feel gritty, sticky or just plain gross.

Keep your home looking and feeling great by properly maintaining your area and Oriental rugs, tile, grout and natural stone.

4. Mo’ Mo’ Mo’ money!

It may not make sense at first glance. How do you SAVE money by SPENDING money? After all, having all your surfaces cleaned isn’t free.

That’s true. But repair and replacement costs far outweigh the expense of maintenance.

Speaking of costs, let’s dive into the specifics of what you can expect to spend to have your area and Oriental rugs, carpet, tile, grout and natural stone professionally cleaned.

Chapter 3: The Cost to Clean Every Type of Flooring in Your Home

We’ve already talked about the danger of not properly maintaining your rugs, tile, grout, natural stone and carpets, as well as the benefits of regular cleaning.

It’s time to talk about cost.

Rest assured, the expense of maintaining your investment pales in comparison to the cost of replacement.

Despite the variables for cleaning costs, HammondKnoll's years of experience – combined with the millions of rugs, carpets and hard-surfaces we’ve handled – gives us the ability to approximate some basic costs.

Here’s what you need to know about the cost of cleaning area rugs, tile, grout, natural stone, and your carpets.

What does it cost to clean area rugs?

This is what area rug cleaning costs, depending on the material:

  • The cost per square foot for your domestic area rug is approximately $1.64 per square foot.
  • The per-square-foot cost to clean a synthetic area rug is approximately $2.69 per square foot.
  • The cost of cleaning machine-made wool rugs is approximately $3.55 per square foot.
  • The cost to clean a hand-tied or handmade rug is about $4.16 per square foot.

1. Area Rug and Oriental Rug Cleaning Cost

As you’ll see with all the elements we talk about, there are a lot of variables that go into determining the cost for cleaning your area rugs.

Let’s start with the basics – including one of the most commonly asked questions.

“Are there any area rugs that cannot be cleaned?”  

To be crystal clear: ALL types of rugs can be cleaned.

But we want to be as transparent as we can with you.

We’ll get a feel for your expectations and give you the facts you need to make a well-informed choice for your cherished area rug.

How to Calculate The Cost Of Oriental Rug Cleaning and Area Rug Cleaning

When determining Oriental rug cleaning cost or the price of cleaning your area rug, the square footage is the main factor we take into account.

We multiply the length times the width to find the total square feet, and then multiply that by the price per square foot.

For example, an area rug that is 5 feet wide and 7 feet long is 35 square feet. If the cost per square foot is $1.64, the cost of cleaning would be $57.40

The cost to clean your area rug or the price to source up your Oriental rug ALSO depends on the fiber, type of rug you have and its style.

What does Oriental rug cleaning cost?

Oriental rug cleaning costs depends on the type of material:

  • The cost per square foot for your domestic Oriental rug is approximately $1.64 per square foot.
  • The per-square-foot cost to clean a synthetic Oriental rug is approximately $2.69 per square foot.
  • The cost of cleaning machine-made wool Oriental rugs is approximately $3.55 per square foot.
  • The cost to clean a hand-tied or handmade Oriental rug is about $4.16 per square foot.

Types of Area Rugs & Oriental Rugs and The Cost to Clean Them

1. Domestic Rugs and Carpets 

Domestic rugs basically means that it’s a piece of regular carpet with edging or binding.

This designation includes carpet fibers that contain nylon, polypropylene (aka olefin), triexta, and polyester.

domestic carpets and rugs

The cost per square foot for your domestic area rug is approximately $1.64 per square foot.

Pricing example: For a 5' x 7' (35 square feet) domestic rug with general soiling, you would pay around $57.40.

2. Synthetic Area Rug 

These rugs will usually be multi-colored or have a pattern. They’re usually made with nylon, olefin and polypropylene.

You can buy them at retailers such as JCPenney, Lowe’s, Home Depot or Wayfair, for example.

Rugs made from synthetic fibers are known for having a "plastic" or "coarse" feel.

synthetic area rug

 

Synthetic rugs are either serged, bound or they’ll have tassels or fringe on each end as shown in this example:

 

synthetic area rug with tassles

The per-square-foot cost to clean a synthetic area rug is approximately $2.69 per square foot.

