US 3054588 A
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sept- 1962 e. w. ONDRASIK 3,054,588
DRAINAGE SUPPORT FOR STEAM IRONS Filed May 23, 1960 PIC-7.2.
INVENTOR. GERT'RUDE W. ONDRAS/K BYd A A TTORNEY States This invention relates to an improved drainage support for steam irons and has for one of its principal objects the provision of a device of the class described, wherein a simple, yet efficient, supporting means is made available for steam irons and the like, and whereby the same can be readily drained of excess water upon completion of a particular job.
One of the important objects of this invention resides in the provision of means for eliminating undesirable deposits in the interior of steam irons which result from delayed evaporation of water which, under ordinary circumstances, cannot immediately be drained from the iron upon the completion of a piece of work.
It is well known that, unless all residual water is promptly drained from any steam iron after use, the slow evaporation thereof results in deposits of calcium, silica and more or less objectionable materials which eventually accumulate to such an extent that they impair the efficiency of the unit, not to mention trouble and delay so far as the operator is concerned.
Accordingly, another object of this invention is to provide a very simple, one piece stand or support which enables prompt and satisfactory drainage of any steam iron, whereby the same is maintained in better operating condition at all times and which eliminates the time consuming, objectionable and sometimes dangerous job of manually draining the residue from the iron.
Yet another and still further important object of the invention relates to the manufacture of a suitable stand for irons of any description, whereby the same can be readily temporarily supported during any job of work while they are still hot, and which stand will prevent undesirable or accidental burning of the ironing board or an eventual fire.
Other and further important objects of the invention will be apparent from the disclosures in the accompanying drawings and following specification.
The invention, in a preferred form, is illustrated in the drawings and hereinafter more fully described.
In the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the improved drainage support for steam irons of this invention and illustrates one representative type of such an iron positioned in the device.
FIGURE 2 is likewise a perspective view of the support or stand with the iron removed and illustrating configuration and important details of construction.
FIGURE 3 is a side elevation of the drainage support, showing the simplicity of manufacture and ease of handling.
FIGURE 4 is a top view of the support, showing individual bends whereby proper and adequate positioning of a contained iron is assured.
As shown in the drawings:
The reference numeral indicates generally improved drainage support for steam irons of this invention, and, as best shown in FIGURES 2 and 4, the same comprises a unitary integral one piece stand which is preferably composed of some suitable metal in the form of a wire or rod and bent to shape, as indicated.
Referring now more particularly to the individual parts of the support, it will be noted that there are two horizontal elements 12 and 14, one at the base or lower end adapted to be placed on any drainage means, such as atent D M a sink, and the upper one is parallel to the element 12 and forms part of a retaining section or element for the iron to be drained.
Elements 16 and 18 join the lower portion 12, and these are each bent at slightly less than a right angle with regard to the portion 12 and converge toward each other at the ends remote from the portion 12 after which the rod is bent upwardly to form integral upright sections 24 and 26.
At the upper ends of rods 24 and 26, inwardly disposed offset or bent-over sections 30 and 28, respectively, are included, which more or less parallel the sections at the ends of the portions 16 and 18. Finally lateral sections or portions 20 and 22 connect portions 30 and 2.8 to the horizontally oriented, laterally disposed retainer section or cross bar 14, completing the structure.
In FIGURE 1, a representative type of steam iron 40, with a handle 42 and a drainage opening 44, is shown as inserted in the stand or support 10. It will be obvious that the resultant position of the iron so supported will enable a simple and easy draining of any water left in the iron, whereby the interior will always be maintained free of objectionable deposits and scale.
It will also be obvious that other types of steam irons can be likewise so supported for drainage operations with little or no change in the construction or contours of the stand 10.
The simple economical construction of the drainage support for steam irons of this invention will render the same available to any and all users of such irons, will save a great deal of trouble and eventual repair work and, furthermore, the device can be manufactured at a very small cost, whereby it could be employed as a premium or even an advertising device in connection with the sale of a particular type of such an iron.
I am aware that many changes may be made and numerous details of construction varied throughout a wide range without departing from the principles of this invention; and I, therefore, do not propose limiting the patent granted hereon otherwise than as necessitated by the prior art.
I claim as my invention:
1. A drainage support for a steam iron having an upwardly located handle, and a forwardly located drainage opening for draining said steam iron in a drainage position wherein said steam iron is positioned substantially vertically with the forward end thereof downwardly oriented, said drainage support being formed from a single length of Wire having a horizontally oriented base section adapted to rest upon a horizontal supporting surface, a pair of laterally spaced upright sections extending upwardly from said base section, a horizontally oriented, laterally disposed retainer section spaced above said base section and. adapted to engage the bottom of the steam iron in said drainage position, and a pair of lateral sections extending from the ends of said retainer section toward the upper ends of said upright sections for engagement with the sides of the steam iron in said drainage position, and a pair of offset sections connected to said pair of lateral sections, respectively, and inwardly disposed and connected to the upper ends of said upright sections for engagement with upper portions of the steam iron in said drainage position.
2. A drainage support for a steam iron having an up wardly located handle, and a forwardly located drainage opening for draining said steam iron in a drainage position wherein said steam iron is positioned substantially vertically with the forward end thereof downwardly oriented, said drainage support being formed from a single length of wire having a horizontally oriented base section adapted to rest upon a horizontal supporting sur- Patented Sept. 18, 1962' face, a pair of laterally spaced upright sections extending upwardly from said base section, a laterally disposed retainer section adapted to engage the bottom of thesteam iron in said drainage position and spaced above said base section a distance sufiicient to accommodate the forward end of the steam iron in said drainage position, and a pair of lateral sections extending from the ends of said retainer section toward the upper ends of said upright sections for engagement with the sides of the steam iron in said drainage position, said lateral sections being spaced apart a distance less than the greatest width of the steam iron for supporting the steam iron, and a pair of offset sections connected to said pair of'lateral sections, re-
4- spectively, and inwardly disposed and connected to the upper ends of said upright sections for engagement with upper portions of the steam iron in said drainage position.
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