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Dec. 30, 1930. R. c. ZUCKERMAN 1,786,513 v SPONGE PAD Filed Dec l5, 1928 .72 i INVEN-roR ATTORNEY Patented Dec. 30, 1930 PATENT or-FicE y.
BOSCOE C. ZUCKEIRIIYIIAN, OF STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA sPonGn PAD Application led December 15, v1928. Serial No. 326,373.
pose having inherent cleansing and antiseptic qualities, by means of which the parts may be properly washed and sterilized, and which is of a soft and pliable nature so as not to l' l0 hurt or chafe tender skin; and which is highly absorbent and so constructed that the hand of the user will not be wet or soiled.
A further object of the invention is to provide a pad for the purpose so constructed that when once thoroughly saturated with water and ready for disposal said pad will disintegrate so as not to clog or damage the toilet or other drain pipe down which it may ass.
Also the nature of the 'pad is such as to permit of a very low cost of manufacture, enabling the same to be marketed at such a price as will put it within the reach of all persons desiring to utilize the same, or so that it may possibly be placed in the toilets of oiiice buildings, clubs and the like for the free use 'of the tenants or members.
The pads are particularly intended to supplement the use of toilet paper which at best only partly does the work for which it is intended. The use of my improved pad in conjunction with such paper enables those persons so inclined to have clean and immaculate body parts to an extent which under present conditions is impossible to obtain.
These objects I accomplish by means of such structure and relative arrangement of parts as will fully appear by a perusal of the following specification and claims.
In the drawings similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in the several views. y
'-Fig. 1 is afragmentary perspective vview of a lavatory showing the installation of my 5 tion of the same.
pad dispensing and moistening apparatus in Fig. 4 is a fragmentary cross section of the component parts of the pad shown as partly disassociated from each other.
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary cross section of a modified form of pad.
Fig. 6 is a similar view of still another modified type of pad.
' Referring now more particularly at the characters of reference on the drawings, and particularly at present to Figs. 2 to 4 the pad comprises an upper sheet l of absorbent fabric, such as cheesecloth, a bottom sheet 2 of oiled or otherwise water proofed paper or equivalent pliable material, and a number of intermediate sheets 3 of absorbent paper punctured roughly as at l or so that the paper about the punctureswill project outwardly from one` face of the sheets. Before the parts are assembled the upper fabric sheet l is impregnated with a solution of antiseptic soap indicated at 5. The different shrots of which the pad consists are initially much larger than the individual pad, and after. such sheets are assembled in the proper superimposed relation they are cut through simultaneously to the desired size by suitable shearing means, this being done in the presence of steam or other agent if necessary to cause the soap adjacent the edges of the fabric sheet to be temporarily softened to a runny condition. As a result of thus simultaneously cutting the sheets, all of which are of a pliable and porous nature, they are squeezed together around the edges and the fibers at such edges become more or less locked with each other as indicated in Fig. 3, tending to hold them together. In addition to this the semi-dissolved soap from the fabric contacting with all saidedges as they are cut binds them firmly together without additional means being necessary.
If desired however anyother readily soluble cementing means may be used in place of the soap.
is very soft and pliable. \Vhen using the pad it is only necessary toapply water to thev upper sheet in sufficient quantity to thoroughly dissolve or soften the soap, without going beyond the absorption capacity or saturation point of the pad. -The pad may be then applied to the parts to be cleansed. Since the under sheet which is engaged by the hand is of a Water proof nature'the water will not penetrate through such sheet and the hand will not be wet or soiled. When the pad has served its function it may be thrown into the toilet, when the relatively great quantity of water then present so thoroughly dissolves the remaining soap as to cause the pad to disintegrate and the different sheetsto be positively separated from each other. This enables said sheets .to be then carried down the drain pipe separately without danger of clogging the pipe.
The pads are particularly intended to be stacked in superimposed relation in a dis# ensing cabinet 6, with which a small water asin 7 and a water supplyfaucet 8 are coinmonly associated. This apparatusis thoroughly described .and featured in my copending application for 1pate-nt 0n the same, Serial No. 326,372, filed ec. V15, 1928, and is mounted in a lavator The type of pad a ove described is only one of many forms in which it maybe put out.
i In 5 for instance the pa`d comprises a number of sheets 10 of feltedv paper bound together as before and of which the upper' sheet is saponified, while the lower one is glazed or rendered 'water proof.
Still another form is illustrated in Fig. 6 in which the pad consists of a number of fiat sheets 11 of absorbent material, the upper sheet of which is of a saponitied fabric such as cheesecloth, while the other ones are of paper; interposed between the alternate ones of which flat sheets are corrugated sheets 12 of absorbent paper. In the one form the natural thickness and nature ofthe paper and in the other the corrugating of the alternate sheets, gives the respective pads the necessary thickness, pliability and softness.
While I particularly intend these pads to be used for the above mentioned purpose it will be obvious that they are-also very suitable for use in hospitals and in doctors operating rooms and similar placesl From-the foregoing description it will be readily seen that I have produced such a device as substantially fulfills the objects of the invention as set forth herein.
a plia pad.
close to the toilet 9.-
AI claim as new and useful and desire to sccure by Letters Patent is:
1. A sponge pad comprising a top sheet impregnated w1th an antiseptic soap, and a pliable water absorbing pad under said sheet.
2. A sponge pad comprising a top sheet impreglnated with an antiseptic soap, and
'1e water absorbin ad under said sheet with a water proo s eet under said v g :.1 wat 3. A sponge rpad comprising'a top sheet impregnated with an antiseptic soap, a plurality of pliable water absorbing sheets under said top sheet, and means incorporated with said sheetsfor maintaining them in spaced relation to each other.
4. A sponge pad comprising a top sheet impregnated with an antiseptic soap, and a pliable water absorbing pad under said sheet with means for connecting said sheet andpad together to form a. unit only until subjected to a quantity of water in excess of the abed es will tend to interlock with each other to ind the sheets together to form a unitary structure.
6.' A sponge-pad comprising a top sheet of absorbent material, pliable water-absorbing sheets under the top sheet, all said sheets en-4 gaging each other, and a soluble soap with which the top sheet is impregnated and which extends down about the edges of the sheets to bind the same together in pad form.
7. A spon e pad comprising a top sheet of absorbent fa ric, a plurality of absorbent paper sheets under the top sheet, a bottom sheet of oiled paper, and a soluble antiseptic soap solution with which the fabric sheet is impregnated.
8, A sponge pad comprising an absorbent pad, one surface of which is treated with a soluble soap, and a iexible waterproof sheet covering the opposite surface.
In testimon whereof I aiix my signature.
R SCOE C. ZUCKERMAN.