Quiz: Fabric Care 101

By: Emilie Sennebogen

Quiz: Fabric Care 101
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About This Quiz

Do you know how to properly care for all of the different fabrics in your home? Take our quiz to find out.
What kind of iron should you use on cotton clothing?
hot
medium
cool
Cotton can easily scorch, so make sure that iron is nice and cool.

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High thread count sheets should be washed on what setting?
hot
warm
Sheets with thread counts of 1,000 or more use cotton fibers that are thinner than usual. These fibers are prone to breakage when exposed to hot temperatures, so these sheets should be washed in warm water and dried on a cool setting.
cold

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What is the secret to avoiding matting on a fleece pullover?
tumble dry low and long
hang to dry
If you want to avoid matting on that favorite fleece, wash warm, remove it quickly and hang it up to dry.
tumble dry hot and fast

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Linen is a tricky fabric -- what's the best way to clean it?
cold wash and tumble low
dry clean
Linen is one of those fabrics that you should always dry clean, if you want it to retain its shape and feel.
hot wash and hang to dry

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Dry cleaning is one option for polyester, but it can also be washed in what kind of water?
cold
hot
warm
Dust off those '70s clothes by washing on warm.

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Rayon is best dry cleaned, but in a pinch, you can do what to clean it?
hand wash hot
hand wash warm
If you must wash rayon at home, use your hands and some lukewarm water.
machine wash cold

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True or false: Cotton sheets should never be bleached?
true
Bleach weakens the fibers of cotton sheets.
false

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What is the best way to clean silk?
hand wash with hot water
soak in a cold detergent bath
always dry clean
It's best not to mess with trying to clean silk yourself. Take it to a trusted dry cleaner.

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What should you never do with a stain?
blot it
rub it
Some stains should be left to the pros, others can be cared for at home, but never, ever rub it. Always blot.
leave it alone

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Care labels should be?
heeded at all costs
The care label is there for a reason. Always follow the recommendations on the label.
ignored
removed

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Down comforters should be washed how?
in a top-loading machine
in a front-loading machine
Down comforters can be machine washed, but it needs to be in a large capacity front loader that can handle the weight of wet down.
by hand

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What government body requires care labels on all clothing?
Centers for Disease Control
Drug Enforcement Administration
Federal Trade Commission
That would be the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC for short.

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Ironing a stain will do what?
has virtually no effect
loosen the stain for removal
make it permanent
Never iron a stained article of clothing or you're likely going to make it a permanent addition.

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True or false: All stains can be removed.
true
false
Some fabrics and dyes simply can't stand up to what it takes to remove a stain.

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What should you never use on Lycra?
detergent
bleach
You should never bleach Lycra. It's just not a good idea.
fabric softener

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What kind of water should be used to clean Spandex?
dry clean only
piping hot
lukewarm
Spandex holds up best when washed in lukewarm water.

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Although suede should usually be dry cleaned, what kind of cycle can you use for a machine wash?
heavy
normal
gentle
If you're careful, you can machine wash suede clothing on gentle cycles.

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How often should you wash a wool blanket?
whenever it smells musty
once a month
once or twice a year
Wool blankets usually only require washing once or twice a year.

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True or false: Preshrunk clothes will never shrink again?
true
false
Sometimes the manufacturer doesn't properly shrink pre-shrunk clothing, so they can actually shrink even more in high heat.

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What should you do with damp wool?
tumble dry
hang it out in direct sunlight
Direct sunlight and open air is what your wet wool needs.
hang it out in the shade

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You Got:
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