- "The wand siphoned off most of the grease. Looking rather pleased with himself, Ron handed the slightly smoking handkerchief to Hermione."
- Hermione Granger used this spell to remove the dried blood off of Harry Potter's face in 1996.
- Ron Weasley used this spell to siphon grease off of a handkerchief for Hermione Granger in 1997.
- Harry Potter used this spell to remove the dust from photographs while at Bathilda Bagshot's cottage in 1997.
In Latin the verb tergere means "to rub off, wipe off, wipe dry, wipe clean, cleanse".