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The Ultimate Green Carpet Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
Your plush cream carpet is now sporting a nasty red stain and it's spreading by the second. Before you rush off to your cleaning cabinet and reach for the caustic commercial carpet cleaner, why not choose something home-made and green?

What do most commercial carpet cleaners contain?

  • caustic substances and solvents
  • ammonia
  • bleach

What household product can generally be used on carpet stains?

  • vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • baking soda

How can you get rid of a crayon stain on your carpet?

  • Sprinkle it with salt, then wipe the salt away with undiluted vinegar.
  • Dip an old toothbrush in vinegar and scrub the spot.
  • Spray it with vinegar and let it sit for an hour.

How can you get rid of stubborn blobs of glue?

  • Rub it with a cut lemon until it comes off.
  • Scrape it off with a razor blade.
  • Sponge it with warmed vinegar.

What can be done with a greasy spill?

  • Sprinkle it with salt.
  • Sprinkle it with cornmeal.
  • Sprinkle it with baking soda.

What do the Four Cs stand for?

  • catsup, chocolate, coffee and cola
  • cream, catsup, chocolate and coffee
  • cheese, cream, chocolate, coffee

When cleaning Four C stains, what should the ratio of vinegar to water be?

  • 4.2361111111111106E-2
  • 4.3055555555555562E-2
  • 4.4444444444444446E-2

What do you need to make sure to do when cleaning chocolate stains?

  • Use lemon juice and not vinegar.
  • Remove the baking soda after no longer than half an hour.
  • Blot the stain, don't rub it.

What is recommended to use to get mildew out of your carpets?

  • baking soda
  • lemon juice
  • a hairdryer

What can be done to that horrid red wine stain?

  • Sprinkle it with salt.
  • Sprinkle it with baking soda.
  • Pour lemon juice over it.