BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
I. Field of the Invention
This invention is in the general field of a mop for mopping floors, decks, and the like;
This invention is more particularly in the field of such a mop designed to relieve excess stress and fatigue for the user of the mops;
This invention is even more particularly in the field of such a mop designed to relieve stress and fatigue and the danger of injury to the user;
This invention is most particularly in the fields above mentioned and in the field of a mop handle designed to accomplish all of this and a method for mopping to allow for a much larger work space from one position for the user than is customary and at the same time relieving fatigue and stress normally experienced in mopping.
II. Description of the Prior Art
Mops have been known for centuries. All mops share the common characteristic that they consist of an elongated rod for a handle with mopping material consisting of a bundle of strands of yarn, absorbent string, sponge, or the like on one end of the rod, the length of the rod generally being a few feet, terminating in a plain end on the rod. All mops known to us are of the above configuration.
The mop and method of mopping of this invention is completely different from the prior art. Our invention includes special mops with a longer than normal handle being provided with unique angularly offset portions and terminating in a unique swivel hand grip on the end not carrying the mopping material and attachments for standard mop handles which allow the practice of or unique method of mopping.
In the sense described above, we believe there is no true prior art to our invention described in this specification.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
A mop is one of the most widely used of all implements. Going into a super market, one will see a clerk mopping a spill; Going onto a deck, one will see a mop being used; Staying in a hotel, one will see a mop; In the average home, one will see a mop; Mops literally pervade every aspect of civilized (and even uncivilized ) life.
However, the life of one wielding a mop is not easy. Users of mops suffer from many discomforts and disabilities. The customary mop is a very troublesome implement. Many serious, and continuing, injuries and discomforts result from the use of mops.
Additionally, mopping is a very inefficient process due to the restrictive nature of the mop.
We have been engaged in mopping and have studied mopping seeking relief from the problems associated with mopping and attempting to perfect a more desirable mopping procedure.
We have now developed a superior, unusual, and unique mop and mopping technique.
We have conceived and developed a mop (primarily the mop handle) which solves all of the problems associated with mopping, and which no one has conceived before.
We have designed a mop incorporating an unusual and unique design, together with a special swivel top handle arrangement which eliminates the former problems with mops and produces a superior mop capable of producing more mopping results with less effort and no injuries or fatigue.
We have done this by making a special offset handle design with a unique top swivel handle support member. Additionally, we have now conceived and developed a unique further method for mopping which includes utilization of attachments for mop handles to allow mopping in a manner which reduces strain and increases effective mopping area from a single position of the person using the mop.
We have, also, developed a method of mopping in which one engaged in mopping may use a special attachment to a standard mop handle, as well as our special handle, to greatly increase the effectiveness of the mopping as well as reducing the stress, strain , and fatigue normally experienced in mopping.
It is an object of this invention to provide a mop which will extend the effective mopping area from any given position;
Another object of this invention is to provide a mop which will diminish fatigue for the user of the mop;
Another object of this invention is to provide a mop which can be used with virtually no danger of injury;
Another object of this invention is to provide a mop which can be used with reduced danger of carpel tunnel syndrom or other repetitive motion injury;
Another object of this invention is to provide a mop which can reduce the time required to mop any given area;
Another object of this invention is to provide attachments for a customary mop handle substantially achieving the foregoing objects.
Another, and primary object of this invention is to provide a superior method of mopping using specially designed mop handles and/or mop handle attachments.
The foregoing and other objects and advantages of this invention will be understood by those skilled in the art upon reading the description of a preferred embodiment in conjunction with a review of the appended drawings.