Sponge Or Sponge With Holder Patents (Class 15/244.1)
  • Patent number: 10335582
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved applicator comprising an applicator body having a top portion, a bottom portion and a central portion, a bladder positioned between the bottom portion and the central portion of the applicator body and designed for holding alcohol solution, a hinge lever extending from an inner side of the central portion and extending outwards from the top portion of the applicator body and a hinge door positioned on the central portion of the applicator body. The cartridge of swabs can be easily loaded by opening the hinge door and rests between the bottom portion and the central portion of the applicator body. The used swabs can be easily discarded by clicking the hinge lever. The improved applicator allows easy application of alcohol solution to the patient's skin in a simple and safe manner and provides a safe and convenient hand-held method for safe preparation of skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Guin Dale Wolfenbarger
  • Patent number: 10188785
    Abstract: The vaginal cleaning device is a lavage device that is adapted for use in personal hygiene. The lavage device is designed to reduce the risk of irritation caused by the inappropriate handling of the lavage device. This is done by eliminating the need to physically handle the dressing associated with the lavage device. The dressing is a sterile absorbent dressing that is contained within a sterile container. The dressing is removed from the sterile container using a plug and port arrangement that inserts an assumedly non-sterile plug into a port that is formed in the center of the dressing. This arrangement separates by distance the non-sterile plug from the sterile surface of the dressing. The lavage device comprises a handle, a dressing, and a sterile container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Sharon Ruhle
  • Patent number: 10166569
    Abstract: A painting system having a paint applicator holder, a paint applicator and a paint tray. The paint applicator holder has a handle portion and an applicator portion that extends from the handle portion. The paint applicator has an applicator base and an applicator pad. The applicator base is capable of engaging the applicator portion. The applicator pad is capable of receiving paint. The paint tray has a lower surface and a side wall extending therefrom to define a recess that is adapted to receive paint. The paint tray further also has at least one ridge extending from the lower surface into the recess to longitudinally and latitudinally support the paint applicator above the lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Susan Ries
  • Patent number: 10105291
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foam made of a specific material having superior properties and to cosmetics comprising said foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: AMOREPACIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ha Jin Jung, Kyung Nam Kim, Jung Sun Choi, Kyung Ho Choi, Yeong Jin Choi
  • Patent number: 10071399
    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: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    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: 10064768
    Abstract: A Y-type gauze positioning rod is adapted to be disposed in a Y-type gauze so as to position the Y-type gauze to an affected region. The Y-type gauze positioning rod includes a Y-type flexible body having a holder and two supporting branches. The two supporting branches are connected to the holder and separated from each other. A Y-type gauze positioning assembly is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: I-SHOU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yu-Lin Kao, Yu-Shiuan Zheng, Nien-Hsun Lin, Yu-Ting Wu, Pei-Rung Liu, Pei-Hsing Tseng, Yu-Han Huang, Han-Chun Liu, Yu-Hua Lin, Chia-Chan Kao
  • Patent number: 10052008
    Abstract: A two-sided mop comprises a mop head (100) that is rotatably secured to a bracket (105) which in turn is secured to a handle (110). A replaceable, sock-like cleaning pad (135) is urged onto the mop head from one end and secured there by a plurality of fingers (405) that are springably urged outward from the mop head, or by changing the shape of the mop head to stretch one end of the pad so that it is taut, or by securing the pad with fasteners. In a first embodiment, the cleaning pad is partially ejected from the head by a foot (510) that is moved by pushing on an actuator button (505). When one side of a cleaning pad is soiled, the opposite side of the cleaning pad is selected by rapid up-forward-or-backward-and then down motions of the mop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Erik Stanton Chan
  • Patent number: 10039442
    Abstract: An endoscope comprising a lens, and an anti-fog film, wherein an optically clear adhesive bonds the anti-fog film to the lens or lens section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SUR-SEAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Matthew Robert Otten
  • Patent number: 9999757
