Wiper, Dauber, Or Polisher Patents (Class 15/209.1)
  • Patent number: 10772771
    Abstract: A sanitary napkin (1) includes an absorbent (4) interposed between a liquid permeable top sheet (3) and a back sheet (2), wherein the liquid permeable top sheet (3) has multiple protruding parts (10) that protrude towards a skin side and that are formed at intervals, embossed parts (11) compressed from the skin side, and opening parts (12) that penetrate the liquid permeable top sheet (3), the embossed parts (11) and opening parts (12) being formed, around the protruding parts (10), to be separate from each other. Skin side extending parts (13) are provided at peripheries of the opening parts (12) such that the skin side extending parts (13) protrude towards the skin side at heights lower than heights of the protruding parts (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mihoko Kuramochi
  • Patent number: 10739530
    Abstract: A device for cleaning an optical communication device includes a hollow outer stem, an inner stem core, a locking handle, a flexible base, at least one ring seal, and a flexible cover. The inner stem core, fits within a length of the hollow outer stem and is slidable along the length of the hollow outer stem. The locking handle is coupled to a top end of the inner stem core, and is movable between a released position and a locked position, where moving the locking handle to the locked position from the released position slides the inner stem core within the hollow outer stem. The flexible base is coupled to a bottom end of the hollow outer stem, and is transformable between a contracted position when the locking handle is in the released position and an expanded position when the locking handle is in the locked position. The at least one ring seal is coupled to the flexible base. The flexible cover is wrapped around the flexible base and the at least one ring seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Brice Achkir
  • Patent number: 10722093
    Abstract: The disclosed cleaning article includes a working surface made from first ends of a plurality of channels and a capturing surface. The channels are formed from multiple strands of a skip-slit sheet, which in an initial state extend in a first direction and together define a plane. The multiple strands are attached to each other at bridging regions. At least some of the strands are spread from the initial state and separated from each other between the bridging regions to provide the plurality of channels, and at least some of the strands that are separated from each other are twisted out of the plane. A cleaning tool including the cleaning article, a method of making the cleaning tool, and a stack of skip-slit spunbond nonwoven sheets are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Scott J. Tuman, Sara R. Amys
  • Patent number: 10667598
    Abstract: A sports bag coupling system comprising a sports bag; a sports glove; and a connector including hook and loop fasteners separably coupling the sports glove and the sports bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Larry J. Evans
  • Patent number: 10595698
    Abstract: A cleaning pad for an autonomous cleaning robot evenly wets and collects debris for cleaning operations. The pad includes a core of absorbent layers for absorbing liquid through capillary action and for distributing the liquid within the cleaning pad. The pad includes a wrap layer around the core, the wrap layer comprising a fibrous layer that is flexible and absorbent, the fibrous layer configured to absorb liquid through capillary action and transfer the liquid to the core. The pad includes one or more transition regions spanning a cleaning width of the cleaning pad, the one or more transition regions dividing the cleaning pad into at least two segments. The forward positioned segment of the pad, of the at least two segments of the pad, has a lesser thickness compared to a thickness of an aft positioned segment of the at least two segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus Williams, Lin Lung Chieh
  • Patent number: 10583339
    Abstract: The present apparatus includes a towel that is detachably connected to a clip and/or a marker. In various embodiments, the towel includes three layers: a first layer for cleaning, a second layer connected to the first layer, and a third layer that acts as moisture barrier between the first layer and the second layer. In some embodiments, the towel may be detachably connected to a clip via an embedded magnet, such that the towel may attach to a user's clothing for easy use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: FORWARD AND FINDABLE, LLC
    Inventors: Susan P. Farina, Judith T. Bardis
  • Patent number: 10576509
    Abstract: An all-in-one cleaning device, e.g., such as may be used in cleaning the inside of a shower. The device may provide the ability to dispense the composition carried within the device itself, and scrub the composition into or against the surfaces to be cleaned (e.g., shower walls, floors, corners, etc.). Activation of the dispensing mechanism of the cleaning device may dispense a metered dose of composition, in a generally horizontal direction, onto and/or into a nonwoven or other substrate. The dispensing mechanism may not rely on gravity for dispensing, and may be sealed to prevent unwanted backflow of shower water or other material, preventing contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: THE CLOROX COMPANY
