Brush Patents (Class 15/106)
  • Publication number: 20110308026
    Abstract: An oral care implement and method for forming the same is provided. The oral care implement comprises a handle and a head having a base structure. A plurality of cleaning elements is attached to the base structure. One end of each of the plurality of cleaning elements is connected to one another. At least one of the plurality of cleaning elements is a spiral bristle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Eduardo J. Jimenez, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Patrick Casey, Kenneth Waguespack, Bruce M. Russell
  • Publication number: 20110308025
    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: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: QUICKIE MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter S. Vosbikian, Vince Cella
  • Publication number: 20110289708
    Abstract: An oral care implement such as a toothbrush includes a head defining a longitudinal axis and a plurality of tooth cleaning elements supported by the toothbrush head. The tooth cleaning elements preferably include at least one tooth polishing unit having a polishing element including a supporting base and a broadened flexible tooth polishing head extending angularly outwards from the base and defining a polishing surface. In a preferred embodiment, the polishing element is made of an elastomeric material. In some embodiments, the polishing element may be comprised of a plurality of individual polishing members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Robert Moskovich, Sharon Kennedy, John Gatzemeyer, Michael Rooney, Joachim Storz, Raimund Klausegger
  • Publication number: 20110277256
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a toothbrush, comprising: a toothbrush body unit having a gripping handle and a head part coupled to the front end of the gripping handle; a bristle implanted in one area of the outer surface of the head part; a laser diode mounted on the gripping handle to emit a laser beam to the inside of the head part; a battery mounted on the gripping handle and electrically connected to the laser diode; a laser driving unit having a start switch installed on the gripping handle; a reflector installed within the head part to guide the laser beam emitted by the laser diode to the bristle; and a light-scattering member having a scattering body which is made of a transparent material and which has a laser passage hole with a cross-sectional area smaller than the illumination area of the laser beam emitted by the laser diode, and which is arranged in the toothbrush body unit to enable the laser beam emitted by the laser diode to pass through the laser passage hole and be scattered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Hyun Ju Jo, Ki Hyun Lee
  • Publication number: 20110252587
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the present invention pertain to a toothbrush. The toothbrush includes a head comprising bristles and a body operatively connected to the head including two buttons configured to cause the toothbrush to play at least two different audio when pressed. The toothbrush also includes a lower body operatively connected to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: ANISH PATEL
  • Patent number: 8028366
    Abstract: A tile and grout cleaning tool that can be turned over to place either a first series of bristle bundles projecting from the head of the tool in position to clean tile surfaces or a second series of bristle bundles spaced from the first series in position to clean the grout between tiles, the second series of bristle bundles comprising bristles that can be pressed into the grout channels and have ends of different lengths that form rough cleaning surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: The Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventor: Brian Grabowski
  • Publication number: 20110225834
    Abstract: A container (1) having a removable lid (3) for holding a shaving razor (6) and a liquid solution (7), preferably of water and alcohol. The lid has an opening (4) for accepting the head (5) of a shaving razor (6). A gasket (10) located around the opening seals the container and prevents the liquid solution from evaporating. Measurement lines (8) located on the perimeter wall (2) of the container indicate how much liquid solution to place in the container. A shaving razor may be placed into the container through the opening and the gasket so that the head of the razor with the blade cartridge is submerged in the alcohol and water solution and the handle of the razor extends out of the lid through the opening and the gasket, which forms a seal around the handle (9), thereby helping to prevent the liquid solution from evaporating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Dante Cirilli
  • Patent number: 7958587
