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Title:
PROTECTIVE HANDLE FOR A SCRUBBING DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/164867
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A protective handle for a scrubbing device is disclosed by this invention. The protective handle protects the fingernails, knuckles and digits of a user during use. The protective handle is flexible and malleable. The user grips the protective handle and rolls it over their fingernails, digits, upper knuckles and lower knuckles and tucks their thumb either behind or in front of the handle. The protective handle then protects the user's fingernails, knuckles and digits during use. The protective handle for a scrubbing device is versatile and has a crevice cleaning position and an edge cleaning position.

Inventors:
KONKEY KENNETH J (US)
Application Number:
US2016/026847
Publication Date:
October 13, 2016
Filing Date:
April 10, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
KONKEY KENNETH J (US)
International Classes:
A47L13/10; A47L13/022
Domestic Patent References:
WO2010147911A12010-12-23
Foreign References:
USD360506S1995-07-18
US20100313375A12010-12-16
US7653961B22010-02-02
US20140201937A12014-07-24
US20060048319A12006-03-09
US20030070246A12003-04-17
US20020001636A12002-01-03
US6272715B12001-08-14
US1895496A1933-01-31
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CRAWFORD, Brie, A. (1095 Pingree Road Suite 20, Crytal Lake IL, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

Claim 1 . A scrubbing device comprising:

a) the scrubbing device having a base and a protective handle;

b) the base having a top surface and a bottom surface;

c) the protective handle extending upwardly from the base at a

substantially perpendicular angle;

d) the protective handle extending upwardly from a substantially central portion of the base;

e) the protective handle being aligned with the base to form a t-shape; f) the protective handle dividing the base into a left side and a right side; g) the protective handle having an extended handle length;

h) the protective handle being flexible;

i) the protective handle having a lateral movement;

j) the protective handle being rollable;

k) the protective handle being a single protective handle;

I) the protective handle having at least two substantially planar sides; and m) the extended length of the protective handle being at least an equal greater length than either the left side or the right side of the base.

Claim 2. The scrubbing device of Claim 1 further comprising:

a) the protective handle having an extended position;

b) the protective handle having a protective position; and c) the protective handle extending the entire width of the base.

Claim 3. The scrubbing device of Claim 2 further comprising:

a) the protective handle having a crevice cleaning position;

b) the protective handle having an edge scrubbing position; and c) the top surface and the bottom surface of the base being substantially planar.

Claim 4. The scrubbing device of Claim 3 further comprising:

a) the protective handle having a right side and a left side; and b) the right side of the protective handle cooperating with the right side of the base or the left side of the protective handle cooperating with the left side of the base to form the edge scrubbing position.

Claim 5. The scrubbing device of Claim 4 further comprising the protective position being formed through the lateral and rollable movement of the extended handle.

Claim 6. The scrubbing device of Claim 5 further comprising:

a) the protective handle having a protective pad; and

b) the base having an abrasive accessory attached to the substantially planar bottom surface.

Claim 7. An improvement to a scrubbing device, the improvement comprising: a) the scrubbing device having a base and a protective handle;

b) the base having a top surface and a bottom surface;

c) the protective handle extending upwardly from the base at a

substantially perpendicular angle;

d) the protective handle extending upwardly from a central portion of the base;

e) the protective handle being aligned with the base to form a t-shape; f) the protective handle dividing the base into a left side and a right side; g) the protective handle having an extended handle length;

h) the protective handle being flexible;

i) the protective handle having a lateral movement;

j) the protective handle being a single protective handle;

k) the protective handle being rollable;

I) the protective handle having at least two substantially planar sides; and

m) the extended length of the protective handle being at least an equal or greater length than either the left side or the right side of the base. Claim 8. The improvement to the scrubbing device of Claim 7 further comprising:

a) the protective handle having an extended position;

b) the protective handle having a protective position; and c) the protective handle extending the entire width of the base.

Claim 9. The improvement to the scrubbing device of Claim 8 further comprising:

a) the protective handle having a crevice cleaning position;

b) the protective handle having an edge scrubbing position; and c) the top surface and the bottom surface of the base being substantially planar.

Claim 1 0. The improvement to the scrubbing device of Claim 9 further comprising:

a) the protective handle having a right side and a left side; and b) the right side of the protective handle cooperating with the right side of the base or the left side of the protective handle cooperating with the left side of the base to form the edge scrubbing position.

