BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to sanitary seat covers. More particularly, the invention is related to disposable sanitary seat covers for toilet seats.
2. Description of the Related Art
The use of public restroom toilets in many cases involves exposure to unsanitary conditions, particularly when the toilet seat must be sat upon. The use of such toilets by toddlers who are just being potty trained and small children is particularly difficult and the exposure to disease high since they must generally hold onto the sides of the toilet seat with their hands for balance. The seats are too large for their small frame, causing the child to put their hands on the surfaces of the seat to balance and support themselves, putting them at risk for exposure to germs and disease. The toilet bowl, itself, may be touched or grabbed by the child resulting in exposure to unsanitary conditions. Present available seat covers are very thin and are subject to slippage off the toilet seat, especially since children tend to squirm or slide back and forth on the seat. If there is liquid on the seat cover, the thin seat covers absorb it and travel through to contact the user. This liquid may carry disease bearing bacteria. The use of toilet paper for a seat cover is equally unsatisfactory.
It would be desirable to provide a disposable toilet seat cover, which may easily be carried in a handbag, covers the toilet seat and upper portion of inner and outer sides of the bowl, resists sliding relative to the seat once it is in place, and will not allow liquid on the seat to permeate the cover and make contact with the user. There has existed a long-standing need for such a new and sanitary toilet seat construction that not only is portable and disposable, but is also specifically child friendly. The purpose of the present invention is to provide an answer to these needs.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,729,838, issued Mar. 24, 1998, to Schweizer, describes a toilet seat cover which unfolds in the manner of an accordion and drapes over the toilet seat and the outer portion of the toilet bowl rim.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,144,698, issued Sep. 8, 1992, to McKenzie, describes a toilet seat cover made of layered paper and plastic material and provides cover for both seat and rim of toilet bowl.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,887,291, issued Mar. 30, 1999, to Bellizzi, describes a toilet seat cover in the form of a plastic ring and which features a draw string to maintain the cover tightly around the toilet seat.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,073,274, issued Jun. 13, 2000 to McQueen, describes a toilet seat cover which includes a waterproof top layer covering a lower layer of rigid foam containing antibacterial solution and has adhesive patches to affix the seat cover to the toilet seat.
U.S. Pat. No. Des. 255,922, issued Jul. 15, 1980, to Price et al., illustrates a child's disposable toilet seat which is round in a storage shape and folded over to rest on the front half of the toilet seat.
U.S. Pat. No. Des. 320,069, issued Sep. 17, 1991, to Rossiter, illustrates a toilet seat cover with toilet seat overhang.
U.S. Pat. No. Des. 342,859, issued Jan. 4, 1994, to Garcia, illustrates a toilet seat cover with a decorative pattern and which snaps over the seat by means of what appears to be an elastic band which is part of periphery of the toilet seat cover.
None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singularly or in combination, is seen to describe the instant invention as claimed. Thus, a disposable sanitary barrier for public restroom use solving the aforementioned problems is desired.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention is a disposable toilet seat cover configured to act as a sanitary barrier for public restroom use. The cover is made of a liquid impervious laminate having an upper layer of soft, thick paper and a lower layer of plastic film, the film being embossed to form a series of ridges which are useful in preventing sliding of the toilet seat cover on the toilet seat during use. The cover is preferably made of a single sheet of material which is die cut to shape and embossed so as to promote ease in fitting the cover over the toilet seat.
The inventive cover is in the general shape of a toilet seat and has oval inner and outer embossed creases to define the portion of the cover coming in contact with the seat. The cover is embossed to form creases from which fall the inner and outer pleats which overhang the inner and outer portions of the toilet bowl rim area. Cutouts are made along inner and outer edges of the inventive cover to allow the formation of the downwardly draping pleats. The upper surface of the inventive toilet seat cover may be decorated as by animal images to please children using the cover. The inner and outer pleated skirts allow children to grasp the toilet seat for balance without coming into contact with the toilet seat or the bowl rim and upper inner and outer surfaces.
Accordingly, it is a principal object of the invention to provide a toilet seat cover for use in public toilets which protects an adult or child from exposure to the toilet seat and bowl rim and side during use.
It is another object of the invention to provide a toilet seat cover as above which drapes over the inner and outer rim area of the toilet bowl such that a child may be protected from contact therewith when the child holds the toilet seat to gain balance during use.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a toilet seat cover as above which is resistant to sliding on the toilet seat during use.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a toilet seat cover as above which is comfortable for contact with the skin while being resistant to wetting by residual liquid on the toilet seat, thus protecting the user from contact with the liquid.
Yet another object of the invention is to provide a toilet seat cover as above which has decorative figures on its upper surface.
It is an object of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof for the purposes described which is inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing its intended purposes.
These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.