    Abstract: The concrete hole brush apparatus provides a tool and method for rapidly and effectively cleaning holes drilled in concrete. The holes must be clean of all debris and dust for an effective bond of anchors with the concrete. Brush sizes include ½ inch, ? inch, ¾ inch, ? inch, 1 inch, 1? inch, and 1¼ inch. The apparatus chucks into a variety of power drills, with the shaft size reduced to a chuck tip for best fit to those drills. The measurement indicia ensure that an operator penetrates to the entire hole depth to guarantee cleanliness. The concrete hole brush apparatus saves time in cleaning concrete holes and negates problems in concrete hole inspections by a concrete inspector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Troy E. Hansen
  • Patent number: 7958664
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a gun barrel having striations, which includes a cleaning device that comes in contact with the inner surface of the gun barrel as it is moved by a drive device installed inside a cylindrical main body. The cleaning device includes (i) a plurality of divided plates that fit atop the striations as a saddle and are slanted to correspond to a slope of the striations, (ii) cleaning members fixed to outer peripheries of the respective divided plates that come in contact with the inner surface of the gun barrel, and (iii) a cam device that converts a rotation of a drive motor installed inside the main body into a rectilinear movement in order to move the respective divided plates upward and downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Soosung Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Jin An
  • Publication number: 20110126369
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus configured to clean a consumable drink or food container includes a handle portion, a bristle base, and a plurality of bristles. The handle portion, which is generally cylindraceous, includes a first end, a second end, a grip, and an end portion. The grip is positioned proximate to the first end and comprises a gripping feature. The gripping feature is configured to facilitate gripping of the cleaning apparatus by a user. The end portion is positioned proximate to the second end and includes an attachment structure. The attachment structure is configured to enable attachment of the cleaning apparatus to an accessory. The bristle base is capable of being positioned adjacent to the first end of the handle portion. The plurality of bristles are attached to and project outwardly from the bristle base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: CAN-IT LLC
    Inventors: Gordon Scott Mindrum, Steven Craig Sefton, Olga Cubells Piehler
  • Patent number: 7950100
    Abstract: An oral care implement with a handle includes a head with a tissue cleanser. The tissue cleanser may be a pad composed of an elastomeric material. The pad is disposed on the head on a surface opposite the tooth cleaning elements. The tissue cleanser may include a plurality of nubs extending for cleaning between the papillae of the tongue. The tissue cleanser may include a plurality of conically shaped nubs. A tissue cleanser can be used to reduce oral malodor problems and remove oral epithelial cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Douglas J. Hohlbein
  • Patent number: 7930792
    Abstract: An oral care implement includes a head platform having a plurality of faces with bristles extending therefrom. The oral care implement can have a pair of opposite bristled faces and the bristles can extend from the faces in opposite directions. The oral care implement can be formed by affixing a first AFT-tufted carrier plate to a first face of the head platform and affixing a second AFT-tufted carrier plate to the second face of the head platform. Optionally, the oral care implement can be formed by in-mold tufting bristles in the first face and affixing an AFT-tufted carrier plate to the second face of the head platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Bruce M. Russell
  • Publication number: 20110088186
    Abstract: A multipurpose brush has an ergonomically formed, substantially plate-shaped and elastically deformable brush body with a substantially flat top side and a substantially flat bottom side and curved side edges. Elastic, substantially conical grooming elements are arranged at the bottom side. At the top side of the brush body there are tooth-like combing elements. The grooming elements serve to deeply treat the fur of an animal to be brushed and the combing elements serve to comb out and smooth the fur. Design and arrangement of the grooming and combing elements are chosen such that grooming and combing effects of different strengths result depending on the direction in which the brush is passed over the fur. The brush can also be used as clothes brush or for upholstered furniture or carpets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Werner Hilmann
  • Publication number: 20110067189
    Abstract: An elongated toothbrush handle of translucent material having a plurality of bristles located at a first end, and a water tight chamber located between the first end and a second ends. A processor, sound generating means, first and second light emitting means having different colors, a source of power; and switch means are located in the chamber. In operation, the translucent handle glows with the color of the light emitting means energized for a specific interval of time and a digital sound chip plays children melodies. At the end of the specific interval of time the first light emitting means is turned off and the second light emitting means is energized while the children melodies continue to play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Bonnie Major