    Inventors: Kristina Perlas, Jared Heymann, Steven J. Tomkins, Rashda Khan, Aidee Duarte, Kerry D. Azelton, Abhishek Shetty, Arun Agarwal, Sacha Connor, Miranda Helmer, Selina Wang, HyunJoo Lee, Courtney Lytle, John Jamieson, Janiece Hope
  • Patent number: 10542862
    Abstract: A cleaning pad for absorbing liquids from a hard, target surface. In one embodiment the cleaning pad comprises a pad having a floor sheet, and a core joined to the floor sheet. The floor sheet has a combination of polymeric synthetic fibers and natural cellulose fibers. A cleaning strip is joined to the outwardly facing surface of the floor sheet. The cleaning pad provides both good absorbency and a coefficient of friction falling within a specified range judged advantageous for cleaning. The absorbency and coefficient of friction work well with an amine oxide cleaning solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: David John Hoying, Nicola John Policicchio
  • Patent number: 10542852
    Abstract: A process of cleansing, sanitizing, polishing, conditioning, disinfecting, and other medical, personal, commercial and industrial purposes by applying continuous multiple-ply sections of material comprised of dry sections of material alternating with wet sections of material in which liquid is encased and is released with application of pressure. The sections can be manufactured into a roll separated by perforation. The sections can also be manufactured into flat sections separated by perforation or laid flat independently or folded one on top of the other. The sections can be configured in an unlimited combination of dry and wet sections, composition of dry materials, composition of liquids, dimensions, connectivity, sizes, thickness and properties that synergistically improve the cleansing process when used in combination together. Habitual waste of materials can be progressively reduced, and ply materials are biodegradable and 100% recyclable providing for environmental preservation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: William Marshall Pickard, III
  • Patent number: 10492656
    Abstract: A cleaning pad for absorbing liquids from a hard, target surface. The cleaning pad has a hydrophobic floor sheet, and a core joined to the floor sheet. The core has absorbent gelling material therein with a gradient distribution, so that the pad has a particular minimum absorbency as used with water or with common amine oxide cleaning solution. A hydrophilic smoothing strip is joined to the outwardly facing surface of said floor sheet. The cleaning pad provides both good absorbency and a coefficient of friction falling within a specified range judged advantageous for cleaning. The absorbency and coefficient of friction work well with both water and an amine oxide cleaning solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: David John Hoying, Fernando Ray Tollens, Brian Lee Keith, Jessica Lea Ellis
  • Patent number: 10485387
    Abstract: The sponge made of two layers, formed by the walls of the fine-fibered luffa fruit is offered. Each layer is at least a part of the wall of the luffa fruit with the adjacent radial jugums, the layers are adjacent to each other from the side of the radial jugums and are connected along the perimeter with a seam located under the frame manufactured from a narrow fabric or cloth. The preservation of a stable structural formation of the wall of the luffa fruit in the sponge layers increases its strength while preserving its elasticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Nariman Kadirov
  • Patent number: 10413135
    Abstract: The invention is a towel having a fabric base having a quadrilateral shape and a coupled first horizontal strip having a quadrilateral shape, the first horizontal strip being coupled proximate the top edge of the fabric base in a manner so as to create a loop formed by the fabric base and first horizontal strip. The invention is also a method of securing the towel to a rod, rack, bar or handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Melissa Livingston
  • Patent number: 10398282
    Abstract: A mop cover has a planar main body with four outer edges, wherein a longer first outer edge is oriented parallel to a longer second outer edge, the first outer edge being longer than the second outer edge, two shorter outer edges respectively extending between the longer outer edges, the main body having at least two pockets, into which mop wings or tensioning elements can be introduced to tense the planar main body, being configured such that the mop cover can be readily gripped, and tensioned, by rectangular wings, wherein the mop cover can be guided effectively for cleaning purposes with the greatest possible degrees of freedom in corner regions, a mop cover of the type mentioned in the introduction is characterized in that at least one outer edge and/or at least one pocket are/is assigned at least one stiffening element for the partially reinforced stiffening of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CARL FREUDENBERG KG
    Inventors: Uwe Dingert, Norbert Weis, Hannsgeorg Wolf, Sabine Wilmes, Susanne Walter
  • Patent number: 10376429
    Abstract: The present application discloses and claims a three-dimensional sheet material and an absorbent article which utilizes the sheet material within the article. The three-dimensional sheet material is designed to minimize the contact area on one side of the material thereby making it useful for various applications including a body contacting top sheet or liner material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Xueen George Hao, Lin Miao, Chunlei Pu, Tongtong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10253455
