Sheet Holders Patents (Class 15/231)
  • Patent number: 11026553
    Abstract: A mop tool incorporating a resilient deformable polymer mop head adapted to operatively connect to an elongated handle. The mop head has a concave lower face for positioning in opposing relation to a disposable cleaning element. Hooking elements project downwardly away from the lower face for operative engagement with the disposable cleaning element. The concave lower face defines a resilient collapsible arch having an apex substantially at the center of the mop head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: CONTEC INC.
    Inventors: Layne Z Ross, James Ireland
  • Patent number: 10813524
    Abstract: A cleaning device for use with a cleaning fabric is provided. The device includes a plate, a connection member, a plurality of fingers, a wiper assembly, and a grip. The plate has a first side and a second side. The connection member retains the cleaning fabric to the plate. The fingers depend from the first side and provide a gap between the first side and the cleaning fabric during use. The wiper assembly has at least one elongated wiper blade that divides the fingers into a front section and a rear section. The grip depends from the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: William Harrington, John A. Triunfo, Paul Adams
  • Patent number: 10682033
    Abstract: A cleanroom mop for cleaning all critical surfaces within a cleanroom. The cleanroom mop includes a mop head frame with at least one hollow area within the mop head frame that is accessible by at least one opening located on the top of the mop head frame, a handle attached to the mop head frame, and a mop head that is attachable to the mop head frame which has opposing sides and at least one snap fastener on each of the opposing sides where the snap fasteners can be snapped together to connect the opposing sides of the mop head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Foamtec International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ferdinand Frederick Pisacane
  • Patent number: 10646095
    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 capable of cleaning an object to be cleaned; a base part; and insertion parts for the holding tool. The brush part is configured from a fiber, and is provided with first brush regions and second brush regions. The second brush regions are provided with protruded regions configured so as to be longer than the first brush regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Tomokazu Suda
  • Patent number: 10595700
    Abstract: A cleaning cloth, and in particular a cleaning cloth for floors suitable for being attached to a mop base, and fitted with special coupling devices that make it easy to attach it to the mop base and ensure it is held securely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Renato Zorzo
  • Patent number: 10575702
    Abstract: A mop head having a bottom face portion adapted to engage a top surface of a mop pad, a first recessed portion recessed from the bottom face portion and a first fastener strip mounted in the first recessed portion with a bottom surface portion of the fastener strip located in substantially coplanar relationship with the mop head bottom face portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BONA AB
    Inventors: Dan Smith, Paul Fair, Jamie Kummerfield
  • Patent number: 10500709
    Abstract: A pad handle assembly having a head and a handle. The handle has an elongated member with a pressure block connected to one end. A pad support block is removably connected to the pressure block to selectively secure a pad around the pad support block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Grill Grubber, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin J. Seuferer
  • Patent number: 10434619
    Abstract: The sanding tool comprises a base, a handle, a first clip, and a second clip. A sheet of sandpaper is held in place against the bottom of the block by the clips. A user grasps the sanding tool by the handle and moves the sandpaper against an object to sand the object. The clips each comprise a wire armature that traps an end of the sandpaper between a plate and a handle block. The wire armature passes through and hinges at the handle block. The ends of the wire armature are coupled to the plate. The wire armature extends towards the center of the block on one side and forms a loop. The position of the loop may be changed to release or retain the sandpaper within the clip. The loop may be retained by a knurled screw into a platform on the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Giuseppe Santelli
  • Patent number: 10413150
    Abstract: Cleaning mop frames structurally configured to provide a more even distribution of floor soil across a surface of a wiper attached to such mop frames are provided. The mop frames include a central body portion, a top surface, a bottom surface, opposed side edges, and opposed front and rear edges. The mop frame may also include at least one retaining structure configured to releasably attach a cleaning fabric proximate to or adjacent to at least the bottom surface of the mop frame. Cleaning implements including a mop frame, a yoke assembly, and a multi-pivoting hinge attached to and connecting the mop frame and the yoke assemble are also provided. The multi-pivoting hinge being configured to allow the yoke assembly to selectively swing from a top surface to a bottom surface of the mop frame or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AVINTIV Specialty Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: James Taylor, Mark Hoyle, Brad Forrest, Thomas Perelli
