Presser Boards Patents (Class 15/261)
  • Patent number: 9707939
    Abstract: A handheld mitter wringer tool is provided for cleansing build-up from hanging mitters. For example, one can expel build-up from a mitter, which is secured at one end to a fixed structure, by indenting the mitter between two non-cutting surfaces that extend across the width of the mitter, while moving the two surfaces along the mitter away from the secured end. Thus, a mitter wringer tool may have a pair of elongate plates that are operatively connected for movement from a fully-opened position, in which working faces of the plates are displaced apart for receiving a mitter, to a working position, in which the working faces are closely opposed and generally parallel for slidably gripping and wringing the mitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Connecticut Carwash, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Whitehouse
  • Patent number: 9688458
    Abstract: A hand held craft gun including a housing assembly and a receptacle defined therein. A housing handle and shaft are disposed on the housing adjacent either side of the receptacle with the shaft extending away from the housing handle. A plunger handle supporting a plunger rod is disposed on the shaft and a simple yet unique coupling is employed for pivoting the plunger rod between a position unaligned with the receptacle for fun and quick filling and refilling of a modeling compound and a position aligned with the receptacle for easy extruding of the modeling compound. Additionally, at least one storage cavity at the housing handle and/or plunger handle partially contains the plunger rod in a folded position for quick and easy transport of the craft gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9643634
    Abstract: A cleaning cart has a basic body, wherein the lateral extent of the basic body is bounded by an outer circumferential boundary surface or boundary line, and wherein the basic body bears at least one module which is coupleable to the basic body, is configured such that cleaning cart can bear a multiplicity of modules of different size while having a very compact and space-saving design, in that the module is assigned to the basic body in such a positive, frictional and/or non-positive manner preventing tilting that the base region of the module projects at least on one side beyond the boundary surface or boundary line of the basic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: CARL FREUDENBERG KG
    Inventors: Andreas Eisenhut, Markus Rueckheim, Torsten Gratzki, Steve Barber, Jens Deerberg
  • Patent number: 9480384
    Abstract: A wringer has a support surface and a first wringer surface depending from the support surface to a second wringer surface having perforations and curving to a free edge substantially below the support surface. The second wringer surface may be curved in an approximately 180 degree arc. The first wringer surface may be flat and also perforated. The support surface may be formed as an inverted channel structure with a closed upper surface and an angled surface extending away from the first wringer surface. The angled surface may extend at an angle approximately 45 degrees. The wringer may be used with one or more buckets, where the wringer is supported from the rim of one bucket or from the adjacent rims of two buckets. A flat first wringer surface may be used to ring a flat mop, and the curved second wringer surface may be used to bring a round mop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Micronova Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip LeCompte, C. Travis Hunsucker
  • Publication number: 20150020342
    Abstract: In combination a wringing mechanism and a container, the container including at least one side wall which encloses a containing space from a container bottom up to a peripheral edge formation, and the wringing mechanism including a body, and a basket for receiving mop material to be wrung out, and at least one moveable press member which is moveable in the basket by a transmission, upon movement of a wringing lever handle downwardly towards a front of the container to squeeze the mop material, and the wringing mechanism being supported on the peripheral edge formation of the container by a hook formation provided by the wringer mechanism body, with at least the basket depending into the containing space, and the wringing mechanism further including a pair of side wall support formations each of which co-operates with a corresponding formation of the container side wall interiorly of the containing space to support the container side wall during wringing, and there being a plurality of releasable attachment de
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald Alexander YOUNG
  • Patent number: 8813304
    Abstract: A mop head and a wringer device combination is described in which the mop head includes a body and a holder, the mop head body supporting mop material, and the holder mounting the mop head to a handle, the mop head holder having a first part secured to or integral with the body, a second part which inter-engages, in use with the handle, and a connecting portion connecting the first and second holder parts, and wherein the wringer device includes a wringing chamber, a pair of pressure bars, and an actuating mechanism relatively to move the pressure bars between an open condition in which the mop head body is receivable between the pressure bars into the wringing chamber, and a closed condition in which the pressure bars are alongside one another and are spaced from one another by a space, and the pressure bars act on a bearing surface or surfaces of the mop head to urge the mop head body towards a bottom wall of the wringing chamber to wring the mop material, with the connecting portion of the holder extending
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Alexander (Scot) Young
  • Patent number: 8771428