    Abstract: A web including cellulosic fibers having two sides and including an additive composition present on at least one side of the web and a method of making such a web are disclosed. The additive composition includes at least one filming agent and at least one active agent, the filming agent being fixed on the web and the active agent being retained on the web by the filming agent, the active agent being an antimicrobial agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ESSITY OPERATIONS FRANCE
    Inventors: Gérald Duhen, Philippe Malgarini, Cyril Schu, Nicolas Marquine
  • Patent number: 10190244
    Abstract: A forming belt for use in making a nonwoven substrate. The forming belt includes a first surface defining a plane of the first surface and an axis parallel to a longitudinal direction corresponding to a machine direction when in use. A plurality of discrete belt patterns can be ordered in sequential relationship with respect to the longitudinal direction. At least a majority of the plurality of discrete belt patterns can include a discrete belt pattern overall area, a first forming zone having a first pattern of three-dimensional raised elements extending outwardly from the plane of the first surface and a second forming zone having a second pattern of three-dimensional raised elements extending outwardly from the plane of the first surface. The first forming zone can have a first air permeability value and the second forming zone can have a second air permeability value. The first air permeability value can be different from the second air permeability value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Arman Ashraf, David Mark Rasch
  • Patent number: 10156040
    Abstract: Methods and kits for treating a fibrous substrate prior to forming an image thereon are provided. The method can include positioning a treatment sheet adjacent to the fibrous substrate, transferring a salt (e.g., calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, or a mixture thereof) from the treatment sheet to the fibrous substrate using a wetting solution (e.g., an aqueous solution, such as water) to carry the salt from the treatment sheet into the fibrous substrate, and drying the fibrous substrate such that the salt remains in the substrate. For example, the transfer of the salt from the treatment sheet into the fibrous substrate can be accomplished via pressing the backside of the treatment sheet such that the wetting solution flows from the treatment sheet into the fibrous substrate while carrying the salt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Neenah, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Dolsey, Francis J. Kronzer, Melanie K. Calkins
  • Patent number: 10099099
    Abstract: A pocket insert card is received within a pocket of a garment. An absorbent fabric sheet is attached to the card such that the sheet can be situated outside the pocket for cleaning purposes while the card remains in the pocket. The fabric sheet may be elongated and folded in face-to-face portions attached to the card. A hook and loop patch may support an object on the fabric sheet. A holder for a spare golf tee or pencil is provided, as is a retainer for a scorecard. The fabric sheet may be inserted into the pocket or may form the pocket body itself. The fabric sheet may also be used without the pocket, attached directly to the interior of a garment. A double sided snap may be used to mount a ball marker to the fabric sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Lebwohl, Shaun Goodman
  • Patent number: 10085600
    Abstract: The method of manufacturing the secondary paper roll for the tissue paper products including: a multi-ply forming step (51) of multi-ply forming single-sheets S11 and S12 from primary paper rolls, reeled out from the plural primary paper rolls JR in the continuous direction so as to form a multi-ply continuous sheet S2, a chemicals applying step (53) of applying chemicals to the multi-ply continuous sheet S2, a slitting step (55) of slitting the multi-ply continuous sheet S2 into each product width of the tissue paper products or several fold widths thereof, and a winding step (56) of coaxially winding the respective slit multi-ply continuous sheets S2 so as to form plural secondary paper rolls R of each product width of the tissue paper products or several fold widths thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Daio Paper Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Shiinoki, Takuya Okuoka
  • Patent number: 10086411
    Abstract: A whisk wiper, a device having a plurality of intersecting slits angularly disposed in an asterisk type pattern, is mounted onto a whisk. It is pulled down over the loops 44, each loop 44 guided through a slit 32. To clean off mixture 50 stuck to the whisk 46 the whisk wiper 30 is simply pulled off, the opposed edges of each slit 32 wiping the loops 44 clean. An absorbent whisk wiper 94 can also be used to scrub a whisk with deep slits 84 and compressed zig zag slit 106. The whisk wiper 90 can be configured to be turned inside out to allow the slits 84 to be easily cleaned. The slits can be extended to create a compressed slit 98 which can be further configured with zig zag 102 or ribbed 100 sides to enhance the cleaning action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Matthew Justin Michel
  • Patent number: 10060059
