Brush Patents (Class 15/106)
  • Patent number: 10531725
    Abstract: Modular and flexible interchangeable brush system to scrub a container. The brush system includes a handle having a first core and a second core. A sleeve is provided into which the first core and the second core are disposed. A flexible stem is removably connected to the first core of the handle. The flexible stem has at least one gap into which a resilient material is disposed. The location of the gap is at a bend location along a longitudinal axis of the handle. A first brush is operatively connected to the flexible stem, and a second brush is operatively connected to, and received within, the second core of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Birkert, Sung Yun Chan, Mark Gerard Tebbe, Steven Bryan Dunn, Mark A. Hatherill, Yong Sun Simon Kang
  • Patent number: 10531726
    Abstract: A brush assembly including a handle with a main brush, a first auxiliary brush detachably engaged with a cap, and a second auxiliary brush extending from the cap is described. The cap, when removed from the handle, exposes the first auxiliary brush. Disengagement of the cap from the first auxiliary brush exposes the second auxiliary brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Sarah A. Redford, Bennjamin Scott Manning
  • Patent number: 10464183
    Abstract: The water jet reaming tool can avoid the need to replace a toilet (17). The curved handle (19) allows the user to stay at arm's length away from the difficult removal of mineral deposits (13) which prevent sufficient clean water (14) to flush the toilet. A reamer element (12) stands ready at the other end of the handle (19) to enter a clean water jet (15) under the toilet inner rim (16). The user views (11) the water jet (15) and the point 26 via lines of sight (18) from the reflection in the metal mirror (30) attached to the reamer element (12). The user's wrist motions cause the handle (19) to rotate the reamer element (12) and grind the mineral deposits (13) to dust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Gordon Leo Hintz
  • Patent number: 10433635
    Abstract: The present invention is intended to provide a toothbrush which can increase a contact area between teeth and bristles and further enhance frictional force while a head on which the bristles are planted is elastically moving vertically and laterally in accordance with the shapes of the teeth, which can minimize the wear of teeth and the damage of periodontal tissues attributable to booth brushing by adjusting pressure excessively exerted on teeth by a toothbrush user, which enables a patient with a periodontal disease to more easily use bass technique-based tooth brushing, thereby helping the cleanliness of gums and the health of periodontal tissues, maximizing a tooth brushing effect, and contributing to the improvement of oral hygiene, and which can provide the convenience of fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: NEOB CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Pal Hyung Lee
  • Patent number: 10239095
    Abstract: Embodiments set forth a cleaning brush handle that includes a head region that includes one or more brush apertures, where each brush aperture is configured to receive one replaceable brush. The brush apertures may be orthogonal to the brush handle, or, in the alternative, may be at an angle in the longitudinal direction, the transversal direction, or both. The brush includes a nominally ¼? round or hex-shaped shank that is inserted into the brush aperture. The brushes are held in place via a suitable mounting mechanism, such as a threaded insert that receives a thumbscrew or a bushing with a threaded hole that receives a thumbscrew. The mounting mechanism provides for easy insertion, rotation, removal, and replacement of the brushes. The mounting mechanism provides for rotating the brushes, in small increments, through a 360° range, for more even brush wear and longer brush life, relative to conventional cleaning brushes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Douglas C. Shereck
  • Patent number: 10178907
    Abstract: An oral care implement is provided. The implement comprises a head having a first surface and a group of non-parallel tooth cleaning elements extending from the first surface of the head. The tooth cleaning elements together define therebetween a conically-shaped cavity. Moreover, the tooth cleaning elements together define a wall around the cavity, the wall having a proximal end adjacent the first surface of the head and a distal end distal from the first surface of the head, the distal end of the wall being defined by distal ends of a plurality of the tooth cleaning elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Douglas Hohlbein
  • Patent number: 9872558
    Abstract: An oral care implement comprising tooth cleaning elements and a tissue cleanser. In one aspect, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising: a head and a handle, the head having a first face, a second face, and at least one port extending through the head from the first face to the second face; a plurality of tufts of bristles extending from the first face of the head; a soft tissue cleanser positioned on the second face of the head, the soft tissue cleanser comprising a pad formed of an elastomeric material and a plurality of tissue engaging elements extending from the pad; and an elastomeric tooth cleaning element extending from the first face of the head, the elastomeric tooth cleaning element integrally formed with the pad and extending through the port in the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventor: Douglas J. Hohlbein
