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Publication numberUS3830198 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 20, 1974
Filing dateFeb 21, 1973
Priority dateOct 27, 1967
Publication numberUS 3830198 A, US 3830198A, US-A-3830198, US3830198 A, US3830198A
InventorsBoone P
Original AssigneeBoone P
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Device for providing treated sheet-like materials
US 3830198 A
A device comprising a mounting component and carried thereby a plurality of sheet-like components each having an associated treating substance such as an encapsulated liquid. The mounting component is particularly adapted to combination with a conventional toilet-tissue dispenser to provide supplemental sheet material for use therewith. The mounting component is configured to support the sheet-like components only at areas of non-encapsulation to inhibit development of forces to fracture the encapsulating structure.
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United States Patent [19 Boone Aug. 20, 1974 1 1 DEVICE FOR PROVIDING TREATED SHEET-LIKE MATERIALS [76] Inventor: Philip Boone, 15 Fenwick Rd.,

Winchester, Mass. 01890 [22] Filed: Feb. 21, 1973 [21] Appl. No.: 334,309

Related U.S. Application Data [63] Continuation-impart of Ser. No. 257,745, May 30, 1972, abandoned, and a continuation-in-part of Ser. Nos. 48,916, June 18, 1970, Pat. No. 3,707,945, and Ser. No. Continuation of Ser. No. 678,600, Oct. 27, 1967, abandoned, Continuation-in-part of Ser. No. 238,578, March 27, 1972, Pat. No. 3,744,448.

[52] U.S. Cl 118/506, 211/119, 242/553, 248/317 [51] Int. Cl. B05c 1l/12 [58] Field of Search 118/506, 37, 40-43; 211/219; 242/553, 55.53; 401/132 [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,101,924 6/1914 Hamilton 242/5553 Sevenich 242/5553 2,726,825 12/1955 Ziskin et al. 242/553 2,790,608 4/1957 Sieven 242/553 3,049,310 8/1962 Wolfe 242/553 3,250,202 5/1966 Gold et al. 95/89 3,281,032 10/1966 Solomon 242/553 X 3,472,675 10/1969 Gordon et al..... 401/132 X 3,640,629 2/1972 Geiser 401/132 Primary Examiner-Morris Kaplan [57] ABSTRACT A device comprising a mounting component and carried thereby a plurality of sheet-like components each having an associated treating substance such as an encapsulated liquid. The mounting component is particularly adapted to combination with a conventional toilet-tissue dispenser to provide supplemental sheet material for use therewith. The mounting component is configured to support the sheet-like components only at areas of non-encapsulation to inhibit development of forces to fracture the encapsulating structure.

17 Claims, 17 Drawing Figures DEVICE FOR PROVIDING TREATED SHEET-LIKE MATERIALS The present invention is a continuation-in-part of my copending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 257,745 filed May 30, I972, now abandoned; of U.S. Pat. application Ser. No. 48,916 now U.S. Pat. No. 3,707,945 filed June 18, 1970 as a continuation of U.S. Pat. application Ser. No. 678,600 filed Oct. 27, 1967 and now abandoned. It is also a continuation-in-part of my copending U.S. Pat. application Ser. No. 238,578 filed Mar. 27, 1972, now U.S. Pat. No. 3,744,448.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The subject invention is primarily concerned with the field of healthcare, namely, with making available in the form of compact, inexpensive and disposable means a plurality of treated sheets, pads, sponges, swabs or the like for cleansing, sanitation, medical or other purposes. The invention makes it unnecessary to use both hands or to fumble in attempting to tear open parts to gain access to a product of the type contemplated. Nor can surfaces of the mounting component become contaminated by the treating substance employed. A more complete sterility of the functional components than is possible in comparable devices is believed to be possible.

In a principal application, especially as an auxiliary attachment, the device of the present invention serves as an adjunct to toilet-tissue dispensing means to enable a more complete cleansing of bodily surfaces. It may serve hospital needs in conjunction with surgery or other treatment as, for example, in emergencies where time and convenience are important factors.

The device comprises a mounting component, in housing or 'roller form, including means cooperating with means of a plurality of sheet-like components of the device each, in the preferred example, having an encapsulated, hermetically-sealed treating substance such as a liquid associated therewith. When the sheetlike components are compressed, as described herein, the substance is delivered to areas of the components in a controlled manner.