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cross-contamination prevention wipe, comprising a cleaning layer having fibers which collect and trap contaminants and a barrier layer which prevents transmission of the contaminants from the cleaning layer and through the barrier layer, wherein the barrier layer is directly bonded to the cleaning layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley T. Lyon, Jay C. Postlewaite
  • Patent number: 10051913
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to methods of using articles of footwear and components thereof, including outsoles, in conditions normally conducive to the accumulation of soil on the outsoles. In particular, the disclosure relates to a method of using an article of footwear having an outsole that includes a film on its ground facing surface. When the outsoles are wetted with water, the outsoles can become more compliant and/or can rapidly uptake and/or expel water, which can prevent soil from adhering to the outsole and/or can assist in shedding soil present on the outsole. Thus, the methods provided herein can prevent or reduce the accumulation of soil on the footwear during wear on unpaved surfaces such as sporting fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Caleb W. Dyer, Zachary C. Wright, Jeremy D. Walker, Myron Maurer, Denis Schiller, Hossein A. Baghdadi
  • Patent number: 10040100
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning the touch screen of any personal electronic device, including but not limited to smart phones and personal computing tablets. The apparatus comprises a wet portion and a dry portion in a substantially horizontal figure “8” configuration. The apparatus may also comprise a reservoir for storing a volume of conventional cleaning fluid. When not in use, the apparatus is slid into a case which is configured to house the wet and dry portions of the apparatus in separate housing compartments. A method is also provided for storing the apparatus when not in use so as to prolong its effective lifespan and improve its overall performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Marc Lemchen
  • Patent number: 10034592
    Abstract: A steam frame for a steam appliance has a body, a passageway in the body for passage of a fluid medium, and a member such as an unbalanced rotatable turbine in fluid communication with the passageway, where the member is capable of being engaged by the fluid medium to produce vibrations in the body for enhanced cleaning performance. A steam attachment includes a body, a pad covering at least a portion of the body, and a heating element coupled to the body. The heating element and vibration-producing member may be used separately or together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventor: Ognjen Vrdoljak
  • Patent number: 10011953
    Abstract: Absorbent members, especially bulked absorbent members, and methods of making the same are disclosed. The absorbent member may be in the form of a unitary absorbent fibrous layer comprising at least some cellulose fibers. The unitary absorbent fibrous layer is at least partially stratified through its thickness. The absorbent member may also have a plurality of discrete deformations, such as depressions and/or apertures in its surfaces. The method involves subjecting a precursor web to at least one cycle (or pass) through a mechanical deformation process. The mechanical deformation process utilizes a first forming member and a second forming member that form a nip therebetween through which the precursor web is passed. The first and second forming members are moving at different speeds relative to each other when they come together to form the nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Joseph Curro, Jill Marlene Orr, Keith Robert Priessman, John Brian Strube
  • Patent number: 9993121
    Abstract: A bathing tool consisting of a bathing ball and a handle is disposed. The bathing ball includes a base including a first back panel with equiangularly spaced first rib portions and a second back panel with equiangularly spaced second rib portions arranged in a stack. The first and second rib portions are alternatively arranged in a stagger manner, having respectively a first mating connection portion and a second mating connection portion. The handle is detachably connected to one second rib portion of the second back panel. Thus, on the one hand, the present invention allows the user to operate the bathing ball through the handle to clean every part of the body of a person, and on the other hand, the mating between the first and second mating connection portions allows multiple bathing balls to be connected together to expand the bathing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLIVETTE INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Che-Yuan Chang
  • Patent number: 9944434
    Abstract: Techniques of transporting bath sponges involve holding a used bath sponge in a case that will carry and compress the used bath sponge. Such a case separates the soiled water and debris that is drained from the used bath sponge. The case is designed to facilitate the drainage of water and debris that have accumulated in the bath sponge after it is used. The action of compression of a bath sponge within this case will also help to maintain the original shape of the bath sponge. This case will keep all water and debris that has collected by the action of compression of the bath sponge contained in the lower sections of the case. In addition, when this case is stored in an upright position, the water and debris will not be able to flow back into the top section where the sponge is being stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: FAMILY INNOVATORS B&F, LLC
