Smoothing Implements Patents (Class 38/69)
  • Patent number: 9015971
    Abstract: The invention refers to an ironing aid and a device for safekeeping of ironing aids for smoothing closed tubular items of clothing. The object was to propose a solution in the application of which a wire frame shaped ironing aid is an integral part of the aid for thermal smoothing of items of clothing and better handling is ensured. The object is achieved by their insertion in a profile bracket provided with an adhesion means. According to the invention, several ironing aids can be combined with a profile bracket, at least one of the ironing aids having a loop-like rounding at its end. Furthermore, one of the ironing aids can have a slight kink at a right angle to its planar extension (FIGS. 1/2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Christian Peitzner-Lloret
  • Publication number: 20110271564
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hand held iron that has opposing matching heating plates that can be compressed onto clothing and remove wrinkles. The portable iron incorporates heating elements disposed distal to the hinge capable of being clamped together. The heating elements remove wrinkles from clothing such as shirts and pants without the need of an ironing board. The heating elements can be extended or retracted to accommodate different clothing designs and sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Michael H. Artinian
  • Publication number: 20100263241
    Abstract: A dispensing vessel for introducing moisture to a clothes drying environment includes a core and a cover substantially surrounding the core. The core is comprised of a sponge-like material for retaining a moistening substance within the core, and the cover has at least one opening extending through to the core for permitting the release of moisture to the clothes drying environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: William HOWE, Ric Payne
  • Patent number: 7749401
    Abstract: Self-steaming benefit compositions for treating fabrics are described. The present invention relates to compositions which are both self-steaming and include one or more benefit agents to provide benefits to fabrics. The present invention also relates to a method for treating fabrics utilizing the self-steaming benefit compositions of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Roselle, Robert Henry Rohrbaugh, Paul Amaat Raymond Gerard France, Vincent York-Leung Wong, Kenneth John Edelman, Julia Ann Glazer, John Philip Stoddard, Joseph Hei, Samuel B. Truslow, Velma Luisa Velazquez
  • Publication number: 20090084006
    Abstract: The invention concerns an ironing appliance comprising a vessel (2) for producing steam under pressure provided with a filling orifice (3) closed with a removable plug (5), characterized in that said plug (5) is coupled to the end of a tube enclosing the filling opening by bayonet-type fixing means enabling the plug to be rapidly opened and/or closed by a single rotating same for less than one revolution, the plug comprising a clamp including claws urged to be engaged under ramps formed at the end of the tube (4), the tightness of the plug being provided by means of a seal (56) borne by a core (55) which is mobile in rotation relative to the clamp of the plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: Dominique Gelus
  • Publication number: 20080168687
    Abstract: An electric iron in accordance with a preferred embodiment includes a housing body, a carrying base, and a flexible soleplate. The carrying base is mounted on the bottom of the housing body to define a containing space configured for receiving inner members and a controlling circuit of the electric iron. The flexible soleplate is arranged under the carrying base and transforms an electric energy transmitted from the controlling circuit to a heat energy for generating the high temperature on the surface thereof to perform an ironing function. The electric iron has the flexible soleplate, which has a high heating and dissipating-heat property and a low power property so as to decrease the consume of the electric energy and the whole weight of the electric iron.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: TSANN KUEN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chih Jung Pan, Wan Hua Wu, Ching Ching Ho, Yi Hao Lin, Chun Hsien Wu
  • Patent number: 7181872
    Abstract: A fastening device for fastening the cuff of an item of clothing on a device for pressing the item of clothing includes a base plate and a swing-action mechanism. The swing-action mechanism is fastened on the base plate and its pivot pin runs parallel to the ends of the cuff that is to be clamped in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Damrath, Klaus Grunert, Axel Michelmann, Peter Nober, Markus Spielmannleitner, Gerhard Wetzl
  • Publication number: 20040237356
