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The Ultimate Carpets, Rugs and Floors Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
Have you ever wondered how your grandmother kept her floors so clean? Try learning some old fashioned techniques that served your grandmother well. Take this quiz to see how much you know about cleaning carpets, rugs and floors.

For sweeping floors, what is an advantage of brooms made from broomcorn versus synthetic materials?

  • Soil and dirt fragments do not stick.
  • The broom cleans itself.
  • both answers

What are old fashioned brooms made from?

  • broomcorn
  • synthetic material
  • hemp

How is broomcorn produced?

  • harvested and dried
  • manufactured in a factory
  • neither answer

A broomcorn broom is excellent to clean:

  • hardwood floors
  • pools
  • bathtubs

What is an advantage of a real broom over a vacuum cleaner?

  • costs less
  • no electricity needed
  • both answers

What is an old fashioned remedy for carpet stains?

  • professional carpet cleaning
  • shaving cream
  • commercial carpet cleaner solution

How is shaving cream applied to remove carpet stains?

  • with your fingers
  • with a brush
  • sprayed onto the carpet

After applying the shaving cream to the stained carpet, what do you do next?

  • Wipe-up with a damp cloth.
  • Blot it.
  • both answers

What stains may shaving cream remove?

  • red wine
  • pet urine
  • both answers

What home staple may remove the odor of a wet dog from carpets?

  • cornmeal and borax
  • cornmeal and salt
  • cornmeal and baking soda

If you do not have borax, what other home remedy may you use to remove rug odors?

  • cornstarch
  • salt
  • baking powder

What old fashioned remedy may be used to remove scuff marks from floors?

  • toothpaste
  • cooking oil
  • elbow grease

What kind of toothpaste is recommended to remove scuff marks from floors?

  • white toothpaste
  • gel toothpaste
  • orange flavored toothpaste

What kind of floor may collect a lot of scuff marks?

  • linoleum
  • carpet
  • sisal rug

To remove scuff marks from floors, how should you apply the toothpaste?

  • toothbrush
  • spray bottle
  • both answers

What may be the most difficult stain to remove from carpet?

  • wine
  • blood
  • grease

What old fashioned remedy may be used to remove grease stains from carpet?

  • professional carpet cleaning
  • commercial carpet cleaning solution
  • flour

After sprinkling sifted flour on the grease stain, what should you do next?

  • cover with brown paper
  • put weight on the paper
  • both answers

After weighing down the brown paper on the grease stain, how long should you wait to remove the paper?

  • half hour
  • one hour
  • one day

If the first treatment with flour does not remove the grease stain, what should you do?

  • repeat the procedure
  • professionally clean the stain
  • use commercial carpet cleaner