    Abstract: A double bucket cleaning system for use with microfiber mat mops. One bucket contains clean water; the second holds dirty water. The second bucket has a slide press for extracting dirty water from the mop. The system can use a connector to connect the two buckets together, or a single bucket with two compartments can be used. Both designs use a footpad upon which the user stands during the pressing operation. This ensures that the device remains in place during the sliding. Finally, once the dirty water has been extracted from the mop, the user can pick up clean water from the first bucket for the next portion of the floor to be cleaned. In this way, the user is able to quickly clean a large floor with clean water, instead of repeatedly dipping the mop back into dirty water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Howard Goentzel
  • Patent number: 8689391
    Abstract: A mop press for wringing liquids out of a cleaning device includes a housing having a fastening mechanism; a lever-actuated wringing device disposed in the housing; and a support device disposed on the housing at a horizontal distance from the fastening mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Andreas Eisenhut, Markus Rueckheim, Juergen Huckele, Jens Deerberg
  • Patent number: 8652263
    Abstract: A double bucket cleaning system for use with microfiber mat mops. One bucket contains clean water; the second holds dirty water. The second bucket has a slide press for extracting dirty water from the mop. The system can use a connector to connect the two buckets together, or a single bucket with two compartments can be used. Both designs use a footpad upon which the user stands during the pressing operation. This ensures that the device remains in place during the sliding. Finally, once the dirty water has been extracted from the mop, the user can pick up clean water from the first bucket for the next portion of the floor to be cleaned. In this way, the user is able to quickly clean a large floor with clean water, instead of repeatedly dipping the mop back into dirty water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Howard Goentzel
  • Patent number: 8635737
    Abstract: A wringer has a support surface and a first wringer surface depending from the support surface to a second wringer surface having perforations and curving to a free edge substantially below the support surface. The second wringer surface may be curved in an approximately 180 degree arc. The first wringer surface may be flat and also perforated. The support surface may be formed as an inverted channel structure with a closed upper surface and an angled surface extending away from the first wringer surface. The angled surface may extend at an angle approximately 45 degrees. The wringer may be used with one or more buckets, where the wringer is supported from the rim of one bucket or from the adjacent rims of two buckets. A flat first wringer surface may be used to ring a flat mop, and the curved second wringer surface may be used to wring a round mop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Micronova Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip LeCompte, C. Travis Hunsucker
  • Patent number: 8627541
    Abstract: A mop press having a front wall and a pair of sidewalls is provided. The sidewalls each have a top cam track, a bottom cam track, and a bucket slot. The bucket slot defines a shoulder, where the bottom cam track is positioned below the shoulder. In some embodiments, the mop press includes a moveable press-plate and a handle mechanism. The handle mechanism includes a left and right couplings each configured to removably receive a pressing arm therein. In other embodiments, the mop press includes a locking mechanism having a locking arm rotatably supported by the sidewalls for movement between a locking position and an unlocking position. The locking position is above the unlocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Unger Marketing International, LLC
    Inventor: Bernard Leon Bensussan
  • Patent number: 8621706
    Abstract: A device for wringing liquid-absorbing wiping elements comprises a first substantially plate-shaped pressing jaw (18) and a second substantially plate-shaped pressing jaw (20) that are connected to each other at their respective first ends through a joint (40); and a pressing lever (32) connected, via a first bearing (42) in an articulated manner, to the second pressing jaw (20) at the second end of the second pressing jaw (20). The device is characterized in that the first pressing jaw (18) is arranged stationary with respect to the wringing device (10), and the pressing lever (32) comprises a knee lever portion (48) between the first bearing (42) and a second bearing (50) stationary arranged at the pressing lever (32), wherein at the second bearing (50) a knee lever member (52) is arranged that forms a rigid connection between the second bearing (50) and a third bearing (54) at the second end of the first pressing jaw (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: VERMOP Salmon GmbH
    Inventor: Dirk Salmon
  • Patent number: 8615842
    Abstract: A mop bucket system may include a mop bucket to contain fluids, a wringer unit including a wringer cone connected to the mop bucket to remove the fluid from a mop, and a pivotable energy-dissipation device connected to the wringer unit to dissipate energy of the fluid in the wringer unit. The energy dissipation device may pivot between a first position and a second position, and the energy dissipation device may include a aperture. The energy dissipation device may include a notch, and the energy dissipation device may include a sleeve bushing. The energy dissipation device may include a side surface having a curved portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Terry Treacy
  • Patent number: 8510900
    Abstract: A wringer for mops and the like comprising a united structure made of plastic material with two rocking bodies 1 separated by “V”-shaped channeling 2 and which are joined at the bottom by middle fins 3, the rocking bodies 1 having elastic hinge elements 14 and end portions 9 of elastic structure through which the wringer is anchored to the mouth of the mop bucket 10, the end portions 9 having spring elements 15 for recovering the rocking bodies 1. In addition the wringer 4 can have middle indentations 22 for allowing placement of a device for filtering cleaning water, which comprises a tray support 5. This device for filtering cleaning water is placed under the wringer 4. When water passes through the filtering device that is under the wringer 4, reaches the bucket already filtered with fewer dirt particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: SP Berner Plastic Group, S.L.