Claim 1 1 . The improvement to the scrubbing device of Claim 1 0 further comprising the protective position being formed through the lateral and rollable movement of the protective handle.

Claim 1 2. The improvement to the scrubbing device of Claim 1 1 further comprising:

a) the protective handle having a protective pad; and

b) the base having an abrasive accessory attached to the substantially planar bottom surface.

Claim 1 3. A method for protecting the fingernails, knuckles and digits of a user while using a scrubbing device, the method comprising: a) using a scrubbing device with a base and a protective handle which is flexible and rollable with an extended handle length; b) forming a protective position through the lateral movement of the protective handle; c) grasping the protective handle and rolling it down toward a right side or a left side of the base and enveloping the fingernails, knuckles and the second, third, fourth and fifth digit; and

d) placing the first digit in front of or behind the protective handle and completely enveloping the fingernail, knuckle and first digit.

Claim 1 4. A method for cleaning in between at least two closely positioned objects or surfaces with a scrubbing device, the method comprising: a) using the scrubbing device with a base and a protective handle which is flexible and rollable with an extended handle length; and b) grasping the base of the scrubbing device and using the protective handle with the extended handle length to clean between the at least two closely positioned objects or surfaces.

Claim 1 5. A method of using a scrubbing device to clean an object, the method comprising: a) using the scrubbing device with a base and a protective handle which is flexible and rollable with an extended handle length; and b) grasping a left side of the base and placing the object between the right side of the protective handle and the right side of the base for cleaning or grasping a right side of the base and placing the object between the left side of the protective handle and the left side of the base for cleaning.

Description:
PROTECTIVE HANDLE FOR A SCRUBBING DEVICE

This invention relates to a protective handle for a scrubbing device and more particularly to a protective handle for a scrubbing device which is malleable and flexible and protects and conceals the fingernails, knuckles and digits from harm or damage while the scrubbing device is being used.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

There are a wide variety of commercially available scrubbing devices on the market. These scrubbing devices are used to scrub and clean everything from dishes, floors, sinks and household surfaces to more industrial

applications such as gasoline and diesel engines. Moreover, these scrubbing devices can be used for cosmetic or personal care purposes such as skin exfoliation, back scratching and to clean other body parts. These scrubbing devices can also be used for light to heavy industrial purposes such as sanding wood or drywall or finishing the surfaces of metals, plastics, ceramics or other materials.

In cleaning any surface, generally force, ranging from mild to vigorous pressure, must be applied to the scrubbing device in order to effectively scrub, sand or finish. However, scrubbing, sanding or finishing a surface usually exposes the fingernails, knuckles and digits to the surface and other elements in the external environment. The force and speed of the back and forth and/or circular movement can cause damage or injury to the fingernails, knuckles and digits. Depending on the use, the back and forth and/or circular movement can expose the fingernails, knuckles and digits to potential sharp or dangerous surfaces or conditions and potential injury. Also, in the case of cosmetic or personal hygiene purposes, the user's fingernails can cause damage to the body part that is being cleaned or where makeup is being applied. A protective handle for a scrubbing device that protects the fingernails, knuckles, digits and other body parts during use is a useful invention.

A scrubbing device is generally necessary on a daily basis to bathe, do dishes, scrub floors and complete other routine household, industrial or personal hygiene tasks. A manicure can cost hundreds of dollars and can be easily ruined by the back and forth motion and/or circular motion of scrubbing dishes, cleaning engines or bathing. Also, external elements, sharp objects and unintentional contact can break fingernails and ruin a manicure. A protective handle for a scrubbing device that allows the manicured fingernails to be protected and concealed during use is a useful invention. A scrubbing device is useful for cleaning automobile engines, sanding or finishing surfaces or other industrial purposes. However, when using a scrubbing device to clean, sand or finish for industrial purposes, the digits, nails and knuckles are exposed to sharp or other potentially harmful surfaces. A protective handle for a scrubbing device that protects and conceals the nails, knuckles and digits from harm during use is a useful invention.

