Brush, Broom Or Mop Patents (Class 401/39)
  • Patent number: 9580050
    Abstract: A multi-purpose tool for cleaning automobile windshields and windows comprising a telescoping body having a first and a second end, an ice scraper and a snow brush member attached to the telescoping body at the first end, a scrubbing member and a squeegee attached to the body at the second end, a detachable flashlight and a spray unit with a detachable spray bottle removably attached to the telescoping body, wherein the telescoping body extends intermediate the first end and the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Robert B. Opatrny
  • Patent number: 8757912
    Abstract: An oral care system and method comprising an oral care implement such as a toothbrush having a plurality of tooth engaging elements and a cavity adapted to detachably house a dispenser containing an oral care agent. In one embodiment, the dispenser may be configured as a dispensing pen having an applicator on one end. A user may dismount the dispenser from the toothbrush, apply the agent to the oral surface, and re-mount the dispenser in the toothbrush for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Sharon Kennedy, Robert Moskovich, John Gatzemeyer, Joachim Storz, Raimund Klausegger
  • Patent number: 8740490
    Abstract: Dentifrice dispensing electrical toothbrush comprising a driver-pump head with a dispensing platform, a replaceable brush unit and a handle having a battery and a cartridge containing dentifrice material. The replaceable brush unit includes a oscillatory brush element and a brush element having a circular or an elongated spout opening as well as a snap-on mounting bracket for fastening to the driver-pump head. The dispensing platform contains a flow channel and a self-sealing spout to prevent drying of the dentifrice material at the spout. The self-sealing spout opens and closes automatically during a pumping action. The brush element with a spout opening is detachably mounted over the spout fixed on the dispensing platform to allow for brush oscillation around the spout and receive the dentifrice material dispensed from the flow channel. Different drive mechanisms are used to impart rotary, lateral or longitudinal oscillation on a brush element in a brush unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Youti Kuo
  • 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: 8240936
    Abstract: An oral care implement includes a head and a plurality of cleaning elements for enhanced cleaning of the teeth and soft tissue of the oral cavity. One tooth cleaning element has a plurality of bristles adapted to clean teeth. Another cleaning element is connected to the head and has structure defining a channel. The channel is configured to direct fluid in contact with the head toward an edge of the head when the implement is moved. The head also defines a reservoir that is configured to receive a dentifrice therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Joe Vazquez, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Thomas J. Boyd, Rensl Dillon, Gary Gerard Bredael, Craig Anthony Hidalgo, Alexander James Sinton, Thomas John Powers
  • Patent number: 8202016
    Abstract: A grill brush having a brush handle with a handle end and a brush end, the brush head having a fluid reservoir, a brush handle conduit and a valve located therein; a reservoir cap removeably attached to the handle end of the brush handle; the valve being in fluid communication with the reservoir; the brush handle conduit being in fluid communication with the valve; a brush head; a bristle holding member; a brush bristle surface located on the bristle holding member; a brush head conduit located in the brush head, and in fluid communication with the brush handle conduit; a plurality of groups of bristles emanating from the brush bristle surface; a plurality of orifices located on the brush bristle surface, and in communication with the brush head conduit; and a scraper is provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Wales
  • Patent number: 7909526
    Abstract: A grill brush having a brush handle with a handle end and a brush end, the brush head having a fluid reservoir, a brush handle conduit and a valve located therein; a reservoir cap removeably attached to the handle end of the brush handle; the valve being in fluid communication with the reservoir; the brush handle conduit being in fluid communication with the valve; a brush head; a bristle holding member; a brush bristle surface located on the bristle holding member; a brush head conduit located in the brush head, and in fluid communication with the brush handle conduit; a plurality of groups of bristles emanating from the brush bristle surface; a plurality of orifices located on the brush bristle surface, and in communication with the brush head conduit; and a scraper is provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Wales
  • Patent number: 7832955
    Abstract: An apparatus to aid in the removal of ice buildup from motor vehicle windshields includes an ice scraper with an integral sprayer for dispensing de-icing solution. The handle of the ice scraper contains a reservoir filled with de-icing solution with a spray pump trigger, or battery-powered spraying system, for spraying fluid upon the windshield to aid in the de-icing process. A screw cap, located on the handle, is used to refill the invention when the reservoir is depleted. A detachable snow brush is also provided. The apparatus allows drivers in cold weather climates the ability to efficiently remove ice buildup from their vehicle windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventors: Lisa Leffew, Timothy Blacknik