A basic liquid carried by the capsules may, for example, be largely a distilled sterile water, water and alcohol, or water, alcohol and an emollient such as lanolin. Where serving primarily as a refreshant a so-called fragrance may be included. Other possibleingredients comprise a humectant, e.g., glycerine or propylene glycol, an appropriate antiseptic or germicidal substance, or a bacteriostat, a mineral oil, an emulsifying agent and a stabilizing agent. While a liquid as, for example, a liquid having a sterilizing property may be considered as having a principal application as a treating agent, the substance may be in the form 'of a powder, a salve, a cream or the like. The capsules may be formed of any suitable material as, for example, of polyethylene, polyvinyl butyral, polyvinyl chloride, polyvinyl acetal, etc.

The mounting component may be composed of a I adapted to be thrown away when its contents are exhausted.

In accordance with the foregoing considerations, objects of the invention are to provide treated and untreated sheet materials, optionally; to provide wetted sheet materials as supplements to a dry toilet tissue; to provide a device supplying wetted sheet materials as an auxiliary attachment for a conventional toilet-tissue dispenser; to provide a device supplying wetted sheet materials as an integral component of a toilet-tissue dispenser; to provide a device of the character described which is adapted to convenient single-handed usage; to provide a device wherein sheet-material components are maintained in a sterile condition; and to provide a device in which principal components are relatively inexpensive.

Other object of the invention will in part be obvious and will in part appear hereinafter.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING The novel features which are considered to be characteristic of the invention are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. The invention, however, both as to its organization and its method of operation will best be understood from the following description when read in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein like numbers have been employed in the different figures to denote the same parts and wherein:

FIG. 1 is a diagrammatic side elevation view, partly in section, of a plurality of sheet-like components positioned in a suitable mounting component or housing;

FIG. 2 is a diagrammatic front elevation view of the mounting component of FIG. 1 with means for releasable attachment to a toilet-tissue dispenser;

FIG. 2a is an elevation view, partly in section, of an intermediate mounting component for a magazine or container.

FIG. 3 is a plan view of one type of usable sheet-like component.

FIG. 4 is a fragmentary plan view of another type of sheet-like component;

FIG. 5 is a side view of a composite sheet component;

FIG. 6 is a side view of an arm member attached to a stub-shaft of a toilet-tissue mounting spindle;

FIG. 7 is a front view of the elements of FIG. 6;

FIG. 8 is a diagrammatic side elevation view, partly in section, illustrating an interleaved arrangement of sheet-like components;

FIG. 9 is a diagrammatic side elevation view, partly in section, of another modification of the mounting and sheet-like components in positional relation;

FIG. 9a is a side view of another type component including means to facilitate evacuation of the capsule.

FIG. 10 is a diagrammatic perspective view of a toilet-tissue dispenser with a mounting component of the invention fastened thereto as an attachment and with sheet-like components in roll form mounted on the mounting component;

FIG. 11 is a diagrammatic fragmentary perspective view similar to FIG. 10 but with the mounting component an integral part of the dispenser;

FIG. 12 is a perspective view of means for relieving compression of sheet-like components of the invention when mounted in roll form;

FIG. 13 is a fragmentary perspective view of keying means carried, respectively, by a core on which a roll of sheet-like components is mounted and a spindle on which the core is mounted.

FIG. 14 is a diagrammatic perspective view of a yokelike element for mounting sheet materials of the invention and for attachment to a toilet-tissue dispenser; and

FIG. is a fragmentary side view of a modification of the attaching means of FIGS. 6 and 7.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION In FIG. 1 there is shown one embodiment of the device of the invention comprising a generally rectangular mounting or magazine component 10 having a plurality of sheet-like components 12 mounted therein. The magazine 10 includes side walls 14 and 16, rear wall 18, bottom wall 20, upper wall 22 and front wall 24. A transverse slot-like aperture 26 formed in front wall 24 extends substantially thereacross.