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable automatic ironing press for the trousers which comprises two housings (2) comprising each a rectangular pressing ironing plates (3) pivotally mounted on a base (7). A central dividing plate is rigidly connected to the base and has a cut in its top part located between the pressing ironing plates while at least one of the plates has a heating element. The base has a lower horizontal part (8) and at least one lateral vertical part (9) rigidly linked to each other. The vertical part (9) of the base comprises guiding means (11) and an extended shaft (10) bearing an arm (12). In the base of the press are located the electronic control bloc, control board and at least one driving gear to guide the tools to open and press the pressing ironing plates (3) and operate the extended shaft (10). The housing (2) include windows (20) through which the lower part of the trousers can be discharged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Bedretdinov Amir Khasianovich
  • Patent number: 6711840
    Abstract: A combination steam cleaner and steam iron includes a steam generator, a steam cleaner and a steam iron. The steam generator includes first and second boiling elements for boiling water to produce steam. The steam cleaner is attachable to the steam generator to receive the steam, a nozzle that dispenses the steam, and a circuit designed to supply power to the second boiling element when the steam cleaner is attached to the steam generator. The steam iron is attachable to the steam generator, includes an iron heating element for heating the iron, and includes a circuit designed to supply power to the iron heating element, but not to the second boiling element, when the steam iron is attached to the steam generator. The steam generator also includes a steam release valve that supplies the steam and which is controlled by respective switches within the steam cleaner and steam iron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Euro-Pro Operating, LLC
    Inventor: Maximilian Rosenzweig
  • Publication number: 20040049954
    Abstract: A device for ironing items of clothing having sleeves, especially, shirts and blouses, by an ironing dummy includes an inflatable bag placed inside the item of clothing when ironing and reaching into the cuffs of the clothing item. To be better able to smooth out the sleeves when ironing, the end of the inflatable bag in the region of the cuffs is provided with a reinforcement that fixes the end of the sleeve and exercises a longitudinal pull on the sleeve during inflation of the inflatable bag. An inner clamping mechanism is disposed inside the cuff for the fixing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventors: Joachim Damrath, Kathrin Redlin, Markus Spielmannleitner, Bodo Urich, Gerhard Wetzl
  • Patent number: 5909964
    Abstract: A crease ironing apparatus is provided that is adaptable to be either attached to an existing ironing board or as a stand alone apparatus, wherein the apparatus includes two elongated members, while one member's longitudinal transverse cross section resembles a U forming a longitudinal trough and the other member's longitudinal transverse cross section is dimensioned to fit within the trough of the other member along with the fabric to be clamped while the two members are hingedly secured at one end allowing the two members to scissor together or apart to receive fabric to be clamped while further comprising a means for securing the two members in the clamping position and if desired a means for clamping the device to an existing ironing board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Inventor: David G. Johns
  • Patent number: 5170038
    Abstract: An iron unit adapted to be used with a hair dryer includes an ironing plate formed of a heat conductor having a groove and an exhaust groove in communication with the groove on a lower side thereof providing a contact surface with an object to be heated, and a plurality of air outlets extending from the upper side to the groove. A hot air source receiver includes a mounting plate having a cylindrical member engageable with the hair dryer for supplying hot air. A hot air-feeding space is in communication within the cylindrical member. The mounting plate is attached to the ironing plate, with the hot air-feeding space being in communication with the outside through a plurality of passages. A covering member defines a space on the outside of the engaging cylindrical member of the hot air source receiver. The mounting plate is attached in place with the space being in communication with the outside on the side of the cylindrical member and on the peripheral side of the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Assignee: Midori Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Aida
  • Patent number: 4634836
    Abstract: An electric travel iron includes as an upper component a hand-held hot-air type hair dryer having a hand grip, an electric heating unit for heating a stream of air and an outlet duct through which a hot air stream is discharged. The lower component of the iron is formed by a thin flat metallic ironing plate detachably connected to the duct of the dryer in spaced confronting relationship to the open end thereof. The ironing plate is planar and has a surface facing the open duct end to define a direct hot-air impingement surface region and extends laterally outwardly from the direct hot-air impingement region beyond the contour of the duct end for providing a region heated by hot air laterally deflected in all directions from the hot-air impingement region. The hot air impingement region is provided with holes for direct access of hot air to the material being ironed, with the holes being located in a group having a shape corresponding to the contour of the open duct end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Braun Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Yucel Yamac
