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Publication numberUS1679323 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 31, 1928
Filing dateMar 30, 1927
Priority dateMar 30, 1927
Publication numberUS 1679323 A, US 1679323A, US-A-1679323, US1679323 A, US1679323A
InventorsMortlock Clarence E
Original AssigneeMortlock Clarence E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Window-cleaning apparatus
US 1679323 A
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This invention relates to improvements in window cleaning apparatus, and more particularly to a rotary fluid operated brush used in conjunction with a stream of cleansing fluid discharged against the window .to be cleaned, at a point adjacent the said brush.

An object of the invention is to provide an improved rotary window cleaning aparatus to be connected with a ortable mixing tank adapted to be moved om window to window, as desired.

A further object of the invention is to provide a fluid operated rotary window cleaning apparatus for use in conjunction with a stream of cleansing fluid, and embod ing manuall o erable means for contro ing the spee o the rotary cleaner and the flow of the cleansing fluid.

Other objects and advantageous features of the invention will appear as the description proceeds.

In the accompanying vdrawings which form a part of my application,

Figure 1 is a side elevation, artly 1n section, of my rotar cleaner an supporting handle, showing t e valve controls or the same: e

Figure 2 is a side elevation of the portable mixing tank havin the rotary cleaner attached thereto, an

Figure 3 is' a sectional view taken on the line 3 3 of Figure 1.

Like characters of reference are used throughout the following specification and the accompanying drawings to designate corresponding parts.

A mixing tank 1 is mounted upon a wheeled support 2, which in turn is provided with a handle 3 for moving the tank from place to place. A head 4, which preferabl is removable, seals the upper end of the tan 1, and has a water discharge pipe 5 extending therethrough to a point adjacent the bottom of the said tank. A steam supply pipe 6 extends through the head 4, and is provided with a valve 7 for controlling the admission of steam to the tank for heating the cleansing fluid therein. An air supply pipe 8 extends from a suitable source of compressed air supply through the head 4 into the tank 1, and is further provided with a reducing valve 9 which may be set to permit the pressure on the tank side thereof to rise to, but not beyond, a predetermined degree (say thirty pounds to the square u ich), although the pressure on the inlet side thereof may be much higher. This valve 9 may be of an known form, for example, of the form s/,own in U. S. Patent No. 478,939, of July 12, 1892, to McDaniel. A manually-operable valve 10 may be provided between the valve 9 and the tank 1 for completely shutting off the supply of com ressed air to said tank.

y rotary cleaner com rises a fluid actuated motor 11 supporte at the outer end of a hollow h andle 12, which handle is conn ected at its inner end with the air supply line or pipe 8 through the medium of a ilexible hose 19. The hose 19 is connected to a manually operable valve 2Q carried by the handle 12, preferably at the lower end of thelatter, which valve seriies to control the air or fluid supply to the motor 11. A brush 15 is mounted on the motor shaft 16 and may be caused to rotate at any desired speed by operating the valve 20 to regulate the ilow of compressed air to the motor 11. Acleansmg fluid supply pipe or tube 17 extends longitudinallyy throu h the handle 12 in spaced relation to the atter, and terminates'in a discharge nozzle'18 immediately aclfaeent the brush 15,`- and slightly to one si e o'f the same. A flexible hose 13 connects the cleansing-fluid supply pipe 5 to amanually operable valve 14 carried by the handle 12, preferably at the inner end of the latter adjacent the valve 20. The valve 14 is connected to the tube 17 and serves to regulate the flow of cleansing fluid through the tube 17 tothe nozzle 18. The handle 12 is preferably of considerable length, so that large Windows may readily be cleaned without the necessity of using a ladder.

From the foregoing description it will be apparent that the tank 1 may first be filled with the cleansing fluid which may be a mixture of ammonia and water in the roportion of one quart of ammonia to thirty gallons-of Water. The percentage of the ammonia and water may e changed, as desired, or any other suitable cleansing a ent may be used. Steam is then admitte `to the tank through the pipe 6 to heat the mixture, after which the valve 10 is opened to admit air under pressure from the pipe 8 to the tank, and the apparatus is ready for use. When the valve 20 is opened compressed air will be admitted through the hose 19, andhollow handle 12 to the motor 11 and the brush 15 will be caused to rotate against a window and, when the valve 14: is o ened, cleansing fluid will be caused b t e air pressure in the tank to pass throug the pipe 5, hose 13, tube 17 and nozzle 18 against the window just above the brush. In this manner, the windows to be cleaned will be cleansed better, and more windows may be cleaned than by the use of manual cleant'lhe motor 11 may be actuated either by compressed air, water under pressure, or steam.

Many minor changes in detail of construction may be resorted to Without de arture from the spirit of the invention de ned by the claims.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is 1. A window cleaning apparatus comprising a closed tank to contain cleansing fluid, means for su plying air under pressure to said tank, a rush, a fluid-actuated motor connected with said air supplying means for operating said brush, and a nozzle adjacent said brush and connected with said tank for directing a stream of cleansing fluid at the free end of said brush.

2. A Window cleaning apparatus comprising a portable closed tank, means for filling said tank with a cleansing fluid, means for supplying air under a predetermined pressure to said tank, a brush, a. fluid-actuated motor connected with said air supplying means for operating said brush, a nozzle connected with said tank adapted to direct-a stream of cleansing fluid at the free end of said brush, and means for controlling the flow of fluid to said motor and means adjacent said last-named means for controlling the flow of fluid to said nozzle.

3. A window cleaning applaratus comprising a portable closed tan to contain a cleansinv fluid, means for heating the fluid in said tan means for supplying air under a predetermined pressure to said tank, a handle formed of a air of spaced inner and outer tubes, a fluid actuated motor carried by said handle and connected to one of said tubes, a brush rotatable by said motor, a nozzle connected to the other tube and supported by said handle adjacent said brush, and flexible tubing connecting said air suppl means with one of said tubes and said tank with the other tube.

4. A window cleaning ap aratus comprsing a portable closed tan to contain a cleansing fluid, means for heating the fluid in said tank, means for supplying compressed air under a redetermined pressure to said tank, a hol ow handle, a fluid actuated motor carried by and connected to said handle, a brush operated hv said motor, a nozzle also carried by said handle and adapted to direct a stream of cleansing fluid adjacent the free end of said brush, flexible tubing connecting said air supply, means with said hollow handle, means including a flexible tube connecting the lower portion of said tank with said nozzle, and valves carried by said handle for controlling the flow of compressed air through said handle and of cleansing fluid through said nozzle.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand.


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U.S. Classification15/29, 15/103, 15/377, 15/24, 15/387, 15/321
International ClassificationA47L1/00, A47L1/02
Cooperative ClassificationA47L1/02
European ClassificationA47L1/02