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Take the U.S. Products "Solving Carpet Cleaning Problems" Quiz

June 27, 2005
Test your knowledge with the "Solving Carpet Cleaning Products" quiz from U.S. Products.

1. Properly maintaining "transition areas" is one of the best ways to keep a carpet clean and looking its best. What is a transition area?
A. The lobby of a building or its primary entrance
B. The area from a parking lot or sidewalk into a facility
C. The area where carpets join hard-surface floors
D. Moving from one carpeted area into another in the same facility
E. None of the above

2. Which of the following usually does not receive the same amount of attention when it is found on carpeted floors as it does on hard-surface floors?
A. Moisture
B. Stains
C. Soil buildup
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

3. One of the major reasons low-moisture carpet extractors solve carpet cleaning problems is because:
A. Carpets dry faster with a low-moisture machine
B. They use less chemicals than traditional extractors
C. They are considered "greener" carpet cleaning equipment
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

4. Most spots and spills on carpets could be less problematic if:
A. Carpet spotting kits were kept in all facilities
B. If they were attended to as soon as they occur
C. The area is blocked off so no one walks over the spot, essentially embedding the matter deeper in carpet fibers
D. A stain protector was applied to all carpets

5. The most important carpet maintenance activity is:
A. Frequent cleaning using a carpet extractor
B. Adding walk-off mats at all building entries
C. Vacuuming
D. On-going spotting
E. None of the above

6. Choosing an effective carpet extractor is one of the best ways to minimize carpet cleaning problems. Of the choices below, which is the most helpful when selecting a carpet extractor?
A. List features you do not like about your current machine
B. List features you would like on a new machine
C. Ask peers for their suggestions
D. Look for a machine that can improve productivity
E. All of the above

7. Carpets should dry between 24-48 hours after extracting to prevent mold and mildew from developing. Which of the following is the best way to reduce carpet cleaning drying times?
A. Using low-moisture carpet extractors
B. Using machines that heat the cleaning solution above 200 degrees Fahrenheit
C. Using air-movers at strategic locations around the area cleaned
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

8. Biological contamination of carpets can be a problem, especially in schools. The best way to remove contamination in carpets is:
A. Vacuuming carpets on a regular basis
B. Extracting carpets on a regular basis
C. Removing carpets in classrooms and other school areas
D. None of the above, because carpets "trap" soil, dirt, and contaminants

9. Which is the most important reason for removing as much cleaning solution as possible from carpets after extraction?
A. The chemicals can harm indoor air quality
B. The chemicals left in the carpet act like magnets, attracting more dirt and soil
C. It leaves a chemical residue on carpets
D. All of the above

10. The main reason for reoccurring spots on carpets is?
A. The spot was inadequately removed
B. The wrong type of carpet spotter was used
C. Too much carpet spotter was used
D. All of the above

Answers:
1. C; 2. A; 3. D; 4. B; 5. C; 6. D; 7. D; 8. B; 9. B; 10. A