  • Patent number: 10357141
    Abstract: A liquid containing system for a floor cleaning device, the liquid containing system comprising an outlet having a plurality of openings (H) to allow a liquid (W) to be extracted by means of capillary force when a mopping substrate, e.g. a cloth (C), is mounted against the plurality of openings (H), after filling the liquid containing system being substantially closed but for the plurality of openings (H).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Pieter Kingma, Matthijs Hendrikus, Mark Van Wijhe, Wiebe Wierda, Paulus Cornelis Duineveld, Stephanus Jacob Gerardus Tamminga
  • Patent number: 10285558
    Abstract: A floor cleaning mop apparatus comprises an elongate handle terminating at its lower end in a base plate to which it is attached by a hinged connector. The base plate is releasably engagable in use with an associated double-faced waffle weave floor cleaning cloth. Hook elements on a bottom face of the base plate engage and grab onto a textured pile upper surface of the floor cleaning cloth. A number of spaced-apart engagement portions on the upper surface of the floor cleaning cloth are releasably engagable by the base plate for moving the floor cleaning cloth across a floor surface in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: JSK Imports Limited
    Inventor: Tadgh O'Shea
  • Patent number: 10045678
    Abstract: A surface cleaning device, such as a floor mop, has a handle via which a user holds on to the device and maneuvers the device during use, a head to which the handle connects, a base at which the head is secured and is situated, in normal use, below the head. The base is provided with, in normal use, a lower surface for engaging a surface to be cleaned via a removable or disposable substrate material, wherein the base is provided with a plurality of grippers for securing the disposable substrate material, the base and the grippers belong to an integral component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher Hay, Simeon Charles Jupp, Greg Clegg Spooner, Hoss Vong
  • Patent number: 9975218
    Abstract: A grinding tool for a grinding device with an oscillatory drive, in particular a rotary oscillatory drive is disclosed, the drive shaft of which can be driven about its longitudinal axis, wherein the grinding tool includes a holder having a support for securing to the drive shaft of the oscillatory drive, and whereon a form profile with a grinding mechanism is provided, wherein the holder includes a profile support for releasable securement of the form profile, and wherein the profile support includes a clamping region, into which the form profile can be inserted with a holding section and can be fixed thereto, and which can be elastically enlarged for releasing the form profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: C. & E. Fein GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Maennel, Horst Fahrner
  • Patent number: 9955835
    Abstract: A nozzle (10) for a floor cleaning device, suitable for both wet and dry cleaning, the nozzle comprising an airflow inlet (50) at a front end of the nozzle, and a detachable cleaning device (90) that, if mounted on the nozzle (10), lifts a rear end of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Matthijs Hendrikus Lubbers, Pieter Kingma, Mark Van Wijhe
  • Patent number: 9856110
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for monitoring and supervising the lubricant content of elevator ropes in an elevator, which includes at least a hoisting machine provided with a drive motor, the hoisting machine including at least a traction sheave, around which one or more elevator ropes are fitted side-by-side, which ropes move under the effect of friction along with the rotational movement of the traction sheave and at the same time move the elevator car. The lubricant content is monitored and supervised by the aid of a magnetic measuring device disposed in the immediate proximity of the traction sheave and the elevator ropes by collecting in the measuring device the metal dust detaching in connection with wear of the traction sheave and of the elevator ropes during operation of the elevator and by letting the metal dust switch on an alarm about a lubricant content of the elevator ropes that is too low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Esa Putkinen
  • Patent number: 9814303
    Abstract: A cosmetic brush cleaning pad for efficiently maintaining the cleanliness of makeup brushes while controlling microbial growth in the fiber bundle. The cosmetic brush cleaning pad generally includes a base housing and an upper platform adapted to be removably secured over the base housing. A cleaning member which is generally flexible woven fabric may be removably wrapped around the upper platform prior to it being secured to the base housing. The base housing may include an optional lid which is hingedly secured thereto and includes an access opening for allowing access to the cleaning member when the lid is closed. By assembling the present invention and dragging a cosmetic brush thereacross, the cleaning brush may be cleaned of cosmetics for further use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Artis LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Waitesmith