  • Patent number: 9826821
    Abstract: A broom and a manufacturing method thereof, the broom comprising at least a broom handle (1) and a broom core; the bottom of the broom handle (1) is provided with a transverse plate (2); the broom core is fixed on the transverse plate (2), and comprises more than one bundle of brushes; the brushes are provided with dispersed slender resilient strips (9) thereon for cleaning the ground; the resilient strips (9) take up more than ½ the length of the brushes; the side surface of the resilient strips (9) is arc-shaped, and tapers from top to bottom; the bottom end of the resilient strips (9) is a thickened layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: WUHAN YANGYANG YUANLV MINI-RESERVOIRS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mengyi Cao, Yuwei Wang, Cailing Lu, Junsheng Cao, Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 9826822
    Abstract: A manual toothbrush having oral hygiene elements arranged in polygons with an oral hygiene element at each apex, and having plural polygons nested within each other. The oral hygiene elements may be bristles, which may be of two different types, or elastomer elements and may contain tooth-polishing additive. The toothbrush head surface may be flat or may have its region distal from the handle angled up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christoph Geiberger, Wolf-Dieter Mueller
  • Patent number: 9802092
    Abstract: A golf club cleaning device for cleaning golf clubs includes a panel that comprises cloth. A slot is positioned adjacent to a bottom edge of the panel. A plurality of first fasteners is coupled to a front of the panel adjacent to a fringe of the slot. A housing that is complementary to the slot has a plurality of bristles that is coupled to and extends transversely from a back face of the housing. The bristles are configured to engage a face of a golf club to dislodge debris. A plurality of second fasteners, which is complementary to the first fasteners, is coupled to and extends outwardly from a rim of the back face of the housing. The second fasteners are positioned to reversibly couple with the first fasteners to secure the housing to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: John Repasky, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9756990
    Abstract: The present application provides a washing device (100) and a method for fabricating the same. The washing device (100) includes a base washing member (108), an attachment washing member (102), and a coupling element (508) coupling the attachment washing member (102) to the base washing member (108). The attachment washing member (102) further includes a bracket (106, 502) and a washing surface (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Paris Presents Incorporated
    Inventor: Elizabeth Cassiday
  • Patent number: 9743806
    Abstract: An improved culinary device featuring a handle, a chamber that can receive fluid such as a sauce, a component for dispensing the fluid, and a component for measuring the fluid. The device features a head, which is meant to contact a portion of food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Maddy E. Iacuzio
  • Patent number: 9730503
    Abstract: A tool for applying cosmetics to an eyelash. The tool includes a container containing eyelash cosmetics; a lid coupled with the container; a first part of tongs disposed at the lid; a second part of tongs hinge-coupled to the first part of tongs and to approach the first part of tongs or separate from the first part of tongs; a knob installed at the first part of tongs to protrude out of the lid; a tightening ring surrounding the first part of tongs and the second part of tongs and to provide elastic force in a direction in which the first part of tongs and the second part of tongs approach each other; and a first brush and a second brush respectively coupled to an end portion of the first part of tongs and an end portion of the second part of tongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: INTERWORK KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyun Myung Moon
  • Patent number: 9642450
    Abstract: The toothbrush and tongue cleaner is a device adapted for use in oral hygiene. The toothbrush and tongue cleaner is a combination toothbrush and tongue cleaning device mounted on a single handle. The toothbrush and tongue cleaner comprises a handle, a toothbrush, and a tongue cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Balwan Singh, Ooshah Bharat
  • Patent number: 9578955
