Including Specific Retaining Means For Tool Patents (Class 401/290)
  • Patent number: 10791816
    Abstract: A fluid discharger and applicator device for uniform distribution or application of the fluid for treating the skin or any surface is disclosed. The fluid discharger and applicator device comprises a handle, a dispenser connector and a dispenser member. The handle of the fluid discharger and applicator device is defined with a cavity to store a fluid. The handle is further defined with a dispenser end configured to dispense the fluid stored within the cavity of the handle. The dispenser connector of the fluid discharger and applicator device is removably fastened to the dispenser end of the handle. The dispenser connector is configured to transfer the fluid extruded from the cavity of the handle on the dispenser member, which is operably attached to the dispenser connector. The dispenser member of the fluid discharger and applicator device is configured to apply the fluid on skin of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Selva Kumar
  • Patent number: 8920059
    Abstract: An applicator apparatus can be attached and detached to and from any tube container that properly fits. The tube is not part of the invention, but works with the invention as a handle and as a dispenser. When the tube is attached to the applicator apparatus, the hole of the tube in which the tubes contents come out of, meets with the hole of the applicator apparatus. The applicator apparatus's hole is surrounded by an applicator material such as brush bristles or sponge. When the tube is squeezed, the tubes contents will come out of the hole of the applicator apparatus and be introduce onto the surrounding bristles of the brush or sponge of the applicator apparatus. The applicator apparatus attaches to a lid. The top portion of the lid has an opening in which the applicator apparatus can be placed into. The bottom portion of the lid can have a suction cup base that is to be secured onto a flat hard surface or a pull tab that can be taken off by a humans mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Alina Kravchenko
  • Patent number: 8647007
    Abstract: Pump toothbrush comprising a pump head, a refillable cartridge containing dentifrice material, an integrated dispensing platform and a disposable bristle head. The pump head includes an inlet connector for attaching the cartridge, a pumping chamber attached with an elastic compressible button, and a dispensing platform. The dispensing platform contains a flow channel and a self-sealing slit-spout to prevent drying of the dentifrice material at the spout. The slit spout opens and closes automatically when the compressible button is pressed and released. The bristle head, which is the disposable part of the pump toothbrush, is attached to the dispensing platform for structural support and receiving the dentifrice material from the slit spout. Gum-guard elements are optionally attached to the periphery of the dispensing platform for massaging gums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Youti Kuo
  • Patent number: 8342768
    Abstract: The sink sprayer attachment apparatus is for attachment to an existing hose such as that typically associated with a sink. The spray head fitting is installed on the spray head. Spray head fittings are provided with male and female threads and other forms of attachment to spray heads. The apparatus negates the need for total hose replacement, a feature that saves considerable expense and installation time and effort. The apparatus importantly provides for component disposability, and therefore ideally employs plasticized components and other inexpensive materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas D. Johnston, Glenda Johnston
  • Patent number: 8321987
    Abstract: A tool system is disclosed having a body including a handle extending therefrom, a detachable head including a working tool, and a multi-part connector for detachable connecting the head to the body, the connector including opposed, flexible members positioned on the body towards an end of the body and means on the head for connecting with the opposed flexible members, the opposed flexible members and the means for connecting with the flexible members working in concert to detachably secure the head to the body. The handle of the tool system can be offset with respect to the axis of the body and the detachable head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: ComfortGlide, Inc.
