The Ultimate Green Carpet Cleaning Quiz

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What do most commercial carpet cleaners contain?

Most carpet cleaners contain caustic substances and chlorine- and petroleum-based solvents.

What household product can generally be used on carpet stains?

A vinegar water solution or undiluted vinegar can be used on carpet stains.

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

You can get rid of a crayon stain by dipping an old toothbrush in vinegar and scrubbing the spot.

How can you get rid of stubborn blobs of glue?

For blobs of glue that are difficult to remove, sponge the spot with warmed vinegar. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then scrape it off.

What can be done with a greasy spill?

Sprinkle a greasy stain with cornmeal and let it sit for five minutes. Then sponge the area with vinegar and water.

What do the Four Cs stand for?

The Four Cs stand for catsup, coffee, chocolate and cola. You will need to use a vinegar-and-water mixture to remove them from your carpet.

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

The correct ratio of water to vinegar is 1:2, usually one cup of vinegar to two cups of water.

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

To get rid of chocolate stains, sponge the stain with the vinegar and water mixture. Make sure not to rub, just blot, so that the stain does not spread.

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

To remove mildew stain, first sponge the carpet with a mixture of half vinegar and half water. Then dry the damp area with a hairdryer or an electric blow heater.

What can be done to that horrid red wine stain?

Sprinkle a red wine stain with salt and leave it for 15 minutes. Brush away the salt and then clean with a mixture of 1/3 of a cup of vinegar and 2/3 of a cup of water.

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About This Quiz

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?

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