Reservoir On Elongated Handle Patents (Class 401/138)
  • Patent number: 9554686
    Abstract: A mop having a handle and a base plate. The base plate has a lower surface configured to lie on a surface to be cleaned, and extends in a plane defined by a lateral direction and a longitudinal direction that is perpendicular to the lateral direction. The base plate is elongated in the lateral direction and includes a rigid central region that is connected to the handle, a flexing region, and a stepping region. The flexing region is made with an elastomeric material, and is connected at an inboard edge to a lateral end of the central region and extends to an outboard edge. The stepping region is connected to the outboard edge of the flexing region, and includes a generally flat upper surface configured to be stepped on by a user's foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Care Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Joseph Davidshofer, Saba Rizzi, Craig Alan Amick
  • Patent number: 9320405
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus, such as a steam mop or fluid delivery mop, comprises a handle and a foot coupled to the handle for movement along a surface to be cleaned. A cleaning pad can be mounted to a lower surface of the foot and positioned to contact the surface to be cleaned. The foot comprises a viewing window for viewing the cleaning pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Luedke, Kan Yuk Yiu, Jian Yun Pi, Joseph P. Perry, Jian Gang Fan
  • Patent number: 9271625
    Abstract: A cleaning cloth constructed of an upper sheet and lower sheet that are joined together for form an interior cavity into which additional cleaning cloths, cleaning materials, abrasive materials, scented materials, etc. can be placed. The cleaning cloth includes strips that can be used to connect the cleaning cloth to a mop head or other surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph M Colangelo
  • Patent number: 9149164
    Abstract: A window cleaning implement (10) comprises a tubular body divided into rear (12) and front (14) segments inserted telescopically one inside the other and connected by a threaded ring nut (16); the front segment supports a cleaning head (24) fitted with hooking devices for a cloth in microfiber or other suitable material. Said implement comprises, in addition, a removable reservoir (20) for the washing liquid which is drawn from it by means of a manual pump incorporated in said implement, channelled along a flexible hose (32) and dispensed through at least one nozzle (30) placed next to said cleaning head (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: PULEX S.R.L.
    Inventor: Loris Eugenio Lazzareno Giustetto
  • Patent number: 9144363
    Abstract: An extraction or absorbent pad that can be used to pick up spills and/or to remove spots from a surface. The absorbent pad has a core made of a super absorbent polymer laminate, a fluid impervious sheet positioned on one side of the core and a non-woven sheet positioned on the opposite side of the core from the fluid impervious sheet. A handle is provided on the pad to assist with transporting the pad without touching the portion of the pad that absorbs fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventors: Darryl Moskowitz, Michael Grills
  • Patent number: 9131824
    Abstract: A floor tool including a handle, a mop head, and an actuator. The handle includes first and second opposite ends through and between which a longitudinal axis of the handle extends. The handle lies in a plane and further includes a first portion that is located at the first end of the handle and a second portion that is offset from the longitudinal axis. The mop head is coupled at the second end of the handle. A first grip is coupled to the first portion of the handle, and a second grip is coupled to the second portion of the handle. The actuator is positioned adjacent the first end and is contiguous with the first grip, and a fluid reservoir is coupled to and carried by the handle between the second portion and the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Crawford, Andrew M. Bober, Craig Conner, Mark Cors, Nicholas Reback, Daniel Lee
  • Patent number: 9109336
    Abstract: A squeegee shovel for propelling a mass of fluent material along a surface. The squeegee shovel has a blade including a principal panel, and a right wing and a left wing each arranged at an acute angle to the principal panel. Reinforcing bars at the bottom of the blade sandwich the blade and a strip of plastic. A socket for receiving a pole type handle is fixed to one of the reinforcing bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Leland Firth
  • Patent number: 9074163
    Abstract: This invention relates to extend the benefits of using hypochlorite compounds such as sodium hypochlorite to clean and disinfect articles while reducing or eliminating the side effects of treating an article with a strong oxidant material. The invention relates to a single step process involving mixing of precursor compositions of a suitable hypohalite or hypohalous acid with a solution of a reducing agent. Optionally a boiler may be present in either or both precursor compositions, such that at time of use such active hypohalous acid concentration, in the resulting aqueous mixture remains at a sufficient activity level to effect one or more desired benefits against a target substrate for a desired period of time. The oxidant is substantially consumed by reaction with the reducing agent after the time needed for achieving the desired benefit has passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Dewain Garner, William Smith, Jared Heymann
