US 2340115 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Jan. 25, 1944. w. R. ELLIOTT 2,340,115
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This invention relates to washing devices, and its general object is to provide a washing device in the form of a fountain mop, which is primarily designed for washing automobiles and like vehicles, in a manner to thoroughly cleanse the same, without marring or otherwise damaging the finish of the body, fenders, and the like, as the device sprays water on the finish to loosen and wash dirt therefrom, and the head of the devic includes mop material of a. character and which is associated with the head in a manner, so that damage to the finish is pratically impossible.
A further object is to provide a washing device that can be used with minimum efiort, and
without the user becoming unduly wet or soiled.
Another object is to provide a washing device that includes a spray nozzle for directing water through the head, and the nozzle is removable from the head so that the device can be used when water under pressure is not available.
A further object is to provide a washing device that is simple in construction, inexpensive to manufacture, and extremely fiicient in operation, use and service.
"This invention also consists in certain other features of construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts, to be hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawings and specifically pointed out in the appended claims.
In describing the invention in detail, reference will be had to the accompanying drawings wherein like characters denote like or corresponding parts throughout the several views, and in which:
Figure 1 is a top plan view of one form of my device.
Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view taken therethrough, with parts in elevation.
Figure 3 is a side view of the spray nozzle.
Figure 4 is a sectional view taken through the clamping frame or band for securing the mop material'to the body of the head.
"Figure 5 is a partial sectional view taken through the body.
Figure 6 is a bottom plan view of the spray nozzle, looking within thesame.
l Figure 7 is a top plan view of the device, with the mop material removed therefrom, and illustrate's a handle which is longer than that shown iii-Figures 1 and 2. I
Figure 8 is a sectional view taken approximately on line 8-8 'ofFigure 7, looking in the direotion-of thearrows.
Figure 9 is a side view, partially in section, of a modified form. a
Figure 10 is a sectional view taken approximately on line Ill-IE! of Figure 9, looking in the direction of the arrows.
Figure 11 isa side view, partially in section, of a further modified form.
Figur 12 is a sectional view taken approximately on line l2-l2 of Figure 11, looking in the direction of the arrows.
Referring to the drawings in detail, it will be noted that the head which is similar in all the forms, includes a body that is made up of a plate I of hexagon configuration, and the plate has an upright marginal flange 2 formed thereon, as well as is preferably formed to provide a' reduced forward portion having a circular opening therein, as best shown in Figur 7. An upright flange 3 is likewise formed on the plate about the edge of the opening, and the flange 3 is provided with an exteriorly arranged annular bead 4 about its upper edge.
The outer face of the plate is covered with'suitable absorbent material 5, which in the form shown is a sheet of sheepskin having the wool thereon as such has proven exceedingly satisfactory due to the softness and other inherent qualities of the wool for washing a vehicle body, fenders, etc., without scratching, marring or otherwise damaging the finish thereof. The skin is of an area for disposal about the marginal flange 2 and to extend within the body, in engagement with the inner face of the plate I and is held in place, by a fiat clamping frame or band 6 bearing against the wool and secured accordingly by bolt and nut connections I, the bolts being fixed to the plate and rising therefrom as best shown in Figure 5.
The skin is provided with an opening registering with the opening in the plate and secured to the skin about the opening is a collar 8 of any suitable flexible material, such as heavy fabric or the like, the collar extending through the opening of the plate and about the flange 3, as well as is secured thereto, about the outer face of the flange by a split resilient metallic clamping band 9. However, a continuous elastic band may be provided for that purpose.
Formed on and extending from diametrically opposite sides of the flange 3 are pins ID for de' tachably securing a spray nozzle to the flange 3, the nozzle including an attaching collar I I formed on the body l2 thereof, and the collar is provided with bayonet slots Ill receiving the pins. The body includes a perforated wall l3 for passage of water therethrough and through the openings in the head, as shown by the arrow in Figure 2, and the body I2 is reduced from the perforated wall l3, as well as is formed with a nipple M at its small end, the nipple having secured thereto one end of a hose I5 for connection to a faucet or the like.
Secured to th plate rearwardly of the flange 3 is an attaching bracket that includes flat spaced parallel limbs l6 having pivotally secured between the outer ends thereof a transversely curved arm H, the arm being formed with a sleeve l8 mounted on the bolt of a bolt and nut connection l9,
and the bolt bridges the limbs to provide the pivot for the arm, as clearly shown in Figure 2. The nut of the connection I9 is preferably of the wing type, to facilitate application and removal of the arm relative to the bracket.
Formed on the outer end of the arm is a clamping collar provided with laterally extending apertured ears 2| having the bolt of a bolt and wing nut connection 22, extending therethrough for clamping a solid handle 23 within the collar 20. The handle 23 is relatively short, but I also provide a long solid handle 24 for the device, as shown in Figure '7, and the handles have eye screws 25 threaded therein for passage of the hose l5 therethrough, to hold the hose along the length of the handles, as will be apparent from Figures 1 and 2.
