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Title:
BLENDER CLEANING TOOL
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/039711
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A tool with two sets of cleaning elements disposed at first and second radii about a common axis thus providing cleaning surfaces for all the spaces between a blender blade on a stepped shaft and its supporting base. Depending on the size of the step the cleaning elements are either vertical blades or nodules in the edge of a planar body.

Inventors:
PIETERMAN, Jade (22 William Street, Cowell, South Australia 5602, 5602, AU)
Application Number:
AU2017/050917
Publication Date:
March 08, 2018
Filing Date:
August 29, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
KUHN NOMINEES PTY LTD (22 William Street, Cowell, South Australia 5602, 5602, AU)
International Classes:
A47J43/044; A46B5/00; A47J43/046
Foreign References:
GB802571A1958-10-08
US6213055B12001-04-10
GB191300876A1914-01-12
US20080104780A12008-05-08
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LESICAR MAYNARD ANDREWS PTY LTD (58 Rundle Street, Kent TownAdelaide, South Australia 5067, 5067, AU)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1 . A tool for cleaning a blender blade assembly with a stepped shaft, the tool comprising a handle and a head with a first set of cleaning elements disposed at a first height and at a first radius about a common axis, and a second set of cleaning elements disposed at a second height and at a second radius about the common axis.

2. A tool as in claim 1 , wherein the first set of cleaning elements comprise vertical blades.

3. A tool as in claim 2, wherein the second set of cleaning elements comprise nodules formed on the edge of a planar body.

4. A tool as in claim 2, wherein the second set of cleaning elements comprise vertical blades.

5. A tool as in claim 1 , wherein the cleaning elements are formed from a resilient material.

6. A tool as in claim 1 , wherein the head comprises a pair of rigid arms holding the cleaning elements.

7. A tool as in claim 1 , wherein the blade assembly comprises a base with a top portion and sides disposed at a side angle to the top portion, and wherein the tool further comprises an angled element joining the head to the handle, and wherein the angled element is disposed at the side angle to the head.

8. A tool as in claim 7, wherein the angled element comprises a cleaning element.

Description:
Blender Cleaning Tool

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to cleaning tools, in particular a tool for cleaning under the blades of a kitchen blender or similar appliance in which the blade shaft includes a step.

BACKGROUND TO THE INVENTION

[0002] The present invention is discussed in the context of a blender, but is not intended to be restricted to such an application, and is suitable for use with similar appliances with a rotating blade.

[0003] Blenders are a key appliance in many kitchens and are becoming

increasingly popular with the advent of blenders that can also cook the food once it has been prepared. Whilst saving time in preparation, blenders are often difficult and time consuming to clean, particularly beneath the blades which are a well-known food trap. This problem is particularly bad for blenders with a step in the shaft below the blade .

[0004] Most people begin cleaning a blender with a conventional dish brush comprising a handle with a series of nylon bristles. Whilst effective on flat surfaces such brushes have difficulties in reaching into the small crevices beneath a blender blade. Alternative brushes are often tried such as small bottle brushes, babies tooth brushes and even icing nozzle cleaning brushes. Whilst offering some improvement over a conventional dish brush these alternative brushes are also found wanting.

Dedicated brushes for cleaning blenders are also known, but are little more than scaled down dish brushes and offer minimal improvement.

[0005] The object of this invention is to provide a cleaning tool to effectively clean under the blades of a blender to alleviate the above problems, or at least provide the public with a useful alternative.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] In a first aspect the invention comprises a tool for cleaning a blender blade assembly with a stepped shaft, the tool comprising a handle and a head with a first set of cleaning elements disposed at a first height and at a first radius about a common axis, and a second set of cleaning elements disposed at a second height and at a second radius about the common axis.

[0007] Preferably the first set of cleaning elements comprise vertical blades, the second set of cleaning elements may also comprise vertical blades or nodules formed on the edge of a planar body.

[0008] In preference the cleaning elements are formed from a resilient material and are held by a pair of rigid arms of the head.

[0009] Preferably the blade assembly comprises a base with a top portion and sides disposed at a side angle to the top portion, and the tool further comprises an angled element joining the head to the handle, and the angled element is disposed at the side angle to the head. The angled element may also be a cleaning element.

[0010] It should be noted that any one of the aspects mentioned above may include any of the features of any of the other aspects mentioned above and may include any of the features of any of the embodiments described below as appropriate.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0011] Preferred features, embodiments and variations of the invention may be discerned from the following Detailed Description which provides sufficient information for those skilled in the art to perform the invention. The Detailed Description is not to be regarded as limiting the scope of the preceding Summary of the Invention in any way. The Detailed Description will make reference to a number of drawings as follows.