    Abstract: The invention relates to applicators for applying a solution or other composition (e.g., an antiseptic composition) to skin of a patient. The applicator may include a container body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a frangible member disposed at the distal end of the body. The applicator includes a first position where the container body and frangible member are a unitary piece (e.g., blow molded as a single piece), and a second position when the frangible member is rotated relative to the body to irreversibly break a weak point therebetween, releasing the composition in the hollow body through an opening. A porous applicator head may be positioned adjacent the distal end of the body and frangible member, so that the composition flows out the body, through the opening, and onto the head. The applicator may be formed in a blow-fill-seal process for improved sterility and ease of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Casper W. Chiang, Benjamin Ma
  • Patent number: 9974420
    Abstract: A window wiper is substantially tee-shaped, having a wiper head and a wiper handle, the wiper head being bent with respect to the wiper handle and the wiper head and the wiper handle delimiting a bending angle. The wiper head and the wiper handle may be connected to each other by a flexible joint, the wiper head and the wiper handle being movable from an initial bending angle to a maximum final bending angle against the spring force of the flexible joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Markus Dietz, Karl-Ludwig Gibis, Ralf Juergens
  • Patent number: 9913565
    Abstract: A squeegee device is provided that includes a blade support and a deflector. The blade support has a front support and a rear support, which are configured to secure a squeegee blade therebetween. The deflector has a lower portion and an upper portion, which are configured so that the lower portion of the deflector depends upward from the blade support and a leading edge of the upper portion is forward, with respect to a pushing direction, from the blade support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Robert F. Smith, James M. Buckley, Paul Adams
  • Patent number: 9878350
    Abstract: A wristband fluid application device for applying a fluid to a surface and removing the same as necessary. The device may generally comprise a fluid applicator and a textile base member for sanitizing gym equipment, wiping windows, applying sunscreen, and the like. The fluid applicator may comprise a spray applicator. In one embodiment, the present invention may be used by gym patrons to sanitized gym equipment before and/or after use. The present invention may also be used to clean other surfaces including but not limited to household windows, vehicle windows, and the like. Additional embodiments of the present invention may also be used either to apply sunscreen on a user or as a fishing towel to clean hands and remove odor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: James Landy
  • Patent number: 9867973
    Abstract: The invention relates to applicators for applying a solution or other composition (e.g., an antiseptic composition) to skin of a patient. The applicator may include a container body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a frangible member disposed at the distal end of the body. The applicator includes a first position where the container body and frangible member are a unitary piece (e.g., blow molded as a single piece), and a second position when the frangible member is rotated relative to the body to irreversibly break a weak point therebetween, releasing the composition in the hollow body through an opening. A porous applicator head may be positioned adjacent the distal end of the body and frangible member, so that the composition flows out the body, through the opening, and onto the head. The applicator may be formed in a blow-fill-seal process for improved sterility and ease of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Casper W. Chiang, Benjamin Ma, Bradley L. Kirsch
  • Patent number: 9839331
    Abstract: A cleaning device is provided. The cleaning device includes a brush member and a handle. The brush member extends from the handle. The brush member includes a first side, a second side opposite the first side, a first edge and a second edge opposite the first edge. A distance between the first edge and the second edge is substantially greater than a distance between the first side and the second side. Therefore, the brush member may have a thin profile and resemble a blade. A plurality of bristles extend from at least the first side, the second side and one of the first edge and the second edge of the brush member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Curtis Sinclair, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9027195
    Abstract: A cleaning implement having a sponge and an assembly for engaging and manipulating the sponge. The assembly includes a gripper head having a receptacle area that is defined within a peripheral wall. Hook elements are provided that laterally extend into the receptacle area from the peripheral wall. A handle extends from the gripper head. The handle may be selectively detachable from the gripper head. A sponge is provided, wherein a segment of the sponge is deformed into the receptacle area. The deformed section of the sponge is hooked by the hook elements in the receptacle area. This mechanically interconnects the sponge with the gripper head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Kyung Tai Rhee
  • Patent number: 9027796
