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July ‘23, 1963
R. DE GREGORIO
3,098,256
LIQUID DISPENSER OR APPLICATOR
Filed May 26, 1961
4 Sheets-Sheet 1
INVENTOR.
BY
July 23, 1963
R. DE GREGORIO
3,098,256
LIQUID DISPENSER OR APPLICATOR
Filed May 26, 1961
4 Sheets-Sheet 2
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IN VEN TOR.
July 23, 1963
R. DE GREGORIO
3,098,256
LIQUID DISPENSER OR APPLICATOR
Filed May 26, 1961
4 Sheets-Sheet 3
BY
July 23, 1963
R. DE GREGORIO
3,098,256
LIQUID‘ DISPENSER OR APPLICATOR
Filed May 26, 1961
4 Sheets-Sheet 4
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Patented July 23, 1963
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FIGURE 8 is a top view of another modi?cation of the
invention.
LIQUID DISPENSER 0R APPLICATOR
Richard De Gregorio, 143 W. 3rd St, Reno, Nev.
Filed May 26, 1961, Ser. No. 112,832
4 Claims. (Cl. 15-565)
FIGURE 9 is an end view of FIGURE 8.
Referring now to the drawings, the invention is shown
in an embodiment for use in applying liquid ‘wax to a ?oor
or other surface.
‘It is to be understood that this dispenser
This invention relates to a liquid dispenser or applicator
may be used for other purposes, and the user may use
and more particularly to a dispenser for applying wax to
other liquids. In general, the liquid dispenser or appli
cator comprises a hand-1e 8, a liquid dispensing applicator
For many years wax manufacturers and janitorial sup 10 9, each releasably aiiixed to a conventional container ‘10
ply manufacturers have attempted to provide a liquid Wax
so that liquid ?ows from a container 10' to the applicator
dispenser ‘that would solve the housewife’s waxing problem
9 in a precontrolled manner and through manipulation
in a simple, economic manner. Many mops and dis
of the handle 8, the assembled unit may be moved rela
a surface such as a ?oor or the like.
pensers have been devised but none seem to solve the
tive to the ?oor to apply a uniform ‘coating of wax on the
problem. Some mops have been too complicated to op 15 ?oor.
erate, others too heavy to manipulate, and in still others
As shown, the container or can 10 has a generally rec
tangular cross-section comprising a top 11, a bottom 12,
the flow of wax, or liquid, is not uniform. In most in
stances the dispensing unit is too expensive.
sides 13 and 14, a front 16 and a back 17. A bottom edge
Accordingly, an object of this invention is the provision
18 and a top edge .19 are of conventional beaded construc
of a liquid dispenser that uses a conventional container 20 tion, this construction being the result of rolling over the
edges of the can to insure a tight ?t of the assembled
and by association of simple parts with the container con
verts the container to a liquid dispenser capable of spread
components forming the can. The top 11 of the can is
provided with an opening 20 formed by a threaded ?ange
ing the liquid over a preselected surface with a minimum
21 secured to the top 11 as by welding and providing com
of effort.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a 25 munication with the interior ‘of the container 10 to form
liquid dispenser that is so inexpensive to produce that liq
a pouring spout; a cap 22 of conventional construction is
engageable with the threaded ?ange to provide a remov
uid wax maufacturers may ‘give the component units of
the dispenser to the purchaser when the purchaser buys
able closure for the container '10.
For simplicity of construction in this embodiment, the
a can of wax.
handle 8 is formed by an elongated member adapted to
Another object of the invention is the provision of a
be releasably secured to the container 10. As shown, this
dispenser that is easy to use; and consequently, a person
is accomplished by attaching the cap .22 to the end of the
of almost any age can use it without any special instruc
handle 8 so that the threaded skirt portion of cap 22 is
tion.
engageable with the threaded ?ange 21. One effective
Another object of the invention is the provision of a liq
uid dispenser that eliminates the use of rags which is 35 way of positively securing the cap 22 to the handle 8 is
by a screw 26 threaded through an opening in the cap
an inherent ?re danger, particularly when the latter are
22 and into the end of the handle 8 as shown in FIGURE
stored.
