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Sept. 16, 1952 l. s. "'KLEINER SWABBING DEVICE WITH DISPOSABLE SWAB Filed NOV. 18, 1947 I N V EN TOR.
Zs'rae Z .5: Kleiner Patented Sept. 16, 1952,
omen ew WM OFFICE :SWABBING nsvros WITH DISPOSABLE SWAB Israel 's. Kleiner, New York, N. Y. Application November is, 19 47, Serial No. 786,666
have been proposed to render such task less objectionable and wholly sanitary. Among such devices are numerous types of cleaning brushes, but allof these are objectionable since they are difiicult to clean and maintain in a sanitary condition. 'Thisis especially so, for even after such brushes are used and washed, it is generally difficulttofind aplaoe to storethem before they have become dry. I F
It is *accordingly an object of the present invention to provide a cleaning device for toilet bowls which is designed to overcome the objectionable characteristics above set forth and particularly one which will give no basis for any kind'cf pollution due to the use thereof. A further object is to provide such cleaning device whichis simple inconstruction and has a disposable swab which can be discharged from the device without manual contact with the swab and which eliminates the needfor washing the device or finding a suitable a drying placetherefor. A further object is to provide such cleaning device which may be impregnated with a detergent for aiding in the cleaning operation and/or with a deodorizing or bactericidal agent.
The foregoingand other objects of my invention not specifically enumeratedI accomplish by providing a cleaning device comprising an elongatedm ernber adapted to detachably holdat one endthereoi a novel removable swab of a size, shape; and physical characteristics such that whenwetted by the water within a toiletbo-wl willgserve; to efiectively clean the bowl and be rendered water-disposable', the device having meansithereon operable from the end thereof opposite tothat which carries the swab adapted tcdislodge and discharge the swab into the toilet 1 Claim. (Cl. 15-210) bowl through which it may be flushed down the I drain after the cleaning operation. The invention will be better understood from the detailed description which follows when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings showing certain preferred embodiments, and wherein:
Figure 1 shows an elevation of a cleaning 2 device for toilet bowls invention,v parts thereof being broken away to better illustrate constructional details thereof.
Fig. 2 is an elevation of the device shown in Fig. 1 as viewed from the right thereof.
Fig. 3 is an elevation similar to Fig. 1 showing the device in swab-discharging position.
Fig. l is an elevation with parts broken away, snowing anotherembodiment of my invention.
Fig. 4a is an elevation of the swab-engaging end of the'device shown in Fig. partly broken away and showing 'the device in swab-discharging position. Fig 5 is a top plan view of one form of swab which may be used in the cleaning devicesshown in Figs. 1 to 4. V 7 r Fig. 6 is an elevation of the swab shownin Fig. 5, partly broken away to better illustrate the form thereof. 7
Referring first to Figs. 1 to 3 of the drawings, the cleaning device consists of an elongate rod or member I!) preferably of cylindrical form, one end portion ll thereof being adapted to engage and'removably hold a swab l2 thereon and the opposite end portion of the rod being-provided with a gripping handle 13. Fixedly mounted on the rod intermediate the ends thereof is a ring or abutment Hi, and. at spaced distances on opposite sides of the'ring M the rod has mounted thereon slidable rings or abutments l5 and It, the ring 15 being normally disposed in proximity to the swab-engaging end portion 'll of the rod. The rings I5 and [B are connected together by stay rods IT sothatthe rings will move in unison. Disposed, around the rod and bearing against the rings 4 and I6 is a'helical'compression springf Ila; which normally, serves to hold the ring it in its uppermost position as seen in Figs. 1 and 2, and in consequence thereof serves to hold "the ring, l5 ata predetermined distance from the extreme, end of the swab-engaging end portion of the rod. The rod, in proximity to the gripping handle I3 is formed with an oblique slot l3 therethrough, and extending through saidslot is a lever or triggermember [9 which is pivotally mounted tov said rod at Illa. To. one end of said trigger is pivotally connected; as at 20, one end ofya rod 211,,the opposite end of said rod' being rigidlysecured to the ring it by any suitable means such as a screw 22. It will thus be seen that if pressure is applied to the portion |9b of the trigger IS in the direction of the arrow, as shown in Fig. 3, that the ring H5 will be moved downwardly to compress the spring Ilia and simultaneously move the ring 15 by means of the or the like embodying my frictionally hold the swab thereon. The swab may be formed from toilet or facial tissue paper,
paper toweling, paper pulp stock or cotton, and" is of a character such as will be water-disposable,
i. e., which may be flushed down'a toilet drain- Preferably, the swab may be treat-- or the like.