  • Patent number: 9723808
    Abstract: Provided is a water absorbent sheet retaining mat which can retain a water absorbent sheet easily and surely. A water absorbent sheet retaining mat for retaining a water absorbent sheet having a first polygonal contour, includes: a mat member having a second polygonal contour defined by mutually opposing a first main plane and a second main plane; and at least one retaining member having a slit member including at least one slit formed in a top surface at a first predetermined height from the second main plane for accepting a part of perimeter of the water absorbent sheet being inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: TARKY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nakata, Seiji Nonoguchi
  • Patent number: 9512624
    Abstract: A wall trim finishing apparatus includes a base member having a bottom surface. The bottom surface is configured to mate with, and apply relatively even force to, at least one curve or crevice of a front surface of a piece of wall trim. The bottom surface may be configured to receive a piece of sandpaper or absorbent material between the bottom surface of the base member and the front surface of the wall trim. Sandpaper coupled to the bottom surface of the base member creates a sanding apparatus. The bottom surface may be divided into a first portion and a second portion by a channel defined therebetween that is configured to accumulate sanding residue generated when the bottom surface is mated to and moved along the front surface of the wall trim. Sand paper is adhesively adhered to both portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Mark Vernon Owens, Clayton Scott Bohm
  • Patent number: 9507146
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for cleaning an optical fiber connector, which includes a case, a tape collecting gear, a tape releasing gear, an operating portion, and a cleaning socket disposed on the case. The tape collecting gear and the tape releasing gear are rotatably accommodated in the case in sequence. The cleaning socket is located at a position between the tape collecting gear and the tape releasing gear. The operating portion includes a push rod, and an elastomer, a stop block, a sliding plate, and a toggling member that are installed in the case. In the case, one end of the sliding plate is connected to the push rod in the case and the other end shields the cleaning socket, the elastomer abuts between the stop block and the push rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hui Bie, Yali Guo
  • Patent number: 9421680
    Abstract: Multi-function worker's tools are disclosed that provide at least the dual functionality of a sander and a scraper/cutter. In one aspect, a multi-function worker's tool includes a body member configured to retain a length of sandpaper in a deployable configuration. The body member includes at least first and second adjoined, planar surfaces, wherein the first surface is configured for sanding in cooperation with said sandpaper, and the second surface is configured to secure said sandpaper in place. The worker's tool further includes a blade having one or more working surfaces disposed on the second surface for providing a selectable cutting or scraping working surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffrey Alan Bernat
  • Patent number: 9352449
    Abstract: A sanding tool for holding sandpaper or other abrasive sheet material. The tool consists of a base unit with a flat sanding surface and two outwardly sloping end walls, and a block unit with an arcuate sanding surface having outwardly sloping end walls that slope to a lesser degree than the slope of the base unit end walls. A strip of sandpaper is placed on either sanding surface, and the block unit is then firmly inserted into the base unit. As the block unit is pressed firmly into the base unit, the ends of the sandpaper strip are wedged securely between the sloped ends of the block unit and the sloped inner surfaces of the end walls of the base unit wherein the sloped ends of the block unit impinge on the sloped end walls of the base unit with the ends of the sandpaper strip compressed tightly therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Lynn A. Winter
  • Patent number: 9179815
    Abstract: A mop having a base plate, a top plate, a handle, and a lock assembly to connect the top plate to the base plate. The base plate has a lower surface configured to face a surface to be cleaned, and an upper surface opposite the lower surface. The handle has a proximal end connected to the top plate by a joint, and a distal with a grip at the distal end. The lock assembly includes one or more slots on one of the base plate and the top plate, and one or more projections on the other of the base plate and the top plate. The one or more projections are movable between an engaged position in which the one or more projections are in the one or more slots, and a disengaged position in which the one or more projections are not in the one or more slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Care Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Joseph Davidshofer, Saba Rizzi, Jamie Star Perin
