US 2151425 A
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This invention relates to a mop and it is an improvement on the Two-way mop for which United States Letters Patent were granted to me October 30, 1,934, Patent No. 1,978,748.
The principal object of this invention is to provide a mop having a body of predetermined length, width and thickness that is formed of cotton threads en masse that are secured to an elongated Iiexible open ended tube so the mop can be easily andquickly placed on and removed from a rigid holder so the body is doubled on itself to form a mop of double thickness.
Also afeature of invention is shown in attaching the parts of a fiexible tube to a fibrous body so the fiber threads, bristles, cords and the like are compactly and rmly secured together. To that end I take a body formed of loose threads en masse of a predetermined length, Width and thickness over which a base tape is laid that is transverse to the threads, after which a seam is sewed centrally and from end to end of the tape which, in 'addition to securing the tape to the body also secures the threads of the mass together. Then another tape of the same Width and length is laid over they base tape and secured Vthereto by two parallel seams that extend through the edges of the tapes and also through the body or mass of 4threads to form an elongatedropen ended tube of the tapes, and also tomore firmly secure the threads of the mass together.- That gether and to the tape by three compact stitches of the three closely arranged parallel seams.
Another feature of invention is shown in providing the mop with a tuft that is arranged at the top cross center of the body so that when the two half portions of the body are parallel and supported on a holder the tuft will extend somewhat beyond the end of the mop and adjacent one edge thereof in better form to be extended into cracks, crevices and recesses that cannot be easily reached by the body portion of the mop.
This tuft is formed by placing a small mass oi parallel threads on the body at its longitudinal center and nearer one edge of the tapes than the other and then securing it in place by stitches that are run through the edges of the tapes suiiiciently tightly to cause the strands of the tut to spread into a semi-spherical form.
A feature of invention is shown in constructing the holder so the mop can extend in a double thickness on the crook end oi the holder or be extended in a single thickness over both the crook and shank of the holder.
Another feature is shown in constructing the mop so it has a long and short edge portion, and so that either can be used as a brush.
Other objects, advantages and features of invention may appear from the accompanying drawing and the detailed description thereof.
The accompanying drawing illustrates the invention, in which:
Figure 1 is a side elevational view of a mop that is constructed in accordance with this invention.
Fig. 2 is a View of the mop body showing it attened out.
Fig. 3 is an end view of the body and tape shown in Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a view analogous to Fig. 2 showing another tape placed on and connected by edge seams to the base tape with an end portion broken away to show both tapes.
Fig. 5 is an end view of the body shown in Fig. 4 showing the arrangement of the tapes and seams connecting them to the body.
Fig. 6 shows a plan view of the mop handle and preferred form of holder.
Fig. 7 is another View of the mop handle as viewed from the line 1-1 of Fig. 6.
Fig. 8 is a view of the mop with the body shown as drawn over both the holder and shank of the handle to thereby extend the body so its brushes have a greater wiping width.
Fig. 9 is an end view of the mop analogous to Fig. 5 showing how a tuft is secured to the body by seams passing through the top edge portion of the tapes.
Fig. 10 is an enlarged cross section on the line Ill- I0 of Fig. 1 semidiagrammatically showing how the half parts of the body are held parallel with one another when placed on the holder; and also showing how the tuft is stitched to the top edge portion of the tapes adjacent the longitudinal center thereof.
Fig. 11 shows the mop in use in a narrow neck container.
My mop includes a body 25 that preferably is formed of cotton threads of the same length laid side by side so the body has predetermined length, width and thickness; it being understood that the body can be formed of any suitable flexible fibrous material, such as bristles, cords and the like.
A base tape 26 is laid on one side oi the body so it extends from end to end thereof and preferably nearer to one side edge than the other, and secured thereto by a seam 21 that extends centrally and longitudinally through the tape so that in addition to securing the tape and body together lengthwise of the .tapes through their edges so they form an elongated open ended flexible tube 3| The tube 3| is attached to the body 25 so it can be drawn over the holder 32Y that comprises the two arms 33 and 34 that are integral with each other and connected by the elliptical bend 35, and preferably the part 33 has its free end 36 inclined toward the end 31 of the arm 34 thatA is integral with the shank 38.
Preferably the holder and shank are made o f non-corroding steel wire so they will not easily tarnish; and the shank is attached in theusual way to a handle 39 that can be formed of Wood or any other suitable material.
After the body andv tube are connected as described, the mop can be attached to the holder byr starting the end 36 into-one end of the tube 3| and then continuing to insert the arm 33 into the flexible tube until it has passed around the semi-elliptical bend 35 fully onto the arm 34, in which position the body will be doubled on itself with itsfcenter portion extending around the bend 35 and the sides engaged with one another to thereby form a mop of double thickness.
It isobvious that if desired the mop can be drawn further on the holder until about half yof the bodyv is on the a-rm34 andthe other half portion is on the shank 38, as semi-diagrammatically illustrated in Fig. 8 and when so arranged the mop isn extended to` sweep or wipe a relatively wide surface. l
Preferably the tube 3| is arranged much nearer to one side edge of thebody than the'other to thereby providethe mop with oppositely arranged brushes 40, 4|, one with aA short and the other with a long fringe. Y Y
Preferably I provide the body with a tuft 42 that comprises cotton threads en masse that are of slightly less lengths than the threads of. the body; and this tuft is laid at the longitudinal center of theY body over the tapes and centrally over the seam 29 where the center portion of the tuft 42 is sewed in place with tight stitches 43 that draw the center portions of the threads of the tuft inwardly so their `ends spread into semiglobular form. It is understood, however, that I can make my mop without this tuft if I so desire.
In Fig. 11 the vessel 44 has a relatively long narrow neck 45, and my mop is shown extended into it With the wide brush portion 4| wiping the inner surface of the globular wall 46 and the tuft 42 wiping out the annular recess 41 between the wall 43 and bottom 41 of the vessel.
From the foregoing description of my brush it can be readily seen that it is especially adapted for cleaning bottles, narrow necked vessels and the like, as well as for many other useful purposes. Y
As shown in the drawing the body 25 of my mop can be removed from the holder for cleaning and drying or an old body portion can be removed and replaced with a new one.
In use the mop is constructed so it can be used with any suitable cleansing fluid and extended into narrow necked bottles, recesses, cracks and crevices that cannot be easily reached by other forms of mops.
It is understoodvthat'the drawing is only forv the purpose of illustration, and rmy mop may have various modifications made therefrom without de: parting from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the appended claim.
I claim as my invention:
In a mop, the combination with aV body composed of flexible fibrous members of substantially equal length lying substantially parallel with each other, of a ilexible tube secured to one side of said n mop body and extending longitudinally thereof at right angles to said flexible fibrous members, which flexible tube comprises a tape secured to the mop body by a longitudinallydisposed vrow of stitching, and a second tape overlying the rst mentioned tape and secured to the edges thereof and to the mop body'by longitudinally disposed rows of stitching, which ilexible tube is positioned on the mop body between the longitudinal center thereof and one of the side edges of said mop body so that the portion of the mop body on one side of the flexible tube is composed of short fibrous members and the portion of the mop body on the other side of said flexible tube is composed of longer fibrous members and a tuft of flexible fibrous members secured to the central portion of the mop body on the opposite side from said tube with the center of said tuft of fibrous members being in transverse alignment with the edge of the flexible tube that is disposedadjacent the short end portions of the flexible brousl members forming the body of the mop.
ELLA L. GREGORY.r