The present invention relates to a new article of manufacture capable of being employed for the washing and cleansing of chinaware, culinary articles and particularly to glassware such as drinking glasses, tumblers and the like.
In the washing of such articles, it is first preferable that they be subjected to a scouring action to remove the grease or other extraneous films upon the faces thereof and then allow the articles to remain for a short period of time in a rinsing bath containing a chlorine solution and the invention has amongst its principal objects to provide a portable unitary device or article of manufacture which may be readily inserted within a sink, tank or other receptacle containing water whereby the washing and cleansing of the articles may be effected preparatory to the placing of the articles in a suitable rinsing bath where the articles may be sterilized and one which may be readily removed from the sink or other receptacle in order that the latter may be used for other purposes and full access gained thereto when cleansing the same.
To properly clean drinking glasses, it is necessary that the brushes or mops be applied to the opposed faces of the glass and therefore, it is a further object of the present invention to provide a holder for washers of the aforesaid character whereby the cleaning brushes will be readily accessible for use and retained in the proper spaced relation in order that a minimum number of brushes may be used and yet so positioned that they will, when the articles or glasses applied thereto, contact with the opposed faces thereof for removing the films of extraneous matters therefrom.
Still another object of the invention is to *provide a portable device of the aforesaid character having vacuum cups or similar retaining means applied thereto whereby the washer may be readily placed in a sink or other receptacle and retained in the position so placed whether the bottom of the receptacle has a smooth, even or irregular surface.
A still further object of the present invention is to provide an adjustable connection between the brushes and the holders therefor whereby the height or length of the brushes may be adjusted to accommodate glasses of various sizes or be submerged within sinks or other receptacles having varying depths.
Other objects of the invention will be in part obvious and in part pointed out hereinafter.
In order that the invention and its mode of operation may be readily understood by persons skilled in the art, I have in the accompanying illustrative drawing and in the detailed following description based thereupon, set out an embodiment of the same.
In the drawing: Figure 1 is a perspective view of the washer embodying the present invention.
Figure 2 is a plan view of the same.
Figure 3 is a partial section taken on the line 3-3 of Figure 2 in the direction of the arrow points to illustrate the construction of the sockets but showing several of the brushes and their stems in elevation.
Figure 4 is a detailed sectional view illustrating a slightly modified form of the invention, and Figure 5 is a bottom plan view of the base.
Referring now more particularly to the accompanying drawing wherein like and corresponding parts are designated by similar reference characters throughout the several views, I have herein shown a portable washer comprising a base I which may be molded from aluminum, hard rubber, or similar light weight materials. Molded with the upper face of this base I are a plurality of sockets, one of which indicated by the numeral 2 is centrally arranged and the remaining sockets 3 being positioned adjacent the outer extremities of the radially extending arms 4 of the base. The upper ends of these sockets 2 and 3 are opened for the reception of the stems 4' carrying the brushes. The brushes each consist of a cylindrical body portion 5 and an end tuft 6.
Each socket 2 or 3 has a suitable securing means such as a screw 7 mounted therein which is capable of engaging the stem for locking the same within the socket.
The lower face of the base I is preferably flat and has threaded recesses 8 formed therein adjacent the outer ends of the arms 4 and these recesses are adapted to receive the corresponding threaded bolts 9 carried by the vacuum or suction cups 10.
From the slightly modified form of the invention as is disclosed in Figure 4 of the drawing, I have shown a detachable connection between one of the stems 4' of the brushes and its receiving and retaining socket. In this form of the invention a brass ferrule I I is fitted about the lower end of this stem having a plurality of openings 12 arranged therein. Each socket 13 is opened at its opposite ends and has a winged screw or bolt 14 mounted therein which is capable of having its inner end seated within one of the openings 12 formed within the ferrule I1. From this construction, it is quite obvious that the stems and the brushes carried thereby may be raised and lowered within their respective sockets and retained in such adjusted position by means of the winged screws 14. The several vacuum cups 10 are preferably arranged adjacent the outer extremities of the arms 4 so that the brushes will be positioned upon the base within the vacuum cups in order that should pressure be applied to any one of the brushes, the vacuum cups will be caused to effect a gripping engagement with the bottom of the container in which the.washer is installed.
By so spacing the cups 10, it will be possible to mount upon and cause locking engagement with the bottom of containers having either a smooth even surface or an irregular surface.
The washer should be placed in a sink or other container and water supplied thereto within one inch from the top of the brushes, but the height of the brushes may be adjusted to accommodate sinks or containers having varying depths due to the adjustable connection between the stems of the brushes and the sockets as is better illustrated in Figure 4 of the drawing.
The brushes are also designed to accommodate drinking glasses of different diameters and length and therefore may be used for cleaning any drinking glass from a wine glass to large tumblers. In cleaning a glass the same is inserted over the centrally arranged brush; and, by giving the same a slight oscillatory movement, the bristles from all brushes will engage the oppoite faces of the glass and thereby remove any film contained thereupon. By the inter-engagement of the outer ends of the bristles of the cylindrical body portions of the brushes, it is possible to clean the opposite faces of glasses or other articles moved between the brushes whether the thickness of the articles be that of an ordinary drinking glass or chinaware and culinary articles.
By tilting the base I, the suction between the cups 10 and the bottom of the container in which the washer is applied will be broken whereupon the washer may be withdrawn from the container or placed at other positions therein. From the construction herein set forth, it is quite apparent that this washer may be placed within the average sink and that the height of, the 60 brushes may be adjusted according to the depth of the sink to which the washer is applied and when it is once placed within a sink it may be retained or locked therein but such locking engagement may be easily and readily broken, whereby the complete device may be removed from the sink and the latter used for other purposes or access gained thereto for cleaning purposes.
Manifestly, the construction herein shown is capable of considerable modification and such modifications as come within the scope of my claims, I consider within the spirit of my invention. I claim:1. A portable washer comprising a base consisting of a central socket, a plurality of arms formed with and radially extending from said central socket, a socket formed with the upper face of each arm and arranged adjacent the outer extremities thereof, brushes each having a projecting stem removably seated within said sockets whereby said brushes will be supported in a vertical position upon said base and the bristies of the brushes carried by the sockets formed with said arms will overlap the bristles of the brush carried by said central socket, a vacuum cup detachably secured to the lower face of each arm and said vacuum cups being positioned adjacent the outer extremities of said arms at points beyond those at which said outer sockets are formed.
2. A glass washer capable of being removably supported within a sink or other container comprising in combination a base having a flat lower face, a plurality of individually arranged sockets formed with the upper face of said base, a central brush, a plurality of brushes arranged concentrically about said central brush whereby the outer extremities of their bristles will have engagement with the outer extremities of the bristles of said central brush, vacuum cups secured to and projecting from the lower flat face of said base for retaining the latter in spaced relation to the bottom of the sink or other container when supported therein, said sockets and base having aligning openings extending therethrough, a stem for each brush, said stems being slidably supported within the openings extending through said sockets and base and means mounted within each socket for engagement with said stems whereby the brushes may be retained in their several adjusted positions.
3. A portable glass washer comprising a base consisting of a plurality of radially extending arms, a socket formed with and extending from the upper face of each arm, brushes each having a projecting stem removably seated within said sockets, a vacuum cup for each arm, means for securing said vacuum cups to the lower faces and adjacent the outer ends of said arms at points beyond those at which said sockets are arranged whereby the vertical axis of the stems of said brushes will be positioned at points within those at which said vacuum cups are secured to said arms.
IVAN L. FOLLETT.