Currently, gloves exist that are used to protect and conceal the

fingernails, knuckles and digits during use. However, these gloves are made of latex or other synthetic materials that can cause allergic reactions in the user. These gloves also provide limited protection and concealment from external elements and can be punctured by sharp objects. A protective handle for a scrubbing device that allows the fingernails, knuckles and digits to be protected and concealed during use without the problems caused by gloves is a useful invention.

There are scrubbing devices on the market with handles. However, these handles tend to be rigid and unbending and serve more to aid in gripping than to protect and conceal the fingernails, knuckles and digits during use. A scrubbing device that has a protective and flexible handle that is adjustable to aid in protection and concealment during use is a useful invention.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Among the many objectives of the present invention is the provision of a protective handle for a scrubbing device where the handle is flexible.

Yet another objective of the present invention is the provision of a protective handle for a scrubbing device where the handle is of sufficient length to protect and conceal the nails, knuckles and digits during use.

A further objective of the present invention is the provision of a protective handle for a scrubbing device where the handle can be rolled to cover the fingernails, knuckles and digits during use.

Moreover, another objective of the present invention is the provision of a protective handle for a scrubbing device where the scrubbing device base can be used as a handle and the protective handle can be used as a scrubbing device to clean in between tight surfaces.

A still further objective of the present invention is the provision of a protective handle for a scrubbing device where the scrubbing device base can have an attached layer of abrasive or scouring material to allow the scrubbing device to scour tough surfaces.

Also, an objective of the present invention is the provision of a protective handle for a scrubbing device where the scrubbing device base can have an attached abrasive, scouring or finishing material to allow the scrubbing device to sand or finish wood or other hard surfaces.

Another objective of the present invention is the provision of a protective handle for a scrubbing device which has an edge cleaning position so that the base of the scrubbing device and the protective handle can be used to clean the top, bottom and edge of an object simultaneously.

Moreover, an objective of the present invention is the provision of a protective handle for a scrubbing device which has a protective handle which has enough rigidity to control movement of the scrubbing device over an object or surface.

A still further objective of the present invention is the provision of a protective handle for a scrubbing device which has a protective handle which is bendable in either lateral direction so that a right-handed and left-handed user can easily use the scrubbing device. Yet, another objective of the present invention is the provision of a protective handle for a scrubbing device where the scrubbing device is useful for cosmetic or personal care purposes to protect the user's body from accidental harm from the fingernails when scrubbing body parts.

These and other objectives of the invention (which other objectives become clear by consideration of the specification, claims and drawings as a whole) are met by providing a protective handle for a scrubbing device which is flexible yet protective.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Figure 1 depicts a top perspective view of the protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 of this invention.

Figure 2 depicts a bottom perspective view of the protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 of this invention.

Figure 3 depicts a top perspective view of the protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 in protective position 1 1 0.

Figure 4 depicts a side plan view of the protective handle for a scrubbing device in protective position 1 1 0. Figure 5 depicts an inverted perspective view of the protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 in crevice cleaning position 1 1 2.

Figure 6 depicts a top perspective view of the protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 in second protective position 1 1 1 .

Figure 7 depicts a side plan view of the protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 with left or right lateral movement 1 26 of protective handle 1 04 depicted in phantom.

Figure 8 depicts a top perspective view of the protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 in edge scrubbing position 1 1 4.

Figure 9 depicts a bottom, exploded perspective view of the protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 with abrasive accessory 1 08 and protective pad 1 09.

Figure 1 0 depicts a top perspective view of the protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 in use on an arm with the arm depicted in phantom.

Throughout the figures of the drawings, where the same part appears in one or more than one figure of the drawings, the same number is applied thereto. DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Reference will now be made in detail to several embodiments of the invention that are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. Whenever possible, the same or similar reference numerals are used in the drawings and the description to refer to the same or like parts or steps. The drawings are in simplified form and are not to precise scale. For purposes of convenience and clarity only, directional terms such as top, bottom, left, right, up, over, above, below, beneath, rear and front, may be used with respect to the drawings. These and similar to directional terms are not to be construed to limit the scope of the invention in any manner. The words attach, connect, couple and similar terms with their inflectional morphemes do not necessarily denote direct or intermediate connections, but may also include connections through mediate elements or devices.

