US 2561240 A
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y 1951 J. E. SPEARMAN 2,561,240
GLASS CLEANER Filed Feb. 2, 1948 Joseph E. Spear/nan INVENTOR.
Patented July 17, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE GLASS CLEANER Joseph E. Spear-man, East Detroit, Mich. Application February 2, 1948, Serial No. 5,761
This invention relates to new and useful improvements and structural refinements in cleaners for drinking glasses, and the principal object of the invention is to facilitate the removal of lipstick from the rim portion of the glasses in a quick and convenient manner.
Various cleaning devices have been designed for the purpose of cleaning drinking glasses, and while such devices are quite effective in performing their purpose generally, it has been found that they are incapable of removing lipstick. These conventional cleaners usually employ one or more cleaning brushes which do not remove the lipstick stains.
An important feature of the invention, therefore, resides in the provision of a glass cleaner which in addition to the conventionalbrushes embodies in its construction a resiliently supported fabric cleaning member, whereby the lipstick cleaning or removing operation is effected.
An additional feature of the invention resides in the provision of a glass cleaner which is simple in construction, which can be easily and conveniently manipulated, and which will readily-- stantially in the plane of the line 2-2 of Figure 1, and
Figure 3 is a top plan view of the invention.
Like characters of reference are employed to designate like parts in the specification and throughout the several views.
Referring now to the accompanying drawings in detail, the invention consists of a glass cleaner designated generally by the reference character II), the same embodying in its construction a suitable base II which is preferably provided on the underside thereof with a resilient pad I 2 so that it does not scratch or mar the surface on which the entire cleaner is positioned.
The base I is provided with a row of three bores l3, these being downwardly tapered and each receiving a frusto-conical lower end portion H of an upright shaft l5.
As will be clearly apparent, the three shafts l5 are disposed in a spaced parallel relation and are nonrotatable with respect to the base II to which they are rigidly secured by suitable screws l6. 3
One of the end shafts and the center shaft are provided with radially projecting bristles or tufts of bristles constituting what may be regarded as substantially cylindrical brushes l8 and I9.
The remaining shaft at the end of the row of shafts 5, however, is equipped with a substantially cylindrical member 2|] formed from resilient material, such as rubber or the like, this member being almost completely enclosed in a fabric cover 2| which is opened at the lower end thereof and is removably held on the member 20 by means of a drawstring 22 positioned in a hem 23 with which the lower end portion of the cover is provided.
It should be understood that the member 20 as well as the brushes |8, I!) are not rotatable on the shafts l5. Moreover it is to be noted that the bristles I! are sufficiently long so that the brush l8 engages the cover 2| on one side and the brush H on the diametrically opposite side thereof, as is best shown in Figure 3.
When the invention is placed in use, an inverted glass is passed downwardly on the brush l8 and is simultaneously rotated during its downward passage, so that the brush l8 will clean the interior of the glass while the brush l9 cleans the exterior of the glass in the conventional manner. However, it is to be noted that the fabric cover 2| will also clean the exterior of the glass, particularly the rim portion thereof, this fabric cover being capable of removing lipstick stain from the glass which the brushes l8, I! are incapable of doing.
The lipstick stains on the interior of the glass may be removed by simply passing the glass downwardly on the member 20 and cover 2|, while further cleaning action of the exterior of the glass will be effected by the brush l8.
Needless to say, after the cover 2| has become soiled, it may be removed for purposes of cleaning or replacement by simply loosening the drawstring 22. Moreover, it should be noted that the resilient member 20 will assure that the cover 2| is in constant frictional engagement with the glass, so that an effective cleaning operation is facilitated.
While in the drawings the shafts I5 are disposed in a row, so to speak, their arrangement may, of course, be altered to a triangular formation, or the like, if desired.
It is believed that the advantages and use of the invention will be clearly understood from the foregoing disclosure and accordingly, further description thereof at this point is deemed unnecessary.
While in the foregoing there has been shown and described the preferred embodiment of this invention it is to be understood that minor changes in the details of construction, combination and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed.
Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is:
In a glass cleaner, the combination of a set of three spaced parallel shafts disposed in a common plane, a cylindrical member of resilient material mounted on one of the outer shafts in the set, a fabric cover provided on said member, and radially projecting bristles provided on the remaining two shafts in the set and constituting a pair of cylindrical brushes, the bristles of maining brush on one side and said cover on the other.
JOSEPH E. SPEARMAN.
5 REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in e file of this patent: UNITED STATES PATENTS 10 Number Name Date D. 95,319 Eaton et al Apr. 23, 1935 1,083,829 Hatosy Jan. 6, 1914 1,804,240 Welsh May 5, 1931 1,908,399 Boland May 9, 1933 16 2,049,365 Follett July 28, 1936 2,124,748 Ransom July 26, 1938 2,257,864 Sheehan Oct. 7, 1941 FOREIGN PATENTS go Number Country Date 181,068 Great Britain May 24, 1922 the brush on the center shaft engaging the re-