  • Patent number: 9011033
    Abstract: A powered, spray cleaning device that can be operated in an inverted orientation is provided. The cleaning device includes a cleaning head and an elongated handle configured to be grasped by a user. A container of cleaning solution is removably received by the handle, and when received by the handle, fluid from the container fills a fluid accumulator. Fluid in the fluid accumulator is prevented from flowing back into the container when the device is inverted, thus allowing the device to spray fluid when inverted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Lawrence Orubor
  • Patent number: 8926210
    Abstract: A window and glass cleaning device includes a cleaning head and an elongated handle configured to be grasped by a user. The handle has a first end connected to the cleaning head and a second end configured to be connected to an extension handle. A fluid container is housed by the handle, and a spray nozzle is carried by said handle at a position approximate the first end of the handle. A pump is carried by the handle and connects the fluid container to the spray nozzle. The pump includes a pump actuator. An electric motor is carried by the handle and is operatively connected to pump actuator to drive the pump actuator in the pumping of fluid from the container through the spray nozzle. A power source and an electric switch are carried by the handle. The electrical switch is operatively connected to the power source and to the electric motor and is operable by the user to connect the power source to the electric motor to facilitate the pumping of said fluid through said spray nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Lawrence Orubor
  • Patent number: 8926208
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus, and in particular a fluid delivery or steam mop, comprises a handle and a base housing pivotally attached to the handle. The base housing can be used in two positions, whereby opposing sides of the base housing can selectively engage a surface to be cleaned. A manifold can pivot relative to the base housing, such that fluid can be delivered to the surface to be cleaned in both of the two use positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve M. Johnson, Maxine Braun
  • Patent number: 8894315
    Abstract: A cleaning device, comprising a handle, to which a cleaning body is fastened. A liquid reservoir is associated with the handle. The cleaning body has cleaning element that can be wrung out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Uwe Dingert, Norbert Weis
  • Patent number: 8851776
    Abstract: A cleaning pad (28) is disclosed. The cleaning pad (28) includes a base sheet (202) bonded to a fiber mat (203) and exhibits improved debris retention when an additive that exhibits amphiphillic properties is applied to the pad (28). The additive may be added to the pad (28) during manufacture or selectively applied by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Schwarz, John R. Wietfeldt, Timothy L. Chaffee, James W. Taylor, II, David A. Hoadley
  • Patent number: 8844088
    Abstract: A spray mop utilizing a latch and an auxiliary latch that prevents a hinge bar of a mop head from separating and keeping either a cloth mop or a string mop in place. The spray mop utilizes a spray mop that is activated by the use of a lever near the handle of the spray mop. In another embodiment, the hinge bar just uses a latch without an auxiliary latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Hevert Adolfo Garcia Castillo
  • Patent number: 8834053
    Abstract: A mop comprises a mop head and a handle connected to the mop head at a pivot. The mop head and handle have a front and a back. A fluid reservoir for spraying a fluid at the front of the mop head. A trigger is disposed on the handle remote from the mop head, where the trigger controls the spraying of the fluid from the reservoir. The trigger is movable between a non-actuated position and an actuated position where the trigger moves toward the back as it moves from the non-actuated position to the actuated position. A method of using the mop is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Commercial Products, LLC
    Inventors: Alfred Reneau Van Landingham, Jr., Robert Lauer, Mark Allen Hoyle
  • Patent number: 8826961
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a finisher system for finishing joints, seams or gaps in wallboard. According to an example embodiment, the finisher system comprises a finisher for dispensing mastic onto wallboard and an adapter configured for pivotally connecting the finisher to a handle. The finisher and adapter are cooperatively configured to substantially prevent sliding motion of the finisher relative to the adapter, and to ensure appropriate registration and orientation of the finisher relative to the adapter. A fluid communication path is defined within the adapter, allowing mastic to flow through the adapter. A pivot pin enables a first portion of the adapter to pivot relative to a second portion of the adapter, and defines a bore therein that permits mastic to flow through the pivot pin and between the adapter's first and second portions. The adapter is configured for attachment to a handle having a substantially tear drop shaped cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: Axia Acquisition Corporation, Graco Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Castagnetta, Matthew W. Jungklaus, Charles C. Somers, III
