Title:
Power scrubber
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A scrubbing device has a scrubbing head with a cleaning member rotatably coupled to an electrical motor within the scrubbing head. A support member is coupled with the scrubbing head and a handle. The handle includes a switch for activating the electric motor. A first fluid source is coupled with the scrubbing head for spraying a first fluid on a surface to be cleaned. A second fluid source is coupled with the scrubbing head to spray a second fluid on the surface to be cleaned.



Inventors:
King, Wade (Columbia, MD, US)
Alsruhe, Wallis (Manchester, MD, US)
Covell, Kevin W. (Parkton, MD, US)
Application Number:
10/703376
Publication Date:
12/02/2004
Filing Date:
11/07/2003
Assignee:
KING WADE
ALSRUHE WALLIS
COVELL KEVIN W.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
15/29
International Classes:
A46B13/04; A47L11/03; A47L11/283; B08B1/04; A46B13/00; (IPC1-7): A47L11/283; A46B13/04
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Primary Examiner:
GUIDOTTI, LAURA COLE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HARNESS DICKEY (TROY) (Troy, MI, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A scrubbing device comprising: a scrubbing head including a cleaning member and an electrical motor driving said cleaning member; a support member coupled with said scrubbing head; a handle coupled with said support member; a switch for activating said electric motor, a first fluid source coupled with said scrubbing head for spraying a first fluid on a surface to be cleaned; a second fluid source coupled with said scrubbing head for spraying a second fluid on the surface to be cleaned.

2. The scrubbing device according to claim 1 wherein said scrubbing head is submersible into a liquid.

3. The scrubbing device according to claim 1 wherein said handle includes an aperture for receiving a battery.

4. The scrubbing device according to claim 1 wherein a fluid reservoir is coupled with said support member.

5. The scrubbing device according to claim 4 wherein a fluid line couples said fluid reservoir in said second fluid source coupled with said scrubbing head.

6. The scrubbing device according to claim 1 wherein a hose is coupled with said first fluid source.

7. The scrubbing device according to claim 6 wherein said first fluid source includes a fluid line extending from said handle to said scrubbing head.

8. The scrubbing device according to claim 1 wherein said first and second fluid sources each include a nozzle on said scrubbing head.

9. The scrubbing device according to claim 6 wherein said handle includes a hose receiving member and a hose retention member.

10. The scrubbing device according to claim 1 wherein a pivot locking mechanism couples said support with said scrubbing head, said pivot locking mechanism enabling locking of the scrubbing head with respect to the support in a first position and enabling free motion of the scrubbing head with respect to the support in a second position.

11. The scrubbing device according to claim 1 wherein said support is a telescoping support.

12. The scrubbing device according to claim 1 wherein said cleaning mechanism includes a retention member having a bore and a flange projecting from a wall of said bore for coupling with a groove in a motor shaft.

13. The scrubbing device according to claim 12 wherein said wall is divided into sections forming at least one finger having said flange for retaining said cleaning member.

14. The scrubbing device according to claim 1 wherein said scrubbing head including a housing for receiving a portion of said first and second fluid sources.

15. The scrubbing device according to claim 1 wherein a pump and switch are provided in said handle for delivering a fluid through said second fluid source.

16. The scrubbing device according to claim 15 wherein said pump is coupled with said reservoir for spraying said second fluid onto the surface.

17. The scrubbing device according to claim 10 wherein said pivot locking mechanism includes a stop for contacting said support for limiting rotational movement of said support with respect to said scrubbing head.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] This application is based on provisional patent application which has been assigned U.S. Ser. No. 60/474,191, filed May 29, 2003.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The present invention relates to cleaning devices and, more particularly, to a battery operated scrubbing device.

[0003] In the cleaning field, it is desirous to have a scrubbing device which includes a power source for rotating the cleaning member such as a brush, sponge or the like. One such cleaning device is illustrated in U.S. Pat. No. 5,289,605. Here, the scrubbing device includes a battery pack, which is mounted onto the user. U.S. Pat. No. D451,288 illustrates a scrubbing device. This device includes a telescoping handle. While these devices enable the user to clean various surfaces, designers strive to improve the art.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] The present invention provides a scrubbing device that is battery operated and has a separate source of water as well as cleaning solution. The present invention provides a scrubber, which includes a cleaning solution reservoir, which may be permanently or removably attached to the scrubber. The scrubber includes a pivoted head which may be locked in position or which may be in a free motion position. The head of the scrubber is submersible into a liquid.