The sheet-like components 12 are of a type having one or more, and preferably a plurality, of minute, pressure-rupturable capsules distributed predeterminedly throughout at least a surface thereof. In a preferred example the capsules contain a-liquid of a category previously described and the sheet-like component may be termed self-wetting. Sheet materials having hermetically-sealed liquid-containing capsules of the type contemplated are schematically illustrated in FIGS. 3, 4 and 5. The sheet-like component 28 of FIG. 3 may be assumed to be composed of one or more layers of a paper or like material having a given wet strength one of which layers or a surface of which may be substantially impervious to the capsule-contained liquid when released and one or more surfaces or layers of which is permeable thereto. The liquid-enclosing semi-cylindrical capsule portions 30 have a thinned or otherwise weakened linear area 32 adapted to fracture and release of the liquid when the component is sufficiently compressed. Marginal portion 34 may be devoid of the capsules as well as portion 35 which may be considered a leader or draw-tab area.

The sheet-like component 36 of FIG. 4 includes a plurality of minute liquid-containing capsules 38 of a somewhat different form also subject to release of their liquid contents under an applied compression. In the multiple-sheet component 40 of FIG. 5, a layer 42 bearing the embedded liquid-containing capsules 44 is enclosed between the preferably, but not necessarily, liquid-permeable sheet 46 and the liquid-impervious sheet 48. A wide choice of absorptive or nonabsorptive sheet components is possible depending upon intended usage. A further example contemplates a single liquid-containing cavity exclusive of marginal areas the sealing element of which includesweakened portions for release of the liquid. Any other suitable self-wetting sheet may be employed as a component of the subject invention. Capsules and sheet strutures of types contemplated are further described in US. Pat. Nos. 2,980,941 and 3,472,675.

Constructions rendering the capsules dissolvable or separable from their carrying sheet for facilitating their disposal as, for example, when flushed in a toilet bowl are contemplated. In a multisheet or multilayer structure, the component bearing the capsules may be rendered separable from a contiguous layer after compression has been undergone and the liquid released. The exhausted capsule-bearing layer may then be disposed of in a waste receptacle, the contiguous layer constituting the sheet used.

Further referring to a composite material of a type exemplified by FIG. 5, the layer 48 may, for instance, be composed of or include a material such as polyvinyl chloride or be composed of a paper coated or impregnated with a suitable polymeric substance. The layer 46 may be composed of a suitably absorbent material such as a non-woven fabric of organic or synthetic fibers, a cellular polyurethane resin or any material adapted to ultimate use. The permeability of a layer in terms of time may be controlled by such factors as the compactness of its structure, its thickness, the materials employed, by the characteristics of the liquid, e.g., its viscosity, etc. Thus, a time-delay may be provided such .that the liquid may not reach a given surface area until the component to be utilized has been withdrawn through the exit aperture 26.

Again referring to FIG. 1, the sheet-like component 12 includes the draw-tab 35 for easily withdrawing the component in a single-handed operation through aperture 26. When the first or lowermost of the components is thus withdrawn, the folded-over draw-tab 35 of the second or next-above component, being releasablybonded, that is lightly tacked, to the first-mentioned draw-tab at 50, is drawn, automatically, through the aperture 26, the tacked together areas then separating. However, the second of the sheet-like components 12, by reason of the small transversely-extending protuberance or bead 52, is held against passing through aperture 26 through contact of the head with the front wall 24 until the first component has been removed. To enable the foregoing operation, the vertical spacing of aperture 26 is approximately or very slightly greater than twice the thickness of the sheet-like component and the bead or rib 52 is approximately equal to said thickness. The components 12 are biased toward exit aperture 12 by gravity or by a pressure-plate 54 urged by the resilient biasing means 56. The plate 54 may include, advantageously, extended marginal portions 54a which are adapted to contact only the marginal non-capsulebearing portions of the sheet-like component. A similar pressure-plate may be used with the structure of FIG. 9.

In relation to the subject invention, it may be assumed that a contained liquid is of a type previously mentioned or suggested by inference and suitable for uses referenced. The liquid is to be assumed, in general, as released following withdrawal of the sheet-like component by pressing or rubbing it against a surface area to be treated or first against an intermediate firm surface such as the back of the hand or a plate element to be described below. A structure to avoid any undue compression at the aperture 26 may be desirable. Such a construction is shown in the magazine or housing 58 of FIG. 2 wherein the sheet-like component 12 is supported at non-capsule bearing marginal surfaces 34 by the steps or flanges 60. The central surface area 20a of the cartridge lower wall is recessed, effectually, thereby to relieve pressure on that portion of the sheet-like component 12 bearing the frangible capsules. The recessed area 20a may include a resilient gasket 62 to prevent entrance of any unwanted substance into the magazine. The addition of raised strips along the margins of component 12 would accomplish a similar result.