  • Patent number: 8821058
    Abstract: A paint applicator including an applicator head for carrying an applicator attachment, a substantially rigid elongate support having a hollow interior for supplying paint to the applicator head, a pivot mechanism interconnecting the elongate support and the applicator head, and a flexible conduit interconnecting the hollow interior of the elongate support and the applicator head. The pivot mechanism includes a detent arranged such that it releasably secures the applicator head in any of a plurality of discrete preset orientations with respect to the elongate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Walker, Daniel Bone, Jonathan Armstrong
  • Patent number: 8807858
    Abstract: A mopping device includes a mopping portion, a fluid release device for releasing fluid to at least one of a surface to be mopped and the mopping portion, a handle configured to be gripped by a user to control the mopping portion, and a reservoir for storing fluid. The reservoir can include an expandable bladder. The reservoir also can be configured such that air need not be evacuated from the reservoir during filling of the reservoir. The mopping device also can be part of a mopping system, in which a refill reservoir is provided to refill the reservoir of the mopping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Commercial Products, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Thomas Fitzpatrick, Thomas Perelli, Grant Matthew Mason
  • Patent number: 8662089
    Abstract: The nail-cleaning tool 1000 has a body part 100 and the body part 100 has an oil reservoir 80 therein. An abrasive member 10 and a nib 20 are protruded from the body part 100. The nib 20 is connected to the oil reservoir 80 so that oil is supplied to the nib 20 from the oil reservoir 80, and the nib 20 and the abrasive member 10 are aligned to be in contact with each other by their faces along the longitudinal direction of the body part 100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Beauty Promotions Inc.
    Inventor: Yong Bum Hwang
  • Patent number: 8657516
    Abstract: A surface treating implement, comprises a body including:— a container receiver; a nozzle assembly comprising a fluid conduit fluidly connected to the container receiver; a container mounted to the container receiver, containing a predetermined amount of a treating composition and having a dispensing opening in fluid communication with the fluid conduit; wherein the body is associated with a handle which includes at least a portion of an activation means for the implement, characterized in that the fluid conduit includes a valve, wherein the valve is operable by a container member attached to and/or extending from the container, adjacent the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser N.V.
    Inventors: Alessandro Cagnina, Giuseppe DiBono, Tangent Lu
  • Patent number: 8657515
    Abstract: A cleaning pad (28) is disclosed. The cleaning pad (28) includes a base sheet (202) bonded to a fiber mat (203) and exhibits improved debris retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Hoadley, John W. Moderwell
  • Patent number: 8641309
    Abstract: A surface treating implement (10) according to the invention comprises a body (14) comprising a container receiver (36) and a nozzle assembly (26) comprising a fluid conduit fluidly (72) connected to the container receiver (36). At least one container (16) is selectively mounted to the container receiver (36) and contains a predetermined amount of a treating composition and has a dispensing opening (102) in fluid communication with the fluid conduit (72). A handle (12) is associated with the body (14). The nozzle assembly (26) is mounted to the body (14) for selective displacement a predetermined distance to release the treating composition from the container (16) through the fluid conduit (72) and onto a surface to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Perry, Herbert J. Vanderbilt, Kevin Haley, Donald J. Mahaffy, Justin Benacquisto, Kelli A. Cain, Kenneth M. Lenkiewicz, James A. Krzeminski
  • Publication number: 20140016986
    Abstract: A paint/stain stick pad, for use with a paint/stain reservoir handle and dispensing plunger for coating deck boards with opposing side edges having joints therebetween, has a platform having a top and a bottom. The top has a pivotal connection to the handle and a paint/stain inlet in flow communication with the paint/stain in the reservoir handle. The bottom has a paint/stain dispensing and spreading surface in flow communication with the paint/stain inlet for evenly dispensing the paint/stain along the dispensing surface onto the boards. A central cut out is provided in the platform into which a stain/paint applicator is mounted in a floating arrangement within the cut out and biased downwardly as to dispense paint/stain onto the opposing board edges in the joints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: DIVERSIFIED DYNAMICS CORP.