  • Patent number: 9108457
    Abstract: A dispenser with a transfer head includes a feeding roller placed within a case provided with an opening, and supporting a transfer tape T so as to be capable of being fed; a take-up roller for taking up a base material tape that has been used to transfer; a transfer roller for transferring a transfer agent; an interlocking mechanism for rotating the feeding roller and the take-up roller in an interlocking manner; a holding member provided on the opening side in a front/back direction so as to be capable of moving forward and backward; and a rotational frame for supporting the feeding roller, the take-up roller and the transfer roller, wherein when a pressing force is applied to the case while the holding member abuts against a surface to be transferred P, the transfer head is relatively projected, and moved on the surface P with pressing thereto so that the transfer agent can be transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: KOKUYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Ohashi, Hideto Shima
  • Patent number: 9107554
    Abstract: A device for cleaning surfaces is disclosed, comprising; a housing having a handle on one end and a cleaning head on the other end the cleaning head having an upper surface, a lower surface, a perimeter edge and a magnetic means. The magnetic means is removably attached to the cleaning head and provides a magnetic field to its lower surface. There is at least one attachment means provided on the upper surface or the perimeter for securing a cleaning sheet over the lower surface of the cleaning head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel A. Rothweil, David A. Rothweil
  • Patent number: 9032584
    Abstract: A handheld cleaning tool kit including a handheld base with interchangeable cleaning sheets formed of cleaning substances attached thereto and a grip body, having a non-slip exterior surface, is disposed on a bottom surface thereof. Securement structures are disposed within the top surface proximal to each corner thereof. Each securement structure includes a flexible mount portion and a cross-shaped slit, which deflects under finger pressure into a recess directly below the slit, centrally disposed within the mount portion to secure a portion of the cleaning sheet to the body upon pushing the portion of the cleaning sheet through the slit and into the recess. A handle is centrally disposed on the top surface. A magnetic frame includes a pair of clip members disposed in a first portion to removably retain the base against a front surface thereof and a cleaning sheet dispenser disposed within a second portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Casey McAvoy
  • Publication number: 20150101103
    Abstract: Microfiber cloth is attached, with an opening on one margin to permit insertion of a finger, to a backing formed by articles of regularly worn clothing, including shirt tails, the tip of neckties, scarves, sweaters, pants or other clothing article, making the microfiber cloth more accessible and ready to use for cleaning surfaces of personal devices without risk to soiling any exposed surface of the backing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Nathanael Moon Bonham, Keith Hansen Allen
  • Publication number: 20150096593
    Abstract: A holder for a cleaning pad or the like can include a base and one or more features to inhibit damage to a surface adjacent a surface being cleaned. For example, the holder can include a lip extending downwardly from an edge of the base along one or more sides to inhibit the pad from being coupled to the holder so that the pad extends beyond the edge of the base. The holder can also include one or more contacting features extending outwardly from the base on the side(s) including the lip to space the base and lip from the adjacent surface during use. The contacting features can be one or more wheels horizontally disposed on a top surface of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Tomas Spangberg
  • Patent number: 8984703
    Abstract: A foot deployed mop includes hingedly connected panel members having a pad connected to them. A foot engagement structure attached to one of the panels is engaged by a user's foot to move the panels between a non-use configuration and a use configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: David C. Hull
  • Publication number: 20150067977
    Abstract: A fabric steam towel for mounting onto a steam frame of a steam appliance is provided. The pocket includes two complimentary substantially planar layers of fabric joined at their peripheral edge with an open section for mounting onto the steam frame and allowing the open edges to butt against each other. The fabrics are constructed of an outer terry layer and inner material with an upper jersey layer, padding and a lower mesh layer with a 45 degree quilting pattern to improve performance. The fabric is sealed about the frame a first length of a fastener is secured to the inside face along the open edge of one layer with a complimentary length of fastener secured to the inside face of the second layer and extending beyond the edge to allow the open edges of each layer to abut each other and for the fasteners to engage and secure the fabric pocket about the edge of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventors: Brian F. Kaminer, Charles Boulos, James N. Lewiecki, Kathleen Jones, Ognjen Vrdoljak