[0005] According to the aspects of the present invention, a scrubbing device comprises a scrubbing head with a cleaning member and an electric motor driving the cleaning member. A support member is coupled with the scrubbing head. A handle is coupled with the support member and includes a switch to activate the electric motor. A first fluid source is coupled with the scrubbing head for spraying the first fluid on a surface to be cleaned. Also, a second fluid source is coupled with the scrubbing head to spray a second fluid on the surface to be cleaned. The scrubbing head is submersible into a liquid. The fluid reservoir is coupled with the support member. Also a fluid line couples the fluid reservoir with the second fluid source coupled with the scrubbing head. A hose is coupled with the first fluid source. The first fluid source includes a fluid conduit extending from the handle to the scrubbing head. The handle includes a hose receiving member and a hose retention member. The handle includes an aperture for receiving the battery. The first and second fluid sources each include a nozzle on the scrubbing head to enable spraying of the fluids onto the surface. A pivot locking mechanism couples the support with the scrubbing head. The pivot locking mechanism enables locking of the scrubbing head with respect to the support in a first position. Also, the pivot lock enables free motion of the scrubbing head with respect to the support in the second position. The support is telescopic. The cleaning mechanism includes a retention member with a circumferential wall defining a bore. A flange projects from the inner surface of the wall into the bore to couple the cleaning member with a motor shaft. The wall is divided into sections forming at least one finger with the flange to retain the cleaning member. The scrubbing head includes a housing to receive a portion of the first and second fluid sources. A pump is provided in the handle to deliver a fluid to the second fluid source. The pump and switch is coupled with the reservoir to spray the second fluid onto the cleaning surface.

[0006] From the following detailed descriptions taken in conjunction with the preferred embodiments, other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007] The present invention will become more fully understood from the detailed description and the accompanying drawings, wherein:

[0008] FIG. 1 is a side view of a scrubbing device in accordance with the present invention.

[0009] FIG. 2 is a section view of the device of FIG. 1.

[0010] FIG. 3 is a partial cross section view of FIG. 1.

[0011] FIG. 4 is an enlarged perspective view of the scrubbing head.

[0012] FIG. 5 is a cross section view of the pivot-locking device of FIG. 4.

[0013] FIG. 6 is an exploded perspective view of the locking mechanism.

[0014] FIG. 7 is a cross-section view of the stop mechanism along line 7-7 of FIG. 8.

[0015] FIG. 8 is a cross-section view along line 8-8 of FIG. 5.

[0016] FIG. 9 is a cross-section view along line 9-9 of FIG. 1.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0017] Turning to the figures, a scrubbing device is illustrated and designated with the reference numeral 10. The scrubbing device includes a head 12, a support member 14 and a handle 16. The handle 16 includes a coupling member 18 to connect the scrubbing device 10 with a hose 20.

[0018] The handle 16 includes a clamshell housing 22 with a grip portion 24, as well as an aperture 26 to enable the users hand to pass through the aperture and secure on the grip portion 24. A battery 28 is inserted through an aperture 30 at one end of the housing 22. The handle 16 includes a hose retention member 32. The hose retention member includes a latch 34 and an arcuate groove 36 which receives the hose 20. The latch 34 extends over the hose 20 locking the hose in the groove 36 so that the hose does not place a large bending moment on the hose connecting element 18.

[0019] The hose connecting element 18 is connected to a conduit 40. The conduit 40 passes water from the hose to the scrubbing head 12. A switch 42 on the handle 16 controls the power to the motor. Thus, the motor may be turned on and off by switch 42. Also, a valve 41 integrated with element 18, associated with the conduit 40, enables variable volumes of the water to pass to the scrubbing head so that the amount of water can be controlled to the surface to be cleaned.

[0020] An air pump 44 is positioned within the handle 16. See FIG. 9. The air pump 44 can be controlled by switch 46. The air pump is electrically coupled with the battery pack 28. The air pump 44 controls the amount of fluid sprayed out of the second fluid source.

[0021] The support 14 includes a number of sections 50 to enable telescoping of the support 14. Further, a gripping member 52 may be positioned on the outside of the support member. The conduit 40 is positioned between the gripping member 52 and the support 14 until it reaches a spacer 54. The conduit 40 includes a spiral conduit portion 56 which elongates to enable telescoping of the support 14. The spiral conduit portion 56 connects with a lower conduit portion of the first fluid source. A spiraled wire 60, as well as air hose 62, are inside of the sections 50 of the support 14. The wire 60 is electrically connected with switch 42 and, in turn, battery 28 to drive the electric motor 64 and in turn the scrubbing device on the scrubber head 12. The air hose 62 extends from one of the support sections 50 and passes into the reservoir 66 of the lower portion 58.

[0022] The lower portion 58 includes the cleaning solution reservoir 66, as well as a fork portion 68 which couples with the head 12. The cleaning solution reservoir 66 may be removable from the lower portion 58. The air hose 62 couples with an inlet to the cleaning solution reservoir 66. The cleaning solution reservoir 66 includes an outlet 70 which includes another conduit 72 which passes into the scrubber head 12 and connects with the nozzle 74. Thus, fluid cleaning solution is moved from the reservoir 66, via the pump 44, and sprays out the nozzle 74.

[0023] The fork 68 of the lower portion pivotally secures with the head 12. The fork portion 68 includes a pivot locking mechanism 80 which enables the head 12 to be locked in at least one position and also enables free motion of the head about the fork 68.

