The Ultimate Carpet Cleaning Quiz

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The Ultimate Carpet Cleaning Quiz
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Carpet cleaning is important for keeping your carpet looking and feeling great. Take this quiz to see how much you know about carpet cleaning.
How often is it recommended that you vacuum your carpets?
once a day
once a week
once a month
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Carpets should be vacuumed once a week, but areas of heavy traffic may need more frequent vacuuming. Regular vacuuming will prolong the life or your carpet, since it will prevent grit from building up within the carpet fibers prevented.

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When vacuuming, how many times should you pass over each section of carpeting?
once
twice
several
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Pass over each section of carpet several times and move the vacuum slowly to allow the suction to remove dirt deeply embedded in the carpet, especially in plush carpets.

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How can you prevent odors building up in the bag of the vacuum cleaner?
Add baking soda to the bag.
Spray air freshener into the bag.
Add flour to the bag.
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Backing soda can help to neutralize odors in the vacuum bag.

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What is the No. 1 rule with regard to cleaning spills on your carpeting?
Clean the middle of the stain first.
Only use a towel to clean spills.
Clean them immediately.
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Clean carpet stains immediately. You have a better chance of completely removing the stain if you catch it when it is fresh.

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What should you do before using a cleaning solution on your carpet?
Check that the solution won't damage the carpet.
Dilute the solution well.
Mix in a chlorine agent to the solution.
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Test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of the carpet before using it, to check that it will not damage or discolor the carpet.

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What should you avoid doing when lifting a stain from carpet?
wetting the stain
rubbing the stain
drying the stain
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Try not to rub the stain, as this may spread the stain to a larger area.

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How should you wipe up the stain?
Starting from the outside and working your way to the center of the stain.
Starting from the center of the stain and working your way outward.
Working your way across the stain in horizontal wipes.
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After applying the appropriate cleaning solution to the stain, blot up the moisture working your way from the outside of the stain to the center. This avoids spreading the stain.

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Which is the best material for absorbing carpet stains?
paper towel
tissues
a bath towel
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A clean, white bath towel is the best material for drying up a carpet stain and for brushing the nap of the carpet back up into a standing position.

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What sort of solution should you apply to acid stains?
water and an antacid
water and ammonia
water and methylated spirits
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Acid and vomit stains should immediately be diluted with baking soda and water or with club soda. Then apply a solution of 1 part ammonia and 10 parts water. Rinse with cold water, allow to dry and then gently vacuum the carpet.

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Many spills and stains can be cleaned with a solution made from a mild detergent, _____ and water.
citric acid
baking soda
vinegar
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A solution used on many spills is a mix of 1 teaspoon mild detergent, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 1 quart warm water. This solution can be used on the following stains: alcoholic beverages, blood, chocolate, coffee, fruit, gravy, mud, salad dressing, soft drinks and urine.

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How can chewing gum be removed from carpet?
by applying ice
by applying a baking soda mixture
by vacuuming
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Apply ice to the gum to harden it. It can then be pulled off the carpet. The same technique is used for removing candle wax from carpet.

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What tool is used to remove crayon stains from carpet?
a spatula
an iron
coffee filter paper
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To remove crayon stains from carpet, place a blotter over the crayon stain and press it with a warm iron until the crayon is absorbed onto the blotter. Make sure you move the blotter around so that it doesn't get oversaturated.

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What is used to remove red wine stains from carpet?
white wine
table salt
both of the above
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First dilute the red wine stain with white wine. Then clean the spot with cold water and cover the stain with table salt. Allow the salt to absorb the stain, leaving it for about 10 minutes. Then vacuum up the salt.

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How do you know when it is time for a deep-cleaning carpet job?
The carpet feels sticky.
The carpet feels soft.
The carpet has not faded.
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If your carpet feels sticky or is matted, if it is a different color to the swatch you originally looked at, if there are grimy marks around the chair legs or if you see dust emerging from the carpet when you walk on it, it is probably time for a deep-cleaning job. This will require a machine to shampoo and rinse the carpet properly.

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What do you need to check before deep-cleaning your carpet?
Ensure quick drying ability.
Test for colorfastness.
Make sure the weather is dry.
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Make sure your carpet is colorfast before starting the cleaning process. Test the cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area of the carpet by moistening a white towel with the solution. Dab the towel onto the carpet and if it doesn't pick up any color from the carpet it is probably safe to use.

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What should you place under the legs of furniture that cannot be removed from the room before cleaning the carpet?
paper
cotton
plastic
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Place a plastic or foil piece under the legs and bases of furniture that will remain in the room during cleaning.

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What can you use to touch-up small areas of your carpet that have been altered by stain removers?
crayon
acrylic paint
clothing dye
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Try touching-up small areas of carpet with artists' acrylic paint. If that doesn't work, try a felt-tip marker or permanent-ink marker that matches the color of the carpet.

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What can be used to raise depressions left in carpets by heavy furniture?
steam
a fork
a towel
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Hold a steam iron close enough to the carpet that the steam reaches the carpet but that the iron doesn't make contact with the carpet fibers. After steaming the fibers, lift them by scraping the edge of a coin or spoon over them.

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What should you do if the carpet has a loose thread?
Cut it.
Leave it.
Pull it out.
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Do not pull the thread out or you may unravel part of the carpet. Instead, cut the thread so that it is level with the rest of the carpet fibers.

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How can you repair an area of carpet that has been burned?
Replace the burnt area of carpet with a new scrap the same shape.
Replace the entire area of carpet in that room.
Replace burnt fibers with fibers from a new scrap of carpet.
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There is no need to replace the entire carpet. If the carpet was not burned down to the backing, you can simply snip off the charred tips and no one will notice the slightly shorter length of a few fibers. If the burn went right through, simply cut down the fibers, apply white glue and replace the burnt fibers with new fibers from a matching carpet scrap.

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