US 2189556 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Feb. 6, 1940.
J, L. YOUNGHUSBANDV PIPE CLEANER Filed Sept. 27, 1958 ,five/'@4010 James L. Maly/2mm@ @z fam K z,
gra/@gre rus Patented Feb. 6, 1940 UNITEDI STATES f PATENT OFFICE 1 Claim.
Among the objects of this invention is to provide a pipe cleaner impregnated with a solvent adapted to dissolve foreign matter and residue in a pipe, said pipe cleaner available for immediate use and adapted to more thoroughly and quickly clean a pipe than heretofore, and
such other objects, advantages and capabilities.
as Will later more fully appear which are inherently possessed by my invention. o
While I have shown preferred embodiments herein of my invention, yet I Wish it understood that the same are susceptible'of modification and change without departing from the spirit of my invention.
Referring to the drawing Fig.l l is a front -elevation of a preferred embodiment of my pipe cleaner, and Fig. 2 is a perspective view of my pipe cleaner within its sealed container.
lReferring more particularly to the embodiment selected t0 illustrate my invention it comprisesv a pipe cleaner l0 preferably formed with a pliable metal member Il such as a spindle orv length of Wire or the like. Attached to member Il and extending through at its length are tufts .I2 of fabric or other material adapted toabsorb liquid. These tufts are impregnated or saturated with a liquid solvent solution. n My solvent solution may be a mixture of Water and alcohol or ethyl ether of ethylene glycol or ethyl ether of diethylene glycol or any ester or ether of monohydric or polyhydric alcohols. While I have indicated the foregoing as illustrative solvents yet lI do not desire to limit myself to the same but consider any solvent a part of my invention which can be used to saturate or impregnate the pipe cleaners and which will dissolve organic ytaste vat all.
residue when inserted into a pipeand which after withdrawal from the pipe Will leave substantially no residue of its own and will leave either a pleasant taste to the Apipe or not noticeable After my pipe cleaners have been impregnated with the liquid solvent they are packed in a container I3 and sealed to prevent evaporation.
In use a user breaks the seal onthe container and takes a solvent saturated cleaner, which is at its full and original working efficiency. This cleaner is then inserted into the pipe, and left a reasonable time. The solvent dissolves the burnt tobacco and other residue and foreign matter from the Walls and pores of the pipe and deposits the same on the tufts of the cleaner. Upon the Withdrawalof the cleaner the foreign matter carried by the cleaner is also' Withdrawnand leaves the pipe substantially as sweet and clean as it was when new and unused.l
'Having thus described my invention, vI claim:
In combination with one or more pipe cleaners, a container adapted to hold therein vsaid pipe cleaners, said pipecleaners comprising tufts of absorbent material impregnated with cleaning solution for dissolving organic residue in the bore of a pipe, a closure for said container, the container, closure and tufts being so constructed and being the only means to retain the cleaning solution in liquid form on the tufts until the pipe cleaners are ,removed kfrom the container and for an appreciable time thereafter, so as to permit the cleaning solution to perform its function Within the pipe bore.
= 35 JAMES L. YOUNGHUSBAND.