  • Publication number: 20110067190
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring tooth whitening treatments and status is shown in the form of a toothbrush with at least one panel with a scale of whiteness indicators. Whiteness indicia can be a removable or permanent insert disposed in a slot in the head, body or handle of a transparent toothbrush or an inlay in the surface of the brush. Other information such as appointment times, dentist information, instructions and images can be placed on the inserts. Comparison of the indicia with the teeth allows the user to evaluate the progress of treatments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Steven J. Brattesani
  • Patent number: 7904986
    Abstract: In various exemplary embodiments, the present invention provides a golf club cleaning device that includes a cleaning portion including an upper and lower or concentrically-arranged cleaning surfaces; a flag portion disposed at a top end of the cleaning portion, the flag portion including a gripping means; and a spike portion disposed at a bottom end of the cleaning portion substantially opposite the top end of the cleaning portion, the spike portion including a support means for supporting the device in an upright manner when depressed into the ground. By grasping the flag portion, the spike portion is selectively disposed in the ground at a predetermined location associated with a golf course, practice range, or the like, thereby allowing a player to clean a golf club by selectively running the front face and/or rear face of the golf club horizontally and/or vertically across the one or more cleaning surfaces/materials of the cleaning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Exsite Golf, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher W. Cieri
  • Patent number: 7895696
    Abstract: A convertible implement is provided having a first implement with a first operable head connected to a first handle. The first implement is removably connected to a second implement having a second operable head connected to a second handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Albert Belmonte
  • Publication number: 20110041270
    Abstract: A toothbrush with education function comprises a hair portion including a bottom plate; a plurality of hairs being planted on the bottom plate; a handle portion including a slender portion and an enlarged portion; the enlarged portion including a chamber; a battery set; a circuit and a speaker being received in the chamber; a circuit including a processor and a memory; the processor having a function of speech processing; and the memory serving to store speech contents about a method of brushing teeth; a speaker for receiving speech signals from the processor and then playing the speech signals; a display; a hair plate for locating the hairs; the hair plate being loosely located within a recess of the bottom plate; and a pressure sensor installed at a bottom side of the hair plate and thus at an upper side of the bottom surface of the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Hsuan-Ju Chen
  • Publication number: 20110045429
    Abstract: A dental prosthesis removal tool comprising a handle portion and a top portion, the top portion comprising a head portion and a beak portion. The beak portion is configured to engage both a maxillary dental prosthesis and a mandibular dental prosthesis without the tool needing to be reoriented. The dental prosthesis removal tool makes it possible for a dental prosthesis wearer to remove dental prostheses without the user placing his or her fingers inside of his or her mouth. The dental prosthesis removal tool also allows a denture wearer to remove dental prostheses without bending, work hardening, or breaking metal clasps contained in some dental prostheses. The dental prosthesis removal tool further allows a denture wearer to more comfortably remove his or her dental prosthesis, promoting better patient compliance with maintenance procedures and oral hygiene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Henry D. Rossi, III
  • Patent number: 7882588
    Abstract: An applicator principally for use in the dental profession, for the placement of different materials as may be required. The applicator includes an elongated handle having an applicating end portion formed at the opposed ends thereof which may be either of like or unlike construction, i.e. formed as a brush and/or a flocked applicating end portion. The flock may extend from the distal end a predetermined longitudinal distance over an extended portion. Intermediate the opposed applicating end portion, the elongated handle is provided with a circumscribing groove to define a frangible area by which the user, at his or her option, can cleanly sever the applicator handle to form two separate and distinct applicators. The applicator is also provided with a hinging arrangement adjacent the opposed applicating end portions whereby the applicating end portions may be angularly bent relative to the elongated handle at the option of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Centrix, Inc.