  • Publication number: 20150059113
    Abstract: The invention concerns a cloth equipped along one of its lengthwise edges with a protrusion, perpendicular or coplanar to the plane of the cleaning surf aces of said cloth; said protrusion being suitable for being joined to a mop base with a gripper mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Renato Zorzo
  • Publication number: 20150033491
    Abstract: A foot for a device and a related device for cleaning a target surface and which can accept a sheet for contact with the target surface. The device also has a rotatable beater bar. The beater bar and sheet provide two cleaning modes for the device. The device has a foot which comprises a housing and forward lip for the beater bar and further has a sole plate for accepting the cleaning sheet. The lip and proximate edge of the sole plate are in spaced in relationship to each other. The proper spacing between the portion of the housing with the beater and sole plate holding the sheet, provides for improved dual mode cleaning performance. The cleaning system may be used to clean hard surfaces, such as a floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Glenn Allen BRADBURY, Robert William ATTER
  • Patent number: 8943642
    Abstract: A cleaning sheet and a cleaning tool which have improved usability. The cleaning sheet is attachable to a cleaning-sheet mounting member. The cleaning sheet has a center section made up of a cleaning surface and at least one end section disposed at one or more sides with respect to the center section in a predetermined direction. The end section has a first portion having a first elongation percentage and a second portion having a second elongation percentage which is higher than that of the first portion. The second portion is disposed in said direction between the first portion and the center section and is constructed so as to be supported by the cleaning-sheet mounting member at the boundary between the first and second portions. The cleaning tool is provided with the cleaning sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Hasegawa, Tomokazu Suda
  • Patent number: 8938842
    Abstract: A cleaning sheet that is attachable to a cleaning sheet-attaching component and is characterized in having a central part configuring a cleaning surface and at least one end provided on at least one side of the central part in a prescribed direction. The at least one end has a first part with a first elongation percentage and a second part with a higher elongation percentage than the first part. The second part is provided between the first part and the central part in the prescribed direction, and the sheet is configured so as to be detachably held on the cleaning sheet-attaching component at the boundary between the first part and the second part. Also configured is a cleaning implement provided with said cleaning sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Hasegawa, Tomokazu Suda
  • Publication number: 20140373296
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flat wiping cloth (3) to be arranged on a wiping cloth holder (1), comprising an elongate basic body (4), wherein an active substance that inhibits or suppresses the growth of bacteria and/or viruses is associated with the basic body (4), wherein fibres (5), yarns (6) or fringes (7) are associated with the basic body (4) and wherein the active substance is distributed within the material from which the fibres (5), yarns (6) or fringes (7) are produced and/or in a component of the basic body (4). The aim of the invention is to configure and modify a flat wiping cloth of the aforementioned type in such a way that the antimicrobially effective active substance remains in the flat wiping cloth as long as possible, wherein the flat wiping cloth picks up dirt particularly quickly from moist surfaces. To achieve said aim, the invention is characterised in that the fibres (5), yarns (6) or fringes (7) have a free end that can be turned towards the area to be cleaned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Andreas Eisenhut, Petra Bargon, Hilmar Eichelbroenner, Thorsten Gleich, Ulla Reiman, Frédéric Petit
  • Patent number: 8910340
    Abstract: A cleaning system. The system has a floor cleaning device, disposable floor sheet removably attachable to the device and a rotatable beater bar. The device has a single wheel, and moves on the target surface by rolling action of the wheel and gliding of the floor sheet. This arrangement, not having multiple wheels, provides enhanced maneuverability, and improves cleaning performance. The cleaning system may be used to clean hard surfaces, such as a floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Glenn Allen Bradbury, Brent Michael Willey
  • Publication number: 20140338141