Pricing example: For a 3'6" x 5'2" olefin rug with fringes on the ends and moderate soiling, you’ll pay around $50.35.

Keep in mind that the fringe or tassels are included in the size measurement.

3. Machine-Made Wool Rug 

Brands such as Karastan, Wiltons, Couristan are popular kinds of machine-made wool rugs, as well as hand-tufted, hook rugs and braided styles.

These brands/types of rugs (and other machine-made wool rugs) can be purchased from Pier One Imports, Macy's, IKEA and Pottery Barn.

While wool feels soft to the touch, it’s not quite as soft as silk or cotton, but the fibers are a bit thicker than a rug made from synthetic materials.

The Panel Kirman design by Karastan (pictured below) is one of the most popular rugs our customers have.

machine-made wool rug

The next image is a hand-tufted wool rug. Notice the cotton backing, which is almost always what’s used for the back of this kind of rug.

hand-tufted wool rug

The cost to clean a machine-made wool rug is about $3.55 per square foot.

Pricing example: An 8'-8" x 12' machine-made wool rug with or without fringe and heavy soiling will cost about $377.01

4. Handmade Wool Rug 

A wide variety of hand-tied (aka handmade) rugs come from all over the globe.

The ones we see most frequently include Flokatis, Bokhara, Pakistani, Persian, Indian, Chinese, Romanian and Moroccan.

Selden's Home Furnishings, an actual antique Oriental rug dealer, is the go-to source for hand-tied or handmade wool rugs.

Commonly, they’re passed down from generation to generation or inherited. When properly taken care of, handmade rugs can last for many years.

They also come in different levels of densities and thicknesses.

Here’s an image of a traditional Chinese rug with a thicker-than-normal pile. 

traditional Chinese rug

Below is an antique Chinese rug with a lower pile than traditional Chinese rugs.

antique Chinese rug with low pile

 

At HammondKnoll, we see Bokharas most commonly. This is what they look like:

Bokhara rug

 

A woolen rug with a thick, loose pile is most likely a Flokati, which looks like this.

Flokati rug

To clean a hand-tied or handmade rug, you’ll pay approximately $4.16 per square foot.

Pricing example: A 6'-1"x 9'-2" hand-tied rug with moderate soil and stains would cost approximately $224.64.

5. Specialty Rug Cleaning 

Tapestries, viscose, silk rugs, faux silk, animal skins and camel bags (We’ve seen quite a few over the years!) all fall under the category of “specialty” rugs.

A tapestry is usually used as a decorative wall-hanging. Here are two beautiful examples:

tapestry wall-hanging

 

tapestry wall-hanging

Though silk rugs are expensive and rare, we do see a large number of them each month. Silk rug fiber is very soft to the touch and has a shiny look – just like a silk tie or blouse.

This is a lovely example of a silk rug.

silk rug

You know you wanted to see a camelback saddle! Here you go!

camelback saddle

It will cost you about $7.12 per square foot to have your specialty or Oriental rug cleaned.

Pricing example: A delicate 2'-6" x 2'-6" wall-hanging with light soiling will run approximately $44.50.

6. Additional Area Rug And Oriental Rug Cleaning Services

Besides area and Oriental rug cleaning, we offer some additional services to help you extend the life of your rugs.

A. Pad Cleaning

Did you know that some rug pads can – and should – be maintained? No Muv, DownUnder and Durahold can all be cleaned.

Note: If you purchased your pad from HammondKnoll, the chances are high that your pad can be cleaned.

rug pad

Pad cleaning costs about $.81 per square foot.

B. Teflon Protection

rugs with and without a teflon treatment

 

Teflon™ Advanced repels dirt and keeps it from sticking to fibers.

That means that it’s easier to remove stains and your rugs will be easier to care for, in general.

Teflon protection is $.57 per square foot.

C. Anti-Allergen Treatment

carpet allergens

Anti-allergen treatment gets rid of pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens that like to collect in your rugs. 

