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1. WO2007149286 - INSTANT STAIN REMOVING DEVICE, FORMULATION AND ABSORBENT MEANS

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WHAT IS CLAIMED:

1. An applicator for applying stain treatment fluid to fabric, comprising:

a fluid reservoir in communication with a valve assembly, the fluid reservoir containing a stain treatment formulation, and

a shell connected to the fluid reservoir for accommodating absorbent material, the shell comprising an opening through which absorbent material can extend,

the valve assembly comprising an exit orifice.

2. The applicator of claim 1 wherein the absorbent material comprises a ring with a plurality of outwardly extending pads, and

wherein the ring may be rotated within the shell to expose at least one pad through the opening at a time.

3. The applicator of claim 2 wherein the absorbent pads comprise matted fibers.

4. The applicator of claim 2 wherein the absorbent pads comprise polyester felt.

5. The applicator of claim 1 wherein the valve assembly further comprises a restrictive flow element providing communication between the reservoir and a throttle element.

6. The applicator of claim 5 wherein relative movement between the restrictive flow element and throttle element establishes or prevents communication between the reservoir and the exit orifice.

7. The applicator of claim 5 wherein rotation of the throttle element with respect to the restrictive flow element establishes or prevents communication between the reservoir and the exit orifice.

8. The applicator of claim 5 wherein axial movement of the throttle element with respect to the restrictive flow element establishes or prevents communication between the reservoir and the exit orifice.

9. The applicator of claim 5 wherein one end of the restrictive flow element is mateably received within an opening in the reservoir and an opposing end of the restrictive flow element is mateably received within the throttle element.

10. The applicator of claim 5 wherein the reservoir is disposed between the shell and the restrictive flow element and the restrictive flow element is disposed between the reservoir and the throttle element.

11. The applicator of claim 1 wherein the stain treatment fluid comprises
water,

at least one anionic surfactant, and

at least one nonionic surfactant.

12. The applicator of claim 1 1 wherein the least one anionic surfactant is selected from the group consisting of sodium lauryl sulfate, isopropyl amine sulfonate, sodium capryl sulfonate and mixtures thereof.

13. The applicator of claim 11 wherein the nonionic surfactant is selected from the group consisting of an alcohol ethoxylate, a linear ethoxylated alcohol, and mixtures thereof.

14. The applicator of claim 12 wherein the stain treatment fluid further comprises a bleach.

15. The applicator of claim 14 wherein the bleaches hydrogen peroxide.

16. A fabric treatment application device comprising:

a reservoir disposed between and connected to both a valve assembly and a shell,

the reservoir containing a stain treatment formulation,

the shell for accommodating absorbent material and an opening through which absorbent material can extend,
the valve assembly comprising a restrictive flow element providing communication between the reservoir and a throttle element, the throttle element comprising an exit orifice,

wherein relative movement between the restrictive flow element and throttle element establishes or prevents communication between the reservoir and the exit orifice.

17. The fabric treatment application device of claim 16 wherein rotation of the throttle element with respect to the restrictive flow element establishes or prevents communication between the reservoir and the exit orifice.

18. The fabric treatment application device of claim 16 wherein axial movement of the throttle element with respect to the restrictive flow element establishes or prevents communication between the reservoir and the exit orifice.

19. The fabric treatment application device of claim 14 wherein the absorbent material comprises a ring with a plurality of pads extending outwardly, wherein the ring may be rotated within the shell to expose at least one pad through the opening at a time.

20. A method for treating a stain, spot or mark on an article of clothing while the clothing is being worn, the method comprising:

providing an applicator for applying stain treatment fluid to the clothing, the applicator comprising a reservoir of stain treatment fluid, a valve assembly connected to the reservoir and a shell comprising an opening, the shell accommodating a ring of absorbent pads connected to an actuator for rotating the ring of pads to move one of said pads into alignment with the opening of the shell;

applying the stain treatment fluid to at least partially soak the clothing on and immediately around the stain, spot or mark;

rotating the device and engaging the clothing and the solution applied to the clothing with said one of the pads in alignment with the opening in the shell; and

wicking at least some of the solution from the clothing with said pad while transferring at least some of the stain to said pad.