    Abstract: A surface cleaning device is an apparatus that is used to apply a cleaning solution to a sullied surface prior to cleaning the surface. The apparatus features a main hollow body with a first open end and a second open end. A fluid dispenser is mounted into the first open end and a removably attached cleaning pad holder is attached into the second open end. The holder comprises a plug and a base plate. The dispenser utilizes a user-actuated foam pump mechanism to dispense cleaning solution from the fluid dispenser. Cleaning solution may be poured into the main hollow body by removing the holder to expose the second open end. The holder features hook fasteners that are utilized to secure a cleaning pad in place. The cleaning pad is removably attachable to the hook fasteners and features two surfaces including an absorbent surface and an abrasive surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Randall F. Morancey
  • Patent number: 8869338
    Abstract: Cleaning devices which use cleaning sheets affixed in traps are disclosed. The traps comprise first and second jaws, each comprising base and forward portions, each forward position having a forward surface. The forward portion of the second jaw is flexible in at least a first direction, such as towards a surface over which the device is configured to move. When the second jaw is relaxed, the forward portion of the second jaw is substantially coplanar with the forward portion of the first jaw and the forward surfaces are proximate or touching. When the second jaw is flexed in the first direction (e.g., by the application of a force from a user), the forward surface of the forward portion of the second jaw moves in the first direction, away from the forward surface of the first jaw. This opens a gap through which a portion of a sheet may be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Dooley, Nikolai Romanov
  • Patent number: 8850651
    Abstract: A mop head and handle combination includes a block of substantially rigid foam material with a cylindrically shaped cavity in the interior that extends the length thereof. An elongated slot in said top wall extends downwardly and communicates with the cavity. The width of the slot is less than the diameter of the cavity. The handle includes a vertical pole with a horizontal bar connected to the bottom end forming a T configuration. The handle can be connected to the mop head by aligning the bar with the slot and pushing down on the pole to force the bar through the slot and into the cavity. The portions of the block around the slot flex out of the way to allow the bar to pass therethrough and then flex back to their normal position to maintain the bar in place within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Edward W. Carman
  • Patent number: 8844089
    Abstract: A cleanroom mop for cleaning all critical surfaces within a cleanroom. The cleanroom mop includes a mop head frame with at least one hollow area within the mop head frame that is accessible by at least one opening located on the top of the mop head frame, a handle attached to the mop head frame, and a mop head that is attachable to the mop head frame which has opposing sides and at least one snap fastener on each of the opposing sides where the snap fasteners can be snapped together to connect the opposing sides of the mop head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Foamtec International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ferdinand Frederick Pisacane
  • Publication number: 20140259500
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus includes a flexible, initially flat sheet, which is attached to the cleaning head of a cleaning apparatus by interlocking with a compressible foam substrate on the cleaning head, or by attachment members carried on the cleaning head which interact with the sheet itself or with separate attachment members carried on the sheet and the cleaning head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth Post
  • Publication number: 20140259501
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus includes different combinations of a reduced compressible material substrate and a thicker paddle head, and a reduced radius tip to clean sharp corners. A slide lock holds one pin end of the handle to the cleaning head. A small sized cleaning head with at least two reduced radius tips is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth Post
  • Publication number: 20140259499
    Abstract: A cleaning head includes tip and corner ends configured for providing enlarged areas at the tip and corner ends of the cleaning head to enable the cleaning element to form a sharp 90° corner when wrapped around the tip and corners of the cleaning head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth Post
  • Publication number: 20140250619
    Abstract: An implement for a cleaning system. The system has a floor cleaning device, which can accept a cleaning sheet removably attachable to the device. The device has a foot which comprises a housing and a panel movable in relationship to each other. The sheet is removably attachable to the panel, without requiring attachment to the housing. This arrangement provides ergonomic benefit and ease of sheet replacement. The cleaning system may be used to clean hard surfaces, such as a floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Nicola John POLICICCHIO, Glenn Allen BRADBURY
