US 3565214 A
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United States Patent Inventor James W. Koonce, Sr.
1511 Wayne 81., Alexandria, La. 71301 Appl. No. 737,882
Filed June 18, 1968 Patented Feb. 23, 1971 LIQUID ABSORBING MAT 4 Claims, 3 Drawing Figs.
U.S. Cl 184/106; 161/99; 161/110 Int. Cl ..Fl6n 31/00,
1332b 3/10 Field of Search 161/ 109,
110, 112, l13,41,49, 79, 268, 220; 184/106; 296/38; ISO/69.1
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,377,683 5/1921 Henes 184/106 2,171,813 9/1939 Stockstrom 180/691 3,141,522 7/1964 Fitzpatrick 180/691 Primary Examiner-John T. Goolkasian Assistant Examiner-W. E. Hoag ABSTRACT: A dryport for garages and carports made of felt having foldable tongues and drawstrings serving as wicks whichwill enable liquid absorbed by the mat to effectively accelerate evaporation.
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LIQUID ABSORBING MAT This invention is of hydroscopic'materials and more particularly to a liquid absorbing mat.
It is therefore the main purpose of this invention to provide an absorbing mat for catching and absorbing oil, grease, water and the like that may fall onto the garage or carport floor.
Another object of this invention is to provide a mat which consists of a sheet of paper felt that is composed of old paper, rags, wood fibers, wood flour or the like in order to produce a highly absorbent mat.
A further object of this invention is to provide a mat which will have a plurality of cutout and foldable tongues, to expedite the evaporation of the fluid from the mat.
Still another object of this invention is-to provide a mat for easily manipulating the mat upon the floor and will prevent the oil and the like from dripping onto the asphalt floor and causing pitting of the asphalt surface.
Other objects of this invention are to provide a mat which is simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, rugged in construction, easy to use and efficientin operation.
These and other objects will be readily apparent upon a study of the following specification together with the accompanying drawing wherein:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a side view of F IG. 1 shown in elevation and partly in sections;
H0. 3 is an end view ofFlG. 2.
According to this invention, an absorbing mat is composed of a folded sheet of paper felt 11 having a pari of loops 12, each secured to one of the long sides. Loops l2 serve as hand holds for the placement of mat 10. A plurality of tongues 13 are foldable away from their .correspondingly shaped openings 14 of mat 10 by means of pull cords l5. Cords 15 are secured to the tongues 13 so that when they are pulled the tongues 13 will stand in an upright position whereupon the cords 15 may be placed into the appropriate slots 16 at one end which will render tongues l3 secure in the upright position.
It will be noted that the tongues 13 when standing in the upright position will serve as wicks in order that the fluid absorbed by mat 10 will be rapidly evaporated.
While various changes may be made in the detailed construction, it is understood that such changes will be within the spirit and scope of the present invention as is defined by the appended claims.
lclaim: I I
1. An absorbing mat comprising a folded sheet of paper felt for catching the drippings of oil, gasoline and the like upon garage and carport floors, a plurality of wicks carried by said mat providing evaporation means for the mat, and handle means carried by said mat for moving of said mat.
2. The combination according to claim 1 wherein said wicks are formed by tongues of material integrally attached to the upper surface of said mat and are adapted to be pulled from correspondingly shaped openings in order that they will stand in an erect position to effectively allow evaporation therefrom.
3. The combination according to claim 2 wherein each of said tongues are aligned in rows are secured to a cord, said cord when pulled towards the slotted end of said mat will raise to form wicks and said tongues are held in the upright position by placement frictionally of said cords with an appropriate slot at one end of said mat.
4. The combination of claim 3 with the addition of loop means attached to said mat to provide a handle to facilitate movement of said mat. 1