US 2434563 A
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Jan. 13, 1948. J. E. HAWLEY FLOOR MOP Filed June 16, 1939 Si! v INVENTOR.
Patented Jan. 13, 1948 UNITED FLOOR Moi James Edward Hawley, Aughton, Ormskirk, England Application June 16, 1939, Serial No. 279,457 In Great Britain June 18, 1938 Section 3, Public Law 690, August 8, 1946 Patent expires June 18, 1958 1 Claim. 1
This invention relates to mop-like devices or appliances for use in cleaning or polishing floors, and the like, and of the type in which the head of the mop is rotatably mounted on a handle or stale, or a socket whereto the stale may be secured (all hereinafter for convenience of reference designated stale) so as to permit the mop to rotate on meeting any obstruction in the path of its movement; and the object of the present invention i to provide improvements in the construction of such mops whereby the mop head is enabled to freely rotate about the stale, whether or not it meets with an obstruction, so as to facilitate the cleaning or polishing of a floor.
A mop-like device or appliance of the type referred to and according to my invention is characterised in that a head piece or frame shaped to carry the polishing or cleaning material of the mop is also constructed to provide an interior portion whereto is secured a bearing component or components, other bearing component or components being secured to the loWer portion of the stale about which the mop head revolves; the arrangement being such that said head piece or frame revolves about a single axis through the cooperation of said bearing components in preventing angular displacement between the head piece or frame and the stale.
I will further describe my invention with the aid of the accompanying sheet of explanatory drawings which illustrate, by way of example only, one mode of embodying same.
In said drawings- Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the mop complete, and
Fig. 2 i a similar View, the polishing or cleaning material having been removed from the mop head or frame.
Fig. 3 is a sectional elevation of a fragment of the mop, drawn to an enlarged scale as compared with the preceding views, illustrating the mode of revolubly connecting the mop head or frame with the stale.
In the drawings, (1 indicates a wooden stale fitted with rubber hand grips b, b. Secured to an end of said stale is a metal socket c whereto is removably and rigidly secured an appropriately bent metal rod To the lower or spindle portion 0 of rod 0 are spacedly secured inner race components 01, d, of a double ball bearing.
Gripped around an outer race component 6 of the bearing is a rigid central ring part I of an open frame of plate metal bent to also provide a substantially triangular portion F, the double interior arm portions f extending from and supporting the bearing carrying ring I being secured together, as by welding. The passage of ring-part f is at right angles to the plane of said frame. Caps 9, g are fitted to the bearing to prevent access of dust and retain lubricant, cap 9 being provided with a central aperture g for passage of spindle 0 The fabric hem h providing a passage I2 of a cotton mop of known construction it is removably threaded onto said frame part I by way of the frame opening f When the mop is being used said frame with the polishing or cleaning material will readily revolve about a single axis, 1. e., the spindle c of stale a (through the co-operation of said bearing components in preventing angular displace-.
ment between the head piece or frame and the stale) on contact with obstructions, and so effectively polish the surface behind same. At the same time the fabric hem h prevents damage by the frame to the furniture, said hem being suitably padded for this purpose.
A further advantage possessed by my appliance resides in the fact that the mop is self-revolving when passed over a floor by the user, i.e., apart from contact with an obstacle, and which rotary movement improves its polishing efficiency.
It will be obvious that various alterations or modifications may be made to a mop constructed in accordance with this invention; for instance, the head or frame carrying the polishing or cleaning material may be of any desired shape or configuration, and may be formed by a sheet metal stamping or of other convenient construction.
What I claim as my invention and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
A mop-like device of the type referred to and which comprises a stale, a frame bent from a single piece of metal and having its free ends spaced apart to provide an opening to enable the hem of the usual cleaning material to be threaded onto said frame; a rigid ring-shaped portion situated substantially centrally Within said frame and providing a passage at right-angles to the normally horizontal plane of said frame, said ring-shaped portion being shaped shaped from an integral inwardly extending portion of said frame; a normally vertically disposed spindle rigidly extending from said stale and rigidly held Within said ring-shapedv portion to form a single axis about which said frame revolves; complementary bearing components interposed between said ring-shaped portion and said spindle, one of said components being se- 3 4 cured to said spindle and another secured with- UNITED STATES PATENTS in said ring-shaped portlonz the arrangement being such that said frame revolves solely about Number a e Date said axis through the co-operation of said bear- 1,158,846 Punch Nov. 2,1915 mg components in preventing angular displace- 5 7, HeFtZberg Oct. 13, 1931 ment between said frame and stale spindle. 2,034,455 Balrd Mar. 17, 1936 JAMES EDWARD HAWLEY. ,09 69 Brell Sept. '7, 1937 REFERENCES CITED N FORCEIGI: PATENTS D t un r a e The following references are of record in the 1E23 Greg? Britgm Feb. 10, 1920 file of this patent: