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Carpet Care Quiz Release

February 23, 2010

COEUR D''ARLENE, ID — It''s hard to believe while much of the country is experiencing some very cold weather, spring and a little warmth is not that far away.

And, for those professionals involved in carpet care — carpet cleaning techs, facility service providers and distributors — spring is one of the busiest times of the year.

But how much do you know about carpets and carpet care?

U.S. Products, manufacturers of carpet cleaning extractors and other professional cleaning equipment, has prepared the following quiz (with answers at the end) to help you better understand carpet and carpet maintenance.

Ready? Begin!

What is the most common carpet fiber used in the United States today?

· Wool

· Nylon

· Wool/nylon combinations

· Polyester

· Berber

Although it can vary, most residential carpet warranties specify:

· The warranty is only valid if installed in an owner-occupied residence.

· The warranty is only valid if the carpet is installed in a legally accepted residence, i.e., home, condo, apartment, townhouse, etc.

· There are no stipulations. The warranty is good for a specific period of time, for normal indoor residential use, as long as it is properly installed and maintained.

· None of the above.

A customer complains that spots and soils have "reappeared" shortly after cleaning. This is likely an example of?

· Overwetting the carpet

· Wicking

· Soil filtration

· Inability of the extractor to remove deeply embedded soils

The label on a carpet cleaning chemical indicates it has a pH of 2. This means it is:

· A relatively mild or "neutral" cleaning solution

· A mildly acidic cleaning solution

· A heavily acidic cleaning solution

· An alkaline solution

Which of the following best explains the difference between a spot and a stain?

· A stain is relatively new whereas a spot has been on the carpet for sometime.

· A stain is a discoloration of the carpet; a spot is damage to the carpet.

· A spot is a substance added and a stain is color added to the carpet.

· Spots are organic soils; stains are inorganic.

The reason heated carpet extractors are recommended is because:

· Heat is better able to remove oil substances from carpets.

· Heat improves the effectiveness of carpet cleaning chemicals.

· Heat has proven to be more effective at removing hard-to-remove stains.

· All of the above.

· None of the above.
Click here for answers to the quiz.
About U.S. Products

U.S. Products has been manufacturing cleaning equipment for carpeting, floors, draperies, upholstery, and restoration for more than 25 years. The company is well known for its innovative internal heating systems, which deliver 212°F at the wand tip; its top-quality components; and its solid-state circuitry, which allow for precise operation and equipment control.