    Inventor: Perry S. Bagley
  • Patent number: 8277139
    Abstract: A hand-held cosmetic powder applicator brush apparatus for applying cosmetic powders such as facial powders and other powders to a user. The brush apparatus comprises a housing having a chamber for holding a powder to be dispensed and a valve mechanism for selectively opening and closing the chamber to a brush mounted on the housing so that powder in the housing may be dispensed to the bristles of the brush. The valve is operable by rotating an upper housing section such as a sleeve on the housing in a first direction to cause such opening. When the brush is not used, the upper housing section is rotated in the opposite direction to cause the valve mechanism to close. There is also a shield which extends around a portion of the brush to engage and protect the bristles when an outer cap is placed over the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: David M. Deans and Jerilyne T. Deans Co-Trustees for the David and Jerilyne Deans Family Trust
    Inventors: David M. Deans, Jacky L. Gunter, Jacquelyn I. Medina
  • Patent number: 8240938
    Abstract: An over cap brush for a squeeze dispensing bottle comprising a body injection molded as a single piece, the body being formed of a relatively soft elastomeric material, the body including a circular end wall, a generally cylindrical skirt at an outer periphery of the end wall defining a central axis and extending in one direction along the axis, the end wall having a central through hole and an outer face with a multitude of bristles distributed about the hole and extending axially from said face in a direction opposite the one direction, the skirt being of sufficient length so as to extend along the threads of a screw-on cap to retain the over cap brush on the cap by frictionally engaging the exterior of the skirt of the cap while the cap is disposed on a squeeze dispensing bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Tablecraft Products Company
    Inventor: Charles P. Maxwell
  • Patent number: 8099822
    Abstract: A grill oiler for applying oil to a grill comprising a handle attached to an applicator body. An applicator sleeve envelopes an applicator surface. The applicator surface is releasably attached to the applicator body such that the applicator sleeve may be easily replaced when worn or excessively soiled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventors: Douglas Dale, Theodore McBain
  • Patent number: 7950865
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a packaging and applicator device comprising: a reservoir containing at least one composition for application; an applicator element that is secured to the reservoir at least during application; an applicator-element holder; and a support for fastening the applicator-element holder on the reservoir, the support including a tubular sheath surrounding the applicator-element holder and the applicator element over at least a fraction of its length, the tubular sheath and the applicator-element holder presenting facing surfaces in contact; at least one hollow longitudinal channel being formed in one of the surfaces, so as to enable the composition coming from the reservoir to flow towards the applicator element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Nicolas Albisetti
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7878727
    Abstract: A dispenser cap is threaded onto a container that may hold liquids of varying viscosity. The dispenser cap has a cover that can be flipped open and closed. Integral with this cover is a plurality of bristles that can be used to scrub various surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Kurt Koptis
  • Patent number: 7775737
    Abstract: A hand-held cosmetic powder applicator brush apparatus for applying cosmetic powders such as facial powders and other powders to a user. The brush apparatus comprises a housing having a chamber for holding a powder to be dispensed and a valve mechanism for selectively opening and closing the chamber to a brush mounted on the housing so that powder in the housing may be dispensed to the bristles of the brush. The valve is operable by rotating an upper housing section such as a sleeve on the housing in a first direction to cause such opening. When the brush is not used, the upper housing section is rotated in the opposite direction to cause the valve mechanism to close. There is also a shield which extends around a portion of the brush to engage and protect the bristles when an outer cap is placed over the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventors: David M. Deans, Jacky L. Gunter, Jacquelyn I. Medina
  • Patent number: 7645086
    Abstract: A delivery tip for flowable materials with bristles extending therefrom. The tip is a cannula with a tapered outlet and features a bristle bundle with a binding disk that interfaces with the cannula at some point within the cannula but has a smaller cross-section than the cannula at that point. The bristle bundle then extends out of the tapered outlet. The delivery tip is connected to a material reservoir with flowable material. When positive pressure is applied to the reservoir, material then will flow through the cannula, around the disk, into the bristles and out the outlet for distribution to a desired surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: CAO Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Haiming Zhang, Steven D. Jensen, Densen Cao
  • Patent number: 7318683
    Abstract: A cosmetic case is structured such that a rotary body (3) having a brush (2) attached thereto is installed to rotate to the upper side of a tube-type case (1) for accommodating liquid cosmetic by an insertion body (4) such that the cosmetic case is manufactured by simple-structured components to enhance economic effect, an opening (12) and a discharge opening (9) are formed in the form of a single line in a body formed with the rotary body (3) such that the liquid cosmetic is smoothly discharged, lock checking parts (16 and 16a) are formed in the outer circumferential front sides of the tube-type case (1) and the insertion body (4) to easily check whether an opening (12) formed in the rotary body (3) and a liquid cosmetic discharging guide (6) formed in the upper side of the tube-type case (1) are opened or closed so that the liquid cosmetic does not leak and the cosmetic case can be maintained clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Young Kwang Byun
