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134008000 Hollow work, internal surface treatment 64
134007000 In particulate or comminuted form 36
134009000 Longitudinally traveling work, of bar, strip, strand, sheet or web form 20
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20110197915Bio-Based Solvents and Methods for Using Same - A method for making and using bio-based cleaning compositions containing an epoxidized fatty acid ester is provided herein.08-18-2011
20100132736Test Cell Conditioner (TCC) Surrogate Cleaning Device - A test cell conditioner (TCC) surrogate cleaning device for cleaning the pin elements in a socket or electrical interface receptacle of a load board includes a main testing frame, a plurality of trays, testing chip receptacles and one or more pick up devices. Chips to be tested (electronic elements) are entrained on a tray, and a plurality of adhesive cleaning chips are entrained on another tray. The adhesive cleaning chip contains a solid layer and an adhesive layer, and an abrasive material is mingled in the adhesive layer. The pick up device removes the adhesive cleaning chip to a position above the testing chip receptacle and cleans up the oxides and other foreign materials sticking on the receptacle by absorption or abrasion. Interrupting the operation of the apparatus to clean the test probe by etching can be excluded so as to improve the working efficiency.06-03-2010
20100154822Stain Treatment and Removal - A package for delivering a cleaning solution to a surface to be cleaned comprises a housing, a pocket in the housing having at least one piercing projection extending into the pocket and a passageway between the pocket and the surface to be cleaned beneath the housing. A sealed packet containing a cleaning solution can be configured to fit into the pocket and can have at least a portion of an outer surface thereof adapted to be pierced by the at least one piercing projection when the packet is placed in the pocket. The cleaning solution can be discharged from the packet when the packet is positioned in the pocket and the packet is pierced by the at least one piercing projection. The cleaning solution can then be dispensed through the passageway onto a surface to be cleaned.06-24-2010
20130025631SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR WIRE CLEANING IN A GALVANIZING PRODUCTION LINE - A cleaning package for wires, method and system comprising said cleaning package, the package comprising a fiber-glass core, a synthetic fiber coating layer surrounding the fiber-glass core and interlaced with said fiber-glass core, and a coating layer surrounding, at least in part, the synthetic fiber coating layer, wherein the coating layer is a thermoplastic layer. The cooled-off galvanized wire is passed in between the at least two cleaning packages at a speed of up to 250 meters per second, while lasting up to eight hours.01-31-2013
20130025630METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING LABELS FROM CONTAINERS - A method and an apparatus for removing labels (01-31-2013
20130025629SCRAPER BLADE DEVICE FOR CLEANING A SURFACE AND METHOD - The scraper blade device is provided for cleaning a surface, for instance a roadway surface, when moving in a forward direction relative to the surface. The scraper blade device includes an upper blade portion and a bottom blade portion. The bottom blade portion has a plurality of widthwise-disposed blade segments that are adjoined and juxtaposed to one another. The bottom edge of each blade segment is independently slidingly movable in an up and down movement out of alignment with reference to the bottom edge of the other blade segments and is biased towards a downward working direction. The bottom edge of the blade segments is also pivotally movable with reference to the surface to be cleaned about a pivot axis that is substantially parallel to the lowermost edge of the scraper blade device. The bottom edges is biased towards a forward working position.01-31-2013
20130025628SCOURING BODY - A scouring body which comprises a sponge body and a sheet like textile structure arranged on the sponge body, wherein the cleaning surface of the sheet-like textile structure is sealed, strengthened and provided with scouring particles by means of a binder, is described. The scouring particles comprise plastic particles. The scouring body is characterized by an extraordinarily high cleaning power, washing stability and hydrolysis resistance.01-31-2013
20130025627CLEANING DEVICE FOR DRY CLEANING IRREGULAR OBJECTS - The present invention relates to a cleaning device (01-31-2013
20130025626POOL CLEANING APPARATUS AND RELATED METHODS - A tool for cleaning debris from swimming pools includes a frame, a corresponding net, and retaining means for retaining the net on the frame. The preferred retaining means is an elongated strip of resilient, flexible material, having a generally U-shaped cross-section. The web portion of the cross-section includes an exterior surface smoothly shaped between its two edges to urge debris from the pool into the net. The leg portions of the cross-section include gripping portions to assist in engaging and/or disengaging the retaining means from the frame, to permit the net to be assembled, changed or replaced. Preferably, the retaining means is formed from at least two different materials. The preferred frame of the tool is fabricated from aluminum and includes an elongated, curved frame portion with its ends permanently assembled into the end of a tubular attachment member, to permit attachment of the tool to a handle, pole or similar structure. The preferred net of the tool includes one or more anti-slip devices to prevent the edge of the net or bag from slipping between the frame portion and retaining means. A corresponding preferred method of use is also disclosed.01-31-2013
20090211596Method of post etch polymer residue removal - A system and method for removing post-etch polymer residue from a surface of a substrate includes identifying a dry flash chemistry for removing the post-etch polymer residue from the surface of the substrate. The dry flash chemistry is configured to selectively remove the post-etch polymer residue left behind by an etch operation in a region where a feature was formed through a low-k dielectric film layer. The identified dry flash chemistry is applied using a short flash process to remove at least a portion of the post-etch polymer residue while minimizing the damage to the dielectric film layer. A wet cleaning chemistry is then applied to the surface of the substrate. The application of the wet cleaning chemistry aids in substantially removing the remaining post-etch polymer residue left behind by the short flash process.08-27-2009
20080257382Cleaning Solution and Wipes and Method for Cleaning - The present invention provides a cleaning solution, a wipe impregnated with the cleaning solution and packages/dispenser including such wipes which can be used to effectively clean a variety of articles such as optical lenses, optical glasses, camera and video camera lenses, head and face protective masks, scientific instruments including gauges, windows, mirrors household fixtures, bathroom fittings, motor vehicles, boats and their components and the like, as well as the hands of the cleaner. In particular, the cleaning solution comprises cineole in an amount of between about 20% and about 60% by weight of the solution and up to about 80% by weight of the solution of a suitable solvent. The invention is also directed to methods of producing a cleaning solution, of producing a wipe impregnated with the cleaning solution and packages/dispensers including such wipes as well as methods of cleaning surfaces and, in particular, of cleaning hands.10-23-2008
20100116289CLEANING BRUSH WITH PULSING WATER - A paint preparation tool (05-13-2010
20100071722FILM ROLL, AND CLEANING METHOD FOR FILM DEPOSITING APPARATUS - A film roll comprises an elongated substrate film for film deposition wound into a roll, the substrate film including: at least one elongated product-film portion having a pair of surfaces opposite with each other, with one of the surfaces serving as a surface for film deposition; and at least one cleaning-film portion connected to an end of the product-film portion and having a pair of surfaces opposite with each other, with at least one of the surfaces serving as a cleaning surface having a dust removal function.03-25-2010
20100071721Masonry Mold Cleaning Apparatus And Method - A mold cleaning apparatus and method is provided for removing debris from an advancing masonry mold product. At least one rotatable tire is arranged at an acute angle to the masonry mold product and engages the mold product to provide a cleaning or scraping force to remove debris from the mold product. The cleaning force of the tire can be adjusted by changing the angle of the tire, the air pressure of the tire or the height of the tire relative to the mold surface. Multiple tires can be employed, while being rotated periodically to evenly distribute wear or replaced as needed.03-25-2010
20100101605Water-Activated "Green" Multi-Functional Wipe - Multi-functional wipes with desirable ecological profiles and improved performances are disclosed. The wipes may include a substrate and a cleaning composition, a disinfecting/sanitizing composition, and an optional fragrance composition releasably associated with the substrate. The compositions may be separated from one another and may be impregnated in or coated on distinct sections of the substrate. Unlike “wet” wipes preloaded with a dilute cleaning liquid, the disclosed wipes may be substantially dry and water-activated just prior to its application on a target surface.04-29-2010
20130074873SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD - A substrate processing apparatus comprising: a substrate holder which holds a substrate having a pattern formed in a surface of the substrate in a predetermined positional relationship with a reference indicator of the substrate; and a cleaner which abuts an adhesive member on the surface of the substrate which is held by the substrate holder and peels off the adhesive member along the surface of the substrate in a peeling direction which is not at right angle to a direction of the pattern, thereby cleaning the surface of the substrate.03-28-2013
20130074872IN-SITU BACKSIDE CLEANING OF SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE - The present disclosure provides a method and apparatus for cleaning a semiconductor wafer. In an embodiment of the method, a single wafer cleaning apparatus is provided and a wafer is positioned in the apparatus. A first chemical spray is dispensed onto a front surface of the wafer. A back surface of the wafer is cleaned while dispensing the first chemical spray. The cleaning of the back surface may include a brush and spray of cleaning fluids. An apparatus operable to clean the front surface and the back surface of a single semiconductor wafer is also described.03-28-2013
20100037914DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR THE TREATMENT OF FADED OR OXIDIZED ANODIZED ALUMINUM - The technology described herein provides an applicator pad, system, and method for the treatment of faded or oxidized anodized aluminum. The applicator pad includes a central foam core, and an outer cloth covering, the outer cloth covering being substantially smooth and disposed upon and securely adhered to the soft foam core, the outer cloth covering configured to receive and transfer a predetermined measure of polymer to the foam core and for direct application contact with the faded or oxidized anodized aluminum. The system for treating faded or oxidized anodized aluminum includes an applicator pad, a clear gloss, satin, or mat finish polymer, a polymer remover, a cloth, a sandpaper sheet, and an instructional guide. A method for treating faded or oxidized anodized aluminum includes utilizing an applicator pad and a clear gloss, satin, or mat finish polymer for removing the appearance of oxidation from anodized aluminum, elucidating the aluminum, and secondarily providing a protective coat.02-18-2010
20130206173MOBILE CLEANING DEVICE FOR SOLAR PANELS - The invention concerns a mobile cleaning device suitable for displacing along and cleaning a series of adjacent tilted solar panels aligned in a row and requiring therefor no superstructure fixed to the row of solar panels. The device includes a supporting frame defining a cleaning plane, on which are mounted a cleaning device suitable for cleaning a surface parallel to the cleaning plane, a support device for maintaining the supporting frame substantially parallel to the surface to be cleaned during the displacement of the cleaning device along a row of solar panels; and a guiding device for guiding the displacement of the cleaning device along a row of solar panels. The guiding device includes at least two, preferably at least three, separate guiding wheels, which are aligned along a straight line parallel to the cleaning plane and adjacent to a first edge of the frame. Each guiding wheel is mounted such as to rotate about an axis substantially normal to the cleaning plane and suitable for resting and rolling on the upper edge of the aligned solar panels with the cleaning device in cleaning contact with the surface to be cleaned.08-15-2013
20130206170COVERAGE ROBOT MOBILITY - An autonomous coverage robot includes a body having at least one outer wall, a drive system disposed on the body and configured to maneuver the robot over a work surface, and a cleaning assembly carried by the body. The cleaning assembly includes first and second cleaning rollers rotatably coupled to the body, a suction assembly having a channel disposed adjacent at least one of the cleaning rollers, and a container in fluid communication with the channel. The container is configured to collect debris drawn into the channel. The suction assembly is configured to draw debris removed from the work surface by at least one of the cleaning rollers into the channel, and the container has a wall common with the at least one outer wall of the body.08-15-2013
20130206169Device and Method for Cleaning a Wire - Device for scrubbing a metal wire, including means for feeding and running the wire (F), at least two pairs of rotary brushes (08-15-2013
20130206167CLEANING SYSTEM FOR SOLAR REFLECTORS/COLLECTORS - A system and method for cleaning a reflector/collector pivotally mounted on a pivoting mechanism, the system including a wiping device disposed on one side of the reflector/collector, and a counterbalance element coupled to the wiping device over a top end of the reflector/collector, wherein the pivoting mechanism causes the reflector/collector to pivot between a first state wherein the wiping device moves to the top end of the reflector/collector by means of gravity and cleans the reflector/collector, and a second state wherein the wiping device moves to a bottom end of reflector/collector by means of gravity and cleans the reflector/collector.08-15-2013
20130206166ALUMINUM SAFE COMPOSITIONS FOR REMOVING CURED POLYSULFIDE RESINS - A metal-safe dissolving composition for cured resins, comprising a solvent blend that includes a metal safe solvent mixture with addition of a soluble alkali that exhibits a pKa value ≧12. The solvent mixture may include the preferred solvent for metal safety, gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), and the preferred soluble amine, 1,8-diazabicyclo(5.4.0)undec-7-ene (DBU). The solvent, n,n-dimethylacetamide (DMAC) or others, are chosen for high penetration and solvency to polar resins. To this mixture, a surfactant, inhibitor, and cellulose derivative may be added to produce a gel-form property. The product may be used to remove coatings and sealants present on vertical and horizontal surfaces and hard to reach areas commonly encountered when performing maintenance on aviation fuel tanks and similar equipment. Of key importance for the remover is its safety to aluminum and aluminum alloy substrates as demonstrated by modified test methods for sandwich corrosion, for example, ASTM F1110.08-15-2013
20120174946ROLLER COVER CLEANER - Disclosed herein is a roller cover cleaning apparatus. The apparatus may include a handle and a wire that is coupled to the handle. The wire may form a helix that extends around an axis of the helix for more than 360 degrees. The wire may be substantially radially equidistant from the axis of the helix along the length of the wire from the proximal end of the helix to the distal end of the helix. The wire may be at least partially resiliently flexible to increase the radial distance between the wire and the axis.07-12-2012
20130081651MODEL TRAIN CAR AND ENGINE WHEEL CLEANING DEVICE AND METHOD - A model train car or engine wheel cleaning device includes a cradle having a base plate and side walls. Cleaning strips are mounted on the side walls and a spring loaded core is located there between. The core is moveable between a neutral position and a compressed position. Conductive strips are positioned on top of the core. Electrical contacts are electrically connected to the conductive strips. During use, the core is in the compressed position and the rail contact surfaces of the wheels contact the cleaning strips. When cleaning a model train engine with motorized wheels, the wheel rims are in contact with the conductive strips and an electric current is supplied to the electrical contacts, causing the wheels to turn and be cleaned. When cleaning a model train car with free-spinning wheels, the car is manually moved back and forth, causing the wheels to turn and be cleaned.04-04-2013
20130081652Apparatus and Method for cleaning Facades on multi-story buildings - The present invention relates to an automatic cleaning apparatus (04-04-2013
20130032168SPRAYABLE GEL CLEANER FOR OPTICAL AND ELECTRONIC SURFACES - A sprayable homogeneous and high viscosity surface cleaning gel or gel foam composition and method of cleaning is provided. The composition may include from about 70% to about 99% of a liquid carrier; from about 0.002% to about 10% of surfactant selected from the group of non-ionic, anionic, amphoteric, and zwitterionic surfactants, and mixtures thereof; from about 0.005% to about 5% of a water-soluble polymeric thickening agent; and from about 0.001 to about 1.0% of a pH balancing agent. The sprayable gel cleaner composition may be completely clear without any suspended encapsulated particles in it and includes a viscosity range from about 200 centipoise to about 30,000 centipoise at standard temperature and pressure.02-07-2013
20130032169CONTROL OF A WINDOW WASHER SYSTEM ASSOCIATED WITH A WIPER SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - The present invention relates to the control of a window washer system associated with a system for wiping a glazed surface of a motor vehicle, said wiper system comprising a wiper motor for rotating at least one wiper blade holder arm, and this window washer system comprising a liquid reservoir connected to at least one nozzle designed to deliver, over a wiping cycle, at least one liquid jet for at least a first window washer system activation period defined between an instant (t02-07-2013
20130037052PLATEN CLEANING METHOD - A method for cleaning a workpiece support that includes using a workpiece that has been coated on its bottom surface with a suitable material is disclosed. This specially coated workpiece is placed on the support, and some time later, it is removed, taking with it particles from the support. In certain embodiments, the workpiece undergoes an ion implantation process to increase its temperature, and to increase the tackiness of the coating on the bottom surface. The material used to coat the bottom can be of variable types, including photoresists, oxides and deposited glasses.02-14-2013
20100095983AUTOMATED APPENDAGE CLEANING APPARATUS WITH BRUSH - A system is provided for providing automated washing for debris removal from the skin of a user's hands. At least some embodiments of the present include a friction enhancing structure such as a brush. In at least one embodiment of the invention, the system includes an RFID capability for identifying when at least one component, such as a removable brush, is due to for replacement for sanitation reasons.04-22-2010
20100108094Solvent Composition for Removing Radioactive Substance and Removing Material, and Method for Removing Radioactive Substance - The present invention relates to a solvent composition for removing radioactive substance, characterized by comprising at least one selected from hydrofluorocarbon, hydrofluoroether, and perfluoroketone as a medium for transporting the radioactive substance, and a method for removing a radioactive substance characterized by using the solvent composition for removing.05-06-2010
20100108095SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE CLEANING METHOD - Disclosed are a substrate processing apparatus and a substrate cleaning method to satisfactorily clean the entire circumferential periphery of a substrate, including an upper surface circumferential periphery, an end, and a lower surface circumferential periphery of the substrate. The substrate processing apparatus includes a substrate supporter to support the substrate, a first cleaner to clean the upper surface circumferential periphery of the substrate with a pressurized cleaning liquid, and a second cleaner to clean the end and the lower surface circumferential periphery of the substrate while contacting the end and the lower surface circumferential periphery of the substrate with a cleaning member. The first cleaner cleans the upper surface circumferential periphery of the substrate, and the second cleaner cleans the end and the lower surface circumferential periphery of the substrate.05-06-2010
20130037053Debris Removal in High Aspect Structures - A system for removing debris from a surface of a photolithographic mask is provided. The system includes an atomic force microscope with a tip supported by a cantilever. The tip includes a surface and a nanometer-scaled coating disposed thereon. The coating has a surface energy lower than the surface energy of the photolithographic mask.02-14-2013
20130037051Apparatuses, Systems and Methods for Cleaning Photovoltaic Devices - Embodiments of solar panel cleaning apparatuses, solar panel cleaning systems, and solar panel cleaning methods are disclosed. In certain embodiments, the disclosed solar panel cleaning apparatuses, systems and methods do may not require any water or other cleaning liquids in the whole cleaning process, which makes them prominent well suited in for water-deficit environments such as deserts. In one embodiment, the solar panel cleaning apparatus comprises one or more rotatable brushes each having a rotational axis and a drive configured to move each of the one or more rotatable brushes in a direction that is not perpendicular to the rotational axis. The solar panel cleaning apparatus is may be configured such that the angle of the rotational axis of at least one of the one or more rotatable brushes is adjustable relative to the direction of travel.02-14-2013
20130037050CLEANER AND PATH CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A cleaner includes at least one cleaning component, a pump module, a driving module and a control system. The at least one cleaning component and the plate delimit at least one space. The pump module is connected to the at least one space to pump air out of the at least a space to form a negative air pressure in the at least one space so that the cleaner is sucked on the plate. The driving module is connected to the at least a cleaning component to drive the at least a cleaning component. The control system is coupled to the pump module and the driving module and controls the driving module to cause the at least one driven cleaning component to make a movement on the plate.02-14-2013
20130037049Hygienic article - The technical decision is applied for cleaning exteriority of external male genital organs. The hygienic article consists of the handle made to the shape of a dowel with the possibility of grasping by thumb and index finger of human hand and the sheaf of sliced cleaning material. The handle is made from press paper; sanitary-hygienic paper is used as the sliced cleaning material.02-14-2013
20130068250WHISK WIPER - A whisk wiper, a device having a a plurality of intersecting slits angularly disposed in an asterisk type pattern, is mounted onto a whisk. It is pulled down over the loops 03-21-2013
20120180815High Efficiency Disposable Cellulosic Wiper - A high efficiency disposable cellulosic wiper includes (a) pulp-derived papermaking fiber; (b) up to 75% by weight regenerated cellulosic microfiber having a characteristic CSF value of less than 175 ml, the microfiber being selected and present in amounts such that the wiper exhibits a Laplace pore volume fraction at pore sizes less than 15 microns of at least 1.5 times that of a like wiper prepared without regenerated cellulose microfiber. The wipers of the invention exhibit remarkable residue removal efficiency.07-19-2012
20120180814DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING FINE PARTICLES FROM PARTS - A parts cleaning device has at least one rotor assembly with an axis of rotation, and a plurality of microfiber cloths arranged at spaced locations along a length of each rotor assembly. The microfiber cloths each have an opening through a center portion thereof, and a shaft of the rotor assembly extends through the opening. A plurality of spacers are arranged so that each microfiber cloth is squeezed between two spacers. The rotor assembly is rotated together with the microfiber cloths so that centrifugal forces cause the microfiber cloths to extend radially outwardly from the rotor assembly and wipe surfaces of parts that pass within a path of movement of the microfiber cloths. A vacuum chamber has an inlet positioned in the path of movement of the cloths for removing fine particles from the cloths as the cloths rotate past the inlet.07-19-2012
20120180813System and Method for Cleaning a Wafer Chuck - A wafer chuck is cleaned using a cleaning cap to remove processing residue and particulate matter. The cleaning cap is configured to overlie and align with the wafer chuck and includes a base and a first roller connected to the base and having wound therearound a cleaning cloth. The cleaning cap further includes a second roller connected to the base and having attached thereto a free end of the cleaning cloth. During use, the cleaning cloth winds upon the second roller from the first roller when the second roller rotates about its axis. The cleaning cap can be positioned relative the wafer chuck by way of a manipulator to ensure the cleaning cloth contacts the wafer chuck with sufficient force. The cleaning cloth rubs the wafer chuck with both translational motion and rotational motion.07-19-2012
20120180812Combination pool strainer and brush and method of use - A combination pool strainer and brush for cleaning debris from a body of water and from a bottom surface of a water holding container including a frame defining an outer perimeter of an opening through which debris passes; a net for capturing debris integrally formed with the frame; a plurality of bristles that are integrally formed with the frame and cooperatively form a brush; a flange for scraping debris from a bottom surface of a container for holding a body of water, the flange integrally formed with the frame and formed at at least a 45 degree angle with respect to the plurality of bristles, wherein the flange protrudes outwardly from the frame at a least a 45 degree angle; and a handle attachment structure integrally formed with the frame on an opposing side of the frame from the flange adapted to receive an elongated handle.07-19-2012
20090044830Molded Rotatable Base for a Porous Pad - A rotatable base (02-19-2009
20130048018POST-CMP CLEANING BRUSH - Embodiments of the invention include a CMP brush that has a combination of central nodules at an inner region of the brush and one or more edge nodules at an end region of the brush where the central nodules and edge nodules are in a staggered or matched arrangement with each other and an upper surface of each edge nodule on the brush has the same or a greater contact area than an upper surface of a central nodule. The area of contact of the upper surface of each edge nodule with the substrate edge region is the same or greater than the area of contact of the upper surface of a central nodule with the substrate center region.02-28-2013
20130048017ABRASIVE OR CLEANING PAD WITH A COMPOSITE RESIN AS A WEAR LAYER, FLOOR CLEANING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CLEANING A FLOOR SURFACE - An abrasive or cleaning pad includes a composite resin as a wear layer. A cleaning pad system for motorized floor cleaning or polishing applications includes a pad having a combination of two grades of melamine resin-based foam. A method of cleaning a floor surface is also provided.02-28-2013
20130048020ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT - An oral care implement includes a releasable sensory material that invokes a sensory response when in contact with tissues or surfaces of a mouth of a user. In one embodiment, an element is provided that is visually indicative of the sensory response. The oral care implement may also include a soft tissue cleaner provided with the sensory material.02-28-2013
20130048019METHOD OF REMOVING CHEWING GUM RESIDUES FROM SUBSTRATES - The present invention relates to a method of removing chewing gum and residues thereof from substrates using chewing gum modifying compositions comprising oxidising reagents and one or more oxidation catalysts.02-28-2013
20130087169REAR WASHER FLUID ENABLE/DISABLE - A method and apparatus for preventing the dispensing of a washer fluid onto a rear windshield upon detecting the disablement of the rear wiper arm is provided. The disablement of the rear wiper arm may be caused by the movement of the rear windshield from a fully closed position to an open position.04-11-2013
20090320878NON-WOVEN PRODUCT USED AS A WIPING CLOTH, METHOD AND INSTALLATION FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF - This non-woven production installation comprises a spunbond tower (12-31-2009
20130087168Roof Debris Removal Apparatus and Method of Use - A roof debris removal apparatus comprising a generally rectangular platform with a plurality of omnidirectional rollers disposed at the bottom corners thereof, with a telescopic pole connected to the platform for manipulating the apparatus in multiple directions across a roof surface by an operator standing on the ground. A leaf blower, floor dryer or a water jet mechanism is secured to the platform, and a power source is connected to the leaf blower, floor dryer or a water jet mechanism. The apparatus is utilized to remove debris, such as leaves and twigs, from a roof surface.04-11-2013
20130087170METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING LABELS FROM WINE AND BEVERAGE BOTTLES - There is provided a system for removing a glued-on label from a wine bottle or other container, comprising in spatial sequence a brushing station for dry-brushing the container surface, a solvent station for applying a liquid solvent for removal of adhesive from the container surface, a container support, a drive for imparting relative motion between the brush and a containers when aligned with the brushing station, and a indexing system for imparting relative motion between the container support and stations whereby each of said containers on said support is brought into alignment and contact with the respective stations for sequential mechanical and solvent-based label removing steps.04-11-2013
20100269855Particle remover apparatus and methods - Methods and apparatus for removing particles from vials includes the use of a one sided pressure sensitive filament tape to remove external particles from vials. A roll of tape is juxtaposed relative to a line of vials moving along the production line. As each vial moves within the space between the tape the outside of the vial contacts the tape causing the particles to be removed and imbedded in the adhesive on the tape. A feed roll and a rewind roll provides for the tape to unwind while in contact with the outside of the vials and in conjunction with the movement of the vials along the production line. By causing the feed roll and the rewind roll to advance unused tape while in contact with the outside surface of the vials, the vials are caused to rotate at least 360 degrees while advancing down the line.10-28-2010
20090301520CLEANING APPARATUS AND RELATED METHODS - A cleaning apparatus for a contoured cooking surface is disclosed. Methods of cleaning a cooking system with the cleaning apparatus are also disclosed.12-10-2009
20090301519Removal of dirt/make-up form unclean surfaces - Dirt or make-up is removed from a variety of unclean surfaces, such as domestic, institutional or body surfaces, by applying an ampholytic or zwitterionic polymer composition thereon, spreading and/or wiping such composition thereover, whereby dirt or make-up is or has been transferred into such composition, and then removing such composition therefrom, for example by means of a wipe, cloth, pad, sponge, mop, and the like.12-10-2009
20130056028WINDOW-CLEANING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE MOVEMENT THEREOF - A window cleaning apparatus includes a first cleaning unit and a second cleaning unit that is attached to both sides of a window, respectively, by a magnetic force and moved on the sides, and a method of controlling a movement of the window cleaning apparatus. The method includes detecting the first initial attachment position of the window cleaning apparatus and moving the window cleaning apparatus close to the detected initial attachment position after cleaning.03-07-2013
20130056027Cleaning Apparatus for Cleaning Mop Material and Method of Cleaning Mop Material - A cleaning device (03-07-2013
20130056026AUTONOMOUS CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An autonomous cleaning apparatus including a body, a brush unit which is rotatably installed onto the body to collect dust from a bottom of the body, and a brush cleaning member including a first brush cleaning protrusion and a second brush cleaning protrusion that protrude toward the brush unit to make contact with the brush unit to remove foreign substances wound around the brush unit.03-07-2013
20130056025IN-LINE CLEANING METHOD FOR ULTRASONIC WELDING TOOLS - A method for in-line cleaning of ultrasonic welding tools is described. The method includes applying cleaning solution onto a work surface of a welding tool to be cleaned using an application device. Then the method involves removing residue dissolved in the cleaning solution from the work surface using a cleaning device. Next, the work surface is neutralized and rinsed using purified water and polished with a cleaning cloth. Finally, the work surface is rinsed using cleaning alcohol and blow-dried with compressed air.03-07-2013
20130160797CATHODE SCRAPER SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME FOR REMOVING URANIUM - Embodiments include a cathode scraper system and/or method of using the same for removing uranium. The cathode scraper system includes a plurality of cathode assemblies. Each cathode assembly includes a plurality of cathode rods. The cathode scraper system also includes a cathode scraper assembly configured to remove purified uranium deposited on the plurality of cathode rods. The cathode scraper assembly includes a plurality of scrapers arranged in a lattice, and each scraper of the plurality of scrapers is arranged to correspond to a different cathode rod.06-27-2013
