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scrub someone or something down

to clean someone or something thoroughly by rubbing. The mother scrubbed the baby down gently and put lotion on her. Please scrub down this floor.
See also: down, scrub

scrub someone or something off

to clean someone or something by rubbing. Mother scrubbed Timmy off. Liz scrubbed off the countertop.
See also: off, scrub

scrub something away

to clean something away by rubbing. See if you can scrub that rust away. Scrub away that rust if you can.
See also: away, scrub

scrub something off (of) something

 and scrub something off
to clean something off something by scrubbing. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) I have to scrub the mud off the porch steps. Did you scrub off all the grease?
See also: off, scrub

scrub something out

to clean out the inside of something by rubbing or brushing. Please scrub these pots out and put them away. Jim will scrub out the pots.
See also: out, scrub

scrub something out of something

 and scrub something Out
to clean something out of something by scrubbing. Please scrub the gravy out of the pot. Are you going to scrub out the burned material?
See also: of, out, scrub

scrub up

1. Lit. to clean oneself up. You have to scrub up before dinner. Please go scrub up before you come to the table.
2. Fig. to clean oneself, especially one's hands and arms, as a preparation for performing a surgical procedure. The surgeon scrubbed up thoroughly before the operation. When you finish scrubbing up, someone will help you on with sterile clothing.
See also: scrub, up

scrub up

Thoroughly wash one's hands and forearms, as before performing surgery. For example, The residents had to scrub up in case they were called on to assist with the operation. [c. 1900]
See also: scrub, up

scrub up

To wash the hands and arms thoroughly, as before performing or participating in surgery: The doctors and nurses scrubbed up before entering the operating room.
See also: scrub, up


tv. to cancel something. We had to scrub the whole plan because of the weather.
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Chia-Feng Chen, RN, Chih-Lu Han, PhD, Chiou-Ping Kan, RN, Shyi-Gen Chen, MD, Ping Wei Hung (2012) Effect of surgical site infections with waterless and traditional hand scrubbing protocols on bacterial growth AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control Volume 40, Issue 4, Pages e15-e17, May 2012.
This is determined by measuring the test panel before and after the scrubbing test.
Accelerated test methods for the washability and the resistance to cleaning of paints are described in standard test methods BS EN ISO 11998, ASTM D2486 and others, and these tests make use of a reciprocal scrubbing motion, as provided by a Washability Tester.
The method for scrubbing the paint surface differs depending on the standard and therefore a range of scrubbing tools is required to meet all of the standards used.
Pietsch 2001 compared scrubbing using 4% chlorhexidine gluconate (Hibiscrub) with hand rubbing using an alcoholic solution of 45% propanol-2, 30% propanol1 plus 0.
2% ethylhexadecyldimethyl ammonium ethylsulfate (Sterillium) was found to be more effective than scrubbing using 4% chlorhexidine gluconate in reducing colony forming units on participants hands immediately after antisepsis and at the end of the surgical procedure.
This is important to point out as the AfPP (2007) guidelines state that alcohol rubs are an acceptable alternative to scrubbing for repeated washings only.
Chlorhexidine was significantly more effective than povidone iodine in reducing the number of colony forming units immediately after scrubbing, two hours after the initial scrub and two hours after the subsequent scrub.
There was no significant difference in colony forming units immediately after scrubbing.
Hand bacterial samples taken before and after the scrub showed there were significantly fewer colony forming units in the chlorhexidine gluconate group after scrubbing.
After carrying out the trial scrub the participant changed to the alternative intervention after leaving a gap of one week, though they continued to undertake scrubbing as part of their usual work.
Loeb M, Wilcox L, Smaill F, Walter S, Duff Z 1997 A randomized trial of surgical scrubbing with a brush compared to antiseptic soap alone American Journal of Infection Control 25 (1) 11-15
Sensoz O, Uysal AC, Baran CN 2003 Pre-surgical scrubbing in plastic and reconstructive surgery: a prospective study European Journal of Plastic Surgery 25 369-373
For industrial environments better suited to a walk-behind scrubber-dryer, Walter-Broadley Machines offers the Tennant 5700, available with three scrubbing paths--700, 800 or 900 mm--disc or cylindrical scrub heads
There is some concern that excessive scrubbing and washing may cause skin damage leading to changes in normal bacterial flora, resulting in more organisms possibly increasing the risk of transferred bacteria.