But that’s not the only place nasty germs like to party. You can also treat upholstery, carpets and your mattresses with an anti-allergen treatment.

Anti-allergen treatment costs $.58 per square foot.

D. Wool Treatment

If there’s any chance your wool rug may come into contact with moths, this special treatment should be applied after it has been cleaned.

It’s strong enough to stave off moths and larva and keep them from penetrating the fiber.

Wool treatment is $1.16 per square foot.

E. Topical Deodorization

Does your rug have an odor from mildew, pet messes or cooking?

If the smell is minimal, topical deodorization will likely take care of the problem.

Topical deodorization will cost you about $.81 per square foot.

F. Antimicrobial and Disinfectant

This is where the big guns come in.

Antimicrobial/disinfectant treatment is primarily used for heavy odors like smoke, pet urine, skunk or any overpowering smell. 

Including the cleaning process, it takes about two weeks for your rug to be done.

You have some options to choose from:

  • You’ll pay $2.36 per square foot for antimicrobial/disinfectant.
  • It costs $.45 per square foot to have your rug wrapped in paper for long-term storage.
  • For intense smoke and food odors, you can get an Ozone treatment. The price is determined on an individual basis.

7. Additional Pricing Specifications

You’ll find this additional information helpful:

  • Any rug we handle has a minimum cleaning price of $25. This is not valid with discounts or other offers.
  • When our truck is in your area during weekdays, we offer free pickup and delivery. (A different day is also an option – just get in touch with us so we can discuss the details.) This pickup and delivery video gives you a peek into our process.
  • Depending on your location, most minimums are around $165.

What does ceramic tile and grout cleaning cost?

These are the costs to clean ceramic tile and grout, based on the problem:

  • Sealing or coating ceramic tile: $1.25 to $1.95 per square foot.
  • Replacing 1-foot square tiles that have cracked: $35 to $50 per tile.
  • Replacing grout: $5 to $11.50 per foot.
  • Re-dying discolored grout: $2 to $5 per square foot.
  • Repairing chipped tile (not replacing) with epoxy fill: $25 to $45 each.
  • Stripping and waxing: $.75 to $1.25.

2. Tile, Grout and Natural Stone Cleaning Cost

Just like with your area and Oriental rugs, the cost to clean your tile and grout and/or natural stone depends on a few different factors.

before and after cleaning tile and grout in shower

 

aCoating or Sealing Costs for Tile, Grout And Natural Stone

Before we take a closer look at the variables involved, here are the general prices for coating or sealing your tile or natural stone:

Repairing or Restoring Natural Stone or Tile and Grout Costs 

You want your home to look nice and chipped tiles or areas of missing or cracked grout don’t exactly fit the bill.

Whether it’s your bathroom, shower or kitchen, it’s not a good look.

And what about that pesky caulking? Is it covered in mildew?

We can solve these issues for you, but it does take more time and effort.

We can handle everything from fixing etched or scratched natural stone (including marble limestone, slate and granite) to polishing your hard floors.

Here’s what you can expect in terms of tile and stone repair costs, depending on the issue:

  • Replacing 1-foot square tiles that have cracked: $35 to $50 per tile.
  • Replacing grout: $5 to $11.50 per foot.
  • Re-dying discolored grout: $2 to $5 per square foot.
  • Repairing chipped tile (not replacing) with epoxy fill: $25 to $45 each.
  • Stripping and waxing: $.75 to $1.25.

Additional Considerations

There are additional factors that we have to consider when calculating the cost of cleaning tile and grout or natural stone, such as:

  • Whether you have stamped concrete, porcelain, ceramic, or natural stone.
  • Has prior incorrect maintenance left your surfaces with damage?
  • Whether your surfaces have been sealed and/or coated.
  • Do you have synthetic or natural grout?
  • Whether your surface is smooth or has a texture. (Soil and dirt collect much easier on a textured surface.)

While costs vary, all types of tile, grout and natural stone can be cleaned – no matter how heinous the condition is.

before and after cleaning hot tub tile surround

What does natural stone cleaning cost?