    Inventors: William B. Dragan, John J. Discko
  • Patent number: 7867338
    Abstract: A roof brush and method of use. What is provided is a brush head which can be tossed on a roof and subsequently pulled off the roof to remove leaves and other debris on the roof. Accordingly, a roof brush is provided which is capable of cleaning a roof and permitting an individual operating the roof brush to remain standing on the ground while cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas A. Salvant
  • Publication number: 20100299857
    Abstract: An oral care device having a handle and a head connected or connectible thereto, on which oral care elements are provided. An electrically operable function element is arranged on an outer surface of the head and an elastomer element is disposed adjacent the function element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Christian Stief, Martin Haas, Jens Stoerkel, Steffi Raehse, Siegfried Hustedt
  • Patent number: 7841037
    Abstract: In various exemplary embodiments, the present invention provides a golf club cleaning device that includes a cleaning portion including an upper and lower cleaning surfaces; a flag portion disposed at a top end of the cleaning portion, the flag portion including a gripping means; and a spike portion disposed at a bottom end of the cleaning portion substantially opposite the top end of the cleaning portion, the spike portion including a support means for supporting the device in an upright manner when depressed into the ground. By grasping the flag portion, the spike portion is selectively disposed in the ground at a predetermined location associated with a golf course, practice range, or the like, thereby allowing a player to clean a golf club by selectively running the front face and/or rear face of the golf club horizontally and/or vertically across the one or more cleaning surfaces/materials of the cleaning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Exsite Golf, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher W. Cieri
  • Patent number: 7841038
    Abstract: A manual hand tool has an elongated handle pivotably connected to a cleaning head. The cleaning head pivots substantially ninety degrees in relation to the handle. A first cleaning member component, e.g. a pushbroom, extends from the front section of the cleaning head and a second cleaning component, e.g. a straightbroom, extends from the rear section of the cleaning head, at about a ninety degree angle to the first cleaning component. The cleaning head is pivotable ninety degrees from a first position allowing for the use of the first cleaning member component on soiled surfaces, to a second position, allowing for the use of the second cleaning member component on soiled surfaces. Locking systems are provided to secure the handle and cleaning head in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Samuel G. Vosbikian
  • Publication number: 20100293731
    Abstract: An oral care device having a handle and a head connectible thereto, on which oral care elements are provided along with a function element. The device also includes a ramp disposed adjacent the function element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Christian Stief, Martin Haas, Jens Stoerkel
  • Publication number: 20100170052
    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: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: Marc Philip Ortins, George Henry Leal, Thomas Aurele Christman
  • Publication number: 20100154824
    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: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: QUICKIE MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter S. Vosbikian, Vince Cella
  • Publication number: 20100122423
    Abstract: A tool simultaneously deburrs and cleans an end of a pipe. The tool may have a casing that combines a mechanically abrasive cleaning mechanism and a cutting mechanism. The casing may have the cleaning mechanism and cutting mechanism aligned on an axis with the pipe, so that the outer surface of the pipe may be cleaned while the internal diameter may be cut or deburred. Some embodiments may be hand held devices that may be gripped in the palm of a hand, while other embodiments may be mounted on a drill or other powered mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: James Lozar
  • Patent number: 7712175
    Abstract: The invention is directed to toothbrushes that include a handle, a neck a head, and a polishing member attached to the head, where the polishing member includes a base proximate the backside of the head and a plurality of projections of sufficient size and shape and disposed in a pattern on the base that are effective to provide polishing of teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen John Blanchard, Bethann O'Malley, Justin McDonough
  • Publication number: 20100043161