    Abstract: A foldable brush for a cosmetic container includes a first brush body having a receiving hole, and a second brush body inserted into the receiving hole of the first brush body, wherein the first brush body includes a first brush including a lot of hair as a cosmetic brush; a first brush support for fixing the first brush and maintaining a fixing state of the first brush such that the first brush does not come off the first brush support; a guide body having a semi-cylindrical shape and a receiving hole, and connected to the first brush support; guide holes formed in both side surfaces of the guide body and having an L-shape; and a temporary fixing stopper formed in a lower end portion of the guide body and having a protrusion shape, and wherein the second brush body includes a second brush including a lot of hair as a cosmetic brush; a second brush support for fixing the second brush and maintaining a fixing state of the second brush such that the second brush does not come off the second brush support; a sup
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AMOREPACIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joon Young Kim, Se Jin Yoon
  • Patent number: 9283595
    Abstract: The apparatus is a configurable cleaning apparatus which may utilize a one piece, removable, rotatable and reversible handle that revolves around a pivot lug located on the back of the apparatus body. The reversible and revolving handle utilizes a “Flex-Loc” system which provides at least two locking handle positions. One handle position provides for more power scrubbing of tougher surfaces such as tire walls. The other handle position provides a longer length for cleaning harder to reach areas. The variable handle provides the user customizable operating positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffery T Cooper
  • Patent number: 9216063
    Abstract: A system and method for cleaning instruments, which provides removal and collection of material from one or more surgical instruments. The cleaning apparatus may be a dry cleaning process or offered in conjunction with one or more fluids. In one embodiment, the cleaning apparatus continuously purges blood, bone and other debris quickly and may comprise a system for removing reusable material from the cleaning process for reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventors: George Frey, Benjamin Majors, Charles O'Neil, Geoff Lai, Russ Rydin
  • Patent number: 9113758
    Abstract: A toilet cleaning brush device facilitates cleaning of a toilet by providing an extendable brush section includes a handle having a top end and a bottom end. A head is coupled to the bottom end of the handle. Each of a plurality of bristles is coupled to and extends outwardly from the head. An extendable section of the head is selectively extendable, from a main section of the head wherein the extendable section extends outwardly from the main section parallel to a longitudinal axis of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Martin J. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9038228
    Abstract: A multi-pin grooming brush having multi-sectioned bristles on the brush pad to provide a triple combing action. The brush has an outer layer of fixed pin tufts which encircle the exterior of the brush pad and preferably are metal pin tufts. The brush has a middle layer of flexible tufts preferably made of pure boar bristles and which are surrounded by the fixed pin tufts. As the brush is moved through a pet's hair or human hair, the outer layer of fixed pin tufts gently yet thoroughly detangles the coat, removes larger particles and provides a gentle massage effect, then the middle layer of pure boar bristles conditions the hair by distributing natural oils, leaving a healthy shine and a protective layer over the pet's coat, and then the opposite section of fixed pin tufts passes through the hair once again to smooth and separate the conditioned hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald S. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 9038227
    Abstract: A multi-pin grooming brush having multi-sectioned bristles on the brush pad to provide a triple combing action. The brush has an outer layer of fixed pin tufts which encircle the exterior of the brush pad and preferably are metal pin tufts. The brush has a middle layer of flexible tufts preferably made of pure boar bristles and which are surrounded by the fixed pin tufts. As the brush is moved through a pet's hair or human hair, the outer layer of fixed pin tufts gently yet thoroughly detangles the coat, removes larger particles and provides a gentle massage effect, then the middle layer of pure boar bristles conditions the hair by distributing natural oils, leaving a healthy shine and a protective layer over the pet's coat, and then the opposite section of fixed pin tufts passes through the hair once again to smooth and separate the conditioned hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald S. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 8997299
    Abstract: A tooth cleaning device comprising a handle, and a pad coupled to the handle, wherein the pad has a front face, a back face and a plurality of side walls. There are a plurality of different areas disposed on the front face of the pad comprising a first area comprising a first set of protrusions, in a substantially semi-spherical shape, and a second area comprising a second set of protrusions in a substantially conical shape. There is also a third area of protrusions formed as a substantially conical shape, and a fourth area of protrusions formed as a substantially semi-spherical shape. The device can be formed as a pad which collapses voluntarily under pressure. The pad can be made from any suitable material such as any type of rubber or plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Gruber, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Gruber, Edward Kozloski