  • Patent number: 7824120
    Abstract: A hand held cleaning apparatus for cleaning carpets and other surfaces comprises a housing and a solution reservoir mounted to the housing for storing and dispensing a cleaning composition onto the surface to be cleaned. The solution reservoir further comprises a dispenser assembly including a flexible vent tube that is weighted to consistently orient a free end of the vent tube away from the cleaning composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Kasper, Herbert J. Vanderbilt, Jose Carlito Santiago
  • Patent number: 7632033
    Abstract: A grill brush comprising a handle, with a handle end and a brush head end; a hanging means attached a handle end of the handle; a reservoir located within the handle; a reservoir cap located on the handle; a brush head attached to the brush head end of the handle; the brush head comprising: a brush head bracket, a bristle base; a plurality of orifices for fluid distribution located in the bristle base; a plurality of bristles located on the bristle base; a scraper attached to the brush head; a distribution passageway in the handle, and in fluid communication with the orifices; an inlet valve located in the handle, and in fluid communication with the reservoir and the distribution passageway; a shut-off spool located on the handle, and in operable communication with the inlet valve; an anchor attached to the bristle base; a hole located in the brush head bracket configured to slide over the anchor; an attaching means attachable to the anchor, and configured to hold the bristle base to the brush head bracket; a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Wales
  • Publication number: 20080145132
    Abstract: A device for cleaning trim of a room includes a head and a handle. The head includes at least one first cleaning portion that can clean a first surface of the trim by moving the head in a lengthwise direction of the trim and at least one second cleaning portion that can clean a second surface of the trim by moving the head lengthwise direction of the trim, the second surface being above the first surface and not co-planar with the first surface. The head includes a removable cover. At least part of the first cleaning portion and at least part of the second cleaning portion are formed in the removable cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Yvonne Sandoval
  • Patent number: 7364380
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus includes a substrate with outward projecting bristles extending through a sheet or scrim impaled over the bristles. The substrate may be mounted on a support which may carry a handle. The sheets may be single sheets arranged in a stack over the bristles on one or more surfaces of the substrate or a roll of separable sheets disposed over the bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: The Hartz Mountain Corporation
    Inventor: William D. McKay
  • Patent number: 7311458
    Abstract: A squeegee apparatus having an elongated handle with a first end, a second end, and a sealing element between the first end and the second end. The apparatus also includes a cleaning member moveable with respect to the handle from a first position, where a longitudinal axis of the cleaning member is substantially parallel to the axis of the handle, to a second position, where the longitudinal axis of the cleaning member is substantially perpendicular to the axis of the handle, and a container defining a reservoir for a cleaning solution, the container further defining an opening that is adapted to receive the cleaning member within the container and to be sealed by the sealing element on the elongate handle. The container further provides a hollow structure adapted to house at least a portion of the handle and the cleaning member when in the first position, the structure being aligned with and subjacent to the opening in the container and having one or more apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Stephen J. Verlin
  • Publication number: 20070274762
    Abstract: A bottle brush comprising a handle connected to a bristle brush head composed of a single piece of molded thermoplastic material. The bristle brush head member comprises an integrated one-piece cylindrical core with a longitudinal axis from which a plurality of monolithically formed bristles extend radially outwardly. The handle includes an internal reservoir connected to a reservoir conduit tube channeling a cleaning fluid to the distal end of the brush head. The brush head further includes a reservoir plug with an internal recess containing a nipple brush. The nipple brush can be hinged to the end cap such that it can swivel from a first position inside the recess to second position in which it is exposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Timothy L. Edwards, Kim Marie Hayes, James Anthony Charameda
  • Patent number: 7296943
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a baseboard of a wall may include pads and a handle. A front surface of at least one of the pads may be configured to contact a portion of the baseboard during use. A liquid dispenser may be provided to wet one or more of the pads during use. A portion of the handle may be angled to extend away from the wall and rearward from the pad during use. Top pads may be provided for cleaning a top face of the baseboard. The top pads may be vertically and horizontally adjustable relative to a holder to accommodate baseboards of various dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Yvonne Sandoval