These are the costs to clean natural stone, based on the problem:

  • Sealing or coating natural stone: $1.20 to $2.60 per square foot.
  • Replacing 1-foot square tiles that have cracked: $35 to $50 per tile.
  • Replacing grout: $5 to $11.50 per foot.
  • Re-dying discolored grout: $2 to $5 per square foot.
  • Repairing chipped tile (not replacing) with epoxy fill: $25 to $45 each.
  • Stripping and waxing: $.75 to $1.25.

Real-world examples of cleaning costs for tile, grout or natural stone

Let’s take a look at some of the real-life situations we’ve dealt with, so you can see how the actual costs of cleaning tile and grout or natural stone are calculated.

1. Kitchen, dining and family room with dirty ceramic tile  

At seven years old, these 584 square feet of ceramic tile were in desperate need of some attention.

The majority of the space was only lightly soiled, but the kitchen was in bad shape, as you can see in the image below.

dirty tile, grout, or natural stone

 

We were able to clean and seal these floors in only one day – and the family could walk on it within four hours.

At a cost-per-square-foot of $1.50, the entire cleaning and sealing was $876.  

Note: The tile and grout cleaning cost here was slightly higher than usual because the soiling in the kitchen was so heavy. Also, some areas of the cabinets had to be taped off to avoid damage, and the family room furniture had to be moved.

2. Heavily soiled shower tile

before and after professional tile and grout cleaning

 

There was a lot going on with this shower.

It had all the usual culprits including tough-to-remove soap scum. Bottom line: It desperately needed to be cleaned, re-caulked and resealed.

After nine years of use without proper maintenance, unsightly and stubborn soap scum and mineral deposits were stuck to the ceramic tile.  Plus, the caulk was missing in some areas and mildewed in others.

The homeowners were remodeling their bathroom and expected to replace the ceramic tile shower and flooring.

Enter HammondKnoll.

Using our multi-step cleaning process, we cleaned, polished, and sealed the ceramic tiles. And we replaced the caulk, too.

The couple who expected to spend thousands of dollars to replace the shower tile only ended up having to pay $750.

3. A marble countertop with boo-boos

etched countertop, before and after

 

The marble counters in the image above weren’t sealed when they were installed. As a result, acidic substances etched and scratched the surface over time. (Think citrus juices or tomato-based sauces/juices!)

The counter looked bad and felt rough.

We were able to bring back the counter’s smooth, shiny finish with cleaning, polishing and resealing.

The cost to clean the natural stone counters was $19 per square foot. 

Due to the number of times it needed to be polished, in addition to having to tape all the cabinets to protect them from damage, the total cost was $665.

Of course, this was still far less than the expense of replacing the marble countertop.

What does carpet cleaning cost?

This is what it costs to clean carpets:
  • Nylon, Olefin, Synthetic, Polyester, and man-made fibers
    • Under 800 square feet of carpet to be cleaned: $0.53 per square foot.
    • 800 - 1,500 square feet: $0.49 per square foot.
    • Over 1,500 square feet: $0.42 per square foot.
    • Stairs (standard size): $4.16 each stair.
  • Wool and specialty custom rugs: $0.65 per square foot. 

3. Carpet Cleaning Cost

Arriving at an answer to the age-old question, “How much will it cost to clean my carpets?” isn’t straightforward.

It’s a matter of figuring out what your specific concerns are, as well as what kind of carpet you have.

These are some of the elements to consider when pricing carpet cleaning:

  • Is the fiber synthetic, nylon or wool? 
  • Does it have damage from pet urine, bleach stains, dye stains, mold, mildew or smoke? 
  • Does the furniture need to be moved?  

How to Calculate the Cost to Clean Carpeting

Like with area and Oriental rugs and tile, grout and natural stone, when we assess carpet cleaning costs, we base the calculations on square footage.

Let's say you have a room that is 13 feet by 17 feet. The total square footage of the room is 221 square feet. Multiply 221 square feet times the price per square foot to get the cost.

13' x 17' = 221 square feet. 