1. Washers 25 and 30 may be disposed between the head
Another object of the invention is the provision of a dis
of the screw 26 and between the top of the cap 22 and the
penser in which there is a complete product control.
end of the handle 8 as shown. The handle ‘8 is sufficiently
Another object of the invention is the provision of a
long so that when the applicator 9 of the dispensing unit is
liquid wax dispenser that is positive in its action, that is
on the ?oor, the user may stand in an upright position,
relatively light and may be readily stored and that is
with the dispenser in front of and spaced slightly from the
readily manipulated with a minimum of effort.
user. When the handle 8 is attached to the can 10, the
Another object of the invention is the provision of a
liquid dispenser that does not require the transfer of liquid 45 handle 8 and the can 10 are preferably inclined at an
angle to the pad 9 so as to provide for ease of the operator
to be dispensed from a container to the dispenser.
in the use of the dispenser. The handle 8 may be formed
Another object of the invention is the provision of a
of any suitable material such as metal, plastic, wood, or
liquid wax dispenser wherein the user does not have to
the like. ‘It is readily seen that with this construction
manually touch the wax in any way.
the handle 8 may be secured and removed from the con
Another object of the invention is the provision of a
tainer :10 in a simple, easy manner.
liquid wax dispenser that is comprised of components that
may be quickly and easily assembled with a conventional
The applicator 9, as shown in FIGURES 1 and 3, in
wax container to provide a liquid wax dispensing unit.
cludes a body 31 to which is attached a piece of wool pad
Other objects and advantages of the invention will be
32, or the like, to provide a good liquid dispensing surface
come more apparent upon reference to the accompanying 55 that will not scratch the surface upon which the wax is
being placed, means 33 capable of acting between the body
31 and the container 10 for releasably securing the appli
liquid dispenser or applicator.
cator 9 to the container and provision for effecting a flow
of liquid from the container .10 to the applicator 9. The
FIGURE 2 ‘is a fragmentary side view of the compo
nents shown in FIGURE 1 as they are being assembled to 60 body 311 in this instance has a ‘generally rectangular shape
form the liquid dispenser.
having an upper surface and a lower surface and is ‘formed
from thin material having some resiliency yet capable of
FIGURE 3 is a top view of a pad of the dispenser in
maintaining a predetermined shape. The size and shape
association with a can of liquid and showing details of
of the body may vary as required. The pad 32 may be
construction.
FIGURE 4 is a top view of a modi?cation of the in 65 attached to the bottom or lower surface of the body 31 by
any suitable adherent.
vention.
drawings in which:
FIGURE 1 is a side view showing one embodiment of a
FIGURE 5 is an end view of FIGURE 4 with the dis
penser in association with a can.
Provision is made for quickly attaching and removing
the applicator 9 to and ‘from the container '10.
In this
instance an edge ‘36 of the body 31 is folded or arched
invention.
70 back on itself so that in cross-section it has the appearance
of the letter C as shown in FIGURES 1 and 2. Thus, as
FIGURE 7 is an end view of FIGURE 6 with the dis
shown, the edge or lip 36 overlies the body 31 and is in
penser in association with a can.
FIGURE 6 is a top view of another modi?cation of the
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spaced relation to the body 31. The edge 36 is shaped so
that it is engageable with the bead of the container 10
and co-acts with the body 31 to secure the applicator 9 to
the container ‘10.
Any suitable means may be utilized for effecting limited
?ow of liquid from the container 10 to the applicator 9.
Herein the ?ow of liquid is effected by passageways 43
in bosses 41 on the upper surface of the body 31 shaped
It is also readily apparent that this liquid dispenser is
of very simple construction and may be readily assem-i
bled and disassembled. It is also seen that the cost of
the components is very small and that a liquid wax man
ufacturer can readily manufacture the various compo‘
nents and give them away as an inducement to buy a can
of wax.
It can be seen that the applicator 9 may also be used
to project into openings 42 in the bottom 12 of the con
as a top or cap or stopper for the can 10. This is ac
tainer 10. As can be seen in FIGURES 1 and 3, I have 10 complished by simply inserting the bosses 41 which are
shown the applicator 9 with three bosses 41 adapted to be
generally cork shaped, into the openings 42 without en~
inserted respectively in the openings 42 in the container
gaging the lip 36 with the head on the can. In this posi
‘10. It is to be understood that the number of bosses
tion of the applicator 9 the bosses are thrust tightly into
and openings may vary. Each boss 41 is provided with
the openings such that each passageway 43 is completely
a central passageway 43 arranged so that liquid may ?ow 15 Within the can 10 and an air tight storage chamber is
from the container '10 by gravity to the upper surface of
formed because the bosses 41 ?t snugly with the edges
the body 31 through a slot 44 (see arrows in FIGURE 1')
of the openings 42.
