Title:
Handheld battery operated vibrating scrub brush with multiple detachable types of cleaning heads
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Individuals must use considerable physical force to generate the scrubbing motion that cleans surfaces with a manual scrub brush. My invention has a battery operated vibrating action of this handheld scrub brush, which will enable individuals to clean surfaces with reduced physical exertion



Inventors:
Holley, Ellen Cothran (Chugiak, AK, US)
Application Number:
13/269610
Publication Date:
04/11/2013
Filing Date:
10/09/2011
Assignee:
HOLLEY ELLEN COTHRAN
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A46B13/02
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Primary Examiner:
CHIN, RANDALL E
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
John Holley (Chugiak, AK, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A handheld battery operated vibrating scrub brush with multiple detachable types of cleaning heads.

Description:

DESCRIPTION OF VIEWS

The following is a brief description of the views of the device depicted in the accompanying diagrams/figures.

FIG. 1 is a view of the bottom of the device and shows the associated parts of the device seen from that view.

FIG. 2 is a horizontal cut away view of the device, from the top, and depicts parts of the device seen from that view.

FIG. 3 is a vertical cut away view of the device, from its left side, and depicts parts of the device seen from that view.

DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATION

The present invention relates to a handheld battery operated vibrating scrub brush with multiple detachable types of cleaning heads.

The device is comprised of the following elements:

    • Reference Number Name of Part
    • 2-Plastic Housing
    • 3-Handle
    • 4-On and off switch
    • 5-Vibrating Motor
    • 6-Wiring
    • 7-Energy storage device
    • 8-Scrub pad attachment surface
    • 9-Scrub brush attachment
    • 10 Scouring pad attachment
    • 11-Polishing pad attachment
    • 12-Energy storage device compartment
    • #2 (as referenced in FIG. 3) Houses, protects and offers water-resistance to the vibrating motor (5) wiring (6), energy storage device (7). It also provides a surface for attachment of the handle (3) and scrubbing and polishing attachments (9,10, 11).
    • #3 (as referenced in FIG. 3) Surface which allows the operator to hold and maneuver the device.
    • #4 (as referenced in FIG. 3) Electrical component that allows the operator to turn the vibrating motor on and off on demand. It must be adequate to control the direct current voltage of 6 to 12 volts and 0.1 to 3 amps. This may be a spring or toggle switch, or any other type that will provide the correct amount of current.
    • #5 (as referenced in FIGS. 2 & 3) Direct current electrical component, which draws power from the energy storage device, that powers the device to perform the intended action. The voltage or energy content of the energy supplying component (7) will preferably provide current of 6 to 12 volts. It must provide adequate vibration to perform the intended task, at least 4,000 to 8,000 rpm.
    • #6 (as referenced in FIGS. 2 & 3) The wiring comprises a current-conducting material that electrically connects the components of the switch (4), vibrating motor (5), and the electrical storage device (6). It may include any material or wiring including copper, and other metals having low electrical resistance. The gauge must be adequate to carry current with a minimum of resistant power dissipation.
    • #7 (as referenced in FIGS. 2 & 3) The energy storage device is preferably a direct current energy or charge storage that is configured to provide power to the vibrating motor (5). The energy storage device can be any battery or cell known, including general purpose, alkaline or lithium ion, nickel-cadmium batteries, nickel-metal hydride batteries, deep-cycle batteries, rechargeable or any other batteries. There no limit to the voltage of the energy storage device (7). It preferably ranges from 1 to 1 2 volts, more preferably about 9 volts.
    • #8 (as referenced in FIG. 1) The scrub pad attachment surface which consists of a hook-type material suitable to attach to a loop-type material. This is adhered to the underside of the plastic housing #2, allowing the cleaning surface attachments (9, 10, 11) to the device.
    • #9 (as referenced in FIG. 1) The scrub brush attachment has a loop surface on the non-cleaning portion to allow it to adhere to the scrub pad attachment surface (8). The cleaning portion consists of a brush with plastic or natural bristle approximately ⅜ to 1 inch long of any stiffness appropriate for the task.
    • #10 (as referenced in FIG. 1) The scouring pad attachment has a loop surface on the non-cleaning portion to allow it to adhere to the scrub pad attachment surface (8). The cleaning portion consists of a plastic scrubbing material of any texture appropriate to the task
    • #11 (as referenced in FIG. 1) The polishing pad attachment has a loop surface on the non-cleaning portion to allow it to adhere to the scrub pad attachment surface (8). It may be made of any material suitable for polishing, including but not limited to felt, microfiber or chamois.
    • #12 (as referenced in FIGS. 2 & 3) The energy storage device compartment consists of a water resistant compartment with a plastic lid that contains the energy storage device (7) and the appropriate connection to wiring (6). The compartment should preferably be located at the top of the plastic housing (2) below the handle (3). It may be made out of any suitable material including but not limited to rubber or plastic.

SUMMARY

The energy storage device (7) connected via the wiring (6) with the switch (4) and the vibrating motor (5) are necessary to cause the motion necessary for the operation of the device. The size of the plastic housing (2), the handle (3) the vibrating motor (5) and the energy storage device (7) can be increased or decreased in order to make the device more task specific.

As the drawing shows, a vibrating motor (5) is connected to an energy storage device (4) and a switch via wiring (6) so that a complete circuit is formed only when the switch (4) is closed. The polarity of the circuit may be reversed. The configuration of the wiring (6) and components may be changed in relation to one another. The components including the plastic housing (2) and handle (3) may be any design or size, appropriate to the task.

In operation, the device is normally in an off or open state, with no current flowing through the circuit. When the switch (4) is turned to the on position, the current flows through the wiring (6) from the energy storage device (7) to the vibrating motor (5) causing the device to vibrate. This causes the cleaning surface attached to the scrub pad attachment surface (8) to vibrate, when used with the appropriate cleaning attachment (9, 10, 11) and the task appropriate cleaning solutions. The operator controls the device with the handle (3), using the device for the intended purpose of cleaning surfaces.

The invention may be made by providing the vibrating motor (5), an energy storage device (7) such as a battery, wiring (6), and a switch (4). The components may then be connected as shown in the drawing, such as by soldering the connections. The cleaning pads (9, 10, 11) may be attached with the loop and hook material to the plastic housing.

The scrub brush may have large or small housing, long or short handle, a variety of cleaning surface options such as material or steel wool, alternating current or rechargeable power sources.

To use the invention a person would select the proper cleaning pad (9, 10, 11) for the surface to be cleaned and attach it to the pad attachment surface(S). The person would then apply appropriate task specific cleaning product to the surface to be cleaned. The person would then provide the handheld vibrating brush and would then decide whether he wants the device on while applying pressure to the switch (4). The person would then apply the invention to the surface to be cleaned by holding the device by the handle (3) and maneuvering it in a back and forth motion until the proper cleaning results are achieved.

The invention is not limited to household uses. It can be used for automotive, medical, camping, industrial or any other area where cleaning is needed.

At present there are no battery operated handheld vibrating scrub brushes on the market.

There are no handheld vibrating scrub brushes on the market at this time. The only method for cleaning is a manual scrub brush.