Blade-like Or Pad-like Tool Patents (Class 401/139)
  • Patent number: 9750336
    Abstract: Reservoir handle for a cleaning element (2) that is provided with a handle (3) in the form of a refillable reservoir (15) for liquid with a filler opening (14) and outlet (16, 33) with an operable valve (17) and an operating button (8) that can be pushed in axially to open the valve (17) to let liquid out of the reservoir (15), whereby the operating button (8) includes a stopper (25) for the reservoir (15) that is axially movable in the handle (3) between a closed position in which the reservoir (15) is closed when the operating button (8) is not pressed in and a filling position in which the reservoir (15) is connected to the environment via the filler opening (14) in order to be able to fill the reservoir (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: WAAK-BW VZW
    Inventor: Kris Vandenbroucke
  • Patent number: 9314146
    Abstract: An integrated cleaning and dispensing apparatus. In one embodiment, the apparatus housing is triangularly shaped and contains within the housing, a dispenser to dispense cleaning solution onto a target surface to be cleaned. A covering is disposed around the outer perimeter surface of the apparatus. In alternative embodiments a cushioning layer is between the microfiber cover and the apparatus housing. In an alternative embodiment, the microfiber cover is attached by hook-and-loop fastener. In another embodiment the microfiber cover is attached to an elastic sleeve that may fit snugly over the outer surface. Other embodiments include a quadrilaterally shaped apparatus housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Gil Gameiro, Phillip Lembo
  • Patent number: 8939668
    Abstract: A system for applying chemical liquid protectant to tires which has an applicator with a foam pad for mating with the tire and a foam support structure for mating with the foam pad, where the foam pad has a quick connection to a source of pressurized chemical liquid protectant; the system having a nozzle for dispensing chemical liquid protectant into an area central to the foam pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Rick L. Waddell
  • Patent number: 8931971
    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: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Schwarz, John R. Wietfeldt, David A. Hoadley
  • 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: 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: 8876421
    Abstract: With respect to a cleaning tool having a sheetlike cleaning member for mopping a surface to be cleaned, it is intended to provide a technology effective for enhancing of cleaning effect. There is provided cleaning tool (10) comprising cleaning sheet (100) for mopping a surface to be cleaned and injection nozzle (252) for jetting a cleaning liquid toward the surface to be cleaned at its region under the cleaning sheet (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Tomokazu Suda
  • Patent number: 8834055
    Abstract: A device for cleaning debris from a target surface. The device has a sole plate with permanent bristles and a removable/replaceable pad. The device also has a replaceable, on-board supply of cleanser. The pad/cleanser may be replaced when depleted and replaced with a new pad/cleanser or may simply be replaced with a new pad/cleanser when that pad/cleanser is more suitable for a particular cleaning task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hirotaka Uchiyama, Mimi Gizaw Daniel, Glenn Allen Bradbury, David William Schuller, Agnes Elaine Wells, Michelle Lynn Borman, Aaron Fredrick Dubas, Adam Robert-George Shafer
  • 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: 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: 8747006
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a flat box finisher for applying mud (or mastic or joint compound) over taped joints on walls and ceilings. Usually, paint or wallpaper is then applied over the finished mud. The flat box finisher has no external springs, but has at least one internal support bar which acts as a spring for applying pressure to a corresponding dry wall finishing handle affixed to the flat box finisher. The internal support bar is surrounded by the mud while the device is in use. As a result of having no external spring, the flat box finisher may be reduced in size for smaller jobs or difficult to reach areas of a room. The internal support bar may also eliminate problems with external springs, such as the spring wearing out or becoming damaged during use or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Drywall Master Tool, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Payne
  • Patent number: 8683642
    Abstract: A dual-functional screen cleaner has a housing unit, a cleaning body, and a cleaning liquid container. The housing unit has a first housing and a second housing opposite the first housing. The first housing and the second housing have a first housing trough and a second housing trough respectively. The second housing trough has an upper housing trough and a lower housing trough opposite the upper housing trough. The cleaning body is removably accommodated in the lower housing trough. The cleaning liquid container is located in the upper housing trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Taiwan Bor Ying Corporation
    Inventor: Jin-Sheng Weng
  • Patent number: 8684619
    Abstract: A device for cleaning debris from a target surface. The device has a sole plate with permanent bristles and a removable/replaceable pad. The device also has a replaceable, on-board supply of cleanser. The pad/cleanser may be replaced when depleted and replaced with a new pad/cleanser or may simply be replaced with a new pad/cleanser when that pad/cleanser is more suitable for a particular cleaning task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hirotaka Uchiyama, Mimi Gizaw Daniel, Glenn Allen Bradbury, David William Schuller, Agnes Elaine Wells, Michelle Lynn Borman, Aaron Fredrick Dubas, Adam Robert-George Shafer