20090272403CUTTER BLADE CLEANING METHOD AND CUTTER BLADE CLEANING DEVICE, AS WELL AS ADHESIVE TAPE JOINING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - In a container that retains a wash liquid, a cutter blade having a cutting edge is inserted into a slit formed on a cleaning member impregnated with the wash liquid from an opening side of the slit and is moved horizontally by a predetermined amount with two side faces thereof being brought into contact with the slit. Then, the cutter blade is pulled out upward, so that adherents on the two side faces of the cutter blade are removed from the cuter blade.11-05-2009
20090056749LIQUID APPLICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A liquid application apparatus includes: a roller member which is driven so as to rotate in a rotational direction; an application liquid supply device which supplies an application liquid onto a portion of the roller member while the roller member is rotating; a blade member which is arranged so as to abut against a circumferential surface of the roller member at an abutment position that is on a downstream side of the application liquid supply device in terms of the rotational direction of the roller member, the blade member wiping away an excess of the supplied application liquid on the roller member; a substitute fluid spray device which is arranged on a downstream side of the abutment position of the blade member in terms of the rotational direction of the roller member, the substitute fluid spray device spraying a substitute fluid onto a region of the circumferential surface of the roller member so as to remove the application liquid on the region of the circumferential surface of the roller member after the roller member passing the abutment position of the blade member, the substitute fluid including one of gas and liquid that is different from the application liquid; and a substitute fluid spray control device which controls the substitute fluid spray device to spray the substitute fluid.03-05-2009
20090056748Grill Brush - A grill brush including a body having an internal liquid reservoir for containing a fluid, a brush head having at least one hole in fluid communication with the internal reservoir for providing a fluid to the grill surface, and a handle is provided. A plurality of bristles extends from the brush head. A scraper brush having a plurality of stiff bristles is provided. Additionally, a flow control unit controls the flow of a fluid from the internal reservoir to the at least one hole.03-05-2009
20090056747FAN BLADE CLEANING TOOL AND METHOD - The present invention is directed to a fan blade cleaning tool having a box-shaped housing. The housing has first and second openings on opposing sides, with a passage extending therebetween for receiving a fan blade. A dust gutter extends outwardly from, and adjacent to, the first opening. A method of cleaning a fan blade using the disclosed tool is also provided.03-05-2009
20120222703ENHANCED SPONGE MOP - An enhanced sponge mop is presented for extracting cleaning solution from a mop head. The enhanced sponge mop may include a mop block structure, a hinged connector, and a sponge structure. Also, a rod may be threaded through a mop handle and attached to the hinged connector on one end and a pressure applying member on the other end. When the pressure applying member is moved from one position to another, swivels located on the mop block structure may allow a sponge attached to the sponge structure to be wrung. In addition, the mop block structure may include rails that mate with teeth located on the hinged connector to give additional stability to the enhanced sponge mop.09-06-2012
20130213435NEUTRAL FLOOR CLEANER - Compositions and methods for improved cleaning using neutral cleaners are disclosed. In particular, neutral pH cleaning compositions according to the invention employ a synergistic combination of water insoluble surfactants and an anionic hydrotropes capable of forming a stable, low-foaming solution. The neutral cleaning solutions provide significant benefits over water insoluble microemulsions traditionally used for neutral cleaning compositions and provide at least equivalent cleaning efficacy as non-neutral cleaning compositions.08-22-2013
20130213436DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING DIRT - The invention relates to a device for removing dirt, in particular oil, extreme dirt, etc. on a surface, in particular on a road pavement, wherein the device is integrated into a vehicle or associated with the vehicle, comprising nozzles (08-22-2013
20130213437SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD - A substrate processing apparatus removes foreign substances from a substrate at high removal efficiency. The substrate processing apparatus includes: a scrubber to perform surface processing of the substrate by bringing a scrubbing member into sliding contact with a first surface of the substrate, a hydrostatic support mechanism for supporting a second surface of the substrate via fluid pressure without contacting the substrate, the second surface being an opposite surface of the first surface, a cleaner to clean the processed substrate, and a dryer to dry the cleaned substrate. The scrubber brings the scrubbing member into sliding contact with the first surface while rotating the scrubbing member about a central axis of the scrubber.08-22-2013
20110011421DEVICE FOR CLEANING A FOOD CUTTER GRATING DISC - This invention relates to a device for cleaning a grating disc used for cutting food. The grating disc has two sets of parallel blades, the blades delineating quadrilateral-sectioned spaces in a main plane of the grating disc, a main plane of each blade being substantially perpendicular to the main plane of the grating disc. The device has at least one tooth, the tooth being sized such that it is able to be inserted into the spaces delineated by the blades. The device including a pin aligned with the tooth or teeth, an end of the pin protruding relative to one end of the tooth or teeth. The pin being capable of sliding into a space delineated by the blades at the same time that the tooth or teeth are inserted into one or more spaces delineated by the blades. This invention also relates to a set for cleaning a grating disc, comprising such a device. Finally, this invention relates to a method for cleaning a grating disc used for cutting food.01-20-2011
20110011420POLISH PRODUCT FREE OF VOLATILE COMPONENTS - Described is a polish product, and particularly to a shoe or leather care product, in the form of a paste. The product is essentially free of volatile components (organic components as well as water). It comprises a wax component in an amount in the range of from 20-60%, a non-aqueous, non-volatile liquid component, wherein non-volatile is defined as not being an organic volatile substance having a vapour pressure of greater than 1 torr (0.13 kPa), in an amount in the range of from 20-60%, and a fatty component, preferably a fatty acid, in an amount of 1 to 40 wt %, preferably 5-15% all percentages being weight percentages based on total shoe care product.01-20-2011
20130061874Cap Sanitizer and Method of Use Thereof - A cap sanitizer with an anti-bacterial sponge therein for sanitizing a dispenser bottle tip or other similar device. The inner side portions of the cap are lined with a continuous sponge (or absorbent foam) ring soaked with antibacterial solution. An o-ring is disposed below the sponge to prevent solution from leaking from the dispenser bottle when the cap is in place. A cavity within the dispenser cap serves as a reservoir for the antibacterial solution, which is slowly channeled to the sponge ring via a perforated separating film. Alternatively, the reservoir may be disposed between the sponge and the sides of the dispenser cap sanitizer, with a perforated separating film between the sponge and the antibacterial solution. Solution from the reservoir is channeled through the perforated separating film into the sponge. In an alternative, a sanitizer cap for a toothbrush is provided having stiff fibers extending through the perforated membrane.03-14-2013
20130061875COMPONENT CLEANING IN A METAL PLATING APPARATUS - A plating apparatus includes a vessel for holding a bath of plating liquid. A head is adapted to hold a work piece, such as a silicon wafer, in the vessel, with a seal on the head sealing against the work piece. A component cleaner assembly may be used to automatically clean a component of the plating apparatus, such as a seal or a contact ring. The cleaner assembly has a component contactor, such as a brush, on an arm. An arm actuator is linked to the arm for moving the arm from a retracted position, to a deployed position, where the contactor is in physical contact with the component. A method for cleaning a component of a plating apparatus includes moving a scrubber or contactor into contact with the component and applying a cleaning liquid onto the component adjacent to the contactor.03-14-2013
20130061876Semiconductor Device Surface Clean - A system and method for cleaning a surface of a semiconductor device is disclosed. An embodiment comprises buffing the first surface with a cleaning solution comprising a reactant that will remove a portion of the first surface and also change the first surface from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. The first surface may further be cleaned using a brushing process that also utilizes the cleaning solution.03-14-2013
20090020138PLEATED CAR WASH ELEMENT, METHOD OF MANUFACTURE AND METHOD OF ATTACHMENT - A car wash brush is constructed using permanently pleated synthetic water-carrying material. In one form, radially-pleated fabric discs are stacked on a shaft. In another form, a single length of material is laterally pleated and punched to form a continuous pattern of holes along one edge, and assembled onto a spring or flexible cable which can be wrapped around a rotatable drive shaft. The brush so constructed is quiet in operation contact-washing a vehicle.01-22-2009
20090014029LIQUID DETERGENT COMPOSITION FOR IMPROVED GREASE CLEANING - A stable liquid detergent composition having a pH comprised between 7.5 and 8.4 and comprising an alkyl ethoxy sulfate surfactant, an amine oxide surfactant and a polyethyleneimine polymer to provide improved grease cleaning and sudsing and to reduce solution slipperiness.01-15-2009
20090007936Composition with Surface Modifying Properties - The present invention refers to an aqueous composition comprising one or more amphoteric, organic polynitrogen-compounds having at least 3 nitrogen atoms contained in the molecule in the form of an amine and/or amide and one or more types of inorganic nanoparticles, a concentrate comprising said composition and to a method for treating and/or cleaning a surface which uses said composition.01-08-2009
20120111360Method and Apparatus for Cleaning a Substrate - An integrated cleaner for processing disks is provided. The integrated cleaner includes a pair of spaced apart scrubbers each having a plurality of spaced apart brushes disposed along a length of the scrubbers, the pair of spaced apart scrubbers oriented horizontally and configured to receive a vertically oriented disk therebetween. A track is disposed below a gap defined between the pair of spaced apart scrubbers. The track guides an edge of the disk as the disk travels between ends of the pair of spaced apart scrubbers. The plurality of spaced apart brushes includes a first and/or second pair of opposing brushes having a roughness that is greater than a second and/or third pair of brushes downstream from the first and/or second pair of brushes, respectively. The integrated cleaner includes an edge cleaner configured to exert a force along an edge of the vertically oriented disk during a portion of travel of the vertically oriented disk along the track. A method of cleaning a substrate is also provided.05-10-2012
20120111362FLOOR CLEANING MACHINE - A floor cleaning machine is described having a first drive head and a second drive head which are both pivotally mounted to a deck. The first and second drive heads are connected together with a link rod. The cleaning width of the cleaning machine can be changed by pivoting the first drive head about a pivot point on the deck. The pivoting movement of the first drive head causes a movement of the second drive head, via the link rod, in order to provide a new separation for the drive heads.05-10-2012
20120111361METHOD FOR SUBSTRATE SURFACE CLEANING - A method for cleaning and polishing a disk is provided. The method includes planarizing the disk and transferring the planarized disk to a first station of a polishing module. At the first station opposing sides of the disk are simultaneously polished as the disk rotates around an axis of the disk. The polishing includes continuously advancing a first polishing member contacting a first surface of the disk and a second polishing member contacting a second surface of the disk, wherein the advancing of the first polishing member independent of the advancing of the second polishing member. The method includes transferring the disk to a second station of the polishing module.05-10-2012
20080295864Scavenging cleaning system - A scavenging cleaner utilizing in combination within a cleaner body, a high-pressure liquid cleaner and recycling system, designed for substantially domestic use and in particular for where water use restrictions apply and for the cleaning of hard surfaces of any orientation. The cleaner comprises a reservoir of liquid, a supply and recovery sub-system with a variable capacity vacuum pump arrangement coacting with a pressure pump such that as the pressure pump capacity is decreased or stopped the capacity of the vacuum pump arrangement automatically increases to maximize liquid scavenging. Total electric current draw is maintained substantially constant and below a preset maximum. A flexible connecting hose system connects the body to a handheld delivery/brush/recovery head that is worked over the surface to be cleaned. Liquid is delivered at high-pressure to the surface with substantially all the liquid being recovered, filtered and repeatedly reused.12-04-2008
20130160796ITEM REMOVAL - An apparatus and method are disclosed for removing at least one item of media from a rotating drum element. The apparatus includes a scraper element comprising a blade edge region locatable at an effective outer surface of a rotating drum element and a scraper element support that locates the blade edge region at a desired position at the effective outer surface responsive to a diameter of the effective outer surface. The scraper element rotates and moves laterally with respect to the support responsive to the diameter.06-27-2013
20130133692BRUSH WITH CANTILEVERED NODULES - A cleaning device for cleaning substrates is provided. The device comprises a cleaning brush having an outer cleaning surface surrounding a hollow bore and positioned around a first central axis al defining a first rotational direction α; and a plurality of cantilevered nodules formed on the outer cleaning surface, each nodule having a mounting portion connected with the outer cleaning surface, a cleaning portion connected with the mounting portion, and a contact member for engaging the substrate. The cleaning portion extends in a first direction D05-30-2013
20100089417WIPER WITH ROTATING CLEANING APPARATUS - A windshield wiper includes a scrubbing assembly attached to a wiper assembly. The wiper assembly includes a wiper blade attached to a wiper housing. The scrubbing assembly includes a scrubbing element having a central longitudinal axis and one or more turbines attached to the scrubbing element, the turbine(s) being configured to fluidly couple with a washer fluid line of a vehicle and to rotate the scrubbing element about the central longitudinal axis when wiper fluid flows through the turbine(s). The wiper fluid may be deposited on the scrubbing element after flowing through the turbine(s) and the scrubbing assembly can also include a shield. The scrubbing assembly can be rigidly secured to the wiper assembly or can be detachable therefrom.04-15-2010
20100089419ELECTROCHEMICALLY-ACTIVATED LIQUID FOR COSMETIC REMOVAL - A method for removing a cosmetic substance, the method comprising electrochemically activating a liquid, dispensing the electrochemically-activated liquid to a surface containing the cosmetic substance, and applying frictional wiping to the surface containing the cosmetic substance and the applied electrochemically-activated liquid.04-15-2010
20100089420COLLOIDAL CLEANING SYSTEM - Cleaning formulations, methods, and systems are effective, mild, and non-hazardous. Embodiments of the cleaning formulation may comprise a fatty acid, a saponifier, a water conditioner, a solvent, a nonionic surfactant, and an anionic surfactant. Some embodiments optionally include additives. Certain formulation embodiments are particularly effective for cleaning concrete.04-15-2010
20120266917COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR COLLECTING OR CONTAINING A HYDROPHILIC POLYMER - Compounds and related methods are present to assist in the collection and/or disposal of polymers and/or coagulants, such as hydrophilic long chain polymers. A compound may be provided as a mixture of a polysaccharide, a salt, and a substrate. Such mixture may be cast over an area including, e.g., a spilled hydrophilic long chain polymer, and the polymer and mixture may be easily swept up and disposed of.10-25-2012
20120266915Plural Zoned Substrate Usable for Treating a Target Surface - A device for treating a target surface, such as occurs when cleaning a window. The device has a substrate. The substrate has plural, alternating zones. One zone may apply a liquid to the target surface, while the immediately succeeding zone removes the liquid from the target surface. The following plural zones may be used to repeat this process.10-25-2012
20110030724Multifunction Pressure Washer - A portable multifunction pressure washer including a diverter valve with first and second outlets, and an inlet which is fluidly connected to a fluid pump to receive pressurized fluid. A first cleaning element is connected to the housing and is fluidly connected to the first outlet and a second cleaning element is fluidly connected to the second outlet. A control element is movable between at least two positions in order to selectively direct pressurized fluid through to the first cleaning element or to the second cleaning element.02-10-2011
20120055508DEVICE FOR DISPLACING MATERIAL LYING ON A FLOOR - The present invention relates to an assembly for displacing material present on a stable floor, including an unmanned self-propelled device having a frame, wherein the frame is provided with a slide for displacing the material and with at least one brush, wherein the assembly further includes setting means for automatically and selectively setting the intensity of the contact of the brush with the floor.03-08-2012
20110180105DEVICE AND METHOD FOR WET FLOOR CLEANING - A floor cleaning device is disclosed. It comprises a brush, which is rotatable around an axis of rotation, and a cover having a cover surface which faces the axis of rotation and has a plurality of ridges constituting liquid channels between them for transporting liquid to outfalls provided at lower ends of the liquid channels. In addition, a method of cleaning a floor is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of providing a brush, bringing the brush into contact with the floor, moistening the brush with a fluid, for example, a cleaning solution, rotating the brush, collecting droplets of fluid, released from the brush due to a centrifugal force associated with its rotational motion, in a plurality of liquid channels provided on a cover, and guiding the collected fluid through the liquid channels towards outfalls provided at lower ends of the liquid channels.07-28-2011
20080264445SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATING FLOORS - The invention pertains to a system and method for treating floors with an antimicrobial composition, where the floor finish applied to a floor is resistant to degradation by the antimicrobial composition and in particular quaternary ammonium compound.10-30-2008
20110214690Use of Alkane Sulphonic Acid for Rust Removal - The present invention relates to the use of at least one alkane sulphonic acid, with formula R—SO09-08-2011
20110277788Medical Implement Cleaning Device - A cleaning device for a medical implement is disclosed. The cleaning device includes a cap having an opening to an inner cavity, the opening being adapted to receive a site of the medical implement. The cleaning device further includes a compressible cleaning material that contains a cleaning agent prior to receipt of the site of the medical implement, i.e. the cleaning material is pre-loaded with the cleaning agent. The compressible cleaning material is at least partially secured in the inner cavity and adapted to swab and clean the site with the cleaning agent.11-17-2011
20110277789METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR MAKING A MONOLITHIC POROUS PAD CAST ONTO A ROTATABLE BASE - The present invention includes methods and materials for making a brush or pad for removing materials, particles, or chemicals from a substrate. The brush or pad includes a rotatable base for supporting a porous pad material. The base include an inner surface and an outer surface and a plurality of channels in the base for interlocking the porous pad material with the base. A porous pad material covers at least a portion of the outer surface of the base and is used for removing material from various substrates. The porous pad material fills one or more of the channels in the base and interlocks the porous pad material with the base. Preferably the channels fluidly connect said inner surface with the outer surface of the base and aid in the alignment of porous pad nodes and the distribution of fluid within the porous pad.11-17-2011
20110277787SPONGE PRODUCT - A multi-surface sponge product includes a foraminous portion adhered to an abrasive portion to form a unitary product, each portion and the resulting product having a pair of sidewalls and in cross-section or side elevation having the form of a parallelogram. The sidewalls form gripping areas and the angled forward and reward end opposite ends of the parallelogram shaped body form wedges. The multi-surface body is low profile and various edges and corners thereof enable the foraminous and abrasive portions to be selectively used to engage corners of many differently configured surfaces to be cleaned, to either scrub the surface or simply clean or absorb fluid, depending on which portion of the product is emplaced in the edge or in a corner.11-17-2011
20110277786HIGHLY ACIDIC HARD SURFACE TREATMENT COMPOSITIONS FEATURING GOOD GREASY SOIL AND SOAP SCUM REMOVAL - Disclosed are aqueous, acidic hard surface cleaning compositions particularly effective in the removal of greasy stains and soapscum from hard surfaces. The compositions have a pH of not more than 2, preferably not more than 1, comprising: one or more anionic surfactants; a nonioinic surfactant constituent which preferably comprises both a first alcohol ethoxylate nonionic surfactant derived from monobranched alkoxylated C11-17-2011
20100000570WASHING APPARATUS AND WASHING METHOD FOR SOLAR PANELS - Disclosed is a method for cleaning solar panels by means of a washing apparatus (01-07-2010
20090101168DURABLE MODIFICATION OF THE WETTING PROPERTIES OF A SURFACE - This invention provides compositions and methods to durably increase or decrease the wetting properties of a surface. In certain embodiments the methods utilize a polyquaternary ammonium compound to decrease wettability of the surface or a cationic polysaccharide to increase wettability of the surface.04-23-2009
20110277785Escalator step cleaner - An escalator step cleaner for cleaning escalator steps having a plurality of parallel tread ridges separated by tread grooves has a cleaning pad assembly configured to extend generally perpendicular to the direction of motion of the escalator steps and clean the escalator steps while the escalator is in motion. The cleaning pad assembly has a rigid upper plate and a flexible disposable bottom pad having a cleaning contact surface. The contact surface carries a plurality of spaced parallel pad ridges separated by pad grooves that matingly engage between the tread ridges of the escalator steps and cause dislodgement of the accumulated debris. The cleaning pad assembly can be secured on a hand-held cleaning tool or on a motorized cleaning tool with rotating brushes and a vacuum.11-17-2011
20110271981CLEANER - A cleaning apparatus, said apparatus combining mechanical combing action and liquid flow to remove detritus from frond-like structures.11-10-2011
20110315162POST POLISH DISK CLEANING PROCESS - A method for cleaning plated polished disks used in hard drive media is provided. The method includes positioning plated polished disks in a first batch scrubber having multiple first brushes, wherein each of the plated polished disks is positioned between two of the first brushes, and scrubbing the plated polished disks with the first brushes. The method further includes positioning the plated polished disks scrubbed in the first batch scrubber in a second batch scrubber having multiple second brushes, wherein each of the plated polished disks is positioned between two of the second brushes, and scrubbing the plated polished disks with the second brushes.12-29-2011
20110271979Liquid Cleaning Compositions and Methods - Cleaning compositions of surfactant-based products containing one or more alkaline builders for the preparation of liquid cleaning compositions are discussed. The surfactant-based product may be any type of cleaning product based on surfactants. Methods of cleaning a household surface and of making cleaning compositions are also discussed.11-10-2011
20110271982METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRE-CLEANING PARTS MADE OF PLASTIC - The invention relates to a method for pre-cleaning parts made of plastic as part of a recycling process, wherein foreign bodies to be removed adhere to the parts, in particular for removing foreign bodies on parts made of plastic, preferably for removing labels, dirt, etc. on used plastic bottles, said method being characterized in that the foreign bodies are removed from the parts by mechanically loading the parts. A device for applying the method is characterized by a housing (11-10-2011
20110271980Wiper assembly for sweeping a glass surface on a vehicle - A wiper assembly for sweeping a glass surface on a vehicle. The wiper assembly includes a windshield washer assembly connected to the windshield wiper drive arm of the vehicle for controllably dispensing washer fluid directly down onto the glass surface of the vehicle. The wiper assembly also includes a novel control unit carried by the vehicle for controlling the dispensing of the washing liquid from the windshield washer assembly. Uniquely, the control unit includes a sensor that is operably associated with the pump for sensing the position of the wiper arm as it moves upwardly and downwardly relative to the glass surface and for controllably energizing the pump at selected positions of the wiper drive arm so that the washer fluid is always dispensed forwardly of the wiper blade to avoid smearing.11-10-2011
20090205679CUTTER BLADE CLEANING METHOD AND CUTTER BLADE CLEANING DEVICE, AS WELL AS ADHESIVE TAPE JOINING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - A cutter blade cuts an adhesive tape and then returns to its standby position. Thereafter, a cleaning unit moves to a position below the cutter blade, and the cutter blade moves downward to a predetermined height. Herein, a cleaning member impregnated with a wash liquid is pierced with the cutter blade in order to clean an adherent on the cutter blade. Each time the cutter blade cleaning process is executed, the pierced position of the cleaning member with the cutter blade is changed.08-20-2009
20110108061Cleaning Article - A cleaning pad having a porous structure and enhanced thermal resistance is provided. The cleaning pad is made from a fluoropolymer material and includes a cleaning agent and an evaporative agent.05-12-2011
20110284025Method and Apparatus for Cleaning A Touch or Display Screen - An apparatus for cleaning the touch or display touch or display surface of an electronic device such as a cell phone or computer tablet comprising a wiper coupled to cleaner bar. The cleaner bar moves longitudinally and/or laterally across the electronic device with the wiper in contact with the touch or display surface. The wiper comprises both a moist pad and a dry pad. The moist pad is fluidly communicated to a reservoir defined within the cleaner bar. On its “cleaning stroke”, cleaning fluid is released into the moist pad and then deposited onto the touch or display surface. The cleaner bar moves longitudinally across the touch or display surface by manual or motorized means. The cleaner bar may also be in communication with the electronic device to detect when a task has been completed on the electronic device. After detection, the cleaner bar automatically traverses the touch or display surface, thereby cleaning it after every use.11-24-2011
20110290278Fuse prong and receptacle cleaning tools - Tools for cleaning the blades of ATO and ATM type fuses and the fuse holding female receptacle in the fuse box. The fuse blade cleaning tool has two fuse female receptacles sized to receive the blades on the ATM and ATO type fuses. The receptacle cleaning tool has two sets of male blades having rough surfaces and sized to have access to various fuse panels to clean the interior surfaces of the female receptacle in the fuse box.12-01-2011
20110297185Acidic Gases Permeated Carboxyalkyl Starch and Alkaline Starch Extrudates and Process for Making the Same - The present disclosure relates to particles comprising carboxyalkyl starch that are permeated with an acidic gas and their uses as absorbent materials. It was discovered that superabsorbent materials could be obtained from carboxyalkyl starch particles permeated with the acidic gas and heated to a temperature of at least 100° C. until they reach an AUL at 0.7 psi. of at least 14 g/g and a CRC of at least 18 g/g. Moreover, it was discovered that the pH of alkaline starch extrudates can be adjusted by permeating particles of the extrudate with the acidic gas even with treating the particles to temperatures less than 100° C. The carboxyalkyl starch particles obtained by the methods described herein are characterized as having intramolecular ester bonds, which are greater in number at the surface of the particle than in the core, and the particles have a greater concentration of cation of the acidic gas at the surface than a the core.12-08-2011
20110297184METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLEANING A FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR END FACE - Methods and apparatus for the removal of foreign matter, such as oil and dust, from the end faces of optical fiber and optical fiber connectors. Cleaning is effected by bringing carbon nanotube material into contact with an end face to create a differential adhesion in the proximity of the end face that more strongly attracts foreign matter residing on the end face to the carbon nanotube material than its attraction to the end face. The carbon nanotube material is applied with cleaning swabs or tapes that are used to clean end faces with swiping actions.12-08-2011
20080257383Method for semiconductor wafer fabrication utilizing a cleaning substrate - In one disclosed embodiment, the present method for semiconductor fabrication utilizing a cleaning substrate comprises loading a cleaning substrate capable of removing an undesirable particle from a semiconductor processing tool onto the tool, causing the undesirable particle to be attracted to the cleaning substrate, and unloading the cleaning substrate from the semiconductor processing tool. Following cleaning, the processing tool can be used for producing a lithographic pattern on a semiconductor wafer. In one embodiment, the cleaning substrate comprises an electret. In another embodiment, the cleaning substrate comprises an adhesive layer. The present method can be used without breaking vacuum, or otherwise altering the operational state of a processing tool. In one embodiment, the present method is used in conjunction with an exposure tool utilized for high resolution lithography, for example, an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithographic exposure tool.10-23-2008
20110214692SQUEEGEE ASSEMBLY FOR A FLOOR CLEANING MACHINE - A squeegee assembly for removing liquids from a floor. The squeegee assembly includes a frame that has a first and second suction ports separated from each other in a lateral direction, and a squeegee blade coupled to the frame and positioned adjacent the suction ports. The squeegee blade has a first portion adjacent the first suction port, and a second portion adjacent the second suction port. The first portion extends in lateral directions away from the first suction port at an angle to channel fluid encountered by the first portion toward the first suction port. The second portion extends in lateral directions away from the second suction port at an angle to channel fluid encountered by the second portion toward the second suction port such that the squeegee blade acts as a separate funnel for each of the first suction port and the second suction port.09-08-2011
20100101604WINDSHIELD WIPER DE-ICING - Methods and apparatus are provided for vehicle windshield washing-wiping and wiper de-icing. Primary nozzles provide washing fluid to the windshield during normal operations and secondary nozzles bathe the wiper arms with washing fluid to de-ice the wipers during a de-icing mode. Washing fluid is drawn from a reservoir and delivered to the nozzles by a pump. When the outside air temperature T is greater than Tc, the critical temperature for ice formation, the wipers and washing-wiping proceed normally with washing fluid delivered to the primary nozzles for windshield washing. When T≦Tc and the wipers are not moving, a washer fluid supply line valve delivers washing fluid to the secondary nozzles to de-ice the wipers. The wiper motor, washing fluid pump and valve are operated by a controller based on inputs from wiper position and air temperature sensors, using predetermined information stored in on-board memory.04-29-2010