in the body 31 to the liquid dispensing surface 32. As
As shown in FIGURES 4 and 5, the pad is formed by
best seen in FIGURES 1 and 3, the bosses 41 have a gen
pressing the parts from a piece of metal. In general
erally truncated, conoidal shape, the top of each boss 41
the pad includes a body 41 and a wool surface piece 42
being of a diameter smaller than the base of the boss 41
attached to the body 41 as described hereinbefore. In
and is mounted on a shoulder 46 extending lengthwise of
this embodiment the bosses 43 and the shoulder 44 are
the applicator 9, preferably adjacent the slot 44 so as to
formed by deforming the metal body. Each boss 43
direct the ?ow of liquid to the slot 44. By having the
is formed with a slot 46 on its edge as described here
bosses 41 of the shape described herein, it is readily seen 25 inbefore. The slot 45 extends lengthwise of the shoul
that a tight ?t can be made between the bosses 41 and the
der 44. The body 41 is also formed with a lip 48 which
openings 42 in the can. As shown, the passageways 43
is adapted to engage a head 49 of a can 50 in the manner
are formed in each boss 41 by a slot on the edge of each
previously described. In this instance each boss 43 is
boss extending lengthwise of the boss 41 in a direction
formed with a shoulder 55 adapted to ?t snugly against
from the top to the bottom of the boss 41. The length 30 the bottom of the can where the body 31 is secured to
of each slot 43 is such that when the boss 41 is inserted
the bottom of the can.
in the opening 42, the bottom of the slot 43 is adjacent
Another variation of the dispensing pad is shown in
the bottom .12 of the container 1-9 and permits a prede
FIGURES 6 and 7. In this instance the body is formed
termined quantity of the liquid to ?ow out of the container
from a rectangular member 60 having a piece of Wool 52
10. It is readily understood that the rate of ?ow may be
attached to one side to form a wax dispensing surface as
adjusted by providing larger or smaller slots 43.
previously described. The upper side of the body is
The openings 42 are generally predcsignated on the
formed with a shoulder 53. Projecting upwardly from
bottom of the container 10 and it is only up to the user
the shoulder 53 are bosses 54, three in this instance, for
to push out the closure of the opening.
insertion in openings in the bottom of the can 56. As
It is readily apparent from the foregoing that this
can be seen, the shoulder 53 is inclined at an angle to the
liquid dispenser may be readily used in a quick and easy
top of the body. In this instance the body is secured
manner and may be brie?y summarized as follows:
The purchaser of a can of liquid wax removes the cap
on the top of the container and threads the handle con
to the can by an adhesive member 57 mounted on the
shoulder 53 and arranged so as to effect a bond between
18 of the bottom of the can as shown in FIGURE 2.
Thereafter the user inserts the bosses until a tight ?t
exists between the bosses and the can. With the bosses
to the can in the manner previously described. In this
instance a passageway 64 in each boss 66 is formed so
as to provide direct communication between the can and
the surface piece 62. As can be seen, the end 66 of the
the body and the can. In this embodiment a central pas
taining the cap 22 in the position shown in FIGURE 1 by
sageway 59 is formed in the boss and the shoulder for
45
simple, manual movements. Thereafter, the container 10
effecting a flow of liquid from the can directly to the wool
is turned upside down, the operator knocks out the de
surface.
pressed portions in the container 10 to form the openings
The embodiment shown in FIGURES 8 and 9 is similar
42. The operator then takes the applicator 9‘ and places
to that shown in FIGURES 4 and 5 and includes a body
the applicator 9 so that the lip 36 engages the top of head
50 61, a surface piece 62 and a lip 63 for attaching the body
41 inserted in the openings 42, the ends of the slots de
?ning the passageways 43 shold be below the bottom of
boss may be pointed and sharpened so that it may be used
the can as shown in FIGURE 1 so as to permit the flow 55 to pierce the bottom of a can if desired. In this embodi
of liquid from the container 10 to the dispenser.
The op
erator then turns the container 10 over so that the pad 9
is down and the handle is in an upright position as shown
ment gaskets 67 may be disposed between a shoulder
68 on the boss and the bottom of the can.
