Laundry Practice Glossary


Laundry Practice Glossary

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B

Bleach

A chemical used to attack stains in white fabrics

Boiler

A pressure vessel used to produce and store steam

Breakwash

A cold first wash used to remove protein

C

Classify

To sort into the same type of work

Condensate

Liquid which is cooled down and turned back into water

D

Detergent

Chemical that helps water remove soil

Dip

Depth of water in a washing machine

Dryfold

Work that is tumble dried to get a better finish

E

Emulsion

A liquid mixture in which a fatty or oily substance is suspended in water

F

Finishing

Ironing, pressing, tumble drying and folding is called 'finishing'

Flatwork

Ironing of sheets and tablecloths is called flatwork

Foul

A load containing blood or bloody wastes

G

Galling

A yellowing of white work due to insufficient rinsing

Greying

Describes work that has an even layer of soil over it making it look grey in colour

I

Ironer

A machine used for drying work (garments) in flat form

M

MSDS

Material Safety Data Sheet - a sheet showing chemicals, safety precautions, first aid instructions and environmental information

P

PH

A chemical shorthand to describe a measure of acidity or alkalinity

Protein

Describes egg white, blood, meat juices etc.

R

Rewash

Returning work to the machine for another wash cycle

Rinse

A step in the wash process

S

Surfactants

Surface active agents or SAA's

W

Wash Formula

A chart showing the operations needed to wash and rinse work (for example, garments)


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