20120097187CLEANING APPARATUS, RADIATION SOURCE MODULE AND FLUID TREATMENT SYSTEM - There is disclosed a cleaning apparatus for a radiation source assembly in a fluid treatment system. The cleaning system comprises: a cleaning carriage comprising at least one cleaning element for contact with at least a portion of the exterior of the radiation source assembly; a rodless cylinder comprising an elongate housing having a first longitudinal axis; a slidable element disposed on an exterior surface of the elongate housing; and an elongate motive element coupled to the driving element. The slidable element is: (i) coupled to the cleaning carriage, and (ii) magnetically coupled to a driving element disposed within the elongate housing. The elongate motive element has a second longitudinal axis that is oriented in a substantially parallel, non-coaxial relationship with respect to the first longitudinal axis. There is also disclosed a fluid treatment system comprising: a fluid treatment zone for receiving a flow of fluid; at least one elongate radiation source assembly disposed in the fluid treatment zone; a cleaning apparatus having at least one cleaning element in contact with an exterior surface of the at least one elongate radiation source assembly; and a motive element coupled to the cleaning system. The elongate radiation source assembly has a longitudinal axis disposed transverse to a direction of fluid flow through the fluid treatment zone and a distal end of the at least one elongate radiation source assembly is spaced from a surface of the fluid treatment zone to define a gap. The motive element is operable to move the cleaning system between a retracted position and an extended position. Movement of the cleaning system from the retracted position to the extended position cause debris contacting the at least one elongate radiation source assembly to be pushed into the gap.04-26-2012
20120097186Ostomy pouch cleaner - A hand tool and related method is provided for cleaning the discharge opening of an ostomy pouch. The hand tool includes a handle with a handgrip, a swab holder, and a bore extending through the handle; and a swab plunger having a telescoping shaft with proximal and distal ends extending though the bore, a gripping member attached to the proximal end of the shaft, and a swab engagement cap attached to the distal end of the shaft, the plunger having retracted and extended positions. A closed-end tubular swab is inserted over the distal end of the swab holder to wipe waste material from the ostomy pouch discharge opening. The plunger is then extended and pushed forward to detach the swab from the hand tool.04-26-2012
20120097185PRESS CLEANING WITH LOW-VOC SOLVENT COMPOSITIONS - Low-VOC cleaning compositions effective in removing stubborn UV inks from printing-press components include at least one non-ionic surfactant selected from the group consisting of a sorbitan ester, an ethoxylated sorbitan ester, an ethoxylated castor oil, polyethylene glycol ester and an alcohol ethoxylate; and at least one carrier comprising or consisting essentially of at least one of (i) an organic solvent miscible therewith or (ii) D-limonene. The cleaning composition has a VOC limit less than 100 g/L.04-26-2012
20090151748Facial blotter with improved oil absorbency - A laminated oil absorbing wipe comprises a non-pigmented thermoplastic nonwoven substrate layer and a pigmented thermoplastic nonwoven substrate layer where the wipe has a bulk of between 0.2 mm and 1.0 mm, where at least a portion of the non-pigmented layer is configured to undergo a change in opacity upon the absorption of a bodily oil so that the portion is at least partially translucent or transparent to light and the color of the pigmented layer becomes visible through the partially translucent or transparent portion, and where the wipe has an oil absorption capacity of at least about 1 g/g as measured by the Oil Absorbency Test.06-18-2009
20120024319AZEOTROPIC AND AZEOTROPE-LIKE COMPOSITIONS OF METHYL PERFLUOROHEPTENE ETHERS AND METHANOL AND USES THEREOF - The present disclosure provides azeotropic and azeotrope-like compositions comprised of methylperfluoroheptene ethers and methanol. The present disclosure also provides for methods of use for the azeotropic and azeotrope-like compositions.02-02-2012
20120024318RETICLE CHUCK CLEANER - According to one embodiment, a reticle chuck cleaner for cleaning a reticle chuck of an EUV exposure apparatus includes a substrate having a shape to be carried to the reticle chuck of the EUV exposure apparatus, and an adhesive formed on one of the main surfaces of the substrate.02-02-2012
20120024317CLEANING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a cleaning apparatus includes a removing unit whose tip portion is harder than a constituent material of a surface layer on a back surface side of a semiconductor wafer (wafer) and which is configured to clean a back surface of the wafer held by a holding unit and a moving mechanism that relatively moves the removing unit and the wafer in a direction parallel to the wafer back surface. The removing unit grinds and removes a protrusion that is formed of a material same as the surface layer of the wafer back surface, by the moving mechanism relatively moving the removing unit and the wafer and causing the tip portion of the removing unit to come into contact with the protrusion.02-02-2012
20120024316SUCTION CUP FOR A MOBILE CLEANING DEVICE AND A MOBILE SUCTION SYSTEM WITH SUCH A SUCTION CUP - A suction cup for a mobile cleaning device for cleaning a hose filter. The suction cup has a base body with an outer circumference secured with respect to the hose filter. And, the suction cup has a through-opening with an inner circumference and a longitudinal axis. The suction cup also has a first felt seal secured with respect to the base body outer circumference, and a second felt seal secured with respect to the through-opening inner circumference.02-02-2012
20090145459HEAT-COMPRESSED ERODIBLE FOAM SUBSTRATE IMPREGNATED WITH AN ACTIVE AGENT - A cleaning implement comprising a heat-compressed erodible foam substrate impregnated with an active agent and substantially free of a chemical controlled release composition. The cleaning implement reduces the loss rate of the active agent and extends the life of the cleaning implement.06-11-2009
20100263686BODY WASHING DEVICE - A body washing device, a method for holding a washcloth using the body washing device, and a method for washing a body are provided. The body washing device includes first and second hand-held devices configured to hold a washcloth therebetween for easily cleaning portions of the body that are difficult to reach using only the washcloth.10-21-2010
20110197917MULTI-SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A cleaning apparatus disclosing embodiments wherein a covering may be affixed to an apparatus head or removable or a combination of removable and fixed covering. A portion of the apparatus is hollow and may be used as a product dispenser to retain and dispense various flowable solutions. Certain embodiments feature a scrubbing surface to aid in removing debris. Other embodiments teach a cleaning head of varying size and shape to permit navigation of small or select areas. Further embodiments disclose various cleaning, drying, and polishing surfaces such as brushes, sponges, microfiber, abrasive surfaces, melamine, and tacky surfaces. A variety of reversible and permanent affixation methods are disclosed.08-18-2011
20110197916SQUEEGEE ASSEMBLY FOR A FLOOR CLEANING MACHINE - The present invention relates to an improved squeegee assembly. Some embodiments of the present invention are directed to a uniquely shaped squeegee configuration that has been found to remove liquids from a floor in an efficient manner. One particular embodiment utilizes a W-shaped squeegee. Other embodiments are directed to a squeegee fixation device. Yet other embodiments are directed toward a squeegee orientation device. Some embodiments are also directed toward a lifting mechanism and the connection between the squeegee assembly and the lifting mechanism.08-18-2011
20090288681APPARATUS FOR AND A METHOD FOR CLEANING THE FLOOR OF AN ACCOMODATION OF AN ANIMAL - An apparatus for cleaning the floor of an accommodation of an animal. The apparatus is provided with an air-flow-generating device and with a control system for controlling the operation of the apparatus, the apparatus being movable over the floor controlled by the control system and the apparatus performing a cleaning of the floor controlled by the control system. The control system is programmed in such a way that the control system controls the cleaning of the floor in such a way that the control system first activates and subsequently deactivates the air-flow-generating device. A method of cleaning the floor of an accommodation for an animal, the method comprising, as a first cleaning step, first generating an air flow and directing the air flow to the floor for removing loose material lying thereon. An apparatus for cleaning the floor of an accommodation of an animal, which apparatus is provided with an air-flow-generating device, and with a control system for controlling the operation of the apparatus, the apparatus being movable over the floor controlled by the control system and the apparatus performing a cleaning of the floor controlled by the control system, the apparatus comprising a master unit and a mobile unit that is movable relative to the master unit, the floor-cleaning device and the air-flow-generating device being disposed on the mobile unit that is movable relative to the remaining part of the apparatus.11-26-2009
20110265818Electric Toothbrush - An electric toothbrush is disclosed. The electric toothbrush includes at least one switch element and a control unit. The at least one switch element is operable by a user to switch the toothbrush to an on/off state, and operable by a user during the time that the at least one switch element is in its on state to select a brushing mode from a set of at least a first brushing mode and a second brushing mode. The control unit is arranged to control the electric toothbrush such that when the at least one switch element is operated to select a particular brushing mode in the on state, the toothbrush will then operate in that particular selected brushing mode when the at least one switch element is thereafter switched to an off state and then subsequently switched back to an on state, provided that the toothbrush was in the off state for a time period less than a threshold period (T).11-03-2011
20110265817CLEANING IMPLEMENT COMPRISING ELASTIC COMPRESSED FOAM - The present invention relates to a cleaning implement comprising elastic compressed foam and to a method of cleaning a hard surface with said cleaning implement.11-03-2011
20100083984APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLEANING SUBSTRATES/MEDIA DISKS - An apparatus and method for cleaning workpieces (04-08-2010
20100078042SURFACE CLEANING - There is herein described an improved contact cleaning surface and an improved method for cleaning surfaces. More particularly, there is described a contact cleaning surface comprising a micro-structured surface adapted to collect and/or remove microscopically sized contaminating material from a contaminated surface.04-01-2010
20100078041BRUSH BOX CLEANER MODULE WITH FORCE CONTROL - Embodiments of the present invention relates to an apparatus and method for cleaning a substrate using scrubber brushes. One embodiment of the present invention provides a substrate cleaner comprises two scrubber brush assemblies movably disposed in a processing volume. The two scrubber brush assemblies are configured to contact and clean opposite surfaces of a substrate disposed in the processing volume. The substrate cleaner also comprises a positioning assembly configured to simultaneously adjust positions of the two scrubber brush assemblies, wherein the positioning assembly makes substantially the same amount of adjustment to the first and second scrubber brush assemblies in mirror symmetry.04-01-2010
20110192420CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FABRICATING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - In one embodiment, a cleaning apparatus, including, supporting bodies supporting and rotating a substrate, each of a first and a second cleaning member, having a circular shape and rotating around a rotational symmetry axis, periphery portions of the cleaning members being able to contact to opposed surfaces of the substrate, each of a first brush-cleaning member and a second brush-cleaning member having a groove with a V-shape cross section being widened upwards, a brush with a cleaning function being formed on a slope plane of the groove, the cleaning members being able to shift to contact to the slope planes, respectively, first cleaning solution supply portions supplying a first cleaning solution dispersed resin particles to the surfaces, and second cleaning solution supply portions supplying a second cleaning solution to peripheries of the cleaning members and which are arranged to contact to the slope planes, respectively.08-11-2011
20110192419Disposable Mat and Method for Containing a Spilled Liquid - In a method for containing a spilled liquid, a mat is provided onto a surface. The mat includes a liquid permeable upper layer disposed above a liquid impermeable lower layer, with a watertight adhesive securing the upper layer to the lower layer. The watertight adhesive defines one or more enclosed regions between the upper and lower layers. A vessel containing liquid can be placed on the mat, accessible by an animal or human, such that liquid spilled from the vessel falls onto the mat above the one or more enclosed regions. The spilled liquid permeates through the liquid permeable upper layer onto one or more enclosed regions, where the liquid impermeable lower layer prevents further vertical permeation of the liquid while the watertight adhesive that bounds the enclosed regions inhibits lateral permeation of the liquid. The spilled liquid is thereby contained in the enclosed regions onto which it was spilled.08-11-2011
20130098394TOOLS AND METHODS FOR CLEANING SURVEY CABLES - At least some disclosed survey cleaning tool embodiments include a cable guide configured to lift a survey cable from the water and to guide it into a scraper mechanism that is configured to clean debris from the survey cable. At least some disclosed method embodiments include moving a cleaning tool along a survey cable deployed in a body of water; lifting the survey cable to a surface of the body of water; and rotating two or more scraper wheels against the survey cable. Some disclosed method embodiments may augment or replace the scraper wheels with two or more scraper blades.04-25-2013
20130098396NOVEL 1,1,1,4,4,5,5,6,6,6-DECAFLUOROHEX-2-ENE ISOMER MIXTURES AND USES THEREOF - Disclosed are compositions comprising unsaturated hydrofluorocarbons, an alkene with the formula of 1,1,1,4,4,5,5,6,6,6-decafluorohex-2-ene and its isomers (the “153-10 isomers”). The invention further relates to use of said compositions in methods to clean, degrease, deflux, dewater, deposit fluorolubricant, carrier fluid applications and heat transfer applications. The invention further relates to novel 153-10 isomer mixtures, their method of making and their use as cleaning compositions and in the methods listed above.04-25-2013
20130098397SUBSTRATE CLEANING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE CLEANING APPARATUS - The present invention can reduce the burden on a scrub cleaning member without entailing a large footprint and a long cleaning time and can enhance cleaning performance. A moving arm is moved to move a scrub cleaning member from a standby position above the edge of a substrate to a scrub cleaning position above the center of the substrate. A two-fluid nozzle is moved in conjunction with the movement of the moving arm while jetting a mixed fluid from the two-fluid nozzle toward the surface of the rotating substrate to carry out two-fluid jet cleaning of the substrate. After stopping the jetting of the fluid from the two-fluid nozzle, the scrub cleaning member is brought into contact with the surface of the substrate to carry out scrub cleaning of the substrate.04-25-2013
20130098398Insert for a Microbial Scrubbing Device - The microbial scrub brush in one embodiment employs an insert that is impregnated with an anti-bacterial disinfectant and that is housed within a housing of alcohol-compatible material and sealed over by a removable lid. The insert is maintained in sterile condition until ready for use. After removal of the lid, the insert is moved over the end of a female luer or other portion of a medical device and rotated in order to clean the exterior surface as well as the interior luminal surface of the device. In one embodiment, the insert includes a base from which extends an outer wall that defines a chamber. A plurality of complaint fingers extend from the base into the chamber. A plurality of wipers extend radially inward from the outer wall into the chamber to enable the cleansing of both the exterior surface and an interior surface of the medical device.04-25-2013
20090090386REMOVING HAIR FROM A SURFACE - A method of removing hair from a surface laden with hair comprising moving a hair collection element along the surface in a first direction to collect hair, depositing the collected hair at a first location, gliding the hair collection element along the surface in a second direction away from the first location and removing the collection hair from the first location.04-09-2009
20080210258SCRUBBER BOX AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME - A scrubber box is provided that includes a tank adapted to receive a substrate for cleaning, supports outside of the tank and adapted to couple to ends of scrubber brushes disposed within the tank, a motor mounted to each of the supports and adapted to rotate the scrubber brushes, a base to which the supports are pivotally mounted via spherical bearings adapted to permit toe-in of the scrubber brushes, a brush gap actuator adapted, via a crank and rocker mechanism, to substantially simultaneously pivot the supports toward or away from each other so as to permit the scrubber brushes to substantially simultaneously achieve or break contact with the substrate, and a toe-in actuator adapted to move two of the spherical bearings toward or away from each other so as to adjust a toe-in angle between the scrubber brushes.09-04-2008
20100089418PACKAGED PRIMER AND SCRUB PAD - A pad assembly may include a scrub pad, a primer carried by the scrub pad, and a protective wrapper surrounding the pad. The protective wrapper includes a material that is substantially impervious to said primer.04-15-2010
20090293910FLUIDIC SYSTEM WITH WASHING CAPABILITIES FOR A FLOW CYTOMETER - A method for cleaning a fluidic system of a flow cytometer having a sheath pump to pump sheath fluid towards an interrogation zone and a waste pump to pump the sheath fluid and a sample fluid as waste fluid from the interrogation zone, wherein the sheath pump and/or the waste pump draw sample fluid into the flow cytometer through a drawtube towards the interrogation zone. The method includes controlling the sheath pump and the waste pump to cooperatively flush a fluid out through the drawtube, thereby cleaning the fluidic system of the flow cytometer.12-03-2009
20110168206CLEANING APPARATUS AND RELATED METHODS - A cleaning apparatus for a contoured cooking surface is disclosed. Methods of cleaning a cooking system with the cleaning apparatus are also disclosed.07-14-2011
20110203612DEVICE FOR PROCESSING PRODUCTS SUCH AS FRUIT OR VEGETABLES WITH A CLEANING CARRIAGE WITH HYDRAULIC DRIVE AND CLEANING METHOD - A device for processing products such as fruit or vegetables includes at least one hydraulic channel (08-25-2011
20090007935Method and Apparatus for Removing Paint and Sealant - A cost-effective and minimally destructive apparatus and method for removing paint and other coatings from a surface. The apparatus comprises a tape having a masking material adapted to adhere to the surface and a stripper, wherein applying the masking material and the stripper can be performed in a single step.01-08-2009
20120291802MULTI-USE CLEANING AND CONDITIONING CLOTH - A multi-use cloth for cleaning and conditioning metal and non-metal objects includes a two-layer, three-layer or multi-layer structure. Each layer is made of material either capable of retaining an oil, aqueous solution, aqueous suspension or solid or capable of preventing penetration of an oil, aqueous solution, aqueous suspension or solid. In a three-layer or multi-layer cloth, the separation layer is affixed in between two layers having one or both layers embedded with an oil, aqueous solution, or aqueous suspension. In a two-layer cloth, the separation layer is affixed to one side of the layer that is embedded with an oil, aqueous solution or an aqueous suspension. The cloth is folded with the oil, or aqueous solution, or aqueous suspension embedded side on an inner side. A user's hand holds the outside of the cloth and no contamination from oil, aqueous solution, or aqueous suspension or solid occurs.11-22-2012
20120291801Cleaning Implement Based on Melamine-Formaldehyde Foam Comprising Hollow Microspheres - The present invention relates to a cleaning implement based on melamine-formaldehyde foam comprising hollow microspheres, wherein said hollow microspheres have a median particle diameter (D11-22-2012
20090038639Cleaning Device with Qualitative Feedback - A cleaning device such as a brush that can be moved in at least one direction between a plurality of positions over a surface receiving the cleaning is disclosed. Cleaning device can comprise a cleaning portion and a feedback unit. Cleaning portion can further comprise at least one cleaning member. Feedback unit is capable of providing qualitative feedback such as a letter grade about the cleaning process. In prior art, several inventions have made positive attempts towards making the activity of brushing teeth more productive, especially for the kids. However, they are deficient in coupling the brushing activity with the policing functionality of the invention. In this invention, qualitative feedback is provided while coupling the cleaning process with policing functionality of such an invention.02-12-2009
20100212688FLUID HEATING SYSTEM FOR A CLEANING DEVICE - A cleaning device comprises a frame and a tank carried by the frame that contains a cleaning fluid. A first motor is capable of generating a first motor heat. A passageway is in fluid communication with the tank and is in thermal communication with the first motor to transfer at least a portion of the first motor heat to the cleaning fluid when the cleaning fluid is directed downstream from the tank through the passageway. An outlet is in fluid communication with the passageway and downstream of the first motor to direct the cleaning fluid onto a surface to be cleaned.08-26-2010
20110197918APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLEANING RUBBER BLANKETS ON BLANKET CYLINDERS - The invention relates to an apparatus for cleaning the rubber blanket stretched over a rubber blanket cylinder (08-18-2011
20100269857METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ATTACHMENT DEVICE FOR A VACUUM CLEANER AND A CORRESPONDING ATTACHMENT DEVICE - A method for operating an attachment device for a vacuum cleaner includes an electrically rotatable brush roller and a motor for driving the brush roller. The method includes rotating the brush roller in a normal operational direction during operation. The method further includes rotating the brush roller in a reverse direction opposite to the normal operational direction of rotation, when the brush roller is detected to be jammed.10-28-2010
20080283092APPARATUS FOR CLEANING INKJET HEAD AND CLEANING METHOD THEREOF - In a method of cleaning an ejection face by supplying a head liquid on a surface (ejection face) of an inkjet head provided with ink ejection outlets, and then by performing wiping operations thereon, an ink residue on the ejection face is efficiently and surely removed from the ejection face to achieve a sufficient cleaning thereon. For this purpose, a first wiping operation is first performed such that a wiper (11-20-2008
20080289652Substrate Cleaning Apparatus and Method for Determining Timing of Replacement of Cleaning Member - A substrate cleaning apparatus comprises a cleaning apparatus 11-27-2008
20080276961Cleaning Machine - The invention relates to a cleaning machine (MA) comprising a vessel (VE) having a stirring member (BA) mounted therein, the stirring member carrying a load of utensils of a first type. The stirring member also carries a load of utensils of a second type. The invention also provides a method of cleaning using such a machine, containing a cleaning liquid (WA). The method has a first cleaning stage during which the level of the liquid (WA) is lower than or equal to the level of the content of the stirring member (BA). It optionally includes a second cleaning stage during which the level of the liquid (WA) is higher than the level of the content of the stirring member (BA).11-13-2008
20130118524Autonomous Surface Cleaning Robot for Wet Cleaning - An autonomous floor cleaning robot includes a transport drive and control system arranged for autonomous movement of the robot over a floor for performing cleaning operations. The robot chassis carries a first cleaning zone comprising cleaning elements arranged to suction loose particulates up from the cleaning surface and a second cleaning zone comprising cleaning elements arraigned to apply a cleaning fluid onto the surface and to thereafter collect the cleaning fluid up from the surface after it has been used to clean the surface. The robot chassis carries a supply of cleaning fluid and a waste container for storing waste materials collected up from the cleaning surface.05-16-2013
20100139694Cleaning Compound and Method and System for Using the Cleaning Compound - A cleaning compound is provided. The cleaning compound includes about 0.1 weight percent to about 10 weight percent of a fatty acid dispersed in water. The cleaning compound includes an amount of a base sufficient to bring a pH of the fatty acid water solution to about a level where above about 50% of the dispersed fatty acid is ionized. A method for cleaning a substrate, a system for cleaning a substrate, and a cleaning solution prepared by a process are also provided.06-10-2010
20090188528BI-DIRECTIONAL SCRUBBER - An improved apparatus and method for cleaning is provided. More specifically, the improved apparatus is provided wherein the apparatus has a plurality of rotating heads whereby the heads are used to contact the body and provide cleansing pressure. Additionally, the improved apparatus and method is provided wherein the apparatus may have a plurality of rotating heads whereby the rotating heads may rotate opposite to each corresponding head wherein a first inner head may rotate clockwise while the second outer head may rotate counterclockwise. However, a first head and second head may be adjacent to one another while still rotating in a clockwise and counterclockwise direction, respectively. The contemplated embodiments of the apparatus may include a reservoir for containment of a cleansing agent that may be dispensed to the first and second head and/or directly onto the object to be cleaned whereby the cleansing agent may help facilitate cleansing of the body to be cleaned.07-30-2009
20080257384Bucket Arrangement and Method of Using the Same - An improved apparatus and a method of using the apparatus for cleaning tools, utensils, and other objects. The apparatus comprises a container, a first wiping element that is submerged in a liquid in the container capable of removing undesirable material from at least a portion of the object and a second wiping element mountable to the container that is capable of removing excess moisture from the object. The object undergoes at least a two-step wiping comprising a first wiping against the first wiping element while submerged in the liquid and a second wiping against the second wiping element after being at least partially removed from the liquid. The apparatus of the invention reduces the potential for serious injuries from cuts or abrasions from contact with the objects and is more sanitary than systems currently used in the prior art. The apparatus of the invention may also be easily disassembled for cleaning.10-23-2008
20110220145PRODUCE BIN SCRUBBER AND RELATED METHODS - A produce bin washer for washing produce bins of an open-box type may include a housing and a conveyor for advancing a plurality of empty produce bins along a path of travel through the housing. The produce bin washer may include at least one scrubbing brush within the housing adjacent the conveyor and along the path of travel. The produce bin washer may also include a positioner within the housing for sequentially lifting and rotating each empty produce bin from the conveyor onto the at least one scrubbing brush to scrub the interior, and returning the empty produce bin to the conveyor. A sprayer may be within the housing for spraying a cleaning solution onto the empty produce bins, and a collector may also be within the housing for collecting sprayed cleaning solution.09-15-2011
20090090385PICK-UP HEAD HAVING HOUSED GUTTER BROOMS FOR A MOBILE SWEEPING VEHICLE - A pick-up head for a mobile sweeping vehicle comprises a housing defining a substantially hollow interior and a suctioning bottom opening for suctioning dust and small debris. A suctioning front opening is disposed in the front of the housing for receiving debris into the substantially hollow interior of the housing. A door is mounted on the pick-up head for selectively opening and closing the suctioning front opening. A dust and debris outlet in the housing permits dust and debris to be suctioned from the substantially hollow interior. A gutter broom is mounted within the housing adjacent one end, for sweeping dust and small debris inwardly from the selected one of the left end and the right end and towards the dust and debris outlet. An opening in the housing at the selected end permits the gutter broom to extend beyond the end of the housing, thus allowing the gutter broom to sweep against a curb, for sweeping dust and small debris towards a central path. A selectively operable motor is for operating the first gutter broom.04-09-2009
20090199869APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF CLEANING SUBSTRATE - A substrate cleaning apparatus includes two cleaning brushes driven independently of each other. A first cleaning brush makes a cycling movement including an outward movement progressing in a horizontal direction from a position in contact with the center of the rotation of a substrate to the outside of an edge of the substrate, an upward movement progressing in a vertically upward direction from an end position of the outward movement, an inward movement progressing in a horizontal direction from an end position of the upward movement to a position immediately over the center of the rotation of the substrate, and a downward movement progressing in a vertically downward direction from an end position of the inward movement to a start position of the outward movement. A second cleaning brush makes a similar cycling movement. The first and second cleaning brushes are adapted so that the speed of the inward movement thereof is higher than that of the outward movement thereof and so that the speed of the upward movement is higher than that of the downward movement thereof.08-13-2009
20090199867Sole cleaning device - A device for cleaning soles of footwear with a plurality of rotatable horizontal brushes. A motor may be used to drive each of the brushes. A tray for collecting dirt and other debris may be located under the brushes in order to provide a convenient method to remove dirt and other debris from the device after use. Such devices may permit a person or persons to clean mud, snow, sand, dirt and the like from the soles of their footwear without need of removing the footwear from their feet.08-13-2009
20090199868HEATED FOOD PREPARATION SURFACE CLEANING PAD - A heated surface cleaning pad that can be attached to a bottom portion of a hand tool configured to be used to scrub a heated food preparation surface. According to an embodiment, the cleaning pad is configured to clean a hot griddle surface that has a number of parallel raised ridges. According to another embodiment, the cleaning pad includes a non-woven construction that is impregnated with abrasive particles and/or a liquid cleaner or a dissolvable solid cleaner. In addition, a method of cleaning a hot food preparation surface is provided. According to one embodiment, the method includes the steps of attaching a scrubbing pad to a cleaning tool, contacting the openings in the cleaning surface of the scrubbing pad with the raised ridges of a griddle surface, and scrubbing the griddle surface with the pad until the surface is clean. Moreover, a method of constructing a cleaning pad for cleaning a hot griddle surface is also provided. According to one embodiment, the method includes binding pad elements together such that a cleaning end of the cleaning pad is comprised of end portions of adjacently arranged scrubbing elements.08-13-2009
20120138089COMPOSITION WITH SURFACE MODIFYING PROPERTIES - The present invention refers to an aqueous composition comprising one or more amphoteric, organic polynitrogen-compounds having at least 3 nitrogen atoms contained in the molecule in the form of an amine and/or amide and one or more types of inorganic nanoparticles, a concentrate comprising said composition and to a method for treating and/or cleaning a surface which uses said composition.06-07-2012
20120138088Apparatus for Combination Brush and Shampoo Dispenser - An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for a combination brush and shampoo. The apparatus includes a handle, a brush head extending outward from a first end of the handle, the brush head having a plurality of apertures, an end coupler connected with a second end of the handle, a main channel extending from the end coupler, through the handle and brush head to the bristle pack such that the end coupler is in fluid communication with the plurality of apertures, and a reservoir formed in the brush head having a cleaning agent channel extending to and intersecting with the main channel. The system includes the apparatus and a semi-rigid region in the reservoir configured to be depressed and force the cleaning agent out of the reservoir. The method includes providing the apparatus, ejecting cleaning agent, and rinsing with water.06-07-2012
20090320879APPARATUS FOR CLEARING TUBING AND RELATED METHOD - An apparatus for clearing tubing includes a grip assembly connected to the pair of rollers. The grip assembly is operable to move the rollers to engage the tubing therebetween. The movement of the grip assembly is limited such that a minimum tubing gap between the rollers is equal to approximately twice a wall thickness of the tubing. The rollers are moved along the tubing to clear obstructions. The apparatus can also include a clamp assembly having one or more plates that limits movement of the grip assembly to bring the rollers no closer than the minimum tubing gap. Alternately, the grip assembly can include first and second shell halves movable between open and closed positions with a channel defined therebetween, and the rollers are mounted in the grip assembly.12-31-2009
20120067370SEMI-AUTOMATED HEAT EXCHANGER TUBE CLEANING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD - A heat exchanger tube cleaning assembly and method is provided. The assembly can allow for semi-automated tube cleaning of a heat exchanger or other piping or equipment used in an industrial facility such as, for example, a petrochemical plant or oil refinery.03-22-2012
20110220144CLEANING OF AN EXTRACTION APERTURE OF AN ION SOURCE - An ion source includes an arc chamber housing defining an arc chamber having an extraction aperture, and a wiper. The wiper is positioned within the arc chamber in a parked position and configured to be driven from the parked position to operational positions to clean the extraction aperture. A cleaning sub-assembly for an ion source includes a wiper configured to be positioned within an arc chamber of the ion source when in a parked position and driven from the parked position to operational positions to clean an extraction aperture of the ion source.09-15-2011
