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DEFOAMER – Substance used to reduce or eliminate foam.
DEGREASER – A product specifically formulated to remove grease, oil and
DEODORANT – A product for destroying, masking or eliminating offensive odors.
DETERGENT – Synthetic cleaning agent (other than soap) which is useful in physical removal of soils.
DISINFECTANT – An agent that destroys harmful bacteria and/or viruses on inanimate surfaces (except spores). Most common types include Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, Phenolic Compounds, Pine Oil (at least 70%). Products making disinfectant claims must be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and state it on the label with a registered EPA number.
DRAIN CLEANER – A chemically strong product formulated to clean plugs of solid grease and other varied materials embedded in drains.
DUSTING PRODUCT (FURNITURE) – An aerosol or pump spray that dispenses ingredients in a fine spray onto surface of dusting cloth. Some cloths come already impregnated with active ingredients. These products attract, pick up and retain light dust and soil.
EMULSION – A dispersion of small oil particles in a solution.
ENZYME – Proteins produced by living organisms that function as a biochemical catalyst.
E.P.A. – Environmental Protection Agency of the United States Government. Has responsibility to regulate the environment.
FLOOR FINISH – The top layer of protective floor coatings.
FOAM – A mass of bubbles formed on liquids by agitation.
FUNGICIDE – A chemical agent that destroys fungi.
FURNITURE CLEANER/POLISH – A liquid, paste or aerosol spray designed to remove dust and stains from wood surfaces, confer shine and protection against water spots, and is formulated to reduce wax buildup with continued use.