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Патент USA US3041660

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July 3, 1962
Filed July 13, 1959
United States Patent O?fice
Patented July 3, 1962
Likewise the width of the-slab is made slightly greater
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than the width of the holder.
Each of the projecting ends 6a and 6b are partially
severed by horizontally extending kerfs as illustrated in
George W. Jardine, 12 Lake Road, Waltham, Mass.
Filed July 13, 1959, Ser. No. 826,654
1 Claim. (Cl. 15-244)
FIG. 2, so that the end 6a can be lifted away from a bot
tom portion 6d and similarly the end 6b can be lifted
away from the corresponding bottom portion 62. Within
these separated end portions, I locate retaining cords as
This invention relates to a sponge mop and applicator
device and more particularly to the combination of a 10 10 and 12. Cord 10 is provided with a knotted end 14
and 22, and cord 12 is provided with a knotted end 16
novel holder and detachable mop element of the sponge
and 24.
member class.
These cords 10 and 12 engage around respective ends
A chief object of the invention is to provide an im
6a and 6b and are passed through respective holes 14a
proved sponge mop which is of an exceedingly compact
size and shaped so that it may be employed either as a 15 and 16a formed in the holder 2 so that the knotted ends
14 and 16 may take a position such ‘as that shown in FIG.
cleaning pad or material applicator for use on a wide
1 to anchor cords 10 and 12 in a ?xed holding position.
range of household equipment, such as ?oors, walls, fumi
In thus engaging intermediate positions of the cords
around the separated ends they are tightened and then
applicator holder which is of non-metallic composition 20 drawn snugly into curved slots 18 and 20, (FIG. 1) ‘also
formed in the holder. Knots ‘22 and 24 engage against the
throughout so that when combined with a sponge mop
top surface of the holder in respective notches 22a and
element there are no exposed metal parts to scratch ?ne
ture, bath tubs, sinks, windows, and the like.
Another object of the invention is to devise a mop or
surfaces of furniture or walls.
Still another object of the invention is to devise an
24a at the ends of slots 18 and 20 and with the cords in a
tightly drawn position, the sponge mop element is, ?rmly
improved arrangement for instantly attaching and detach 25
ing a sponge element to a holder whereby the sponge
element may be moved at will, rinsed, and squeezed out
Pull knots 26 and 28 may also be formed in the re
spective cords to facilitate tightening against the yield
ably body portion of the sponge element.
An important feature of the invention is the partially
when applying cleaning liquids, wax, and the like.
Still another object is to provide a combination holder
and cord supported sponge mop which is designed for use 30 severed end of the mop. It is pointed out that these cut
ends may be provided in any conventional slab of sponge ~
with a conventional rectangularly shaped slab of sponge
rubber of conventional shape ‘and form. These slabs may
be adapted for use by making cuts in the ends of the slab
of sponge rubber and then attaching holding cord means.
These and other objects and novel features will be more 35
commonly manufactured and sold and, therefore, by a
single cutting operation a new sponge may be provided to
take the place of a worn-out sponge. It will also be ob
served that the cords are adapted to alternately compress '
and release intermediate portions of the sponge material
in directions transversely thereof when the mop is recip
scription of preferred embodiments of the invention se
rocated against a surface thereby to facilitate handling
lected for purposes of illustration and shown in, the ac
companying drawings, in which:
of a‘ cleaning ?uid contained in the slab of sponge ma
'FIG. 1 is a plan view of my improved mop holder and 40 terial.
sponge mop assembly;
It should also be observed that by the novel slotted
end construction of the invention, both sides of this
FIG. 2 is a side elevational view partly broken away to
sponge mop body may be used, and in all positions in
more clearly indicate partially severed portions of the
sponge element, which portions are attached to the holder; . which the mop may be held and used, there are no ex
posed metal surfaces,‘ or other sharp edges exposed.
FIG. 3 is a cross section taken on the line 3-3 of
FIG. 1; and
In making the holder and cord held sponge element,
it is intended that various modi?cations may be practiced.
FIG. 4 is a prospective view of a sponge element of
For example, in place of the cord, other fastening means
the invention shown removed from the supporting holder
as straps, clamps, and the like, may be utilized. The
?at surface of the holder may be curved to conform to
Referring more in detail to the drawings, numeral 2 de
notes a mop or applicator holder member which prefer 50 hollow or concaved surfaces. Various other types of
handles may be utilized and other changes resorted to
ably consists of a thin piece of rectangularly shapedhard
in keeping with the scope of the appended. claim, in
board, Masonite, plastic, or other fairly rigid material
capable of serving as a ?rm supporting element.
A combination mop and applicator device comprising a
Attached to the holder member 2 is a handle 4 which
fully understood and appreciated from the following de
is preferably secured by means of nails or screws or other 55 relatively thin rigid holder plate having a handle extending
desired fastening means. The handle may, if desired, also
be detachably secured to allow the holder to be held sep
arately in the hand for some purposes.
In accordance with the invention, I combine with the
holder 2, a special mop element 6 which is preferably
formed of a rectangularly shaped slab of sponge rubber or
upwardly therefrom, said holder plate presenting 1a rec
tangularly shaped member having ‘side edges and two
opposite ends extending between the side edges, and elon
gated slab of sponge material located against the under
side of the rigid plate and presenting slab ends which
project beyond the ends of the holder to provide an un
supported protective marginal thickness of sponge mate
rial extending slightly beyond the ends of the holder
similar substance. The length of the slab is chosen such
that it appreciably exceeds the length of the holder 2, as
shown in FIG. 1, to form projecting ends 6a and 6b. 65 plate in parallel relationship therewith, said slab being
formed at two opposite ends thereof with cord retaining
slots extending medially inwardly of the slab to underlie respective ends of the rigid'holder plate, said holder plate
' facilitate handling of a cleaning ?uid contained in the
slab of sponge material.
further being formed with oppositely disposed sets of
notches which occur immediately above the lines of
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
‘ termination of respective underlying slots in the slab and
knotted cord elements detachably engaged in the said
notches and extending around the slab sides and through
the said slots for vremovably receiving the slab against
the rigid plate, said cords adapted to alternately com
press and release portions of the sponge material adjacent
the ends in directions transversely of the sponge when
the mop is reciprocated against a surface thereby to
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