ed or impregnated with a suitable detergent and,
if desirable, it may also be impregnated with a deodorizing agent and/or a bactericidal agent. Also, if it is desirable to impart initial rigidity to the swab, it'm'ay be impregnated with a water-soluble'hardenin'g agent such as glucose, glue or water-glass.- As shown in Figs 1 to 3, the swab I2 is of substantially cylindrical form but it will b'eobvious that the external form of the swab may assumeany preferred contour, and in Figs. 5 and 6 I have shown a swab 24 of general cruciform shape in transverse cross-sectio'n having a cylindrical socket 25 therein of a diameter'and depth to frictionally'engage and hold'onto the swab-engagingend of the device. In the embodiment of my invention shown in Figs; 4 and 4a-there is slidably mounted on the rod I a tubular member26 having an internal diameter to frictionally or slidably engage and hold-any position on the rod H), but preferably it is mounted and held thereon by a coiled com+ pression spring 28, the convolutions: 28a at one end of which snugly engage around the upper end of the tubular member 25 and the convolutions- 28b at'the other end'ofwhich snugly engage around'the inner end of the handle '13. Normally, the swab-engaging end of the tubular member extends to near the correspondingend of the rod!!! and the swab 21 isformedwith a collar 21a and axial socket 21h adapted to engage over andbe frictionally held on the end of the tubular member 26. I g In the use of the cleaning deviee'of my invention as disclosed in the drawings, the swab such as i2, 24 or 27 is mounted on the swab-engaging end portion of the device, the necessary amount of pressure being applied to force said'swab onto said swab-engaging end, it being understood that the diameter of the socket in the swab is made somewhat smaller than the diameter of the rob ill of Figs. 1 to 3 and of'the tubular member 26 of Figs. 4 and 4d. The device is then gripped by the handle l3 and the swab -carrying end is inserted into the toilet bowl, which always contains a quantity of water, and the cleaning of thebowl is carried out by moving the swab around in the usual cleaning or swabbing action. Upon completion of the cleaning operation the swab may be discharged into the toilet bowl. This is accomplished with the device of Figs. 1 to 3 by moving the-trigger I9 in the direction of the arrow shown in Fig. 3, by
which'action the ring I'wi1l be moved to engage- 4 and discharge the swab from the rod. With the device of Figs. 4 and 4a it is accomplished by gripping the tubular member 26 in one hand and moving the rod l0 downwardly to compress the spring 28, whereby the inner end of the rod (0 will engage the bottom of the socket in the swab 21 to discharge the swab from the tubular member 26. The swab, as hereinbefore stated, is formed of water-disposable cellulosic fibrous material, and after being discharged from the cleaning device into the toilet bowl, may be flushed down 7 the drain.
From the foregoing detailed description it will be appreciated that I have provided a novel, simple and sanitary cleaning device for toilet bowls and the like admirably responding to the vari'ousobjects' of the invention set forth in the'dpening statement of the specification, and while I have shown and described certain preferred embodiments of my invention it is to be understood that changes may be made therein within therange of mechanical skill without departing from the spirit of my invention as ime What I claim is:
A cleansing device for toilet bowls comprising a tubular member, a rod slidably mounted therein,;said rod being of greater length than the tubular -member a handle having a diameter greater than the inside diameter of the tubular member mounted at one end of said rod, said handle being adapted to serve as a stop to limit movement of therod into said tube, a spring capable of manuatmanipulation encircling the rod between 7 the we handle and tubular member, said spring-being adapted to exert pressure againstthehandle-at oneend of the rod to hold the handle away from the tube and position the other-end of said rod within the tube, said tube havinganend portion in which the shell" of the tube is continuous and of uniform diameter and-said end portion being adapted to fit snugly into and frictionally engage a preformed socket-in a fibrous swab without distortion thereof whereby the swab may be frictionally held at the'end of the tube for cleaning toilet bowls and manually discharged by movingthe handle against the action of the spring to move the rod beyond the end of the tube.
ISRAEL S. KLEINER.
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