[0024] Moving to FIGS. 5 through 8, a better explanation of the locking mechanism may be obtained.

[0025] The head housing 100 includes a boss 120 having a cam retention area 122 and a pivot pin 124. The cam retention area 122 includes a plurality of recesses 126 and projections 128 which receive a head locking gear 130.

[0026] The head locking gear 130 is a metal gear including a plurality of projections 132 and recesses 134. The projections 132 and recesses 134 mate with the boss recesses and projections 126 and 128 so that the head locking gear 130 is secured in position in the boss 120. One of the recesses 134 includes a wedge 136, which projects through a slot 138 in the boss 120. The wedge 136 acts as a stop to halt the rotation of the fork 68 on the head 12, which will be explained herein.

[0027] The pivot locking mechanism 80 includes a rotatable knob 142 and a sliding cam plate 144. The rotatable knob 142 includes an offset receiving portion 143 to retain the knob 142 onto the pivot 124. The knob 142 includes an eccentric cam surface 146. The cam surface 146 abuts against a tab 148 of the sliding cam plate 144. The cam plate 144 includes a tab 145 which retains a plurality of pins 150 which mate in the recesses 134 of the head locking gear 130. The pins 150 are loaded by springs 152, which are retained in a housing portion 154 of the fork 68. A plate 155 secures the sliding cam plate 144 in the housing portion 154.

[0028] The housing portion 154 includes an arcuate portion 156 and a rectangular portion 158. The arcuate portion 156 fits around the cylindrical boss 120 enabling the fork 68 to rotate about the boss 120. The arcuate portion 156 has ends 160 and 161 which act as stops and abut the wedge 136 stopping rotation of the fork 68. Thus, the wedge 136 acts as a stop to limit the rotation in both directions of the fork 68 (see FIG. 7). The sliding cam plate 144, with pins 150 biased by springs 152, are positioned in the rectangular portion 158 of the housing 154. As the knob 142 is rotated, with eccentric cam surface 146 abutting against tab 148, the sliding cam plate 144, as well as pins 150, is moved in the housing portion 158. This movement removes the pins 150 from the recesses 134 of the head locking gear 130. This enables the fork to be rotated into a different position. As the user finds the desired position, the knob 142 is rotated in a reverse direction to enable the pins 150 to engage different recesses 134 in the head locking gear 130 to lock the fork 68 in a different position with respect to the head 12. In the free motion position, the knob 142 is rotated, which, in turn, moves the sliding cam plate 144, as well as pins 150, away from the head locking gear 130 out of engagement with recesses 134. In this position, the pins 150 do not extend into the recesses 134. Thus, the fork 68 can rotate until the stops 160 and 161 contact wedge 136 halting the rotation of the fork 68.

[0029] The head 12 is submersible into a liquid such as water and has a water tight seal. Thus, the head 12 may be placed into a bucket of water or the like when in use. The head 12 includes housing 100 surrounding the motor 64 positioned within the housing 100. A cleaning device, such as a brush 102, is secured to a motor shaft 104 of the motor 64. The housing 100 includes passageways 106 to enable the soap and water conduits to pass to the nozzles 74 and 108. The nozzle 108 is coupled with the water conduit 40.

[0030] The cleaning member 102 includes a retention member 110 which has a circumferential wall 112. The wall 112 defines a bore 114. A circumferential flange 116 is positioned on the interior surface of the bore 114. The circumferential wall includes slots forming sections which, in turn, form fingers 118 to retain the cleaning member 102 onto the motor shaft 104. The wall 112 is placed on the shaft and is expanded due to the flange. Once the flange intercepts the groove, the wall is secured on the shaft.

[0031] The scrubbing device 10 includes a first fluid source which includes the hose connection 18, conduit 40 and nozzle 108. A second fluid source which is operable by the pump 44 via hose 62, includes reservoir 66, hose 72 and nozzle 74. In operation, the valve 41 connected with the conduit 40 is open to enable fluid from the hose to pass into the conduit 40. This fluid passes through the conduit 40 through the spiral section and out of nozzle 108. The switch 46 activates the pump 44. This forces air into the hose 62 which, in turn, pressurizes the reservoir 66. As the reservoir 66 pressurizes, cleaning solution in the reservoir is passed through hose 72 and out of nozzle 74. The switch 42 can activate the cleaning device at any time during these operations. Thus, cleaning solution and water are separately ejected from the scrubber and are not mixed with one another prior to ejection onto the surface to be cleaned.

[0032] Thus, a cleaning device is provided which may be extended to reach vertical heights above the user. Also, the device may be positioned in a free motion pivoting position so that the head may continue to follow the surface as it is scrubbed. Further, the invention provides a lightweight battery operated scrubbing device, which is easily manipulated by the user.

[0033] The description of the invention is merely exemplary in nature and, thus, variations that do not depart from the gist of the invention are intended to be within the scope of the invention. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the spirit and scope of the invention.