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1. US20030161676 - Device for supplying active substances to a cleaning device

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Claims

1. A device for fitting one or more active substances to a cleaning device, especially in sanitary or hygienic surroundings, said cleaning device comprising:
a retaining device being affixable and at least one of: intermittently interlocking and tension-locked to at least one gripping section of said cleaning device, which is being hand-held and moved by a user when utilizing said cleaning device or at least one cleaning area of said cleaning device, which comes into at least temporary contact with an object to be cleaned upon said gripping section being moved,
said retaining device holding said active substance, and
said retaining device being one of: a single-piece configuration and having disposed thereon at least one fixing area being slippable over at least one of at least a part of said gripping section and said cleaning area of said cleaning device, and a configuration of at least two pieces being joinable into an assembled state, whereby fixing areas mounted thereon wrap around at least one of at least a part of said gripping section and said cleaning area of said cleaning device; and
said retaining device having at least one receiving area extending at least partially around an axis and which is at least partially connected to said active substance; and that
said fixing area of said retaining device is connected to at least a portion of said receiving area, integrally connected thereto, and having at least one of: at least one partially inward-extending protrusion and at least one elastic element extending at least partially around said axis.
2. The device according to claim 1, characterized in that
said active substance contains substances selected from among a group which especially includes lime-dissolving substances, cleansing substances, scents, air fresheners, disinfectants, foaming substances, odor-eaters, dyes, substances for dissolving urine stains, and the like.
3. The device in accordance with claim 1, characterized in that
said active substance is water soluble.
4. The device in accordance with claim 1, characterized in that
said retaining device is of said single-piece configuration.
5. The device according to claim 4, characterized in that
at least one coupling section is arranged between said receiving area and said fixing area.
6. The device according to claim 4, characterized in that
said receiving area is arranged to be at least one of substantially flat and substantially perpendicular to axis.
7. The device according to claim 4, characterized in that
said receiving area extends at least partially in at least one of an annular and polygonal shape around said axis and the progression of said receiving area around said axis is at least partially tubular and the walls of said tube comprise one or more throughlets.
8. The device according to claim 4, characterized in that
at least one of said receiving area, said coupling section and said fixing area are at least partially of latticed configuration.
9. The device according to claim 4, characterized in that
at least one of said receiving area, said coupling section and said fixing area comprise at least a perforation extending at least partially radially.
10. The device according to claim 4, characterized in that
an outwardly-extending flap is affixed at said receiving area, affixed integrally thereto.
11. The device according to claim 4, characterized in that
said active substance comprises at least one of a gel, at least a granule material, at least a liquid, at least a polymer and at least a solid substance.
12. The device according to claim 4, characterized in that
said active substance is configured to be at least one of partly annular, polygonal and the profile of said active substance corresponds substantially to the profile of said receiving area around said axis.
13. The device according to claim 4, characterized in that
said active substance is disposed to at least one of lie upon said receiving area and be suspended at said receiving area.
14. The device according to claim 4, characterized in that
the transition zone of said retaining device engages in the centric throughlet of said active substance ring or active substance polygon, respectively.
15. The device according to claim 4, characterized in that
said receiving area has at least one protrusion extending at least partially parallel to said axis which engages into at least one recess of said active substance arranged complementarily thereto.
16. The device in accordance with claim 1, characterized in that
said retaining device is of two-piece or multi-piece configuration.
17. The device according to claim 16, characterized in that
the components of said retaining device are joined together when in said assembled state by at least one connective means.
18. The device according to claim 1, characterized in that
at least one of said gripping section and said cleaning area of said cleaning device is configured to extend in substantially elongated design along a longitudinal axis of said cleaning device; and
said cleaning area is at least partially provided with bristles arranged to extend radially outwardly relative said longitudinal axis of said cleaning device.
19. The device according to claim 1, characterized in that
said cleaning device is a brush for cleaning toilet bowls.
20. A method for fitting one or more active substances to a cleaning device, especially in sanitary or hygienic surroundings, the method comprising the following steps:
affixing a retaining device having at least one receiving area extending at least partially around an axis and which is at least partially connected to said active substance, and at least one fixing area of said retaining device is connected to at least a portion of said receiving area, integrally connected thereto, and having at least one of: at least one partially inward-extending protrusion and at least one elastic element extending at least partially around said axis; said retaining device; holding said active substance to said cleaning device by one of
slipping said at least one fixing area disposed on said retaining device over at least one of at least a part of a gripping section and a cleaning area of said cleaning device, and
by joining at least two components of said retaining device into an assembled state, whereby said at least one fixing area mounted thereon wrap around at least one of at least a part of said gripping section and said cleaning area of said cleaning device.
21. The method according to claim 20, characterized by the additional procedural steps:
extracting an active substance from a packaging provided thereto;
affixing said active substance to at least one part of said retaining device.
22. The method according to claim 20, characterized by the additional procedural steps:
grasping the flap of said retaining device;
drawing said retaining device back from said cleaning device in a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis;
discarding said retaining device.