  • Patent number: 7309185
    Abstract: A twist up pen type dispenser comprising a brush applicator that is capable of receiving material from a reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: HCT Limited
    Inventors: Richard Christopher Thorpe, G. Scott Desson
  • Patent number: 7306392
    Abstract: An irrigated personal care structure defined by a resilient, hollow handle terminating in a mounting interface conformed to selectively engage a transverse razor head provided with a slot wherein razor blades are mounted and exposed to the water flow conveyed through the handle or a hollow brush head similarly irrigated by the water flow. The surfaces of the handle subjacent the interface folded into adjacent accordion folds which in response to pressure pulses in the handle articulate the article mounted on the interface. Either a pulsating shower head branched from the water flow to the handle or a water pulsing mechanism directly in the flow provide the necessary pressure fluctuations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Bradley Mislove
  • Patent number: 7261486
    Abstract: A cleaning brush includes a rod, at least one cleaning cloth unit, and at least one plastic wire. The rod includes a passageway, a plurality of water outlets, and a water inlet. The passageway extends longitudinally in the rod and is in communication with the water inlet. The water outlets are defined in an outer circumference of the rod and in communication with the passageway. The water inlet is defined in an end of the rod. The cleaning cloth unit includes a cleaning cloth having opposite first and second sides. The cleaning cloth unit further includes a plastic core extending alternately between the first and second sides of the cleaning cloth. The plastic wire is wound around the plastic core to tightly tie the cleaning cloth unit to an outer circumference of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Inventor: Sheng-Wen Jian
  • Patent number: 7232310
    Abstract: An interproximal squirt brush includes a solution container having a compressible solution chamber for containing a washing solution and a nozzle head having an opening, and a brush head including a brush arm and a brush member. The brush arm has a brush portion and a retention portion slidably inserted into the opening of the solution container, wherein a dispensing channel is formed between the retention portion of the brush arm and the inner wall of the nozzle head for allowing the solution to pass therethrough. The brush member is provided at the brush portion of the brush arm. Therefore, when a compression force is applied on the solution container, the solution is released to the brush member through the dispensing channel of the nozzle head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventors: Johnny Steven Han, Mei-Ling Pauling Han
  • Patent number: 7223036
    Abstract: An auto loading and auto dampening cleaning apparatus which comprises a base sweeping pad, a fluid reservoir superimposed over said sweeping pad which defines a slit between the two, a handle having a fork shaped frame which is rotateably attached to the sweeping pad. A lower roll bar contains clean, cleaning material and an upper roll bar receives soiled cleaning material. First and second trigger mechanism activates the roll bars and fluid reservoir to advance the cleaning material and disperse cleaning solution onto the cleaning material on the lower roll bar passes through the slit defined by the fluid reservoir and sweeping pad around the bottom of the sweeping pad and up to the upper roll bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Long Chang
  • Patent number: 7201527
    Abstract: A twist up pen type dispenser comprising a brush applicator that is capable of receiving material from a reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: HCT Limited
    Inventors: Richard Christopher Thorpe, G. Scott Desson
  • Patent number: 7040830
    Abstract: A fluid-dispensing kitchen apparatus has a body including a fluid reservoir and a handle, the reservoir being closed by an end plate which is welded to the body and is, in turn, latched to a cleaning medium block. An embodiment has a resilient tab on the block engaging an edge of the housing plate. Aligned holes through the plate and the block which provide communication between the reservoir and the plate is openable and closeable by a valve actuated by an increase in pressure provided by depressing a resilient button. In an embodiment, the resilient button includes a bias member to return the button to its rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Adriana Kliegman, Alec Holly Drummond, Steven Dibdin, Wilfrido Loor, Goeran Jerstroem, John Thomas Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 6932603
    Abstract: An interproximal squirt brush includes a squeezable bottle having a solution cavity for containing a washing solution and a nozzle head having an opening, and a brush head including a brush arm and a brush member. The brush arm has a brush portion and a resilient portion slidably inserted into the opening of the squeezable bottle for providing an urging force against an inner wall of the nozzle head, wherein a dispensing channel is formed between the resilient portion of the brush arm and the inner wall of the nozzle head for allowing the washing solution to pass therethrough. The brush member is provided at the brush portion of the brush arm. Therefore, when a squeezing force is applied on the squeezable bottle, the washing solution is released to the brush member through the dispensing channel of the nozzle head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventors: Johnny Steve Han, Mei-Ling Pauling Han