  • Publication number: 20150074926
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable toothbrush which, in particular: has a cleaning solution capable of cleaning the mouth, toothbrush bristles, and an interdental brush; discharges, via a spraying method, the cleaning solution from a storage member for storing the cleaning solution; has an interdental cleaning member detachably installed thereon, and a cover for covering the interdental cleaning member that is coupled to an interdental cleaning member fixing hole; is used by discharging the cleaning solution via the spraying method before and after the toothbrush is used so as to enable the hygienic rinsing of the mouth; and facilitates the carrying and replacement of the interdental toothbrush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: WHIMI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sun Oh Jang
  • Publication number: 20150027495
    Abstract: A brush cleaning device includes a flexible body having first and second opposed surfaces defining a top and a bottom. A plurality of different brush treatment surfaces are provided on the top of the flexible body, variously configured for washing and rinsing bristles of brushes having different sizes. A positioning element is provided on the bottom of the flexible body, configured to maintain a position of the device with respect to a work area such as a wash basin, tub or sink. A drain hole extends through the flexible body, configured to drain water from the top through the bottom of the flexible body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Simone Rodrigues Oliveira Xavier, Rene Xavier Filho
  • Publication number: 20150027496
    Abstract: A reversible brush cleaning device having alternate, reversible orientations is disclosed. The device includes first and second brush treatment textures defined in first and second surface regions, respectively. The reversible orientations alternately present the first and second surface regions on the exterior and interior of the flexible body, respectively. The textures are differently configured, in order to provide for alternate brush treatments when each is individually presented on the exterior, in each of the reversible orientations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Simone Rodrigues Oliveira Xavier, Rene Xavier Filho
  • Patent number: 8938841
    Abstract: A tooth brushing system for effectively removing debris and bacteria has an elongated linear handle with a conical flossing brush pivotally located on a handle second end. The system has a tooth brush head with a generally spherical surface with a brush head first side and a brush head second side each having a pair of angular notches and an angular secondary projection linearly located from the brush head top side to the brush head bottom side. A plurality of bristles of a first length is located on a tooth brush head spherical surface. A plurality of bristles of a second length, smaller than the first length, is located on the surfaces of the angular notches, and the angular secondary projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Jose A. Ramirez
  • Patent number: 8938838
    Abstract: A toothbrush that contains an imaging device being camera for seeing teeth on an image display monitor before, during and after cleaning them and for storing and transferring images and videos of teeth and oral tissues for better maintenance of oral hygiene and health. The toothbrush with camera comprises a brush head (1) with bristles (3) and a camera (4), and a hollow handle (2) containing camera assembly. Different embodiments of the toothbrush with camera are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Nikhil Shankarlal Vashi
  • Patent number: 8926117
    Abstract: A portable attachable illumination device configured to slidably attach to and partially encompass a brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Brush Lite Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: David Raymond Blanchette
  • Patent number: 8925135
    Abstract: An implement for the cleaning of areas around the human eye, especially the upper and lower lids and the eye lashes, includes a reusable cleaning implement having at least one low absorbency pad of a soft looped material for cleaning areas adjacent the eye orb wherein the loops of the material capture and remove oils, debris, crusts and cosmetics such as eye liner and mascara. Once laid on a surface, the pad of the article is elevated away from the surface to prevent soiling. The looped material of the pad is cleanable with at least soap and water, and dries rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony James Makar
  • Patent number: 8925134