    Inventors: Cynthia Ann Beauregard, Edward Joseph Beauregard, Craig Edward Beauregard, Bethany Marie Fleming, James William Fleming
  • Patent number: 9919501
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a cleaning member includes a fiber bundle conveying step conveying a fiber bundle to a merging section, a nonwoven fabric conveying step conveying the nonwoven fabric strips to the merging section; a multilayer web forming step forming a multilayer web by overlaying the fiber bundle on the nonwoven fiber strips at the merging part; and a joining step joining the fiber bundle and the nonwoven fabric strips to each other in the multilayer web. In the fiber bundle conveying step, the fiber bundle is conveyed at a tension at which there is no width shrinkage in the fiber bundle, and in the multilayer web forming step, the multilayer web is formed by overlaying the fiber bundle on the nonwoven strips while applying a tension that does not cause width shrinkage in the fiber bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Matsumoto, Shigetomo Takahashi, Yuji Yamashita, Hiroaki Goto
  • Patent number: 9910227
    Abstract: A fiber optic component cleaning device includes a body, a motor mounted in the body and a power supply mounted in the body and operably connected to the motor. The device has a resilient platen mounted to the body and a cleaning material configured to reside on the platen. An oscillating device is operably mounted to the motor to induce an oscillation in the body and the platen to oscillate the platen with the cleaning material thereon. The tool is configured to clean surfaces of the fiber optic component by oscillating movement of the platen and the cleaning material on the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Edward J. Forrest, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9907374
    Abstract: This disclosure includes displays for financial transaction cards, and related methods. Some embodiments of the disclosed displays include an upper hanging tab configured to be releasably coupled to a financial transaction card; a lower enclosure detachably coupled to the hanging tab and defining an opening; and a card holder movably disposed within the enclosure and accessible through the opening, the card holder configured to be releasably coupled to a financial transaction card. In some of the disclosed displays, at least one surface of the enclosure comprises a sandpaper texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Home Depot Product Authority, LLC
    Inventors: Jessica Canaday, Nichole A. Flynn
  • Patent number: 9877530
    Abstract: A system having a sleeve with a circumscribing sidewall formed of elastic, compliant material, the sleeve having an internal axial bore sized to have an inside diameter equal to or less than an outside diameter of a host hair to be received in the bore, the sidewall formed of thermoplastic resilient, compliant material, and at least one supplemental hair embedded in the sidewall or attached to the sidewall of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Ruxton C. Doubt
  • Patent number: 9802187
    Abstract: A non-woven electret fibrous web for electrostatic adsorption and odor elimination and the preparation process thereof. In certain exemplary embodiments, the non-woven electret fibrous web includes a multiplicity of electret fibers, at least one of a plurality of photo-catalytic fibers or a plurality of multi-component fibers; and optionally, at least one of a plurality of chemically-active particulates, a plurality of carbon-based fibers, or a plurality of mono-component thermoplastic fibers. In other exemplary embodiments, carding and cross-lapping or air-laying processes are disclosed for making nonwoven fibrous webs including electret fibers and one or more of photocatalytic fibers, chemically-active particulates, multi-component fibers, mono-component thermoplastic fibers, or carbon-based fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Xiaoshuan Fu, Rui Chen, Qiang Xu, Jean Le normand, Hendrik Both, Tien T. Wu, Andrew R. Fox
  • Patent number: 9750893
    Abstract: The current invention is a syringe and swab system for a syringe having a plunger, a barrel, a needle hub, a needle, a needle safety cover, and a swab attached to the distal end of the needle safety cover for placing over an injection site to apply pressure and a vial for holding fluid that may be utilized with the swab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Michael S. Zelten, Keith Ronald Brown
  • Patent number: 9732454
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a textured element may include (a) collecting a plurality of filaments upon a textured surface to form a non-woven textile and (b) separating the non-woven textile from the textured surface. Another method of manufacturing a textured element may include depositing a plurality of thermoplastic polymer filaments upon a first surface of a polymer layer to (a) form a non-woven textile and (b) bond the filaments to the polymer layer. A textured surface may then be separated from a second surface of the polymer layer, the second surface being opposite the first surface, and the second surface having a texture from the textured surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Carrie L. Davis, Bhupesh Dua, James A. Niegowski