  • Patent number: 6932604
    Abstract: An interproximal squirt brush includes a solution container having a compressible solution chamber for containing a washing solution and a nozzle head having an opening, and a brush head including a brush arm and a brush member. The brush arm has a brush portion and a retention portion slidably inserted into the opening of the solution container, wherein a dispensing channel is formed between the retention portion of the brush arm and the inner wall of the nozzle head for allowing the solution to pass therethrough. The brush member is provided at the brush portion of the brush arm. Therefore, when a compression force is applied on the solution container, the solution is released to the brush member through the dispensing channel of the nozzle head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventors: Johnny Steve Han, Mei-Ling Pauling Han
  • Patent number: 6893183
    Abstract: An implement for cleaning, polishing, sanding or other rubbing action which comprises a hollow handle (2) adapted to accommodate a cleaning fluid, polish, lubricant or other fluid and having a head (1) to which the fluid may be dispensed from the handle (2) through a dispensing aperture (6), the head (1) comprising a cleaning or polishing pad or brush or the like (11), the implement having a fluid dispensing flow regulating means comprising a plunger (5) which in use projects from the head (1) through the dispensing aperture (6) and into the hollow interior of the handle (2), the plunger (5) being operated by pressing the head against a surface to advance the plunger (5) to open up the dispensing aperture (6) for dispensing of the fluid, wherein the head (1) is mounted to the handle (2) in such a way as to bend and thereby pre-stress a resiliently flexible part (4) of the head (1) from which the plunger (5) projects to resiliently bias the plunger (5) to retract and occlude the dispensing aperture (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Easy-Do Products Limited
    Inventor: Barrie Abram David Levison
  • Publication number: 20040037613
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser and method for applying a selected fluid to a desired location includes a reservoir containing the fluid, the reservoir includes a resilient body having a first end and a second end, a first end sealing cap, and a second end sealing cap assembly with a penetrable elastomeric member to define a reservoir interior. The body includes bellows oriented to retract or extend the body between the first end and the second end creating a variable reservoir interior volume. Also included is an applicator having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end includes a non coring cannula with a lumen having an insertion end adapted to penetrate through the elastomeric member and protrude into the reservoir interior. This enables fluid communication between the reservoir interior and the lumen; the distal end also includes an application element that is in fluid communication with the lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventor: Patricia Anne King
  • Patent number: 6595712
    Abstract: A wash brush (10) having a handle (11) securely coupleable with a cleaning head (13) by a ratchet-like coupling mechanism (12), and including a flowpath control mechanism (22) operable to direct and control a stream of liquid to the brush head area. A continuous liquid flow path is provided from a handle source connection end (62) to the head-mounted flowpath control mechanism (22) which is operable to selectively control flow characteristics, including pattern and direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Vicki Sickler
  • Publication number: 20030108378
    Abstract: A wash brush (10) having a handle (11) securely coupleable with a cleaning head (13) by a ratchet-like coupling mechanism (12), and including a flowpath control mechanism (22) operable to direct and control a stream of liquid to the brush head area. A continuous liquid flow path is provided from a handle source connection end (62) to the head-mounted flowpath control mechanism (22) which is operable to selectively control flow characteristics, including pattern and direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Applicant: Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Vicki Sickler
  • Patent number: 6547880
    Abstract: An applicator tip (10) for applying fluid to the surface of an object is disclosed. The applicator tip (10) has a base (13) formed of thermoplastic material having a first surface and a second surface. At least one aperture (25) extends through the base. A fluid supply port (29) is operatively connected to the second surface of the base and is in communication with at least one aperture in the base. A fluid application material (35) is positioned on the first surface of the base. The fluid application material is positioned to receive fluid that passes through the aperture from the fluid supply port. The fluid application material is secured to the first surface of the base by a portion of the base that is caused to be molten and fuses to the fluid application material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Designetics
    Inventors: Wallace F. Krueger, Craig A. Williams
  • Publication number: 20030031501
    Abstract: An applicator (1) for applying a liquid stored in a container (10) to a work surface, said applicator comprising: an applicator portion (2); a catchment cup (3) connected to and fluidly communicating with the applicator portion (2); and a connector portion (4) connectable to and fluidly communicating with the container (10) and the catchment cup (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventor: Mark Ray Eadie
  • Patent number: 6488432
