Title:
Applicator for liquids
United States Patent 2002598


Abstract:
This invention pertains to a combined con- pc taner and applicator for liquids, the applicator tl being of a special form and construction. a Primarily, the applicator is designed to be employed in conjunction with a container or reser- ai voir for liquids, such for instance as water con- t...



Inventors:
Wood Jr., Allen Howland
Application Number:
US71002234A
Publication Date:
05/28/1935
Filing Date:
02/06/1934
Assignee:
C M KIMBALL CO
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47L1/08
View Patent Images:



Description:

This invention pertains to a combined con- pc taner and applicator for liquids, the applicator tl being of a special form and construction. a Primarily, the applicator is designed to be employed in conjunction with a container or reser- ai voir for liquids, such for instance as water con- t taining an abrasive in suspension and employed t for window cleaning purposes, the device or struc- b: ture having a head which, by reason of its con- n struction, serves as a ready means for applying e: the liquid to the surface to be cleaned and likewise serves as a closure for the container which s will normally preclude outpouring and evapora- I tion of the liquid. c 15. Moreover, the construction is such that the head may be screwed in place on the container or t reservoir upon removal of the usual screw cap c commonly employed to close a container of the s type hereinafter described. r In the drawing:Figure 1 is a side elevation of a can or container i with the head of my invention positioned thereon; Fig. 2, a similar view with the head shown in vertical section, and illustrating the manner in which it is secured to the upper screw-threaded end of the container; Fig. 3, a sectional plan view looking at the upper or outer face of the applicator or head; and Fig. 4, a bottom plan view thereof.

It will be appreciated, of course, that the container may be formed of any suitable material, but preferably it will be of sheet metal, or in other words a can, as !, having a top 2 terminating at its upper end in a screw-threaded extension 3. See more particularly Fig. 2.

The can or receptacle, prior to the placement of the head or applicator thereon, is normally closed by the usual screw cap, the cap not being shown as it forms no part of the present invention. Upon removal of the cap, the head or applicator is screwed upon the threaded section 3, as shown in Fig. 2.

In the form illustrated, the head or applicator has embedded in the lower circular portion 4 thereof, a threaded sleeve 5 designed to be screwed onto the threaded extension 3, thus securing the applicator or sprinkler head in place with reference to the can.

It is desirable to have the head present a surface through which the liquid may pass outwardly, materially larger than the can or receptacle opening, and, consequently, the body of the head is given an outwardly flaring formation.

In the instant case, the body of the head is oblong in outline and is formed by oppositely disosed side walls 6 and I and end walls 8 and 9, ie latter inclining outwardly to a greater extent s compared to the side walls.

At their upper ends all of the walls merge into n upstanding wall 10, and extending inwardly lerefrom and at substantially right angles thereo is a continuous flange-like element denoted y 11. The flange is of such extent or measurelent as to produce an opening 12, preferably longated, as seen in Figs. 3 and 4. The head or those parts thereof so far decribed, will preferably be formed of rubber nolded to form, with the threaded sleeve 5 seurely held within the member or collar 4.

To secure an even outflow and distribution of he liquid content of the receptacle, there is seured to the outer face of the flange 1 I, by a suitbble cement or otherwise, a block or pad of sponge ubber, or other porous material, such for intance as felt, designated by 13. A portion of the nner face of the block overlies the opening 12 and, hence, as the receptacle is turned from the vertical, the liquid within the receptacle, be it a plain liquid or one containing an abrasive, will pass through said opening and into and through the interstices within the body or block 13.

By reason of the fact that the interstices communicate with each other to a greater or less extent, the liquid will pass to the entire exposed surface of the block or pad. Furthermore, by having the opening 12 elongated to conform to the shape of the block 13, a substantially even distribution of the liquid through and from the block is had.

By the use of the applicator one may readily apply the contents of the container to a windowpane or the like, and if the water contain an abrasive in suspension, allow the same to frost.

The window may then be readily wiped off with a dry cloth, leaving the glass clean and brilliant. Several advantages in particular may be adverted to: First, when once affixed to the container or receptacle the head may be allowed to remain in place, and the necessity of removing it and again applying the screw cap is avoided; and Second, by forming the walls of the head of a good quality of rubber, the pad may be placed squarely against the surface to be cleaned and the rear end of the container tilted upwardly. The inside of, the head and particularly the space between flange 1 I and the cooperating flared walls forms a reservoir in which liquid collects and from which it may overflow through opening 12 and pad 13 when the container is held in sub- 65 stantially a horizontal position or is tilted up. wardly. Thus, when the level of the liquid within the container becomes low, the flexibility oJ the walls, and more particularly the long side walls, permits the action just described without collapsing or distorting the body to such an extent as to preclude the flow of the liquid from the receptacle through the opening 12 and to the pad 13. When the head is removed from contact with the surface, the structure will assume its normal shape. Consequently, the applicator may function in a variety of positions and is well adapted to the application of liquid to a vertical surface, such as a window pane, windshield, or the like. Again, in the case of irregular surfaces which are to be cleaned and to which the pad (3 may not be conveniently applied, the head may be removed and a small quantity of the liquid poured upon a cloth, preferably damp, for application to such surface. The head will, of course, thereafter be replaced upon the receptacle to function in its usual manner.

What is claimed is: 1. A frictional applicator head for liquid containers, comprising a hollow molded rubber structure having a neck constructed and arranged for attachment to the open end of a container; a flexible flared body of materially greater cross sectional area than said neck and terminating in an enlarged portion surrounded by a laterally and inwardly extending flage, said flange cooperating with said flared body to form a liquid-retaining reservoir when the container is held in a substantially horizontal position; and a broad flat sponge rubber portion of substantially the same dimensions as the enlarged portion of the flared body, said sponge rubber portion being in contact with and secured to said flange and covering the open- ing formed by the inner marginal portions of the inwardly projecting flange.

f 2. An applicator head for liquids, said head comprising a neck portion adapted to be secured to the container for the liquid and an outwardly Sflaring, flexible hollow body portion extending from said neck, said body being formed with an inwardly extending flange at the upper end of the walls of said body, said flange being of such extent as to produce by its inner edge an opening, and cooperating with said flared portion to form a liquid-retaining reservoir when said container is in a substantially horizontal position, all of said parts being produced from rubber molded as an integral structure; and a body of porous material overlying the flange and secured thereto.

3. An applicator head for liquids, comprising a neck portion; an outwardly flaring, laterally elongated, flexible hollow body portion extending from said neck, said body being formed with an inwardly extending flange at the upper end of the walls of said body portion, said flange being of substantially the same width throughout and cooperating with said neck to form a liquid-retaining reservoir, whereby an elongated opening is formed between the inner marginal portions of said flange and liquid may be held in said reservoir, all of said parts being produced from rubber molded as an integral structure; and a continuous body of porous material overlying the flange and opening, and permanently secured to the flange, the outer surface of said body forming the working face of the applicator. 4. A structure as set forth in claim 3, wherein the body which overlies the flange and is secured thereto, is formed of sponge rubber.

ALLEN HOWLAND WOOD, JR.