  • Patent number: 9694556
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fibrous web having a first region and at least one discrete integral second region, the second region having at least one portion being a discontinuity exhibiting a linear orientation and defining a longitudinal axis, and at least another portion being a deformation having a plurality of tufted fibers integral with but extending from the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Robert Haines Turner, John Joseph Curro, Jody Lynn Hoying, Susan Nicole Lloyd, John Lee Hammons
  • Patent number: 9668632
    Abstract: To provide a cleaning tool exhibiting excellent cleaning effectiveness. The present invention relates to a cleaning tool comprising a cleaning sheet, and a holding tool for holding said cleaning sheet. The cleaning sheet is provided with: a brush part configured so as to be capable of cleaning an object to be cleaned; a base part; and insertion parts through which holding parts of the holding tool are inserted. The brush part is configured so as to be provided with: a first cleaning region; a second cleaning region; and a bent region which is sandwiched therebetween, and which is formed by being bent by an end of the base part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomokazu Suda
  • Patent number: 9560941
    Abstract: A wiping board apparatus for cleaning the rectal area of a person following defecation includes a generally planar base that is mountable on a toilet seat. The base is adapted for holding an elongate rail that extends longitudinally in a generally front to back orientation relative to the underlying toilet seat. One or more wiping sheets may be attached to at least one of the base and the rail element for covering the rail element. Following defecation, a user sits on the base and slides over the rail to wipe and clean fecal material from the rectal area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: James R. Seifried
  • Patent number: 9512546
    Abstract: A method for forming a dispersible nonwoven substrate in an aqueous medium including: a) forming an aqueous nonwoven binder including a selected emulsion polymer wherein the polymer has been modified with a compound comprising a tri-substituted N-atom, the compound having a pKb of from 4 to 7; b) contacting a nonwoven substrate with the aqueous nonwoven binder; c) heating the contacted nonwoven to a temperature of from 120° C. to 220° C.; and d) immersing the contacted heated nonwoven in an aqueous medium having a final pH<5 is provided. A dispersible nonwoven substrate in an aqueous medium formed by the preceding method and a method for providing a dispersed nonwoven in an aqueous medium are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ROHM AND HAAS COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul Nedwick, Maureen B. Nunn, Katherine Sue Rice
  • Patent number: 9504366
    Abstract: A bare floor cleaner with an upright assembly pivotally mounted to a base assembly, a steam generator, a fluid distributor which distributes steam onto the surface to be cleaned, and a mop cloth provided on the base assembly. The mop cloth is mounted to the base assembly by a mop cloth plate that is removable from the base assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Kasper, Joseph M. White, John L. Jansen, Aaron P. Griffith, Yu Xiaoming, Yang Caiyin
  • Patent number: 9498092
    Abstract: A cleaning brush is composed of a grip, a brush body, and a tightener. The grip includes a mounting portion running through first and second lateral sides and having an opening formed on a top side thereof, and a retaining portion located at third and fourth lateral sides. The brush body is a spherical reticular member formed of a tubular reticulum and includes a central portion passing through the opening and located at the mounting portion. The holds the central portion and the retaining portion for limiting the relative positions of the brush body and the grip. Thus, the brush body is not subject to sliding with respect to the grip to make the cleaning brush have definite perception of touch and preferable cleaning effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Che-Yuan Chang
  • Patent number: 9408522
    Abstract: A fryer cleaning tool with a sheetlike cleaning head configured to receive a sheetlike resilient fryer cleaning pad with an open-ended slitlike cavity therewithin, which pad can be slidably mounted onto the cleaning head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: DanLi Wang, Martin E. Broen, Perry S. Dotterman, Robert J. Maki, Kim C. Sachs
  • Patent number: 9357896
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide effective technique for a higher cleaning effect and higher operability of a cleaning element. According to the representative cleaning element 110, a distance d1 between adjacent ones of the fusion bonded parts 114 is longer than a length d2 or d3 formed on both of the pair adjacent fusion bonded parts 114 and 116 in the respective longitudinal end regions of the cleaning element 110.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akemi Tsuchiya, Yoshinori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9351613