    Abstract: A wash brush (10) having a handle (11) securely coupleable with a cleaning head (13) by a ratchet-like coupling mechanism (12), and including a flowpath control mechanism (22) operable to direct and control a stream of liquid to the brush head area. A continuous liquid flow path is provided from a handle source connection end (62) to the head-mounted flowpath control mechanism (22) which is operable to selectively control flow characteristics, including pattern and direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Vicki Ingram
  • Patent number: 6457894
    Abstract: This product is a specially designed squeeze bottle cap with an attachment sauce brush that snaps into place in the cap. The cap is designed with an o-ring type of seal that allows the brush to snap in place with its groove at the end of the tube. This cap and brush system eliminates almost all waste when in use by applying the sauce directly to the meat or other intended use. It also eliminates the use of both hands when cooking, for example, brush in one hand and bowl of sauce in the other. When the brush is not in use the cap aides the application of the sauce to your favorite snacks. Clean up is also easy by just pulling out the brush and rinsing it off or throw it in the dishwasher. This cap and brush system is both a waste eliminator and a time saver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Danny Lee Miles
  • Patent number: 6435750
    Abstract: A cleaning brush having a handle assembly and biodegradable cleaning member. The handle assembly is substantially a hollow cylinder housing a flexible container for a cleaning liquid and further including a cannula for dispensing liquid. The handle assembly includes an opening at one end, through which the container is refilled, and a cover to prevent the liquid from coming out. An engagement mechanism at the other end of the handle assembly includes two parallel stems with arrow heads at their distal ends that are cammingly inserted inside a cooperative opening in the cleaning member end releasably engaged therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventor: Josefina Angela Escajadillo Serna
  • Patent number: 6425705
    Abstract: A ratchet-like coupling mechanism (20) for releaseably coupling a cleaning head (22) to a handle (24). The mechanism (20) comprises a handle adaptor (28); a sleeve (30); an engagement arm (32); and an engagement wheel (34). Where a liquid delivering handle (24) is used, the handle adaptor (28) operates to adapt the mechanism (20) to avoid interfering with the liquid flowpath. The handle adaptor (28) may be eliminated where a solid handle is used. The sleeve (30) secures to the handle adaptor (28) or directly to the handle, and supports the engagement arm (32). The engagement wheel (34) is secured to the head (22). The arm (32) and wheel (34) present oppositely biased teeth (56,57) allowing the adaptor (28) or handle to be threadably coupled with the head (22), but which must be disengaged, by actuating the arm (32), to uncouple the head (22) from the handle (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Vicki Ingram
  • Patent number: 6425701
    Abstract: A dispensing handle applicator (10) is disclosed comprising a handle housing (16) having an internal fluid reservoir (68) and a through- passageway (94) through which fluid may be dispensed; and a base plate member (14) having an applicator surface (12) on one side and attachable at an opposite side to the handle housing. Integrally formed with the base plate member (14) is a valve comprising a lever (42) and a plurality of torsion spring members (58, 60) which pressure a sealing end (48) of the lever (42) against the handle housing (16), whereby sealing the fluid passageway (94). A scraping element (62) is further provided, integrally formed with the base plate (14) and replaceable therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventor: Neal Kenneth Jacobs
  • Patent number: 6315481
    Abstract: A cleaning system utilized a bottle having an integrally formed handle in conjunction with connection section, including a pump, leading to an integral brush to provide for an integral single piece cleaning system wherein the handle for the bottle serves as the handle for the cleaning system and, in conjunction with the connection section, as a pump for the fluid in the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: State Industrial Products
    Inventors: Micheal J. Gavorski, Tammy Westerman, Nicholas Stanca
  • Patent number: 6270278
    Abstract: A spray nozzle attachment with a hollow tubular body for mounting on the spray nozzle and interchangeable cleaning heads for removable mounting on the body. The heads may include different cleaning tools, such as a brush, a scouring pad, or a bottle cleaner. The body of the attachment is frictionally fit upon the spray nozzle, and the cleaning head is frictionally fit onto the body. The body of the attachment includes a central bore such that water may be directed from the nozzle onto objects to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventor: Ralph M. Mauro
  • Patent number: 6250833
    Abstract: A fluid-dispensing kitchen brush has a body including a fluid reservoir and a handle, the reservoir being closed by an end plate which is ultrasonically welded to the body and is, in turn, latched to a bristle block by means of resilient fingers on the block engaging in notches on the plate. A second embodiment also has a resilient tab on the plate engaging in a recess in the block. Aligned holes through the plate and the block which provide communication between the reservoir and the bristles is openable and closeable by a plug biased closed by a leaf spring and openable by means of a lever having a post receivable in a fluid-filling aperture in the body adjacent to the handle. The aperture is closed by a hollow cap hingedly movable between open and closed positions and having a flexible and resilient dome which, in the closed position, covers the post and is depressible for actuating the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: General Housewares Corp.