[0012] Figure 1 shows a first type of blender blade with a relatively small gap.

[0013] Figure 2 shows a cleaning tool of a first embodiment of the invention suitable for use with the blender blade of Figure 1 .

[0014] Figure 3 shows a close up top view of the head of the cleaning tool of Figure 2.

[0015] Figure 4 shows a close up bottom view of the head of the cleaning tool of Figure 2.

[0016] Figure 5 shows the cleaning tool of Figure 2 engaging the blender blade of Figure 1 . [0017] Figure 6 shows a second type of blender blade with a relatively large gap.

[0018] Figure 7 shows a cleaning tool according to a second embodiment of the invention suitable for use with the blender blade of Figure 6.

[0019] Figure 8 shows a close up top view of the head of the cleaning tool of Figure 7.

[0020] Figure 9 shows a close up bottom view of the head of the cleaning tool of Figure 7.

[0021] Figure 1 0 shows the cleaning tool of Figure 7 engaging the blender blade of Figure 6.

DRAWING COMPONENTS

[0022] The drawings include the following integers.

20 blender blade assembly (first type)

22 frustoconical base

24 stepped shaft

26 lower blade

28 bottom blade

30 top surface of the base

32 lower section of the shaft

34 step of the shaft

36 upper section of the shaft

38 bottom surface of the bottom blade

40 cleaning tool (first embodiment)

42 handle

44 neck

46 head

48, 49 arms

50 over-mould

52 planar body

54 shaft aperture

56 lower cleaning nodules

60 upper cleaning blades 62 inner face

64 top face

220 blender blade assembly (second type)

230 top surface of the base

232 bottom section of the shaft

234 step of the shaft

240 cleaning tool (second embodiment)

248, 249 arms

250 over-mould

256 lower cleaning blades

257 inner face

258 top face

259 bottom face

260 upper cleaning blades

262 inner face

264 top face

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0023] The following detailed description of the invention refers to the

accompanying drawings. Wherever possible, the same reference numbers will be used throughout the drawings and the following description to refer to the same and like parts. Dimensions of certain parts shown in the drawings may have been modified and/or exaggerated for the purposes of clarity or illustration.

[0024] The present invention provides an effective cleaning tool for removing debris from under the blades of a blender where a step is present in the blade shaft. The invention provides a correspondingly stepped arrangement of cleaning elements at two different radii to match the different radii of the shaft. The cleaning elements are disposed radially at different heights about a common axis. Two embodiments of the invention are described, with the first embodiment suited for a relatively small gap defined by the shaft step and the supporting base of the blade assembly and the second embodiment for a relatively large gap. The first embodiment will be described in detail. The second embodiment shares many features with the first embodiment so will only have its unique features discussed in detail. [0025] A first blender blade assembly is shown as 20 in Figure 1 and can be seen to comprise a frustoconical base 22, stepped shaft 24 to support the blades, lower blade 26, upper blade 28 and further elements not directly relevant to the invention. It can be readily appreciated that the region between the bottom blade 26 and the base 22 contains regions that are difficult to access for cleaning, being the top surface 30 of the base, the lower section 32 of the shaft, the step of the shaft 34, the upper section 36 of the shaft and the bottom surface 38 of the bottom blade. In particular the stepped in lower section 32 of the shaft is difficult to access. As discussed below the invention provides a tool that can simultaneously clean these difficult to access regions. A first embodiment of the invention is suitable for use with the blade assembly of Figure 1 with a relatively small lower shaft section. A second embodiment of the invention is suitable for use with a blade assembly seen in Figure 6 which has a relatively large lower shaft section.

[0026] A first embodiment of the invention is shown as 40 in Figures 2 to 4, with Figure 3 showing the entire tool, Figure 4 showing the head of the tool in close up from above, and Figure 5 showing the head of the tool in close up from below. The tool 40 provides a handle 42 supporting a cleaning head 46 via angled neck 44. The angled neck 44 is similar in size and angle to the sides of the base 22 allowing the tool to be manoeuvred between the base 22 and the lower blades 26. The cleaning head 46 comprises two bifurcated arms 48 and 49 which support an over-mould 50 which incorporates various cleaning elements. The handle 42, neck 44 and head 46 are preferably made from a rigid material such as glass filled ABS plastic. The over-mould 50 is preferably made from a relatively soft and resilient material such as silicon rubber.

