|Publication number||US3769819 A|
|Publication date||Nov 6, 1973|
|Filing date||Jun 21, 1972|
|Priority date||Jun 21, 1972|
|Publication number||US 3769819 A, US 3769819A, US-A-3769819, US3769819 A, US3769819A|
|Original Assignee||Contreras A|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (21), Classifications (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
United States Patent Qontreras Nov. 6, 1973 LAUNDERING BAG  Inventor: Alberta L. Contreras, 216 E. 10th, Emmmerwltlham 1 McMinm/me, 0mg 97128 Attorney-1ohn W. Stuart  Filed: June 21, 1972  Appl. No.: 264,744  ABSTRACT U S Cl 68/213 68/235 R An improved mesh fabric laundering bag having an ar- [511 7/00 3 35/00 ticle-retaining element within the bag for retaining an  Field 68/212 235 R article substantially in a predetermined position during 68/235 laundering. The element may consist of an elastic cord having its opposite ends attached to adjacent corners  References Cited wlthm the UNITED STATES PATENTS Voss 68/235 R X 9 Claims, 2 Drawing Figures LAUNDERING BAG BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to a laundering bag of the type used to contain articles of clothing during a cleaning process. More specifically, the invention relates to an improved. laundering bag which holds an article contained in the bag substantially in apredetermined position during the cleaning process, so that the article may be washed, dried, and stored without removing it from the bag.
Laundering bags of the general type contemplated by the invention are widely used in both commercial and home machine laundering. Generally constructed of an open-mesh fabric and having a closure on one end or along one side, these bags are used in commercial laundries to segregate an individual customers clothing during bulk washing and drying operations. In the home, the bags are normally used to hold articles, such as nylon stockings or undergarments, which are fragile and require protection, or to hold garments which the user wants to segregate for some other reason, e.g. to prevent lint pickup.
In use, a number of like articles are placed loosely into a bag, which is then washed and dried with the regular laundry. It is common, however, for the garments to become intertwined during the process, so that they must be removed from the bag, untangled, and in the case of stockings and socks, matched before being put away. Also, some garments, if dried while tangled in such a bag, will retain wrinkles which are difficult to remove. Although placing a single article in a bag will prevent tangling to some degree, it will not be eliminated if the article is free to move within the bag.
There is a need, therefore, for such a bag which would hold an article in position while being washed and dried, preventing it from becoming entangled and wrinkled.
It is an object of the invention to provide an improved laundering bag which will retain an article placed therein for laundering in a substantially unchanged position during the cleaning process, allowing it to be washed, dried, and stored without removal from the bag.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS This and other objects of the novel laundering bag of the invention will become more apparent as the description which follows is read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:
FIG. I is a perspective view, partially cut away, of the proposed laundering bag showing it in a partially opened condition with an article held therein;
FIG. 2 is a sectional view taken on line 2-2 of FIG. 1.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION Referring to the drawings, the laundering bag of the invention, designated generally by the reference character 10, comprises a generally flat enclosure portion 12 formed of an open-mesh fabric 14 which allows a cleaning fluid to pass through readily and clean an article 15 contained in the bag. The open character of the fabric also allows fluid vapors to escape easily during drying. Article 15 is shown in the drawings having a non-specific generalized shape. It will be understood that the article thus depicted represents any article which a user may desire to clean, such as a sock, sweater, necktie, or undergarment, and represents multiple items, such as a pair of stockings, as well.
Also, references to cleaning", laundering" and washing as used herein are intended to include drycleaning processes, wherein an organic solvent is used, as well as water-based laundering procedures.
As shown in FIG. 1, enclosure portion 12 is formed by folding an elongated sheet of mesh fabric generally along its longitudinal midline to form adjacentopposing walls 16 and 18, which are sewn together along their adjacent marginal portions to form ends 20 and 22. Upper edge portions 2d and 26 of walls 16 and 18, respectively, define an opening 27' into enclosure 12. A zipper 28 is joined to edge portions 22 and 24 by sewing to provide a releasable closure for the opening. A Velcro fastener strip may be used as a closure in place of the zipper shown in the drawings, but the latter is preferred because of the more secure closure thereby obtained.
A length of elastic cord 30 is positioned inside closure 12 adjacent and generally parallel to end 20, and attached at its opposite ends 32 and 34 to corners 36 and 38, respectively, of the enclosure. In FIG. I, cord 30 is attached by sewing it to the: fabric of the enclosure.
To use the laundering bag, zipper 28 is opened and an article 15 is draped around cord 30 and arranged in a desired position within the enclosure, as shown generally in FIG. 1. After the article is in position, the zipper is closed and the article, now securely positioned in the laundering bag, is washed, dried, and if desired, stored without removing it from the bag. Elastic cord 30 serves to hold the article in a desired predetermined position during the cleaning process.
Thus, an item can be conveniently draped over cord 30 and arranged in a wrinkle-free position within enclosure 12, and after washing and drying the item will be in substantially the same position, ready for storage.
Although the dimensions of the laundering bag are not critical, they preferably are chosen with regard to the size of the article to be cleaned, so that the article will be confined within a limited space in the bag. With such the case, the walls of the enclosure will aid in retaining the article in position during cleaning. For example, a bag suitable for cleaning a pair of men's socks may have a width of about four inches and a length of about twelve inches.
The materials used in the construction of the bag are likewise not critical, it being recognized, however, that they should be chosen to withstand the soaps, detergents, and solvents employed in conventional cleaning I processes, as well as the elevated temperatures used during the drying process.
There is thus provided a laundering bag which permits an article to be placed therein in a predetermined position, and to be subsequently washed, dried, and stored without removing it from the bag.
Although a preferred embodiment has been described herein, it is understood that variations and modifications are possible without departing from the spirit of the invention. For example, a laundering bag could be provided with multiple article-holding cords. Other modifications will occur to the skilled worker and are deemed to be included within the scope of the invention.
It is claimed and desired to secure by letters patent:
l. A laundering bag comprising a mesh fabric enclosure having an opening therein,
closure means joined to said enclosure for releasably closing said opening, and
retaining means fastened within said enclosure for retaining an article substantially in a predetermined position in said enclosure during laundering.
2. The bag of claim 1, wherein said retaining means comprises an elongated element having its opposite closing said opening, and
retaining means fastened within said enclosure comprising an elongated element lying generally along an inner edge thereof, and having its opposite ends joined to said enclosure at spaced-apart points.
6. The bag of claim 5, wherein said elongated element is elastic.
7. In a laundering bag, the improvement comprising:
means for retaining an article substantially in a predetermined position in said bag during laundering comprising an elongated element within said bag having its opposite ends joined to the bag at spaced-apart points.
8. The improvement of claim 7, wherein said bag comprises an elongated, generally flat enclosure, and said element lies generally along an inner edge thereof.
9. The improvement of claim 7, wherein said elongated element is elastic.
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|U.S. Classification||68/213, 68/235.00R|