    Inventors: Marco C. Perry, Kevin R. Lozeau
  • Patent number: 6053179
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved brush for the application of a liquid, pasty or powdery product. The brush has an active portion comprised of a split tube which houses an insert disposed therein. The insert is configured like a split cylinder having free ends projecting from the slit in the split tube. At least one of the free ends of the split cylinder comprises teeth formed therewith to form a comb suitable for applying the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: LVMH Recherche
    Inventor: Fran.cedilla.ois Lhuisset
  • Patent number: 6019537
    Abstract: An improved hand-held hose spray for kitchen faucets includes interchangeable cleaning accessories for providing scouring, scrubbing, wiping and rinsing functions in the cleansing of kitchen articles and utensils concurrent with the operation and manipulation of the hose spray, eliminating the need for the user to release or replace the hose spray during the cleansing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: Charles Timothy Hunt
  • Patent number: 5988924
    Abstract: A car washing device includes an assembly of brushes such as sponge brushes or other equivalents composed of bristles or cloth attached to the front side of a brush body. A hose joint is provided near the hand grip of the brush body for introducing clean water into the device and to supply the water to the brush assembly via at least one water outlet hole in the brush body. A car washer can wash the car with one hand using the device. A valve may be provided to control the flow rate of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Yun-Ying Chen
  • Patent number: 5988912
    Abstract: A cleaning equipment includes a brush head having a body portion formed with a dovetail groove at an opposite side thereof and a plurality of holes close to one side of the dovetail groove, an adapter having a tubular member formed with an axial outlet which is connected with a sectorial member, and a tubular handle provided with a valve assembly and a container engaged with the valve assembly, whereby the cleaning equipment can automatically dispense a mixture of water and liquid detergent as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Chih-Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 5984555
    Abstract: A dual toilet brush (10) comprising an elongate handle (12). A first brush head (14) is connected to a first end of the elongate handle (12) for cleaning an interior surface (16) of a bowl (18) of a toilet (20). A second brush head (22) is connected to and extends outwardly from the first end of the elongate handle (12) above the first brush head (14), for cleaning an overhanging rim (24) of the toilet (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: Vicar Samad
  • Patent number: 5888002
    Abstract: A new concept toilet cleaning system that, in its preferred embodiment, includes a low cost disposable cleaning brush that is preconditioned with a detergent and disinfectant cleaning agent on its bristles is presented. The cleaning agent may take a dried or liquid form and may be disposed in openings in the bristles in some configurations. The brushes are meant to be of very low cost molded manufacture and are designed to nest for shipment and storage. The user simply removes one of the disposable toilet cleaning brushes from a package, rinses it in clean toilet water to activate the cleaning agent, cleans the toilet with the brush, and then disposes of the brush in a disposal bag that is normally supplied with the shipping and sales package. Options include a variant that has a liquid cleaning agent built into a squeezable reservoir that is part of the handle whereby squeezing of the reservoir disperses the liquid cleaning agent to the brush's bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: Robert J. Fenstersheib
  • Patent number: 5885019
    Abstract: A scrubber attachment is provided for a spray bottle which includes a spray nozzle. The scrubber attachment includes a base member which includes a top side, a bottom side, and a communication channel extending through the base member from the top side to the bottom side. Scrubber members are connected to the top side of the base member astride the communication channel. A bottle connector is attached to the bottom side of the base member for connecting the scrubber attachment to the spray bottle. The scrubber attachment of the invention permits a surface to be treated with a liquid spray and scrubbed with scrubber members by using a one-handed operation. The bottle connector includes a flexible, tubular, connector sleeve placed in registration with the communication channel. The connector sleeve may be connected to the base member by a rotatable connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: Roger K. Stear