    Inventors: Daniel BRUGGEMAN, Dion MCDEVITT, Stephen KOHS
  • Patent number: 8596896
    Abstract: A cleaning tool (10) includes a cleaning head (11) and a handle (12) and is to be used with a cleaning sheet attached to the cleaning head (11). The cleaning head (11) has a gradual-liquid-release mechanism (16) including a liquid reservoir (14) and a gradual-liquid-release portion (15) that, by the action of hydrostatic pressure from above, gradually releases a liquid agent supplied to the liquid reservoir (14) to a cleaning face (17a) provided by a cleaning cushion (17) of the cleaning head (11) while causing the liquid agent to pass through a multitude of fine flow paths. The gradual-liquid-release portion (15) is provided continuously across substantially the entire width in the length direction of the substantially rectangular cleaning head (11) as viewed along the short-side direction of the cleaning head (11), the portion (15) provided facing the cleaning face (17a) of the cleaning head (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Eiki Kimura
  • Patent number: 8510874
    Abstract: A toilet plunger cleaning system wherein a toilet plunger is provided having a handle with an inner chamber and a plunger head. The handle chamber has a reciprocating cylinder filled with a cleaning fluid. A plurality of circumferentially spaced normally closed holes are provided in the handle communicating with holes in the cylinder. A lever on the exterior of the handle is activated to align the holes in the cylinder with the holes in the handle to release fluid about the lower portion of the handle and the plunger head to clean and/or sanitize the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Carol Duboc
  • Patent number: 8449212
    Abstract: A floor tool including a handle, a mop head, and a fluid reservoir. The handle includes first and second opposite ends through which a longitudinal axis of the handle extends. The mop head is coupled to the second end of the handle. The fluid reservoir is coupled to and carried by the handle at a location between the first and second ends of the handle and has a center of mass offset from the longitudinal axis. A portion of the handle is offset from the longitudinal axis more the center of mass of the fluid reservoir. Additionally, the portion of the handle is located between the fluid reservoir and the first end of the handle such that the portion of the handle is located above the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Crawford, Andrew M. Bober, Craig Conner, Mark Cors, Nicholas Reback, Daniel Lee
  • Patent number: 8424483
    Abstract: A paint edging apparatus includes a body having front and rear ends defining a longitudinal axis therebetween, the body receiving a paint reservoir for supplying paint to an applicator portion of the apparatus, the body including a handle extending rearwardly at an acute angle relative to the longitudinal axis. An urging mechanism selectively engages the paint reservoir to discharge paint therefrom. A vibrator mounted to the body and operatively connected to the paint applicator portion of the apparatus imparts an oscillatory motion to the paint applicator. A trigger is pivotally mounted to the handle for activating the vibrator, wherein a user can move the apparatus over a work surface to apply paint to the work surface and also pivot the trigger at the same time by grasping the handle with a single hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Depingo, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Ling, Britt K. Norton, Jason Gerold
  • Publication number: 20120269567
    Abstract: A floor finish application tool and method for applying floor finishes to a floor. Some embodiments are provided with disposable or quickly replaceable features, such as feed lines or reservoirs to eliminate the need for time consuming clean-up operations. Some embodiments are provided with a two portion hinged head having a spreading or distributing portion and a leveling portion to provide substantially uniform floor finish thickness across a floor. Some embodiments also feature an applicator pad composed of at least two different types of material. The first material is a floor finish distributing material that serves a function of substantially uniformly spreading bulk floor finish across a floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: DIVERSEY, INC.