    Abstract: A flexible and resilient tool for use with a conventional half barrel, parallel frame caulking gun or enclosed “sausage” style caulking gun, aiding the user in finishing and shaping after the caulking material has been applied. One function of the tool is to collect excess caulk from his finger(s) or from various shaping tools and spatulas. Also provided can be cap, rag and sponge holders. Additional embodiments include adaptations to existing prior art disposable caulking cartridges and caulking guns to include components of the disclosed tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: David M. Leitch
  • Publication number: 20150121638
    Abstract: A retractable cosmetic implement may be movable between multiple different use positions. In one example, the cosmetic implement may include a housing elongated along a longitudinal axis, a multi-stop positioning mechanism disposed within the housing, an applicator coupled to the positioning mechanism at a first end of the housing, and a push-button for engaging the positioning mechanism, the push-button disposed at a second end of the housing. By actuating the positioning mechanism, the applicator may move through an opening to a partially extended position and/or a fully extended position from a retracted position. The applicator may have a material characteristic, such as a density of bristles, affected by its position relative to a rim of the opening applying a force against the applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: HCT Group Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Cindy Sean Yuei Lim
  • Patent number: 9021649
    Abstract: A cleaning assembly including a disposable cleaning implement having a cleaning element mounted to a fitment having an elongated post. The cleaning assembly includes an elongated maneuvering wand having a handle portion and a distal implement attachment end thereof. A gripping mechanism is coupled to the wand attachment end, and is configured to releasably grip the fitment post to mount the cleaning implement. The gripping mechanism and the maneuvering wand cooperate to substantially limited pivotal movement of a longitudinal axis of the fitment post, relative a longitudinal axis of the gripping mechanism to not more than about 0 degrees to about 25 degrees when the fitment post is subjected to forces radial to the longitudinal axis of the fitment post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Minkler, Russell E. Bell
  • Patent number: 9015891
    Abstract: A device for cleaning drinking glasses, including inner and outer cleaning aids extending substantially upright adjacent each other to cleaningly engage an outside and an inside respectively of a wall of a drinking glass inserted between the cleaning aids. The outer cleaning aid includes at least one foam body of which a body portion, over at least a part of the height of the device, extends into a free area of a smallest circle enclosing a non-circular cross section of the inner cleaning aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Aquafox Holdings B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn Schaaper, Bauke Jan Bokma de Boer
  • Patent number: 9009908
    Abstract: A device for applying lotion to a user's body has a foam layer. A cover layer is applied to a top surface of the foam layer. A pair of openings formed through the foam layer and the cover layer. A reinforcement layer is applied around each opening. A tab member is formed along an outer perimeter of the strip member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: David Screen, Kimberly Screen
  • Publication number: 20150105003
    Abstract: A media-bearing polisher and restorer removes surface and subsurface contaminants from a vehicle, household or other surface. The media-bearing polisher and restorer comprises an ovoid body with a planar bottom. The body comprises a resilient or rigid material and one or more flutes for receiving one or more user fingers. A permeable elastic medium is removably attached to the planar bottom of the body, which absorbs and extracts contaminants from the surface. A variety of media can be used with the media-bearing polisher and restorer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy D. Miller
  • Patent number: 8966700
    Abstract: A hand operated squeeze sponge mop with a disposable sponge assembly where the sponge has a pair of spaced apart posts. Each post has a multiplicity of vertically ascending transverse notches on opposite sides of each post. A pair of spaced apart retention members is located on the main body, each retention member respectively having an aligned opening to receive a respective post and a pair of teeth to be received in a respective transverse notch of a post. Each tooth is formed as part of a tooth section having a transverse tooth and an upper squeeze handle. Each tooth section further includes an exterior flared section which functions as a spring. The spring force of the flared sections of a respective member forces a respective tooth into engagement with a transverse notch on a post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Worldwide Integrated Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred I. Morad, William P. Camp, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8966702
