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surfactant

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

An acronym for Surface Active Agent; surfactants improve the wetting, absorption, or flow of a liquid on a solid surface.

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sterilizer

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A device or method used as one of the separate steps necessary in the sterilization process.

Keywords: disinfection  

sterilization

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A multi-step process that achieves the complete destruction of all living organisms on an object or surface; sterilization is the highest of three levels of decontamination.

Keywords: disinfection  

sanitizer

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

An agent capable of killing or significantly reducing the number of disease-causing microorganisms on a surface, e.g. cleaning solutions and soaps.

Keywords: disinfection  

sanitizable

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

The ability to sanitize, or render a surface or object “safe” by general public health standards.

Keywords: disinfection  

sanitation

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

The killing or significant reduction of the number of disease-causing microorganisms to levels that are considered safe by public health standards; sanitation is the lowest of three levels of decontamination.

Keywords: disinfection  

porous

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Containing pores or openings that will cause lower strength; polymers used in the nail industry are all classified as non-porous.

Keywords: disinfection   implements  

germicide

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A germ-killing agent.

Keywords: disinfection  

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A federal organization responsible for regulating disinfectants and other chemical substances.

Keywords: chemicals   disinfection  

disinfection

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

The second (or middle) level of decontamination; destroys microorganisms on non-living surfaces (the other methods being sanitation at the lowest and sterilization at the highest).

Keywords: disinfection   implements  

disinfectant

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A substance used to destroy microorganisms on non-living surfaces, such as implements and surfaces; all disinfectants must be approved by and registered with the federal EPA and in each individual state; disinfectants are not for use on human skin or nails.

Keywords: disinfection   implements  

disinfectable

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

The ability of a non-living surface (such as an implement) to be disinfected, or cleaned of microorganisms.

Keywords: disinfection   implements  

decontamination

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

The elimination of pathogens or other substances from a spoiled implement or surface; there are at least three levels of decontamination, the most effective being sterilization, then disinfection, and the lowest level, sanitization.

Keywords: disinfection  

chelating surfactant

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A cleaner that works in hard water; when used properly, chelating surfactants act like “microscopic scrub brushes” and remove biofilm (a thin layer of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms that coat surfaces) from the inside of the tubing in pedi spas.

Keywords: chemicals   disinfection  

bactericidal

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Demonstrating the ability to kill bacteria.

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