  • Patent number: 8662778
    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. The second material is a floor finish finishing material that is suitable for leveling the already spread floor finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Crawford, Andrew M. Bober, Shwn-meei Y. Linden, Christopher F. Lang, Axel Schmitz, Alfred Adolf Widmer
  • Patent number: 8647094
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to construction tools. The present invention includes tools used for applying mastic or mud to a work surface, for example, a flat box mastic applicator tool, blade assembly, and/or blade adjustment system, that have many improvements too numerous to mention all in the Abstract. The flat box mastic applicator may include unique walls. The blade assembly may have a non-uniform cross section, e.g., a blade holder with thinner areas and/or material removed at various locations along its lateral length. The blade holder may have a larger size outer end(s) to withstand bending or braking. The blade holder may have and arched shape, ribs or bumps for holding a blade more firmly, and a ridge or bump at its outer edge to act as a dam. The blade adjustment system may include symmetrical pins or posts and a tapered leaf spring. See further improvements herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Exceptional IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: David Brian Jalbert
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8608396
    Abstract: A floor finish applicator including a cart having wheels and a body member constructed and arranged to receive a source of floor finish. The floor finish applicator also includes a pump coupled to the cart and operable to deliver floor finish to a floor, a floor finish feed conduit in fluid communication between the pump and a container supporting floor finish, and a transmission assembly coupled to the cart. The floor finish feed conduit supplies floor finish to the pump. The transmission assembly includes an axle coupled to and driven by a wheel of the cart, a drive gear connected to the axle, a drive shaft having a driven gear for engaging the drive gear and driving the pump, and a hand-actuated spring-loaded clutch for selective engagement of the pump and the drive shaft with the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bober, Charles A. Crawford, Lance D. Brown, Douglas S. Rodenkirch, Scott I. Biba, Craig P. Conner, Daniel R. Nett, Nicholas S. Reback
  • Patent number: 8608395
    Abstract: A pull-behind floor finish applicator wherein a peristaltic pump is employed in conjunction with disposable conduit tubing obviate any clean up of the pump. This applicator is adaptable to receiving bag in the box floor finish, thus reducing cleaning time. The applicator employs a minimum number of disposable parts thus making it economical to produce. A mop is employed to apply floor finish to easily accessible areas in one instance, yet allows the mop to be used independently for application of floor finish to not so easily accessible areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bober, Charles A. Crawford, Lance D. Brown, Douglas S. Rodenkirch, Scott I. Biba, Craig P. Conner, Daniel R. Nett, Nicholas S. Reback
  • Patent number: 8544146
    Abstract: The invention relates to a scraper, including a device for projecting-onto a surface through an opening, and a scraping body with a resilient scraping element including a ridge capable of scraping a smooth surface. The body includes, towards a surface of the scraping element, a device for collecting liquid on a substrate absorbing residual liquid connected to a conduit. The device for collecting has an end surface-capable of entering into contact with said surface. The invention also relates to a household appliance incorporating such a scraper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Winddrop
    Inventor: Gerard Curien
  • 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: 8430588
    Abstract: An application nozzle for viscous adhesives has a nozzle housing (1) encompassing an interior (4) that has an application edge (6) along which a plurality of nozzle openings (8, 33) are arranged, and has at least one feed opening (5) located opposite from the application edge (6). The interior (4) of the nozzle housing (1) widens from the feed opening (5) towards the nozzle openings (8, 33), as seen in the direction of the application edge (6). Flow elements (9, 10, 11) to convey the adhesive from the feed opening (5) to the nozzle openings (8, 33) are provided in the interior (4) of the nozzle housing (1) and at least one flow element (9, 10, 11) that has an inflow edge (12) and an outflow edge (13) and that is oriented in such a way that the flow element, while being completely surrounded by the volume flow of adhesive, uniformly distributes the volume flow of adhesive, taking into consideration the different flow paths leading from the feed opening (5) to the individual nozzle openings (8, 33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Bona GmbH Deutschland
    Inventor: Thomas Haack
  • Patent number: 8425137
    Abstract: A double sided spray mop is disclosed that has a cleaning head with a bottom head and a top head, at least one push fit zipper, and a nozzle protruding from an edge of the cleaning head for delivery of a cleaning solution. The double sided spray mop further has a body for receiving a bottle of cleaning solution and a manual pump housed within the body for delivering cleaning solution to the nozzle. A universal joint couples the body to the cleaning head. A pole is connected to the body and contains a pusher rod that mechanically couples a trigger and a linkage, the linkage being mechanically coupled to the pump such that movement of the trigger translates to actuation of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Casabella Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Andre Sampaio
