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Publication numberUS1669077 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 8, 1928
Filing dateAug 6, 1926
Priority dateAug 6, 1926
Publication numberUS 1669077 A, US 1669077A, US-A-1669077, US1669077 A, US1669077A
InventorsCharles A Brewer
Original AssigneeCannon Engineering Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Means for treating cloth, fabrics, etc.
US 1669077 A
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May 8, 1928.

Filed Aug. 6. 1926 Patented May 8, 192.8.




' Application led August 6, 1826. Serial No. 127,691.

My invention consists in a novel method.`

and means for treating cloth, fabric and the like, and more articularly has for its object to provide aA evice ofrather simple construction and easy -manipulation for removing Wrinkles from cloth or fabric. This device is of such a nature that it can also be used for otherwise treating cloth or fabric, as for instance, disinfecting it or preventing it from being attacked by mildew or moths. To this end, the device comprises a means for producing a vacuum and a means for producing a very finev spray in the shape of a moist vapor, which may be water 4vapor (steam), or any other vaporized liquid.

For a better explanation of my invention, yI refer to the appended drawing, in which,

lby way of illustration, I have shown in Figs.

1 and 2,.,fa top plan view and side view respectively for one embodiment of my device, the vacuum means and vapor spray being shown in central vertical sections in Fig. 2, and a portion of the vapor supply tube being broken out.

y tube is insertedva plug 2 provided with a bore 3. Onto this plug is screwed, or otherwise detachably secured, an elongated mouth-piece 4. Adjacent to said mouthpiece there is an elongated tubular member 5 which is provided along its underside with a vseries of perforations shown at"6. Inside 'said tubular member 5 is an electric heating coil 7, which by an electric conductor 8 is connected to any suitable source of electric energy, from which electric current may be supplied to said heating coil. The tubular member 5, if desired, may be formed of one piece with the mouth-piece 4 and is provided with a handle, shown at 9, whereby the device can be easily and 'conveniently manipulated. Preferably, the handle and the tubular member are made of one piece.

At the joint of mouth-piece 4 and plug 2, there is provided a round disk-valve 10 Vwhich by means of a pivoted stem 11 canbe moved in its vown plane 1in either direction to thereby more or less open or close the bere 3 in the plug. 'To the upperend of stem 11 is secured a finger-piece 12 inthe shapeof a. yoke, into which the finger of the hand can be readily inserted so that as the Ldevice is guided over the cloth or fabric, the diskvalve l() can be easily shifted so as to more or less open bore 3, or entirely close the same. At 13 is shown the flexible pipe for supplying`tl1e vapor, such as steam, which enters the tubular member 5 at one end, as shown at 14 in Fig. l, and passes out in the shape of fine jets or moist spray through the perforations 6. From the foregoing description, the operation of the device will be readily understood.

By grasping the handle 9, the person using the device can easily'guide the device over a piece of `cloth or fabric, which in Fig. 2 is indicated at 15, being supported on a surface indicated at 16.

Supposing that `while air is sucked through the flexible tube l and water vapor (steam) is emitted through the perforations 6 of the tubular member 5, the device is guided over the cloth in the direction of the arrowshown in Fig. 2, then the moisture of the steam will cause the fibres of the cloth to be placed under a tension and as directly thereafter suction is exerted onto the moistened` cloth through the elongated mouthpiece 4, the cloth is slightly drawn into said mouth-piece, as shown in Fig. 2, and a certain stiffness is imparted to the cloth, whereby all wrinkles in the cloth are removed as if by magic. As a matter of fact, the cloth need not even be supported on a surface as shown in Fig. 2 for the same result will be obtained, when the device is passed over the cloth as it is freely suspended in the air.

By a similar operation, all wrinkles can be removed from a suit of clothes while the suit is worn.