I claim:
in FIGURE 1. The liquid will flow from the container
1. In a device for spreading liquid on a surface the
10 through the slots 43 onto the top of the body 31; the 60 combination of a container having a top, a bottom and
liquid may form a small pool on the top‘ of the body 31
an edge adjacent said bottom, said top having a ?rst open
but when sufficient liquid is on top of the body 31, the
ing into said container, said bottom having a second
liquid will flow from the slot 44 to the wool pad 32.
opening, an applicator having a liquid dispensing surface,
The slot 44 assures the operator that the wax will be
uniformly applied to the pad 32. By simple manipula 65 an upper surface and a passage effecting communication
tion the applicator may be moved relative to the ?oor so
that the wax will be uniformly applied to the floor. It is
between the upper surface and the liquid dispensing sur
face, a boss mounted on said upper surface shaped to
?t snugly in said opening in the bottom of said container,
said boss having an opening whereby ?uid in said con
not have to walk on the waxed surface.
70 tainer may flow to the upper surface of said applicator,
means acting between said applicator and said edge to
As shown, the applicator 9 is completely washable and,
as a matter of fact, should be washed or rinsed after each
secure said applicator to said container, ‘a handle, manu
use by rinsing or dipping in water. If the applicator 9
ally operable means for quickly securing and releasing
is not washed, the wool will dry hard and will become use
said handle to said container, said handle when secured
less after a short period of time.
75 to said container being arranged whereby manipulation of
readily apparent that with this dispenser, the operator may
in effect pull the applicator towards him so that he does
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said handle permits the applicator to be moved relative
to said surface and liquid in said container is thereby
spread uniformly over said surface.
2. In a device for spreading liquid on a surface the
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the handle may move said applicator relative to the sur
face to spread liquid over a surface as desired.
4. In a device for spreading liquid on a surface the
combination of a container having a top, a bottom and a
beaded edge adjacent said bottom, said bottom being ar
ranged so that an opening may be formed thereon, a
a beaded edge adjacent said bottom, said top having a
threaded ?ange on said top, said top having an opening
?ange de?ning an opening into said container, said bot—
in communication with the container, a handle, a threaded
tom having a second opening, an applicator having a
cap secured to said handle and engageable with said
liquid dispensing surface, an upper surface and an open
passage between the upper surface and liquid dispensing 10 ?ange to secure the handle to the container, an applicator
for dispensing liquid having an upper portion, a bottom
surface, a body mounted on said upper surface shaped to
portion and means formed in said body for effecting com
?t snugly in said opening in the bottom of said con
mnuication between the upper and bottom portions, said
tainer, said body having an opening whereby ?uid in
bottom portion being shaped to spread said liquid on said
said container may flow to the upper surface of said
applicator, resilient means acting between said applicator 15 surface, a body mounted on said applicator and shaped
to ?t in an opening formed on the bottom of said con
and container to secure said applicator to said container,
tainer, said body having an opening so that when said
a handle, means acting between said handle and said
body penetrates the opening in the bottom of the contain
?ange to secure said handle to said container whereby
er the opening in the body is in communication with the
manipulation of said handle permits the applicator to be
moved relative to said surface, and liquid in said container 20 container and the liquid therein may flow to said pad,
said upper portion being formed from resilient mate
is thereby spread uniformly over said surface.
rial and having a lip portion preformed to be in spaced
3. The combination of a container for containing liquid
relation to the upper portion, the spacing between the
to be dispensed, said container having a top, a bottom and
upper portion and said lip portion being such that when
beaded edge, said bottom having at least one opening ad
said applicator is adjacent the container so that the
jacent said beaded edge, an applicator shaped to spread
combination of a container having a top, a bottom and
said liquid on a surface, means mounted on said applica
tor insertable in said opening having a small passageway
to permit ‘a limited ?ow of liquid from said container to
said applicator, biased means mounted on said applicator
co-acting with said beaded edge for securing said pad to
said container, a handle, and means co-acting with said
container and handle for securing said handle to said
container whereby a user through manual efforts applied to
body penetrates said opening in the container said lip
portion engages the beaded edge on the container to
securely hold said applicator on said container.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
2,551,220
2,799,880
Ploner ______________ __ May 1, 1951
Zahn ________________ __ July 23, 1957
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