    Inventors: Charles A. Crawford, Andrew M. Bober, Shwn-meei Y. Linden, Christopher F. Lang, Axel Schmitz, Alfred Adolf Widmer
  • Patent number: 8292536
    Abstract: An applicator tool for applying a liquid onto a surface of a floor includes an applicator and a handle connected to the applicator. The applicator includes a housing having a bottom surface and a plurality of sidewalls. The bottom surface is connected to the sidewalls to define a reservoir. The bottom surface has at least one opening in fluid for substantially continuously dispensing the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Steven James Lange, Minyu Li, Eric Richard Balz, Brian Philip Carlson
  • Publication number: 20120227763
    Abstract: A floor mop including a mop head; a bow shaped handle having a distal end positioned remote from the mop head, a proximal end pivotably attached to the mop head, a concave side and a convex side opposite the concave side, the bow shaped handle being pivotably displaceable relative the mop head between a convex side up operating position and a concave side up operating position; and a fluid dispenser mounted on the bow shaped handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Eric Paris Hayes, Jared Mark Delaney Hall
  • Publication number: 20120195674
    Abstract: A multipurpose cleaning implement that permits a user to remove at least one of loose matter, stains and stuck-on debris from floor surfaces. The device includes an elongate handle the lower end of which is connected to a cleaning head that carries cleaning material. In an embodiment, the cleaning head is selectively positionable between a broom/scrubbing position and a mop position. In various embodiments, the implement possesses characteristics of a broom, a scrubbing brush and/or a mop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: QUICKIE MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: James S. Mandle, David Philip Birnbaum, Jace A. Weaver, David R. Schiff, Mathieu D. Turpault
  • Patent number: 8205293
    Abstract: A steam mop having a main body having a boiler with a water inlet and a steam outlet positioned therein, a pump having an inlet and an outlet with the pump outlet connected to the boiler inlet, a water container for storing water connected to the pump inlet, and a steam pocket frame connected to the steam outlet, where the activation of the pump pumps water from the water container to the boiler for generation of steam. In an embodiment of the invention, a steam mop having a main body with a boiler, a water container, a mechanical water pump between the boiler and container and at least one side arm connecting the boiler steam outlet to a fabric steam pocket frame. The water pump is actuated by movement of the mop when cleaning to send water to the boiler. The steam pad frame is substantially rectangular with a plurality of baffles in a square grid formation extending outwardly to distribute steam to distribute steam between the baffles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventors: Maximilian Rosenzweig, Vrdoljak Ognjen
  • Patent number: 8186898
    Abstract: A plural nozzle cleaning implement. The nozzles are oriented inwardly, to provide a converging spray pattern. The converging spray pattern provides more coverage of the target surface, which increases residence time of fluid sprayed onto debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Glenn Allen Bradbury, Keith David Fanta
  • Patent number: 8123423
    Abstract: An applicator with a flexible dispensing end is provided. The applicator includes a housing having an internal compartment configured to hold a container of skin sealant. The housing includes a dispensing end having at least one opening to permit the skin sealant to be dispensed. The housing includes an actuator configured to contact the container and release the skin sealant. The dispensing end has at least one movable member. The dispensing end is flexible and is configured to move on more than one axis, and up to three axes, sequentially or simultaneously, so that the skin sealant dispensed from the applicator may be uniformly applied to contours on a patient's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worlwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Ajay Houde, Susan Gayle Oslund, Tracy Joseph White, Wendy Anderson Cocke
  • Patent number: 8118512
    Abstract: A brush, or mop, or like tool (1) has a handle (5) and a head (7). The handle (5) is able to carry a liquid that can be dispensed therefrom during use of the tool (1). The handle (5) has a liquid dispensing passage (51) through which the liquid can pass to an outlet (17). The passage (51) has a valve (19) to control the passage of the liquid and the valve (19) has a sliding gate part (65) and a stationary gate part (49). The sliding gate part (65) can be positionable to block the flow of liquid in one position, and to permit the flow of liquid in another position. The sliding gate part (65) effects a sliding wiping cleaning of the valve (19), and therefore minimize clogging of the valve (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: The Decor Corporation Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Jim Samartgis
  • Patent number: 8082621
    Abstract: A steam mop having a main body having a boiler with a water inlet and a steam outlet positioned therein, a pump having an inlet and an outlet with the pump outlet connected to the boiler inlet, a water container for storing water connected to the pump inlet, and a steam pocket frame connected to the steam outlet, where the activation of the pump pumps water from the water container to the boiler for generation of steam. In an embodiment of the invention, a steam mop having a main body with a boiler, a water container, a mechanical water pump between the boiler and container and at least one side arm connecting the boiler steam outlet to a fabric steam pocket frame. The water pump is actuated by movement of the mop when cleaning to send water to the boiler. The steam pad frame is substantially rectangular with a plurality of baffles in a square grid formation extending outwardly to distribute steam to distribute steam between the baffles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventors: Maximilian Rosenzweig, Vrdoljak Ognjen
