US 2303660 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Dec. l, 19.42. E. M. scHlcKEl. 2,303,560
GENERAL UTILITY BRUSH File May 2a, 1941 CM W3 IN V EN TOR.
I 26m/AME c/f/c/ra f7@ 5 BY atented Dec. 1, 1942 UNITED STATES TENT OFFICE 7 Claims.
The present invention relates to what is commonly called hand brushes and has for its objects providing a brush having general utility in kitchens, bathrooms, oices, laundries, dairies, etc.
One of the objects of the present invention is to provide a brush of the class which can be manufactured at low cost and is eiiicient and durable.
An important object of the present invention is to provide a brush which can be readily cleaned and thereby kept sanitary.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a brush in a form which can be readily bent into a shape which is adapted for dusting or cleaning surfaces otherwise difficult to reach.
An object of my invention is to provide cleaning material for the brush which may be made in various shapes. .For example, the end may be pointed or round for insertion into small openings and this material may be made square, elliptical, triangular, rectangular or otherwise in cross section.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a cleaning material which will hold water in different degrees of saturation so the brush may be used for wet cleaning or dry dusting.
The present invention relates to an elongated brush which may be bent bodily and inserted into what would otherwise be considered inaccessible places.
A still further object of the present invention is to provide a cleaning material similar to a sponge or sponge rubber having suction qualities so as to pick up the dust and moisture and prevent it from escaping into the air and alighting on other surfaces.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a brush having a cleaning element which can be easily removed and replaced.
An obvious object of the present invention is to provide a brush which can be used any place a cleaning cloth can be used and for the same purposes.
An important object of my invention is to supply a firm holding means surrounded by the cleaning member which is held in a manner to prevent accidental tearing or loosening of the material from its holder.
A further important object of the present invention is to provide a brush having two different cleaning elements, one being bristles similar to a bristle brush and the other being made of porous material and shape the brush so these elements may be used separately or simultaneously.
To these and other useful ends, my invention consists of parts, combinations of parts, or their equivalents, and mode of operation, as hereinafter set forth and claimed and shown in the accompanying drawing in which:
Fig. 1 is a plan view of one design of my improved brush.
Fig. 2 is a plan View of another design of my improved brush.
Fig. 3 illustrates a still further design of my improved brush.
Fig. 4 is a sectional View taken on line 4-4 of Figure 2.
Fig. 5 is a fractional view of the preferred form of bar on which the sponge element is mounted.
Fig. 6 is a fractional plan View of a modifica-I tion of the holding bar.
Fig. 'I illustrates a short portion of the filler strip used in the design shown in Figure 6.
Fig. 8 is a modification illustrating a design wherein the handle and holding bar are formed integral.
Figures 9 and 10 are diagrammatic views illustrating two of the many optional shapes in cross section of the cleaning element.
As thus illustrated, the preferred form of my improved brush is provided with a handle I0 which may be of any form and made from any suitable material. In Figures l, 2 and 3 I have shown these handles as made c-f wood.
I provide a bar or cleaning member holder preferably in the form of twisted wires II-II- which have preferably bristles I2 and I3. These bristles are placed between the wires before twisting after which the bristles are trimmed to the desired length in a manner too well known to require further description.
In the simplest form of my improved brush, as illustrated in Figure 1, the porous cleaning member I4 is slightly lo-nger than the protruding end of the bar and having a small orifice for the snug reception of the bar. In this design, all of the bristles are trimmed short, as illustrated. Ihus when member I4 is forced over` the bar, as ilustrated in Figure 1, bristles I3 will eX- tend into the cleaning material, thus to rmly hold this member from accidentally turning or moving on the bar. In this gure, I have shown the free end of member I4 as being rounded.
In Figure 2, I illustrate a modification wherein bristles I2 are provided for a short distance having an outside diameter about equal to the size of the cleaning member I5. The part of the bar surrounded by this cleaning material is supplied with bristles I3 as in Figure l. The free end of member I5 may be pointed or edged as at I6 so this end may be inserted into otherwise inaccessible openings or grooves.
In the gures, it will be understood that the bars are exible enough so they may be bent in any desired shape. For example, as shown in Figure 2 for purposes which will be obvious.
In Figure 3 I illustrate a modification wherein a considerable length of bar is provided with bristles I2. The remainder being provided with a porous cleaning member I'I, the bar being formed as shown, the ends extending into handle I6. In this design, member I1 and bristles I2 are at all times available for use either simultaneously or individually.
In Figure 4, I illustrate the cleaning member as being square. However. this member in cross section may be any desired shape, either round, rectangular, triangular, as shown in Figure 9, elliptical as shown in Figure or any other suitable shape.
In Figures 6 and '7, the bar is made from two wires I8-I8 and a thin flat strip I5 is laid between the wires so when they are twisted together, they will form a bar about as indicated in these figures. Strips I9 may be notched on their edges as at 20. The object of the strip is to more firmly grip the rubber and prevent end movement or turning or answer as a substitute for bristles I3.
In Figure 8, I illustrate a bar and handle formed integral. That is, one or more wires may be formed into a handle 2I midway their length and then twisted together to thereby form a bar 22 having preferably bristles I3 upon which is placed a. cleaning member 23. This design is particularly suited for small low priced brushes.
It will be understood that cleaning members I4, I5, I'I and 23 are made from sponge, sponge rubber, synthetic rubber or any suitable resilient substitute.
Clearly the bars may be differently formed. It is however, desirable that they be formed as illustrated, and supplied with additional holding means which extend into the cleaning member as illustrated.
Having thus shown and described my invention, I claim:
1. A device of the class described, comprising a handle having a holding bar protruding a considerable distance therefrom, said bar comprising twisted wires, said protruding end having relatively short bristles therearound, a resilient porous member having an orice for the reception of and being positioned on said protruding end.
2. A device of the class described, comprising a handle, a holding means comprising a bar formed of tightly twisted wires, their ends contacting for a distance and being inserted into said handle, the remainder of the holder being formed in a loop, and having bristles between the wires, at least one side of said loop having mounted thereon an elongated sponge-like element, the bristles thereunder protruding outwardly a short distance y and adapted to extend into said element, the bristles of the remainder of the loop formingv a brush member about the same size as said spongelike element.
3. A device of the class described, comprising a handle having a holding bar protruding a considerable distance therefrom, said bar comprising twisted wires and bristles therearound, the bristles adjacent said handle for a distance being considerably longer than the bristles on the remainder of the bar, a resilient porous element having a relatively small orifice and being positioned on said bar and over the short bristles.
4. A device of the class described, comprising an elongated holder and an elongated spongelike element positioned on said holder, said holder comprising two tightly twisted wires and means therebetween having members which protrude outwardly for a short distance and being adapted' to extend into said sponge-like element to thereby firmly hold the element on the holder.
5. A device of the class described, comprising one or more wires formed in e, handle midway the length thereof, the remainder of the wires being twisted forming a bar and having bristles between the twists which protrude slightly, a sponge rubber member being positioned over said bar and bristles.
6. A device of the class described, comprising a handle, a holder protruding for a distance from said handle, an elongated sponge-like element positioned on said holder, the protruding end of said holder comprising two or more tightly twisted wires and bristles therebetween, their ends protruding outwardly a short distance and adapted to extend into said sponge-like element to thereby firmly hold the element on the holder.
7. A device of the class described, comprising an elongated `holder and an elongated spongelike element Positioned on said holder, said holder comprising two or more tightly twisted wires with bristles therebetween, their ends protruding outwardly a short distance and adapted to extend into said sponge-like element to thereby rmly hold the element on the holder.
ELGEVA M AE SCHICKEL.