  • Patent number: 7066673
    Abstract: The pen structure includes the pen body that has a ball tip for the refill to protrude and the end that is far from the ball tip. The reversible accessory connected the end of the pen includes an extra functional end and a two-way terminal connector that is far from the extra functional end, and a slot that is placed at the end of the pen. When the reversible accessory is connected to the slot by the first terminal connector, it makes the extra functional end shown in the protruding position, and when the reversible accessory is connected to the slot by the second terminal connector, it makes the extra functional end shown in the hidden position. The pen may use its reversible accessory to increase its practicality and extra functions, and when the extra functional end is not used, the unit is shown in the hidden condition, which may keep the appealing appearance of the pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Rui-Feng Kuo
  • Patent number: 7008132
    Abstract: A surgical scrub appliance is disclosed having a rigid housing (10) to which a sponge (20) is connected, the housing forming at least one container (30, 40) for liquid, the container having a sealable opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Inzign PTE LTD
    Inventors: Swee Hoe Phua, Wai Chiau Kwok, Soei Kiat Yap
  • Patent number: 6821043
    Abstract: A surgical scrub brush that contains a base with a narrow scrubbing head (50) extending therefrom. The base contains two sides, the first provided with bristles (52) extending outwards to form a brush, the second preferably provided with an absorbent material (60). The narrow scrubbing head (50) is provided for the effective scrubbing of the interdigital areas and web spaces of the band, and includes a dome (58). In the preferred embodiment, a shallow, rod-shaped depression (56) is further provided on the bristle profile on the main body to assume the approximate shape of one side of a finger such that the user can scrub his/her fingers effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Liat Wei Teh
  • Patent number: 6726388
    Abstract: A cleaning aid attachment is configured for connection to a handle of a conventional cleaning implement and includes a removable hand held sprayer connected to a handle of a cleaning implement. A retainer connects to the handle of the cleaning implement for retaining a roll of paper towels having a tube therein, wherein the tube of the towels receives the handle and the retainer holds the towels in a predetermined position on the implement handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Patrick H. Monahan
  • Publication number: 20030156884
    Abstract: A surgical scrub brush that contains a base with a narrow scrubbing head (50) extending therefrom. The base contains two sides, the first provided with bristles (52) extending outwards to form a brush, the second preferably provided with an absorbent material (60). The narrow scrubbing head (50) is provided for the effective scrubbing of the interdigital areas and web spaces of the band, and includes a dome (58). In the preferred embodiment, a shallow, rod-shaped depression (56) is further provided on the bristle profile on the main body to assume the approximate shape of one side of a finger such that the user can scrub his/her fingers effectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventor: Liat Wei Teh
  • Patent number: 6595940
    Abstract: A disposable applicator includes a generally tubular applicator body having a closed proximal end and an open distal end and a frangible vial inside. The proximal end is covered by a drying swab while the distal end is covered by an applicator swab that is in open communication with the interior of the applicator body. Within the applicator body is a frangible vial containing a biomedically useful liquid composition, such as an &agr;-cyanoacrylate adhesive, a medicament, or both. The applicator is useful for applying liquid compositions to target sites such as tissue, particularly sites of topical pathology, such as stomatitis lesions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Closure Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Keith R. D'Alessio, William M. Cotter, Upvan Narang, Lawrence H. Mainwaring, Ibraheem T. Badejo, Daniel L. Hedgpeth, Gabriel N. Szabo, Anthony Sherbondy, Joe B. Barefoot
  • Patent number: 6443646
    Abstract: A grill brush for cleaning the grates of a grill while also applying cleaning oil. The grill brush includes a head portion having a plurality of bristles and a scraping portion for removing debris from the grate of the grill, along with the capability to supply cleaning oil to the bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: Alan G. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 6283933
    Abstract: A disposable applicator includes a generally tubular applicator body having a closed proximal end and an open distal end and a frangible vial inside. The proximal end is covered by a drying swab while the distal end is covered by an applicator swab that is in open communication with the interior of the applicator body. Within the applicator body is a frangible vial containing a biomedically useful liquid composition, such as an &agr;-cyanoacrylate adhesive, a medicament, or both. The applicator is useful for applying liquid compositions to target sites such as tissue, particularly sites of topical pathology, such as stomatitis lesions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Closure Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Keith R. D'Alessio, William M. Cotter