  • Patent number: 8079770
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system for a cleaning tool. In one embodiment, the fluid delivery system includes a reservoir, a first conduit and a second conduit coupled to the reservoir and adapted to selectively dispense fluid from the reservoir, wherein an end of the second conduit is moveable relative to the first conduit to dispense fluid in a plurality of directions. In another embodiment, the fluid delivery system includes a reservoir adapted to contain at least one fluid, a first conduit coupled to the reservoir adapted to selectively dispense fluid from the reservoir, and a second conduit coupled to the reservoir adapted to selectively dispense fluid from the reservoir independent of the first conduit. In another embodiment, the fluid delivery system has a reservoir with a first and second outlet wherein the second outlet selectively dispenses fluid from the reservoir independent of the first outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Fredi D. Widmer, Axel Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20110211901
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system usable in an oral care implement and a reservoir containing a flowable substance. A capillary channel formed of one or more wicking or capillary members extends through at least a portion of the oral care implement to deliver flowable substance(s) through one or more outlets via capillary action. In one embodiment, the rate of fluid flow through the capillary channel is different in at least a first flow section than in a second flow section. In another embodiment, the rate of flow between flow sections of the wicking member is different than in at least one of the flow sections. A variety of flowable substances can be administered for therapeutic, hygienic, and/or other benefits, such as fresh breath, tooth whitening, tooth sensitivity, plaque and/or tartar control, or producing sensations of heat, cool, or tingling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Thomas Boyd, Sharon Kennedy, Madhusudan Patel, John Gatzemeyer, Eduardo Jimenez
  • Patent number: 7976235
    Abstract: A cleaning pad (28) is disclosed. The cleaning pad (28) includes a base sheet (202) bonded to a fiber mat (203) and exhibits improved debris retention without leaving a residue on a surface to be cleaned when a volatile additive is applied to the pad (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Hoadley, John W. Moderwell
  • Publication number: 20110158737
    Abstract: The pencil type cosmetic container is disclosed, which comprises a storing container for storing cosmetic stuff in the interior of the same; a housing which is inserted from an upper side to a lower side of the storing container, with a stopper, which corresponds to the size of an outer diameter of the storing container, being protruded from an outer side of the housing, with a through inlet hole being formed at a lower side of the housing, with a first check valve being installed at an upper side of the inlet hole for opening and closing the inlet hole with the aid of a pressure applied to the cosmetic stuff; a middle container which is engaged to an upper side of the storing container, with a curved part being formed at a lower side of the middle container for limiting the movement of the stopper, with a through button engaging hole being formed at one side of the middle container; a seal cap of which the center is hollow, an upper side is inserted into the interior of the middle container, and a lower side
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: YONWOO CO., LTD
    Inventor: Joong-Hyun Ki
  • Publication number: 20110038660
    Abstract: A modern-day power-operated fingernail brush and liquid soap cleaning apparatus having an embodiment preferably with bristles connected to gears and a centralized motor of an elongated body. The body portion is hollow and further includes a motor operative to generate motion for driving the moving portion. The batteries are located within the hollow section for powering the motor. In one embodiment, the disposable liquid soap cartridge snaps into a housing which has an outer opening outlining the section of the soap dispenser unit that secures the cartridge sealant from any liquid spillage. In other embodiments of the invention, the brush head is coated with an anti-bacterial liquid soap or other liquid soap agents that is released into the chamber of the bristles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Quinara L. Rudolph, Breaeja Lashay Bell, Braylin Lariq Bell
  • Patent number: 7850384
    Abstract: A fluid flow assembly includes a storage container connected to a fluid coupling and retaining cylinder. The connection is secured by a bayonet connection and walls between the bases of the container and cylinder. The storage container has a ball valve assembly disposed at its base, which includes an upper housing, a lower extension, and a ball valve axially disposed therein. The cylinder includes an axial hollow elongate fluid outlet on the base, co-axially aligned with an outlet port of the ball valve assembly of the container. The upper portion of the fluid outlet is a male coupling, which penetrates into the outlet port, when the container is connected to the cylinder, and axially displaces a valve ball from its closed position into an open position, enabling fluid flowing thru the ball valve assembly of the storage container, into the hollow fluid outlet of the cylinder, and downstream of it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Avet AG
    Inventor: Roland Sacks
  • Publication number: 20100139677
    Abstract: A container for nail polish is disclosed. An appropriate amount of nail polish container in the container is delivered by pressing a control on the container. The container has an elongated body having a storage chamber containing nail polish, and the bottom of the elongated body is a pushing rod, allowing the bottom section of the container to rotate along the pushing rod. The pressing of the control element causes the gear member to rotate, which moves up the pushing rod and a valve plate on the valve seat squeeze the nail polish to the bristles provided at the valve seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: YI-LI TSAI
