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Oct. 20, 1953 H. s. GEERIN 2,655,680
DUSTING AND POLISHING DEVICE Filed April 24, 1950 INVENTOR. HENRIETTA S GEER/N BY 7 W0 W Patented Oct. 20, 1953 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE DUS'IING AND POLISHING DEVICE Henrietta S. Gcerin, Cincinnati, Ohio Application April 24, 1950, Serial No. 157,751
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This, invention relates. to. dust ng and polishin devices n ore par-t eu arly to a devic that may be ut to a wide variety of. ses the. hom for dusting and o ish ng.
An object. of this invention is to, provide a dusting and polishing device that. comprises a flexible ie t ase and e u ting and polishins ent. hat may be. easil attached. to or removed from base. w thout the. need for ies or laces, and composed of a material that is washable, quick-drying, inexpensive to manufacture and effective either asa polishing ordusting element.
Another object of the invention is to provide a device such as referred to above that. isadapted to be grasped by the user's hand and used, or to be attached to a handle when using the device on floors or dusting elevated areas, that would otherwise be beyondthe reach or a person using the device unless a ladder were. used.
Another object of the invention is to. provide a mo abl dusting and ishin me tma from. a sheet of plastic material; such. as plastic rayon that is tough and durable, non-scratching, washableand quick-drying The. above and other objects Of the, invention wil e. ap from h tol nw descrip i taken in' conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:
Fig. 1 is a view in perspective of a dusting and polishing device arranged and constructed in accordance with an embodiment of the invention.
Fig. 2 is a view in transverse section taken on line II-II of Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a view in perspective of a dusting and polishing element for the device of Fig. 1;
Fig. 4 is a view in section taken on line IV-IV of Fig.3; and
Fig. 5 is a view in perspective of a modified form of dusting and polishing element adapted for hand use.
Throughout the drawings and the specification like reference characters indicate like parts.
As illustrated in Fig. 1, a dusting and polishing device I embodying a form of the invention comprises a flexible base member 2, and a boot 3, attached by means of pockets 4 to the base member. To the bottom of boot 3 a plurality of rufiled strips 5 of fibrous material such as cloth or thin sheet material are attached, the strips extending lengthwise of the base member and the boot.
Base member 2, as shown, is rectangular in shape and comprises a pair of sponge-like cushions B and 1 between which may be disposed a resilient backing member 8 of sheet metal or other springy material. The cushions may be made from sponge or foam rubber. The cushions and backing member 8. may be. encased in a cover .9 of fabric the. marginal edges of which are suitably joined together as with, stitching. It is preferred that the iabric of cover 8 be impregnated or sealed with a plastic-lure waterrepellant material, to. render the same reasonably water-proof.
Boot, 3 comprises a Web I'D. having at. its. opposite ends, cross pieces. II that form. the, pockets sewedv or. otherwise secured to the ends. and sides of web It and a plurality oi. dusting and polishi g, r les. or strips, 5 attached to. web I50. as. shown. When boots has been attached to base member 2. he W b. with, its, attached. strips or ruflles 5- are below and cover the bottom ,of
' base 2.. Web. III is. wider than base. 2;, so. that and. rufl s 5 are made f o a washable. quic drying sheet. material; such. as plas ray n- A material of this type. hasv the. appearance of paper but is durable, washable, and quickdrying. Such material when washed, crinkles and has a crepe-like appearance. A boot made from such material is relatively inexpensive, of light weight and can be packed in packages containing any number or units thereof as a supply for the user. For convenience, the plastic material is referred to herein as plastic crepe, including plastic rayon.
The ruflies or strips 5 are preferably made of a relatively wide strip of plastic crepe folded double along the major axis thereof. These folded strips are then sewed or otherwise attached along the fold line to web ID. The material may be gathered at the fold line so that when attached to web I0 the strips have a ruflled appearance.
In order that device I may be attached to a handle 15 if desired, as shown, base 2 is provided with a hinge member I6 secured as with bolts to the backing member 8. The handle is provided with means for attaching the same to the hinge member as shown in Fig. 1.
If handle I5 is not used, the user may insert the fingers of the hand into one or the other of pockets 4 and thereby use the device as a duster, or polish applicator and polisher on easily 5 accessible surfaces. When areas beyond reach 3 are to be dusted or polished or if a floor is to be dusted, or polished the handle may be attached at the option of the user.
In Fig. 5 a modified form of boot I! is shown. This modified boot is similar to boot 3 in all respects except for the pockets. As shown, boot I! has a relatively long or deep pocket l8 at one end that will more readily accommodate the hand of the user. The other pocket I9 is substantially the same in size and shape as pockets 4 of Figs. 1 and 2.
The web III of boots 3 and i1 is relatively nonelastic or non-stretching. Therefore, in order to place the boot on or remove it from base 2, the base is sufficiently bent or arched to allow the ends thereof to enter or be withdrawn from the pockets. When the base is straightened the boot is secured.
As may be seen by inspection of the drawings, the rufiles or strips 5 hang relatively straight when device I is not resting on a surface. However, when device I is placed against a surface, the rufiles spread or fan out and present a large polishing or dusting area to the surface to be dusted, cleaned or polished.
Device l, as can be seen, has many uses: it may be used as a dry mop, as a dry duster, or as a wet mop or duster. The device may be used for dusting Venetian blinds and, by means of the handle, normally inaccessible areas can be reached. The rufiies being light, they have the gentle action of a feather duster.
As boot 3 is made of a tough, washable and quick-drying material, it may be used as a wet :mop or duster. plied thereto for spreading the same and polish- Waxes and polishes may be ap- Therefore, what is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is:
1. A boot for a dusting and polishing device comprising a rectangular sheet having pockets adjacent the ends thereof for receiving the ends of a base support member, and a folded substantially rectangular strip of sheet material on the bottom of and located adjacent to each longitudinal edge of the sheet containing said pockets, the length of such folded strips being substantially equal to the length of the sheet containing said pockets, each of said folded sheets being attached by ruilie stitching to the sheet containing said pockets so that the portions of each folded sheet on each side of the fold line are ruflled.
2. A boot for a dusting and polishing device comprising a rectangular sheet of non-woven fibrous material having pockets adjacent the ends thereof for receiving the ends of a base support member, and a folded substantially rectangular sheet of non-woven fibrous material on the bottom of the sheet containing said pockets and located adjacent each longitudinal edge thereof, the length of each folded sheet being substantially equal to the length of the sheet containing said pockets, each of said folded sheets being attached by ruiile stitching to the sheet containing said Pockets so that the portions of each folded sheet on each side of the fold line are ruiiled.
HENRIETTA S. GEERIN.
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