    Abstract: A cleaning implement is disclosed which provides a cleaning member rotatably connected to a base member. Attached to the base member is a first cleaning material, while a second cleaning material is attached to the cleaning member. The second cleaning material may be oriented in a different plane than the first cleaning material, allowing differently oriented surfaces to be cleaned. The cleaning member is adapted to rotate relative to the base member to allow the cleaning member to be oriented in a multitude of cleaning configurations. A method of cleaning, utilizing the cleaning implement of the invention, is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Quickie Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Peter S. Vosbikian, Vince Cella
  • Patent number: 8920058
    Abstract: A grooming device comprising a grooming element. The grooming element may be elongated along a longitudinal axis. The grooming device has a first portion and a second portion separateable from the first portion and capable of moving independently from the first portion along the longitudinal axis. The first and/or second portions of the grooming element include means engaging keratin fibers or for improving the aesthetic appearance of keratin fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Avon Products, Inc
    Inventors: Marisol A. Simard, Gregory A. Ornoski
  • Patent number: 8904591
    Abstract: A cleaning implement comprising a base member having opposing top and bottom surfaces and at least one side surface. A handle is connected to the top surface of the base member and a first cleaning material is attached to the bottom surface of the base member. A cleaning member is rotatably connected to the at least one side surface of the base member and a second cleaning material attached to the cleaning member such that the second cleaning material is oriented in a different plane than the first cleaning material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Quickie Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Peter S. Vosbikian, Vince Cella
  • Patent number: 8898847
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and a method of using the apparatus for cleaning tools, utensils, and other objects. The apparatus comprises a container, a first wiping element that is submerged in a liquid in the container capable of removing undesirable material from at least a portion of the object and a second wiping element mountable to the container that is capable of removing excess moisture from the object. The object undergoes at least a two-step wiping comprising a first wiping against the first wiping element while submerged in the liquid and a second wiping against the second wiping element after being at least partially removed from the liquid. The apparatus of the invention reduces the potential for serious injuries from cuts or abrasions from contact with the objects and is more sanitary than systems currently used in the prior art. The apparatus of the invention may also be easily disassembled for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher P. Farrell
  • Publication number: 20140345072
    Abstract: A generally Y-shaped cleaning apparatus comprises a handle and two necks extending from a same portion thereof, each neck bearing a cleaning head that includes cleaning tools, the two cleaning heads configured to be used asynchronously and independently of each other, the longitudinal axis of a first neck intersecting the longitudinal axis of the apparatus to form an angle of between about 30 degrees and about 100 degrees on a first lateral side of the apparatus and the longitudinal axis of a second neck intersecting the longitudinal axis of the apparatus to form an angle of between about 30 degrees and about 100 degrees on an opposing lateral side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Harry Krasnick
  • Publication number: 20140331423
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods of using and making apparatuses that may clean concave and convex surfaces are discussed. The apparatus may be capable of substantially contacting and cleaning concave, convex, planar, and non-planar surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Harry Krasnick
  • Publication number: 20140331422
    Abstract: A cosmetic applicator includes a handle having a distal end and a proximal end and a head, configured for application of one or more cosmetic products to a surface, attached to the proximal end of the handle. The head comprises a plurality of portions wherein at least one portion comprises a brush and at least one portion comprises a paddle or other application member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: HCT Group Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Cindy Sean Yuei Lim
  • Patent number: 8881684
    Abstract: An animal washing brush for washing an animal has a hand grip and a head disposed on a handle with an elongated shaft. The head has opposite or transverse surfaces facing in substantially opposite or transverse directions, including a substantially flat surface and a concave surface. Each of the flat and concave surfaces has a matrix of flexible and resilient fingers extending from the surface. The fingers have a height taller than a diameter, and a spacing on the same order of the diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Arash Yazdanpanah
  • Patent number: 8850652