    Inventor: Julián Escarpa Gil
  • Patent number: 8468644
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in cleaning a floor uses a flat mop including a generally flat mop head having a handle and absorbent fabric material. The mop head is foldable to a folded condition, wherein a loop of the fabric material depends from the folded parts. The fabric material is inserted into cleaning liquid to wet the material. The mop head is introduced to a wringer to wring the material between the jaws and a wringing surface. The damp absorbent fabric material is used to mop the floor. The floor is dried using a separate drying tool that includes a head secured to a handle, and one or more attachment devices to attach a dry absorbent cloth to the head. The floor is dried by applying the cloth to the floor using the tool and moving a dry portion of the cloth over the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald Alexander (Scot) Young
  • Publication number: 20130139848
    Abstract: A double bucket cleaning system for use with microfiber mat mops. One bucket contains clean water; the second holds dirty water. The second bucket has a slide press for extracting dirty water from the mop. The system can use a connector to connect the two buckets together, or a single bucket with two compartments can be used. Both designs use a footpad upon which the user stands during the pressing operation. This ensures that the device remains in place during the sliding. Finally, once the dirty water has been extracted from the mop, the user can pick up clean water from the first bucket for the next portion of the floor to be cleaned. In this way, the user is able to quickly clean a large floor with clean water, instead of repeatedly dipping the mop back into dirty water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Howard Goentzel
  • Publication number: 20120152277
    Abstract: A double bucket system for flat mops that is mounted in a frame. One bucket contains only clean water. The second bucket is used to hold dirty water. The second bucket has a special fixture attached that the user slides the mop through. The frame compresses the mop as it slides through, which ensure complete, even pressing of the mop to extract the greatest amount of dirty water. The frame includes footpads upon which the user stands during the pressing operation. This ensures that the device remains in place during the pressing. Finally, once the mop has been thoroughly pressed, the user can pick up clean water from the first bucket for the next portion of the floor to be cleaned. In this way, the user is able to quickly clean a large floor with clean water instead of repeatedly dipping the mop back into dirty water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Howard Goentzel
  • Patent number: 8082620
    Abstract: A mop bucket includes a fluid reservoir portion and a wringing portion. The fluid reservoir portion can hold fluid. The wringing portion includes a first wringing member and a second wringing member, which is moveable toward the first wringing member to wring fluid from a mop. The wringing portion further includes a linkage configured to move the second wringing member in response to actuation of a wringer handle. The linkage includes a first link extending from and pivotable relative to the second wringing member and a second link connected to the first link and having an axis that is fixed at an angle relative to an axis of the wringer handle. The second wringing member can include an integrally formed shaft about which the second wringing member rotates. A first retaining surface of the first wringing member can engage the shaft to hold the shaft at a pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC
    Inventors: Mark Allen Hoyle, Stephen M. Batsa, Brian Michael Yarcich, Ashley Perry Zang Wentz Pho
  • Publication number: 20110308032
    Abstract: A wringer has a support surface and a first wringer surface depending from the support surface to a second wringer surface having perforations and curving to a free edge substantially below the support surface. The second wringer surface may be curved in an approximately 180 degree arc. The first wringer surface may be flat and also perforated. The support surface may be formed as an inverted channel structure with a closed upper surface and an angled surface extending away from the first wringer surface. The angled surface may extend at an angle approximately 45 degrees. The wringer may be used with one or more buckets, where the wringer is supported from the rim of one bucket or from the adjacent rims of two buckets. A flat first wringer surface may be used to ring a flat mop, and the curved second wringer surface may be used to bring a round mop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Phillip LeCompte, C. Travis Hunsucker
  • Publication number: 20110203071