A protective handle for a scrubbing device is provided. The protective handle and scrubbing device can be a unitary piece. Also, the protective handle can be a separate piece and attached to the scrubbing device through glue, fusion by heating, or any other suitable fastener or attachment method. The protective handle is a flexible handle. The protective handle is flexible and bendable in either lateral direction. The user grips the protective handle and rolls it over their fingernails, digits, upper knuckles and lower knuckles and tucks their thumb either behind or in front of the handle. The user can then use the scrubbing device on a multitude of surfaces and reduce or prevent damage to their digits, knuckles and fingernails.

The scrubbing device can be a multitude of different products. The scrubbing device can be a loofah, pumice stone or a natural sea sponge for cosmetic or personal care purposes. The scrubbing device can be a sponge, steel wool or abrasive pad for household cleaning purposes. The scrubbing device can be copper wool, steel wool or an abrasive impregnated fabric for industrial purposes. The scrubbing device can have sandpaper, steel wool, steel screen or abrasives attached to the bottom for dry walling or carpentry purposes. This disclosure is meant to be exemplary of suitable scrubbing devices but is not meant to limit the scrubbing devices to these examples and any suitable scrubbing device for any suitable purpose is included in and encompassed by this disclosure.

The scrubbing device can be made of any suitable material. The material of the scrubbing device can be hydrophilic or hydrophobic. The scrubbing device can be made of synthetic materials such as cellulose or cellulose wood fibers, foamed plastic polymers, open-cell or closed-cell foam materials, open-cell mixed with closed-cell foam materials, polyurethane foam, expanded polypropylene foam, expanded polyethylene foam, melamine foam, a low- density polyether, a polyvinyl alcohol, polyethylene or a plastic or plastic composite. The scrubbing device can be made of thermochromic polyurethane foam or polyurethane foam or thermochromic foam. The scrubbing device can be made of a foam or sponge material that is more rigid and less flexible at lower temperatures and less rigid and more flexible at higher temperatures. Moreover, the scrubbing device can be made of natural or organic materials such as a loofah, latex, a natural rubber or a natural sea sponge. The scrubbing device can be made of a reticulated foam material. This disclosure is meant to be exemplary of suitable materials for the scrubbing device but is not meant to limit the materials to these examples and any suitable material is included in and encompassed by this disclosure.

The protective handle can be made of any suitable material. The material of the protective handle can be the same material as the scrubbing device or the protective handle can be made of a different material than the scrubbing device. The protective handle can be made of synthetic materials such as cellulose wood fibers, foamed plastic polymers, open-cell or closed-cell foam materials, a low- density polyether or a polyvinyl alcohol. The protective handle can be made of a reticulated foam material. The protective handle must be made of a material that is flexible, malleable and bendable and can be gripped and rolled down over the fingernails, knuckles and digits of the user with the thumb tucked either in front of or behind the handle. The material must also be rigid enough to allow the protective handle to control the direction of the scrubbing device during use. The material must also be strong and durable enough to protect and conceal the fingernails, knuckles and digits of a user from the back and forth and/or circular motion of scrubbing and contact with sharp objects and other dangerous factors in the external environment. However, the material must not be too abrasive or rough as to harm the user's fingernails, knuckles or digits during use. This disclosure is meant to be exemplary of suitable materials for the protective handle but is not meant to limit the materials to these examples and any suitable material is included in and encompassed by this disclosure.

The scrubbing device can be the rectangular scrubbing device as seen in the accompanying drawings. However, the scrubbing device can vary in shape and size depending on the purpose for which it is used. A smaller and round scrubbing device may be used for personal hygiene or cosmetic uses. A triangular shaped scrubbing device may be used for detail work or scrubbing or sanding. The scrubbing device may be a square, a wedge or a polygon for suitable situations. A larger scrubbing device may be used for industrial purposes while a smaller scrubbing device may be used for household or cosmetic purposes. This disclosure is meant to be exemplary of suitable shapes and sizes for the scrubbing device but is not meant to limit the shape or size to these examples and any suitable shape or size is included in and encompassed by this disclosure.

The protective handle can be any shape or size to fit the underlying scrubbing device as long as the handle is long enough to be rolled to protect the fingernails, knuckles and digits of the user during use. In the embodiments depicted, the scrubbing device is shown as being used with one hand. However, for larger scrubbing devices, the protective handle may be large enough to accommodate and protect both hands during use. The two handed protective handle functions in the same manner as depicted below in the drawings with the user placing both hands over the handle and rolling it downward and tucking their thumbs either in front of or behind the handle for protection.

