Degreasing, Simple Science, Vocabulary
Simple Science: Degreaser Vocabulary
Alkaline – Above 7 on the pH scale; the opposite of acidic.
Cleaner-Degreaser – A cleaning agent able to effectively remove dirt and light greasy soils; usually with a pH level of 7 – 10.
Degreaser – A cleaning agent able to effectively remove greasy soils; generally with a pH level of 7 or above.
Heavy-Duty Degreaser – A cleaning agent able to effectively remove heavy greasy soils; usually with a pH level of 11 – 14.
Inorganic soil – Soil not originating from living matter, such as mud, dirt, or sand.
Neutral – 7 on the pH scale, making it neither acidic nor alkaline. Cleaners are considered neutral when they are between 6 and 8 on the pH scale.
Organic soil – Soil originating from living matter, such as blood, urine, grease, and food.
pH level – A measure from 0 – 14 of the acidity or alkalinity of water-soluble substances.
Solvent – A liquid capable of dissolving other substances.