    Abstract: A device for wringing liquid-absorbing wiping elements comprises a first substantially plate-shaped pressing jaw (18) and a second substantially plate-shaped pressing jaw (20) that are connected to each other at their respective first ends through a joint (40); and a pressing lever (32) connected, via a first bearing (42) in an articulated manner, to the second pressing jaw (20) at the second end of the second pressing jaw (20). The device is characterized in that the first pressing jaw (18) is arranged stationary with respect to the wringing device (10), and the pressing lever (32) comprises a knee lever portion (48) between the first bearing (42) and a second bearing (50) stationary arranged at the pressing lever (32), wherein at the second bearing (50) a knee lever member (52) is arranged that forms a rigid connection between the second bearing (50) and a third bearing (54) at the second end of the first pressing jaw (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: VERMOP Salmon GmbH
    Inventor: Dirk Salmon
  • Publication number: 20110197388
    Abstract: A wringer assembly for mounting on a bucket, including a housing having an end wall and a moveable wringing member in the housing, where the wringing member has a wringing surface facing the end wall. A lever mechanism moves the wringing member in the housing between a first position in which the wringing surface is maximally spaced from the end wall to provide a space between the wringing surface and the end wall, and a second position in which the wringing surface is spaced closer to the end wall. The wringing member has a first mounting formation which is releasably co-operable with a second corresponding mounting formation of an adaptor to mount the adaptor to the wringing surface for movement with the wringing member. The adaptor may include a pad of resilient material and the end wall includes at least one opening for liquid to pass from the wringer housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald Alexander (Scot) YOUNG
  • Publication number: 20110126374
    Abstract: In combination (10) a wringing mechanism (20) and a container (50), the container (50) including at least one side wall (53, 54, 55, 56) which encloses a containing space (57) from a container bottom (52) up to a peripheral edge formation (58), and the wringing mechanism (20) including a body (21), and a basket (24) for receiving mop material to be wrung out, and at least one moveable press member (25a, 25b) which is moveable in the basket (24) by a transmission (26), upon movement of a wringing lever handle (27) downwardly towards a front (55a) of the container (50) to squeeze the mop material, and the wringing mechanism (20) being supported on the peripheral edge formation (58) of the container (50) by a hook formation (66) provided by the wringer mechanism body (21), with at least the basket (24) depending into the containing space (57), and the wringing mechanism (20) further including a pair of side wall support formations (68, 69) each of which co-operates with a corresponding formation (68a, 69a) of th
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald Alexander Young
  • Publication number: 20110113585
    Abstract: A mop wringer bucket substantially comprising a bucket, a dewatering basket within the bucket, and a driving mechanism for driving the dewatering basket. The driving mechanism imparts a rotary motion to a cleaning plate at the bottom of the bucket such that the dirt attached to the mop yarn will be effectively removed under the stirring and kneading action of the cleaning plate. Thereafter, the mop yarn is placed in the dewatering basket of the same bucket, and the water absorbed by the mop yarn is removed by the centrifugal force, thereby enhancing the cleaning effect. In addition, the symmetrical U-handles specially designed at both sides of the bucket can be horizontally disposed on the rim of the bucket or swiveled to contact with each other to create one carrying handle, thereby achieving the space-saving effect and preventing the water from escaping from the bucket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Shu-Hsun Chu
  • Patent number: 7917989
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mop (1) comprising a mop-head plate (2) for a mop cover (3). The mop-head plate (2) comprises a first connector (4), which can be connected to at least one second connector (5) of a wringer device (6) in order to wring out the mop cover (3). The invention also relates to a wringer device (6) for a mop (1) comprising a mop-head plate (2) for a mop cover (3), said plate having two folding mop-head plate parts (7, 8). Said wringer device (6) comprises a funnel-shaped wringer compartment (22). The mop cover (3) can be introduced into said compartment from above and compressed by actuating the wringer device, when the mop-head plate parts (7, 8) are in an essentially vertical position and said cover is partially detached and suspended from said parts. The opposing transversal surfaces (10, 11) of the mop-head plate parts (7, 8) form compression surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Jens Deerberg, Andreas Eisenhut, Torsten Gratzki
