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DEVICE FOR ADHESI L VE Y RE IN INT FROM CLOTHING AND THE LIK Filed May 31, 1952 JMA/2m /fmm/ R. Bama/:r bm, M QM Azmezws United States Patent O DEVICE FOR ADHESIVELY REMOVING LINT FROM CLOTHING ANB THE LIKE Harlan R. Bergquist, Minneapolis, Minn., assignor of one-third to Wallace N. Bergquist, Minneapolis, Minn.
Application May 31, 1952, Serial No. 290,868
3 Claims. (Cl. 15-104) This invention relates to a lint removing device and more particularly to a device containing adhesive surfaces for removing lint, hair and the like from articles such as clothing and which device may be reconditioned successively for a predetermined number of times after each exhaustive use.
I am aware that certain priorart devices have been employed for the purpose of removing lint, hair and the like from cloth surfaces, among which are pressure sensitive adhesive articles of a nature designed to roll over the surface of the cloth in order to pick up the lint and hair. Such prior art devices are cumbersome and lack facility in removing lint, hair and the like from crevices and diicultly attainable recesses. Furthermore, the reconditioning of such prior art devices requires a tedious routine which discourages the continued use of the article after it has once been exhausted. The bulkiness of such articles as roller type lint removers makes them unfeasible as a toilet article which can be readily transported in purses or toilet kits and hence, restricts the circumstances under which their usefulness may be extended.
It is a principal object of this invention to provide for a lint removing device which is completely portable in nature and which will be adaptable to removing lint, hair and the like from all cloth surfaces such as coats and suits, even the recessed and diicultly attainable areas.
It is another object of this invention to provide for an article of the class described in which the adhesive surface employed for the removal of lint, hair and the like may be simply and easily reconditioned through the simple expedient of removing the exhausted outer layer of a multiplicity of adhesive tape layers by an extremely simple operation.
It is a further object of the invention to provide for a lint removing device which is adapted to contain a replaceable roll of pressure sensitive tape wherein the handle portion serves as a retaining means in cooperation with the body portion for releasably securing the roll until it has been exhausted.
It is a still further object of the invention to provide for a device of the class described in which a removable roll of pressure sensitive tape may be secured thereto and which roll of tape has preconditioned portions which facilitate the removal of the outer exhausted layer of tape when it is desired to expose a new fresh adhesive surface for the removal of lint and the like from cloth or similar surfaces.
These and other objects and advantages of my invention will more fully appear from the following description made in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein like reference characters refer to similar parts throughout the several views and in which:
Fig. 1 is a perspective View of my lint removing device showing the body portion and handle assembled with the prepared roll of pressure sensitive tape in position thereon;
Fig. 2 is a top view of the lint removing device shown in Fig. l with the top layer of pressure sensitive tape ice turned back as in the beginning of the operation for removal of Athe top exhausted layer thereof;
Fig. 3 is a vertical section taken on the lines 3-3 of Fig. 2 showing the fastening element in full line and in relation to the handle, tape roll and body portion; and
Fig. 4 shows an individual roll of pressure sensitive tape formed preliminarily to placing upon the body portion of my device with portions thereof in dotted line to indicate the continued identical nature of the roll of tape in an endless and continuous form.
Referring now more particularly to the drawing, my lint removing device comprises a body portion 10 having an elongated shape with an outwardly extending tapered end 11 and a continuous surface 12 extending about the periphery thereof. Side portions 13 and 14 may be parallel to each other, thus creating a uniform width for the surface 12 about the elongated body. At the outwardly extending tapered end 11 side stops or guides 15, extending from side 13, and 16, extending from side 14, are projected slightly over the outwardly extending edge 17 of the continuous surface 12.
Placed in close cooperation upon the continuous surface 12'of the elongated body 10 is a roll of adhesive tape 18 preferably of the pressure sensitive variety. It is essential that at least the outer surface of each turn of the roller be adhesively capable of contacting and removing lint, hair and the like. It will be noted that the projecting stops or guides 15 and 16 extend forwardly only to the extent necessary to prevent sideways displacement of the roll at the tapered end 17. Thus, most of the layers comprising the roll 18 will lie forwardly of the tapered edge 17 and be available for working into folds and diliicultly accessible areas of clothing and the like without the stops or guides 15 and 16 interfering with such operation. At either side of the butt portion 19 of the elongated body 10 are means for easy removal of each layer of tape 18 such as oppositely disposed.
notches 20 cut through the entire multiplicity of turns in the tape roll 18. Through the area 21 of the tape roll 18 which overlies the butt portion 19 of the elongated body 10 is an opening 22 which is adapted to register with a threaded opening 23 in body portion 10 and threaded opening 24 in the handle element 25 in gripping action with the area 21 and the butt portion 19 of the body 10.