- The modification of Figures 9 and 10 includes a head and handle attaching means exactly like that of the form of Figures 1 to 7, but the handle of the form of Figures 9 and 10 is not only rela-- tively long, but is hollow throughout the length thereof to provide an outer shell portion or member 26 having mounted therein, a tube 21 that is longer than the shell member to extend through the ends thereof and is secured to the shell member by annular beads 28 formed on the tube and engaging the ends of the shell member, as shown. The ends of the tube also have annular beads 29 and 30 formed thereon, and a short hose of flexible tubing 3| has its ends connected to the nipple: of the spray nozzle and the inner end of the tube 21, respectively, while the hose 32 is connected to the outer end of the tube 21, the hose 3| and 32 being held on the tube 21 by the beads 29 and 30. The shell member 25 is preferably made from wood, while the tube 28 is made from metal.
The modified form of handle of Figures 11 and 12 includes a metallic tubular member or pipe 33 having short tubular inserts 34 and 35 secured in and extending from the ends thereof, and the inserts have annular beads 36 and 31 formed on the outer ends for securing hose 38 and 39 thereto, the hose 38 being connected tothe spray nozzle while the hose 39 like the hose 32 is for connection to a faucet or the like.
It might be mentioned that when water under pressure is not available, the spray nozzle can be removed from the head, and thence the device can be used with a pail of water or the like for washing the vehicle. In any event, the device is; capable of performing its intended function eificaciously and with minimum effort on thepart of the user, especially in view of the fact that the handle is pivotally associated with the head, as that feature allows the head to move atvarious angles with respect to the handle,.yetremain in flat relation to the surface being-washed.
It is thought from the foregoing description that the advantages and novel features'of the invention will be readily apparent. 1 "I I it is-to be understood that changesmayibe' made in the construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts, provided that such changes fall within the scope of the appended claims.
What I claim is: v
l. A fountain mop comprising a head including a body made up of a plate having an opening therein, a marginal flange formed on the plate and rising therefrom, absorbent material covering the outer face of the plate and arranged within the flange for disposal within the body, means for clamping the absorbent material within the body, said material having an opening therein registering with the opening in the plate, a flange formed on the plate about the opening therein, a flexible collar secured to the material about the opening therein and arranged about the second flange for disposal within the body, means clamping the flexible collar to the second flange, a spray nozzle detachably secured to the second flange for directing water through the openings, and a handle pivotallysecured to the inner face of the plate.
2. A fountain mop comprising a head including a body made up of a plate of hexagon configuration and having a reduced forward portion provided with an opening therein, a marginal: flange formed on the plate and rising therefrom, absorbent material covering the outer face of the plate and arranged about the flange for disposal within the body, means for clamping the absorbent material within the body, said mate rial having an opening therein registering withthe opening in the plate, a flange formed on the plate about the opening therein, a flexible-col-' lar secured to the material about the opening therein and arranged about the second flange for disposal, within the body, means clamping the flexible collar to the second flange, pins se-- cured to the second flange and extending from diametrically opposite sides of the outer face thereof, a spray nozzle including a collar having bayonet slots therein receiving the pins for detachably securing the nozzle to the second flange to direct water through the openings, a hose con-. nected to the nozzle, a handle pivotally secured to the body, and means secured to the handle and having the hose extending therethrough.
3. A fountain mop comprising a head includ= ing a body made up of a plate having an open-. ing therein, a marginal flange formed on the plate and rising therefrom, a sheet of sheepskin having wool thereon and covering the outer face of the body with the wool outermost, said skin being arranged about the flange for disposal within the body, means for clamping the skin within the body, said skin having an opening therein registering with the opening in the plate, means secured to the skin about the opening therein and clamped within the body, a spray nozzle secured to the body for directing water through the openings, and a handle pivotally secured to the plate.
4. A fountain mop comprising a head including a body made up of a plate having an opening therein, a marginal flange formed on the plate and rising therefrom, absorbent material covering the outer face of the plate and arranged about the flange for disposal within the body, bolts secured to the plate and rising therefrom, a frame mounted on the bolts and held thereon in clamping engagement with theabsorbent -ma-? terial for securing the latter within thebody, said material having an openingtherein regise; tering with the opening in the.plate,'means.se
opening, a nozzle having the bottom adapted to fit in telescopic relation with the opening flange and a reduced opening at the top, means for detachably securing the nozzle on the said opening flange, and a clamping member removably secured on the top of the body disposed to cooperate with the perimeter flange for clamping mop material on the body.
WILLIAM R. ELLIOTT.