20090050177Substrate cleaning method and substrate cleaning apparatus - The present invention provides a substrate cleaning method which is intended to securely remove matters attached to the periphery of a substrate to be processed and enhance the yield of products as well as intended to lengthen the life of the apparatus. This substrate cleaning method comprises the steps of: cleaning the periphery of a substrate by contacting a periphery cleaning member 02-26-2009
20090165817SYSTEM FOR ROLL IMPREGNATION - A pre-packaged cleaning system or kit is used for transport, storage and solvent impregnation of one or more fabric rolls used for cleaning components of printing machines. A container holds one or more fabric rolls, and one or more bags containing a solvent. When the rolls are to be used, the bags are perforated, allowing the solvent to flow onto the rolls. Thus, the rolls can be impregnated with solvent immediately before use. Because they are stored separately, the rolls and solvent are not likely to deteriorate even during long periods of storage.07-02-2009
20090084402PROCESS FOR TREATING HARD SURFACE - The present invention relates to a process of treating a hard surface with a composition comprising polyalkoxylate trisiloxane. More specifically, it relates to a process of treating an horizontal hard surface, wherein a composition comprising polyalkoxylate trisiloxane is applied onto said hard surface.04-02-2009
20090084400Sheet-like and shaped articles for cleaning surfaces - Sheet-like and shaped articles for cleaning surfaces comprising melamine fibers, methods for cleaning surfaces using such sheet-like and shaped articles, the use of such sheet-like and shaped articles for cleaning surfaces, methods for producing such sheet-like and shaped articles using such fibers and the use of such fibers for producing such sheet-like and shaped articles.04-02-2009
20090084401APPARATUS FOR REMOVING MATTE-STICKING AND METHOD FOR USING THE APPARATUS - An apparatus and method are provided to remove matte-sticking adhered to an inner surface of an inclined rear jacket of an exhaust gas hood for collecting exhaust gas discharged during the converter operation in copper smelting. Scraping means 04-02-2009
20090211599METHOD FOR CLEANING A CIRCUMFERENTIAL SURFACE OF A CYLINDER OF A PRINTING PRESS - A method for cleaning a circumferential surface of a cylinder of a printing press provides for improved cleaning to be achieved during a short time. In order to clean the circumferential surface, a cleaning fluid is first applied to the circumferential surface. In order then to remove contaminants, the contaminants a broken up mechanically after the cleaning fluid is applied and before a cleaning apparatus acting on the circumferential surface is set into operation.08-27-2009
20090211598Tire shine unit and method of using same - Disclosed is a unit for applying a fluid material to a surface of a vehicle. The unit includes a body, at least one reservoir for holding a fluid material, at least one sprayer connected to the reservoir via a hose, an optional applicator pad for spreading, wiping or buffing the fluid material on a surface of a vehicle to which the fluid material is applied, and a pressure source for transferring the fluid material from the at least one reservoir to the at least one sprayer. The unit further includes a control system for activating the pressure source upon receipt of a signal. A method for using the above mentioned unit is also described.08-27-2009
20090101170SYSTEM FOR SOAKING ROLLS OF ABSORBING MATERIAL TO BE USED IN PRINTING MACHINE CLEANING - System for soaking absorbing material rolls or sheets (04-23-2009
20110139177Concrete/Asphalt Wet Washing System - A surface cleaning system having a storage container, debris collection apparatus and debris conduit is disclosed. Water discharged from spray nozzles configured in a circular arrangement forces debris into a debris collection ring and then a debris conduit. An auger, water pressure or air pressure is used to force the debris through debris conduit into the storage container for disposal. The design of the debris collection apparatus also facilitates the capture of most of the water used to force the debris into the debris collection apparatus. Accordingly, the system is able to reuse the water thereby extending the surface area that may be cleaned with a specified amount of water.06-16-2011
20090241990PAINT SCRAPER APPARATUS AND METHOD - An apparatus and method for scraping paint to prepare surfaces for fresh paint may include two, three, or more independent blades attached to a single handle to provide follow up scraping by parallel edges after the leading edge has passed, in order to improve the effectiveness of scraping. Chips, scratches, and other breaches in one blade need not leave a flaw behind as subsequent blades passing over the surface will lift that material away from the surface. Blades may be configured to be identical, reversible, and interchangeable, providing substantial convenience, durability, and wear.10-01-2009
20120031430CLEANING DEVICE AND A CLEANING METHOD - Disclosed is a method and a device for cleaning a container such as a toilet bowl. The device includes an expandable member which is operable to seal an opening, such as a drain opening, in the container so as to allow a cleaning agent to be retained in the container.02-09-2012
20090250080System and Method for Cleaning a Printer - A printer ROS window cleaning system enforces unidirectional cleaning motion through a passageway formed in the printer housing. A guide has a distal portion that engages a cleaning tool from insertion until a cleaning portion reaches the rear of the passageway. A cleaning tool deflector positioned at the rear of the passageway biases the cleaning tool from the distal portion of the passageway to a proximate portion so that the cleaning portion contacts the ROS window. A unidirectional cleaning feature ensures that the cleaning portion will contact the ROS window during removal of the cleaning tool by preventing re-insertion of the cleaning tool in the proximate portion of the passageway.10-08-2009
20090241989Cleaning system - Methods, systems and apparatuses for are disclosed for cleaning a vehicle wheel surface on a vehicle wheel with a brush. A brush may comprise a plurality of resilient brush elements having varying lengths. The methods may provide for rotating the brush elements such that at any time during at least some of the plurality of brush elements are in engagement with the wheel surface. The wheel surface may be engaged by brush elements that have a length that changes cyclically and the brush elements may also cyclically vary the contact pressure between brush elements and the vehicle surface.10-01-2009
20100175717METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLEANING THE CYLINDERS OF PRINTING MACHINES OF THE CONTINUOUS TYPE - The method for cleaning the cylinders (C07-15-2010
20100175716Cleaning Member, Delivery Member with Cleaning Function, and Method of Cleaning Substrate Processing Apparatus - Provided is a cleaning member, which is capable of removing minute foreign matter, preferably foreign matter of a submicron level simply, exactly, and sufficiently, without contaminating a cleaning site. Further provided is a delivery member with a cleaning function having the cleaning member and a method of cleaning a substrate processing apparatus using the delivery member with a cleaning function. The cleaning member of the present invention includes a cleaning layer having a plurality of protrusions of a columnar structure on the surface, in which an aspect ratio of the protrusions of a columnar structure is 5 or more.07-15-2010
20110139178Debris Removal Apparatus for a Wiper System - An automatic debris removal apparatus for a wiper system that removes soluble and insoluble debris trapped between the wiper blade and the glass surface by lifting the wiper blade off the glass surface and then causing the wiper blade to drop onto the glass surface as a shake under urge of the biasing spring of the wiper arm, so as to thereby provide a shaking action which frees any trapped debris. An actuator selectively interacts with the pivotal portion of the wiper arm to effect shaking of the wiper arm to thereby free the wiper blade of the debris.06-16-2011
20120192895DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CLEANING JEWELRY - A jewelry cleaning device may include the following components: a basin having a base portion and for holding a cleaning solution, a support post extending upwards from the base portion inside the basin and shaped to securely hold a piece of jewelry in place, and a sleeve sized to fit within the basin and having a plurality of bristles disposed therein with a handle portion on the top end thereof. A plastic dome may likewise be provided on a top end of the sleeve. All components may be modular and may be readily fitted together to form a unitary jewelry cleaning device. By rotating the sleeve using the handle portion while a piece of jewelry is supported within the cleaning solution of the basin on the support post, a user may cause the bristles to clean a piece of jewelry.08-02-2012
20120192894CLEANING AND SEALING SOLUTION APPLICATOR TOOL FOR SURFACES SUCH AS STONE, POROUS TILE, OR GROUT - A hand-held tool for applying a solution to grouted tile surfaces includes a container, a cap assembly, a head assembly and an applicator body. The container contains the solution and provides an exit port. The cap assembly is coupled to the container and forms a conduit fluidly open to the exit port. The head assembly is rotatably coupled to the cap assembly and defines a support face. An aperture is fluidly connected to the support face and the conduit. The applicator body is retained by the support face and forms a perimeter defining a major dimension greater than a minor dimension. Solution is delivered from the exit port to the applicator body by a pathway including the conduit and the aperture, with the pathway remaining open as the applicator body is rotated relative to the container. The tool can be especially useful with stone or porous tile surfaces.08-02-2012
20100154824ROTATING CLEANING DEVICE - A cleaning implement comprising a base member having opposing top and bottom surfaces and at least one side surface. A handle is connected to the top surface of the base member and a first cleaning material is attached to the bottom surface of the base member. A cleaning member is rotatably connected to the at least one side surface of the base member and a second cleaning material attached to the cleaning member such that the second cleaning material is oriented in a different plane than the first cleaning material.06-24-2010
20100154823LIQUID ACIDIC HARD SURFACE CLEANING COMPOSITION - The present invention relates to a liquid acidic hard surface cleaning composition having a pH of from 2 to 2.9 and comprising formic acid and an alkaline material.06-24-2010
20100186770SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING IMPROVED DEWATERING PERFORMANCE IN A PAPERMAKING MACHINE - A doctoring system is disclosed for cleaning a moving surface in a papermaking machine, and the doctoring system includes a doctor blade and fluid assist system. The doctor blade is coupled to a doctor blade holder, and the doctor blade holder is coupled to a doctor-back. The fluid assist system is for providing a fluid under positive pressure that is higher than atmospheric pressure. The fluid is directed in a direction generally opposite a direction of movement of the moving surface such that fluid of high momentum is provided to impinge on water resident within the moving surface and adjacent a leading edge of the doctor blade during movement of the moving surface.07-29-2010
20090101169APPARATUS FOR CLEANING BULK MATERIAL - Embodiments of the invention relate to an apparatus for cleaning bulk material, comprising a container for receiving the bulk material, a filling opening which is arranged in an upper region of the container, at least one stirring device which is arranged in the interior of the container and such that it can rotate with respect to the container, and at least one discharge device via which the bulk material can be removed from the container, wherein the discharge device is arranged below the filling opening. According to the embodiments of the invention, at least one feed is provided, via which a cleaning liquid can be introduced into the container, wherein the feed is arranged above the discharge device.04-23-2009
20090314311SUBSTRATE CLEANING APPARATUS, SUBSTRATE CLEANING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - To provide a substrate cleaning apparatus capable of effectively removing deposits adhering to at least an end surface of a substrate by means of a sponge-like brush. A substrate cleaning apparatus includes: a spin chuck 12-24-2009
20130213438CARPET CLEANING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A carpet cleaning system including a cleaning agent that is one of dilutable with and dissolvable in water to generate a cleaning solution. The cleaning system includes a brush disc that has a substantially bowl-shaped glide plate, and bristles disposed in a bristle region. The cleaning system further includes a carpet cleaning apparatus that has a reservoir for containing the cleaning solution, a motor, an aeration device, a power source, and a control system. The motor rotatably actuates the brush disc. The aeration device is fluidly coupled to the reservoir for aerating the cleaning solution to generate foam. The aeration device dispenses foam into at least one of the opening of the glide plate and the bristle region at a rate equivalent to between about 0.028 gallons per minute and about 0.042 gallons per minute.08-22-2013
20100186771PORTABLE DUSTING TOOL - There is provided a non-scrubbing dusting tool for cleaning the exposed surface of a digital camera sensor lens in a recessed digital camera sensor chamber. The dusting tool comprises a dust brush having an elongated shank with a tuft of bristles having electrostatic charge built up therein at one end, and a handle at the other end. The tuft of bristles is V-shape and its free end tips are bevelled, for best performance. The duster is sized to adjustably fit inside the digital camera sensor chamber in such a fashion that the bristles leading edge tips will be able to reach all of the exposed surface of the camera sensor lens while avoiding contaminating contact with the camera sensor chamber. In an operative sensor lens cleaning condition of the dusting tool, the dust brush remains motionless relative to the handle while the dusting tool bristles leading edge tips are manually swept over the camera sensor lens to be cleaned. When the dusting tool is not in use, a rotating motor may spin the dust brush so that the bristles fan out under centrifugal force, so as to remove dust collected by the bristles during cleaning operations.07-29-2010
20100170533Cleaning Member, Carrying Member with Cleaning Function, and Method of Cleaning Substrate Processing Equipment - Provided is a cleaning member capable of removing minute foreign matter, in particular foreign matter of a submicron level simply, exactly, and sufficiently without contaminating a cleaning site. Further provided is a carrying member provided with a cleaning function having the cleaning member and a method of cleaning a substrate processing equipment with the use of the cleaning member or the carrying member provided with a cleaning function. The cleaning member includes a layer member having a plurality of protrusions of a columnar structure on a surface, in which each of the protrusions of a columnar structure has a carbon-based nanostructure.07-08-2010
20100186769Firearm cleaning tool and method of using - A firearm cleaning tool and method of use is disclosed in which multiple firearm components may be cleaned using a single tool. The tool includes cutting or scraping edges to ream residue, such as carbon deposits through a scraping action. The proximal end includes a scraping head with a scraping edge, and the distal end includes pivotable scraper arm and longitudinally extending insertion pin. A method of use is also contemplated.07-29-2010
20100170534METHOD FOR REMOVAL OF SURFACE CONTAMINANTS FROM SUBSTRATES - A method is disclosed for preparing a substrate for coating. The method uses a step of applying an acidic solution to the substrate to break down visible and non-visible layers of surface material. The method also uses a step of applying a treatment solution to decontaminate the substrate. The method further comprises a step of applying an aqueous rinsing solution to the substrate to remove neutralized ionic contaminants for the substrate.07-08-2010
20100258144WAFER MANUFACTURING CLEANING APPARATUS, PROCESS AND METHOD OF USE - A cleaning wafer or substrate for use in cleaning, or in combination with, components of, for example, integrated chip manufacturing equipment. The cleaning substrate can include a substrate having varying predetermined surface features, such as one or more predetermined adhesive, non-tacky, electrostatic, or projection, depression, or other physical sections. The predetermined features can provide for more effective cleaning of the components with which they are used, such as in an integrated chip manufacturing apparatus in the place of the integrated chip wafer. The cleaning substrate can be urged into cleaning or other position by vacuum, mechanical, electrostatic, or other forces. The cleaning substrate can be adapted to accomplish a variety of functions, including abrading or polishing. The cleaning substrate may made by a novel method of making, and it may then be used in a novel method of use in combination with chip manufacturing apparatus.10-14-2010
20100192975Scrubber for Medical Device Cleaner - A luer cleaner (08-05-2010
20090078281Floor Cleaning Apparatus With Surface Dryer - A floor cleaning apparatus includes a chassis having a forward end and a rearward end. A plurality of floor engaging wheels support the chassis above a floor. A first tank is supported by the chassis for holding a cleaning solution that is dispensed onto the floor. A second tank is supported by the chassis for holding cleaning solution recovered from the floor. A squeegee assembly is supported by the chassis rearwardly of the forward end and in fluid communication with the second tank, wherein recovered cleaning solution drawn into the squeegee assembly is deposited into the second tank. A gas is directed toward the floor rearwardly of the squeegee assembly along substantially the entire length of the squeegee assembly to evaporate cleaning solution dispensed from the first tank and not recovered by the squeegee assembly.03-26-2009
20100224215Method for Reducing the Damage Induced by a Physical Force Assisted Cleaning - Disclosed is a method for performing a physical force-assisted cleaning process on a patterned surface of a substrate, including providing a substrate having at least one patterned surface, supplying a cleaning liquid to the patterned surface, and applying a physical force to the cleaning liquid in contact with the patterned surface, whereby the physical force leads to bubble formation in the cleaning liquid. Furthermore, and prior to applying the physical force, an additive is supplied to the surface, and the additive is maintained in contact with the surface for a given time, the additive and the time being chosen so that a substantially complete wetting of the surface by the cleaning liquid is achieved.09-09-2010
20130125924OPTICAL CABLE WITH IDENTIFIABLE OPTICAL FIBERS - An optical fiber includes an optically transmissive element; at least one curable colored layer surrounding the optically transmissive element; and an additional removable colored layer surrounding and homogeneously covering the curable colored layer. The presence of the additional removable colored layer improves identifiability of the fiber, especially when the latter is included in an optical cable together with other fibers.05-23-2013
20100242992Method of and Apparatus for Cleaning a Floor - A method of cleaning a floor uses a flat mop including a generally flat mop head having a handle and absorbent fabric material. The mop head is foldable to a folded condition, wherein a loop of the fabric material depends from the folded parts. The fabric material is inserted into cleaning liquid to wet the material. The mop head is introduced to a wringer to wring the material between the jaws and a wringing surface. The damp absorbent fabric material is used to mop the floor. The floor is dried using a separate drying tool that includes a head secured to a handle, and one or more attachment devices to attach a dry absorbent cloth to the head. The floor is dried by applying the cloth to the floor using the tool and moving a dry portion of the cloth over the floor.09-30-2010
20100242993Patient fluid line access valve antimicrobial cap/cleaner - Cap and cleaning devices antiseptically maintain patient fluid line access valves to minimize the risk of infection via catheters. The devices have a cap that may contain a dry pad impregnated with an antimicrobial agent. The cap covers the access portion of the access valve when not in use. The devices have a hood that contains a wet pad impregnated with a cleaning solution and, optionally, an antimicrobial agent. The wet pad cleans the access portion of the access valve prior to and optionally, after the access valve is utilized to access the patient fluid line.09-30-2010
20100242991DUSTING METHOD AND CORRESPONDING DUSTING DEVICE - A dedusting device and method is disclosed for the dry or moist dedusting (i.e., cleaning, dusting, or removal of dirt, dust, or other debris) from components, e.g., of motor vehicles. An exemplary method may generally include positioning a dusting tool driven by a drive motor in a predetermined dusting position such that the tool contacts or touches the component, and determining a first operating variable of the drive motor of the dusting tool when positioning the dusting tool in the predetermined dusting position. The first operating variable may reflect a mechanical load of the drive motor due to the contact with the component to be dusted. The method may further include calculating a corrected dusting position as a function of the predetermined dusting position and the first operating variable of the drive motor, and positioning the dusting tool in the corrected dusting position.09-30-2010
20100252071Method and tool for unclogging toilet drains - Disclosed are methods of unclogging toilet drains using a novel dissolvable paper tool to dislodged a blocking impediment in the clogged drain.10-07-2010
20100206328Alkaline Hard Surface Cleaning Composition - Improved aqueous, alkaline hard surface cleaning compositions useful in the cleaning of hard surfaces, particularly hard surfaces bearing greasy stains or soils also provide a disinfecting and/or sanitizing benefit to the treated hard surfaces. Preferred compositions comprise amine oxide as the sole surfactant constituent, an alkalinity constituent, preferably an alkanolamine and as the sole organic solvent constituent, an alkylene glycol phenyl ether, an antimicrobially active constituent, and water, optionally further including a dye and/or fragrance composition. The compositions provide excellent cleaning of greasy soils on hard surfaces and provide a disinfecting or sanitizing benefit thereto.08-19-2010
20100200017MICROBIAL SCRUBBING DEVICE - The microbial scrub brush in one embodiment employs an insert of foam material that is impregnated with an anti-bacterial disinfectant that is housed within a housing of alcohol compatible material and sealed over by a removable lid. The insert is maintained in sterile condition until ready for use. After the removal of the lid, the insert of foam material is moved over the end of a female luer or other portion of a medical device and rotated in order to clean the exterior surface as well as the interior luminal surface of the device. In one embodiment, the insert includes a plurality of resilient fingers that substantially occupy a cross sectional area of the cavity to enable the cleansing of both the exterior surface and an interior luminal surface of the medical device.08-12-2010
20110056518Cleaning and/or Hair Gathering Apparatus, Method, and Design - The present disclosure provides apparatuses for cleaning and/or hair gathering. The devices can include first and second components configured to form a liquid dispenser and define a reservoir when operatively engaged. The second component can be configured as a multi-layered absorbent pad wherein one of the layers can comprise a substantially rigid, porous, and/or thick material, and another layer can comprise a less rigid, less porous, and/or thinner layer than the one layer. The present method provides for applying pressure to within a liquid-dispensing reservoir to force liquid from the reservoir to one substantially rigid, porous, and/or thick layer and then to another less rigid, less porous, and/or thinner layer of a multi-layered absorbent pad. The second layer of the multi-layered absorbent pad can be applied to materials for cleaning and/or hair gathering.03-10-2011
20100000571Bottle Sanitizing Device and Method - A device and method for cleaning and sanitizing water bottles and consumable liquid containers such as soda and juice bottles. The device positions a cleaning pad immediately adjacent to the container available for employment by a user during opening of the container by removing a cap. The cleaning pad may be housed in a container affixed to the cap of the drink container or may be housed within a cavity formed integral to the cap covering the drink container.01-07-2010
20090250081DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LENS CLEANING FOR SURGICAL PROCEDURES - The present invention provides a standalone cleaning device for cleaning at least a portion of a surgical instrument, especially the scope, within a body cavity during minimal invasive surgical procedure comprising, at least one cleansing means characterized by an un-deployed configuration in which said device is inserted into said body cavity; and, a deployed configuration in which said portion of said surgical instrument is cleaned; said cleaning means are adapted to be reversibly transformed from said deployed configuration to said un-deployed configuration and from said un-deployed configuration to said deployed configuration; wherein said cleaning of said surgical instrument is obtained by wiping motions of said portion of said surgical instrument over said cleansing material within said body cavity, such that the removal of said surgical instrument during said surgical procedure for cleaning necessity is avoided.10-08-2009
20110232682Wipes Being Formed Into A Non-Planar Form And Dispenses For Storing Said Wipes - A wipe includes a generally flat piece of material (09-29-2011
20110232681Cosmetic Brush Cleaning Solution - A cosmetic makeup brush cleaning solution that effectively cleans, sanitizes, and conditions the bristles of the brush. The ingredients provided in the solution of the present invention do not damage the bristles regardless of bristle material. The cleaning solution also provides the bristles with a pleasant fragrance for when the user is using the cosmetic brush.09-29-2011
20080283091Method for Adding a Multi-Component Detergent Additve in a Water Leading Household Appliance - The invention relates to a method for adding a multi-component solid detergent additive during a program sequence of a water leading household appliance, in particular a dishwasher, wherein the household appliance comprises a compartment for storing the detergent additive. According to the invention, the liquid supply to the detergent additive stored in the compartment is effected in dependency of the program sequence, wherein in particular the liquid supply to the compartment is repeated at different times. Similarly a household appliance is provided with a device for adding a multi-component detergent additive.11-20-2008
20090038642METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CLEANING AN EDGE OF A SUBSTRATE - In one aspect, a method for cleaning an edge of a substrate is provided. The method comprises employing one or more rollers of a first diameter to rotate a substrate; contacting an edge of the substrate with one or more rollers of a second diameter that is larger than the first diameter; and cleaning the edge of the substrate using the one or more rollers of the second diameter. Numerous other aspects are provided.02-12-2009
20090044831WAFER EDGE CLEANING - In a first aspect, a method of cleaning an edge of a wafer is provided. The method comprises providing an edge cleaning roller having a first inclined frictional surface for cleaning an edge corner of a wafer rotating within a first plane; and causing the edge cleaning roller to rotate within a second plane at an angle to the first plane while the inclined frictional surface contacts and cleans the edge corner. Numerous other aspects are provided.02-19-2009
20100300484CLEANING DEVICE AND CLEANING PERFORMANCE MAINTAINING METHOD - According to one embodiment, A cleaning device includes a cleaning blade, a support section, a container and an elastic sheet. the support section supports the cleaning blade while pressing an end portion of the cleaning blade to a cleaning object surface. the container has an opening portion at a side opposite to the cleaning object surface and contains a removal object scraped from the cleaning object surface by the cleaning blade. one end of the elastic sheet is fixed to a peripheral portion of the opening portion of the container. the other end of the elastic sheet is in contact with a non-opposite surface as a surface of the cleaning blade at a side not opposite to the cleaning object surface. the elastic sheet guides the removal object scraped from the cleaning object surface by the cleaning blade into the container. the elastic sheet includes, on at least a part of a surface opposite to the cleaning blade, a slope-shaped portion having a side surface inclined to both the non-opposite surface and the surface of the elastic sheet opposite to the cleaning blade in a state of contact with the non-opposite surface.12-02-2010
20110017232Paint Brush Cleaning Device - A device for cleaning paint from a paintbrush is provided. Interlocking teeth are affixed to two cleaning heads rotatably connected together. The cleaning heads “sandwich” the bristles of the paintbrush and pull paint from the brush. Squeegee bars affixed to each of the cleaning heads clean paint from the outside of the brush while V-shaped teeth on tooth plates clean paint from within the bristles.01-27-2011
20120067368APPARATUS FOR IN-SITU CLEANING OF A SEISMIC STREAMER CABLE - A system, method and apparatus providing uninterrupted cleaning of first and second parts of a deployed marine seismic streamer cable using one cleaner apparatus, the first and second parts located to respective sides of a bird attached to the streamer cable. The system comprises a connecting apparatus for connecting by a web or rung the bird to the streamer cable, and the cleaner apparatus provided with a slit open over the full length of the cleaner and adapted to let the web or rung pass from end to end of the cleaner, whereby the cleaner is allowed to pass from the first part to the second part without interrupting its cleaning action.03-22-2012
20100147329UPKEEP ARTICLE - An upkeep article for use in a dry or damp environment, having at least external layers, a first layer and a second external layer and an absorbent intermediate layer. The external layer presents on its so-called cleaning surface a first group of loops alternating with a second group of loops. The first group has microfibres and the second has threads having a numbering greater than 1.11 dtex. The upkeep article has a surface density less than 350 g/m2.06-17-2010
201101268543-in-1 Mitt - An architecture is presented that provides a cleaning device for vehicles, windows, pets, etc. The cleaning device comprises a mitt to be worn by a user, and a swivel extension secured in the center of the mitt. The swivel extension connects to a coil hose, which will supply water to the mitt eliminating the need for a soap/wash bucket. Specifically, a threaded connector on an end of the coil hose allows the hose to be connected to a water supply, such as a garden hose or faucet. Furthermore, the mitt has an opening in the center, wherein soap can be inserted. Once soap is inserted into the center of the mitt, the opening can be secured with hook and loop fasteners, or any other suitable fasteners. The mitt also comprises an adjustable collar, allowing the mitt to be tightened and secured to a user's hand.06-02-2011
20100212690FLOOR CLEANING PAD AND APPARATUS - A cleaning device including a mel amine sponge is employed for use in a floor scrubbing machine for cleaning uncoated, stone floors. A backing material is secured to the melamine sponge and a non-woven fabric is secured to the backing material which in turn is engaged by the driver block of the machine. The cleaning device in conjunction with the floor scrubbing machine is capable of removing dirt and scuff marks from stone floors using only water as the cleaning agent.08-26-2010
20100212689CAMERA DEVICE, CLEANING CONTROL METHOD, AND CLEANING CONTROL PROGRAM - A camera apparatus (08-26-2010
20110132400Method and System for Uniformly Applying a Multi-Phase Cleaning Solution to a Substrate - An apparatus used to supply a force onto a cleaning solution for processing a substrate for cleaning surface contaminants is disclosed. The apparatus includes a force applicator and a gate. The force applicator is configured to be adjusted to a first height to off the surface of the substrate. The gate is positioned adjacent to a trailing point of the force applicator and is configured to be adjusted to a second height off of the surface of the substrate to enable planarization of the cleaning solution as the solution moves to the trailing point.06-09-2011
20110209726SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROBOTIC GUTTER CLEANING ALONG AN AXIS OF ROTATION - In embodiments of the present invention, a gutter-cleaning device comprises a housing containing an impeller drive facility, the housing configured to fit into a gutter, an impeller, disposed at an end of the housing and driven by the impeller drive facility, and a transport facility for transporting the housing along the gutter09-01-2011
20100037915METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MINIMIZING AIRBORNE DUST IN FLOOR MAINTENANCE MACHINES - Airborne dust is controlled and minimized by spraying a fine spray mist by nozzles (02-18-2010
20110247652DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRIC MOTOR - The invention relates to a method and a device for controlling an electric motor (10-13-2011
20090038641Substrate Cleaning Apparatus, Substrate Cleaning Method, Substrate Processing System, and Storage Medium - A substrate cleaning apparatus 02-12-2009