  • Patent number: 8793831
    Abstract: A lower face of a base body (15) includes a wave-like corrugated surface portion (19) of which cross-section in a direction perpendicular to a predetermined direction along which cleaning is performed with a cleaning device body (11) in a planar view is wave-shaped as having a ridge portion (17) and a valley portion (18) arranged alternately and continuously. The valley portion (18) of the wave-like corrugated surface portion (19) includes an oblique valley portion (18a) of which end part is opened to a side portion of the base body (15) facing to the predetermined direction as being extended obliquely against the predetermined direction to obliquely guide objects such as dust to be stuck to a cleaning sheet (13) in accordance with wiping of the surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Katou, Susumu Fujinami, Kimie Sannomiya, Yukio Noda, Tomohisa Hirata, Yutaka Hamano, Takuaki Harada
  • Patent number: 8789232
    Abstract: A personal hygiene device is provided to assist a user to wipe him or herself, another, or an area of the home. The device contains a gripping head constructed of a flexible material and contains a gripping element, which may hold a wipe within it. The device also contains a rigid housing, and a pump at the opposite end of the gripping head, such that upon actuation of the pump increased fluid pressure inside the gripping head opens the internal grips to an extent that any wipe held therein will be released. In an embodiment of the invention, the housing contains a hinge so the unit may be folded for storage, or extended and locked in place for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Helping Hand Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ann Sullivan, Steven Ward, Leon C. Clouser, Jr., Nick Jackson, Kristian Buschmann, Jon Strommen
  • Publication number: 20140201936
    Abstract: A foldable duster can be folded to enable selective use of a single-sided or double-sided pile as well as a change in length of the duster. The duster includes a stationary member whose two ends form a pivotally connecting portion and a fastening portion respectively. The fastening portion is configured for connecting with a handle. The pivotally connecting portion is pivotally connected with a folding member. A dusting sleeve coated with pile threads is mounted around the stationary member and the folding member. The folding member can be swung to a position where the folding member and the stationary member form a straight line, thereby straightening the dusting sleeve and extending the duster to its full length. When the folding member is swung to overlap the stationary member, the dusting sleeve becomes folded, and the duster is shortened. Thus, the foldable duster provides convenience of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: YA-Ching YANG
  • Patent number: 8769759
    Abstract: A pair of Toilet Rim and Seat Cleaning Tongs. This invention provides people with a convenient apparatus and a new method for cleaning the rim of a toilet bowl and the seat of a toilet. This apparatus consists of only three pieces of components, which are a gripping member, an opposite gripping member, and a slide knob. The opposite gripping member is mounted on the gripping member via a pivot. The opposite gripping member rotates around the pivot and works together with the gripping member to achieve clamping function. The steps on the apparatus are designed to raise handles above a cleaning surface. And slide knob is designed to dispose used toilet paper. There are four easy steps to complete a cleaning process using this apparatus, which are “Load Toilet Paper”, “Wrap and Clamp Toilet Paper”, “Clean Up”, and “Dispose Used Toilet Paper”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Ming Xia
  • Publication number: 20140165318
    Abstract: A hand held fibrous duster is disclosed. The hand held fibrous duster comprises of a base and a cleaning fabric. The base defines at least one curved cleaning surface configured to hold a cleaning fabric thereon. The cleaning fabric is mounted on the cleaning surface and covers at least a portion of the cleaning surface such that on sliding the duster against a surface, only a fraction of the cleaning fabric comes in contact with the surface, said fraction defines a cleaning edge that remains in contact with the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Fani Bhushan
  • Publication number: 20140138512
    Abstract: A cleaning system that is appealing to consumers while utilizing display space in a store, the system containing a head and handle, wherein the handle comprises a first segment and a second segment located in a sleeve holding the first and second segments together in a generally aligned relationship, the sleeve further containing at least one cleaning refill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Charles Van Rens, Michael Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140130827
    Abstract: A resilient cleaning pad with a support body a portion of which is mechanically secured in a slit-like cavity of the cleaning pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Perry S. Dotterman, John J. Dyer, Arthur V. Lang, Robert J. Maki, Milind B. Sabade, DanLi Wang