  • Patent number: 7722273
    Abstract: A cleaning implement includes a cleaning head having on a bottom a cleaning operation surface, a holding portion arranged on the side opposite the cleaning head, a pipe for coupling the cleaning head and the holding portion, and a valve opening and closing device provided to the pipe so as to be able to hold a first container for receiving a first fluid or a second container for receiving a second fluid. The holding portion includes a lever coupled to the valve opening and closing device so as to open and close a first valve of the first container or a second valve of the second container. A spout of a second ejection nozzle for ejecting the second fluid containing an allergen inactivator is located, for example, at a height of about 30 cm or more from the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tanaka, Tomokazu Suda, Masatoshi Fujiwara, Akemi Tsuchiya, Gregory Clegg Spooner, Hoss Vong
  • Publication number: 20100119289
    Abstract: The invention is a liquid dispensing cleaning or scrubbing device that includes a handle and a scrubbing head. The handle is hollow and holds a cleaning liquid. The head twists from an open position to a closed position. When the head is an open position, the user pushes a button on the back of the head to deliver a substantial amount of cleaning liquid to the bottom of the scrubbing head. The head receives liquid through a re-sealable inset screw cap filler port. The filler port is on the bottom of the head, and when the scrubbing device is fully assembled the filler port is completely and conveniently out of the user's way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Jennifer Schmidig
  • Patent number: 7708484
    Abstract: A cleaning implement includes a cleaning head having on the bottom a cleaning operation surface and a valve opening and closing device that is connected to the cleaning head and can hold a first container for receiving a first fluid or a second container for receiving a second fluid. The cleaning implement further includes a first circulation path through which the first fluid is ejectable from the cleaning head and a second circulation path through which the second fluid is ejectable by interrupting the first circulation path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tanaka, Tomokazu Suda, Masatoshi Fujiwara, Gregory Clegg Spooner, Hoss Vong
  • Patent number: 7708485
    Abstract: A cleaning implement includes a cleaning head having a cleaning operation surface on a bottom, a holding portion arranged on the side opposite the cleaning head, a pipe for coupling the cleaning head and the holding portion, and a valve opening and closing device provided to the pipe so as to be able to hold a first container for receiving a first fluid or a second container for receiving a second fluid. The holding portion includes a lever coupled to the valve opening and closing device so as to open and close a first valve of the first container or a second valve of the second container. A first ejection nozzle can eject the first fluid forward of the cleaning head, and a second ejection nozzle can eject the second fluid rearward of the cleaning head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tanaka, Tomokazu Suda, Masatoshi Fujiwara, Gregory Clegg Spooner, Hoss Vong
  • Patent number: 7699551
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cleaning device with a squirter for squirting liquid forward of a cleaning head. The cleaning head has a nozzle head with a nozzle. A liquid receiving part is provided to extend from beneath an orifice of the nozzle toward a front face of the cleaning head. Liquid dripping from the orifice of the nozzle can be led down an inclined top face of the liquid receiving part to the outside of the cleaning head, preventing the cleaning head from being soiled with a detergent, a wax or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Tomokazu Suda, Yoshinori Tanaka, Masatoshi Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20100083976
    Abstract: The nail polish applicator of the present invention broadly comprises a body having a cavity, an application tip connected to the body and in fluid communication with the cavity, a polish contained in the cavity, a channel interposed between the cavity and the application tip, and wherein the application tip is sized to apply polish to a nail. The present invention also broadly comprises a method of completing a French manicure or French pedicure including the steps of: providing a nail polish applicator with a body having a cavity with a fluid, an application tip, and a channel interconnecting the cavity and the application tip, locating the application tip on a first side of a nail tip, and sliding the application tip from the first side to a second side of the nail tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventor: Maryann Montana-Selers
  • Patent number: 7682097
    Abstract: A device for applying a cleaning or polishing solution to a surface and wiping the solution over the surface includes a rotatable valve that allows for the dispensing of the solution through either a nozzle that sprays the solution in front of a disposable sponge-like pad secured to the device, or directly into the pad for application to the surface by the pad. The device also includes a rearward opening that releasably receives a container of the solution to be dispensed from the device. When the container is empty, the container is removed and replaced in order to allow the device to be used in a generally continuous manner for cleaning and polishing the surface. The disposable pad connected to the device may also include a cleaning surface capable of picking up dust, dirt and other debris in addition to applying the polishing and cleaning solutions to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy F. Knopow, Douglas P. Gundlach