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Publication numberUS2185502 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 2, 1940
Filing dateApr 27, 1937
Priority dateApr 27, 1937
Publication numberUS 2185502 A, US 2185502A, US-A-2185502, US2185502 A, US2185502A
InventorsConrad Fatland
Original AssigneeConrad Fatland
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Wringer mop
US 2185502 A
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Jan. 2, 1940. c. FATLAND 2,185,502

WRINGER MOP Filed April 27, 1937 2 Sheets$heet l Jan. 2, 1940.

c. FATYLAND WRINGER MOP Filed April 27, 1937 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR Gav/e5 0 fin END Patented Jan. 2, 1940 UNITED-STATES WRINGER MOP Conrad Fatland .-Mount Prospect, Ill. Application April 27, 1937, Serial No. 139,223

This invention relates to wringer mops, and it has for one of its objects to provide for wring-v ing the mopclothout removing it from the head, and the arrangement. is such that the cloth can be wrung without any manipulation of the mechanism. Other objects of the invention will appear from a consideration of the accompanying drawings and the following description thereof. Of'the drawings, Fig. l is an elevation of a mop J '11 frame and handle without the clothfwhich embodies the features of my invention; Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the same; Fig. 3 is a sectional view along the line 33 of Fig. 1; Fig. 4 is an enlarged View of the cloth clamping mechanism;

515 Fig. 5 is a sectional view along the line 5-5 of Fig. 1; Fig. 6 is an'elevation of thehead and cloth as the cloth is being wrung; Fig. 7 is an enlarged view of a modified clamping mechanism; Fig. 8

illustrates the method of grasping the handle when mopping; and Fig. 9 illustrates the method of grasping the handle as the cloth is being wrung. Figs. 10 to 13 illustrate a modified form of mop.

The mop complete comprises a handle it, a

frame or head H, and the cloth l2, and includes a rod I3 for wringing the cloth. The headcomprises a yoke like member 14, which, by means of a loop 15, is f xed to the inner endof the handle by any suitable means, such as the plate I6 and the bolts l'l. Preferably integral with one arm I8 of the yoke is'a bar 20 for supporting the inner end of the mop cloth l2. This bar has a hook or eye 2! on its free end which is adapted to receive a hook 22 formed onv the outer end I of the arm 23 of the yoke. I When the cloth is to be inserted the hook is forced out by springing the resilient bar inwardly. The looped end of the cloth is then passed over the end of the bar and the hook is inserted in the eye 2|.

r The outer end of the head is attached to'the handle by means of the rod l3. This rod projects through an eye in theflange'M of the plate l6, and the rod projects beyond the inner end of the handle Ill. Pivoted to the inner end of the rod I3 is another rod 25, and this rod supports the portion of the head which is arranged to hold the outerend of the mop cloth. This portion comprises a bar 25 having flanges, 26 projecting from its ends.

jecting portion 28, which, when the cloth I2 is inserted between it and the bar 25, is adapted to clamp the cloth against the bar 25. This is accomplished by means of a handle 30. When the i v A bar 21 has its ends pivoted to v these flanges, and this bar has an angularly pro- 1 carrying with. it the outer edge of the bar 21, to which the handle is attached, the bar portion 28 forces the cloth end against the bar 25. r

When the cloth is thus inserted and clamped the mop is ready for operation. In operation the cloth i2 is laid flat on the floor and thehandle is inclined upwardly as much as the operator may desire. As will be seen, the arrangement isjsuch that no portion'of the metal of the head comes in contact with the floor, and also the handle I0 10 is free to turn on'the pivot 3|, as much as the operator may desire, without disturbing the cloth.

While mopping the hand is grasped around the plate Mpwhich is fixed to the outer end of. the

handle iii, and the hand also grasps the arm 35 15.

fixed to the outer end of the rod. The other hand of the operator grasps the handle wherever desired. Thus in operation one hand firmly holds the outer end of the handle H) by means of the plate 32 and thus prevents rotation of the 20 rod l6 relative of the handle. This rod lapasses rotatably through the U-shaped plate 32 and also along agroove 33 extending longitudinally of the handle; so that it is no inconvenience to the operator when the mop is operated. 5

When the cloth is to be wrung the operator grasps the outer end of the handle l0 and the plate 32, as indicated in Fig. 9, preferably by the j left hand, and with the the other hand he grasps the arm 34 of the handle 35, and rotates the rod 6.