In the operation and use of the lint removing device a prepared roll 18 of pressure sensitive tape, as illustrated in Fig. 4, is formed with at least the outer surface of the continuous tape having adhesive properties. The roll 18 as shown in Fig. 4 is then treated so as to form opening 22 therethrough and notched elements 20 at the side edges thereof. The prepared roll 18 is then placed upon the detached body 10 at the outwardly extending tapered end 17 so as to lie between the side stops or guides 1S and 16. The area 21 of the roll is then pressed into firm engagement with the curved butt area 19 of the body 10 as shown in Fig. 2. Fastening means such as threaded stud 26 is then placed through the opening 22 in the tape roll 18 into cooperative engagement with threaded opening 23 in the body 10 and threaded opening 24 in the handle 25 followed by relative rotation of the handle and body elements in order to tighten the handle 25 against the area 21 of roll 18 which in turn presses against the butt area 19 of body element 10.
The device may then be used for removing lint from articles such as clothing with a gentle brushing motion thereover upon the broad exposed areas. Where it is desired to remove lint from the more diicultly accessible areas, the portion of the adhesive roll 18 which overlies the outwardly extending tapered end 17 is employed because of its diminished thickness. When the surface area of the outer layer of adhesive tape 18 becomes saturated with lint, dust, air and the like, the user may simply insert a fingernail at one of the notched portions 20 and begin to lift the uppermost layer at the corner 27 as shown in Fig. 2. The peeling of the corner 27 will cause the web 28 formed between notches 20 to tear, thus releasing the upper layer from the area 21 disposed between the body 10 and the handle 25. Continued removal of the upper layer will bring the removed layer around to the opposite notches 20-20 from which it may be torn at the interposed web 23 in the same manner as previously described. A fresh adhesive layer will thus be exposed which fresh layer may be used to the point of exhaustion as previously described. lf so desired, when the entire roll has been exhausted, a new roll 18 formed as shown in Fig. 4 may again be placed upon the body 10 followed by replacement and tightcning of handle element 25 as was previously described. The opening 22 through which the fastening element 26 extends functions cooperatively with the stops or guides 15 and 16 to maintain the adhesive roll upon the outer periphery of body 10, Since the innermost surface of the roll 1S need not have an adhesive surface and preferably does not have such a surface, it is an important function of the device to provide for easy application of the roll 18 upon the body member 10 followed by locking or latching thereto by the cooperative elements 26, 1S and 16.
It may thus be seen that I have devised an extremely simple and useful lint removing device which may be carried easily in purses or toilet kits and which may be reconditioned for continued use in removing lint, dust, hair and the like from all the surfaces of articles such as suits and coats, even the more difcultly accessiblel recesses thereof.
It will, of course, be understood that various changes may be made in the form, details, arrangement and proportions of the parts without departing from the scope of my invention.
What I claim is:
l. In a device for removing lint and foreign particles from the surface of clothing and coverings, the combina tion of an elongated body having a tapered outwardly extending extremity and an endless peripheral surface about the body in a lengthwise direction, a handle element, a roll comprising a multiplicity of turns of tape having adhesive properties at least at the outward surface thereof said roll being disposed in overlying en- 4 gagement with said endless peripheral surface, fastening means for retaining the handle together with the body and the roll of tape in secure interrelation, and opposed notches through the thickness of said roll of tape at each side of the juncture of the handle and body portion.
2. In a device for removing lint and foreign particles from the surface of clothing and coverings, the combination of an elongated body presenting a pair of oppositely disposed rectilinear faces, a butt end and a tip end forming with said oppositely disposed rectilinear faces an endless peripheral surface about the body in a lengthwise direction, a roll comprising a multiplicity of turns of tape having pressure sensitive adhesive properties at least at the outwardly facing surface thereof retained in overlying engagement with said endless peripheral surface, and a handle element secured in rigid relation with the butt end of said elongated body and in clamping engagement with said roll.
3. In a device for removing lint and foreign particles from the surface of clothing and coverings, the combination of an elongated body having a pair of oppositely disposed rectilinear faces, a butt end and a tip end forming together with said rectilinear faces an endless peripheral surface about the body in a lengthwise direction, a roll comprising a multiplicity of turns of tape having pressure sensitive adhesive substance on the outwardly facing surface thereof, said roll being disposed in overlying engagement with said endless peripheral surface, and having a prenotched portion adjacent the butt end of the elongated body for creating an easily torn web, and a handle element secured in rigid relation with the butt end of said elongated body and in clamping relation with said roll.
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