  • Publication number: 20110056043
    Abstract: A mop press for wringing liquids out of a cleaning device includes a housing having a fastening mechanism; a lever-actuated wringing device disposed in the housing; and a support device disposed on the housing at a horizontal distance from the fastening mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: CARL FREUDENBERG KG
    Inventors: Andreas Eisenhut, Markus Rueckheim, Juergen Huckele, Jens Deerberg
  • Patent number: 7892485
    Abstract: A device for cleaning and deodorizing a sponge and a method of using the device. The device includes a carrier assembly that travels along a guide-track system and is lowered into a base unit large enough to hold a bath of cleaning solution that would engulf the sponge. The carrier assembly is used to compress, decompress, and recompress the sponge, which in turn absorbs a cleaning solution and expels the cleaning solution along with foreign matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: T&M Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Flannery, Tod Maitland, Peter Schon
  • Patent number: 7870636
    Abstract: A wringer has a support surface and a first wringer surface depending from the support surface to a second wringer surface having perforations and curving to a free edge substantially below the support surface. The second wringer surface may be curved in an approximately 180 degree arc. The first wringer surface may be flat and also perforated. The support surface may be formed as an inverted channel structure with a closed upper surface and an angled surface extending away from the first wringer surface. The angled surface may extend at an angle approximately 45 degrees. The wringer may be used with one or more buckets, where the wringer is supported from the rim of one bucket or from the adjacent rims of two buckets. A flat first wringer surface may be used to ring a flat mop, and the curved second wringer surface may be used to wring a round mop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Micronova Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip LeCompte, C. Travis Hunsucker
  • Patent number: 7761953
    Abstract: An insert is provided for a mop bucket application to capture dirty water and/or clean water during floor mopping. The insert can be made of flexible PVC vinyl or of a similar substance giving the user the ability to quickly install the insert into a mop bucket. When the insert has collected the dirty water, the wringer can be quickly removed. Since the insert's bottom is flat, it will remain upright even when unsupported. The insert and contained dirty water can easily be removed by lifting the handles on the insert's two sides. The slick inside surface of the insert enables the dirty water to be poured with ease in a direct, substantially v-shaped stream. The structure of the insert preferably includes a body section which is connected at its two ends. A bottom portion forms a base for the body section, and side handles are affixed to the upper edge of the body section. A handle is secured to the outer side of the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Steve Dalton
  • Publication number: 20100050363
    Abstract: A combination of a mop bucket and a wringer unit (10) is disclosed in which the bucket (12) has a bottom surface (16), and a peripheral wall (18) which upstands from the bottom surface (16), the wringer unit (14) being supportable on an upper edge (30) of the peripheral wall (18) of the mop bucket (12), and being releasably engagable from the bucket, there being releasable engaging means including a pivotable clip (74) on each of two opposing sides of the combination mop bucket and wringer unit (10) and an engagable element (76) with which a respective pivotable clip (74) can be snap-fit releasably engaged, each pivotable clip (74) being formed independently of the mop bucket (12) and the mechanical press wringer (14) and being pivotably engaged with one of the mop bucket (12) and the mechanical press wringer (14), and the engagable element (76) being provided on the other one of the mop bucket (12) and the mechanical press wringer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Ronald Alexander Young
  • Patent number: 7644468
    Abstract: The inventive wringer for scrubbing buckets basically consists of two independent tilting parts of a wringer (4) which are pivotally coupled inside the space of a support (1) fixed to the bucket mouthpiece. Said independent parts (4) are pivotally coupled with parallel axes communicating with the end spaces (3) of the support (1) and are tiltable oppositely to the resistance of spring elements (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: SP Berner Plastic Group, S.L.