I3 so as to twist the cloth around the wringing rod 25. as indicated in Fig. 6. Although the cloth is free to pivot angularly with reference to the handle when mopping, yet, when wringing, the cloth always assumes a position in line with the 35 handle. This is because the distance of the bar 25Ifrom the pivot 3| of the rod I3 is greater than its distance from the rod 20 which holds the inner end of the cloth, and hence any angular move-' inent of the cloth tends to stretch it.

' In Fig. '7 I illustrate a modified clamping v means. This comprises an angular bar 36 which is fixed to the outer end of the rod 25, taking the place of the bar 25. Pivoted to the ends of the bar 36 are bars 3'! which are fixed to the ends of a bar 38, and fixed to the bar 38 is a handle 39. When the outer end of the cloth I2 is inserted between the bars-36 and 38, by turning the handle down against the rod 25' the cloth is clamped between the two bars. In order to pre- 50 vent inadvertent separation of the bars a pin 40 is passed through openings in the outer ends of the flanges M on the end of the handle 39.

e The stop 24 not only acts as a bearingfor the v v rod l3, but it acts as a stopto limit the backward r movement of the rod and hence the clamp 25-328.- If desired the pivot 35 may be positioned against the stop, so that there will be no backward movelooped red are inserted in the tube-like eyes 420i Q a collar 43. lfhe collar is rotatably mounted on the handle it, and the collar is held in place'by the collars ll: and d3 which are fixed to the handle.

the handle by means of the supporting rod 38, which is pivoted to the inner end of the handle as by means of a pivot 9 which also holds the collar .5. The operator grasps the collar i? by one hand, preferably the left, and then with. the right hand rotates the handle in the collar. The eyes d2 assist the operator in preventing rotation of the collar. In this manner the inner end of the cloth is rotated with reference to the outer end and the cloth may be very thoroughly wrung asit is twisted around the wringing rod.

In operation while mopping the cloth lays on the floor, as in case of the other modificatiom and the pivoted end of the-rod 48 allows any desired angle between the cloth and the handle.

In the claims the word inner refers to that portion of the handle, rod, or cloth which is nearer the central portion of the apparatus, and

as word outer refers to that portion which is furthest from the central'portion.

Instead of the ordinary annular sleeve or collar, I prefer a U-shaped collar 33 for carrying the cloth holding loop, so as to enable the operator The ends t! of the looped rod 4! are bent outside of the collar eyes ll so as to prevent outward movement of the rod. I

In wringing the clamp Ml holds the outer end of the mop cloth from rotation with reference to 2, and 6, bar 2% to more easily retain the hand grip on the collar when rotating the handle within the collar. By turning a substantial portion of the outer portion of each arm of the collar inwardly I provide means whereby two parallel parts of the mop cloth: holdingloop are retained so as to prevent the loop from rotatingindependently of the U-collar, and the inward turning of said arms rod and mop cloth from swinging laterally when" mopping. And means are provided whereby the mop cloth always assumes a position substantially in line with the handle when it is'being wrung, Otherwise the bars 25' and 68 would be rotated out of alignment by the pull incident to the wringing operation, and it would be practically.

impossible to twist the cloth tightly. In'Figs. 1,

so positionedwith referenceto the desired alignment as to properly limit the movement of the rod 25f' out of alignment'in one direction; and in Figs. 10 to 13, the shoulder 50 forms the limiting means. Also in these latter figures the bar H1 might serve as a limiting means if the stop wereomitted.

I claim as my invention: i. In mop, a. handle, a rod pivoted-by one end,

to the inner end of the handle and having a mop cloth holding meansat its /free end, a collar rotatably mounted on the innerend of the handle and having attached thereto a cloth holding bar th pivot and its free end, said rod and bar being relatively rotatable substantially coaxially with the handle.

2. In a mop as claimed in claim 1, and means i to prevent pivotal movement of the rod in one direction about the axis of the pivot beyond a position substantially in axial alignment with'the handle. I


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US6523211Mar 14, 2001Feb 25, 2003Xiaoping WangSelf-wringing mop with rotating offset
U.S. Classification15/120.1, 15/150
International ClassificationA47L13/10, A47L13/142
Cooperative ClassificationA47L13/142
European ClassificationA47L13/142