The devicey is also particularly applicable 'foruse inshops to remove wrinkles from cloth or fabrics which are made up in bolts and which by much handling are often badly wrinkled, the cloth thereby being made unsalable. In fact, Wherever wrinkles are to be removed or creases are to be produced, the devicewill do it quickly and efficiently with absolutely no exertion on the part of the operator, who only has to guide the device by means of the handle 9.

Needless to say,` the device can equally well be used for treating cloth or fabric, as for instance, for spraying on the cloth a disinfectant or impregnating it with a medium, either in liquid or gaseous state, to prevent l mildew, for water-proofing the cloth or fabric, or treating it in anyother Way. In some of these treatments, the direction of movement of the device may be reversed from that indicated by the arrow in Fig. 2, when, for instance, it is desired to first remove dust or dirt particles from the cloth prior to its being treated.

The amount of Vacuum can readily be regulated by the hand controlled disk-valve 10, and if desired, the suction can be interrupted altogether by the entire closing of the valve.

'I e heating coil 7 in the elongated tubular member 5 is provided to prevent-condensation of the vaporized liquid, as for instance, where Water-vapor (steam) is used which is supplied through the Vflexible pipe 13.

The flexible pipe 13, the flexible tube 1 and the electric conductor 8 are, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, held together by a band 17 so as to make the device more easily guided .and to preventthe parts from becoming entangled.

I claim:

1. In a portable device for treating cloths, fabrics and the like, a perforated tubular member' for directing a vaporized fluid against the material to be treated, a vapor condensation preventing means therein, and a vacuum mouth-piece for subjecting the material to suction.

2. A portable device for treating cloth, fabrics and the like, comprising a perforated tubular member for directing a fluid in vapor form against the material to be treated, a vacuum mouth-piece for subjecting the material to suction, a flexible pipe for supplying the vaporized fluid to said tubular member, anda means in said tubular member for preventing condensation of the vaporized fluid.

3. The combination as specified -in claim 2, including manually operated means for regulating the suction.

4. In a portable device for treating cloth, fabrics and the like, the combination of'a perforated tubular member for directing a fluid in vapor form against the material to be treated, a flexible pipe for supplying the fluid to said tubular member, a vacuum mouth-piece for subjecting the material to suction, a flexible tube for supplying suction to said mouth-piece, and means for manually guiding the device over the material to be treated.

5. In the combination as specified in claim 4, means forcontrolling the amount of suction comprising a. disk valve, a. shaft to which the disk is rigidly secured and manually operable means connected to the shaft whereby the same is rocked to open and close the valve.

6. In a portable device for treating cloth, fabrics and the like, a perforated tubular member for directing a vaporized medium against the material to be treated, flexible means for supplying said medium to said tubular member, means for preventing cony 'densation of said vaporized medium, a vacuum mouth-piece adjacent said tubular member for subjecting the material to suction, a flexible connection between said mouth-piece and the source of vacuum, and a handle for guiding the device.

7. In a portable device for treating cloth, fabrics and the like, a vacuum mouth-piece, a flexiblev connection between said mouthpiece and the source of vacuum, means for controlling the vacuum in said mouth-piece, a perforated tubular member adjacent said vacuum mouth-piece for directing against the material to be treated a vaporized fluid, a flexible pipe for supplying said vaporized fluid to said tubular member, and an electric heating coil in said tubular member, a flexible means for supplying electric energy ,to said heating coil, and a handle for guid-l ing the device.

8. A devicepfor treating cloth, fabrics and -the like comprising means for directing a .vapor onthe cloth, and means for creating a suction on the cloth, the first named means being positioned With respect to the last named means so that as the device is moved` over the cloth thecloth Will be treated to the vapor' in advance of the suction.

In testimony whereof I affix my signature.


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U.S. Classification68/222, 392/404, 392/398, 8/142, 15/321
International ClassificationA47L11/34
Cooperative ClassificationA47L11/34, A47L11/4088, A47L11/4044
European ClassificationA47L11/40F6, A47L11/40N6, A47L11/34