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Title:
PROTECTIVE HANDLE FOR A SCRUBBING DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/164867
Kind Code:
A4
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:
PCT/US2016/026847
Publication Date:
November 24, 2016
Filing Date:
April 10, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
KONKEY KENNETH J (US)
International Classes:
A47L13/10; A47L13/022
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CRAWFORD, Brie, A. (1095 Pingree Road Suite 20, Crytal Lake IL, US)
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Claims:
AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 07 October 2016 (07.10.2016)

Listing of Claims: Claims 1-15 (canceled)

Claim 16. (new) 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 being able to flex toward the base so as to cause the substantially perpendicular angle to become more acute toward the left side and more obtuse toward the right side;

j) the protective handle being rollable;

k) the protective handle being a single protective handle;

1) the protective handle having at least two substantially planar sides; and, m) the extended handle 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 17. (new) The scrubbing device of Claim 16 further comprising:

a) the protective handle having an extended position;

b) the protective handle having a protective position; and,

c) the protective handle extending an entire width of the base. Claim 18. (new) The scrubbing device of Claim 17 further comprising:

a) the protective handle having a crevice cleaning position;

b) the protective handle having an edge cleaning position; and,

c) the top surface and the bottom surface of the base being substantially planar.

Claim 19. (new) The scrubbing device of Claim 18 further comprising:

a) the protective handle having a right side and a left side; and,

b) the right side of the protective handle operably attached to the right side of the base or the left side of the protective handle operably attached to the left side of the base such that at least one of the right side of the base or the left side of the base can be rolled into a protective position while the other of the right side of the base or the left side of the base and the protective handle form the edge cleaning position.

Claim 20. (new) The scrubbing device of Claim 19 further comprising the protective position being formed through the flexible and rollable movement of the protective handle.

Claim 21. (new) The scrubbing device of Claim 20 further comprising:

a) the protective handle having a protective pad; and,

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

Claim 22. (new) 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 being able to flex toward the base so as to cause the substantially perpendicular angle to become more acute on the left side and more obtuse on the right side; j) the protective handle being a single protective handle;

k) the protective handle being rollable;

1) the protective handle having at least two substantially planar sides; and, m) the extended handle 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 23. (new) The improvement to the scrubbing device of Claim 22 further comprising: a) the protective handle having an extended position;

b) the protective handle having a protective position; and,

c) the protective handle extending an entire width of the base.

Claim 24. (new) The improvement to the scrubbing device of Claim 23 further comprising: a) the protective handle having a crevice cleaning position;

b) the protective handle having an edge cleaning position; and,

c) the top surface and the bottom surface of the base being substantially planar.

Claim 25. (new) The improvement to the scrubbing device of Claim 24 further comprising: a) the protective handle having a right side and a left side; and,

b) the right side of the protective handle operably attached to the right side of the base or the left side of the protective handle operably attached to the left side of the base such that at least one of the right side of the base or the left side of the base can be rolled into a protective position while the other of the right side of the base or the left side of the base and the protective handle form the edge cleaning position.

Claim 26. (new) The improvement to the scrubbing device of Claim 25 further comprising the protective position being formed through the flexible and rollable movement of the protective handle.

Claim 27. (new) The improvement to the scrubbing device of Claim 26 further comprising: a) the protective handle having a protective pad; and,

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

39 Claim 28. (new) A method for protecting multiple fingernails, knuckles and digits of a user while using a scrubbing device, the method comprising:

a) using a scrubbing device with a base having a scrubbing surface, and a protective handle, operably attached to the base, which is flexible and rollable with an extended handle length;

b) forming a protective position through a flexible and rollable movement of the protective handle;

c) grasping the protective handle with a hand having a plurality of digits, including a first digit having a first fingernail and a first knuckle and at least a second digit having a second fingernail and a second knuckle;

d) rolling the protective handle down toward a right side or a left side of the base and at least partially surrounding the second fingernail and/or the second knuckle and, e) placing the first digit in front of or behind the protective handle so as to at least partially shield the first fingernail and/or the first knuckle from the scrubbing surface.

Claim 29. (new) 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 30. (new) 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 a right side of the protective handle and a right side of the base for cleaning or grasping the 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.

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