  • Patent number: 4616122
    Abstract: A portable apparatus for generating vapor for a facial sauna includes a housing enclosing a vented liquid storage tank having an inlet for receiving liquid to be vaporized and an outlet. An electrically heated vapor generator is located in the housing and receives liquid from the tank outlet through an electrically operated diaphragm pump for producing vapor which is discharged from an vapor outlet in the housing. The housing includes an elastic wall portion immediately adjacent and confronting the diaphragm operating armature of the pump. The elastic housing portion is manually displaceable inwardly of the housing for displacement of the pump diaphragm by the armature to prime the pump. An adjustable control is provided for regulating the pumping rate of the pump. The vapor generator is provided with anti-sputter baffles to prevent liquid droplets from being discharged with the vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1986
    Assignee: Clairol Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul D. Burian, deceased, Raymond W. Kunz
  • Patent number: 4571483
    Abstract: This portable steamer device has a central cylindrical casing open at opposite ends. A handle is rotatably mounted to a cylindrical cap attached to the rear end of the casing. A baffle is mounted to the front end of the casing, and has holes for emitting steam. In the casing is a heater assembly to heat water in a first chamber conically shaped body with a central aperature closes the chamber but permits water to pass into the chamber and steam to pass out of the chamber. A tube section inside a second chamber between the baffle and the body which passes steam to the baffle while any water which may inadvertently spill out of the first chamber is captured in the second chamber, thus, water cannot leak out of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Assignee: Traveltec International, Inc.
    Inventor: Saul S. Fathi
  • Patent number: 4532411
    Abstract: An electric fabric steaming appliance includes a non-metallic hollow-body having a first compartment provided with an electric heater for heating water received and contained in the first compartment to generate steam supplied to a second compartment on the body and having a non-metallic wall with orifices through which the steam can issue for steaming a fabric or textile material to remove creases with or without direct contact with the non-metallic wall. A metallic sole-plate having an exposed ironing surface is removable attached to the body in spaced relationship to the non-metallic wall to define therewith a sealed third compartment receiving steam from the orifices of the non-metallic wall to heat the sole-plate. The sole-plate has steam outlets through which the steam exists during an ironing operation wherein the sole-plate contacts the fabric being ironed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Inventors: Marc Terraillon, Daniel Mazzucco
  • Patent number: 4524263
    Abstract: An electric travel iron includes as an upper component a hand-held hot air type hair-dryer having a hand grip, an electric heating unit for heating a stream of air and an outlet duct having an open end through which a hot air stream is discharged. The lower component of the iron comprises a thin flat metallic ironing plate detachably connected to the air outlet duct of the dryer in spaced confronting relationship to the open end of the duct. The ironing plate is planar and has an upper side facing the open duct end to define a direct hot-air impingement surface region and extends laterally outwardly from the direct hot-air impingement region beyond the contour of the duct end for providing a region heated by hot air laterally deflected from the direct hot-air impingement region. The lower side of the ironing plate forms the ironing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1985
    Assignee: Braun Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Yucel Yamac
  • Patent number: 4496826
    Abstract: A hand-held electrolytically heated steam producing apparatus, e.g., steaming iron, includes a hollow housing having an interior subdivided by a partition wall into a pair of compartments communicated by a passage. A first compartment accomodates a pair of spaced electrodes that are at different electrical potentials during steam-producing operations of the apparatus, while the second compartment is penetrated by a tubular stack extending from a steam outlet in the bottom wall of the housing to a given distance from the top wall of the housing but below the level of the passage. The top wall of the second compartment is also provided with a water inlet offset from the steam stack and equipped with a removable closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1985
    Inventor: Leonard Osrow
  • Patent number: 4366367