  • Patent number: 5865556
    Abstract: A brush for applying a given kind of material is disclosed. The brush has an operative portion consisting of a tube split along at least one generatrix and containing at least one insert surrounded by flexible filaments held in place by means of a sleeve, and the free ends of the filaments project out of the slit in the tube to form the brush bristles. The brush enables, inter alia, the application of mascara onto eyelashes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: LVMH Recherche
    Inventor: Fran.cedilla.ois Noel Benoit Lhuisset
  • Patent number: 5466081
    Abstract: An applicator for cosmetics such as mascara, including a handle in the form of a cap for closing the mouth of a cosmetics container and a stem projecting from the cap with a brush or like applicator head at its distal end for insertion in the container, wherein the stem and brush are ejectable from the cap to enable use of the same cap with a succession or variety of brushes. An open-ended retainer socket mounted in the cap receives and releasably engages the proximal end of the stem to secure the stem to the cap, and a manually operable plunger is carried by the cap for engaging the proximal end of the stem in the retainer socket to eject the stem from the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: Henlopen Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Volker Schrepf
  • Patent number: 5452961
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus includes a body defining a water conduit in an underside thereof for receiving water therein, a cleaning member mounted on an underside of the body for cleaning articles and communicating with the water conduit, a cap mounted on an upperside of the body for sealing the body, a chamber being defined between the cap and the body with an amount of cleaning agent contained therein, and a cleaning agent dispensing device mounted on the body within the chamber for controlling the cleaning agent in the chamber to flow into the water conduit of the body to mix with the water therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Inventor: Tao-Jen Lu
  • Patent number: 5403107
    Abstract: The cleaning device includes a squeeze-bottle with a spout and a brush extending from the spout. A flow restrictor prevents cleaning fluid from being dispersed from the spout to the brush until the bottle is squeezed. The flow restrictor is formed simply by inserting the twisted wire handle of the brush into a tube forming the outlet of the spout. The length of the tube and the twisted wire can be selected to give the desired amount of flow restriction. The device is particularly well adapted for use in cleaning solder flux and other undesirable substances from printed circuit boards after they have been assembled. The cleaning device is relatively compact, inexpensive to make, and simple to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Preleg Inc.
    Inventors: Louis E. Griffith, Sandra D. Griffith
  • Patent number: 5366310
    Abstract: A toothbrush comprises a handle having a first end and a second end. The handle has a recess disposed in the first end that includes at least one pair of grooves. The grooves increase in width from the first end to the second end. A container has a parametric wing. A strip is removably attached to the parametric wing. The parametric wing and the strip are received in the at least one pair of grooves. The strip comprises an elongated sheet of material that is folded over upon itself and includes an end portion which projects beyond the first end of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Inventor: Luisa Armelles Flors
  • Patent number: 5333627
    Abstract: A container 3 contains fluid to be applied to human hair. A plunger 5 is movably mounted in the container 3 and moves the fluid towards a dispenser and of the housing. An expulsion base is mounted on the dispenser end of the housing. This expulsion base defines a plurality of container channels. A removable dispenser head is mounted on the expulsion base and the dispenser then defines a plurality of head channels. These head channels are substantially aligned with the container channels at one end of the dispenser head. The head channels are distributed along another end of the dispenser head. A spreading device is positioned at the another end of the dispenser head and receives fluid from the dispenser head and spreads out the fluid on the hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Inventors: Ricardo F. Mehringer, Hugo A. Bardon, Augusto P. Pozzetti