    Abstract: A sponge cleaning apparatus for cleaning sharp-edged objects, such as the blades of knives and other cutlery apparatus. The present invention is a sponge cleaning device of an essentially unitary structure having an overall parabolic U shape, and having a protective, armored layer, wherein the protective armored layer has a varying thickness which provides varying rigidity for facilitating a gripping hold on the cutlery while being cleaned. The present sponge apparatus can readily receive the sharp edge of an item of cutlery in a substantially enclosing manner due to the more flexible distal ends, while simultaneously providing safety from any sharp edges of cutlery due to increased rigidity, so as to effectively provide cleaning of said sharp edged surfaces while being frictionally slid in a generally translational motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph Green
  • Patent number: 8925140
    Abstract: An interchangeable expressions bath sponge having a plurality of interchangeable sponge heads attachable endwise to a water resistant handle, each of said plurality of interchangeable sponge heads including a durably printed caricature or image inferential and communicative of a particular mood to a user, wherein a range of moods is displayable by the plurality of interchangeable sponge heads and a user is enabled selection of a desired sponge head indicative to showcase a particular mood when showering or bathing, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Pamela Marie Troiani
  • Publication number: 20140310905
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a fingernail/toenail care sponge for caring for fingernails/toenails that is aesthetically pleasing and that can perform quickly and correctly through simple operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Sumie Kurokawa
  • 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: 8844090
    Abstract: A tool 54 for introducing a paste 74 into voids 44 in an article 12 includes at least one pad having a working surface shaped similarly to the shape of a target region on the article. In one specific embodiment, the tool 54 has first and second pads 56, 60, joined to each other by, for example, a hinge 66 . The pads and hinge are engageable with the article 12 so that each similarly shaped working surface 58, 62, 68 hugs a corresponding target region on the article to urge the paste into the voids. An associated method of concurrently filling voids in an article includes applying a filler material to the article in the vicinity of the voids and urging the filler material concurrently into the multiple voids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Brian E. D'Amour, Raymond D. Thurston
  • Patent number: 8832899
    Abstract: The present invention provides a used oil wiping brush for a toothed rack, which includes a handle and a wiper mounted on the handle. The wiper includes a coupling section and a wiping section projecting outward from the coupling section. The wiping section has a free end forming a plurality of teeth. The plurality of teeth has an outside configuration complementary to the tooth shape of the rack to be wiped. The used oil wiping brush for a toothed rack according to the present invention, which includes the teeth formed on the wiper to be complementary to tooth configuration of the toothed rack for effectively removing used oil from the toothed rack and thus improving the result of cleaning and maintenance of the toothed rack and enhancing efficiency of maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guokun Yang, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Minghu Qi, Zhenhua Guo, Yongqiang Wang, Zenghong Chen, Chenyangzi Li, Zhiyou Shu, Weibing Yang
  • Publication number: 20140250620
    Abstract: A device for applying lotion to a user's body has a foam layer. A cover layer is applied to a top surface of the foam layer. A pair of openings formed through the foam layer and the cover layer. A reinforcement layer is applied around each opening. A tab member is formed along an outer perimeter of the strip member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: David Screen, Kimberly Screen
  • Patent number: 8813294
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cleaning implement for cleaning a surface, in particular for cleaning grout or the like textured surfaces. In particular, the instant invention allows for a complete cleaning of a surface with a multi-component cleaning implement having a replaceable melamine member that is held by a supporting member. To allow ease of cleaning, the supporting member further includes an abrasive film and an absorbent sponge allowing the consumer to thoroughly clean with a melamine member yet allow removal of all residual melamine and dirty water by the use of a single all inclusive cleaning implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Clean & Go, LLC
    Inventor: Arthur P. Frigo, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140201937
    Abstract: A cleaning article holder defines an upper wall that includes a first finger placement area that may include one or more slip-resisting elements. One or more cleaning article surrounds, sidewalls or bands depend from the upper wall. Together with the upper wall, the cleaning article surrounds, sidewalls or bands are adapted to embrace or engage the cleaning article, such as a sponge, during cleaning use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: EMPIRE EMCO, INC.