  • Patent number: 6220773
    Abstract: A container for accommodating a fluid, gel-like or pasty medium in a container chamber into which it is possible to dip a brush and which has a removal opening in which there is seated a closure plug which tapers in a stub-like manner into the container chamber and has a through-passage for the introduction of a stem-mounted brush and for stripping the brush when the latter is drawn out of the container chamber, the stem being fastened, by way of an end which is located opposite the brush, on a container head which can be positioned on the removal opening in order for the brush to be stored in the container chamber, it being the case that the container chamber is filled with a breath-freshening oral-hygiene medium into which a brush in the form of an interdental brush for cleaning the spaces between the teeth is inserted in a withdrawable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventors: Georg Wiegner, Hyeong Sook Kim
  • Patent number: 6152635
    Abstract: A household cleaning equipment includes a hollow handle filled up with a liquid detergent, piston means mounted in a hole on the handle and driven to pump the liquid detergent out of the handle, and a brush head coupled to the front end of the handle and having a through hole connected to the output port of the piston means, whereby the cleaning equipment can be rapidly engaged with various kinds of brush heads as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Chia-Hao Wu
  • Patent number: 6042287
    Abstract: A surgical scrub brush-sponge has an extension in providing additional surface area for cleansing and retaining solvents and solutions used during the cleansing process. Where a portion of the sponge-like element of the brush extends beyond the base of the brush and conforms to an end of the base. Additionally, the portion may be made to extend beyond the base covering the brush bristles on that end of the brush-sponge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Jack W. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 5970990
    Abstract: A mascara container has a bottle for receiving a supply of mascara and defining a bottle neck and opening. A cap is removably secured to the bottle neck at a closure end of the cap, the cap having a comb end extending from the closure end to a top end of the cap and defining a comb slot therebetween. An applicator is mounted to the closure end of the cap and extends through the bottle opening when the cap is secured on the bottle neck. A comb has teeth sized for combing eyelashes, and the comb pivotally mounted to the comb end of the cap for pivotal movement between a closed position with the teeth stored in the comb slot and an open position with the teeth deployed for combing action. The comb is removably retained in the comb slot by snap engagement and is provided with an extending grip for manipulating the comb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignees: The Brideport Metal Goods Mfg. Co., Revlon Consumer Products Corporation
    Inventors: David P. Dunton, Robert Le Bras-Brown, Jeffrey Mizell, Dominic A. Paratore, James Thalheimer
  • Patent number: 5865554
    Abstract: A portable double-brush shoe polishing device includes a polish body, and an assembly comprising a press button and a polishing storage tube. The polish body is designed to facilitate holding by the human hand, and it comprises an annular outer brush at a bottom side thereof. The press button is held in the polish body in a resilient condition. The press button has a positioning rib and a curved flange formed thereon to achieve positioning. An inner brush is disposed beneath the press button and the polish oil storage tube. In use, the outer brush is used to preliminarily clean and wipe the shoe surface, and the press button is pressed to allow penetration of a suitable amount of polish oil into the inner brush which may then polish the shoe surface with an even distribution of the polish oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Pin-Huang Lin
  • Patent number: 5735620
    Abstract: A cleaning tool including a housing in which a multi-purpose implement is rotatably mounted so as to selectively position one of a plurality of working surfaces outwardly of the housing. The housing and implement are removably and adjustably mounted to an extendable handle. A liquid container or reservoir is mounted so as to form a portion of the handle so that liquid may be selectively dispensed through the handle to a distribution header in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Inventor: Peggy D. Ford
  • Patent number: 5213430
    Abstract: A combined shoe brush and liquid container that has an atomizer head attached. The shoe brush has a conforming opening on one end to allow the engagement of a like conforming liquid container. The container is held in place with two spring devices which allow the container to be manually inserted into opening, and reversely allows the container to be manually extracted to facilitate refilling or replacing the container with a new like container. One end of the shoe brush has a cut away area which allows only the atomizer head to protrude outside of the shoe brush base. This allows the user to operate the atomizer in a push down manner with a convenient finger. The container holds for application, water or shoe polishing liquid to be sprayed through atomizer onto shoe surface, then brushed to produce a shine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Inventor: Thomas A. Pandola
  • Patent number: 5211494
