The Ultimate Cleaning Your Bedding Quiz

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The Ultimate Cleaning Your Bedding Quiz
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About This Quiz

Sleep like royalty in a fresh bed. Occasional cleaning of your bedding is necessary, but may not be easy. Use the manufacturer's instructions to guide you. Take this quiz to learn some useful tips on how to clean bedding.
How often should you refresh your bed pillows?
weekly
monthly
Once a month you should refresh your pillows by placing them in an open window or hanging them from a clothes line.
yearly

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Why may you want to flip your mattress?
for even wear
Mattresses wear more evenly if they are turned on a regular basis.
to prevent bedbugs
both answers

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How often may you want to flip your mattress?
per manufacturers instructions
monthly
both answers
Check the manufacturers instructions or turn it monthly.

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Why should you use a mattress cover?
prevent soiling of the mattress
A mattress cover may prevent your mattress from soiling.
maintain the warranty
prevent wear and tear of mattress coils

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What is the suggested daily maintenance of bed pillows?
fluff your pillows
Fluff your pillows daily.
wash your pillows
replace your pillows

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When should you wash your bed covering?
before heavily soiled
Bed coverings should be cleaned before they become heavily soiled.
weekly
monthly

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Why may you want to use an oversized commercial washer to clean your bed covering?
for better cleaning
too big for a residential machine
both answers
If your bed covering is large, a residential machine may not do a good cleaning job, and the job may be too much for your washing machine.

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How should you clean an electric blanket?
wash
To protect the electric wiring, wash an electric blanket.
dry clean
both answers

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Why should you avoid dry cleaning an electric blanket?
damage to wiring
The solvents found in dry cleaning may harm the electric wiring.
too expensive
too much effort

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How can you freshen blankets?
ventilate on an outdoor clothes line
Let the fresh air ventilate blankets by hanging them outside on a clothes line.
vacuum
steam

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How can you remove dust and lint from blankets?
vacuum
Vacuum to remove dust and lint.
broom
not necessary

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How should you care for most comforters?
machine washable
Most comforters are machine washable. Check the manufacturer's washing instructions.
hand wash only
dry clean only

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How should you clean old and delicate quilts?
professionally cleaned
hand wash
both answers
Hand wash or you may want to have these old and delicate items professionally cleaned.

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How should you wash down comforters?
machine wash
Most down comforters that are in good shape can handle machine washing.
dry clean only
neither answer

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How should you dry down comforters?
machine dry
Most down comforters that are in good shape can handle a tumble in the dryer.
dry clean only
neither answer

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How should you clean a stain on a mattress?
do not excessively wet
do not cover until dry
both answers
Do not excessively wet the mattress when you promptly remove the stain. Do not cover the mattress until it is totally dry.

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When storing electric blankets during the summer months, why should you skip the moth balls?
damage wires
Moth balls may damage the electrical wires.
bad smell
not necessary

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How should you clean wool blankets?
check manufacturer's instructions
some may be washable
both answers
Some wool blankets may be washable, check the manufacturer's instructions.

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How is the filling in comforters and quilts held in place?
stitching
Stitching holds the filling in place. Care must be taken when cleaning old or delicate items.
stapes
glue

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How can you check for colorfastness?
dip a small corner into detergent
To check for colorfastness, dip a small corner of the item into the detergent solution.
brush detergent on the fabric
not necessary to check

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