US 3731333 A
This specification discloses a mop holder which may be readily made from a conventional garbage can and its lid. The holder comprises a can body having a slight taper, a dolly on which the body is mounted, an intermediate partition or shelf in the body and having a series of apertures therein and a lid having a peripheral flange that is wedged into the open top of the body and a series of openings in alignment with the openings in the partition. The body is formed with an outlet just above its bottom and a curved baffle is positioned opposite to the outlet to direct water thereto. The outlet is controlled by a pet cock.
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United States Patent 1 Davis May 8,1973
[ MOP HOLDER  Inventor: William T. Davis, 1834 Columbia Rd. N.W., Washington, DC. 20009 22 Filed: July 15, 1971 21 Appl.No.: 162,940
 US. Cl. ..l5/2S7, 211/65, 312/207  Int. Cl. ..A47l 13/51  Field of Search ..15/257, 264, 263,
15/262, 261, 260, 257.05; 211/65; 312/206, 207; 220/23, 24 GC, 1 C
Primary Examiner-Leon G. Machlin Attorney-Schellin and Hoffman  ABSTRACT This specification discloses a mop holder which may be readily made from a conventional garbage can and its lid. The holder comprises a can body having a slight taper, a dolly on which the body is mounted, an intermediate partition or shelf in the body and having a series of apertures therein and a lid having a peripheral flange that is wedged into the open top of the body and a series of openings in alignment with the openings in the partition. The body is formed with an outlet just above its bottom and a curved baffle is positioned opposite to the outlet to direct water thereto. The outlet is controlled by a pet cock.
The present invention relates to mop holders and is concerned primarily with a mop holder which supports mops in vertical positions with the mop heads uppermost and which accommodates water that drains from the mop heads.
4 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures PATENTEDW 8W 5.731.333
-- INVENTOR WILLIAM T. DAVIS MOP HOLDER BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION At the present time it is known to support a plurality of mops with their heads uppermost in substantially vertical positions. However, the known devices of this type fail to accommodate water that drips from the mop heads.
Garbage cans of the conventional type comprising a body with a slight taper and an open top that is covered by a removable lid having a peripheral flange are now readily available.
OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION With the foregoing conditions in mind the present invention has in view the following objectives:
1. To provide a mop holder which supports a plurality of mops in vertical positions with the mop heads uppermost and which is constructed and designed to accommodate water that drips from the mop heads.
2. To provide a mop holder of the type noted which may be readily made from a conventional garbage can.
3. To provide a mop holder of the kind described which, when not used as a mop holder, is available for use as a garbage can with minor changes in the arrangement of the parts thereof.
4. To provide a mop holder of the character aforesaid which is mobile.
Various other more detailed objects and advantages of the invention such as arise in connection with carrying out the above noted ideas in a practical embodiment will in part become apparent and in part be hereinafter stated as the description of the invention proceeds.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The foregoing objects are achieved by mounting the body of a conventional garbage can on a dolly. The body is formed with an outlet immediately above its bottom and a pet cock is associated therewith. A baffle is positioned in the body opposite to the pet cock and directs water to the latter. A partition is removably positioned in the body and is in spaced parallel relation to the bottom and is wedged into this position by the tapered formation of the body. It is formed with a circular series of apertures spaced from its edge. The conventional lid of the garbage can is inverted and its peripheral flange is wedged into the open top of the body. This lid is formed with a circular series of openings which align with the apertures in the partition. A mop handle passes through an opening in the lid and an aperture in the partition, with its end engaging the bottom to support the mop in a vertical position with its head uppermost.
For a full and more complete understanding of the invention, reference may be had to the following description and accompanying drawing wherein:
FIG. 1 is a perspective of a mop holder embodying the principles of the present invention and depicting a plurality of mops supported thereby.
FIG. 2 is another perspective illustrating the body and lid in exploded relation and in the relative positions for use as a garbage can.
FIG. 3 is a vertical section taken on the plane of the lines 33 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 4 is a horizontal section through the body being taken on the plane of the line 44 of FIG. 3.
Referring now to the drawing, the body of a conventional garbage can is designated generally at 10. It comprises a bottom 11 of circular shape and from the peripheral edge of which upstands a wall 12 that is conical with a slight taper. Wall 12 is provided with a pair of handles 13 in a well known manner. The upper edge of wall 12 defines an open top. Body 10 is preferably mounted on a dolly 14 to impart mobility to the mop holder.
Immediately above bottom 11 wall 12 is formed with an outlet 15 in which is mounted a pet cock 16. Opposite to outlet 15 is a curved baffle 9. A horizontal partition 17 has a depending peripheral flange 18 which bears against the inner surface of conical wall 12 with a wedging action to support it in position. Partition 17 is formed with a plurality of apertures 19 which are arranged in spaced relation in the circular formation of FIG. 4 in which they are spaced from the periphery of partition 17.
The lid for body 10 is identified in its entirety by the reference character 20. It comprises a top wall 21 having a central handle 22 and an annular peripheral flange 23 terminating in a bead 24. When lid 20 is assembled with body 10 to constitute a mop holder as shown in FIG. 3, flange 22 is wedged into the open top of wall 12 to secure it in position. Top wall 21 is formed with a circular series of openings 24 which align with apertures 19in partition 17.
Each mop which is supported by the subject holder includes a handle 25 and a mop head 26.
In use handle 25 of each mop to be supported is passed through an opening 24 and the aperture 19 in alignment therewith until its free end engages bottom 11 or baffle 9. The mops are thus supported in vertical positions with heads 26 uppermost. In this position water dripping from heads 26 falls onto top wall 21 of lid 20. This water is prevented from passing off the periphery by flange 23. As handles 25 are received in apertures 19 and opening 24 with a fit that is somewhat loose this water will drain through these openings, even if all of them are occupied by mop handles, onto bottom 11. I
Pet cock 16 is ordinarily closed but when dolly 14 is moved to a desired site, such as at a drain, pet cock 16 is opened to permit water to be discharged into the drain or a receptacle. Baffle 9 directs water to outlet 15.
Should it be desired to use body 10 to receive garbage, all that is required is to remove partition 17 and invert lid 20 into the position of FIG. 1. When lid 20 is moved downwardly into closed position flange 23 encompasses the open top of wall 12.
While a preferred specific embodiment of the invention is hereinbefore set forth, it is to be clearly understood that the invention is not to be limited to the exact constructions, mechanisms and devices illustrated and described because various modifications of these details may be provided in putting the invention into practice.
What is claimed is:
1. In a mop holder,
a. a can body comprising a conical wall having a slight taper, a bottom and an open top,
b. an outlet in said wall immediately above said bottom,
c. a pet cock in said outlet and controlling the flow of water therethrough,
. a baffle in said body over said bottom in a position opposite to said outlet,
e. a horizontal partition in said body spaced from said bottom and formed with a plurality of apertures,
f. a lid having a top wall formed with a plurality of openings aligned with said apertures and a peripheral flange received in the open top of the can body, and
g. a dolly on which said can body is mounted.
2. The mop holder of claim 1 in which the partition and lid are removably positioned in the body.
3. The mop holder of claim 2 in which the partition and lid engage the inner surface of the body with a wedging action.
4. The mop holder of claim 1 in which the conical wall has onits exterior a pair of handles and the top wall of the lid has a central handle which depends therefrom when the lid is in position for mop holder use but upstands therefrom when the lid is inverted to adapt the body and lid for use as a garbage can.