The arms 64 of FIG. 2 represent means adapted to incorporation with any of the housing components of the invention, namely, those of FIGS. 1, 8 and 9. They include slotted, hooked or circular extremities 64a (64b, 64c) shown in greater detail in FIGS. 6, 7, 14 and 15 and adapted to releasably engage spindle endportions such as the stub-shafts of a toilet-tissue dispenser spindle whereby the housing may be installed or removed rapidly as an attachment. Without the arms 64, the mounting component or housing may be mounted on a wall, as by bracket means not shown, or it may be incorporated with a toilet-tissue dispenser as an integral component thereof. In FIGS. 6 and 7 the use of the device as an attachment is exemplified. The arms 64 are in releasable engagement with the stub-shafts 66 of a toilet-tissue supporting spindle 68, the latter preferably being of a two-sectional spring-biased type maintaining the stub-shafts in the recesses 70 of the posts or arms 72 of the toilet-tissue fixture and exerting a holding influence on the arms 64.

In FIG. 2a a compartment 65 incorporates the attaching arms 64, above described. It constitutes an intermediate mounting component adapted to accept the mounting component of FIG. 2 (minus arms 64), those of FIGS. 1, 8 or 9, or any other toilet accessory suitable for use adjacent to a toilet-tissue dispenser, including a container releasably holding pre-wetted sheets for a cleansing purpose, an example of which is shown in my US. Pat. No. 3,744,448, directed to Means To Dispense Sterile Sheet-Like Components.

A plurality of sheet-like components of a type generally similar to any of those of FIGS. 3, 4 and 5 are shown in interleaved relation in a mounting component or housing 76 in FIG. 8. Withdrawal of a first sheet automatically brings the leading portion of the next sheet through the aperture 78. This embodiment may include, to advantage, pressurerelieving features similar to those of FIG. 2 at the exit aperture whereby a central area 80 of the lower wall forming aperture 78 is recessed slightly to prevent an inadvertent rupture of the capsules. A resilient strip 82 of a sponge rubber orthe like provides a seal at the aperture 78. Sheets 74 could have a plurality of non-liquid-carrying or conventional sheets interposed therebetween at predetermined intervals to provide a self-sufficient unit.

FIG. 9 illustrates an embodiment wherein the mounting component or housing 84 contains a plurality of sheet-like components 86. Each component 86 includes a frangible capsule 88 releasably containing a substance, e.g., a liquid of a type previously described, for ejection through a nozzle 90 thereof and between the sheets 92 and 94 when the capsule is compressed. To facilitate spreading of the liquid, a lightly sealed end portion 96 is adapted to open and provide a vent responsive to compression of the capsule. The draw-tab 98 of the lowermost of the sheet-like components 86 projects from the magazine 84. The draw-tabs of the adjacent components 86 are looped in the manner shown and are lightly tacked at their extremities to the upper sheet of the next underlying component at 100. A complete closure is thus maintained at the exit aperture 102. Spacers 104 are indicated between the sheet components but the capsules, exaggerated in thickness in the drawing, may be considerably flatter in actuality and the spacers may not be required. After a sheet-like component 86 is withdrawn or partially so, the the capsule is squeezed manually to forcibly eject the liquid through'the nozzle and between the sheets 92 and 94. To permit a single-handed withdrawal and compression of the unit, the capsules would be positioned slightly forwardly of the location shown whereby both the draw-tab and capsule could be grasped by the thumb and forefinger during the withdrawal. In FIG. 9a, a pair of rigid plates 106 and 108 bonded to and extending transversely across the component 86 enable a more thorough evacuation of the capsule. These plates, preferably, may be attached to the upper and lower walls of the capsule itself, in which instance they would lie inside of the upper and lower sheets 92 and 94.

The embodiment of FIG. 10 illustrates the device of the invention in the form of an attachment 110 adapted to provide a plurality of sheets 112 which, when compressed, are in a wetted condition, as previously described. In combination with the toilet-tissue dispenser 114, on which it is releasably mounted, the attachment 112 and dispenser 114 provide both sheets 116 and sheets 112 for selective use.