    Inventor: Julián Escarpa Gil
  • Publication number: 20100000042
    Abstract: A chassis for a mopping system is provided wherein the mopping system is retained on the chassis on a mopping system receptacle. The mopping system may include a bucket and/or a wiping cloth press and/or a wiping cloth spinner. The chassis includes a braking device which is adapted to switch the chassis from a release position to a blocking position upon the application of a force to the mopping system receptacle. In the release position, the chassis is rollable and in the blocking position, the chassis is secured against rolling away.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: Leifheit AG
    Inventors: Klaus-Juergen Fischer, Dieter Paetzold
  • Patent number: 7587784
    Abstract: A mopping trolley having a carriage, a mop press assembly with a discharge port, a clean receptacle for providing a source of clean liquid for mopping, and a waste receptacle for receiving waste liquid expressed from the mop press. The clean receptacle is located under the mop press so that a mop head may be dipped into the clean receptacle and lifted directly upward to the mop press, the mop head being maintained over the clean receptacle so that dripping excess fluid falls back to the clean receptacle below. In this way the amount of clean water wasted may be reduced, so that water dripping from the mop head falls back into the clean receptacle. The waste receptacle includes a portion that is positioned below the discharge port of the mop press assembly to receive waste liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Numatic International Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Robert Duncan, Michael Edward Gailes
  • Patent number: 7464435
    Abstract: A mop wringer is provided in combination with an adaptor. The mop wringer comprises a base and one or more sides which are formed as a one-piece moulding and which define an unadapted channel in which a stranded mop head can be wrung out. The mop wringer also has one or more openings in the base and/or the side(s) through which fluid can drain. The adaptor is releasably insertable into the wringer to define either alone or together with the wringer an adapted channel which is of smaller cross-sectional dimensions than the unadapted channel and in which a head of a flat mop can be wrung out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Ronald Alexander Young
  • Publication number: 20080282493
    Abstract: A combination wringer/bucket system uses a wringer consisting of a wringer basket and pressure plate, specifically configured to be mounted on the rim of the bucket, which itself is specially adapted to receive and support a separable, columnar wringer basket support member. This member extends between the floor of the bucket and the basket and provides stability to the bucket mounted wringer. The support member can be removed from the bucket, as can the wringer, so that the bucket can be used alone, if desired. For providing additional stability to the wringer, leg components extend from the pressure plate, through the wringer basket. A cam operated system smoothly controls the movement of the pressure plate within the wringer, to efficiently and effectively wring out saturated mops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Robert E. Petner
  • Patent number: 7437795
    Abstract: A mop bucket assembly for use with a wringer device and a mop includes a container having partition elements dividing the container into compartments. A first compartment contains a liquid for rinsing the mop head after mopping. A second compartment receives a liquid extracted from the mop head by the wringer device. A fourth compartment contains a cleaning solution. A housing is received in a third compartment and a flexible bladder is disposed in the housing and is in fluid communication with the fourth compartment. The flexible bladder contains a supply of cleaning solution. Liquid extracted from the mop head by the wringer device flows through an opening in one of the partition elements and places pressure on the flexible bladder, causing the cleaning solution in the flexible bladder to flow into the fourth compartment to maintain a desired level of cleaning solution in the fourth compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Kris Bez
  • Publication number: 20080209664
    Abstract: A mop wringer (10) in combination with a mophead (28), the wringer (10) comprising a base (12) and one or more sides (14) which, at least in use, define a cylindrical or substantially cylindrical channel (16), and one or more openings (21) in the base (12) and/or side(s) (14) by which fluid can drain from the wringer (10), and the mophead (28) comprising a body (30) and absorbent material (34) supported by the body (30), the mophead (28) being adapted, upon insertion into the wringer (10), to occlude the channel (16) so that fluid which is discharged from the absorbent material (34) is prevented or substantially prevented from rising above the absorbent material (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Scot YOUNG
  • Publication number: 20080155775
    Abstract: The mop has a flat holder and a mop covering attached to the underside of the holder and projecting from an edge of the holder with an edge protection border. The mop can be wrung in a corresponding device. The wringing device has a first pressing element and a second pressing element, which traverse the holder with the mop covering and which squeeze the mop cover in order to wring it. One of the pressing elements continuously extends over the entire width of the mop covering perpendicular to the direction of movement of the holder. The other pressing element has two parts with a gap in between for allowing the passage of a handle joined to the holder. In the vicinity of the gap formed by the pressing element, the edge protection border is formed so that it does not absorb and dirt and/or moisture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: Joachim Damrath, Markus Spielmannleitner, Gerhard Wetzl