Now adding Figure 1 and Figure 2 to the consideration, a protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 of this invention can be clearly seen. Protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 has protective handle 1 04 attached to scrubbing device 1 02. Protective handle 1 04 is in extended position 1 32. Scrubbing device 1 02 can be any desired shape, size or thickness.

Now adding Figure 3, Figure 4 and Figure 6 to the consideration, the protective positions 1 1 0 and 1 1 1 of protective handle 1 04 can be clearly seen. Protective handle 1 04 is a flexible and bendable material. Protective handle 1 04 can be gripped by the user and rolled downward providing a protective and concealment barrier for the fingernails, knuckles and digits of the user.

The length of protective handle 1 04 is an important feature of the invention. Protective handle 1 04 must be of sufficient length 1 24 to allow a user with any hand size to grip handle 1 04 and roll it downward and still have the fingernails, knuckles and digits protected and concealed by handle 1 04 during use. In the preferred embodiment, the length 1 24 of protective handle 1 04 is 1 .27 centimeters (0.5 inches) to 25.4 centimeters (1 0 inches). In a more preferred embodiment, the length 1 24 of protective handle 1 04 is 5.08 centimeters (2 inches) to 20.32 centimeters (8 inches). In the most preferred embodiment, the length 1 24 of protective handle 1 04 is 7.62 centimeters (3 inches) to 1 2.7 centimeters (5 inches).

In a first embodiment of protective position 1 1 0, as seen in Figure 3, the user grips the protective handle 1 04 by placing the second, third, fourth and fifth digits in front of the protective handle 1 04. The user then rolls the protective handle 1 04 downward and wraps the first digit around a side of the handle 1 04 and then places it underneath the second digit for protection. Protective handle 1 04, in protective position 1 1 0, then protects and conceals the nails, knuckles and digits of all five digits during use.

In a second embodiment of protective position 1 1 1 , as seen in Figure 6, the user grips the protective handle 1 04 by placing the second, third, fourth and fifth digits in front of the protective handle 1 04. The user then rolls the handle 1 04 downward and places the first digit or thumb behind the protective handle 1 04 thereby protecting and concealing the nails, knuckles and digits of all five digits during use. The only difference between Figure 3 and protective position 1 1 0 and Figure 6 and second protective position 1 1 1 is the placement of the first digit.

Now adding Figure 5 to the consideration, the crevice cleaning position 1 1 2 of protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 can be seen. Scrubbing device 1 02 can be used to grip while protective handle 1 04 can be used to clean. This feature is especially useful when protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 is being used to clean a tight place such as crevices between two surfaces 1 30. An example of this can be a space between a kitchen appliance, such as a stove, and a counter. Other examples can be for cleaning between spaced wooden or plastic slats of lawn or outdoor furniture and indoor furniture, grill grates, sewer grates, shower grates, drainage grates, louvers or slats in vertical or horizontal blinds, the lower frame of a sliding patio door and toilet bowls.

Now adding Figure 7 to the consideration, edge scrubbing position 1 1 4 of protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 can be clearly seen. In edge scrubbing position 1 1 4, the top, bottom and edge of a surface or object can be cleaned simultaneously. In edge scrubbing position 1 1 4, the user grips either a right side 1 1 6 or a left side 1 1 8 of scrubbing device 1 02, placing the edge of the surface to be cleaned at or near the junction of the top side of scrubbing device 1 02 and the right side 1 20 or the left side 1 22 of protective handle 1 04. The user then folds the protective handle 1 04 over the side opposite to the gripped side of the scrubbing device 1 02. Thus, if the user grips the right side 1 1 6 of scrubbing device 1 02, protective handle 1 04 is folded toward the left side 1 1 8 of scrubbing device 1 02 and if the user grips the left side 1 1 8 of scrubbing device 1 02 , protective handle 1 04 is folded toward the right side 1 1 6 of scrubbing device 1 02. Once gripped, the user then compresses the top and bottom surface of the object to be cleaned while moving the right side 1 1 6 or left side 1 1 8 of scrubbing device 1 02 and the right side 1 20 or left side 1 22 of protective handle 1 04 laterally or circularly along all surfaces of the object to be cleaned.