The dispenser component 114 includes a semirecessed body 118 from which a pair of posts 72 (shown in FIGS. 6 and 7) extend forwardly. A roll of conventional toilet-tissue 116 is mounted on a spindle 68 which, in turn, is mounted within recess 70 of each post, asshown more clearly in FIG. 7.

The attachment 110 comprises a yoke-like frame 120 composed of a pair of the arms 64, previously described, a horizontal cross-bar 122 interconnecting the arms, a pair of positioning legs 124 extending inwardly from the arms and resting against the supporting wall 125 to which the dispenser 114 is fastened, and the flat plate 126 extending across lower portions of the arms. The upper extremities of arms 64 include the recesses 64a (FIGS. 6- and 7) which engage the stub-shaft extremities of the spindle 68. A telescoping spindle 128 has its stub-shafts 129 mounted within recesses 130 formed within arms 64 as shown. The stub-shafts are biased outwardly by the internal compression spring 131. A roll 132 of sheet material of a type such as those described relative to FIGS. 3, 4 and 5 is mounted on the spindle 128. Semi-perforations 134 and 136 permit removal of single sheets from the respective rolls. In operation, when a sheet component 112 is removed from-the roll 132 it may be pressed or rubbed, or both, directly against the surface to be treated to release the contained liquid. Or it may first be pressed against an intermediate surface such as the back of the hand or the plate 126 to release the liquid. Then in a wetted state it is adapted to be applied to the surface requiring treatment. As will be apparent, the legs 124 and the plate 126 are elements which may be modified or, at least in the case of plate 126, dispensed with without markedly impairing the function of the device. Wherein the spindle has no diminished diameter or stub-shaft at its extremities it is mounted directly in the arm recesses 130. Wherein the roll 132 is shown as of smaller diameter than roll of tissue 116, it may be of any chosen size.

In FIG. 11 an integral unit 138 is illustrated, the roll 116 being mounted between a pair of the posts 72. Roll 132 is mounted between a second pair of posts 140 (one shown). The unit 138, including the aforesaid posts. may be composed, suitably, of a plastic or ceramic material. On the other hand, the unit may be composed of a metal and the posts be differently shaped. It is to be understood that the housing components of FIGS. 1, 2, 2a, 8 and 9 may be incorporated as permanent elements of an integral unit also. In such instances the arms 64 would, of course, be dispensed with.

FIG. 12 illustrates means for relieving pressure on the capsule-containing sheet material during its removal from the roll 132. One such means is the core 142 upon which the roll of sheet material is wound, the core being provided with bearing flanges of larger diameter at each end upon which the marginal areas 34 (FIGS. 3 and 4) of the sheets are superimposed. Intermediate portions of the sheet material bearing the liquidcarrying capsules are thus relieved of compression during removal of the sheets inasmuch as they overlie the relatively recessed portion 145 of the core. Another means for avoiding an inadvertent compression of the sheet material during its removal from the roll 132 comprises the shaft 146 integral with the spindle 148 and the actuating knob 150 whereby rotation of the roll is effected instead of by drawing upon the sheet material itself. Accompanying the aforesaid structure is a detent or damping means consisting of the drum 152 having recesses 154 and the slidable post 156 biased to bear against the drum by a compression spring 158. The recesses could be omitted or limited to a single recess for establishing a correct position for removal of a sheet.

Pressure of the post or bar 156 against drum 152 provides the damping or frictional retarding effect, the spindle 148 being substantially held against free rotation even when the knob 150 is released. This permits manually turning the spindle to the correct position for removing a sheet by means of the knob, at which position the knob may be released and the sheet removed from the roll 132 as a single-handed operation, the roll being restrained against spinning by the damping means. It will be understood that the mechanism of FIG. 12 thus illustrates two distinct means for avoiding an unwanted compression of the capsules, namely, the special core formation which places compression on the non-capsule-carrying margins, and the knob means for manually rotating the spindle which eliminates the compressive force which would attend manually pulling the leading sheet against the resistance of the damping means. While both of these means are illustrated in FIG. 12, preferably'they would not both be included in the mechanism.

FIG. 13 illustrates keying means comprising a core 160 for supporting a roll 132 of the sheet material, the core having an internal diameter such as to slide snugly over a spindle 162. The core is provided with an integral, internal, generally radial stud 164 which is adapted to enter a longitudinal slot 166 formed in the spindle. Assuming the liquid-carrying sheet material to be pre-mounted on the core, this construction limits it to use with a mounting component of the invention.

