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Publication numberUS1221324 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 3, 1917
Filing dateJan 9, 1915
Priority dateJan 9, 1915
Publication numberUS 1221324 A, US 1221324A, US-A-1221324, US1221324 A, US1221324A
InventorsFrederick Hodschar
Original AssigneeFrederick Hodschar
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Wet-cleaning attachment for carpet-sweepers.
US 1221324 A
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Patented Apr. 3,1917.



APPLICATION TILED JAN- 9. 1915- I Patented Apr. 3, 1917.

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Be it known that I, Fnnnnmcn Houseman, a subject of the Emperor of Austria-Hungar and a resident of New York borough of rookl n, in the, count of Kings and State of ew York, have lnvented certain new and useful Improvements in Wet-Oleaning Attachments for Carpet; Sweepers, of which the following is a speclficat on.

This invention relates to carpet sweepmg apparatus and has particularly in view to provide. 'an attachment'to a brush or carpet sweeper whereby the carpet may be renovated by a" liquid during the brushing or sweepingoperation. 4

In carrying out my invention, I provide an attachment comprisin a distnbuting device which automatical y feeds from a fountain the required amount of liquid and applies it upon the carpet preferably in advance of the brushing or' sweeping element. Thus, a-liquid may be used such as ammonia or the like which has the efiect of giving a luster and renovated appearance to the carpet. Also, if desired, a disinfectant may be applied in the liquid for disinfecting the carpet as well as cleaning and improving its appearance.

In the drawings illustrating the preferred embodiments of this invention,

Figure 1 is a plan "view and Fig. 2 is a,

side elevational view of my improved attachment applied to a brush.

Fig. 3' is a fragmental view in continua tion of Fig. 2 illustrating the adjustment whereby the attachment maybe lifted out of contact with the carpet.

Fig. 4 is a fragmental view illustrating the position of the roller and fountain when so lifted.

Fig. 5 is a bottom plan view-of the fountain and roller, part of the roller being broken away to illustrate the feed holes.

Fig. 6 is a side elevation and Fig. 7 is a plan view of the invention shown as applied to the rotary type of carpet sweeper.

Referring in detail to the drawings, particularly to Figs. 1 to 5, the attachment is shown as applied to a brush 10, having the usual handle 11. The attachment proper consists of a fountain 12 of any suitable shape provided at the bottom thereof preferably with very fine openings 13 which normally retain the liquid by capillary at-' traction. Itotatably mounted adjacent to these feed openings is a distributing roller specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed January 9, 1915. serial 0. 1,289.

Fantedhpr. tit.

14 having a surface formed of some absorb ent material which will absorb the liquid through the feed openings 13 and distribute the same upon the carpet. The roller is preferably ournaled in a pair of cars 15 extending rom the ends of the fountain. These ears are formed with slots 16 through which extend the pintles 17 of the roller. Thus, when the fountain is dropped to bring the roller in contact with the carpet, the

bottom side of the fountain with the feed openings drops into contact with the roller. As soon, however, as it is desired to dispense with the use of the liquid, the fountain may be lifted and the roller thus drops out of contact with the feed openings and interrupts the flow of the liquid (Fig. 4), inasmuch as the holes as before stated are so small that the liquid is retained by capillary action. The fountain is movably mounted upon the brush by means of hooks 18 extending from each end thereof engaging eyes or staples 19 secured to the brush. These hooks form a pivotal joint with the eyes 19 and thus a chain 20' attached to the fountain as by means of an eye 21 formed thereon may be pulled and adjusted upon one of a number of hooks 2222 attached to the handle 11.

