Abrasion

The wearing away or cleaning by friction

Active Ingredient

Chemical component of a cleaner that inactivates, reduces or destroys organisms. These ingredients must be listed on product labels

Aerobes

A microorganism that requires oxygen to grow

Aerosol

A suspension of fine solid or liquid particles in air or gas, as a fog, smoke or mist

Alcohol

Used to disinfect clinical surfaces and equipment. Product evaporates rapidly and can dry and irritate skin. It does not stain and kills bacteria quickly

Algaecide

Products that destroy algae.

Anaerobe

A microorganism which will grow in the absence of oxygen

Antibacterial

A chemical substance which kills public health bacteria

Antimicrobial

A chemical substance which inhibits or destroys bacteria, virus, fungi, yeasts or molds.

Bactericidal

A chemical that kills bacteria harmful to health

Bio-contamination

Contamination through micro-organisms

Biodegradable

A substance that can be decomposed by bacteria and/or natural environmental factors

Corrosion Inhibitor

Protects the wearing away of surfaces

Carpet Spotting

Treating spills on carpeted surfaces with chemicals selected for the specific spill. In the health care facility, spots require special attention and disinfection

Chlorine

Powerful oxidizing agent often used as a germicide.

Cleaning

Cleaning is locating, identifying, containing, removing and disposing of unwanted substances (pollutants) from the environment.

Concentrate

An undiluted form of a dilutable cleaning product.

Contact Time

The published time that a disinfectant or sanitizing chemical must remain wet on the surface being treated. These chemicals are killing germs only when wet.

Contagious

A state whereby a disease or infection may be transmitted or spread from one person to another. Also refers to a microorganism which is capable of causing a communicable disease.

Contaminate

To pollute, make unclean or dirty

Defoamers

A substance used to reduce or eliminate foam

Detail Cleaning

Special custodial cleaning procedures that are conducted less frequently.

Daily Cleaning

Custodial cleaning procedures that are typically conducted every day.

Decontaminate

To remove pathogenic and undesirable microorganisms or soil from surfaces by chemical or physical means

Degreaser

A chemical product specially formulated to remove grease and oil.

Deodorant

Destroys, masks or eliminates offensive odors.

Detergent

A chemical which is used for cleaning surfaces and which may possess various properties such as surface wetting, soil emulsification, soil dispersion, or soil suspending.

Disinfectant

A chemical intended to destroy or inactivate microorganisms on inanimate surfaces.

Disinfecting

Process by which bacteria, fungi or viruses are destroyed permanently.

Dilute

To reduce the strength of a concentrate by adding water.

Dry

To remove moisture from a surface.

Dust

Light particles suspended in air.

Dusting Product

Product that dispenses a fine mist or spray that picks up and retains light dust and soil.

Efficacy

Effectiveness of the product.

Eliminate

To remove an undesirable substance.

Epoxy

A shortened name for a class of synthetic resins.

Floor Machine

A Power driven machine used to remove soil by scrubbing, buffing or burnishing floor surfaces.

Glass Cleaner

A mixture of solvents, detergents or alcohols that can remove soils and water spots and dry without residue.

Heat pipe

A device that transfers heat by the evaporation and condensation of an internal fluid

Microorganisms

Microorganisms or microbes are very small organisms which can only be seen under a microscope.

Polish

To shine, make smooth or glossy.

Sterile

Free of living, reproducing microorganisms i.e. bacteria, fungi, virus, spores.

Wax

A natural protective coating for hard surfaces.

Washing

Cleaning in an aqueous environment.

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