    Abstract: The system toothbrush with illumination includes a gripping portion having an elongated body portion that is formed to be slightly flat and stores therein an LED light source, a battery, and a switch performing ON/OFF operations of the LED light source. The gripping portion includes insertion holes formed at opposing ends of the body portion. An attachment portion is detachably and compatibly connected to both ends of the gripping portion. The attachment portion includes at least a mirror portion and a toothbrush portion, and may further include an auxiliary toothbrush portion. Storage insertion holes may be formed in the gripping portion to store the attachment portion, and two button-shaped batteries may be overlappingly stored in the horizontal orientation at substantially the center of the gripping portion. An LED light source is arranged near the one end of the gripping portion, and the light is emitted towards the attachment portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Masahiro Tanuma
  • Patent number: 7594292
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning an espresso machine includes a brush head attached to a neck. The brush head includes a longitudinal axis that is perpendicular to that of the neck. The neck extends along a first longitudinal axis for a length and is attached to a handle section that includes a second longitudinal axis which extends away from the brush head at a greater angle than the neck. A plurality of annular rings prevents scalding water from traversing past the neck and reaching the handle section, where a user is adapted to grasp the apparatus. A protrusion is included, as desired, to clean the orifice of a steamer wand. Various possible enhancements include ergonomic grip surfaces on the handle section, replacement component parts, and dual cleaning surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffrey Matthew Pelo
  • Patent number: 7587780
    Abstract: A sand rake which serves two purposes: 1) raking the sand in a bunker to provide a smooth sand surface; and 2) efficient and safe removal of the sand trapped or lodged on or near the soles of a player's golf shoes. The dual purpose sand rake may be used to conveniently clean the player's shoes before stepping foot on the putting green, thereby reducing the amount of sand and other debris tracked onto the green, or, alternatively, before the player attempts another shot, thereby enhancing the player's footing. The sand rake removes the need for the player to walk to the next tee box or wait until the round is finished to clean his or her shoes. Moreover, the sand rake removes the need for the player to tap his or her shoes with the golf club to clean his or her shoes, thereby eliminating the risk of injury to the player's ankle or foot as well as damage to the shoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: John G. Pfister
  • Publication number: 20090165229
    Abstract: A brush assembly includes a base and a cover which is mounted on the base. A plurality of first brushes are removably received in the base and a plurality of second brushes are connected to an under side of the cover. An extension pipe is connected to the underside of the cover and a plurality of outlet tubes extend from the extension pipe. An inlet pipe is connected to the cover and communicates with the extension pipe so as to intrusion detergent into the extension pipe and spread from the outlet pipes to which the second brushes are connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventor: Ming-Chi Yu
  • Publication number: 20090151746
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus capable of being used in dental procedures is disclosed. The cleaning apparatus comprises an elongated handle and a cleaning member. The elongated handle comprises a first end portion and second end portion with spring tension attached to handle. The detachable dental floss has a proximal end and distil end. The proximal end of dental floss is attached to spring tension and the destil end of the dental floss with the brush is engaged to the pistil end of handle in a way that allows the dental floss to move freely with the spring tension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Deborah (Debbie) Wright, David Allen Wright
  • Publication number: 20090094767
    Abstract: An apparatus for maintaining shoe cleats and cleaning the face of golf club heads that has an elongated brush mounted on a stem emanating from a first side of a brush unit and a plurality of bristles emanating from a second side of the brush unit. When not in use, the elongated brush stores in a storage cavity that is part of a separate cleat removal fixture. The cleat removal fixture and brush unit a held together by a friction fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Joseph Emil De Leon, Michael Lee Seifert, Steven Hale Seifert
  • Publication number: 20090025161
