US 1526528 A
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Feb. 1 7. 1925.
J. CHRISTY FLOOR MOP Filed Aug. 20, 1923 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 James cwism Feb. 17. 1925.
V 1,526,528 J.CHRBTY FLOOR MOP Filed Aug. 20, 1923 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Jafies ChPiSI-LM' Patented F eb. 17, 1925.
UNITED STATES JAMES CHRISTY, OF CLEVELAND, OHIO.
Application filed August 20, 1923. Serial No. 658,261.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, JAMES OHRISTY, a citizen f the United States, residing at Cleveland, in the county of Cuyahoga and State of Ohio, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in a Floor Mop, of which thefollowing is a specification.
My invention relates to an improvement in floor mops, and my general object is to provide a mop which may be conveniently manipulated in manifold ways and which will permit the work of mopping and wringing to be expedited without requiring the person handling the mop to soil or wet the hands; and as constructed the mop is provided With double handles and a single mop head adapted to be readily folded and unfolded, or stretched or doubled into various shapes and forms, to facilitate washing, wiping and also wringing operations, all as hereinafter shown and described and more particularly pointed out in the claims.
In the accompanying drawing, Fig. 1 is a perspective view of my improved mop as itappears in use when folded.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the mop showing its adaptability in mopping a floor around an obstruction.
Fig. 3 is a perspective View of the mop in a pail and twisted as in wringing operations.
Fig. 4 is a perspective View of the mop spread apart on straight lines as in waterdistributing or wiping operations.
Fig. 5 is a plain elevation of the mop head itself flattened and removed from the sticks or handles.
Fig. 6 is a straightened view of the mop head wrapped at its opposite ends to the separate sticks or handles.
Fig. 7 is a cross section of one handle with the mop head wrapped thereon.
My improved mop comprises a pair of round sticks or handles 2 and 3, respectively, made relatively long and preferably of the same length. The lower corresponding ends of these handles are connected together by a cloth mop head 4:, preferably composed of a relatively large number of heavy twisted cotton strands or cords 5. Thesestrands or cords are laid side by side in substantial parallel relation and sewed together atrtheir opposite ends by single cords or heavy threads 6 to provide a unitary mop body which is relatively longer than it is wide when detached from the handles and stretched out flat as shown in Fig. 5.
In attaching this flat mop head to the handles the sewed ends are wrapped spirally around the stick or handle, and a wire 7 twisted tightly around the strands and the wire fastened in place by a staple 8 driven into the wooden stick or handle. This is only one mode of fastening the mop head to each end of the respective handles but is preferred because it is a simple, practical and cheap way in securing the parts detachably together. The unitary mop head composed of the separate strands as described may be sold as a separate article of 'manufacture to replace old and worn out mop heads of similar construction, using the same pair of handles.
A relatively large number of twisted cords 5 are used so that a mop body of substantial thickness may be formed therefrom when wrapped around the handles, and when the sticks or handles are placed parallel and held closely together as shown in Fig. 1, the mop body is doubled upon itself and provides a mop head of substantial size, whereby mopping of a floor may be performed expeditiously in the usual way. However, by grasping the two handles separately and spreading the mopping end, the mop may be wrapped around an upright part of the floor such as the leg of a table or sink. I11 this position of parts the handles may be reciprocated or moved back and forth with a corresponding wiping action of the mop around the obstacle or upright. Corners may also be readily reached and cleansed by the mop at the separate mop ends where doubled and connected to separate handles. A wide expanse of surface may also be quickly and readily wiped and a body of water gathered up or spread by spreading the two handles apart to the limit of the stretch of the mop head, substantially as shown in Fig. 4. Then the water may be easily removed from the mop head and deposited in a pail 10 or other receptacle by merely twisting either one or both of the handles until the mop itself is tightly twisted substantially as shown in Fig. 3. Wringing of the mop head is thus effected without requiring the person handling the mop to wet or soil the hands because the hands may grip the handles instead of the mop head at a remote distance from the mop head. Moreover, all these operations may be performed by a person standing upright or erect, and kneeling and extreme stooping positions are avoided altogether.
What I regard as myinvention or discovery and desire to claim, is:
1. A floor mop comprising tWo long handles and a mop-head made of cords, said mop-head being Wrapped into a tubular form and the opposite tubular ends thereof being sleeved over the lower extremities of said handles and completely covering said extremities, and means securing the sleeved portions of said mop-head to said extremities.
2. A floor mop comprising two long handles adapted to be held separately or jointly at their upper ends in mopping a floor, a pliable mop-head of loose cords Wrapped into a tubular form around the lower ends oi said handles and connecting the same, the handle extremities extending into the tubular ends and completely covering said extremities, and means adapted to fasten said mop-head to said handles as Wrapped therearound.
3. A floor mop comprising two separate long handles having rounded extremities and annular grooves, a pliable mop-head of loose cords having tubular ends sleeved over the separate handles, and a binding Wire secured around each sleeved portion of the mop-head at said groove, the rounded lower ends of both handles extending into the tubular ends of said mop-head.
In testimony whereof I aiiix my signa: ture hereto this. 18th day of August, 1923.
, 7 JAMES CHRISTY.