US 2530250 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Nov. `14, 1950 w. G. LErrH i 2,530,250
DISPENSING COVER FOR DUST MOPS Filed Deo. 4, 19446 INVE'N TOR.
ATTIJ RN EYB Patented Nov. 14, 1950 UNITED STATES PATENToFFlcE mlvff Application December 4, 1946, Serial No. 714,000
1 Claim. l
The present invention relates to the general class of house cleaning utensils, such as mops for cleaning oors and other surfaces, and more particularly to an improved dispensing cover for a dust mop or article of manufacture in the nature of a vented hood or bag, which may readily be slipped over a dust-laden mop or similar device, for use in thoroughly cleaning the mop and disposing of the dust in a sanitary manner, after the usual dusting or brushing operations.
The primary object of the invention is the provision of a readily attachable and quick-detachable cover or hood, for use in cleaning the dustladen mop as by shaking the enveloped or covered mop, which cover is composed of a minimum number of parts that may readily be manufactured, or cut out of desirable material, at comparatively low cost of production, and the parts may be assembled and stitched together with facility to assure a lightweight, strong, and durable dispensing cover or vented hood, for these purposes.
The invention consists essentially in certain novel features in a dispensing cover of this type, for use with a dust mop, which is provided with a discharge nozzle of funnel shape, and equipped with quick attachable and readily detachable fastening means for retaining the cover in operative position, as will hereinafter be described, and more specically set forth in the appended claims.
In the accompanying drawings I have illustrated one complete example of the physical embodiment of my invention in which the cover is constructed according to one mode I have devised for the practical application of the -principles of my invention. It will, however, be understood that changes and alterations are contemplated and may be made in these exemplifying drawings and the structure represented, within the scope `of my claims, without departing from the principles of my invention.
Figure l is a view in elevation of a dispensing cover embodying my invention, which is partly broken away to disclose the enclosed mpp head; and
Figure 2 is an edge view of `the parts in Fig. 1 with the nozzle portion of the cover broken away to show the natural and normal closed ,position -of the nozzle.
Figure 3 is a view in exterior elevation, on a reduced scale, of the flattened cover; and
Figure 4 is a detail transverse sectional view at line 4 4 of Figure 3.
Figure 5 is an enlarged detail fragmentary sectional view illustrating parts of the draw-stringv forming the quick-detachable means for fasten'-,v ing the cover over the head of the mop.
In carrying out my invention I preferably utilize a somewhat pear-shaped cover or hood having a large open-top body B, and a smaller. restricted portion or open-bottom dust-discharge nozzle N, which when not in use may be flattened' as indicated in Fig. 3; "and if'desired the flattened cover or hood may be folded into compact shape and form, for shipping, or for storing, when not required for use.
In practice the large open-top body of the cover or hood is slipped upwardly over the dust-laden mop-head M in Fig. 1, the open-top of the body is restricted and securely closed over the mophead and around the handle I-I, and then, by means of the handle, the enclosed mop is shaken, or bumped against a suitable object. The shaking or bumping operations loosens the dust from the mop-head and the dust falls into and through the nozzle N, which nozzle is opened in the shaking or bumping operations to permit the flow of dust and debris into a suitable Waste receptacle. By this means the dust is emptied from the mophead and the dust is not scattered, but the collected dust is discharged from the nozzle in compact form and disposed of in sanitary manner.
After the mop has been cleansed of dust the hood may remain in place and be utilized as a cover on the mop for future removal; or the cover may readily be removed and stored separately from the mop-head, until desired for further use.
The hood or cover maybe fashioned as an integral unit from suitable flexible material having a smooth imperforate surface to which the dust will not stick or cling, but which will shed the dust as it falls from the mop-head. The wide open-top of the body is foldable to form a compactly closed neck about the handle and over the mop-head, and the material in the flat walls of the nozzle, as indicated in Fig. 3, insures a natural and normal closure of the nozzle, unless the nozzle is disturbed as by shaking or bumping heretofore mentioned.
In the specific embodiment of the drawings the cover or hood is fashioned of two somewhat pearshaped sheets I and 2 having their side edges cut on compound curves and these edges are stitched together Within strong folded tapes 3 and 4 to form outside seams, leaving open the wide top of the body B and the narrower nozzle N with an open bottom.
As best seen in Fig. 5, around the open top of the body its edge is infolded and stitched to form a casing'through which a draw-string is threaded leaving its ends of ample length at 6 and 1 to protrude through an opening or hole 8 at the inner side of the casing, to form a quick detachable fastener for securing the cover on the mop. The strings are drawn together to gather the casing and form a dust-proof collar C around the handle H of the mop, and they are readily releasable to permit detachment of the cover from the mop-head.
From the above description, taken in connection with my drawings, it Will be apparent that I have provided a practical, eicient, and sanitary device for use in cleaning a dust-laden mop which enables the user to thoroughly shake out and conne the dust and to deposit the debris from the funnel shaped cover into a suitable Waste receptacle.
In this manner the accumulated dust may quickly and Withrconvenience be finally disposed of Without necessity for furtherhandling, within the apartment, room, or hall being cleaned, and without danger of again being scattered in the atmosphere.
Having thus fullydescribecl my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
A dispensing cover for a dust-mop formed of flexible material having a smooth inperforate surface to which dust will not cling, but from which dust may be readily dislodged by agitation, said dispensing cover comprising two pearshaped sheets having their side edges cut on compound curves, said sheets being stitched together at their edges to produce an upper end having an opening therein and a funnel-shaped lower opening, said cover being infolded at said upper end adjacent and surrounding said opening therein to provide a collar, and a draw-string in said collar, said draw-string, when tightened around a mop and mop handle, closing said collar whereby dust may be shaken out of said cover through said lower funnel-shaped opening.
WILLIAM GORDON LEITH.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 880,086 Lodge Feb. 25, 1908 1,138,305 Miller May 4, 1915 1,836,677 McCarville Dec. l5, 1931 2,350,221 Eisenhut May 30, 1944