Hardwood Flooring Quiz

Hardwood Flooring Quiz
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About This Quiz

Hardwood flooring can bring joy to your home and put bounce in your step. But beware -- neglect it and it might be the bane of your home's existence. See if you can keep your shine (and pride) with this hardwood flooring quiz.
What is the best approach regarding wooden floor maintenance?
Save your money where you can -- fix a problem only when it arises.
Problem prevention is the best cure.
Just like your prize Porsche, keep regular maintenance a high priority to prevent bigger problems from surfacing.
No approach is better than another -- it's a matter of personal preference.

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How do grime grits affect your wooden floors?
They act as sandpaper and are abrasive.
Your mom will surely be pleased with this answer -- she's known it for years. Grime grits are the worst enemy of wooden floors, because they act as sandpaper.
They serve to polish the floor through chafing.
Surprisingly enough, they act as a protective layer.

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What is the best method for keeping dirt from entering your home?
using mesh nettings on all entrances
using a blow fan that blows the dirt outward before it has a chance to settle
using doormats and keeping them clean
Stop the dirt dead in its tracks by having doormats strategically positioned at all doors, and make sure they're clean.

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What is the American National Wood Flooring Manufacturers' Association (NOFMA) recommendation regarding entrances?
Decorate them with minimalist designs.
Put down small pieces of carpet or throw-rugs just inside them.
For the entrances' protection (and yours too), NOFMA recommends putting down small carpets or throw-rugs inside entrances.
Keep them to a width of 37 inches (95 centimeters).

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How often should you vacuum your wooden floors?
regularly, as you would carpets
Maintenance is key here. Look after your floors by vacuuming them as often as you would carpets.
never
once a year

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What is the downside of using a household dust treatment on your wooden floors?
It would be too costly.
They may attract more dust.
They may become dull.
Aside from possibly harming a re-coating process, using a household dust treatment on your wooden floors may dull the finish.

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What must you be aware of when you vacuum your wooden floors?
The vacuum-cleaner wheels might scratch the floor.
Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum if you like but watch the wheels -- they may scratch the floor.
The vacuum-cleaner may be too heavy for the floor.
The vacuum-cleaner cannot prevent all potential flooring problems.

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You want to use a microfiber pad on your floors. Who should you consult with before you do?
the flooring manufacturer
While your state legislator may not care a hoot and your spouse may care quite a lot, it's best to ask the flooring manufacturer.
your local state legislator
your spouse

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What is the danger of using microfiber cleaning pads on your wooden flooring?
It would polish the floor so well, it would become slippery.
The microfibers might snag wood splinters and expose unfinished wood.
The microfibers might do more harm than good. They might snag wood splinters and expose the unfinished wood below.
You would use up the pads within a short space of time.

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How long does it take to cure the floor finish?
seven to 90 days
It really depends on the type of finish, but anywhere between seven and 90 days is normal.
30 to 90 days
50 to 90 days

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If you wanted to put down rug pads, what untreated natural fiber could you use?
cotton or rubber
wool or jute
Examples of untreated natural fiber that are good for rug pads include wool and jute.
flax or hemp

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Which of these may attack or discolor the floor finish?
ΒΌ-inch chopped urethane
plasticizers
Plasticizers may ruin the floor finish. They may be found in the sticky backing of floor rugs.
100-percent nonsolvent-based rubber

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Why is cotton an ideal fabric for rugs?
It is home-grown.
It is light-weight.
It washes easily.
Cotton, because it washes so easily, is ideal as a rug fabric.

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Is it advisable to use rugs on wooden floors near the stove?
Yes, because it retains the heat from the stove.
Yes, because this is where a lot of spillage occurs and rugs protect the area.
Rugs are great for the stove area, because they protect the wood against spillage.
No, because it is a fire hazard.

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With the effect of time, some floor finishes change color and age. What can you do about it?
Redo the finish periodically.
Move the rugs occasionally and shade the big windows from the penetrating sunlight.
Rotation and protection is the answer. Rotate the rugs on occasion and protect the floor from sunlight by shading the big windows.
Place vinyl runners on the floor.

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How should you address spills on your wooden floors?
Wipe them up with a slightly damp cloth, then with a dry cloth afterward.
Don't wait, lest the spill cause a stain. Use a damp cloth to wipe it up, then a dry one afterward.
Mop them up with soapy water immediately.
Throw paper toweling over the affected area and allow it to absorb the offending mess.

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What do boot heels have to do with wooden floors?
The heels should be made of a contrasting material, not wood.
They make a pleasant, clunky sound on the floor.
If the heels are damaged, they may cause damage to the floor due to protruding, sharp pieces.
Boot heels can by injurious to wooden floors. They must be kept regularly in repair so as to prevent sharp pieces from damaging the floor.

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You are a pet lover and you have wooden floors. What do you need to know about this glorious combination?
Pet claws can scratch the floor so you must regularly cut their claws.
Keep an eye out for long claws. Trim them whenever they get long in order to avoid scratching the wood.
The two don't mix. It's either your pets or your wooden floors but not both in the one home.
Pets prefer stone or vinyl floors and are quite intimidated by wooden ones.

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What should you put under the table legs or chair legs to protect the flooring?
adhesive pads of silicon
either felt fabric glides or non-marking rubber casters
It depends on your furniture, but either felt fabric glides or non-marking rubber casters are a good choice.
fibrous patches

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How should you move older furniture with metal wheels across your wooden floor?
Using felt coasters underneath the wheels, slide the furniture.
The metal wheels could be your floor's worst enemy. Use felt coasters underneath each wheel and carefully slide the furniture along the floor.
Lift one side of the furniture and roll on one set of wheels only.
Enlist the assistance of three other people and lift the entire piece.

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You Got:
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