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Glossary

A

Abrasive filler

Abrasive fillers are selected according to their abrasiveness (harshness) and added in greater or smaller depending on the desired result mineral grains. This cutting and hard mineral substance is capable of hanging by particles of a friction material.

The final abrasiveness of a material depends:

  • the selected type of abrasive
  • the amount of abrasive fillers introduced into the tablecloth
Abrasive tablecloth (nonwoven)

The nonwoven abrasive is composed of 3 major components and of a 4th minor in technical terms, which are incorporated during the manufacturing process:

  • synthetic fiber (mainly polyester and polyamide), the nature of the abrasive filler, the binder and the color pigment. 

The manufacturing process for the most common and most widely used abrasive fibers is the "Dry Laid", also called "Random".

Abrasiviness

Nature of a substance which use substances in mechanical contact with them. Abrasiveness tests verify the ability of a scourer to scrub a piece of metal. The K abrasiveness test measures the loss in mg per x number of revolutions of a wheel on aluminum abrasive.

Alumina

Embedded abrasive and used in the manufacture of scouring products.

B

Binder

Something that creates uniform consistency, solidification, or cohesion. It ensures:

  • the assembling of the fibers together, cohesion
  • the adhesion of the abrasive grains with the tablecloth web

The different binders commonly used are:

  • latex
  • phenolic resin

C

Celullose

Cellulose is an organic substance, thus natural, constituting the membrane of plants. It is the main component of many paper, textiles and gives wood its remarkable strenght.

100% plant origin and 100% biodegradable, Spontex Professionnel sponges performs an absorption of 20 times its dry weight, equal 10 times more than a strandard sponge.

The Azella products are available dry or wet tradition sponges, compressed (a reduction of its original volume by more than 95%) or for heavy-duty work : the whole range of sponges are three times more resistant to bleach.

D

Deslagging

To remove the layer of dirt from something dirty, to clean it. Deslagging tests allows to control the capacity of a scourer to remove the dirt fixed on a surface, for a given action period.

Durability test

Measure the frictional resistance by the number of rounds required before punching the tested product.

F

Fiber

A fiber is a material of a great delicacy which is determined by its size and by its nature. The size of the fiber is defined by the weight/lenght ratio. The unit is decitex: it corresponds to the weight in grams per 10km of thread (1dtex = 1g/10km).

Textile fibers can be classified according to their nature: natural or chemical origin.

H

HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points)

Method of identifying the physical, chemical, and microbiological hazards in the food chain, by analyzing  the critical points for the establishment of a system of protection and protection monitoring. This risk identification method was developed by NASA in the 60s for spaceflight. Regulation: European 93/43 of June, 14th 1993 Directive. This Directive is transcribed in every country of the Community through legislation.

Concerned sectors : Food producers, Catering, Collective restauration, Food storage, Supply chain & Distribution (grocery store).

Harshness

Said of a surface resisting to abrasion.

K

Knitting

Knitting is the art to complete one or more threads to form interleaved mesh into each others in a defined sequence. They are two main types of knitwear:

  • the weft knitted fabric
  • the warp knitted fabric  (wale transversal stitches)

M

Microfibers

Category of fibers characterized by their structure and their specific size. A microfiber is a fiber which weight is lower than 1 gram per 10 km lenght of its thread.  Microfibers are finer than natural fibers, amongst the smallest representative one is the silk fiber. For most of the microfibers, this is equivalent to a diameter of less than 5 microns.

Because of their tiny structure and their enormous capillarity, microfibers are able to penetrate the hardest reaching parts of the surfaces to be cleaned. Once broken, they have angles in all directions for an improvement of the contact with the surface to clean, and significantly increase the penetration of dirt in the microfiber.

N

Natural latex

Natural latex offers exceptional flexibility and elasticity. Gloves made from natural latex adapt to the shape of the hand, thus maximising the user?s dexterity and comfort. This polymer offers good mechanical performance, even with minimal thickness.

In particular, it has good tear and puncture resistance, and it offers good resistance to numerous acids, alkalis, alcohols and ketones. It also has the advantage of staying supple in cold environments.

N.B.: In certain rare cases, the proteins found in natural latex can cause allergic reactions. In this event, we recommend the use of synthetic materials for sensitised users, such as a nitrile or neoprene glove.

Natural latex is not recommended for use in contact with oils, greases, petroleum products, strong oxidising acids and aromatic or chlorinated solvents. The properties of natural latex can be deteriorated by prolonged exposure to light, UV or ozone.

Non-woven

A non-woven consists of a web of natural fibers and/or synthetic fibers bonded by a mechanical, chemical or thermal action. 

The Spontex Professionnel expertise relies on the manufacture of bonded nonwoven (see also wiping range) and of nonwoven made of resin (see also the scouring range).

P

Pigment

It brings a visual effect to identify and recognize the abrasive/agressive strenght of the scouring tablecloth. The darker is the color, the more important is the abrasiveness of the finish product.

R

Random

Manufacturing process providing an multi-directional orientation of the fibers, and increases the strenght of the product, improving its dexterity in every corner and facilitates the removal of rubbish.

S

Sinner circle

Le terme anglais "Sinner Circle" désigne une méthode, en nettoyage, qui permet de mieux comprendre quels sont les quatre facteurs qui influencent le résultat final  :

  • facteur chimique (l'action d'une solution alcaline ou de détergent)
  • facteur mécanique (en utilisant un équipement qui génère frottements et pression)
  • facteur thermique (température de l'eau et action thermique provoquée par la friction d'un disque sur un support)
  • facteur temps (laisser agir le produit sur ​​le support pour accroître sa puissance de nettoyage)