20090038640Multi-stage metal cleaner - The multi-stage coil washer is a system for removing oil and other contaminants from flat metal feed stock for further processing. The system utilizes wash, rinse and dry off stages to remove all of the contaminants and leave a small amount of oil to prevent flash rusting, in the case of a metal feed stock that rusts, and allow for storage. The wash and rinse system use a series of rolls in cartridges, individually motor driven, to clean the metal feed stock comprising of a combination of hard chrome, abrasive embedded non-woven and fibrous rolls. Each cartridge containing a top and bottom roll can be removed. Separate heated wash and rinse fluids are used wash and rinse fluid are separately contained in individual tanks which contain multiple cleaning apparatuses. Each tank cleans the water using micron filters, bacteria filters, magnets, oil separators and centrifuges. The centrifuges remove oil from the water and recycle the cleaned water back into the tank. A mist containment unit prevents mist and steam from escaping in the assembly and the mist collector recycles the recaptured water back into the rinse water tank. The multi-stage metal feed stock washer is an environmentally friendly system designed to continually recycle its wash and rinse water with little waste.02-12-2009
20110247653Disposable Bleaching Cleaning Pad - Disclosed are replaceable cleaning pads capable of delivering a bleaching agent and a detersive composition to surfaces being cleaned. The pads are constructed to retain bleach separate from detersive ingredients and certain other chemicals prior to use, yet permit rapid delivery of the combined chemicals to the surface being cleaned once the pad is wetted. Most preferably a detersive mixture is melt-anchored to the pad. In one form, the pad is a two layer pad, and in another form, the pad is a three layer pad.10-13-2011
20100065082MULTI-PURPOSE MOP SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE - A multi-purpose mop system includes a mop having a mop handle and a cleaning attachment removably mounted thereon, the mop handle further comprising a base and a grip installed thereon for manipulating the mop during use, and a bucket having a basin and a bucket handle removably and pivotally attached thereto, the basin being formed with at least one basin channel bounded by opposite, substantially upwardly-extending basin fingers, and the bucket handle being formed in a central portion inter-connecting opposite leg portions with at least one respective handle channel bounded by opposite handle fingers, whereby the basin channel and the handle channel cooperate in wringing the mop during wet use. The cleaning attachment may be a mop material cinched onto the base of the mop handle using a drawstring or may be a squeegee strapped thereto. A removable extension handle may be pivotally installed on the mop handle.03-18-2010
20110174334INHIBITING CORROSION AND SCALING OF SURFACES CONTACTED BY SULFUR-CONTAINING MATERIALS - A method of treatment for inhibiting sulfur-based corrosion or scaling or for removing scaling from a surface including inhibiting corrosion caused by sulfur-containing materials, reducing corrosion caused by sulfur-containing materials, inhibiting scaling caused by sulfur-containing and sulfur-containing materials in gas, liquid or solid phase or any combination of multiple phases of materials, reducing scaling caused by sulfur-containing and sulfur-containing materials, and removing scaling caused by sulfur-containing and sulfur-containing materials. The method involves contacting sulfur-containing materials with a composition containing a turpentine liquid. The method also involves contacting corrodible surfaces or surfaces prone to scaling with a composition containing a turpentine liquid.07-21-2011
20110100395FLAT MOP - A mop comprises a handle and a first frame member comprising a first side and a second side. The handle is connected to the first side at a translating pivot such that the handle may translate and pivot relative to the first frame member. A second frame member has a third side and a fourth side connected to the first frame member at a hinge such that the second frame member can move relative to the first frame member between a first position where the first side is connected to the third side and a second position where the second side is disposed adjacent the fourth side. A method of using the mop is also provided.05-05-2011
20110100396EQUIPMENT AND METHOD FOR WASHING A CARPET - Equipment for washing carpet includes in the same frame a conveyor for transferring the carpet between equipment units, a control unit for controlling the operation of the equipment, and at least one washing unit, at least one drying unit located after the washing unit in the transport direction. The conveyor in the equipment is able to transfer the carpet through the equipment units at the same speed, the equipment is used for washing the carpets, the underside of which is substantially made of air impermeable material, the at least one washing unit includes a wet or dry cleaning unit with at least one brush and elements for transferring the carpet, each drying unit has an air blower blowing compressed air onto the carpet, the air blower being able to blow compressed air with a pressure of 2-15 bars onto the carpet's pile side, the blowing pressure being dependent on the carpet type.05-05-2011
20110247654RECYCLABLE PRINTED PLASTIC CONTAINER AND METHOD - A recyclable article having an external surface with an image printed thereon by droplets of ink is provided. The droplets of ink comprise a composition that includes a hydrophilic component. In embodiments, the hydrophilic component can facilitate the separation or loosening of the image from the external surface of the container when the image is exposed to a liquid-based solution at an elevated temperature. Methods for facilitating recycling of recyclable articles having printed images are also disclosed.10-13-2011
20110067727BRUSH ALIGNMENT CONTROL MECHANISM - A method and apparatus for providing uniform pressure, friction and/or contact between a substrate and a cylindrical roller in a brush-type cleaning system is described. The apparatus includes an alignment member adapted to allow pivotal movement of the cylindrical roller based on the topography of a substrate and/or the outer surface of the cylindrical roller. The method includes positioning a substrate between two cylindrical rollers, moving each of the two cylindrical rollers to a position where at least a portion of an outer surface of each of the cylindrical rollers are in contact with the major surfaces of the substrate, and rotating one or both of the substrate and the two cylindrical rollers relative to each other while allowing a longitudinal axis of one or both of the two cylindrical rollers to pivot relative to a plane defined by one of the major surfaces of the substrate.03-24-2011
20110056517LOW VOC COMPOSITION FOR RELEASING ADHERENT DEPOSITS FROM A NONPOROUS SURFACE - Compositions and methods for release of adherent deposits from nonporous surfaces and substrates are provided. The compositions are low volatile organic compound (low VOC) compositions, solutions or mixtures that can be applied in a form that clings to the underlying surface while it is working. Adherent deposits removed using the compositions include grease and oil, and printers ink. The compositions may be used on any nonporous surface or substrate including metals, ceramics and plastics, without harming the surface or substrate. The composition may contain a thixotropic agent to act as an anti-shearing agent.03-10-2011
20110061680ACIDIC CLEANING COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING A POLYMER - The present invention is directed, in certain embodiments, to compositions useful for the removal of grease, lime scale, soap scum, feces, rust or other soils from surfaces such as those found in bathrooms, toilets and kitchens. Methods of removing soils and preventing soil adhesion are also contemplated.03-17-2011
20120118320Methods for Isolated Bevel Edge Clean - Methods for cleaning an edge of a semiconductor substrate include providing a brush in a housing, the housing provides a volume for holding the brush. A cleaning fluid is inserted into the housing to at least partially fill the volume holding the brush, with the cleaning fluid. The cleaning fluid is removed from the volume of the housing while the cleaning fluid is being inserted. The brush is rotated within the housing while the cleaning fluid is inserted and removed. The edge of the semiconductor substrate is inserted into a slot of the housing. The edge of the semiconductor substrate inserted into the slot is maintained at a distance and for a period of time. The distance is configured such that the brush contacts the edge of the semiconductor substrate but continues to enable rotation of the brush within the housing.05-17-2012
20120266914CLEANING FEATURE FOR ELECTRIC CHARGING CONNECTOR - A contamination cleaner for a socket of a charging connector used with a charging station for an electric vehicle wherein the charging connector mates to a charging coupler of the electric vehicle during charging includes a housing mechanically configured generally similarly to the charging coupler enabling the housing to mechanically mate to the charging connector; and a cleaning contact, coupled to the housing and complementary to the socket, for engaging the socket and removing surface contaminants from the socket whenever the housing mechanically mates to the charging connector.10-25-2012
20120266916Squeegee Having at Least One Renewable Blade Surface For Treating a Target Surface - A device for treating a target surface, such as occurs when cleaning a window. The device has plural squeegee blades joined by a head. The head has a slot therethrough. A sheet may be longitudinally move over one or more than one of the blades to renew its surface before, during or after use. Each squeegee blade may have a dedicated sheet. The sheet(s) may travel through the slot to originate from or be stored within the head.10-25-2012
20110048457BRUSH AND USE THEREOF - A brush, comprising a brush head (03-03-2011
20110030725Wiper Blade - A wiper blade configured to efficiently remove liquids from a surface without damaging or removing surface treatments. The wiper blade comprises a flexible, molded silicone body having a handle and a v-shaped wiping tip. In certain embodiments, the wiper blade comprises multiple v-shaped wiping tips each configured to remove liquids from surfaces having and surrounded by different features. In certain other embodiments, the v-shaped wiping tip extends beyond the handle so as to provide for removal of liquids in narrow, hard to access locations.02-10-2011
20110030726INSERT FOR A MICROBIAL SCRUBBING DEVICE - The microbial scrub brush in one embodiment employs an insert that is impregnated with an anti-bacterial disinfectant and that is housed within a housing of alcohol-compatible material and sealed over by a removable lid. The insert is maintained in sterile condition until ready for use. After removal of the lid, the insert is moved over the end of a female luer or other portion of a medical device and rotated in order to clean the exterior surface as well as the interior luminal surface of the device. In one embodiment, the insert includes a base from which extends an outer wall that defines a chamber. A plurality of complaint fingers extend from the base into the chamber. A plurality of wipers extend radially inward from the outer wall into the chamber to enable the cleansing of both the exterior surface and an interior surface of the medical device.02-10-2011
20110247651Fabric Sweeper - The present invention is a device for use in cleaning a fabric surface of dust, dirt, pet hair and other debris present on the surface. The device includes a housing coupled to a base. The base is coupled to at least one movable cleaning member configured to engage a surface for picking up debris from the surface. The debris is deposited into a debris collection chamber by way of interaction with another portion of the device. The debris collection chamber is selectively emptiable by an operator thereof so that the device may be subsequently reused.10-13-2011
20110146709ALL-PURPOSE CLEANING COMPOSITIONS - The present invention relates to surfactant-based all-purpose cleaners useful for cleaning surfaces including household hard surfaces as well as glass. The cleaning compositions comprise an anionic sulfonate surfactant, a non-ionic aliphatic ethoxylated surfactant, an alcohol, and a residue-reducing agent. The cleaning compositions of the invention are effective in removing soils such as grease soil and in leaving un-rinsed or unwiped surfaces residue free.06-23-2011
20090188527Cleaning System and Method - A method for cleaning a portion of material comprises identifying a portion of material requiring cleaning. The method places a first absorbent pad on the identified portion. The first absorbent pad comprises a super-absorbent material and a liquid-resistant backing. The method places a first weight on top of the first absorbent pad. The method allows a period of time to elapse. The method removes the first weight and the first absorbent pad from the identified portion. In an additional embodiment, the method further comprises spraying neutralizer on the identified portion. The method places a second absorbent pad on the identified portion. The second absorbent pad comprises a super-absorbent material and a liquid-resistant backing. The method places a second weight on top of the second absorbent pad. The method allows a period of time to elapse. The method removes the second weight and the second absorbent pad from the identified portion. In one embodiment, the first absorbent pad and the second absorbent pad each comprise a smooth-finish meltblown pad comprising a first side and a second side; a liquid-resistant layer coupled to the smooth-finish meltblown pad and configured to define an enclosed cavity between the liquid-resistant layer and the first side of the smooth-finish meltblown pad; and an absorbent powder disposed within the enclosed cavity.07-30-2009
20090126761Cleaning apparatus and cleaning method - A cleaning apparatus cleans a peripheral part of a substrate to be processed W. The cleaning apparatus includes a first cleaning part 05-21-2009
20080283093Cleaning brush - A brush for dusting and cleaning includes a handle having a first end and a second end, an outer rail of bristles along an outer portion of the brush having a first row of outer bristles and a second row of outer bristles; an inner rail of bristles along an inner portion of the brush having a first row of inner bristles and a second row of inner bristles; at least one row of suction holes located between the first row of outer bristles and the second row of outer bristles to remove materials trapped within the brush; and a front row of bristles located along the second end of the handle.11-20-2008
20120240957Apparatus for Cleaning a Screen and Method for Storing the Same - An apparatus for cleaning the touch screen of any personal electronic device, including but not limited to smart phones and personal computing tablets. The apparatus comprises a wet portion and a dry portion in a substantially horizontal figure “8” configuration. The apparatus may also comprise a reservoir for storing a volume of conventional cleaning fluid. When not in use, the apparatus is slid into a case which is configured to house the wet and dry portions of the apparatus in separate housing compartments. A method is also provided for storing the apparatus when not in use so as to prolong its effective lifespan and improve its overall performance.09-27-2012
20110253172SWIVEL BROOM - A broom comprises a head supporting bristles. A handle is connected to the head at a swivel joint where the swivel joint allows the handle to feely rotate relative to the head. A lock is movable to a locked position to fix the position of the handle relative to the head when the head is in a first position relative to the handle and an unlocked position where the head is free to rotate relative to the handle. A method of operating a broom comprises providing a head supporting bristles connected to a handle at a lockable swivel joint; locking the lockable swivel joint to fix the position of the handle relative to the head in a first position; and unlocking the lockable swivel joint to allow the handle to rotate relative to the head.10-20-2011
20110253170APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR APPLYING A FLUID TO A COMPONENT - Apparatus for applying a fluid to a target area of a component is provided, the apparatus comprising a fluid applicator 10-20-2011
20110253171Chemical Composition and Methods for Removing Epoxy-Based Photoimageable Coatings Utilized In Microelectronic Fabrication - The present invention is a chemical composition to remove epoxy-based photoimageable coatings that include a solvent system to dissolve and rinse away the coating, an acidic additive that hydrolyzes the coating and releases a plurality of monomeric forms to the solvent, a plurality of inhibitors that protect any exposed substrate and a surfactant to lower a surface tension of the coating on the substrate. The composition can be utilized with a method for removing a partial cured and a fully cured epoxy-based photoimageable coating from a substrate with the composition to remove epoxy-based photoimageable coatings.10-20-2011
20100319728Magnetic tape, method of cleaning the same, and apparatus for forming and cleaning optical servo tracks - A magnetic tape which comprises a nonmagnetic support, a magnetic layer which is formed on one surface of the nonmagnetic support, and a backcoat layer which comprises a binder and nonmagnetic powder containing carbon black as a component and which is formed on the other surface of the nonmagnetic support, having pits for optical servo formed thereon, characterized in that the average of the reflectance on the flat portion of the backcoat layer is 8.5% or higher, and that the maximum rate of fluctuation of the reflectance on the flat portion, depending on a position of the magnetic tape:12-23-2010
20110108060Golf towel with dry and wet section - A golf towel and various methods of folding the towel for cleaning off golf balls are disclosed. The golf towel comprises two layers joined together to form an upper portion and a lower portion thereof. The upper wet section is separated from the lower dry section by a thick border and a water impervious layer that retains water content inside the wet section for relatively long duration. The invention includes various methods of folding the towel, preferably the wet section of the towel in a single triangular, a double triangular, or a square shape thereby forming a pocket like structure. The golf ball to be io cleaned is placed in the pocket like structure of the first section of the towel hung by means of a thread. The moisture content is completely removed by cleaning the ball using the dry section of the towel.05-12-2011
20120031429Device and Method for Cleaning Selective Catalytic Reduction Protective Devices - One embodiment described herein relates to a system for removing pollutants from a flue gas. The system includes a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system having a SCR reactor containing a NO02-09-2012
20120031428PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE CLEANER - The present invention relates to methods for cleaning semiconductors used in photovoltaic cells and modules, and methods for manufacturing p-n junctions for photovoltaic cells and modules.02-09-2012
20110114116VEHICLE CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USE THEREOF - A method and apparatus for cleaning vehicle exteriors using a stream of pressurizes steam. Preferably the stream of pressurized steam has a pressure in the range of 65 to 75 psi and is supplied at a temperature in the range of 295 to 310 degrees ° F. After applying the steam to a portion of a vehicle exterior surface and subjecting a first cloth to a stream of the pressurized stream, the vehicle's surface is first wiped with the first cloth and then wiped with a second cloth. This method is repeated to clean the entire vehicle.05-19-2011
20110114118METHOD OF USING AN ADJUSTABLE TOOL SUPPORTING A CLEANING IMPLEMENT - A cleaning tool 05-19-2011
20110114117SUBSTRATE CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD EMPLOYED THEREIN - A substrate cleaning apparatus for cleaning a front-side clean target surface 05-19-2011
20110132399Cleaning a Hot Soldering Iron Tip Using Dry Melamine Sponge - In one aspect the invention provides a method of cleaning molten solder from the hot tip of a soldering iron that does not require a water-laden sponge. The hot tip of the iron is wiped against a block of dry open-celled melamine foam. The block is formed with an inclined through-hole that leads to the bottom of a receptacle holding the block. The hot tip is wiped against the foam surrounding an upper end of the through-hole, and the molten solder removed from the tip accumulates in the receptacle below.06-09-2011
20110132398METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ANTI-FOULING AN ANEMOMETER - An apparatus and method for adaptive materials arranged in a variety of orientations and with a wide range of attachment configurations to induce structural vibrations at extremely high frequencies. These mechanical vibrations cause fouling agents to become detached and accordingly “clean” an otherwise dirty element or wire of a hot-wire anemometer, planar or curvilinear sensor surface, or display surfaces. They also can be made to vibrate at such frequencies with such intensities that local droplets of water are either shaken off or instantaneously cavitate, thereby allowing the elements to be used in all weather conditions.06-09-2011
20110132397Silicon Wafer Cleaning Agent - A silicon wafer cleaning agent includes at least a water-based cleaning liquid, and a water-repellent cleaning liquid for providing water-repellent to an uneven pattern at least at recessed portions during a cleaning process. The water-repellent cleaning liquid is a liquid composed of a water-repellent compound containing a reactive moiety which is chemically bondable to Si in the silicon wafer, and a hydrophobic group, or is a liquid wherein 0.1 mass % or more of the water-repellent compound relative to the total quantity of 100 mass % of the water-repellent cleaning liquid and an organic solvent are mixed and contained therein. A cleaning process wherein a pattern collapse is easily induced can be improved by using the cleaning agent.06-09-2011
20100180915Subsea Conduit Cleaning Skid and Method - The invention described herein is directed to a skid for cleaning subsea conduits, such as strakes and fairings, and a method of cleaning subsea conduits. This invention may be utilized for the removal of marine growth from subsea conduits.07-22-2010
20110146708Mechanical Support Rail Cleaners for Cleaning Support Rails of Workpiece Supports in Machine Tools - The disclosure relates to mechanical support rail cleaners for cleaning support rails of workpiece supports in machine tools, such as in machine tools for thermally cutting workpieces. The cleaners include one or more cleaning member carriers, which carry at least one cleaning member, and a parallel drive, by means of which the cleaning member and the support rail can be moved relative to each other in parallel with a lateral longitudinal face of the support rails and transversely relative to a longitudinal axis of the support rail to remove deposits from the support rail by means of the cleaning member. The support rail cleaner further includes a transverse drive configured to periodically move the one or more cleaning member carriers and the support rail towards and away from each other transversely relative to the lateral longitudinal face of the support rail.06-23-2011
20110146707LIQUID ACIDIC HARD SURFACE CLEANING COMPOSITION - The present invention relates to a liquid acidic hard surface cleaning composition having a pH of above 2.0 and comprising formic acid, citric acid and an alkaline material.06-23-2011
20120145191CLEANING CLOTH WITH ENCAPSULATED FORMULATION, STEAM MOP AND METHOD - A cleaning cloth for use with a steam mop having a housing mounting the cleaning cloth for cleaning the surface to be cleaned and a steam delivery system for delivering steam to the cleaning cloth. The cleaning cloth has at least one fabric layer that is configured to be attached to a steam mop and an encapsulated cleaning composition associated with the fabric layer and configured to be released by exposure to steam delivered to the cleaning cloth. A steam mop for use of the cleaning cloth and a method of cleaning with the cleaning pad is also disclosed.06-14-2012
20110067729DIRECTIONAL CONTROL FOR DUAL BRUSH ROBOTIC POOL CLEANERS - A self-propelled robotic pool cleaner (03-24-2011
20090308410METHOD AND MATERIAL FOR CLEANING A SUBSTRATE - Methods for cleaning using a tri-state body are disclosed. A substrate having a particle deposited thereon is provided. A tri-state body that has a solid portion, liquid portion, and a gas portion is generated. A force is applied over the tri-state body to promulgate an interaction between the solid portion and the particle. The tri-state body is removed along with the particle from the surface of the substrate. The interaction between the solid portion and the particle causing the particle to be removed along with the tri-state body.12-17-2009
20090308411STRING AND INSTRUMENT CLEANING SYSTEM - An apparatus may include a first support, a first cleaning material coupled to a first side of the first support, a second support coupled to the first support at a first edge of the second support, a second cleaning material coupled to a first side of the second support, and a third cleaning material coupled to a second side of the second support.12-17-2009
20100282276REMOVING DEFECTS FROM PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL METALLIC SUBSTRATES WITH FIXED-ABRASIVE FILAMENT ROLLER BRUSHES - Provided are methods and apparatuses for processing photovoltaic cell metallic substrates to remove various surface defects. In certain embodiments, a thin stainless steel foil is polished using a proposed method leading to a substantial, e.g., twice or more, increase in its surface gloss. In certain embodiments, a method in accordance with the present invention involves contacting a substrate surface with a fixed-abrasive filament roller brush. The brush may be a close-wound coil brush. The brush includes filaments carrying 5-20 micrometer abrasive particles that are permanently fixed in the brush filaments, for example a polymer base material, such as nylon. The particles may be made of silicon carbide and/or other abrasive materials. In certain embodiments, a substrate surface is polished using a series of roller brushes, at least two of which rotate in different directions with respect to that surface.11-11-2010
20100282275WATER-SAVER CLEANING DEVICE - A cleaning device to be connected with a water hose, the cleaning device comprising a water inlet at a first end for receiving the water hose, an outlet assembly having a brush located at a first end thereof, a cleaning mixture reservoir in fluid communication with the outlet assembly, and a flow selection assembly operatively coupled to the water inlet, the outlet assembly and the cleaning mixture reservoir, the flow selection assembly comprising a switch assembly for switching between a water and cleaning mixture dispensing mode wherein the water inlet is in fluid communication with the cleaning mixture reservoir and the outlet assembly and the water is dispensed at a first given flow rate and a cleaning mode wherein the water inlet is in fluid communication with the outlet assembly and the water is dispensed at a second given flow rate greater than the first given flow rate.11-11-2010
20100282274DIRECT DRIVE ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - An electric toothbrush has an axially elongated body having a handle defining a hollow interior region for holding a motor disposed therein, a head comprising a static bristle holder plate having tufts of bristles disposed thereon and an oscillatory head bristle holder with other tufts of bristles disposed thereon. One end of the drive shaft is connected to the motor and an opposite end to a cam for directly driving the cam which has at least one lobe a portion of which cam is received in an oscillatory cavity for imparting a pushing force on the walls of the oscillatory cavity in response to rotation of the drive shaft for moving the oscillatory head bristle holder with a back and forth oscillatory motion. By eliminating the need for precision gearing, this direct drive arrangement simplifies and makes more efficient the translation of rotary motion into oscillatory motion.11-11-2010
20100282273Machine and method for continuously washing containers made of plastic material, and removal of contaminants and labels from their surface - A machine and a method are described for washing and removal, in a continuous manner, of contaminants and labels from plastic containers made of recyclable material. During washing, the containers pass inside a washing chamber and are subject to a high level of friction caused by an agitator rotating at high speed. Tearing means are also provided to facilitate detachment of the contaminants from the surface of the containers.11-11-2010
20090293912Method and Apparatus for Cleaning Fabrics, Floor Coverings, and Bare Floor Surfaces Utilizing a Soil Transfer Medium - An apparatus and method for cleaning fabrics, floor coverings, and bare floor surfaces utilizing a soil transfer cleaning medium is disclosed. A method of mechanically removing soil from a surface intended to be cleaned includes the steps of successively and repeatedly: wetting a portion of a cleaning medium with a cleaning liquid; extracting any soil and at least some of the cleaning liquid from the previously wetted portion of the cleaning medium; and wiping the surface intended to be cleaned with the portion of the cleaning medium so as to transfer soil from the surface intended to be cleaned to the cleaning medium. Portable and vehicle-based devices may be utilized to practice the method of cleaning.12-03-2009
20090293911COLLECTION MEANS FOR A MOBILE VACUUM APPARATUS FOR THE COLLECTION OF LIQUID OR SEMI-LIQUID MATERIALS - The apparatus comprises a front-mounted collection means for a vacuum tank for the collection of liquid or semi-liquid materials. The collection means comprises a substantially V-shaped housing with a scraper at the bottom thereof, a height adjustable suction inlet at the apex thereof, and a pair of laterally adjustable pivoting wings for varying its width to correspond to that of an alley or gutter. A plurality of rotary feeders, each having a vertical axis of rotation, are mounted to the housing adjacent the scraper to prevent accumulation of the materials on the scraper. The feeders do not contact either the surface upon which the scraper is operated, nor the scraper itself, but serve to mix thick consistency materials with thinner consistency materials and also to dislodge any accumulation that does occur.12-03-2009
20110186078Semiconductor Equipment - Semiconductor equipment is provided to include a reaction chamber, a movable frame, and at least one cleaning brush head. The cleaning brush head is configured to operate on at least one dirty portion to be cleaned within the reaction chamber. The movable frame is disposed within the reaction chamber. The movable frame is capable of carrying a susceptor. The cleaning brush head is capable of touching the dirty portion. The cleaning brush head is capable of moving relative to the dirty portion for removing the residue which is attached to the portion to be cleaned.08-04-2011
20110186075Vacuum cleaners - An attachment for a vacuum cleaner includes a suction head which includes a suction chamber to create and contain a region of low pressure adjacent to a surface to be cleaned. The suction head includes a number of air bleeds and these may be arranged as a first array first air bleeds and a second row of second air bleeds. Each air bleed is arranged to induce cyclonic airflow as the atmospheric airflows into the suction chamber. This cyclonic airflow is directed towards the surface to be cleaned and, in particular, an apex of this cyclonic airflow is arranged to coincide or penetrate the surface to be cleaned. For example, the apex of the cyclonic airflow may locate within the carpet fibers of a carpet in order to disturb and disrupt dust and debris within the carpet. Accordingly, the cyclonic air bleeds agitate the surface to be cleaned whilst also performing the function of a conventional air bleed within a suction head of a vacuum cleaner.08-04-2011
20110186076CLEANING METHOD - A method of cleaning a skin-contacting surface associated with a hand-held device includes providing a substantially dry, porous, thermoplastic wipe, contacting the skin-contacting surface with the wipe, and moving the wipe relative to the surface while the wipe is in contact with the surface.08-04-2011
20110186077APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL FROM AN ANTENNA - Debris removal systems and methods are operable to remove debris, such as snow, from a surface. An exemplary embodiment has a wiper blade configured to remove debris from a surface in response to a movement of the wiper blade; a spring coupled to the wiper blade, wherein the spring is configured to store potential energy as the spring is biased from a relaxed position to a biased position; and a motor coupled to the spring, wherein the motor is configured to convert received electrical power into mechanical power that biases the spring. The spring is released from the biased position to release the stored potential energy as the spring returns to the relaxed position. The released potential energy from the spring is converted to mechanical energy that moves the wiper blade.08-04-2011
20080216869SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROBOTIC GUTTER CLEANING ALONG AN AXIS OF ROTATION - In embodiments of the present invention, a gutter-cleaning device comprises a housing containing an impeller drive facility, the housing configured to fit into a gutter, an impeller, disposed at an end of the housing and driven by the impeller drive facility, and a transport facility for transporting the housing along the gutter09-11-2008
20080216867Methods and apparatus for cleaning an edge of a substrate - In one aspect, an apparatus for cleaning an edge of a substrate is provided. The apparatus includes (1) one or more rollers of a first diameter adapted to contact an edge of a substrate and rotate the substrate; and (2) one or more rollers of a second diameter that is larger than the first diameter adapted to contact an edge of the substrate and to clean the edge of the substrate. The one or more rollers of the first diameter and the one or more rollers of the second diameter may be adapted to rotate at substantially the same speed. Numerous other aspects are provided.09-11-2008
20100018551Wind Turbine Tower Washing Apparatus and Method - A system and method for cleaning tapered towers such wind turbine towers. A semicircular member hugs the tower surface. A plurality of nozzles affixed to the semicircular member sprays high pressure cleaning fluid on the tower surface as the semicircular member is raised and lowered. The spray nozzles are kept at a constant distance from the tower surface by a plurality of wheels affixed to the semicircular member. At least one constricting structure is used to force the plurality of wheels to be in constant contact with the tower surface. The constricting structure can be a spring loaded scissor apparatus and/or a bungee cord with rolling beads. A brush can be optionally added to the semicircular member to aid in cleaning.01-28-2010
