Abrasion — The wearing away or cleaning by friction.
Abrasive — A product that works by abrasion or scouring action.
Acid — A compound that ironises in water to produce hydrogen irons — used in toilet cleaners, rust removers and hard water stain removers.
Acrylic Floor Finish — A water based product that dries hard and glossy.
Alcohols — Compounds that contain one or more hydroxyl group. Alcohols used in cleaners are; ethyl, methyl, propyl and butyl.
Algaecide — Products that destroy algae.
All Purpose Cleaner — A powder or liquid detergent suitable for general house hold cleaning.
Anhydrous Soap — Soap that contains no water.
Anionic Surfactant — Negatively charged molecule widely used in high sudsing detergents.
Antibacterial — Counteracting bacteria.
Antimicrobial — An agent that destroys bacteria, fungi, protozoa or any virus that is pathogenic.
Antiredeposition Agent — Ingredient used in detergents to help prevent soil from redepositing on surfaces or fabrics.
Bacteria - Microscopic single cell living organisms responsible for illness in humans
Bactericide - A chemical agent that destroys bacteria
Bacteriostat - A chemical agent that prevents bacteria from growing but doesn’t kill it
Bleach - A product that helps whiten, brighten and remove stains. Bleaches convert soils into colourless, soluble particles that can be removed by detergents and carried away in the wash water.
Blushing - Whitening effect that sometimes occurs when a solvent finish dries
Brighteners - Optical or fluorescent enhancers found in product cleaners
Buffing - Polishing with a pad, cloth or brush
Builder - A Material that upgrades or protects the cleaning efficiency of a surfactant
Build—Up - Heavy deposit of floor finish, wax, grime or dirt
Burnish - To buff a protective floor coating before it dries to give a hard finish
Carpet Cleaning - The cleaning of a carpet. Home is offers a specialist carpet and soft furnishings cleaning service that will bring your carpets, sofas, upholstery, rugs and mattresses back to life.
Cationic Surfactant - Disinfectants and sanitisers such as alkyl dimenthyl benzyl ammonium chloride known as quarternary ammonium compounds
Caustic - Having a burning, corroding or dissolving chemical reaction
Chelating Agent - Additives in detergents for inactivating the minerals in water that interfere with cleaning
Cidal or ‘Cide’ - Agents with the ability to kill micro—organisms
Chemical Cleaning - A method that uses chemical cleaning agents to remove soil instead of mechanical or abrasive agents
Chlorine Bleach - Strong oxidising agents found in sodium hypochlorite. It removes stains, aids soil removal, whitens disinfects and deodorises laundry
Clarity - The clearness of a liquid
Cleaning - Locating, identifying, containing, removing and disposing of undesirable substances from the environment
Cleanser - Powdered or liquid product containing abrasives, surfactants and bleach
Concentrate - An undiluted form of a dilutable cleaning product
Contaminate - To pollute, make unclean or dirty
Corrosion Inhibitor - Protects the wearing away of surfaces
Damp Mopping - Process of using a damp cloth or mop lightly wrung in detergent and water to remove lightly soiled surfaces
Decontaminate - To remove the contamination
Defoamers - A substance used to reduce or eliminate foam
Degreaser - A chemical product specially formulated to remove grease and oil
Deodorant - Destroys, masks or eliminates offensive odours
Detergent - Cleaning and washing agent used for the removal of soils with a composition other than soap
Dilute - To reduce the strength of a concentrate by adding water
Dirt - Any foul or filthy substance
Dirt Retention - A high level of which is when soil has been worked into a surface easily
Dirty - Unclean, undesirable or unpleasant
Disinfectant - A product that destroys microorganisms on inanimate surfaces.
Domestic Cleaning - The cleaning of the home. Home is offers a professional domesitc cleaning service that is unique to your home and tailored to your individual requirements.
Drain Cleaner - Chemical product that cleans solid grease and other materials embedded in drains
Dry - To remove moisture from a surface
Durability - The wearing quality of a finish
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
Eliminate - To remove an undesirable substance
Emulsification - Detergent action that breaks up fats and oils into small droplets
End of Tenancy Clean - Whether you are an estate agent, landlord or tenant, we can offer you a hassle-free, ‘one stop shop’ for end of tenancy and pre-let cleans. This includes general cleaning, as well as oven, carpet, curtain and upholstery cleaning; we can also offer external window cleaning by one of our reputable partners.
