In this Glossary, I will dish the dirt on the meaning of some House Cleaning terms such as the names of Cleaning Products etc.




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Bleach

To bleach something generally means to whiten it or oxidize it. A bleach is a chemical that exhibits these properties.

Common chemical bleaches include sodium hypochlorite, or "chlorine bleach," and "oxygen bleach," which contains hydrogen peroxide.


C

Conifer

Any of various mostly needle-leaved or scale-leaved, chiefly evergreen, cone-bearing gymnospermous trees or shrubs such as pines, spruces, and firs.


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Dicotyledonous

Dicotyledon is a flowering plant with two embryonic seed leaves or cotyledons that usually appear at germination.

Dicotyledonous is therefore of such plant.


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Hardwood

The wood of broad-leaved dicotyledonous trees (as distinguished from the wood of conifers).

Hardwood Floor


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Linoleum

A durable, washable material made in sheets by pressing a mixture of heated linseed oil, rosin, powdered cork, and pigments onto a burlap or canvas backing.

Linoleum is used as a covering especially for floors.


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Mildew

"What is mildew?" The answer depends on whether you ask a scientist or a nonexpert. Mycologists, who study fungi, use the term "mildew" only for fungi that grow on plants. When mycologists say "Mildew," they mean the white growth that causes diseases in plants.

People who are not scientists use the term "mildew" differently. For them, mildew is the discoloration caused by mold in buildings.

The molds that grow around windows or in bathrooms are called "mildew.".


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T

Tote

A small container for goods.

Tung Oil

A yellow or brownish oil extracted from the seeds of the tung tree and used as a drying agent in varnishes and paints and forwaterproofing. Also called Chinawood oil.


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Urethane

A colourless or white crystalline compound, CO(NH2)OC2H5, used in organic synthesis and formerly as a palliative treatment for leukemia.


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