    Inventors: Gary R. Ashe, Gary M. Burns, Steve Copeland, Jonathan Liberty, Mitch Thompson, Dawn Wintour
  • Patent number: 8772034
    Abstract: A control solution packet for calibrating a bodily fluid sampling device includes a container, a control solution pressurized within the container, and a membrane for covering and sealing the container. The control solution can be pressurized before or during calibration so as to ensure the appropriate amount of control solution is delivered to the bodily fluid sampling device. The control solution is manufactured to have a viscosity that controls delivery of the control solution to the device. The membrane is permeable by a piercing device of the bodily fluid sampling device and seals around the piercing device during calibration. In another aspect, the container is in the form of a capsule or dosing attachment that contains the control solution along with a sponge-like material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Juergen Rasch-Menges, Paul Jansen
  • Patent number: 8769757
    Abstract: A cleaning system for retaining a cleaning member such as a sponge or mop-head in a compressed and compacted state prior to use. The cleaning system generally includes one or more cleaning cartridges, each of which include a base, a cleaning member secured to the base, and an outer covering compressing the cleaning member. Upon removal of the outer covering, the cleaning member will expand and be ready for use. Also disclosed is a dispensing unit adapted to store, activate, use and dispose of the cleaning cartridges. The dispensing unit includes a nozzle which retains the outermost cleaning cartridge in a position partially extending through an outlet opening awaiting use. The dispensing unit may include a telescoping handle so that it may be converted for use as a mop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Dakota Supplies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Lindsay Vaughan Payne, Deborah Marie Humphries, David Patrick Lampson
  • Patent number: 8752230
    Abstract: This disclosure may disclose, inter alia, devices, systems, and methods for cleaning or removing contamination from a lens, or for increasing visibility of a lens during surgery. For example, a device with a handle actuated element is disclosed. The device includes a shaft that includes a rod, an element coupled to a distal tip of the rod, and a handle coupled to a proximal end of the rod. Actuation of the handle into a first position may cause the handle to be configured in a substantially hexagonal shape and may cause deployment of the element from the shaft. Actuation of the handle into a second position may cause the handle to be configured in a substantially rectangular shape and may cause retraction of the element into the shaft. The device may be introduced into an abdomen, and an element on the device can be deployed during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Misder, LLC
    Inventors: Marc I. Brand, David Stienmier, Kenneth W. Maydew
  • Patent number: 8745808
    Abstract: A liquid applicator is configured to apply liquid to a contoured surface. The liquid applicator includes a frame with a laterally extending base and a plurality of elongated fingers spaced laterally along the base. The fingers flex to follow the contoured surface when a liquid application force is applied. The liquid applicator also includes a flexible applicator pad assembly supported on multiple ones of the fingers. The applicator pad assembly is operable to carry liquid and is flexible at least generally with the fingers so as to follow the contoured surface during liquid application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Specialty Products of Greenwood, Missouri, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Joseph Best, Marco Carroll Perry, Mark David Prommel, Kevin Min O'Leary, William Lauchlin Gulledge, Jr., William Daniel Richardson, Chad Edward Brott, B. Deré Newman, Melodie Lea Wendleton, Benjamin A. Shobert, Richard S. Dale, Todd Brunner
  • Patent number: 8726966
    Abstract: An adhesive substance removing tool is provided with a cracking tool and a scrapping assembly which are removably coupled to a base. The cracking tool is used to crack the adhesive substance by forming breaking lines on the surface of the adhesive substance, and then the scrapping assembly is used to scrape off the adhesive substance by starting from the breaking lines. The combination of the cracking tool and the scraping assembly allows the user to remove adhesive substance easily and completely. Besides, the cutting assembly of the cracking tool is able to move freely both in straight-line or circular fashion, and the cracking tool can be prevented from rotating or disengaging once it is positioned in place on the base. Hence, convenience and safety of use can both be assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Liao
  • Patent number: 8707505
    Abstract: A cleaning device connectable to a handle includes a head (100) with a substantially circular profile formed by a plurality (200) of flexible strips in non-woven fabric overlapped and arranged to cover the circumference of the head (100) wherein the outermost strips (1) of the plurality of overlapped strips (200) have the outer surface formed by a microfiber layer (8) supported by a non-woven fabric layer (9), and the innermost strips (3) have a greater stiffness than the remaining strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Marco Maranghi, Paolo Parenti
  • Patent number: 8701238