20120145189Portable Self-Heating Steam Generating Device - A portable self-heating device includes a heating cell having a fluid permeable wall defining an interior space of the cell. The device includes an outer cover having a fluid permeable section, and an absorbent layer positioned external to the interior space of the cell. The heating cell and absorbent layer are positioned within a cavity formed by the outer cover such that the absorbent layer contacts the heating cell. A user can activate the portable self-heating device by contacting the device with a fluid (e.g., a gas or a liquid) that reacts exothermically with a fluid activated material located in the interior space of the cell. This raises the temperature of the device. This increase can be sufficient to heat any portion of a liquid adjacent or contacting the device such that the liquid is converted to gas and passes out of the outer cover through the fluid permeable section.06-14-2012
20100258143SCRUBBER CLEAN BEFORE OXIDE CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISH (CMP) FOR REDUCED MICROSCRATCHES AND IMPROVED YIELDS - A method for fabricating semiconductors is provided that includes an oxide chemical mechanical polish (CMP) step. Prior to performing the CMP of an integrated circuit semiconductor silicon wafer, a number of steps are performed. The silicon wafer is scrubbed with a brush using a liquid cleaner. The silicon wafer is rinsed with deionized water (DIW). Finally, the silicon wafer is dried.10-14-2010
20090173361STRING CLEANING DEVICE AND METHOD - A device to clean one or more strings, the string cleaning device comprising a body having a handle at one end of the body and a cleaning region for cleaning on the opposite end, wherein the cleaning region includes a pair of semi-rigid pad adapting portions and a cleaning pad fixably attached thereto wherein the pad adapting portions form a substantially U-shape so as to allow the stings to be moved through the opening formed by the U-shaped formation so as to slidably retain the strings between the cleaning pads attached to the pad adapting portions when the strings are being cleaned.07-09-2009
20090000643Cleaning article and its use - A cleaning article for moist or wet cleaning is provided. The cleaning article is a nonwoven with a mechanically stable three-dimensional structure, a weight per unit area of 50-300 g/m01-01-2009
20120145190Apparatus and Method for Picking Up Stickers in Grassy and Other Areas - An apparatus and method for picking up stickers in grassy or other ground areas. A roller is rotatably mounted on a frame and a stretchable fabric is removably mounted and stretched on an outer surface of the roller. The fabric is of a construction and thickness to pick up stickers as the roller is moved by the frame and rotated in engagement with a grassy or other ground surface. When the fabric is full of stickers, it is removed from the roller and replaced with a new unused stretchable fabric that is removably mounted on the roller.06-14-2012
20110079245ROLLER ASSEMBLY FOR A BRUSH CLEANING DEVICE IN A CLEANING MODULE - Embodiments described herein relate to an apparatus and method for a roller assembly that may be utilized in a brush cleaning module. In one embodiment, a roller assembly is described. The roller assembly includes an annular groove having at least two substantially parallel opposing sidewalls adapted to contact the major surfaces of a substrate along a periphery of the substrate, each of the opposing sidewalls comprising a compressible material having a pre-compressed dimension that is less than a thickness of the periphery of the substrate.04-07-2011
20120037184Method Of Regulating Anaerobic Bacteria Load On a Skin Surface - A method for regulating anaerobic bacteria load on a skin surface may comprise a number of steps including determining a baseline anaerobic bacteria load of the skin surface; applying a cleansing composition to the skin surface; providing an automotive skin care device; contacting the treatment surface of the applicator to the skin surface for a contact time; rinsing the cleansing composition from the skin surface; repeating the treatment steps at least twice over a treatment period; and determining a post-treatment anaerobic bacteria load of the skin surface.02-16-2012
20120037183ABSORBENT PROCESS FOR REMOVING EXTRANEOUS LIQUID FROM CONTACT LENS PACKAGING PRIOR TO SEALING - Extraneous liquid is absorbently removed from the rim or sealing area of a contact lens package prior to sealing it, so as to promote good adhesion of the foil cover to the rim when the package is sealed. As the package moves through the system, the package rim and an absorbent blotter are moved into contact with one another. The blotter absorbs any extraneous liquid on the rim. A vacuum or other dryer can be included to further remove the absorbed liquid from the blotter.02-16-2012
20120305025CLEANING VEHICLE, VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A remotely-operable vehicle for cleaning material from beneath a structure. The vehicle includes a body having a front portion and a rear portion, a pair of support arms pivotally supported within the body, a drive system for moving the vehicle, a hydraulic system, a receiver for receiving control signals from a remote control device, a processor which generates signals for operating the drive system and the hydraulic system in response to received control signals, and at least one cleaning attachment removably attached to the vehicle at a proximal end of each support arm. A vehicle system as well as a method of cleaning coal from beneath a conveyor belt in a coal mine are also provided.12-06-2012
20110079246DAILY CLEANER WITH SLIP-RESISTANT AND GLOSS-ENHANCING PROPERTIES - A method of cleaning an uncoated surface includes providing a composition having a pH of between about 7 and about 11 and applying the composition to the uncoated surface. The composition includes a fatty acid salt constituting between about 5% and about 40% by weight of the composition, a gloss-enhancing agent constituting between about 0.1% and 20% by weight of the composition, an anti-slip agent constituting between about 0.5% and about 10% by weight of the composition, and water constituting between about 20% and about 94.6% by weight of the composition. The composition can be applied at least three times a week.04-07-2011
20100139693COMPUTER KEYBOARD CLEANER - A cleaning device for cleaning a keyboard includes a cleaning surface and proximal and distal guide arms. The cleaning surface has a transverse width which is large enough to depress one key completely while at least partially depressing a second adjacent key. The longitudinal length of the cleaning surface is equal to the longitudinal length of character keys of the keyboard. The ends of the cleaning surface are curved. The guide arms are for guiding the cleaning surface transversely across the keyboard.06-10-2010
20120042900BIODEGRADABLE WIPE UTILIZING BIO-BASED LUBRICANT - The present invention generally relates to a biodegradable lubricating wipe, such as wet wipes. The wet wipes typically being fibrous sheet materials, pre-moistened with a solution for improved lubrication and/or protection of an area. In one embodiment the solution is comprised of a bio-based lubricant, a bio-based solvent and water. In one embodiment, the solution is comprised of mineral spirits and refined soybean oil. In another embodiment the solution is comprised of soy methyl ester and refined soybean oil. In yet another embodiment, the fibrous sheet material of the invention is biodegradable and the solution portion breaks down into a vaporizing component and a biodegradable carrier portion.02-23-2012
20120042901MOP WITH RECEPTACLE - Some aspects of the present invention are related to a mop and/or mop head that allows larger debris to pass over at least a portion of the mop head and into a receptacle of the mop head. In some embodiments, the mop head and the receptacle are integrally formed. The mop has debris collecting material coupled to the mop head to collect dust, dirt, and other relatively small debris as the mop moves over a floor. In one particular embodiment, the debris collecting material is a non-woven material. The debris collecting material of the mop can be connected to the mop many different ways. However, in some embodiments, the material is connected via several projections extending from atop surface of the mop head. The projections pass through apertures in the dust collecting material.02-23-2012
20120042899CLEANING MAGNETIC TAPE - Methods and apparatus provide for non-destructive cleaning of magnetic tape. In one embodiment, a continuing length of the magnetic tape is submersed and passed through a covered solvent bath; and each side (front and back) of the continuing length of magnetic tape is swabbed with a cotton swab subsequent to the submerging step. The cotton swabs are arranged to swab each respective side of the magnetic tape.02-23-2012
20120204900Reversible Tube Towel Device - An ergonomically designed cylindrically configured wiping towel forming a tube with two open ends, forming a mitt with two openings, and further capable of being constructed with multiple, pre-selected exterior areas of varied colors and patterns for user awareness of soiled portions in order to discourage possible cross contamination. The cylindrically structured tube towel is designed to provide the same amount of cleaning surface as a flat conventional towel in a tubular cavity which encompasses and compacts into a more maneuverable, controlled and tubular device. The cylindrically configured wiping towel turns inside out in order to utilize all towel surfaces.08-16-2012
20120055509CLEANING CONTACT CLEANING ROLLERS - There is herein described an improved method for cleaning contact cleaning rollers. More particularly, there is described an improved method for cleaning contact cleaning rollers using a cleaning surface comprising lyophilic and hydrophilic microfibers.03-08-2012
20120000486EMITTER WIRE CLEANING DEVICE WITH WEAR-TOLERANT PROFILE - An apparatus for cleaning an emitter electrode in electrohydrodynamic fluid accelerator and precipitator devices via movement of a cleaning device including complementary contoured cleaning surfaces positioned to frictionally engage and elastically deform the emitter electrode. The opposing cleaning surfaces laterally distort an otherwise linear longitudinal extent of the electrode under tension. The opposing cleaning surfaces are subject to wear, but maintain frictional engagement despite wear depths that exceed a radius of the electrode due at least in part to the at least partially complementary surface contours engaging the electrode under tension. The cleaning device causes respective cleaning surfaces to travel along a longitudinal extent of the emitter electrode to remove detrimental material and optionally to condition the electrode to at least partially mitigate ozone, erosion, corrosion, oxidation, or dendrite formation on the electrode.01-05-2012
20120000487CANNULA CLEANING DEVICE - A method for making a device for cleaning the cannula of a medical instrument and for cleaning a cannula with the device in which the distal end of an elongated support and guiding member, having proximal and distal ends, is secured in a cleaning element formed of a substantially reticulated hydrophobic polyurethane foam having a plurality of pores within its structure which define surfaces in the foam. The surfaces of the polyurethane foam are coated with a hydrophilic polyurethane coating and a liquid enzymatic cleaning solution is absorbed in the coating and then dried. When used to clean a cannula the cleaning element is immersed in water to wet the enzymatic cleaner inserted into the cannula and manipulated from the proximal end of the elongated support.01-05-2012
20110155173WIPER WITH ROTATING CLEANING APPARATUS - A windshield wiper includes a scrubbing assembly attached to a wiper assembly. The wiper assembly includes a wiper blade attached to a wiper housing. The scrubbing assembly includes a scrubbing element having a central longitudinal axis and one or more turbines attached to the scrubbing element, the turbine(s) being configured to fluidly couple with a washer fluid line of a vehicle and to rotate the scrubbing element about the central longitudinal axis when wiper fluid flows through the turbine(s). The wiper fluid may be deposited on the scrubbing element after flowing through the turbine(s) and the scrubbing assembly can also include a shield. The scrubbing assembly can be rigidly secured to the wiper assembly or can be detachable therefrom.06-30-2011
20110155172Revolutionary Toothbrush Cleaner - An apparatus for cleaning a toothbrush comprises a hollow container having an interior with an upper section and a lower section. The upper section is open for allowing insertion and withdrawal of a toothbrush along an axis and the lower section defines a reservoir for storing a cleaning fluid. A plurality of fins are mounted to the container and arranged about the axis to project inward toward the axis at a distance above a bottom of the reservoir. The distal ends of the fins are spaced for deflecting bristles of the toothbrush during passage of the toothbrush along the axis past the distal ends of the fins from one side of the plurality of fins to another side of the plurality of fins. An additional set of fins is provided for drying excess cleaning fluid from the brush. The fins are removable from the container for thorough cleaning or replacement.06-30-2011
20110155171Cleaning and Conditioning Cloth - A cleaning and conditioning cloth for an ice skate, including hockey and speed skates, as well as other objects, includes a rectangular body, or a body selected from one of other various shapes such as circle, square, and diamond, of cut-resistant, water-absorbent fabric and an oil impregnated fabric affixed to the approximate center of the cleaning and conditioning cloth body wherein the method includes the steps of holding the cleaning and conditioning cloth in one hand and the ice skate in the other, placing the blade of the ice skate in the middle of the oil impregnated fabric, and moving the ice skate and the cleaning and conditioning cloth relative to each other, so that the blade moves from the cleaning and conditioning cloth body to the oil impregnated fabric. The body and the oil impregnated fabric may be of various sizes.06-30-2011
20120006353JEV SYSTEMS - A footwear cleaning tool comprising a pick and/or a pry bar suitable to clean the athletic shoes. The footwear cleaning tool further comprises a shank having a proximate end and a distal end. Further, the footwear cleaning tool is manipulatable using one hand and comprises plastic. The footwear cleaning tool is designed to remove debris such as mud, grass, and/or sand from a bottom of athletic shoes such as cleats to increase traction of the athletic shoes. The proximate end comprising a T-handle and is knurled while the distal end is angled at approximately 70 degrees in relation to the proximate end. The distal end comprising a toothed engager further comprising a cloven profile. The toothed engager of the footwear cleaning tool is useful for pry-removing and/or scrape-removing the debris from between the cleats.01-12-2012
20120006354COMPOSITION AND METHOD FOR CLEANING SURFACES - The present invention relates to a method for cleaning surfaces using an aqueous composition comprising at least one hydrophobin and a synergistically effective, non-interface-active, water-soluble additive. The method is suitable in particular for cleaning hard, hydrophobic, poorly wettable surfaces, such as, e.g., plastic floors.01-12-2012
20120006352ROBOTIC SUBMERSIBLE CLEANING SYSTEM - A cleaning system includes a chassis supporting a propulsion system for propelling the cleaning system across a surface. At least one sensor of a first type is coupled to the chassis, and a surface engagement mechanism is configured to maintain the cleaning system coupled to the surface as the propulsion system propels the cleaning system across the surface. A cleaning device is coupled to the chassis and configured to abrade the fouling from the surface, and a controller coupled to the chassis and in signal communication with the propulsion system and the first sensor. The controller is configured to receive a signal from the at least one sensor of the first type and control the propulsion system in response to the signal.01-12-2012
20120204901BRUSH DEVICE FOR CLEANING A SUBMERGED SURFACE - A brush device is provided for cleaning an interior of a pool. The brush device includes a brush component having a base with a back portion and a front portion. Bristles are configured to extend from the front portion. Additionally, the brush device includes a flap portion pivotally mounted to the back portion of the base. During the cleaning of the interior of the pool, the flap portion pivots from a first position to a second position, during a first direction of motion of the brush component along the interior of the pool. Additionally, during the cleaning of the interior of the pool, the flap portion pivots from the second position to the first position, during a second direction of motion of the brush component along the interior of the pool. The second direction is opposite in direction to the first direction.08-16-2012
20120204902VEHICLE SPROCKET CHAIN MAINTENANCE APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF USING THE SPROCKET CHAIN MAINTENANCE APPARATUS - A vehicle sprocket chain maintenance apparatus that includes a brush for cleaning the vehicle sprocket chain and a device for applying lubricant to the vehicle sprocket chain is adapted to be mounted on a vehicle and used on the vehicle sprocket chain while running the vehicle. The vehicle sprocket chain maintenance apparatus includes a mechanism for individual remote control of actuating the brush and the device for applying lubricant on the vehicle sprocket chain while running the vehicle.08-16-2012
20120055510Antiseptic Wipes - A personal skin cleansing wipe comprising a flexible substantially dry matrix formed from synthetic, woven, non-woven or knitted fibers impregnated with a substantially anhydrous antimicrobial, antiseptic, antifungal solution in an amount wherein the matrix retains its substantially dry characteristics and the treatment solution includes an amount of PVP-iodine as active in solution in glycol and or glycerin. The treatment solution, in addition to an effective amount of PVP-iodine as active, contains surfactants, preferably Tego® Betaine CK D, and optionally a compatible fragrance and/or moisturizer. The wipe is activated with water just prior to use.03-08-2012
20120060863METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WASHING A VEHICLE - The invention relates to a method for washing a vehicle at a vehicle wash facility. At least one wash tool is moved along the vehicle as a function of the contour of the vehicle. In order for effective cleaning of the vehicle to be achieved even if the latter has a complicated contour, the invention proposes that at least one wash tool be moved along the vehicle during a reference run, the movement of the wash tool being controlled manually along at least a partial area of the vehicle, and that the contour of at least the vehicle area in which the movement of the wash tool is controlled manually be stored in the form of contour data on a storage medium, and that the stored contour data be used in a subsequent washing operation in order to control the same vehicle wash facility or a vehicle wash facility of identical construction. Furthermore, a vehicle wash facility is proposed for carrying out the method.03-15-2012
20120060862TOWEL LOOFAH - A bathing device has outlet and inlet sides and defines an enclosure. Outlet and inlet sides are permeable to allow water flow through the enclosure. The enclosure is sized to receive soap and to form an air pocket adjacent to the soap, which may be in the form of a bar, a liquid or a gel. A zipper on the inlet side provides access to the enclosure interior. An absorbent member is located proximate the inlet side of the enclosure. In use, soap is located within the compartment. Water is flowed through the inlet side of the enclosure, through the absorbent member and into the soap compartment for mixing the soap and water. Water and dissolved soap are then delivered through the outlet side. Twisting the enclosure about the soap increases mixing as does squeezing the absorbent material to displace water through the outlet side of the enclosure.03-15-2012
20120152279ELONGATED WASHCLOTH - An elongated washcloth has one or more loops formed on each end thereof. The loops may be sized to fit a user's hands or wrists. The elongated washcloth may be formed from a single piece of material, where the loops are formed by folding the ends of a strip of material down onto itself. The elongated washcloth may be useful for people to clean themselves by rubbing a portion of the washcloth over sections of their body. The washcloth may be especially useful for people with limited range of motion, permitting such people to reach places they may otherwise be unable to reach with a conventional washcloth.06-21-2012
20120067369Cleaning station - A cleaning station that includes a container designed to hold a solvent and having a floor and two pairs of side walls connected to form an enclosure, with a first shelf disposed at a location elevated in relation to the container floor and a second shelf disposed above the first shelf, the second shelf being slidable and being removably provided, there being brushes located in an opening in the first shelf that may be used for cleaning tools and a plurality of additional openings in the first shelf to allow the passage of solvent.03-22-2012
20110094537APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR BRUSH AND PAD CONDITIONING - A method and apparatus for conditioning a processing surface of a cylindrical roller disposed in a brush box is described. In one embodiment, a brush box is described. The brush box includes a tank having an interior volume and a pair of cylindrical rollers at least partially disposed in the interior volume, each of the cylindrical rollers being rotatable about a respective axis, an actuator assembly coupled to each of the cylindrical rollers to move the respective cylindrical roller between a first position where the cylindrical rollers are in proximity and a second position where the cylindrical rollers are spaced away from each other, and a conditioning device for each of the cylindrical rollers, each conditioning device including a conditioner disposed in the interior volume, the conditioner contacting an outer surface of each of the cylindrical rollers when the rollers are in the second position.04-28-2011
20120152282METHOD FOR REMOVAL OF BERYLLIUM CONTAMINATION FROM AN ARTICLE - A method of removal of beryllium contamination from an article is disclosed. The method typically involves dissolving polyisobutylene in a solvent such as hexane to form a tackifier solution, soaking the substrate in the tackifier to produce a preform, and then drying the preform to produce the cleaning medium. The cleaning media are typically used dry, without any liquid cleaning agent to rub the surface of the article and remove the beryllium contamination below a non-detect level. In some embodiments no detectible residue is transferred from the cleaning wipe to the article as a result of the cleaning process.06-21-2012
20120152281CLEANING VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR PARABOLIC TROUGH SOLAR COLLECTORS - A vehicle and method for cleaning parabolic trough solar collectors (06-21-2012
20120152280Touch Sensitive Display For Surface Cleaner - A touch sensitive display displays status of operation and controlling operation of a surface cleaner. The touch sensitive display is connected to the surface cleaner and interfaces with a logic processor disposed in the surface cleaner. The logic processor receives information from the touch sensitive display, various sensors on and within the vacuum cleaner, and variable inputs. The logic processor outputs information to the touch sensitive display, and controls various functions and components of the surface cleaner. The information displayed on the touch sensitive display may be determined at least in part by the architecture of the logic processor and the touch sensitive display. The information displayed on the touch sensitive display can be varied among different surface cleaner systems and can depend upon the operational state of an individual surface cleaner. The logic processor can transmit information wirelessly over the internet to a remote station accessible by the user.06-21-2012
20120152278METHOD FOR CLEANING A SEMICONDUCTOR WAFER COMPOSED OF SILICON DIRECTLY AFTER A PROCESS OF POLISHING OF THE SEMICONDUCTOR WAFER - A method for cleaning a semiconductor wafer composed of silicon directly after a process of chemical mechanical polishing of the semiconductor wafer includes transferring the semiconductor wafer from a polishing plate to a first cleaning module and spraying both side surfaces of the semiconductor wafer with water at a pressure no greater than 1000 Pa at least once while transferring the semiconductor wafer. The semiconductor wafer is then cleaned between rotating rollers with water. The side surfaces of the semiconductor wafer are sprayed with an aqueous solution containing hydrogen fluoride and a surfactant at a pressure no greater than 70,000 Pa. Subsequently, the side surfaces are sprayed with water at a pressure no greater than 20,000 Pa. The wafer is then dipped into an aqueous alkaline cleaning solution, and then cleaned between rotating rollers with a supply of water. The semiconductor wafer is then sprayed with water and dried.06-21-2012
20120152277Cleaning bucket system for flat mops - A double bucket system for flat mops that is mounted in a frame. One bucket contains only clean water. The second bucket is used to hold dirty water. The second bucket has a special fixture attached that the user slides the mop through. The frame compresses the mop as it slides through, which ensure complete, even pressing of the mop to extract the greatest amount of dirty water. The frame includes footpads upon which the user stands during the pressing operation. This ensures that the device remains in place during the pressing. Finally, once the mop has been thoroughly pressed, the user can pick up clean water from the first bucket for the next portion of the floor to be cleaned. In this way, the user is able to quickly clean a large floor with clean water instead of repeatedly dipping the mop back into dirty water.06-21-2012
20110067728METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERSONAL HYGIENE - A method and an apparatus for cleaning of the perineal and the adjacent areas of a human body after using a toilet are disclosed. The method comprises cleaning the said areas with dilute soap solution delivered by gravity drainage, or a soap solution-air suspension delivered from a dispenser, and rinsing the cleaned areas with water delivered by gravity drainage or from a water dispenser. The apparatus comprises either reservoirs holding soap solution and rinse water that are hung from a decorative stand, or dispenser for soap solution-air or water-air suspension. Advantages over prior art include portability for indoor and outdoor use, compatibility with a western or a squat toilet, operability with atmospheric pressure water, affordability because of lower cost, acceptability because of easier installation and placement away from the toilet bowl, and comfortability of use by people suffering from itches, inflammation, or hemorrhoids.03-24-2011
20120312321APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CLEANING A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE - An apparatus and method for cleaning a laundry treating appliance using mechanical and chemical cleaning action.12-13-2012
20120103363PRINTERS AND APPARATUS TO CLEAN PRINTER SURFACES - Printers and apparatus to clean printer surfaces are disclosed. An example apparatus to clean a surface in a printer includes an endless cleaning material loop and an advancer to advance the cleaning material loop when the loop is not engaged with the surface and to not advance the loop when the loop is engaged with the surface.05-03-2012
20100095982FILM CLEANING SYSTEM - A film cleaning system for removing debris from film is described. The film cleaning system includes at least one cleaning member. Associated with each cleaning member is an adhesive member. As the film begins its transport through the cleaning system and is brought into contact with the cleaning member the adhesive member is engaged with the cleaning member. The cleaning member removes debris from the film and the adhesive member prevents the cleaning member from being loaded with debris from the film providing a self-cleaning attribute as well as improving the quality and cleanliness of the film.04-22-2010
20110180099RELEASABLE UNDERCOAT LAYER AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME - Embodiments relate generally to an imaging member that facilitates removal of the imaging member coating layers disposed over the imaging member and environmentally or “green” methods for using the same. More specifically, the present embodiments disclose an electrophotographic photoreceptor that includes a specifically formulated undercoat layer that allows easy removal of the photoreceptor layers disposed on top of the undercoat layer. The present embodiments provide a simple yet efficient method for reclaiming recycling or remanufacturing electrophotographic photoreceptors.07-28-2011
20110180098Apparatus and method for cleaning surfaces - A cleaning apparatus and method for cleaning generally upright surfaces, walls and windows of a building has a frame rotatably supporting one or more brushes adapted to engage the upright surface of a building. A davit supported on top of the building is connected to a cable pendently supporting the frame and brushes. A winch driven with a motor mounted on the frame operably connected to the cable operates to move the frame and brushes relative to the upright surface. A counterforce generator mounted on the frame establishes a force on the frame and brushes that maintains the brushes in effective continuous engagement with the upright surface during cleaning thereof.07-28-2011
20110088721CLEANING SHEET, TRANSFER MEMBER PROVIDED WITH CLEANING FUNCTION, AND METHOD FOR CLEANING SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A cleaning sheet including a cleaning layer which has a microasperity shape having an arithmetic average roughness Ra of 0.05 μm or less and a maximum height Rz of 1.0 μm or less. Preferably, a substantial surface area of the cleaning layer per a flat surface of 1 mm2 is 150% or more of a substantial surface area of a silicon wafer mirror surface per a flat area of 1 mm2. The cleaning sheet may be provided on at least one surface of a transfer member so that the transfer member has a cleaning function. When the cleaning sheet or the transfer member having a cleaning function is transferred in a substrate processing apparatus in place of a substrate to be processed therein, the cleaning sheet contacts and cleans a site of the substrate processing apparatus.04-21-2011
20120118319RANDOM ORBIT DISC SCRUBBER - A random orbit scrubber comprises a main body having a front end and a rear end, a squeegee assembly coupled to the rear end of the main body, and a cleaning head assembly coupled to the front end of the main body. The cleaning head assembly can include a cleaning element structured for contact with a floor surface. The cleaning head assembly can further include a motor that is operable to impart rotational and orbital movement on the cleaning element.05-17-2012
20120312322BRUSH MANDREL FOR PVA SPONGE BRUSH - A cleaning device for cleaning substrates is provided. The cleaning device includes a generally cylindrically-shaped brush mandrel and a cylindrical brush. The brush mandrel has a body section with an outer surface positioned about a central axis. The outer surface is interrupted by an engagement member having primary features adjacent secondary features. The brush has a hollow bore formed around the brush mandrel with an inner surface interrupted by a second engagement member which mates the first engagement member. The primary features flow in a direction generally perpendicular to a rotational direction of the brush mandrel around the central axis and include a first surface which is generally perpendicular to the outer surface. The secondary features include a second surface which flows in a direction generally perpendicular to the first surface and along the central axis. No primary feature includes a radially obstructing feature formed over any secondary feature.12-13-2012
20110005550ADHESIVE SHEETED ROLL - There is herein described an improved adhesive sheeted roll. More particularly, there is described an improved adhesive sheeted roll and individual sheets making up the sheeted roll which contain no silicones.01-13-2011
20120125363Robot cleaner and control method thereof - A robot cleaner includes a main brush to sweep or scatter dust off a floor, a main brush motor to rotate the main brush, a Revolution Per Minute (RPM) detector to detect an RPM of the main brush motor, and a control unit to determine a type of floor according to the RPM of the main brush motor acquired by the RPM detector and control an operation of the robot cleaner based on the determined type of floor. A carpet mode to clean only a carpet area and a hard floor mode to clean a hard floor area excluding the carpet area are given based on detected information relating to the material of a floor, which enables partial cleaning with respect to a cleaning area selected by a user and adjustment in the number of cleaning operations or the intensity of cleaning according to the material of the floor.05-24-2012
20100206329SUBSTRATE CLEANING METHOD, SUBSTRATE CLEANING APPARATUS, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - Disclosed is a substrate cleaning method for prevent damage to a pattern formed on a substrate. The substrate cleaning method includes cleaning the substrate by striking cleaning particulates carried in a flow of dry air or inert gas against a surface of the substrate, and removing the cleaning particulates.08-19-2010
20100206327Composition - A laminated wipe comprises an absorbent layer, an upper impermeable layer and a lower permeable layer.08-19-2010
20100288304Screen Wash Machine - Washing machine for screen that includes a closed washing chamber having internal nozzles for cleaning the screen. The nozzles are provided on a flushing frame enclosing the screen, and the flushing frame may be moved upwards and downwards within the chamber whereby the screen is flushed and cleaned. A method for cleaning the screen in the washing machine is also described.11-18-2010
20100288303Thatch removing device and methods therefore - Devices for removing thatch buildup from the underside of a mower deck, and methods therefore. The device includes a head having a straight edge and at least one curved edge, a neck, and a conical handle.11-18-2010