In FIG. 14 there is shown a somewhat modified and simplified construction of an attachment structure 168 in the form of a double yoke composed basically of two wire components joined at 170. The upper ring portions 65b are adapted to engage the spindle parts relating to a roll of toilet-tissue. The lower ring portions 172 are adapted to mount the spindle carrying a roll of the liquid containing sheet material of the invention. It will be understood that the aforesaid ring portions may be modified to accomodate any type of spindle or core. Thus, for example, they could be in the form of a pair of inwardly-extending studs upon which a core could be mounted directly, the yoke arms having a resiliency permitting insertion of the studs in the core.

An alternative means 172 for attaching any of the sheet dispensing components of the invention to a toilet-tissue dispenser is illustrated in FIG. 15. The modified arm 64 includes the over-turned extremity 64c adapted to engage an upper surface of the post 72. An adjustable clamping member 174 engages the under surface of the post. A vertical slot 176 is formed in member 174 through which a screw or stud with a threaded end is inserted. Member 174 is thus permitted both linear and rotational movement to facilitate engagement with the post 72. A nut 180 permits tightening member 174 at correct engaging position. Other attaching means including attachment to the spindle permitting the positioning of a mounting component similar to one of the invention above the toilet-tissue dispenser instead of below the same, as shown herein, are illustrated in my copending patent applications Ser. No. 236,072 filed Mar. 20, 1972 and Ser. No. 238,578 filed Mar. 27, 1972.

The importance of engaging means of the attachment devices exemplified herein which are adapted to cooperate with spindle portions of a toilet-tissue dispenser is emphasized. Whereas the posts of a toilet-dispenser may vary in shape and present attachment problems, spindles thereof are generally uniform and attachment devices of the invention can be installed, therefore, with ease and practically instantaneously without the necessity of any modification of parts or special skills.

Wherein liquids heve been specified as contained in sheet materials herein, it is to be understood that a powder or other substance may be thus incorporated, the choice depending upon the sheet structure and the intended use. The term self-wetting is intended to cover. either case. In general, however, a liquid is the substance having the wider application, as will be apparent.

It is desirable, as previously intimated, that the minute liquid-containing capsules be held on a carrying sheet and together, assuming their contiguity, by a water-soluble adhesive whereby, when a used sheet is deposited, for example, in a toilet bowl, the exhausted capsules will separate and be flushed away readily. Assuming, for instance, the contained liquid to be principally water and the enclosing pressure-rupturable capsule to be formed of a non-water-soluble material, the capsules may, desirably, be carried by a water-disintegratable sheet and bonded thereto and together by a water-soluble substance such, for example, as polyvinyl alcohol, a gelatinous substance, etc. Wherein disposition of the capsules on the carrying sheet may present a manufacturing problem it is contemplated that they may be preformed and placed on the sheet thereafter.

It is to be considered that structures of the types shown in FIGS. 1 and 8 may also be representative of a package in which the sheet-like components may be merchandised as well as used. Thus, for example, the package may be formed of an inexpensive material such as a cardboard or plastic and used as dispenser. An openable portion would provide an exit aperture of the characteristics disclosed herein. Cover or other means, not shown, may be included to enable access to the interior.

As disclosed in my copending US. Pat. application Ser. No. 257,745, the exit aperture 26 of FIGS. 1 and 2 may be narrowed to provide compression of sheetlike components 12 thereat and release of the encapsulated thereto during their withdrawal. Also a compressive means such as a bar or a bar and a complementary compressive element could readily be added to the structure of FIGS. and 11 adjacent to the roll 132. The aperture 102 of FIG. 9 may be modified similarly to aperture 26.

It will be understood that the subject invention may be practiced or embodied in other ways without departing from the character or spirit thereof. The preferred embodiment described herein is to be regarded, therefore, as illustrative and not restrictive, the scope thereof being indicated by the appended claims and all variations which come within the meaning of the claims are intended to be embraced therein.