    Abstract: Tracheo-oesophageal valve cleaning apparatus comprises a fluid dispenser with a fluid reservoir and an outlet; a cleaning element mounted proximal to the outlet; and a drive mechanism including an element mounted axially within the said fluid dispenser, wherein axial movement of the element of the drive mechanism towards to the outlet causes both rotation of cleaning element and fluid to be dispensed from the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Peter Samuel
  • Publication number: 20090019653
    Abstract: A hairbrush 10 has rounded outer surfaces 23, 25 of hinged heads 22, 24 that, when the brush is closed, achieve a closed form that is generally round or spherical in cross-sectional shape. Another aspect of the present invention includes inner head surfaces 26, 28 that support bristles and that are complementarily shaped concave and convex, respectively, to hold a tuft of hair in a curved position as the tuft is pulled through the closed heads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ronald Teddy Diamond
  • Publication number: 20080263798
    Abstract: A convertible implement is provided having a first implement with a first operable head connected to a first handle. The first implement is removably connected to a second implement having a second operable head connected to a second handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventor: Albert Belmonte
  • Publication number: 20080256728
    Abstract: A shoe cleaning apparatus is formed with a series of rotary brushes operable to clean the bottom of a shoe placed thereon and spring-loaded linear side brushes to clean the sides of the shoe. A supply of cleaning or sanitizing fluid is retained in an elevated tank that feeds by gravity into the rotary brushes for application to the bottom of the shoe being cleaned. The flow of fluid is actuated by downward pressure on a hinged sub-frame that opens a valve. Each rotary brush is engaged by a comb that cleans the brushes upon rotation thereof. A removable debris tray is mounted within the frame to collect dirt and debris removed by the combs and to collect the cleaning fluid dispensed from the elevated tank. Resistance to the downward pressure is provided by springs to minimize accidental opening of the flow valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Mark Feeg, Neil Vojtasek
  • Patent number: 7437792
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning an espresso machine includes a brush head attached to a neck. The brush head includes a longitudinal axis that is perpendicular to that of the neck. The neck extends along a first longitudinal axis for a length and is attached to a handle section that includes a second longitudinal axis which extends away from the brush head at a greater angle than the neck. A plurality of annular rings prevents scalding water from traversing past the neck and reaching the handle section, where a user is adapted to grasp the apparatus. A protrusion is included, as desired, to clean the orifice of a steamer wand. Various possible enhancements include ergonomic grip surfaces on the handle section, replacement component parts, and dual cleaning surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Jeffrey Matthew Pelo
  • Publication number: 20080209647
    Abstract: A cleaning device includes a length adjustable handle with a traditional cleaning device selectively attached to one end and a scuff removal device attached to an opposed end. The traditional cleaning device may be a light or heavy duty broom, wet mop, dust mop, squeegee, or the like. The scuff removal device may include a motor connected to a battery and a scuff removal tip operatively coupled to the motor. When the motor is selectively energized, the tip is caused to vibrate for efficiently removing a scuff mark from a surface. Thus, the cleaning device may be converted from a traditional cleaning tool to a scuff mark removal tool merely by inverting the elongate handle in the user's hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Paul D. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20080201881
    Abstract: A system for cleaning a pet chew toy of the type that has a sidewall having an inner surface defining a hollow interior and at least one opening defined in the sidewall communicating with the hollow interior includes a first brush having a stem portion and a plurality of bristles. The stem portion and the bristles are both constructed and arranged so as to be able to fit through an opening in the sidewall of the pet chew toy. The bristles are further dimensioned so as to facilitate scrubbing of the inner surface of the sidewall of the pet chew toy. A handle is operatively connected to the stem portion of the first brush, and a second brush is provided that is constructed and arranged so as to be able to fit through a second opening in the sidewall of the pet chew toy. A method of cleaning a pet chew toy is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: MUNCHKIN, INC.