  • Patent number: 7383604
    Abstract: A mop wringer includes a base and a plurality of sides which can define a channel having a uniform or substantially uniform cross-section along its longitudinal extent, and one or more openings in the base and/or sides by which fluid can drain from the wringer. One of the sides is a pivotable guide element which is pivotable relative to the other sides on axle elements which are spaced from and which are between in use uppermost and lowermost ends of the said pivotable guide element. The in use pivotable guide element provides a wider opening for insertion of a mophead into the channel, but does not pivot to squeeze the mophead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Inventor: Scot Young
  • Patent number: 7377004
    Abstract: A wringer has a support surface and a first wringer surface depending from the support surface to a second wringer surface having perforations and curving to a free edge substantially below the support surface. The second wringer surface may be curved in an approximately 180 degree arc. The first wringer surface may be flat and also perforated. The support surface may be formed as an inverted channel structure with a closed upper surface and an angled surface extending away from the first wringer surface. The angled surface may extend at an angle approximately 45 degrees. The wringer may be used with one or more buckets, where the wringer is supported from the rim of one bucket or from the adjacent rims of two buckets. A flat first wringer surface may be used to ring a flat mop, and the curved second wringer surface may be used to bring a round mop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Micronova Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip LeCompte, C. Travis Hunsucker
  • Publication number: 20070277341
    Abstract: A wringer for towel generally comprises at least one handle which acts as a lever; a pressing means; and a perforated basket. The handle is hingedly connected to the perforated basket by way of a hinge means; and the pressing means is articulately connected to the handle by a connector means extending from the pressing means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2007
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventor: Laval Belanger
  • Publication number: 20070266518
    Abstract: A mop bucket includes a fluid reservoir portion and a wringing portion. The fluid reservoir portion can hold fluid. The wringing portion includes a first wringing member and a second wringing member, which is moveable toward the first wringing member to wring fluid from a mop. The wringing portion further includes a linkage configured to move the second wringing member in response to actuation of a wringer handle. The linkage includes a first link extending from and pivotable relative to the second wringing member and a second link connected to the first link and having an axis that is fixed at an angle relative to an axis of the wringer handle. The second wringing member can include an integrally formed shaft about which the second wringing member rotates. A first retaining surface of the first wringing member can engage the shaft to hold the shaft at a pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: Mark Allen HOYLE, Stephen M. Batsa, Brian Michael Yarcich, Ashley Perry Zang Wentz Pho
  • Patent number: 7275345
    Abstract: A lifting device and method therefore utilizing an air bag or the like for lifting an object supported by a wheeled platform or the like, from a stationary, parked configuration wherein the object conceals the wheeled platform and supports the object, to a lifted, configuration whereby the wheeled platform supports the object, allowing same to be easily moved via the wheeled platform. The preferred embodiment of the present invention contemplates a planter unit comprising a pot or the like for containing a plant, said pot having a false bottom wherein there is situated a support platform having castors or the like thereon, and an air bag or other flexible container configured to be filled with fluid situated between the wheeled platform and the underside of the pot. In use, the false bottom has a cavity formed therein to enclose the wheeled platform, the false bottom having a lower edge supporting the pot when the air bag is uninflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventors: Irvy E. Cosse, III, Steven E. Whiteside
  • Patent number: 7246404
    Abstract: A mop having a sponge mop pad is effective for cleaning in a hospital for avoidance of internal infection. In a conventional sponge mop, for washing off dust and dirt sticking to the mop after used for the cleaning, spring force has been used for folding the sponge mop pad at the middle position thereof to squeeze off the water contained in the mop by compression force. This requires a large force and workers, especially women workers, had a difficulty in the cleaning work. In the present invention, the mop having the sponge mop pad comprises a projection and the mop squeezer comprises an insert member into which the projection is inserted. By the principle of lever, the sponge mop pad is easily squeezed by homogenous compression force and predetermined water content of the mop, after squeezed, can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventors: Takahira Takemoto, Shuji Sugioka, Tuyoshi Kawazoe, Syuuzirou Moritaka