    Abstract: A cleansing and stimulating brush that doubles as a backscratcher having sufficiently firm construction means approximating the function of human nails for scratching and stimulating one's skin, combined with brush means comprising slender stalklike projections for stimulating and cleansing the skin, and including interspersing smooth protuberance means approximating the soft pads of one's finger tips for pleasant touch sensations. This device further includes a soap applicator means to which soap can be applied for further application to the skin. The device can be adapted to contain and dispense liquid soap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Inventor: Etienette Baijnath
  • Patent number: 5110230
    Abstract: An adjustable double-purpose tool that is intended for use as an attachment for a standard pool pole. The tool includes a straight handle with a spring-lock for securing it to one end of the pole and a double-faced head for holding a chlorine cake on one side and a scrubbing pad on the other side. The head is pivotally attached to the handle and its orientation can be adjusted at fixed intervals by a key-sprocket mechanism. The mechanism is especially designed so that the key can be actuated from a distance, thus making it possible to adjust the tool without retrieving it from the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventors: Mark F. Cole, Jr., Clyde S. Woods, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5094556
    Abstract: An apparatus wherein an elongate cylindrical housing mounts a first and second cylindrical cap respectively at opposed terminal ends of the housing. The housing includes as matrix of wire brushes orthogonally mounted to each end of the housing, with a first end including a projection for positioning within a side mount terminal battery, with the second end providing a cylindrical cavity for receiving a terminal for securement to the associated side mount battery. A modification of the invention includes a central reservoir receiving a cleaning solution that is selectively directed through each terminal end of the housing for enhanced cleaning of the associated battery and connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Inventor: Kenneth F. Kohler
  • Patent number: 5060337
    Abstract: A handbrush and method for the manufacture thereof, are disclosed. The handbrush comprises a head having a plurality of bristles thereon and handle extending from the head, the head, the bristles and the handle all being integrally moulded from a polymeric compound such as rubber. A rigid strengthening member may be embedded in the head and the handle and may be bent to impart a desired shape to the brush, e.g. for maintaining the handle at a desired angle to the head. The brush may be provided with a substantially longitudinally extending scraper blade which may also be integrally moulded with the head, the bristles and the handle. In addition, a groove may be provided in the head of the handbrush for receiving and holding an edge of a steel blade for removing ice from the windscreens of motor vehicles or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Climbminster Limited
    Inventor: Gerhard A. Van Niekerk
  • Patent number: 4964062
    Abstract: A multisection flexible multidigit arm contains hands at each end, each of which hands contains a set of fingers, suitably three, which are similarly formed flexible multidigit arms constructed to a smaller scale. Each hand contains connectors for coupling the hand to a mating connector mounted on an associated structure to provide appropriate power and control signals to the arm. One hand may grip the connector and the other hand is free to move to various positions and perform various tasks. In an additional aspect the arm may move to different locations by somersaulting between spaced connectors in the system. In an assembly system the robotic arms are used to construct frames or other assemblies.A completely self contained arm includes a self contained source of power. Radio communication means are provided to allow electronic interaction with the arm from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Inventors: Shivadev K. Ubhayakar, Robert D. Baker
  • Patent number: 4840510
    Abstract: A container with a brush to be used for fluid type cosmetics, wherein the fluid type cosmetics contained with the container are supplied to the brush mounted at the tip of the container by pushing a pushing unit mounted on the periphery of the container in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaita Seisakusho
    Inventor: Shigeru Yaita
  • Patent number: 4802782
    Abstract: A cleaning tool or instrument designed generally to clean carpets and like surfaces and more specifically designed to remove spots, stains, etc. therefrom. A first agitating rake-like head is attached to an elongated base and extends outwardly into an operative position from one side of the base. A second liquid absorbing or blotting structure is secured to the base at the corresponding end as the agitating member but extending outwardly from a different side thereof wherein the base, through manipulation of the handle means, is positionable so as to apply either the agitating structure or the blotting structure to the carpet for purposes of respectively working the surface in an agitating manner and blotting or at least partially absorbing absorbing any cleaning fluid applied to the carpet for purposes of removing the spot or stain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Inventor: James Scalf
  • Patent number: 4715637