20120160267CLEANING METHOD AND CLEANING APPARATUS - A cleaning method according to embodiments of the present invention is a cleaning method of cleaning residues from a semiconductor substrate by rotating a roll brush, the method having cleaning residues from the semiconductor substrate while pressing the roll brush against the semiconductor substrate with a first pressure of 7.35 kPa or lower, and cleaning residues from the semiconductor substrate while pressing the roll brush against the semiconductor substrate with a second pressure higher than 7.35 kPa.06-28-2012
20120216830WINDSHIELD WASHER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A WINDSHIELD WIPER DEVICE - The invention relates to a windshield wiper device (08-30-2012
20120312323SUBSTRATE CLEANING METHOD AND ROLL CLEANING MEMBER - There is provided a substrate cleaning method which optimizes the shape of a roll cleaning member and can efficiently clean a substrate surface with a high degree of cleaning and reduce the number of defects remaining on the substrate surface. The substrate cleaning method performs scrub cleaning of a surface of a substrate with a roll cleaning member, having a large number of nodules on the surface and extending linearly over approximately an entire length of a diameter of the substrate and which forms a cleaning area between it and the substrate surface, by bringing the nodules into contact with the substrate surface while rotating the roll cleaning member and the substrate each in one direction. During this scrub cleaning, the area of contact between the nodules and the substrate surface in the cleaning area is made smaller in a forward-direction cleaning area.12-13-2012
20110180104Sweeping Machine - A method of operating a sweeping machine, including a battery, a positioning receiver, a battery charge monitoring system and a computer, and having a cleaning and a transport mode of operation The method comprising the steps of: a) providing the computer with the location of a charging station, b) using the positioning receiver to provide the computer with the location of the sweeping machine, c) using the computer to provide an estimate of an amount of energy required to drive the sweeping machine from its location to the charging station in the transport mode, d) using the battery charge monitoring system to provide the computer with the amount of energy remaining in the battery, e) using the computer to compare the estimate with this amount of energy, and f) providing an operator notification when the amount of energy remaining in the battery falls below a predetermined amount of the estimate07-28-2011
20110180103Multi-Purpose Wet or Dry Cleaning Apparatus - The device is a simple system for multipurpose cleaning of difficult areas. This system is comprised of an absorbent cleaning material covering a foamed polymer structure that is attached to a base structure. The fabric collects loose material, provides some abrasive to remove solid deposits, and can be used dry or saturated with a liquid cleaning solution. This cleaning structure, the cleaning material and foamed polymer structure will be attached to a polymer or metallic handle so that a person can reach and clean difficult areas above and below themselves. This handle may be extendable so that any person can reach and adequately clean distant surfaces. This apparatus allows the user to reach and easily clean areas previously overlooked because of difficulty.07-28-2011
20110180102GOLF TOWEL - An apparatus which includes a towel body formed from a single piece of fabric and having a top side and an opposite bottom side and formed of a towel material. The towel body has a soft terry cloth portion suitable for polishing a golf club head and a weaved portion at a first end of the towel body, the weaved portion having grooves to present a rough surface for cleaning a golf ball or a golf club head. There is a first binding on the first end of the towel body formed by folding over a first end of the single piece of fabric on itself and stitching. There is a second binding on the second end of the towel body formed by folding over the second end of the single piece of fabric on itself and stitching. There are also edge bindings along the edges of the towel body between the first end and the second end formed by stitching along edges of the single piece of fabric.07-28-2011
20110180101MULTI-SURFACE ACIDIC BATHROOM CLEANING SYSTEM - A multi-surface bathroom cleaning system is described that allows for easier cleaning of all bathroom surfaces from all angles, especially under the rim of a toilet bowl, and which comprises an acid/nonionic composition contained in and dispensable from a package comprising an angled-neck sprayer bottle fitted with an invertible trigger sprayer assembly, wherein the cleaning system may be used in an entirely upside-down orientation to spray upwards at an acute angle.07-28-2011
20110180100MULTI-SURFACE KITCHEN CLEANING SYSTEM - A multi-surface kitchen cleaning system is described that allows for easier cleaning of all residential and commercial kitchen surfaces from all angles, especially underneath a range hood and up inside an oven, and which comprises an alkaline/nonionic composition contained in and dispensable from a package comprising an angled-neck sprayer bottle fitted with an invertible trigger sprayer assembly, wherein the cleaning system may be used in an entirely upside-down orientation to spray upwards at an acute angle.07-28-2011
20120216829MICRO FILAMENT CLEANING TOOL FOR EMERGING OPTICAL CONNECTORS - A cleaning tool for cleaning internal optical components of a fiber optic connector includes a cleaning strip that is advanced past one or more optical surfaces of the connector to wipe the connector free of contaminants. The cleaning tool includes a drive mechanism that is operated by rotating a drive, thereby advancing the cleaning strip along a cleaning strip path and into contact with the one or more optical surfaces. The cleaning tool comprises a cleaning tip that functions to place the cleaning strip in proper alignment within the connector in order to clean the optical surfaces that are not available for cleaning at the endface of the connector. Alignment features are provided in the cleaning tip to properly position the cleaning strip relative the optical surfaces.08-30-2012
20120167919FAN FRIEND CLEANING SYSTEMS - A ceiling fan blade cleaning system including a vacuum attachment, configured expressly to be easily secured to virtually any household vacuum cleaner or industrial shop vac nozzle for convenience of the user in cleaning ceiling fan blades. The device is designed specifically to effectively eradicate dust, pollen, pet dander and other agents from all sides of a ceiling fan blade simultaneously, thereby preventing these agents from infiltrating a room's environment.07-05-2012
20120167918FLOOR CLEANING APPARATUS WITH INTEGRATED DISPENSING AND CONTAINMENT ROLLS - A floor cleaning apparatus is provided. The floor cleaning apparatus includes a roller arrangement for carrying rolls of soiled and unsoiled cleaning media thereon. The floor cleaning apparatus also includes an actuation arrangement operable to simultaneously unwind unsoiled cleaning media and wind soiled cleaning media.07-05-2012
20120167917AUTONOMOUS COVERAGE ROBOT - A surface treatment robot including a robot body, a differential drive system mounted on the robot body and configured to maneuver the robot over a cleaning surface, a liquid applicator carried by the robot body, and a collection assembly carried by the robot body and configured to remove waste from the cleaning surface. The robot body has a forward portion and a rear portion, with the forward portion preceding the rear portion as the robot moves in a forward direction over the cleaning surface. The liquid applicator is configured to dispense a liquid to the cleaning surface such that at least a portion of the liquid is dispensed rear of the collection assembly as the robot moves in the forward direction.07-05-2012
20120247507Oil Cleaning Tool and Method of Use - An oil cleaning tool comprising an elongated handle extending vertically from a floor; an absorption piece attached to a bottom portion of the elongated handle; a bracket with a plate connecting the absorption piece to the elongated handle wherein the bracket allows the absorption piece to slide along the floor when the elongated handle is moved by a user over a layer of oil. The absorption piece may be a piece of wood or a piece of plastic covered with an absorbent material to disperse the layer of oil against the floor. Additionally, the bracket may removably attach the elongated handle to the absorption piece.10-04-2012
20100051054Lint remover with finger loop - The invention disclosed is an adhesive strip for wrapping around the fingers to remove lint from garments or fabric. The strip has adhesive on one side only and is wrapped around the fingers with the adhesive side facing out. A looped end of the adhesive strip provides an anchor for removing a protective strip and for wrapping the free end of the adhesive strip around the fingers. The free end is adhered to the adhesive surface of the looped end. The strip is easily stored in a flat or folded configuration. Adhesive strips may be offered in stacks with no protective strips applied or the non-adhesive side of one adhesive strip acting as the protective strip for the adhesive side of the adjacent adhesive strip.03-04-2010
20100051056FOREIGN OBJECT REMOVAL METHOD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A tip of a carbon nanotube is lowered toward a recess where a foreign object exists to cause the tip of the carbon nanotube to contact a bottom face of the recess. Subsequently, the carbon nanotube is further lowered to cause the carbon nanotube to sag, and a side face of the carbon nanotube is pressed against the bottom face of the recess. A force is applied to the foreign object by moving the carbon nanotube on the bottom face of the recess in a state where the side face is pressed against the bottom face of the recess.03-04-2010
20100051055SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD - The substrate processing apparatus according to the present invention includes: a substrate rotating mechanism holding a substrate in a horizontal attitude and rotating the substrate around an axis passing through the center of the substrate; a processing liquid supply mechanism supplying a processing liquid to a central portion of the upper surface of the substrate rotated by the substrate rotating mechanism; a counter member arranged to be opposed to the upper surface of the substrate rotated by the substrate rotating mechanism; and a liquid film extending mechanism moving the counter member from a position opposed to the central portion of the substrate to a position opposed to a peripheral edge portion of the substrate in parallel with the supply of the processing liquid by the processing liquid supply mechanism and extending a liquid film of the processing liquid covering the central portion of the substrate toward the peripheral edge of the substrate due to the movement.03-04-2010
20120216831CLEANING APPARATUS WITH BRUSH HEAD DISENGAGER - A cleaning apparatus includes an elongated housing bounding a chamber with a motor disposed therein. A drive shaft is at least partially disposed within the chamber of the housing, the drive shaft being coupled with the motor such that during selective operation of the motor the drive shaft is rotated. A hub having a rotational axis about which the hub rotates is coupled with the drive shaft such that rotation of the drive shaft facilitates rotation of the hub. A cleaning head is removably coupled with the hub such that rotation of the hub causes rotation of the cleaning head. A disengaging system is movable between a first position where the cleaning head is securely engaged to the hub and a second position where the cleaning head is freely removable from the hub.08-30-2012
20100012150DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CLEANING AND DRYING ICE SKATE BLADES - A handheld device for removing moisture from a skate blade, the device including a body and multiple wiper blades. The body includes a front end and a rear end and defines a skate blade pathway substantially parallel to an axis extending from the front end to the rear end. The multiple wiper blades are located within the body along an axis extending from the front end to the rear end, and are adapted to contact a surface of a skate blade traversing the skate blade pathway.01-21-2010
20090084403SUBSTRATE CLEANING APPARATUS, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SUBSTRATE CLEANING METHOD, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A deposit adhered to a rear surface peripheral portion of a substrate is easily and reliably removed, and a cycle of maintenance such as an exchange or a cleaning of a member required for removing the deposit is extended. An outer peripheral surface of a first cleaning rotational body having a roughly cylindrical shape has an adhesive property, and is brought into contact with a substrate from its side surface to its rear surface peripheral portion. Further, an outer peripheral surface of a second cleaning rotational body, which has an adhesive property stronger than that of the outer peripheral surface of the first cleaning rotational body, is brought into contact with the outer peripheral surface of the first cleaning rotational body, and the substrate, the first cleaning rotational body and the second cleaning rotational body are integrally rotated.04-02-2009
20100269858COMPOSITIONS AND KITS FOR THE REMOVAL OF IRRITATING COMPOUNDS FROM BODILY SURFACES - The invention provides compositions, methods and kits for the removal of harmful or irritating substances from bodily surfaces. Kits may include a composition containing capsaicin and a capsaicin-cleansing composition, e.g., a composition in which capsaicin is soluble.10-28-2010
20100269856WAFER CLEANING MACHINE AND CLEANING METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides a wafer cleaning machine, which includes a machine base, a rotating disk for bearing and driving a wafer, a first nozzle for spraying ion water to the surface of wafer, a brushing module, and a second nozzle. The rotating disk is connected with the machine base. The first nozzle is connected with the machine base and it is above the rotating disk. The brushing module is connected with the machine base and it is above the rotating disk. The second nozzle is connected with the machine base and it is above the rotating disk.10-28-2010
20120073600METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TREATING SURFACES - A method and an arrangement for cleaning a soiled surface in which cleaning liquid is applied thereto, a mouthpiece provided with a cover is passed over the surface that has had the cleaning liquid applied thereto, at the same time as a brush mounted inside the cover and having a principally cylindrical form with its axis principally parallel to the coated surface, and having such a diameter that it protrudes outside of the mouthpiece in a direction towards the surface to be cleaned, is caused to rotate at approximately 2,000 rpm or higher in order to support the mouthpiece and treat the surface to break up the cleaning liquid and dirt that has been dissolved by the cleaning liquid and the brush into small particles that are withdrawn by suction from the cover and from the surface with an evacuation pipe that is connected to the cover by a connector.03-29-2012
20120227763FLOOR MOP - A floor mop including a mop head; a bow shaped handle having a distal end positioned remote from the mop head, a proximal end pivotably attached to the mop head, a concave side and a convex side opposite the concave side, the bow shaped handle being pivotably displaceable relative the mop head between a convex side up operating position and a concave side up operating position; and a fluid dispenser mounted on the bow shaped handle.09-13-2012
20120227765High Efficiency Floor Treating System and Method - A system and method for high efficiency floor treating is provided. Embodiments of the floor treating system include a floor treating device with a power source having a rotatable drive shaft with an axis of rotation, a flywheel with an aperture for receiving the drive shaft, a counterbalance connected to the flywheel, and a floor treating attachment located at a distance of at least 0.400 inch from the axis of rotation of the drive shaft. Embodiments of the floor treating method include agitating a cleaning substance using the floor treating device with the floor treating attachment positioned at least 0.400 inch from the axis of rotation of the drive shaft.09-13-2012
20090020139High efficiency disposable cellulosic wiper - A high efficiency disposable cellulosic wiper includes (a) pulp-derived papermaking fiber; (b) up to 75% by weight regenerated cellulosic microfiber having a characteristic CSF value of less than 175 ml, the microfiber being selected and present in amounts such that the wiper exhibits a Laplace pore volume fraction at pore sizes less than 15 microns of at least 1.5 times that of a like wiper prepared without regenerated cellulose microfiber. The wipers of the invention exhibit remarkable residue removal efficiency.01-22-2009
20120260940APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLEANING SUBSTRATES/MEDIA DISKS - An apparatus and method for cleaning workpieces (10-18-2012
20120260939Windscreen Wiper Blade and Device for Wiping and Washing a Glazed Surface of a Motor Vehicle and Corresponding Wiping and Washing Method - The invention relates to a windscreen-wiper blade (10-18-2012
20120227764AZEOTROPIC AND AZEOTROPE-LIKE COMPOSITIONS OF METHYL PERFLUOROHEPTENE ETHERS AND TRANS-1,2-DICHLOROETHYLENE AND USES THEREOF - The present disclosure provides azeotropic and azeotrope-like compositions comprised of methylperfluoroheptene ethers and trans-1,2-dichloroethylene. The present disclosure also provides for methods of use for the azeotropic and azeotrope-like compositions.09-13-2012
20120318294CORE UN-BLOCKING ROLLER BRUSH - An unblocking roller for removing excess material from the openings of cells of a honeycomb core is disclosed. The unblocking roller includes a cylindrical core having a center axis and a plurality of clusters each comprising a plurality of bristles. Each of the plurality of bristles of each cluster is coupled to the core at a first end and projecting outward from the core. Each bristle projects a minimum of a first distance from the core. Each cluster is separated from adjacent clusters by at least a second distance that is at least 20% of the first distance.12-20-2012
20080302387METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HOLDING ADHESIVE COATED ROLLER CLEANING SUBSTRATES - An exemplary embodiment of a substrate cleaning apparatus includes a hand held hand roller including a roller cleaning member rotationally mounted in a handle and having a tacky peripheral contact surface, the tacky peripheral contact surface adapted to transfer foreign particles during cleaning of substrates. A roller cleaning substrate has opposed first and second surfaces. The first surface is coated with an adhesive adapted to transfer and retain said foreign particles from the surface of the roller for disposal; the second surface is a smooth surface. A mounting pad includes a soft layer of hardness lower than 100 Shore Hardness Scale A adapted to bond or adhere the second surface of the roller cleaning substrate to the mounting pad without the use of adhesives or mechanical clamping.12-11-2008
20100319727INDUSTRIAL PLATE CLEANER - An apparatus for insertion between parallel press plates and cleaning the press plates is disclosed. The cleaning apparatus comprises an abrasive assembly and a linear motor. The abrasive assembly is attached to a first movable member of the linear motor and/or a second movable member of a linear motor. The linear motor is operated using an air pressure supply. As the cleaning apparatus is moved between the parallel press plates, unwanted residue is removed from the parallel press plates.12-23-2010
20100326469APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FABRICTING THIN FILM TRANSISTOR ARRAY SUBSTRATE - The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method of fabricating a thin film transistor array substrate. The apparatus includes a dip strip part for stripping a photo-resist pattern and a thin film formed on a substrate by using a stripper; a removing part for removing residual photo-resist and thin film from the substrate; and a jet strip part for jetting the stripper to remove residual particles of photo-resist and thin film left on the substrate. The method of fabricating includes dipping a substrate in a stripper, wherein the substrate has a photo-resist pattern and a thin film, the thin film being formed on an entire surface of the substrate so as to cover the photo-resist pattern; removing residual photo-resist and thin film using the stripper; and removing particles of residual photo-resist and thin film left on the substrate.12-30-2010
20100326468MAGNETIC TOOL CLEANER - An apparatus and method for cleaning metal debris from a magnetic tool (some tools of which have magnetic properties) is disclosed. For one embodiment, the magnetic cleaner comprises a magnetic element suitably sized to interface with a surface of a tool associated with metal debris. A housing comprising a magnetic interface constructed of magnetically transparent material surrounds the magnetic element wherein the remainder of the housing is optionally constructed from material that forms a magnetic barrier. The magnetic element may be movably associated with the housing allowing the magnetic element to be associated/disassociated with the housing magnetic interface.12-30-2010
20100326467Tire Treatment Device with Shock Absorption and Vehicle Misalignment Tolerance - A tire dressing applicator station for use in car wash installations wherein the applicators are tolerant of large degrees of vehicle misalignment, misorientation and entry contact shock. In each applicator structure, an additional pivot or “knuckle” is placed in one of two support arms which are pivotally connected between floor anchors and an elongate mounting carriage to which the dressing applicator elements are attached. Flared tire guides are located on the entry ends of the applicator structures to make contact with the tires of approaching vehicles whereby one or both of the two applicator structures is/are reoriented as necessary to accommodate the actual location of the vehicle, whether it be on the intended path of travel or off to one side and/or angularly misoriented relative to die intended path of vehicle travel.12-30-2010
20120325265WIPER CONTROL DEVICE AND WIPER CONTROL METHOD - A point value corresponding to a load state of an electric motor is set. The load state of the electric motor is detected so as to calculate a load point value of the electric motor and accumulate the load point values (S12-27-2012
20110048456Automated cleaning system for structures - A washing system for an elevated surface has a) a housing having a liquid application cleaning system therein; b) a support element that supports and elevates the washing system; c) a rigid member extending from a surface of the housing that faces away from a surface to be cleaned so that the cable, when supporting the cleaning system against the surface to be cleaned and connected to the housing at a connection point, exerts a rotational force on the cleaning system in relation to the fixed fulcrum at the roof top; and d) weights provided at a distance and direction from the connection point fulcrum to at least in part counterbalance the rotational force.03-03-2011
20110226281METHOD OF REMOVING MATERIAL FROM A SURFACE OF A METAL WORK PIECE - A method of removing material such as surface treatments, metal coatings, and other material layers from an edge region of a metal work piece where they could potentially contaminate a nearby weld. According to one embodiment, a scraper tool includes a body having a base portion and a tab portion, and several scraping elements attached to the base portion. During operation, the scraping elements scrape one or more surfaces of the edge region so that the depth to which the scraping element engage the metal work piece is generally affected by the amount of rotation of the scraper tool about a pivot axis.09-22-2011
20110265816DISK-BRUSH CLEANER MODULE WITH FLUID JET - Embodiments of the present invention relates to an apparatus and method for cleaning a substrate using a disk brush. One embodiment provides a substrate cleaner comprising a substrate chuck disposed in the processing volume, and a brush assembly disposed in the processing volume, wherein the brush assembly comprises a disk brush movably disposed opposing the substrate chuck, and a processing surface of the disk brush contacts a surface of the substrate on the substrate chuck.11-03-2011
20120080054RADIATION SOURCE MODULE AND FLUID TREATMENT SYSTEM - There is described a fluid treatment system particularly suited for radiation treatment of a flow of fluid (preferably water). The system comprises a fluid treatment zone for receiving a flow of fluid in contact with a surface of the fluid treatment zone. At least one elongate radiation source assembly is disposed in the fluid treatment zone. The elongate radiation source assembly has a longitudinal axis disposed transverse to a direction of fluid flow through the fluid treatment zone. The system further comprises a cleaning apparatus having at least one cleaning element in contact with an exterior surface of the at least one elongate radiation source assembly. A first motive element is provided and is operable to cause relative movement between a distal end of the at least one elongate radiation source assembly and the surface of the fluid treatment zone to define a gap therebetween. A second motive element is provided and is coupled to the cleaning system. The second motive element operable to move the cleaning system between a cleaning apparatus retracted position and a cleaning apparatus extended position. Movement of the cleaning system from the cleaning apparatus retracted position to the extended position causes debris contacting the at least one elongate radiation source assembly to be pushed into the gap. A radiation source module more use in such a fluid treatment system is also described.04-05-2012
20100229892Surface Cleaning Apparatus With Automatic Brush Speed Adjustment - A surface-cleaning apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes one or more brushes rotatably driven by a motor in order to collect debris without suction being applied by the apparatus. The apparatus is capable of detecting a resistance or friction level of the surface to be cleaned, and can automatically adjust the rotational speed of the motor, and thereby the rotational speed(s) of the brush(es), based on changes in the surface. Additionally, the apparatus is capable of detecting jamming or locking of a brush and turning off the motor in response to detecting such jamming or locking.09-16-2010
20100229891Floor Cleaning Apparatus - A cleaning apparatus having a cleaning system including at least one downwardly directed spray nozzle is supported by the chassis proximal the chassis forward end and in fluid communication with at least one cleaning solution tank. The at least one spray nozzle sprays cleaning solution from the tank onto the floor. At least one ground engaging agitation brush is disposed rearwardly of the at least one spray nozzle for agitating the cleaning solution sprayed onto the floor. At least one vacuum shoe is supported by the chassis rearwardly of the at least one agitation brush, and in fluid communication with the at least one recovery tank. Cleaning solution drawn into the vacuum shoe is deposited into the at least one recovery tank. In one embodiment, the apparatus is drivable. In another embodiment, the apparatus includes a second cleaning system including a vacuum squeegee.09-16-2010
20120279520PUSH BROOM APPARATUS - A push broom apparatus is shown having an elongated handle with an elongated broom head attached to the elongated handle. A plurality of substantially rigid bristles are attached laterally to the broom head. A plurality of substantially flexible bristles are also attached laterally to the broom head. At least one scraper blade is attached to the elongate broom head.11-08-2012
20120298137FLOOR GRINDING AND CLEANING BODY - Floor grinding- and cleaning body (11-29-2012
20120298135Toothbrush Having Removable Absorbent Pad - An oral care device is provided. The oral care device includes a toothbrush and an absorbent pad. The toothbrush has an elongated shaft having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end defines a handle for a user. The toothbrush also includes a plurality of bristles at the distal end. The bristles are dimensioned to enter the mouth of a human user. The pad has an outer circumference or edge. The pad further has an interior through-opening for frictionally and removably receiving the shaft of the toothbrush. The pad is fabricated at least along its circumference from an absorbent material. A method for brushing one's teeth using a toothbrush with a pad is also provided.11-29-2012
20120325266METHOD OF PREDICTING CLEANING PERFORMANCE AND SUBSTRATE CLEANING METHOD - A cleaning performance prediction method determines a first distance from the origin of an X-Y plane to a first cleaning point on the X-Y plane, and the X-Y coordinates being determined for cleaning of the substrate to be carried out under first cleaning conditions. The method also determines a second distance from the origin of the X-Y plane to a second cleaning point on the X-Y plane, the X-Y coordinates of the second cleaning point being determined in the same manner as those of the first cleaning point but for cleaning of the substrate to be carried out under second cleaning conditions different from the first cleaning conditions.12-27-2012
20120285483METHOD OF CLEANING A WAFER - A method of cleaning a wafer is disclosed in the present invention. This method is particularly suitable for cleaning the metal layer on the wafer. First, a wafer having a metal layer is loaded into a cleaning chamber, wherein a plurality of particles are inlaid in a surface of the metal layer. Later, a first clean stage is performed to rinse the wafer by jetted liquid introduced with megasonic energy. After the first clean stage, a second clean stage is performed to scrub the wafer. Finally, the wafer is dried.11-15-2012
20120285484METHOD FOR CLEANING A SEMICONDUCTOR WAFER - A wafer cleaning method includes: (1) providing a wafer cleaning apparatus comprising a sponge for scrubbing a surface of a semiconductor wafer to be cleaned; (2) implementing a pre-conditioning flow to pre-condition the sponge using a dummy wafer; and (3) performing a regular cleaning flow to scrub the surface of the semiconductor wafer to be cleaned using the pre-conditioned sponge. The dummy wafer has a plurality of upward protruding features on a surface of the dummy wafer for removing residual fibers or unwanted substances from the sponge.11-15-2012
20120138090SCREEN WIPER ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A SCREEN WIPER ARRANGEMENT - A screen wiper arrangement is provided including a window screen and a screen wiper for cleaning the window screen, wherein the window screen is arranged in an opening of a cabin and inserted in a window frame, and wherein the window screen includes at least one screen portion which can be moved between an open and a closed position. The window screen includes an electrically conductive element coupleable to an electrical circuit which has at least a first state in response to a first position of the at least one screen portion and a second state in response to a second position of the at least one screen portion. One or more contact points are available for detecting if the electrical circuit is in the first or the second state, and a wiper control element is provided which controls the activation of the screen wiper system.06-07-2012
20120138087MOUNTED MOTORIZED BATH BRUSH - A device and method is disclosed incorporating a bath brush assembly for attachment to a bathtub or shower. The device includes a base structure having at least one movable brush, a power producing system to move the at the least one movable brush, a mounting structure to attach the base structure to a bathtub or shower. The base structure has a plurality of movable brushes, and the power producing system includes a pulley system connected to the plurality of movable brushes to rotate the plurality of brushes.06-07-2012
20130008465FIBER COLLECTING CLEANING MAT - A cleaning mat for adhesively removing hair or lint or both from an environmental surface, and method of using the cleaning mat. The mat has a first surface which is adapted to receive and cooperate with manual pressure, and an opposed second surface which bears a slightly tacky material and a removable, reinstallable liner. The mat is briefly pressed against the environmental surface by manual contact and removed therefrom. Manual contact may be at an acute angle to the plane of the mat, whereupon frictional characteristics of the mat will oppose ineffectual sliding of the hand over the mat. The mat is flexible and may be pressed into conforming engagement with curved environmental surfaces. The mat may be protected by the liner when not in use. Mats may be provided in stacks suitably enclosed for retail distribution.01-10-2013
20130008466APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLEANING DEPOSITS AND ACCRETIONS FROM AN END PLATE OF A SENSOR BODY - An apparatus and method for cleaning deposits and accretions from an end plate of a sensor body, for accommodating a measuring apparatus for determining one or more physical and/or chemical, process variables. The sensor body is sealed against penetration by liquid and a wiper is provided having a wiper blade for cleaning the end plate. The wiper is arranged as a subcomponent on a peripheral, appended module, wherein geometries of the wiper and the peripheral, appended module are so embodied that the wiper in the case of rotary movement from a rest position into a cleaning position, with the lower edge of the wiper blade being flush with the upper edge of the end plate, in the cleaning position, and in order that the wiper cleans the end plate by contact of the wiper blade with the end plate, and the wiper then returns to the rest position.01-10-2013
20130008464Tool for Removing Ice and Moisture from a Surface - A tool for removing ice and residual moisture from a surface includes a semi-annular attachment having multiple teeth arrayed about the periphery on the forward facing edge thereof, the attachment including a substantially straight-edged scrapper bar disposed laterally across the anterior edge of the attachment opposite the multiple teeth, a semi-annular handle guard affixed to the semi-annular attachment, the handle guard including a laterally disposed handle grip, and a flexible squeegee panel mounted to the semi-annular handle guard along the front peripheral edge thereof, the panel disposed above the multiple tooth array.01-10-2013
20130014782GLASS WINDOW CLEANING DEVICE AND A CONTROL METHOD THEREFORAANM Ryu; Man HyunAACI GyeongbukAACO KRAAGP Ryu; Man Hyun Gyeongbuk KR - Provided are a window cleaning apparatus and a method of controlling the same. The window cleaning apparatus including first and second cleaning units which are respectively attached on both surfaces of a window using a magnetic force to move together with each other includes a first magnetic module provided in the first cleaning unit, a second magnetic module provided in the second cleaning unit, a magnetic force detection part for detecting a magnetic force between the first and second magnetic modules, and a magnetic force control part for controlling the magnetic force between the first and second magnetic modules.01-17-2013