    Abstract: Covers for covering a handle of a cosmetic brush are disclosed. The covers may include a suction cup fixed in a wall of the cover. The covers may be softer than a handle of the cosmetic brush. The covers may have an open end opposite a closed end, or a first open end opposite a second open end. In embodiments where the covers have a first open end opposite a second open end, the covers may be displaced, while remaining coupled to a handle of the cosmetic brush, from a first position covering a group of bristles of the cosmetic brush and exposing the handle of the cosmetic brush to a second position exposing the group of bristles and covering the handle. By virtue of having a suction cup fixed in the wall of the cover a user may removeably couple the cosmetic brush to a smooth surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: HCT Asia Ltd
    Inventor: Cindy Sean Yuei Lim
  • Patent number: 8850649
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a cleaning tool, a cleaning sheet and method of removes debris, lint, or hair from a variety of surfaces. The cleaning tool is provided with a first array of stems and a second array of stems, wherein the first array of stems are smaller and more densely included on a cleaning surface of the cleaning tool. The larger stems are able to loosen and pull deeply embedded hair from loose fabric surfaces, while the smaller stems are able to capture and retain the loosened hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Scott J. Tuman, Lloyd S. Vasilakes, Shaelyn D. Benson
  • Patent number: 8813295
    Abstract: A ticket scratching device quickly and easily removes scratch-off material from game tickets to reveal game data concealed underneath the material. The device includes an elongated tubular member having a first end and a second end. Each of the first and second ends is open. A plurality of wires is coupled to the elongated member wherein the wires are configured for removing an opaque scratch-off covering from a game ticket. The wires comprise a first set of wires and a second set of wires. The first set of wires extends outwardly from the first end. The second set of wires extends outwardly from the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Clarence E. Washington
  • Patent number: 8800091
    Abstract: An oral care implement comprising tooth cleaning elements and a tissue cleanser. In one aspect, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising: a head and a handle; a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from a first face of the head; a receiving cavity formed into a second face of the head opposite the first face; and a soft tissue cleanser formed of an elastomeric material positioned within the receiving cavity, the soft tissue cleanser comprising a base surface that is flush with the second face of the head and a plurality of projections extending beyond the second face of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Douglas J. Hohlbein
  • Publication number: 20140189971
    Abstract: A rotatable brush having a brush head and a handle pivotally connected to the brush head, whereby the handle is rotatable relative to the brush head between an unfolded position lying end-to-end and axially aligned with the brush head and a compact folded position lying below the brush head. The brush head has a locking cavity formed therein and the handle has a locking rib formed thereon. The locking rib is removably received within the locking cavity by which the brush head and the handle are retained one above the other when the handle is rotated to its folded position below the brush head. The handle includes a hollow fluid chamber running therethrough. A spray pump is detachably connected to the handle so that a spray tube communicates with the hollow fluid chamber to enable a fluid to be sprayed therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: JoAnn Watson
  • Patent number: 8763193
    Abstract: A first brush has an elongated handle, a brush head having downwardly facing bristles and a cavity opened to the top of the brush head. A second brush includes a closed loop handle, a brush head having downwardly facing bristles, a scraper on the front of the brush head and a latch on the back. The second brush fits snugly into the cavity of the first brush with the bristles of the second brush facing into the cavity, and the handle in an upward position extending outwardly from the cavity. The scraper slides into a slot on the front end of the cavity and the latch firmly attaches the second brush to the first brush. When the brushes are attached, the two brushes act as a single brush with two handles, allowing a user to apply direct pressure to the brush head of the first brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: BASE4 Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Charles Thompson, Jonathan B. Filipski
  • Patent number: 8744192
    Abstract: A personal hygiene device includes a personal hygiene implement and a first position member. The personal hygiene device is capable of providing the user with feedback which can assist the user in his/her personal hygiene routines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Marc Philip Ortins, George Henry Leal, Thomas Aurele Christman
  • Patent number: 8739350