  • 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: 20130071170
    Abstract: The present invention is both a method and an apparatus for utilizing a container/connector 10. The container/connector 10 holds a second liquid 110 that is mixed with a first liquid 12a in container 12. Then after mixing to form a use solution, the use solution flows back through the container 10 and out for use by a suitable applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Richard Jondall Mehus, Chad Aaron Thompson, Jeffrey William Plank, Minyu Li, Paul J. Mattia
  • Patent number: 8366336
    Abstract: A floor finish applicator including a cart having wheels and a body member constructed and arranged to receive a source of floor finish. The floor finish applicator also includes a pump coupled to the cart and operable to deliver floor finish to a floor, a floor finish feed conduit in fluid communication between the pump and a container supporting floor finish, and a transmission assembly coupled to the cart. The floor finish feed conduit supplies floor finish to the pump. The transmission assembly includes an axle coupled to and driven by a wheel of the cart, a drive gear connected to the axle, a drive shaft having a driven gear for engaging the drive gear and driving the pump, and a hand-actuated spring-loaded clutch for selective engagement of the pump and the drive shaft with the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bober, Charles A. Crawford, Lance D. Brown, Douglas S. Rodenkirch, Scott I. Biba, Craig P. Conner, Daniel R. Nett, Nicholas S. Reback
  • Patent number: 8308389
    Abstract: An apparatus for use when applying a compound from a dispensing tube comprises: a receptacle; a plurality of retaining rings mechanically coupled to the receptacle for attaching the apparatus to the dispensing tube; an application blade secured within the receptacle for contacting the compound being dispensed during application; optionally, a handle mechanically coupled on an opposite side of the receptacle from the plurality of retaining rings; and, optionally, at least one retaining clip for securing at least one of the plurality of retaining rings around a nozzle tip of the dispensing tube. Such apparatus and related methods facilitate initial application of the compound in an evenly distributed and desired topographical manner without requiring subsequent smoothing and/or shaping steps after contact of the compound with a surface to which it is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: David Chen Yu
  • Patent number: 8267607
    Abstract: A surface working apparatus or cleaning implement that is useful in removing soils and other undesirable items from carpeting, hard flooring or any surface. More particularly, the present invention relates to a floor cleaning apparatus having a handle and an absorbent cleaning pad which is removably attached to a cleaning head and disposable after use. An aerosol canister is connected to the apparatus and a trigger is used to selectively dispense the contents of the canister in front of the cleaning head for cleaning the flooring. Various locking means are added to the floor cleaning tool to ensure proper floor chemical application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Harris Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Harris
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8246263
    Abstract: A pull-behind floor finish applicator wherein a peristaltic pump is employed in conjunction with disposable conduit tubing obviate any clean up of the pump. This applicator is adaptable to receiving bag in the box floor finish, thus reducing cleaning time. The applicator employs a minimum number of disposable parts thus making it economical to produce. A mop is employed to apply floor finish to easily accessible areas in one instance, yet allows the mop to be used independently for application of floor finish to not so easily accessible areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bober, Charles A. Crawford, Lance D. Brown, Douglas S. Rodenkirch, Scott I. Biba, Craig P. Conner, Daniel R. Nett, Nicholas S. Reback
  • Patent number: 8235621
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a grout dispensing system comprising: a suction mechanism that draws grout material into an elongated tube; a dispensing channel attached to a first end of the elongated tube; a suction handle extending through the elongated tube, where the suction handle draws grout into the tube when moved in a first direction and dispenses grout into the dispensing channel when moved in a second direction; a plurality of dispensing tips disposed below the dispensing channel; and a squeegee on one side of the dispensing channel. In one exemplary embodiment, the suction mechanism includes a suction cup at one end of the suction handle, where said suction cup is within said elongated tube; a suction opening at a lower end of the elongated tube; and a suction tube extending from the suction opening. The distal end of suction tube lies in a deposit of grout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Vernon Robinson
  • Patent number: 8231371
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to construction tools. The present invention includes tools used for applying mastic or mud to a work surface, for example, a flat box mastic applicator tool, blade assembly, and/or blade adjustment system, that have many improvements too numerous to mention all in the Abstract. The flat box mastic applicator may include unique walls. The blade assembly may have a non-uniform cross section, e.g., a blade holder with thinner areas and/or material removed at various locations along its lateral length. The blade holder may have a larger size outer end(s) to withstand bending or braking. The blade holder may have and arched shape, ribs or bumps for holding a blade more firmly, and a ridge or bump at its outer edge to act as a dam. The blade adjustment system may include symmetrical pins or posts and a tapered leaf spring. See further improvements herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Exceptional IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: David Brian Jalbert
