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PRESSURE FOUNTAIN CLEANING SPONGE Filed May 24, 1949 Patented Mar. 21, 1950 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE PRESSURE FOUNTAIN CLEANING SPONGE Marvin Flournoy Orndorff, Alexandria, Va.
Application May 24, 1949, Serial No. 95,120
2 Claims. (Cl. 15-130) 'This invention relates to a cleaning implement, and more particularly to a pressure supply cleaning sponge, and it consists of the construction, arrangements and combinations herein described and claimed.
It is an object of the invention to provide a cleaning sponge wherein a handle element for supplying the cleaning fluid to the sponge element is electively secured to the sponge member without the necessity of employing undesirable metallic parts which might come into contact with a surface being cleaned.
It is a still further and important object of the invention to provide a handle, one end of which is closed, the handle being flattened, defining a discharge nozzle for accommodation within a flexible socket means iixed to a cleaning element, such as a sponge, one flat face of the nozzle having an opening for discharge of a cleaning fluid into the sponge.
A still further important object of the invention is the provision of a cleaning sponge having means for securing of the handle which will discharge water or other cleaning fluid into the sponge and in which a second sponge member may be adhesively secured above and to the first sponge member, the sponge members being of dilerent density so that various types of clean# ing may be accomplished with a single cleaning implement, said handle element being reversible so as to discharge a cleaning fluid into either one of the sponge members.
Additional objects, advantages and features of invention will be apparent from the following description, considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective View of the cleaning implement;
Figure 2 is a plan view of the main body member of a handle attaching means, before assembly;
Figure 3 is a plan view of one of the elements which is cooperable with the main body element in forming a socket for reception of a i'luid discharge handle;
Figure 4 is a longitudinal sectional view from the line ll-ll of Figure 1;
Figure 5 is a perspective view of a dual sponge cleaning element;
Fig. 5a is a. fragmentary sectional View' therethrough, illustrating the relation of the discharge nozzle opening and discharge openings of the sponge members;
Figure 6 is a fragmentary View of a modified form of the handle;l and Figure 'l is a modied form of the discharge end of the handle member, and nozzle.
There is illustrated in Figures 1 and 5 a cleaning element generally designated by the reference character I0,. which as here shown, embodies a cellulous sponge member II which may be of any desired shape, and here shown as substantially square, the corners of which are preierably rounded, as at I2. Medially of the sponge member I I a fluid discharge opening I3 is formed vertically through the sponge, into which the cleaning fluid will discharge, as will be described.
A flexible socket generally indicated at I4 is adapted to be secured to one face of the sponge cleaning element, which consists of a main body member I5 of dimensions somewhat smaller than .the sponge member I I, and preferably the member I5 has rounded corners I6. As clearly shown in Figure 2, the body member I5 has an-elongated opening I'I extending from an edge I8 inl wardly and beyond the medial center of the body member I5. The body member I5 is preferably formed of rubber so that a secure bond may be .effected with the sponge member II, as will be described. Upon opposite faces of the body member I5 a leather strip I9 is secured by means of rivets 2| which may be presented through suitable openings 22 of the body member I5 and openings 23 of the strips I9. The strips I9 are additionally secured to the body member I5 by a line of stitching 24 which extends longitudinally along the strips and across the rear end thereof. The strips I9 will be centrally located above the elongated opening I'I, and each is formed with an opening 25 for discharge of a cleaning uid. With the body member I5 secured to the strips I9 in the manner described, the strips I9 would be spaced apart forming an opening 26 into which a suitably shaped handle and discharge nozzle may be inserted, as will be described. The assembly thus formed is secured to a face of the sponge member by applying a suitable adhesive, such as a rubber cement, to a face of the body member I5 as well as the adjacent strip I9 presenting such faces to the sponge member I I suitably aligning opening 25 with the opening I3 of the sponge member. The strip members I9 project outwardly beyond the sponge a short distance providing a sufcient exbility to admit a discharge nozzle of a hollow handle 21, within the socket I4 as will be now described.
The handle 21 may be of any suitable length, one end of which is interiorly threaded for reception of a threaded portion of a control valve 28, the latter having a Water inlet opening interiorly threaded and into which a common hose connection 29 may be secured. The other end of the handle 27 is reduced into a flat formation to define a discharge nozzle 2l of a size to be snugly received within the opening 2S. The outer end of the flattened portion of the handle is closed by a metallic solder or other suitable substance indicated at 30. One Wall of the ilattened portion of the; handle is` provided with an opening 3l for discharging Water or other cleaning iiuid into the opening i3 so as to thoroughly saturate the sponge I l In use, with the handle secured Within the socket, Water or other cleaning uid may be controlled by adjusting the valve 28 tothe proper ilow, Water or other cleaning fluidv passing through the opening 3l into the sponge element` Il. The sponge element may be applied to the surface to be cleaned, and it will be apparent that. due' tov the flexibility of the sponge and the main body i5 a iiexibility is obtained between the-handle and the sponge sothat the latter may be effectively applied to a surface to be cleaned, and without-liability. of having any metallic parts contact.v such` surface.
Figure 5 illustrates a dual cleaning element, the parts previously described being the same, but in addition a sponge member Il is adhesively secured above and to the body member l5, the strip member I9, asl Well asto. the exposed suriace oi the sponge ll. The sponge ll' has a discharge opening I3 corresponding to the opening riii of the sponge Il. When itis desired to 4use the sponge Il' in a cleaning operation, it is onfly necessary to withdraw the handle. from the socket and reverse the position of the opening 3i of the handle sothat it Would4 be presented to the open-v ing 25 of the next ajacent strip i9 for discharge into the sponge H', as shown in Fig. 5a.
The sponge element H. is here shown as formedI of a denserv sponge structure than the sponge i I., the d-iierences. in the sponge elements providing a variedv cleaning surface for different characters oi surfaces to be cleaned.
- 1n Figure 6, the handle, 2l is shown slightly odset upon its upper side to the nozzle portion, Whichfshape may be desirable` in certain situations.
Irr Figure '1, a modiiied form of discharge open- Cil v Number ing in the nozzle portion of the handle is disclosed, and in this instance a series of small apertures 3i' are formed extending in longitudinal rows so that water will be discharged into the body of the sponge as well as into the openings i3 or I3' of the Sponges.
The device has been effectively employed in the cleaning of automobiles, although the invention is not necessarily limited to such use, and While I have shown and described'. a preferred form of the invention, this is by way of illustration only and I consider as my own all such modifications in-construction as fairly falls within the scope of the appendedclaims.
What I claim:
l. A pressure supply cleaning implement comprising a cellulous flat sponge member formed with a medially disposed vertical opening, a flexible socket member adhesively secured to one at face of the sponge member, said socket comprisingz a flat main body member having` an elongated opening, formed therein opening upon one edge of the main body member, a lexible strip member secured uponl opposite sides of the. main body member and centrally positioned, over said elongated openingand deiining a passage, each oi' said flexible strip members. having an opening aligned with the vertical. opening in the sponge, an elongated ilat. nozzle removably se- `cured within said passage, said'` nozzle having a. closed end and a dischargeopening aligned with, an opening of one of theilexible` strips and the opening in the sponge, anda liquid supply handle operatively connected to. said, nozzle.
2. The structure of claim 1 wherein said ilexiblestrips project beyond the edge, of the spongev being spaced apart and unattached at the edges of the strips to facilitate entrance of said nozzle.
MARVIN FLOIJRNOY ORNDORFT?.
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