221 square feet x $0.53 = $112.71

before and after carpet cleaning

The Type of Carpet You Have Determines Cost

As you may have guessed by now, your carpet’s fiber plays a role in the cost to clean it. Here’s a breakdown of what the most common fibers cost to clean.

1. Nylon, Olefin, Synthetic, Polyester, and Man-Made Fibers

Here’s what you can plan on spending, depending on your room’s size.

  • If you have less than 800 square feet of carpet to be cleaned, you’ll pay $0.53 per square foot.
  • For between 800 - 1,500 square feet of carpet, it’ll cost $0.49 per square foot.
  • If you have more than 1,500 square feet, expect to pay $0.42 per square foot.
  • Your standard-size stairs will cost $4.16 for each stair.

2. Wool 

It’s slightly more expensive to clean wool carpets.

  • $0.65 per square foot 

Additional Carpet Cleaning Services

Just like with your area or Oriental rugs, there are some additional services you may be interested in, such as Teflon protection and anti-allergen treatment.

One of the biggest issues we see is with pet odors. Here’s how we can help with that.

1. Pet Odor Removal Cost

Before and after rug pet urine removal

We can put a topical enzyme product on the pet urine spots that are causing your odor issues, which usually works best with lighter odors.

When you’re dealing with a heavier urine smell, for example, a pet that continuously marks his territory in one spot, a sub-floor extraction is an effective method. 

The expense for this process varies depending on the size of the area and the extent of the damage.

Sometimes, we can pull the carpet in the affected area up, clean and treat the backing, and replace the pad. Finally, we can apply a sealant to the sub-floor and the walls. 

2. Mold and Mildew Odor Removal Cost

If you experience a flooding situation or a leak that has caused your carpets to become water damaged, we can apply a topical treatment to combat the mold and mildew smell.

These can be costly services and we’ll talk with you about what you can expect the outcome to be, and whether it's time to replace the carpet or have it treated.

Topical deodorization costs $0.37 per square foot.

The cost of sub-floor extraction requires an estimate. 

Cost Examples For Carpet Cleaning 

You can get an idea of what carpeting cleaning may cost you from these specific examples.

1. A Living Room

For a living room that is 15' x 19', a hall that is 4' x 13' and 15 stairs, and moving all of the furniture:

337 square feet x $0.53 per square foot = $178.61

15 stairs x $4.16 each = $ 62.40

Total carpet cleaning cost: $241.01

2. A Family Room, Bedroom, Bathroom, Hall, Landing And Stairs

A family room that is 17' x 25', a hall that is 4' x 15', a master bedroom that is 16' x 20', a master closet that’s 7' x 11', a master bathroom measuring 8' x 14', 16 stairs, and a landing that is 7' x 7.' Cleaning around the furniture.

1043 square feet x $0.49 per square foot = $511.07

16 stairs x $4.16 each = $66.56

Minus the 15% discount for not moving furniture: -$86.64

Total carpet cleaning cost: $490.99

3. Bonus Room, Bedroom and Den

A bonus room that measures 20' x 27', a child's bedroom that is 12' x 14' and a den that’s 12' x 12', moving furniture, and applying Teflon to the bonus room only.

852 square feet x $0.53 per square foot = $451.56

Teflon protection on 540 sq ft x $0 .26 = $140.40

Total carpet cleaning cost with Teflon treatment: $591.96

Before and after carpet cleaning, HK

4. Upholstery

Coming soon!

5. Concrete

Coming soon!

6. Hardwood

How much does it cost to clean hardwood floors in my home?

Prices vary on the type of floor and what it takes to bring them back to life, but we’ve included some ballpark pricing.

Method

Cost

Hardwood floor cleaning

$.50 - $.75 per square foot

Buffing

$1.25 - $1.75 per square foot

Coating

$.65 - $1.25 per square foot



Hardwood floors never go out of style. 

By golly, they’ve been around since the 1840’s when European parquet floors began to appear in wealthy homes.

Today, hardwood floors are made from hickory, oak, cherry, bamboo, maple and walnut. They’re solid hardwood or engineered and come in an array of colors like reds, browns, gray and natural, to name a few.

Hardwood floors are easy to clean. 

Or are they?

Yes...and no.

They’re super easy to vacuum, and wiping up spills is a breeze. Even pulling out the ol’ mop to do the weekly cleaning isn’t a challenge.

However, over time, the finish begins to wear off. That’s when soiling becomes more stubborn to remove by regular-maintenance cleaning. You may even notice right after you “clean” the floor, if you swipe it with a clean cloth or paper towel, there’s dirt on the towel.  

Soil becomes trapped in-between where the hardwood fits together on the sides or ends, especially when the wood is grooved. This soil cannot be removed by regular vacuuming or mopping.

That’s when it’s time to call in the professionals!

First, we’ll take a look at the cleaning, buffing and coating processes and then we’ll answer the question, How much does it cost to clean hardwood floors?

Hardwood floor cleaning process

A low-moisture cleaning can be done to remove the stubborn dirt, even in the cracks.

Methods may vary according to how soiled your hardwood is and the type of material it’s made from.

Here’s a general overview of the process.

1. Inspection

Our knowledgeable technicians will examine your hardwood floor to determine the type of wood so that the correct cleaning solution and methods are used. 

They’ll also look for any damaged areas.

2. Vacuum

Once the initial inspection is done, the furniture will be moved so we can vacuum with our specialized system.

This removes all the dry dirt, dust and other crud that has collected.

3. Deep clean

This step involves hot water and our hardwood floor cleaner extracting as much soil as possible.

4. Dry

To avoid any hint of water damage to your floor, we’ll thoroughly dry it with a microfiber mop and a fan.

That also means you’ll be able to walk on it right away.

5. Customer care

We want the cost to clean hardwood floors to be worth it for you, so the last part of the process is inspecting your freshly-cleaned floors with you to make sure you’re happy with them.

Hardwood floor buffing process

Buffing is like an exfoliating treatment for your floors.

It removes light scratches and brings back the original appearance of the finish on the floor.

Using a dry buffing method, we’ll use a high-speed buffer to smooth your hardwood floor’s finish and remove any marks.

Hardwood floor coating process

A finish can be added to the hardwood to cover up light scratches, etching and areas where the finish has been worn down to the original wood. 

This is done instead of buffing when the floor is in a rougher condition. The only con is that it takes some time to dry. With buffing, you can walk on the floor immediately.

Typically, the top layer of finish will be lightly sanded off and then a coat of polyurethane is applied.

The process takes a day to finish and you’ll have to wait several hours before you can walk on the floor.

Before and after, Hardwood floors, HammondKnoll

Cost to clean hardwood floors

The cost to clean hardwood floors is based on how soiled the floor is and how many square feet need attention.

The more you have, the less the price.

The cost to clean hardwood floors ranges from $.50 - $.75 per square foot.

Cost to buff hardwood flooring

The cost for buffing the floor is determined by the condition of the hardwood, as well as how many square feet need to be done.  

(Note: The cost below does not include cleaning.)

The cost to buff hardwood floors ranges from $1.25 - $1.75 per square foot.

Cost to coat hardwood floors

(Note: The cost below does not include cleaning of the hardwood.)

The cost to coat hardwood floors ranges from $.65 - $1.25 per square foot.

Below is an example of a hardwood floor in a kitchen we recently did. This floor was cleaned and we applied a finish.

Hammond Knoll, before and after hardwood floor cleaning and coating

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Protect Your Flooring Investment

Regular maintenance is a must for your rugs, carpets, and tile, grout and natural stone.

You understand the risks associated with ignoring it, as well as the benefits you stand to gain by staying on top of these cleaning tasks.

Most importantly, you have an idea of what you can expect to pay for the different services you need so that you can plan accordingly to make room in your budget for the professional cleaning services that will protect your investment.

At HammondKnoll, our expert technicians have the skill and experience to give new life to your rugs, carpets and the hard surfaces throughout your home.

Get in touch with us today and let’s talk about what we can do for you.

 

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