    Inventors: Steven B. Dunn, Mark Hatherill, Thomas Birkert
  • Publication number: 20080189888
    Abstract: A toothbrush includes a handle, and a head at an end of the handle having a thickness, a first surface, and an opposed second surface. Tooth cleaning elements extend outwardly from the first surface and have a length. A tissue cleanser is positioned on the second surface and has a plurality of tissue engaging elements and a height. A head height includes the thickness of the head, the length of the tooth cleaning elements, and the height of the tissue cleanser, and is less than 17.7 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Douglas J. Hohlbein
  • Publication number: 20080184510
    Abstract: The described aspects relate to products heretofore unknown by the art, and tongue cleaning equipment for preventing and treating halitosis, comprising a gel/cream that in one aspect comprises Hydrogen peroxide, Citric acid, flavorizer, demineralized water, Cetylpyridinium chloride, colorant, Sodium saccharine, Sorbitol and Poloxamer, or a spray that in one aspect comprises Hydrogen peroxide, Citric acid, flavorizer, demineralized water, Cetylpyridinium chloride, colorant, Sodium saccharine, Sorbitol, Polisorbate 20 (Tween 20), Sodium benzoate, and Methyl paraben, in adequate proportions, and the equipment comprises a device to detach tongue coating, comprised of a toothbrush or scraper provided with a brush employed to brush the tongue, along with a portion of the gel/cream or spray, applied over the bristles of the brush or scraper, and a device to remove the detached tongue coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Mauricio Duarte Da Conceicao
  • Publication number: 20080178404
    Abstract: A grill brush comprising a handle, with a handle end and a brush head end; a hanging means attached a handle end of the handle; a reservoir located within the handle; a reservoir cap located on the handle; a brush head attached to the brush head end of the handle; the brush head comprising: a brush head bracket, a bristle base; a plurality of orifices for fluid distribution located in the bristle base; a plurality of bristles located on the bristle base; a scraper attached to the brush head; a distribution passageway in the handle, and in fluid communication with the orifices; an inlet valve located in the handle, and in fluid communication with the reservoir and the distribution passageway; a shut-off spool located on the handle, and in operable communication with the inlet valve; an anchor attached to the bristle base; a hole located in the brush head bracket configured to slide over the anchor; an attaching means attachable to the anchor, and configured to hold the bristle base to the brush head bracket; a
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Wales
  • Publication number: 20080174165
    Abstract: An oral care implement includes a head platform having a plurality of faces with bristles extending therefrom. The oral care implement can have a pair of opposite bristled faces and the bristles can extend from the faces in opposite directions. The oral care implement can be formed by affixing a first AFT-tufted carrier plate to a first face of the head platform and affixing a second AFT-tufted carrier plate to the second face of the head platform. Optionally, the oral care implement can be formed by in-mold tufting bristles in the first face and affixing an AFT-tufted carrier plate to the second face of the head platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Bruce M. Russell
  • Publication number: 20080148505
    Abstract: A floor cleaning apparatus is disclosed which has a handle that has a proximal end portion that receives a scraper and a distal end that connects to a cleaning head. The scraper can be removed for use as a separate cleaning device. The handle is telescopically retractable and connects to the cleaning head through a flexible neck. The cleaning head is removable and uses micro-fiber material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Andre Sampaio
  • Publication number: 20080138138
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an applicator for applying a makeup composition. The applicator includes an applicator element configured to apply the makeup composition to one of nails, eyelashes, eyebrows, skin and lips, and a vibration source causing the applicator element to vibrate. The applicator is configured to be fastened onto a receptacle containing the composition to be applied, and/or further comprises a reservoir containing the composition to be applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Gueret
  • Publication number: 20080131834
    Abstract: A photocatalysis process toothbrush comprising a handle with a grip at a proximal end and a head at a distal end thereof. The head has at least one group of bristles and at least one blue light emitter is provided on an upper surface of the head for emitting blue light in a direction generally parallel to the bristles. At least one blue light source is provided for radiating blue light, in a wavelength band between 420 nm to 480 nm, and a power source is provided for energizing the at least one blue light source. The blue light is at least one of modulated emission with an average optical output power level of less than 5 watts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: TechLight Systems LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Gregory Shepherd, Charlene Adele Barnes
  • Publication number: 20080120798
    Abstract: An oral care toothbrush includes a head mounted to one end of the handle containing a plurality of oral care elements. An oral care accessory is mounted to the opposite end of the handle. An oral care dispenser is mounted in the head within the cleaning field defined by the oral care elements. The oral care dispenser may be held in place by a plurality of prongs located in the field defined by the oral care elements. The toothbrush may be made of small size and of lightweight so as to be readily portable for use away from the home.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventors: Alan Sorrentino, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Al Sprosta