  • 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: 8157466
    Abstract: A cleaning device having a handle, the handle having a cleaning pad assembly capable of pivoting between a cleaning position and a rinsing position. The handle of the cleaning device may further comprise a conduit for directing the flow of a liquid from a liquid input to a liquid output, the liquid output being capable of direction either though the cleaning pad to wet the cleaning pad or at a surface to rinse a surface. The cleaning device may further comprise a valve, the valve being operable to control the flow of water through the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Idea Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mueller, Patricia Mueller, Garrett Butrym
  • Patent number: 8142094
    Abstract: A floor mop for cleaning a surface by wet mopping in which the mop has a spray nozzle mounted in the mop head. There is a handle connected to the mop head by a universal joint. A cloth is removably mounted on the under surface of the mop head for easy replacement when it is soiled or worn out. A fluid tank is mounted in the mop head. A pump is connected to the fluid tank. A wireless signal generator is mounted on the handle for sending a wireless signal to a receiver in the mop head for activating the pump for spraying fluid onto the surface to effect wet mopping when the wireless signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventors: Bryan Kaleta, Mark Kaleta
  • Publication number: 20120070584
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally related to highlighting ink formulations and writing instruments containing the same. The disclosure provides a highlighting ink formulation that includes a solvent system, a colorant dispersed or dissolved in the solvent system, and an anti-smear agent dispersed or dissolved in the solvent system, wherein the anti-smear agent includes a monovalent cation and/or a divalent cation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: SANFORD, L.P.
    Inventor: Xiaomang Wang
  • Patent number: 8096723
    Abstract: A squeegee with a swiveling squeegee handle and squeegee head with a detachable squeegee blade container with affixed squeegee blade and spraying device enclosed in the squeegee handle. The squeegee head has an elongated groove or notch on top of the squeegee head allowing squeegee blade in various size and shape to be fasten on to the squeegee head, and clamp like devices attach at the rear of the squeegee head to fasten a wiping material across the front surface of the squeegee head. The squeegee blade container and an enclosed squeegee blade, and wiping material are detachable from the squeegee head. The squeegee handle has an enclosed container for holding liquid and an attached sprayer/pump for dispensing the contained liquid, and threaded squeegee handle to allow extended poles to be attached to provide longer reach. The swivel joints allow extensions, squeegee handle and/or squeegee head, to swivel and locked to an angled position or swivel with specified degree of resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Jinsoo James Bae
  • 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: 20110268492
    Abstract: Personal gel soap dispensers are provided. Such gel soap dispensers include a container, for example, having a size similar to a bar of hand soap or body soap, a quantity of gel soap in the container in an interior hollow space of the container, and at least one through opening, for example, a plurality of through openings extending from an interior hollow space of the container through the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Frank J. Uxa, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110091264
    Abstract: A cosmetic dispenser includes a cap; a dispensing assembly in the cap and comprising a spring-biased plunger having a channel therethrough, and a dispensing seat releasably secured to the plunger; a case with the dispensing assembly disposed therein and comprising a peripheral communicating hole; a preparation container threadedly secured to the cap; a battery barrel; a push button switch in the battery barrel; a battery in the battery barrel between the switch and a motor; and a motor receptacle threadedly secured to the battery barrel and secured to the container. In an on operation, pressing a push button of the switch one time will electrically connect the battery and the motor together and activate the motor to cause vibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Jun ZHANG
  • Patent number: 7927033
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mount configured to couple a cleaning accessory to a wand of a pressurized fluid delivery apparatus. The mount includes a first receiving portion configured to receive the wand therein. The first receiving portion defines a first axis along which the wand is slidable. The mount also includes a locking member configured to secure the first receiving portion to the wand and a second receiving portion extending from the first receiving portion. The second receiving portion is configured to connect to an end of the cleaning accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Briggs and Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Gansebom, Brian Beutter, Steve Fiacchino, Brian D. Neeley
  • Publication number: 20110052306