I claim:

1. A device providing a plurality of plain conventional sheet materials and a plurality of sheet-like components releasably carrying a treating substance, said device comprising:

a first mounting component for supplying a plurality of said conventional sheet materials;

a second mounting component;

means for mounting said second mounting component on said first mounting component;

a plurality of sheet-like components mounted on means of said second mounting component for individual removal therefrom;

a treating substance carried at restricted portions of said sheet-like components adapted to be released when said components are subjected to a given compression, said treating substance being hermetically sealed in at least one pressure-rupturable capsule integral with each said sheet-like component and adapted to release to at least one surface thereof when said component is predeterminedly compressed, said device thus providing said sheet materials and treated sheet-like components optionally; and

means identified with said means of said second mounting component supporting said sheet-like components at other portions thereof for preventing an unwanted compression of said sheet-like components which might result in an inadvertent release of said treating substance preliminary to said given compression thereof.

2. A device as defined in claim 1 wherein said treating substance is a liquid.

3. A device as defined in claim 1 wherein said first mounting component is a dispenser of toilet-tissue.

4. A device as defined in claim 3 wherein said second mounting component is releasably mounted on said toilet-tissue dispenser as an auxiliary attachment.

5. A device as defined in claim 3 wherein said second mounting component is mounted integrally with said toilet-tissue dispenser to form therewith a single unit.

6. A device as defined in claim 1 wherein said sheetlike components are in the form of a continuous roll formed of separable sheets carried on mounting means in the form of a core, the sheets being interconnected and individually removable therefrom and wherein said second mounting component includes a spindle with said core mounted thereon for rotation, said core being so formed as to constitute said means for preventing said unwanted compression of said sheet-like components.

7. A device as defined in claim 1 wherein said second mounting component is in the form of a housing; wherein said sheet-like components are stacked therein, and wherein said housing includes an exit aperture formed therein which is adapted to the individual removal of said sheet-like components.

8. A device as defined in claim 1 wherein said sheetlike components are in the form of a continuous roll carried on a rotatable core, said core comprising said means identified with said second mounting means and wherein is included means for rotating said second mounting means manually, said core of said roll being frictionally engaged with said mounting means to enable rotation of said roll by said rotating means.

9. A device as defined in claim 8 wherein said core of said roll and said rotatable mounting means include mating components of a keying means so as to control the slidable mounting of said core on said mounting means.

10. A device as defined in claim 1 wherein a compressive means for enabling said sheet-like component to be brought into compressive contact therewith is combined with means identified with said second mounting component.

11. A dispenser device as defined in claim 1 wherein said means supporting said sheet-like components to support longitudinal marginal portions of at least each leading sheet-like component to the substantial exclusion of supporting means for portions of said sheet-like component lying transversely between said marginal portions.

12. For use with said dispenser device as defined in claim 11, a plurality of sheet-like components each comprising a sheet of paper-like material, at least one frangible capsule containing a treating substancelocated in a transversely central portion of each of said sheet-like components, and longitudinal marginal portions thereof adapted to overlie said means to support which are devoid of said capsules.

13. An auxiliary dispenser device of supplemental sheet-like components, each having at least one liquid bearing rupturable capsule at a restricted portion thereof, for use as an attachment with a conventional dispenser of toilet-tissue, said device comprising:

a mounting component releasably containing a plurality of said sheet-like components;

means for removing said sheet-like components individually from said mounting component;

means identified with said mounting component supporting said sheet-like components at non-capsule containing portions and for predeterminedly relieving compression of said sheet-like components to prevent an inadvertent release of said liquid preliminary to its intended compression and resulting release of said liquid; and

means for releasably attaching said device to given portions of said dispenser of toilet-tissue.

14. A device as defined in claim 13 wherein said sheet-like components are in the form of a continuous roll carried on mounting means in the form of a specially-contoured core mounted upon said mounting component, the structure of said core providing said relief of compression and supporting means.

15. A device as defined in claim 13 wherein said sheet-like components are in the form of individual sheets stacked in said mounting component, the latter being in the form of a housing having an aperture formed therein for individual release of said sheet-like components.

16. A device as defined in claim 13 wherein said attaching means is in the form of a yoke-like element the arms of which are attached at one portion to said mounting component and at another portion are adapted to engage toilet-tissue supporting means of said dispenser.

17. A device as defined in claim 8 wherein each said sheet-like component further comprises:


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U.S. Classification118/506, 206/225, 242/560, 242/594.5, 211/119, 248/317
International ClassificationA47K10/24, A47K10/32
Cooperative ClassificationA47K10/32
European ClassificationA47K10/32
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