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The Ultimate Floor Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • Make sure that you have the proper tools to do the job.
  • Know what the floor you are cleaning is made of.
  • Always read the instructions on the label of any cleaning products you plan to use.

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 dish detergent and one cup of chlorine bleach.
  • In a ½ gallon of warm water, add ½ cup of liquid laundry detergent and one cup of ammonia.
  • In a ½ gallon of cool water, add ¼ cup of low-suds all purpose cleaner and one cup of ammonia.

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

  • Apply the solution to your floor with a clean sponge mop, rinse with cool clear water and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Flood the floor with cleaner, scrub well with a yarn mop, squeegee the floor and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Spread cleaner evenly on the floor with a measuring cup, let soak for ten minutes and mop dry.

What should you avoid when cleaning asphalt tile floors?

  • Asphalt tiles are easily damaged by warm water and chlorine bleach.
  • Asphalt tiles are easily damaged by the new oxygen type cleaning solutions.
  • Asphalt tiles are easily damaged by petroleum or solvent based cleaners and abrasive cleaners or powders.

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

  • Damp mop the floor with a half cup of liquid acrylic wax in a half pail of warm water.
  • Damp mop the floor with one cup of olive oil in a half pail of hot water.
  • Damp mop the floor with one cup of fabric softener in half pail of cool water.

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

  • Most experts feel that you are better off to resurface a porous brick floor with ceramic tiles.
  • You will need to keep a brick floor sealed and waxed in order to keep it looking good.
  • Strip wax buildups from your brick floor once every six weeks, reseal the surface and wax.

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

  • Sweep the floor once a week with a stiff corn broom and damp mop with clear water.
  • Sweep the floor often with a soft dust mop before sponge mopping with clear water.
  • Vacuum the floor prior to damp mopping with a solution of vinegar and 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 do not apply water-based wax over solvent-based wax.
  • Solvent-based wax builds up quickly so stripping will be necessary once every four times that you wax a floor.
  • Never use water-based waxes on brick floors or on ceramic tile floors.

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

  • Glazed ceramic tiles are super hard and impervious to physical damage.
  • Glazed ceramic tiles are virtually stain proof for life.
  • Glazed ceramic tiles tend to loose their characteristic gloss in about ten years and will require waxing after that.

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.
  • Unglazed (matte) ceramic floor tiles must be cleaned by an electric scrubber equipped with scouring pads.
  • Both of the above apply to unglazed (matte) ceramic floors.

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

  • Grouting is best cleaned with a stiff-bristled brush and chlorine bleach mixed with water.
  • Grouting is best cleaned with a stiff-bristled brush and ammonia mixed with water.
  • Grouting is best cleaned with a floor scrubber using commercial ceramic tile cleaner according to instructions.

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

  • Removing stains from an unpainted cement garage floor is the biggest cleaning challenge.
  • Detecting and wiping up spills on unsealed cement floors immediately is the biggest cleaning challenge.
  • Both of the above.

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

  • Keep a bottle of spray engine degreaser handy in your garage and apply it to oil or grease spots as soon as you see them.
  • Kitty litter is handy in a garage as it soaks up oil and grease faster than the cement floor will.
  • A bottle of spray penetrating oil is handy in your garage, as it will liquefy grease or oil for ease of wipe up.

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

  • Finish your clean concrete floor with epoxy based concrete floor paint for a professional easy to clean floor.
  • Finish your clean concrete floor with clear silicone concrete floor sealer for a professional easy to clean floor.
  • Both of the above will give your concrete an easy to clean and durable finish.

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.
  • Never seal a flagstone or slate floor with commercial sealers, as it will tint the natural color.
  • Use only acrylic based liquid waxes on your unsealed flagstone or slate tile floors.

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

  • Apply two coats of liquid acrylic wax in a circular pattern with a sponge mop equipped with a wax head.
  • Apply two coats of liquid acrylic wax with a long handle wax applicator fitted with a lambs wool pad.
  • Apply two coats of liquid acrylic wax with a long handled plush paint roller making sure not to miss any spots.

What is the best way to clean linoleum floors?

  • The best way to clean a linoleum floor is to mop it with solvent-based cleaner weekly.
  • The best way to clean a linoleum floor is to mop it a half and half mixture of water and chlorine bleach.
  • The best way to clean a linoleum floor is to mop it only with commercial water based all-purpose cleaner.

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

  • All of these flooring materials must be sealed properly to insure protection from stains and ground in dirt.
  • These floors have a soft surface that can be easily scoured to restore a fresh natural look without requiring wax.
  • All of these flooring materials will require waxing with special silicone based wax once a month to maintain their finish.

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

  • Rubber tile flooring is great for a playroom because it absorbs shock when kids fall.
  • Rubber tile flooring is flexible and it is very difficult to cause any physical damage to the surface.
  • Rubber tile flooring has an anti-static property that other floors do not have.

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

  • Newer no-wax vinyl floorings are low maintenance and require little care.
  • Vinyl flooring is seamless on most floor installations.
  • Both of the above choices apply to vinyl flooring.