    Abstract: A hand operated sweeping mop applicator with a unique disposable cloth retaining assembly where the cloth is retained by cloth retaining members attached to the bottom of a top plate which extend perpendicularly away from a bottom of the top plate and extend through aligned openings in a bottom plate to retain a cleaning cloth against a bottom surface of the bottom plate. Separation force members such as force springs are sandwiched between the bottom of the top plate and the top of the bottom plate and retained in a compressed state buy a force from a shotgun closing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Worldwide Integrated Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred I. Morad, William P. Camp, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8689388
    Abstract: A hand operated butterfly sponge mop or regular sponge mop with a unique disposable sponge assembly where the sponge is retained by ratchet teeth respectively engaging a notch on a pair of notched collars molded onto the sponge. The sponge is retained in a closed position against the lower surface of the main body by ratchet teeth engaged in notches of a respective notched collar to overcome a force of downward force compression springs. When the respective button attached to a respective tooth is pressed down to overcome a biasing spring force which caused the teeth to be engaged with the notches, the downward spring force of the force compression springs cause the sponge to move away from the main body so that the dirty sponge falls away into a trash receptacle without requiring a user to handle the dirty sponge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Worldwide Integrated Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred I. Morad, William P. Camp, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8671503
    Abstract: A cleaning sponge with embedded clusters for providing enhanced scouring is disclosed. In one embodiment, the cleaning sponge comprises a sponge body and a plurality of discrete fiber clusters embedded within the sponge body. Each fiber cluster is a matrix of interconnected fibers. In one embodiment, each fiber cluster is a three dimensional web of entangled fibers bonded to one another at their mutual contact points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Scott J. Tuman
  • Patent number: 8662774
    Abstract: A lotion applicator assembly includes a plate that has a front side, a back side and a perimeter edge. An absorbent member for absorbing fluids is attached to and covers the front side. The absorbent member has an outer surface positioned opposite of the front side. A handle has a first end, a second end and a perimeter surface extending between the first and second ends. The handle has a longitudinal axis extending through the first and second ends and the handle has a length from the first end to the second end between 8 inches and 24 inches. A coupler is attached to the plate and releasably engages the handle adjacent to the first end to secure the handle to the plate. The plate lies in a plane orientated parallel to the longitudinal axis of the handle. The absorbent member receives lotion to be applied to a person's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Lois D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8650699
    Abstract: A scrubber for rain gutters with a scrubbing pad having a profile complementary to the profile of the outside side face of the gutter. The scrubbing pad is formed of a open cell natural or synthetic sponge and is attached to a substantially flat backing plate and makes substantially 100% surface contact with the outside side face of the rain gutter. The scrubbing pad overlaps a flange at the top of the outside side face of the gutter and overlaps a bottom of the rain gutter at the bottom of the outside side face. The scrubber is guided by the scrubbing pad along the rain gutter in a straight line by the overlapping portions of the scrubbing pad as the scrubber is moved back and forth along the rain gutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew C. Kovarik
  • Patent number: 8646142
    Abstract: A multi-fluid applicator utensil comprising a head assembly having a head section; a face surface; a back surface; and a receiver and a handle assembly having a shank and a gripper. The head assembly is pivotally mounted on the handle assembly with the shank received by the receiver located in the head section. The head assembly comprises a socket. The handle assembly comprises a ball pivotable in the socket. The shank is telescopic providing an extended length of about twelve inches and a retracted length of about 8½ inches. The gripper provides a grippable surface by which a user-applier is able to manipulate the multi-fluid applicator utensil. The multi-fluid applicator utensil comprises injection-molded thermoplastic and is useable by the user-applier to surface-apply the oil, lotion and cream to the bodily skin surface in hard-to-reach locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Frank Ferrara, Lyn Ferrara
  • Patent number: 8635732
    Abstract: A cleaning article comprising a melamine foam which comprises a cleaning fluid. Also disclosed a methods for the manufacture of said cleaning articles, and methods for their use in the treatment of hard surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser LLC
    Inventors: Mattia DeDominicis, Kristina Wiltsee
  • Patent number: 8635735
    Abstract: A porous material for insertion cleaning of instruments is provided, such porous material including an at least partially open-cell foam body and a surface configured to enable an instrument having contaminants to be inserted into the body. The body may be configured to substantially grip the instrument to remove a substantial portion of the contaminants from the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Jordco, Inc.