    Abstract: A molded soap bar having a flexible outer shell and a flexible soap reservoir lying within the outer shell and containing liquid soap to be dispensed. The soap reservoir communicates with a button valve by way of a soap emitter that is surrounded by a soap dispensing head which lies outside and below the flexible outer shell. A squeezing force applied to the flexible outer shell of the molded soap bar is transmitted to the flexible soap reservoir to cause soap to be delivered under pressure from the reservoir through a flow path formed in the soap emitter to the button valve. The button valve includes a flexible flap closure that is pivotally connected to the soap dispensing head and a pushing arm that is connected to the flap closure. A pushing force applied to the pushing arm causes the flap closure of the button valve to pivot from a closed position to an open position to create a gap through which a supply of liquid soap from the soap reservoir is dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Charles A. Cavaiani
  • Publication number: 20110052307
    Abstract: A two-in-one screen cleansing device includes a holding body having a first and a second section connected to each other back to back, and the first and the second section defining a first and a second chamber, respectively; a cleansing fluid dispenser removably held in the first chamber; and a cleansing unit removably held in the second chamber. The cleansing fluid dispenser and the cleansing unit are held together as an integral body by the holding body 1 to avoid the risk of getting separated from each other easily to cause inconvenience to a user. The user can use the cleansing fluid contained in the cleansing fluid dispenser without the need of removing the cleansing fluid dispenser from the holding body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: TAIWAN BOR YING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jin-Sheng WENG
  • Patent number: 7891041
    Abstract: A device that can be used to spread a thin, even coating of liquid material on a surface is provided. In one embodiment the device is adapted to be used to apply floor coating on a floor surface. The device is configured such that the applicator portion of the device applies a generally constant contact force on the surface, even when the force applied by the user on the tool varies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John J. Dyer, Mitchell T. Johnson, Erik J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7891898
    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 a liquid is applied to the pad (28) or the surface to be cleaned. The pad (28) is preferably used with a cleaning system that includes a fluid source (30) in communication with a cleaning tool (22) such that fluid may be selectively applied to a surface to be cleaned or directly to the fiber mat (203) of the cleaning pad (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Hoadley, Mark M. Gipp, Miles William Noel Hember
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7850383
    Abstract: A walk-behind floor finish applicator wherein a mop with a handle is connected to the applicator, yet is readily removable therefrom. This allows the mop to be used as a component of the walk-behind applicator for applying floor finish to easily accessible areas in one instance, yet allows the mop to be used independently for application of floor finish to not so easily accessible areas. The applicator is adaptable to receiving bag in the box floor finish, thus reducing cleaning time. The applicator employs a minimum number of disposable parts thus making it economical to produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bober, Michael S. Joss
  • Patent number: 7841795
    Abstract: A cleaning device comprises a main body having a first side provided with a first opening defining a first accommodating space, and a second side provided with a second opening defining a second accommodating space; a squeezable wiper whose first end penetrates the first opening and is retained in the first accommodating space and whose second end is outside the main body; a shield connected with the first opening so that the second end of the wiper is received in the shield; a cleaning liquid bottle received in the second accommodating space and comprising a nozzle portion having a spraying hole; and a cap having a first side connected with the second opening and provided with a third opening, through which the nozzle portion extends to be received in the cap, and a second side having an aperture communicating with the third accommodating space and corresponding to the spraying hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Kuan-Di Huang
  • Patent number: 7794165
    Abstract: The present invention includes a system for applying floor finish. The system can include a back or other pack configured to hold one or more containers of liquid floor finish, a wand applicator, and metering valve. The wand applicator can include handle and conduit. The conduit can provide fluid communication of floor finish from the container to a floor. The metering valve can be configured to controllably provide fluid communication of floor finish through the conduit and to release floor finish onto the floor. In an embodiment the system also includes a cleanout coupler. In an embodiment the system also includes a filter configured to filter the floor finish. In an embodiment, the backpack includes a grip configured for carrying the backpack. In an embodiment, the backpack includes positioning portion or surface configured to support portions of the container. In an embodiment, the backpack includes padded attachment apparatus configured to support the backpack on a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Balz, Wesley Nelson, Brian Carlson, Darren Jahnke, James P. Gardner, Jr.
  • 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