Now referring to Figure 8, an additional embodiment of protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 can be clearly seen. In this embodiment, protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 is able to scour, sand or polish an object or a surface. In this embodiment, scrubbing device 1 02 has bottom surface 1 06 which has an abrasive accessory 1 08. Abrasive accessory 1 08 can be shells, corn cobs, loofahs, sand papers, composite chips, polyethylene, concrete, pumice or volcanic rocks, slags, aluminum oxides, steel wools, abrasive plastic aggregates, abrasive metals, silicon carbide, garnet, a plastic or a plastic composite or a woven fabric of any material composition impregnated with an abrasive compound. Abrasive accessory 1 08 allows scrubbing device 1 02 to be used for household purposes such as scrubbing dishes, appliances or bathroom fixtures, light industrial applications such as sanding of metal, wood or drywall or heavy industrial purposes such as cleaning car engines or other machinery.

As an alternate embodiment, abrasive accessory 1 08 can be the material of scrubbing device 1 02 itself. The material of scrubbing device 1 02 can range in hardness from a loofah material with progressing levels of hardness and abrasiveness to include metals or metal alloys or a scrubbing device impregnated with abrasive substances up to the hardness of cubic zirconia.

In this embodiment, it may be necessary to add an additional protective pad 1 09 to both the left side 1 22 and right side 1 20 of protective handle 1 04 and the top 1 07 of scrubbing device 1 02. This protective pad 1 09 protects the fingernails, knuckles and digits from the abrasiveness of scrubbing device 1 02 while in the protective position 1 1 0 or 1 1 1 . The protective pad 1 09 can be made of any suitable material such as felt, cotton, or synthetic material that is strong enough to provide a barrier between the abrasive nature of the scrubbing device 1 02 and the fingernails, knuckles and digits of the user yet, still protect the fingernails, knuckles and digits during use. This disclosure is meant to be exemplary of suitable materials for protective pad 1 09 but is not meant to limit the materials to these examples and any material is included in and encompassed by this disclosure.

Protective pad 1 09 can be attached to scrubbing device 1 02 and protective handle 1 04 through any suitable method. Some examples of suitable attachment methods for protective pad 1 09 include adhesives, a hook and loop assembly, thermal bonding or any other suitable method for providing a secure and stable attachment. This disclosure is meant to be exemplary of suitable attachment methods to attach protective pad 1 09 to scrubbing device 1 02 and protective handle 1 04 but is not meant to limit the materials to these examples and any suitable attachment method for providing a secure and stable method is included in and encompassed by this disclosure.

Now adding Figure 9 to the consideration, right or left lateral movement 1 26 of protective handle 1 04 can be clearly seen. Protective handle 1 04 has lateral movement 1 26 in either the right or left direction. Right or left lateral movement 1 26 is important to allow a user that is either right-handed or left- handed to grip protective handle 1 04 and place it in protective positions 1 1 0 or 1 1 1 . Thus, right or left lateral movement 1 26 allows a user that is either right- handed or left-handed to comfortably grip protective handle 1 04 and apply the proper force to scrubbing device 1 02 to effectively scrub the desired surface.

Now adding Figure 1 0 to the consideration, the cosmetic or personal hygiene embodiment of a protective handle for a scrubbing device 1 00 can be clearly seen. In this embodiment, scrubbing device 1 02 is for cosmetic or personal hygiene purposes such as exfoliating or cleaning the skin or scratching the back. In this embodiment, protective handle 1 04 must protect the fingernails, knuckles and digits of the user from harm during use but also must protect the body part that is being scrubbed from harm by the user's fingernails as well. The protective positions 1 1 0 and 1 1 1 as described above are applicable to this embodiment.

This application— taken as a whole with the abstract, specification, claims, and drawings— provides sufficient information for a person having ordinary skill in the art to practice the invention disclosed and claimed herein. Any measures necessary to practice this invention are well within the skill of a person having ordinary skill in this art after that person has made a careful study of this disclosure. Because of this disclosure and solely because of this disclosure, modification of this tool can become clear to a person having ordinary skill in this particular art. Such modifications are clearly covered by this disclosure. What is claimed and sought to be protected by Letters Patent is:




 
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