    Inventors: James B. Johnsen, Hal J. Oien
  • Patent number: 8628501
    Abstract: A sterilization cap carried on a needle support end of a syringe. The cap includes a main body having first and second ends, the first end being connectable to the needle support end, as well as being connectable onto the needle support end alone of a primary or IV extension line. A sponge secured within a sponge cavity within the second end is saturated with a sterilizing liquid. A removable cover attached to the second sealingly encloses the sponge until the syringe is used. The second end is sized, when the cover is removed, to fit over a tip of a CLAVE needleless connector extension or IV tubing a distance sufficient to compress the sponge to sterilize the tip with sterilizing liquid expressed from the sponge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Gordon Hadden
  • Patent number: 8607400
    Abstract: A disposable liquid absorbing cleaning pad for a hand held cleaning implement having an elongated handle includes a layer of sponge material, a layer of flexible open cell foam material made from melamine resin fixedly attached to the layer of sponge material and attachment structure fixedly secured to the layer of sponge material for removably attaching the cleaning pad to the cleaning implement. In one embodiment of the invention the attachment structure includes a backing plate which is fixedly mounted onto the layer of sponge material and a pair of wing screw assemblies which are removably and slidably mounted on the backing plate for removably attaching the cleaning pad to the cleaning implement. In using the hand held cleaning implement the layer of flexible open cell foam material made from melamine resin is the layer that contacts the surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Butler Home Products, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Michelson, Robert Cavalcanti, Michael Silverman
  • Patent number: 8584683
    Abstract: A disposable nail polish removing device 12 for removing nail polish and other debris from a finger or toe nail. The nail polish removing device 12 is generally spherical and has one or more indentations 18 for grasping the device. One or more operational areas 24, 26 on the remaining surface 22 of the device may be used to facilitate the absorption and application of a cleaning fluid when one of the operational areas is juxtaposed with a finger or toe nail. The nail polish removing device 12 may be a sponge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Sheila Shammami
  • Patent number: 8567418
    Abstract: A package for delivering a cleaning solution to a surface to be cleaned comprises a housing, a pocket in the housing having at least one piercing projection extending into the pocket and a passageway between the pocket and the surface to be cleaned beneath the housing. A sealed packet containing a cleaning solution can be configured to fit into the pocket and can have at least a portion of an outer surface thereof adapted to be pierced by the at least one piercing projection when the packet is placed in the pocket. The cleaning solution can be discharged from the packet when the packet is positioned in the pocket and the packet is pierced by the at least one piercing projection. The cleaning solution can then be dispensed through the passageway onto a surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Reed, Jr., Eric J. Hansen, Douglas J. Medema
  • Patent number: 8506197
    Abstract: A first apparatus includes a base, a plurality of stems, each stem having a first end retained by the base and a second end opposite the first end. Each stem is movable between a withdrawn position and an extended position with respect to the base, such that the second end projects from the base when the stem is in the extended position. Flexible tips are attached respectively to the second ends of the stems. A second apparatus includes a storage vessel, a cup dimensioned to receive the flexible tips of the first apparatus, and a dispensing mechanism linking the storage vessel to the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Howard Beaty, Payton Autrey Morrison, Sr.