  • Patent number: 7225499
    Abstract: A mop press for expressing liquid from a mop head is provided. The mop press includes a housing having reservoir means for receiving the expressed liquid. The reservoir means is provided with drainage means for allowing the extracted liquid to flow from the mop press in a controlled and directed manner. The reservoir means is large enough to accommodate the liquid expressed from the mop such that the mop does not reabsorb the expressed liquid collected therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Numatic International Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Robert Duncan, Michael Edward Gailes
  • Patent number: 6996873
    Abstract: A device for squeezing liquid-absorbing wiper bodies consists of first and second press jaws, each of which has two principal faces and side faces at right angles thereto, where the first press jaw is connected with the second by means of an articulated joint, a press lever connected with the first press jaw by means of an articulated joint, a clamping device for clamping the first and second press jaws, said clamping device being connected with the press lever, and a fixing arrangement for the device provided on the second press jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Vermop Salmon GmbH
    Inventor: Dirk Salmon
  • Patent number: 6944907
    Abstract: A cleaning system for facilitating cleaning of a desired surface. The cleaning system comprising a base framework supporting a dust pan comprising a ramp area located adjacent a temporary collection receptacle, and the including a pivotal door to facilitate transfer of collected debris. The base framework also supporting a storage bin located adjacent the temporary collection receptacle. An actuation lever is connected to the base framework and operatively coupled to the dust pan to facilitate movement of the dust pan and transfer of any debris, temporarily stored in the temporary collection receptacle, to the storage bin once the pivotal door of the temporary collection receptacle opens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: William R. Lynn
  • Patent number: 6941612
    Abstract: A mop wringer for a device for cleaning wet floors has a fixed squeezing plate which is positioned between wringer sidewalls. A movable squeezing plate is pivoted to the sidewalls. An actuating lever is configured as a two-armed lever with a shorter lever arm and a longer arm. The actuating lever is connected to the movable squeezing plate by the shorter lever arm and a push guide. A pressing action is carried out by pivoting the actuating lever away from the movable squeezing plate. In the final pressing position, the push guide forms an almost extended toggle lever joint with the shorter lever arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Firma Carl Freudenberg
    Inventor: Gernot Hirse
  • Publication number: 20040237243
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for a cleaning carriage (2, 102) for rinsing, cleaning and wringing out a mop. More precisely, the apparatus comprises a mop container (6, 106, 202) having connecting sidewalls, a mop-wringing device (14, 50, 116), and also a collecting bowl (24, 52, 124, 200) arranged at the mop container to which cleaning agent is added through a separate vessel for rinsing and cleaning of the mop in the collecting bowl, the collecting bowl (24, 52, 124, 200) comprises liquid-sealed interfaces such that cleaning agent can be filled up in the collecting bowl for rinsing and cleaning of the mop, and also that devices (32, 66, 166, 206; 36, 56, 122, 172, 210) are arranged in connection to the collecting bowl for emptying of the same. The present invention also relates to a method and a use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas Dahl
  • Patent number: 6823557
    Abstract: A wringing device for cleaning elements of wet and moist mops, the wringing device having a liquid-permeable receptacle (1) which can be affixed to a container, and in which a cleaning element can be wrung out by the exertion of pressure, the receptacle having deformable wall parts (3) and the inside width of the receptacle changing when the cleaning element is pressed in due to the effective force of pressure, wall parts being formed from spring elements (3) with convex curvature, which can be deformed by exertion of pressure for the purpose of enlarging the inside width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Firma Carl Freudenberg
    Inventor: Uwe Dingert
  • Publication number: 20040040114
    Abstract: A mop having a sponge mop pad is effective for cleaning in a hospital for avoidance of internal infection. In a conventional sponge mop, for washing off dust and dirt sticking to the mop after used for the cleaning, spring force has been used for folding the sponge mop pad at the middle position thereof to squeeze off the water contained in the mop by compression force. This requires a large force and workers, especially women workers, had a difficulty in the cleaning work. In the present invention, the mop having the sponge mop pad comprises a projection and the mop squeezer comprises an insert member into which the projection is inserted. By the principle of lever, the sponge mop pad is easily squeezed by homogenous compression force and predetermined water content of the mop, after squezzed, can be realized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventors: Takahira Takemoto, Shuji Sugioka, Tuyoshi Kawazoe, Syuuzirou Moritaka