    Abstract: A long-handled personal holder device for personal cleaning, hygiene, and daily living, and is made of resilient material with extendable finger-like grips. The grips are configured to surely grip a tool, but also to release (e.g., so that a user does not have to soil their hands). The curved handle allows proper reach, and is designed for easy break-down, rinsing and cleaning, and for placement in a compact carry bag. The grips can grip a larger personal hygiene flushable wipe, a smaller flushable pad, a sponge for shower use, and/or a an ointment pad; and are also able to hold more rigidly-handled personal tools, such as a toothbrush, shaver, makeup applicator, pencil, pen, brush, and similar items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Deborah Tacoma
  • Patent number: 9226629
    Abstract: A multilayered premoistened cleaning wipe having: a liquid permeable first layer joined to a liquid permeable second layer and a core disposed between the first layer and the second layer. A cleaning composition is releasably absorbed in the core. The cleaning composition has between about 0.001% to about 10% by weight of surfactant. The wipe has a first colored region and a second colored region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jonathan David Gummow, Brian Joseph Roselle
  • Patent number: 9227296
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a laminated polishing pad that can be flatly bonded to a polishing platen even if it is large in size. This laminated polishing pad, comprising a polishing layer and a support layer with an adhesive member interposed therebetween, wherein the polishing layer contains 0.5 to 5% by weight of a hydrophilic substance; the support layer is a layer obtained by integrally molding a cushion layer and a resin film having a thermal dimensional change rate of 1.3 to 12.6%; the laminated polishing pad has a concavely warped form in the polishing layer side; and the laminated polishing pad has an average warp amount of 3 to 50 mm at the peripheral edge of the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Kazuno
  • Patent number: 9149086
    Abstract: An article of footwear may incorporate various elements that are at least partially formed through a knitting process, such as a circular knitting process or a flat knitting process. Examples of the elements include tongue elements, collar elements, and collar-throat elements. In some configurations, the elements include compressible areas and flange areas. The compressible areas may include foam cores or floating yarns that impart compressibility, and the flange areas may be utilized to join the components to the article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Pamela S. Greene, Michael A. Aveni, Christopher James Lyke, Bryan N. Farris
  • Patent number: 9051669
    Abstract: In-line methods for manufacturing a plurality of multilayer pads and the resultant pads. Various embodiments of the invention employ one or two thermal bonding stations, such as ultrasonic bonding stations, along with handle folding tooling, to produce two- or three-layer pads in various configurations, without the use of adhesive. Following bonding and handle folding, a cutter, such as a die cutter, is employed to cut through the layers to form individual pads. Pads of various configurations are manufactured, including pads with “L”-shaped handles, handles of “wing” configuration, and “folded” handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventors: James M. Woods, Marilyn S. Woods
  • Publication number: 20150143647
    Abstract: A nonwoven material includes a backing substrate and a functional layer affixed to the backing substrate, the functional layer including thermal-setting fibers. The functional layer can be a nonwoven web including thermal-setting fibers, where the nonwoven web is affixed to the backing substrate. The functional layer can also include thermal-setting fibers and a thermal-setting polymer disposed on the backing substrate. The thermal-setting fibers can be melamine. Thermal-setting fibers can be rigidly fixed within the functional layer. The functional layer can further include a polymer resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaiyuan Yang, Carl Gerard Rippl, Gregory Daniel Samek, Joel Brostin, Joseph Kenneth Baker
  • Publication number: 20150143653
    Abstract: A nonwoven web material that contains fibers formed by compounding at least one polymer with a tackifier is provided. The nonwoven web material can be used as a wipe or tack cloth and can exhibit a dust holding capacity of at least about 10 grams/m2 and a lint potential of less than about 5 fibers/cm2. In addition to containing a tackifier that is compounded with the polymer(s) used to form the fibers of the web, the nonwoven web material can be textured, post-bonded, apertured, or treated with elemental fluorine gas to further improve its dust holding capacity and minimize lint production. In addition, the nonwoven web material leaves minimal residue after contacting a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Oomman P. Thomas, Balaji Kovil Kandadai, Timothy W. Reader, Bryon P. Day, Luke McCullen
  • Publication number: 20150135457
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to a dispersible, nonwoven multistrata wipe material that is stable in a wetting liquid and flushable in use. More particularly, the presently disclosed subject matter relates to layered structures including, but not limited to, one, two, three, or four layers to form the dispersible nonwoven wipe material. The layers contain cellulosic fibers and a binder or additive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: BUCKEYE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Jacek K. Dutkiewicz, Brian Fong