When it is desired to dispense with the use of the liquid, the chain 20 is merely pulled and adjusted upon a higher hook 22, thus liftin the fountain and roller out of contact wit the carpet and freeing the feed openings from the absorbent action of the roller 14 as the roller drops in the slot 16 (Fig. 4). For strengthenmg the fountain,

reinforcing bands .or bars 23 may be formed about the ends of. the fountain. These bars preferably constitute a continuation of the hooks 18. Also a longitudinal strengthening bar 24 may be attached to the front of the fountain to take up shock of impact in hitting furniture as sometimes happens dur- I bars 18. .The latter and the eye 21'will 1'10,

prevent the cylindrical receptacle from overturning. In this'inverted position, the feed roller drops down upon the. feed apertures andcloses the same, thus preventing evapo- .ratii1 ;0f theli uid.

To prevent t e feed roller from slinging liihuidin the direction of the.br11sh,I provi e a guard 26 attached to the fountain casing at the rear of the feed roller. No rovision need be made for'the slinging o the 4 liquid to the front as this willmerely fall on the carpet to be gone over by the brush and" .will not be detrimental.

In Figs. 6 and 7, I have illustrated my improved attachment as applied to a rotary carpet sweeper of the usual well known type.

orm described, but the hooked arms 18 instead of extending longitudinally of the reinforcing bars 23 are formed with offsets" 18 for the purpose of clearing the operatto contact with the fountain at said aper-'.


3. An attachment for carpet sweepers comprising a fountain having feed a ertures, a feed roller mounted thereon a jacent to the feed apertures, hooks extendin from the fountain, and v a chain attache thereto for lifting the same out of operative relation with the carpet.

4. An attachment for carpet sweepers comprising a fountain having feed a ering bars 33 extending out from the rforward portion of the casing of the carpet sweeper.

Otherwise, the construction and mode of operation is similar to that described in reference to Figs. 1 to 5.

- ters Patent:

, It-will thus be seen that I have providedan' attachment which can be readily hooked onto acarpet brush or rotary carpet sweeper without altering the construction of the lat- I ter and provides for renovating the carpet. simultaneously with the sweeping or brushing operation. Also the attachment may be' readily removed from the sweeper by a' simple operation consisting merely 1n swingtherewith, said fountain bein provided with .tures, a roller mounted adjacent said eed apertures, a guard for preventing the slinging of li uid from the roller, and hooks extendin rom the fountain adapted to detachab y hook the fountain to a sweeper.

5. 'An attachment for carpet sweepers comprising a fountain having minute feed apertures at the bottom thereof, a feeding element mounted adjacent said apertures and movable to and from said apertures to come into and out of wiping en agement a filling aperture located ad acent said feed apertures.

6. An attachment for carpet .sweepers comprising a fountain having feed apertures disposed at the bottom thereof, these apertures being sominute that the capillary ing the fountain upward sufliciently to allow the hooks to dlsengage from the sta les.

The attachment may be manufacture carpet brushing or sweeping apparatus now in use. I

Having thus descrlbed my invention, :1 claim as new and 1. An attachment for carpet sweepers comprising a fountain having means for connecting the same'with the sweeper, said fountain being provided at the bottom there- 'of with small feed apertures, and a feed apertures roller mounted adjacent said 'feed and'movabletoward and away there rom.

at very small'costand 1s easily applied to the desire to secure by Letaction will normally prevent the escape of the liquid,*and a movable feed element disposed adjacent said apertures adapted to remove the liquid in small quantities and apply the same to the carpet, said feed element being movable into contact with the liquid at'the feed apertures during the operation of the device andmovable away from the feed apertures when the. device is not in operation. Signed of New York,- and State of New York, this 7th day of January, A. D. 1915.




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US3428986 *Jun 3, 1966Feb 25, 1969Burk James CCrosslane buffing machine
US4498214 *Apr 16, 1984Feb 12, 1985The Hoover CompanyCarpet cleaning apparatus with auxiliary cleaning device arrangement
US7200893Jan 10, 2003Apr 10, 2007The Hoover CompanyBrush assembly for a floor cleaning unit
U.S. Classification15/44, 15/52
Cooperative ClassificationA47L11/33