[0027] The over-mould 50 provides two sets of cleaning elements disposed at different heights and radii complementing the size and shape of stepped shaft 24. The first, or lower, set of cleaning elements are formed from a planar section of material 52 as it needs to operate in the gap between the step 34 and the top surface 30 of the base which is approximately 1 mm. The lower cleaning elements comprise the sheet itself, the bottom surface of which will act on the top surface of the base and the top surface which will act on the step, and a series of nodules 56 disposed in a semi-circle around shaft aperture 54 at a radius corresponding to the radius of the bottom section 32 of the shaft. The second, or upper, set of cleaning elements act on the upper section 36 of the shaft which is approximately 4mm high, giving scope for a different physical format and comprise a series of blades 60 disposed in a semicircle at a radius corresponding to the radius of the upper section 36 of the shaft. The inner faces 62 of the blades will contact the upper section of the shaft whilst the upper surfaces 64 will contact the bottom surface 38 of the bottom blade 26.

[0028] Figure 5 shows a cleaning tool 40 in use cleaning a blender blade assembly 20. Many of the elements of the tool are not visible in the figure, but can be

appreciated from the description and previous figures. The tool 40 has been guided into position such that the arms 48 and 49 of the tool flank the stepped shaft between the base 22 and the bottom blade 26 and the lower section of the shaft 32 sits within the shaft aperture 54. The lower cleaning elements come into action as the planar body 52 sits between the step 34 of the shaft and the top surface 30 of the base, whilst the nodules 56 contact the lower section of the shaft. The upper cleaning elements also come into action as the inner faces 62 of the blades 60 come into contact with the upper section 36 of the shaft whilst the top face 64 of the blades 60 come into contact with the bottom surface 38 of the bottom blade 26. Once in position the tool 40 can be rotated about the blender blade shaft effecting a cleaning action by moving the various cleaning elements of the tool across the various features of the shaft, base and bottom blade.

[0029] A second type of a blender blade assembly is shown as 220 in Figure 6, which differs from the first type of blade assembly 20 in the height of the lower shaft section 232. Whilst much bigger than the corresponding lower shaft section 32, the geometry still presents a cleaning challenge. A similar tool to the tool 40 would be suitable for use with appropriately scaled geometry; however the relatively large lower section 232 lends itself to cleaning with blades.

[0030] A second embodiment of a cleaning tool is shown as 240 in Figures 7 to 9, with Figure 7 showing the entire tool, Figure 8 showing the head of the tool in close up from above, and Figure 9 showing the head of the tool in close up from below. The tool 240 has a series of upper cleaning blades 260 as per the upper cleaning blades 60 of the first tool. The lower cleaning elements differ from the first embodiment of the tool in also being a series of blades 256. The blades 256 are set in a semicircle around the shaft aperture at a radius such that the inner face 257 of the blades contacts the lower section 232 of the shaft. The upper face 258 of the blade 256 will contact the step of the shaft whilst the bottom face 259 will contact the top of the base. [0031] Finally in Figure 1 0 the second embodiment of the tool 240 is shown in use cleaning the second type of blender blade assembly 22. The upper blades 260 of the tool contact and clean the underside of the bottom blade and the top section of the shaft, whilst the lower blades 256 of the tool contact and clean the step in the shaft, the lower section of the shaft, and the top surface of the base.

[0032] In further embodiments (not shown) the first and second embodiments have the angled neck over-moulded with a silicon rubber or similar material to act as a further cleaning element to clean the sloping sides of the blender blade assembly base.

[0033] The reader will now appreciate the present invention which provides an effective cleaning tool for cleaning under the blades of a blender or similar appliances with a stepped shaft. Two sets of cleaning elements are disposed at different heights and at different radii to match the structure of the blender between the blades and the blade assembly base. The features of the tool are able to simultaneously reach all surfaces in the region thus providing a quick and easy cleaning.

[0034] Further advantages and improvements may very well be made to the present invention without deviating from its scope. Although the invention has been shown and described in what is conceived to be the most practical and preferred embodiment, it is recognized that departures may be made therefrom within the scope of the invention, which is not to be limited to the details disclosed herein but is to be accorded the full scope of the claims so as to embrace any and all equivalent devices and apparatus. Any discussion of the prior art throughout the specification should in no way be considered as an admission that such prior art is widely known or forms part of the common general knowledge in this field.

[0035] In the present specification and claims (if any), the word "comprising" and its derivatives including "comprises" and "comprise" include each of the stated integers but does not exclude the inclusion of one or more further integers.