The Ultimate Floor Cleaning Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

With so many floor treatment options available, it's important to know what to do and not do when caring for floors. The treatment for one kind of floor could do irreparable damage to another flooring material. Take our quiz to ensure that you treat your flooring the way it is designed to be treated.

What is a first basic step to efficient floor cleaning?

Having the proper tools is important, as is reading label instructions, but you have to know what a floor is made of to ensure safe use and to avoid problems with your floors.


What is a good recipe for a homemade heavy duty cleaner that will do a good job on most floor types?

In a ½ gallon of cool water, add ¼ cup of low-suds all purpose cleaner and one cup of ammonia. Caution: Wear rubber gloves and work only in a well-ventilated area when using this powerful mixture.


What process is recommended whenever using our suggested heavy duty cleaner on most floors?

The correct process is to apply the solution to your floor with a clean sponge mop, rinse with cool clear water and dry with a soft cloth. Caution: Flooding a floor with cleaning solution or leaving it soak on a floor will cause problems on wood, most man-made tile and sheet flooring.


What should you avoid when cleaning asphalt tile floors?

Asphalt tiles are easily damaged by petroleum or solvent based cleaners and abrasive cleaners or powders. If you damp mop your asphalt tile floor once a week you will not have to wash it and apply wax more than every couple of months.


What can you do to help bring out a shine when you are damp mopping an asphalt tile floor between thorough cleanings and waxings?

If you damp mop the floor with a solution of one cup of fabric softener in a half pail of cool water you will bring out a shine. You can achieve the best results by freshening up your floor in this way once a week.


What is the best way to care for a brick floor?

The best way to care for a brick floor is to keep it sealed and waxed. Only use a commercial sealer on your brick floor as neither varnish nor lacquer is recommended for sealing on this type of floor.


What is the best way to perform routine cleaning on a brick floor?

The best way to remove dust and dirt from a brick floor is with a vacuum cleaner. Follow-up your vacuuming job by sponge mopping the floor with a solution of one cup of vinegar to half a pail of warm water.


When applying wax to floors what is a basic rule of thumb?

Solvent-based wax may be applied over water-based wax but you should never apply water-based wax over solvent-based wax. Solvents in solvent-based waxes dissolve the old layer of wax, so there will be no wax buildup.


What is a feature of glazed ceramic tile that most other flooring materials do not have?

Glazed ceramic tile flooring is virtually stain proof for life and will not require waxing. To preserve the glazing never use abrasive cleaners on your glazed ceramic floor.


What do you need to do differently with unglazed (matte) ceramic floors versus glazed ceramic tile floors?

Unglazed (matte) ceramic floor tiles require proper sealing and waxing on a regular basis. Ceramic tile floors should be damp mopped and dried with a soft cloth.


What is the best way to clean grouting on both kinds of ceramic tile floors?

Grouting is best cleaned with a floor scrubber using commercial ceramic tile cleaner according to instructions and never use bleach or ammonia to clean floors as it will discolor grouting. Non-epoxy based grout should be sealed only with silicone-based sealer.


What is your biggest challenge in maintaining a clean cement floor?

Unsealed cement floors are very porous, so they soak up spills quickly and leave a hard-to-clean stain behind. Your biggest challenge will be to wipe up any spills immediately and oil or grease on a garage floor is not usually detected until it is already too late.


What is a good product to keep on hand in a garage that has a cement floor?

Dry clay kitty litter is highly absorbent and it will absorb oil or grease faster than a concrete floor. Simply spread some kitty litter over any spills and sweep up for disposal after 24 hours.


What is the best treatment for a concrete floor in your garage or basement

Epoxy based concrete floor paints will give your floor a nice designer finish that is durable, easy to clean and long lasting. You can accomplish the same protection with clear silicone-based floor sealants without changing the natural color of concrete.


What is an important care necessity for flagstone and slate floors?

It is mandatory that flagstone and slate floors be sealed with a commercial sealer specifically designed for that purpose. After your floor is sealed, it will require waxing on a routine basis.


What is one recommended way to apply wax to your properly sealed flagstone or slate floors?

Apply two coats of liquid acrylic wax with a long handle wax applicator fitted with a lambs wool pad. Remember that every few months you will need to strip wax buildup with a stripper before applying fresh wax.


What is the best way to clean linoleum floors?

The best way to clean a linoleum floor is to mop it only with commercial water based all-purpose cleaner. You should never use solvent-based cleaners, as it can soften and damage the linoleum flooring.


What is recommended for floors made with marble, terrazzo or quarry tile?

All of these flooring materials must be sealed properly after installation to insure protection from stains and ground in dirt. You can use paste wax on these floors to prevent buildup but it is important to test for discoloring in a corner first.


What is a nice feature of rubber tile flooring that most other flooring materials do not posses?

Rubber tile flooring has an anti-static property, so it is a great choice for computer rooms or home offices.


What is the best feature of no-wax vinyl flooring?

No-wax vinyl flooring comes in rolls, so most installations are seamless, and it requires little care. You can wash a no-wax vinyl floor with almost any all-purpose cleaner and you will never need to wax this floor.


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