    Abstract: An appliance for removing creases is disclosed having a handle (1) and a body (2) comprising a tank (3) partially filled with water (4) heated by an electrical heating and vaporized element (5) connected to contact prongs (7). The vapor so produced flows through a duct (9) to orifices (11) in a plate (10) adapted to be slid over the surface from which creases are to be removed. The tank (3) is filled through opening (16) which is partially closed by an inwardly extending retainer flange (18) which is located between a stopper (20) for the filling opening (16) and a retaining finger (19). At its other end, the handle (1) has an opening (22) therein in alignment with a socket (8) which receives a removable plug (30) of a supply cord. When the plug (30) is in place (FIG. 1), it is impossible to turn the handle. Upon removal of the plug (30), the handle (1) may be pivoted about the axis of the opening (16) (FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Assignees: Terson Terraillon, Marc Terraillon
    Inventor: Daniel Mazzucco
  • Patent number: 4206340
    Abstract: A steaming device for pressing and ironing fabric includes a hollow body and a sole plate having a pointed prow. A pair of passages lead from an electrolytically heated steam generator within the body to the front portion of the sole plate. The first passage is permanently open and leads to a plurality of first openings in a linear pattern generally aligned with the longitudinal axis of the prow. The second passage leads to steam openings in the sole plate which latter openings extend transversely across the width of the sole plate rearwardly of first openings. The second passage is larger than the first and has more steam openings associated with it so that steam will flow through it more readily than through the first. A plug is associated with the top of the second passage. The plug can be moved from a position in which the passage is unblocked to a position in which the passage is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1980
    Assignee: Osrow Products Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Osrow, Jacques L. LeBaigue
  • Patent number: 4196340
    Abstract: A lightweight plastic electrolytic steam iron has a soleplate with steam distributing means therefrom and a casing of electrically non-conducting material forming the walls of an internal water tank coextensive with and extending over the soleplate. Spaced electrodes are supported in the rear of the tank to generate steam from the water therein and an insulated steam conduit extends from the soleplate upwardly into the tank to direct saturated steam from the tank through the steam distributing means to the surface being ironed. To this general combination, an improvement for minimizing condensation of moisture on the soleplate adds a thin chamber disposed between the tank and the soleplate and parallel and coextensive with them to separate the tank and soleplate over substantially their entire facing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ross M. Evans, Jr., Donald J. Siebold
  • Patent number: 4190762
    Abstract: A lightweight plastic electrolytic steam iron has a soleplate with steam distributing means therefrom and a casing of electrically non-conducting material forming the walls of an internal water tank coextensive with and extending over the soleplate. Spaced electrodes are supported in the tank to generate steam from the water therein and an insulated steam conduit extends from the soleplate upwardly into the tank to direct saturated steam from the tank through the steam distributing means to the surface being ironed. The spaced electrodes comprise a pair of adjacent parallel electrode plates disposed in the tank and spaced from the tank walls and from each other with the plates generally being vertical to the soleplate of the iron. A structure is connected to control the spacing between the plates from the iron handle and separate spaced stop posts are provided to limit movement of each plate to avoid contact therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1980
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Romeo S. Santiago, Llewellyn Decker
  • Patent number: 3997759
    Abstract: A device for applying steam to the exposed surface of previously applied wallpaper so as to cause the same to penetrate the wallpaper and loosen the adhesive bond between the wallpaper and the underlying substrate. The device is a compact steamer for vertical surfaces which is composed of a forward steam plenum chamber and a rear water chamber having a common separating wall between them. The steam plenum chamber has a steam discharge opening in its front wall. Associated with the common wall is a steam passageway that is wholly contained within the steamer. The steam passageway leads from a steam entry port near the top of the water chamber to a steam discharge port in the steam plenum chamber. To heat the water in the water chamber to steaming temperature, a pair of mutually spaced electrodes is disposed in and near the bottom of the water chamber and is supplied with power through a manually operable switch. A cap selectively closes a fill-opening in the water chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1974
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1976
    Assignee: Osrow Products Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Osrow, Jacques L. LeBaigue