    Abstract: A gripping device for gripping an outer peripheral edge of an object to be grasped such as, for example, a semiconductor wafer, with the gripping device including a base, gripping members for gripping the object to be grasped, elastic members disposed between the base and the grip members so as to urge the respective grip members in an opening or closing direction. A driver for the grip members is provided, with the driver being fashioned as a linear or flat shape memory alloy member which is connected across the grip members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Hosoda, Kazuo Honma, Masakatsu Fujie
  • Patent number: 4621934
    Abstract: An integrated soap bar and brush. The brush constitutes one side of the integrated assembly while the bar of soap is supported on a top side of the brush to provide a reversible soap bar or brush. The soap bar is molded in situ around a specially constructed ribbed insert having a floor plate or base which can be readily affixed to the top side of the brush. The ribbed insert supports the soap bar during shrinkage to prevent removal until substantially used up. After such use-up, the insert may be used as a handle or it may be removed and the brush may be used alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1986
    Inventor: Daniel A. Starek
  • Patent number: 4597683
    Abstract: Apparatus for applying cosmetic preparations in liquid or paste form comprising a cylindrical casing provided with a slidable piston which divides the casing into first and second chambers which are sealed relative to one another. The first chamber contains a mixing member which by an operating stem guided sealingly to the outside through the piston and the second chamber, can be reciprocated inside the first chamber. This first chamber may be filled with a cosmetic preparation to be emptied by controllable amounts by an applicator detachably fastened to the casing. A tubular casing extension is inserted into the free end of the second chamber and contains a compression spring for pre-stressing the piston. The casing extension is telescopically movable into and out of the second chamber. At the free end of the casing extension a locking mechanism is provided by which the casing extension, when fully inserted into the casing, can be detachably locked to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1986
    Assignee: Goldwell GmbH, Chemische Fabrik H. F. Dotter
    Inventors: Adam Wittersheim, Gunter Much
  • Patent number: 4543679
    Abstract: A toothbrush assembly combining a toothbrush handle, a brush assembly releasably engageable with a head end of the handle, and an oral hygiene device releasably engageable with the tail end of the handle. The head end of the handle has a recess formed therein designed to provide a snap fit with a base of the brush assembly. The tail end of the handle is shaped to provide releasable engagement with a base of the oral hygiene device. The oral hygiene device can take numerous forms. For instance, the oral hygiene device can be used to apply an oral hygiene agent, such as a disclosing agent or a gum treating agent, or a herbal combination usable in oral hygiene, or a refreshing agent. Alternatively, the oral hygiene device can take the form of a stimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1985
    Assignee: Oral Ease Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Rosofsky, Alfred M. Blumenfeld
  • Patent number: 4486109
    Abstract: A toothbrush assembly having a handle, a brush assembly releaseably interconnected with one end of the handle, and a massaging device connected with a second end of the handle. The brush assembly has a cylindrical base shaped to be received in a recess in the end of the handle and has an array of bristles arranged to provide a concave brushing surface. The massaging device includes a carrier having a container of liquid positioned in an internal cavity of the carrier. The container is positioned so as to be broken and dispense its contents when an end of a toothbrush is inserted into the carrier. A porous, absorbent material forms an outer surface of the device and absorbs the liquid for application to the gums of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1984
    Assignee: Oral Ease Inc.
    Inventor: Paul M. Rosofsky
  • Patent number: 4381157
    Abstract: Lightweight, simple rug cleaner for residential use which uses a powdered cleaning composition for the cleaning of carpets. The cleaning composition comes in a throw-away, disposable container which is inserted into the rug cleaner for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1983
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Robert S. Brown
  • Patent number: 4277193
    Abstract: A hair grooming device includes a brush head surrounded by a rotatable cover member having a lateral opening through which bristles on the brush head are exposable. A handle for the brush head includes a reservoir for a liquid treating agent and communicates through a passage in the brush head with small dispensing holes spaced among the bristles. The cover member is rotatable between a bristle exposed position in which the bristles are exposed through the lateral opening, and a bristle storage position in which the bristles are concealed within the cover member. The cover member has comb teeth thereon adjacent the lateral opening, and seals are provided between the brush head and cover member to prevent leakage of treating agent from the bristles in the bristle storage position of the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1981
    Inventor: Ray Knaus