Epoxy - A shortened name for a class of synthetic resins
Finish - A protective coating used as a top coat
Floor Machine - A Power driven machine used to remove soil by scrubbing, buffing or burnishing floor surfaces
Foaming Agent - A material that increases the production of bubbles in liquid
Fungi - Advanced multicellular organisms that are infectious and harmful, examples are mold and mildew
Fungicide - Chemical agent that destroys fungi
Furniture Cleaner/Polish - Liquid, paste or aerosol product to remove dust and stains from furniture
Germicide - Substance that kills germs
Gloss - A surface lustre
Grease - Soft or melted animal fat, especially after rendering
Hand Cleanser - Cleaner that removes oil, grease and other products from your hands
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Hydrochloric Acid - Used in different quantities to clean toilets
Hydrophobic Fibres - Fibres that do not absorb water easily
Hydrophilic Fibres - Fibres that absorb water easily
Inorganic Alkaline Detergent - Water soluble detergent that contains no soap or synthetics
Low Sudsing - Name which describes a product that cleans without foaming or any significant amount of foam
Mechanical Cleaning - Process of removing dirt or soil by manual scrubbing or use of abrasives
Mild Cleaner - A product that is non damaging to the surface being cleaned
Neutral Cleaner - Non—alkaline, non—acid cleaner
Non-Chlorine Bleach - A product used in laundry for bleaching that contains peroxygen compounds which releases active oxygen in the water
Nonionic Surfactant - Active agent found to be especially effective in removing oily soil
Oven Cleaner - Oven cleaners are formulated to be as thick as possible to allow the product to cling to the soiled, greasy, vertical oven surfaces.
Oven Cleaning - The cleaning of an oven. Home is oven-cleaning technicians are fully trained experts who use safe, eco-friendly products and specialised equipment to get your kitchen appliances sparkling.
Pathogens - Micro-organisms that cause disease
Pesticide - Agent which destroys, repels and prevents pests
Phosphorus Acid - Common acid used in bowl cleaners and in light duty detergents
Pine Oil - Oil processed from gum trees, used in hard surface cleaning and disinfecting.
Pine Oil Cleaner - A liquid cleaner containing pine oil and detergents. Used to dissolve fatty acids, paints and tars whilst disinfecting, sanitising and deodorising
Polish - To shine, make smooth or glossy
Post Builders Clean - Once the builders have packed up tools, our team of professionals can ‘clean up’, leaving your home spotless, sparkle and dust free.
Pre-Soak - A soaking operation before washing to remove stains
Pre—Spot - Removal of obvious stains before general cleaning
Redeposition - A condition of soil settling back on a cleaned surface before the cleaning product is removed
Rinsability - The ease of being rinsed or completely washed away
Sanitiser - An agent which reduces but doesn't completely destroy bacteria
Saponification - Process of converting fat into soap or to remove grease and oil
Sealer - A coating designed to protect a surface
Soap - A natural cleaning agent produced by the reaction of a fat or oil to an alkali
Sodium Hypochlorite - Bleaching and disinfecting agent
Soils - A group of substances that attach themselves to surfaces creating a pollutant
Solvents - A liquid which dissolves another substance, water being the most common
Speciality Cleaning Services - Those odd cleaning jobs that don't fall into other categories. From a one-off cleaning blitz after the builders leave to an end of tenancy clean.
Spray Buff - A Floor cleaning procedure that cleans, removes black marks and shines an area of flooring
Spring Clean - thoroughly clean the entire house, often done only once a year. Our professional cleaners follow our unique iFresh cleaning system used for regular cleans, to ensure that every part of your home is immaculate.
Squeegee - A tool with a rubber edge to remove water from floors and windows
Sterilisation - Process of killing all forms of microbial life including fungi, viruses, spores and vegetive bacteria
Stripper - A detergent that breaks down wax or paint without damaging the underlying surface
Suds - A foam or lather generated on or in a detergent solution
Surfactant - Surface-active ingredient that increases foaming, dispersing, spreading, emulsifying and wetting properties of a product
Suspension - Cleaning products that hold insoluble dirt and grime and keep them from being deposited back onto the surface
Synthetic (Soapless) Detergents - Made from the by—products of refining crude oil, they lather better and do not form a scum in hard water
Tack Rag - A damp cloth used to remove dust and lint before coating
Tackiness - Being sticky or adhesive
Unclog - To remove an obstructing object
Viracide - A chemical agent that kills viruses
Washing - Cleaning in an aqueous environment
Wax - A natural protective coating for hard surfaces
Wet Mopping - Process of applying a liberal amount of cleaning solution
Wetting Agent - A Chemical which allows water to spread more freely