    Abstract: The present invention is a dental implant post cleaner, comprising a tubular housing having two open ends with an outer peripheral wall surface incorporating a frictional element and an inner peripheral wall surface with a plurality of interiorly extending bristles, for cleaning a dental implant post when inserted over and repetitiously manually rotated about the dental implant post. Furthermore, the tubular housing contains two oppositely beveled surfaces extending towards the inner peripheral wall surface forming two annular ridges, so that either one of the annular ridges will engage with a gum line about the dental implant post during a cleaning session. Also, a storage compartment in a holder being a handle of a toothbrush comprises a horizontal shaft for retaining the dental implant cleaning device therein when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Everett Lackenbauer
  • Publication number: 20140143968
    Abstract: A toothbrush includes a handle having a gripping section, at least one arm attached to one end of the gripping section, at least one brush head attached to the at least one arm, and at least one bristle tuft extending from the brush head, wherein the bristle tuft is disposed off-perpendicular to a plane of the handle. Further, the at least one arm laterally offsets the brush head from the gripping section of the handle. In some embodiments, the toothbrush includes two arms attached to opposing ends of the gripping section of the handle, and each arm has a brush head attached thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Salvatore P. De Ricco
  • Patent number: 8714162
    Abstract: A portable pipe bowl cleaner may include a poker for cleaning pipe bowls. The poker may generally extend linearly and have a top portion that is used to perform the cleaning. The portable pipe bowl cleaner may also include a base and a suction cup. One side of the base may be coupled with a bottom portion of the poker. Another side of the base may be coupled with the suction cup. The suction may have an internal cup surface that is capable of being removably affixed to a smooth, non-porous surface. A method of using a portable pipe bowl cleaner may include holding the base over a smooth, non-porous surface, with the suction cup facing toward the surface. By momentarily pressing the base toward the surface, the suction cup is pressed against and removably affixed to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Brett Johnson
  • Patent number: 8695146
    Abstract: An oral care implement is provided with a head platform having an opening extending between first and second faces. A first cavity may be defined between the first face and an upper support ledge and a second cavity may be defined between the second face and a lower support ledge. A channel may be defined between the upper and lower support ledges and an area circumscribed within the upper support ledge may be greater than an area circumscribed within the lower support ledge. First and second plates may be attached to the head platform proximate the first cavity and channel, respectively. A shoulder of the first plate may be received on the upper support ledge such that first cleaning elements extend away from the first face. A shoulder of the second plate may be received on the lower support ledge such that second cleaning elements extend through the second cavity away from the second face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolve Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Waguespack, Robert Moskovich, Bruce Russell
  • Patent number: 8695147
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a device for cleaning VELCRO® comprising first and second rotating handle assemblies and a compound brush assembly comprising opposite first and second surfaces, the first surface comprising a stiff brush having metallic bristles, the second surface comprising a soft brush having non-metallic bristles. Rotation of the handles 180 degrees exposes the compound brush assembly for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: George Felton, III
  • Publication number: 20140082869
    Abstract: A cleaning bottle has a detachable brush removably secured to the bottle. The cleaning bottle can have a spray head to spray liquid out of the bottle and deliver it to a desired surface, such as a golf club or a golf shoe, for example. The user can them use the brush, either attached to the bottle or after removing it from the bottle, to scrub the surface on which the liquid/cleaner in the bottle has been sprayed. A loop can be disposed on the bottle onto which a fastener, such as a carabineer fastener, can be used for easy transport of the bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Leon M. Shepard, JR.
  • Patent number: 8677544
    Abstract: A hand-worn debris removal device for cleaning fabric, upholstery, carpet, and other textiles comprises a pocket having a longitudinal axis, a first debris collecting element having unidirectional fibers having a first directional orientation, a second debris collecting element having unidirectional fibers having a second directional orientation opposite the first directional orientation and a gap formed between the first and second debris collecting elements along the longitudinal axis. Movement of the device in a first direction and a second direction across a surface to be cleaned collects debris removed by the first and second debris collecting elements in the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Meghan M. Raven, Bryce K. Porter