20130014781Cleaning Tool For Personal Care ApplicatorAANM Bouix; Herve F.AACI New YorkAAST NYAACO USAAGP Bouix; Herve F. New York NY USAANM Corbellini; FrancisAACI ThfaisAACO FRAAGP Corbellini; Francis Thfais FRAANM Bickford; William RobertAACI RonkonkomaAAST NYAACO USAAGP Bickford; William Robert Ronkonkoma NY US - A tool for cleaning a personal care applicator, particularly an applicator for a product that is subject to dry out. In some embodiments, the invention is implemented as a reusable cleaning tool. In other embodiments, the invention is implemented as a disposable, single-use or limited use cleaning tool. The tool comprises a relatively flat body having first and second exterior surfaces, and one or more cleaning regions that extend through the body. As an applicator is drawn through the cleaning region, dried out product is scraped off the applicator.01-17-2013
20110132396APPARATUSES, DEVICE, AND METHODS FOR CLEANING TESTER INTERFACE CONTACT ELEMENTS AND SUPPORT HARDWARE - A medium for predictably cleaning the contact elements and support hardware of a tester interface, such as a probe card and a test socket, while it is still in manual, semi-automated, and automated handling device and the electrical test equipment is disclosed so that the functionality and performance of the individual die or IC package may be electrically evaluated.06-09-2011
20090211597METHOD OF PREVENTING OR REDUCING AGGLOMERATION ON GRID IN FLUIDIZED-BED VESSEL - A method for preventing or reducing agglomeration and/or accumulation on or around the gas distribution grid in a fluidized-bed vessel. The method involves introducing one or more scouring balls into the vessel above the gas distribution grid, and carrying out a fluidized-bed process in the presence of the scouring balls.08-27-2009
20080251102CLEANING DEVICE FOR ENDOSCOPIC DEVICES - A device for cleaning an endoscopic device is disclosed. The device has a flexible sleeve movable between a collapsed position and an extended position. The sleeve has an opening at its proximal end. A cleaning tool is disposed within the sleeve. Further, cleaning fluid is included within the sleeve. A method of using the device to clean an endoscopic device is also disclosed.10-16-2008
20080245391System and method for wiping a windshield - A system and a method for wiping a windshield are provided here. The system may include a first elongated member and a second elongated member. Both members are coupled to each other. The distance between the members may be adjusted to sandwich the windshield between them. The system may be adjusted to fit the design of any windshield. The method includes the steps of placing the first member and second members across opposing sides of the windshield, and adjusting the distance between them according to the design and dimensions of the windshield.10-09-2008
20100083983AQUARIUM CLEANING DEVICE WITH SELECTABLE SECONDARY CLEANING ELEMENT - A glass cleaning device employs an inner component having a body with an associated first cleaning element and a second movable portion positionable from a first to second position, the second portion associated with a second cleaning element. A support magnet is carried within the body and at least one magnetic element is carried in the second movable portion. An outer component provides a handle for manipulation by a user with a first magnetic element carried within the handle for operable engagement of the support magnetic in the inner component to draw the body into contact with an inner surface of an aquarium wall to be cleaned. A selection magnet carried within the handle allows engagement with at least one magnetic element in the movable portion. Positioning of the selection magnet adjacent the magnetic element actuates the movable portion for operable engagement of the second cleaning element on the inner surface of the aquarium wall.04-08-2010
20080223402DISK-SHAPED SUBSTRATE MANUFACTURING METHOD AND WASHING APPARATUS - The disk-shaped substrate manufacturing method is provided with: scrub-washing a first surface and a second surface of a disk-shaped substrate by respectively using a first porous roller and a second porous roller that have a cylindrical shape and are rotationally driven. The process of the scrub-washing determines a distance between axes of the first porous roller and the second porous roller that sandwich the disk-shaped substrate in between, and performs scrub-washing while the determined distance between the axes is under control.09-18-2008
20090120460SOFT FLOOR PRE-SPRAY UNIT UTILIZING ELECTROCHEMICALLY-ACTIVATED WATER AND METHOD OF CLEANING SOFT FLOORS - A method is provided, which includes applying electrochemically activated acid and alkaline water to a surface as a pre-spray, allowing the electrochemically activated acid and alkaline water to remain on the surface for a dwell time, and after the dwell time, performing a cleaning operation on an area of the surface to which the pre-spray was applied.05-14-2009
20130167869FLOOR GRINDING AND CLEANING BODY - Floor grinding- and cleaning body (07-04-2013
20130167868Stem Soaker - A protective device designed to absorb condensation occurring on stemmed glassware. The protective device comprises a surrounding member having an outside surface and an inside surface, where a slit element substantially transects the protective device between the outside surface and the inside surface, and a method of using the same.07-04-2013
20130139847CLEANING STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR FRICTION ROLL FEEDERS - With a cleaning system/method, a user places a printing device in a cleaning mode, inserts a cleaning apparatus that includes a cleaning sheet into a paper supply tray of the printing device, and executes a cleaning operation on the printing device. With the system, a set of instructions is stored on a machine-readable medium. The set of instructions causes the printing device to execute a cleaning operation on a feed nip of the printing device. The cleaning sheet cleans the feed roller and the retard roller when it is positioned within the feed nip during the cleaning operation. The set of instructions cause the printing device to move the cleaning sheet into the feed nip and to rotate the feed roller and the retard roller for a predetermined time period, when the printing device is placed into a cleaning mode.06-06-2013
20130139848Cleaning bucket system for flat mops - A double bucket cleaning system for use with microfiber mat mops. One bucket contains clean water; the second holds dirty water. The second bucket has a slide press for extracting dirty water from the mop. The system can use a connector to connect the two buckets together, or a single bucket with two compartments can be used. Both designs use a footpad upon which the user stands during the pressing operation. This ensures that the device remains in place during the sliding. Finally, once the dirty water has been extracted from the mop, the user can pick up clean water from the first bucket for the next portion of the floor to be cleaned. In this way, the user is able to quickly clean a large floor with clean water, instead of repeatedly dipping the mop back into dirty water.06-06-2013
20130139849DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING DIRT FROM A FLOOR - A device for removing dirt from a floor includes a carrier frame moveable over the floor, a motor mounted on the carrier frame, and a rotating body drivable by the motor and connected with the carrier frame. Several shovel-holders for shovelling dirt from the floor are mounted on the rotating body spaced apart from each other in the peripheral direction, are moveable along a path along the floor, and each have an open end in the rotation direction of the rotating body. A sweeper device for sweeping dirt out of one of the shovel-holders is arranged along the path of the shovel-holders on the carrier frame at a position substantially stationary in relation to the carrier frame, and is fitted with a sweeper element which, on rotation of the rotating body, moves between the shovel-holders and sweeps through one of the shovel-holders in order to sweep out dirt therefrom.06-06-2013
20130139850CLEANING DEVICE USED FOR CLEANING AN IMPLANT OR FOR THE DEBRIDEMENT OF AN IMPLANT SURFACE - The present invention describes a cleaning device used for cleaning an implant or for the debridement of an implant surface 06-06-2013
20130139851POST CMP SCRUBBING OF SUBSTRATES - A cleaning method is provided for brush cleaning a surface of a substrate. The method comprises scrubbing a first surface of the substrate with a brush having a first surface geometry; and then scrubbing the first surface of the substrate with a brush having a second surface geometry, wherein the first and the second surface geometries are different. Numerous other aspects are provided.06-06-2013
20090101167Use of Surface-Active Non-Enzymatic Proteins for Washing Textiles - The use of interface-active non-enzymatic proteins for textile washing. Washing compositions for textile washing which comprise interface-active non-enzymatic proteins, and processes for washing using such proteins.04-23-2009
20110259365LIQUID DETERGENT COMPOSITION - A method of cleaning dishware with a liquid detergent composition having an amphiphilic graft polymer, to provide improved grease cleaning and sudsing.10-27-2011
20110259364Cleaning apparatus - The invention relates to a cleaning apparatus, in particular for cleaning solar installation surfaces or photovoltaic installation surfaces, comprising a carrier, at least one cleaning roller rotatably supported at the carrier, and a rotary drive for the cleaning roller, wherein the rotary drive is designed as a fluid drive, wherein the flow of a cleaning fluid supplied to the cleaning roller for cleaning purposes is converted into a drive movement for the cleaning roller.10-27-2011
20080216868Method for Wiping a Window, and Wiper System, in Particular for a Motor Vehicle - A process is disclosed for wiping a glass pane (09-11-2008
20120247508BRUSH AND METHOD FOR CLEANING A SUBSTRATE AND SCRUBBER EMPLOYING THE SAME - A brush includes a roller body, a first brush layer and a second brush layer. The first brush layer covers an outer surface of the roller body. The second brush layer is on the first brush layer, and is thinner than the first brush layer. The rate of pore formation of the second layer is lower than the rate of pore formation of the first brush layer.10-04-2012
20130092186REMOVAL OF PARTICLES ON BACK SIDE OF WAFER - The present disclosure provides an apparatus for fabricating a semiconductor device. The apparatus includes a mechanical structure that is operable to secure a position of a semiconductor wafer. The wafer has a front surface and a back surface. The apparatus includes a wafer cleaning device that is operable to clean a predetermined region of the wafer on the back surface. The predetermined region of the wafer at least partially overlaps with one or more alignment marks. The present disclosure also provides a method of fabricating a semiconductor device. The method includes loading a semiconductor wafer into a wafer handling system. The method includes removing contaminant particles from an edge region of the wafer from the back side. The alignment marks are located in the edge region. The method includes collecting the removed contaminant particles and discarding the collected contaminant particles out of the wafer handling system.04-18-2013
20130098395SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE CLEANING APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS - Methods, apparatus, and systems for cleaning a substrate are provided. In one aspect, a substrate is scrubbed using an acidic cleaning solution in a first scrubber, transferred to a second scrubber after scrubbing the substrate using the acidic cleaning solution, followed by scrubbing the substrate in the second scrubber using a basic cleaning solution. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.04-25-2013
20090078282Method and Apparatus for Cleaning Semiconductor Wafers Using Compressed and/or Pressurized Foams, Bubbles, and/or Liquids - An apparatus and method are disclosed in which a semiconductor substrate having a surface containing contaminants is cleaned or otherwise subjected to chemical treatment using a foam. The semiconductor wafer is supported either on a stiff support (or a layer of foam) and foam is provided on the opposite surface of the semiconductor wafer while the semiconductor wafer is supported. The foam contacting the semiconductor wafer is pressurized using a form to produce a jammed foam. Relative movement between the form and the semiconductor wafer. such as oscillation parallel and/or perpendicular to the top surface of the semiconductor wafer. is then induced while the jammed foam is in contact with the semiconductor wafer to remove the undesired contaminants and/or otherwise chemically treat the surface of the semiconductor wafer using the foam.03-26-2009
20090217944Mobile Vehicle Washing Apparatus - A mobile vehicle washing apparatus in which the length, width and height of the apparatus may each be adjusted to the size of the vehicle to be washed and for easier transport. The frame dimensions may be adjusted by a system of cranks found on each frame member that may need to be adjusted. Also, attached to the frame are swinging arm members that may clean the bottom side of a vehicle passing through them. Powered brush members are used in the apparatus as a means to scrub vehicle surfaces. The cleaning and rinsing fluids pass through a series of hoses and nozzles mounted about the frame so that the tops and left and right sides of the vehicles being cleaned may be covered by said fluids.09-03-2009
20110214691METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WASHING SUBSTRATES - An apparatus for washing a substrate includes a scrub washing unit for washing both surfaces of a substrate, which are scrubbed by a rotating brush while supplying pure water to both surfaces of the substrate, a rinse unit for washing the surfaces of the substrate which have been washed by the scrub washing unit using the pure water, and a dry unit for drying the surfaces of the substrate which have been washed by the rinse unit. The scrub washing unit includes an ultrasonic application unit for applying ultrasonic waves to pure water supplied to the both surfaces of the substrate, which are scrubbed by the rotating brush while supplying the pure water to which the ultrasonic wave has been applied by the ultrasonic application unit to the both surfaces of the substrate.09-08-2011
20080202555CLEANING MEMBER, CLEANING METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD - A cleaning member is smaller than a substrate for exposure where exposure light is irradiated, and at least part of a substrate-holding member that holds a rear face of the substrate for exposure is held by the substrate-holding member in order to clean.08-28-2008
20110209728TEXTURED CLEANING WIPE FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES - A cleaning wipe with a plurality of stiff triangular or rectangular-cross-sectional projections rising from the surface of a non-woven cloth is designed to clean the nooks and crannies, various crevices and other hard to reach areas of cell phones or other electronic items with a myriad of buttons and/or camera lenses, charger outputs, mouthpieces, ear receivers and keypads which are designed in countless shapes and sizes. The projections, whether in the form of cones, pyramids, length-long ridges or other embodiments are specifically designed to clean the small crevices, the mouthpiece and earpiece and between small buttons such as keypads on a cell phone or other electronic device.09-01-2011
20110209727METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLEANING SUBSTRATE - A substrate is cleaned by performing a scrubbing process on a surface to be cleaned of the rotating substrate with a roll-shaped cleaning member while holding an outer circumferential surface of the roll-shaped cleaning member in contact with the surface to be cleaned of the substrate across a predetermined contact width. During at least a part of the scrubbing process, the roll-shaped cleaning member is placed at an offset cleaning position where the central axis of the roll-shaped cleaning member is spaced from the central axis of the substrate by a distance which is 0.14 to 0.5 times the contact width. The surface to be cleaned of the substrate is scrubbed with more uniform cleaning intensity while taking into account the cleaning intensity at each position (area) along the radial direction of the surface to be cleaned of the substrate.09-01-2011
20090000642Self-cleaning hair brush - A hair brush with a cleaning element for removing entwined hair from the brush before or after use. The cleaning element of the brush includes a plate(s) with opening through which the bristles protrude. When the plate is expanded, the plate pushes any hairs entwined in the bristles to the tips of the bristles where they are removed. The brush also has a post mechanism, which allows for the adjustment of the cleaning element to various intermediary positions, effectively adjusting the length of the bristles for use of the brush.01-01-2009
20100288305BRUSH CORE AND BRUSH DRIVING METHOD - A brush core for engaging and rotating a generally cylindrical brush having a hollow bore is provided. The brush core includes, but is not limited to, a body section forming an outer surface for engaging the hollow bore of the cylindrical brush. The outer surface of the body section includes three or more sides.11-18-2010
20130206172OIL REMOVAL METHOD AND APPARATUS - A device for removing spilled oil, oily substances or other liquids from a surface has a main body with a pair of handles towards its upper end and a cleaning head at the lower end. The cleaning head is fitted with rotary brushes and also contains a motor and drive gear. At the upper end of the main body, a flexible pipe is connected to a hollow passage formed by and extending through the main body via a short flexible pipe to the cleaning head. In the opposite direction, the flexible pipe extends to remote air pressure, vacuum and sorbent material sources. The device has three main modes of operation which are used in sequence to supply absorbent material (e.g., chipped bark) to the contaminated ground; then the absorbent material is massaged into the surface of the ground; and finally the absorbent material together with the liquid is removed.08-15-2013
20090025752Device for cleaning rollers - A device for cleaning a horizontal roll turning about its axis, the device being carried and guided by the roll without following the roll in its rotation, being capable of being displaced by sliding along the roll and cleaning the surface of the roll during its sliding by a cleaning mechanism, for example a cutting tool, fixed to the device. The device allows the cleaning of rolls for conveying glass sheet or glass ribbon, particularly those of a lehr downstream of an installation for forming flat glass such as a float glass installation (formed on a bath of molten metal generally based on tin).01-29-2009
20100307532METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING A FILM FROM A SURFACE - A tool and method for removing a film from a surface is provided, wherein the tool can include a frame, a handle operably coupled to the frame, a number of wheels operably coupled to the frame, a cylinder rotatably coupled to the frame, an arm rotatably coupled to the frame, and a number of separating devices operably coupled to the arm. In some embodiments, the wheels can rotate about one or more axes parallel to the surface. The cylinder, which collects the removed film, rotates about an axis that can also be parallel to the surface. The arm can rotate about an axis that can also be parallel to the surface.12-09-2010
20100307531System And Method For Cleaning A Two-Wheeled Vehicle - A system and method for cleaning a two-wheeled vehicle, such as a bicycle (12-09-2010
20120273001Optics cleaning apparatus and method - An optics cleaning apparatus includes a holder with a first end, a second end and an outer surface where the outer surface encloses an internal reservoir. A fluid applicator is connected with the first end and with the internal reservoir and a scrub pad is connected with the second end.11-01-2012
20120273003MOVING HANDRAIL SANITIZING DEVICE - A device for cleaning and sanitizing a moving handrail, such as those found on escalators and moving walkways. The device can automatically and continuously sanitize a handrail as it moves past or through the device, thereby preventing the spread of germs and viruses and encouraging users to make contact with the handrail for safety reasons without worrying about disease transmission.11-01-2012
20120273002Pipe scraping tool, etc - A method of scraping a prescribed area of the external periphery of a synthetic plastics pipe (11-01-2012
20100313910ROBOT CLEANER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING TRAVELING THEREOF - Disclosed herein are a robot cleaner that has an improved traveling performance, and a method of controlling traveling thereof. The robot cleaner allows driving wheels, which move the robot cleaner, and a brush unit, which sweeps dust on a floor, to be rotated in the same direction.12-16-2010
20100313909DOVETAIL TREATING METHOD AND APPARATUS - An apparatus for treating a dovetail in a dynamoelectric machine is provided. The apparatus includes a housing, at least two pads for treating, cleaning or polishing a dovetail surface, at least a pair of guide wheels for aligning the apparatus within the dovetail, and at least one motor connected to the pads. The motor is operatively configured to rotate the pads. The dovetail surface is treated, cleaned or polished by sliding the apparatus along the dovetail and activating the motor to rotate the pads.12-16-2010
20110232680CLEANING IMPLEMENT COMPRISING HYBRID FOAM - The present invention relates to a cleaning implement comprising hybrid foam and to a method of cleaning a hard surface with said cleaning implement.09-29-2011
20130180548METHOD OF REMOVING MATERIAL FROM A SURFACE OF A METAL WORK PIECE - A method of removing material such as surface treatments, metal coatings, and other material layers from an edge region of a metal work piece where they could potentially contaminate a nearby weld. According to one embodiment, a scraper tool includes a body having a base portion and a tab portion, and several scraping elements attached to the base portion. During operation, the scraping elements scrape one or more surfaces of the edge region so that the depth to which the scraping element engage the metal work piece is generally affected by the amount of rotation of the scraper tool about a pivot axis.07-18-2013
20130180547SURFACE CLEANING MACHINES AND METHODS OF USE - The present disclosure is directed to cleaning machines and methods of use to clean flooring and other surfaces. One configuration is directed to a cleaning machine that utilizes a motor to drive an interchangeable cleaning drum about a rotational axis parallel to the surface being cleaned. The cleaning machine can be operable to clean a surface, such as a flooring surface or other surface (e.g., walls, ceilings, etc.) without a vacuum, pump, solution tank, or recovery tank. The cleaning machine may contact the surface being cleaned at replaceable glides disposed at or near a distal end of a cleaning head of the cleaning machine.07-18-2013
20130180545WIPER WITH ICE REMOVAL APPARATUS - Apparatuses and methods for removing ice from a windshield. A windshield wiper includes a wiper assembly, a scrubber assembly, and an engaging assembly. The wiper assembly includes a wiper support structure and a wiper blade attached to the wiper support structure. The scrubber assembly includes a scrubber support structure, an elongated scrubber element and a motor. The scrubber element is movably attached to the scrubber support structure and extends between a first end and a spaced apart second end along a central longitudinal axis. The scrubber element can have a hardness value sufficient to remove ice from the windshield. The motor is mounted to the scrubber support structure and is engaged with the scrubber element to move the scrubber element to remove ice. An engaging assembly can be coupled with the wiper assembly and the scrubber assembly to raise and lower the scrubber assembly with respect to the wiper assembly.07-18-2013
20130180544WIPER WITH SCRUBBER ASSEMBLY THAT IS RAISED AND LOWERED - A windshield wiper includes a wiper assembly, a scrubber assembly, and an engaging assembly. The wiper assembly includes a wiper support structure and a wiper blade attached to the wiper support structure. The scrubber assembly includes a scrubber support structure, an elongated scrubber element and a motor. The scrubber element is movably attached to the scrubber support structure and extends between a first end and a spaced apart second end along a central longitudinal axis. The motor is mounted to the scrubber support structure and is engaged with the scrubber element to reciprocally move the scrubber element along the central longitudinal axis. The engaging assembly is coupled with the wiper assembly and the scrubber assembly and is configured to raise and lower the scrubber assembly with respect to the wiper assembly. Also, an automated method of using a windshield wiper.07-18-2013
20130180546MULTIMODAL CLEANING BRUSH - A cleaning brush is a multimodal contact cleaner having both a microfiber head and a bristle head coupled by an offset handle assembly that misaligns a grip on the offset handle assembly with the microfiber head to improve features, including operation and ergonomics.07-18-2013
20110284026PATIENT ROOM CLEANING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method improving air quality and reducing healthcare-associated infections performed by a cleaning personnel includes the steps of equipping a cleaning cart with a plurality of single-use microfiber cloths and a plurality of microfiber mops, wherein the cleaning cart includes a vacuum cleaning apparatus with an extensible vacuum hose and a plurality of attachments, positioning the cleaning cart outside of an occupied patient room, vacuuming the patient room with the vacuum hose including first and second attachments, disinfecting the surfaces that a patient may contact with a first microfiber cloth soaked in a disinfectant solution, cleaning at least one bathroom fixture with a second microfiber cloth soaked in the disinfectant solution, mopping the floor area including the floor area of the patient restroom with a microfiber mop charged with a neutral cleaner, and placing the microfiber mop in a plastic bag.11-24-2011
20110303240CONVEYANCE SYSTEM - This disclosure relates to street sweepers and interchangeable conveyor modules for use with street sweepers that are interchangeable. A first conveyor module is provided that is mountable to the conveyor support structure of the vehicle wherein the conveyor is configured to transport debris from the broom assembly to the hopper on a continuous belt having paddles. A second conveyor module is also provided that is mountable to the vehicle structure wherein the second conveyor is a squeegee type conveyor. The first conveyor module and the second conveyor module are interchangeable on the street sweeping vehicle. Because the size envelope and attachment points and mechanisms are common, the two modules can be interchanged at will.12-15-2011
20110303239AGITATOR WITH INTERNAL TWIN MOTOR DRIVE SYSTEM - A floor care apparatus includes a housing having a nozzle assembly and a canister assembly. Both a suction generator and a dirt collection vessel are carried on the housing. An agitator cavity is provided on the nozzle assembly. A rotary agitator is provided in the agitator cavity. The rotary agitator includes an internal space. An agitator drive system is provided in the internal space of the rotary agitator. The agitator drive system includes first and second drive motors that simultaneously drive the agitator.12-15-2011
20110308545SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING SOLAR SUBSTRATES - A method of removing at least a portion of an interaction layer on an electrode region of a solar substrate is provided. The method includes a step of providing a solar substrate including an absorbing region and an electrode region. The absorbing region including an absorbing layer configured to convert light energy into electrical energy. The electrode region is substantially free of the absorbing layer, and the electrode region includes an interaction layer. The method also includes a step of brushing the electrode region to remove at least a portion of the interaction layer.12-22-2011
20130186432DEVICE AND METHOD FOR APPLYING CLEANING FLUID TO A WHEEL OF A VEHICLE IN A VEHICLE WASHING INSTALLATION AND VEHICLE WASHING INSTALLATION - A device for applying a cleaning fluid to a wheel of a vehicle in a vehicle washing installation using a spray nozzle and a wheel washing brush that is driven in rotation and can be moved by a guide between a rest position remote from a wheel and a cleaning position on the wheel. The device, an associated vehicle washing installation and method each permit economical application of the cleaning fluid matched to the size of the wheels to be cleaned. The method includes the steps of: a) determining the position of the wheel in the washing direction, b) determining the distance of the wheel from the device, c) moving the spray nozzle to the spraying position at the spraying distance from the wheel, d) spraying cleaning fluid onto the wheel using the spray nozzle (07-25-2013
20120017939ARTIFICIAL FIELD LITTER PICK-UP DEVICE - A device for cleaning an artificial “infill turf” field includes a rotating brush assembly and a basket for receiving waste and infill material. The basket has a bottom with openings that allow infill material to be returned to the field, and a vibrator to promote separation of infill from waste. The device may include wheels connected to the brush assembly in a manner effective to rotate the brush when one or both of the wheels rotate, and a magnet for picking magnetic waste material from the field. The device may include an actuator for adjusting the height of the brushes, and a tow bar that allows the device to be positioned in an “active” orientation to sweep a field, or an “uplifted” orientation to transport the device across curbs or rough terrain. Multiple brushes and/or baskets may be provided.01-26-2012
20120017938PLATEN CLEANING - To achieve cost efficiency, solar cells must be processed at a high throughput. Breakages, which may leave debris on the clamping surface of the platen, adversely affect this throughput. A plurality of embodiments are disclosed which may be used to remove debris from the clamping surface without breaking the vacuum condition within the processing station. In some embodiments, a brush is used to sweep the debris from the surface of the platen. In other embodiments, an adhesive material is used to collect the debris. In some embodiments, the automation equipment used to handle masks may also be used to handle the platen cleaning mechanisms. In still other embodiments, stream of gas or ion beams are used to clean debris from the clamping surface of the platen.01-26-2012
20120017937CLEANING KIT AND METHOD - A cleaning kit for cleaning and polishing a surface includes a scouring pad, a degreaser, a cleaner/polish, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and a container. A method of cleaning a metal surface includes the steps of providing a cleaning kit including a degreaser comprising surfactant, emulsifier and solvent, a scouring pad comprising coiled fibers, a cleaner/polish comprising solvent and surfactant, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and a container, and then applying the degreaser to the metal surface, scrubbing the metal surface with the scouring pad, wiping the metal surface with a microfiber cleaning cloth, applying the cleaner/polish to the metal surface, and wiping the metal surface with a microfiber cloth.01-26-2012
20120017936AGITATOR BRISTLE TUFTING DESIGN - A rotary agitator is provided having a body with an exterior surface. A plurality of bristle tufts extend outwardly from the exterior surface about an arc of less than 360°. A tuftless gap on the exterior surface provides for enhanced bare floor cleaning. The tuftless gap extends through an arc of between about 20° and about 40°. In one particularly useful embodiment two tuftless gaps are provided at opposing positions on the agitator body.01-26-2012
20120017935MAGNETIC TAPE HEAD CLEANING - An embodiment of a magnetic tape head cleaner for a magnetic tape head, the head having at least one read/write surface, wherein the magnetic tape head is configured to read and write data with respect to a movable magnetic tape as the tape is moved in a longitudinal direction of the tape and across the read/write surface(s) of the head, employs a closed cellular polyurethane foam pad; and a support member configured to support the pad for movement of the pad across and in contact with the read/write surface(s) of the magnetic tape head. The closed cellular polyurethane foam pad may have a Shore hardness of substantially 55-60.01-26-2012
20130192631TRASH CONTAINER - The improved trash container may have a dustpan attached to the opening of the trash container. The dustpan engages the ground when the trash container is laid down flat. As the trash container is moved from one location to another, the lip of the dustpan is self sharpening. The ground sharpens the lip of the dust pan to further improve contact between the floor and the lip or mitigate dust from slipping under the dustpan itself when the waste product is being swept into the trash container. Moreover, the improved trash container may have a raised lower portion to balance the trashcan on the lip and the raised portion to facilitate contact between the lip and the ground. The lip may be manufactured from a softer material compared to the raised proportion to increase the life span of the improved trash container.08-01-2013
20130192633ARTIFICIAL TURF CLEANING SYSTEM - An artificial turf cleaning system and a method for cleaning artificial turf surfaces are disclosed. The artificial turf cleaning system includes (a) at least two wheels, (b) at least one liquid tank, (c) a tap for controlling the dripping rate and covering at least one liquid tank, (d) a cleaning drum having replaceable brushes, and wherein the cleaning drum is coupled mechanically to the wheels by cog-wheels transmission gear, (e) a removable rubbish storage tank, and (f) a handle, wherein the artificial turf cleaning system is designed for manually cleaning artificial turf surfaces.08-01-2013
20130192632CLEANER FOR THE HULLS OF BOATS OR SHIPS - A cleaner for the hulls of boats or ships comprises a supporting frame (08-01-2013
20130192634BRUSH CLEANING SYSTEM - A plate with a static charge on a surface is used to clean a brush. The plate uses both static charge and mechanical force to remove particles from the surface of the brush to increase the useful life of the brush.08-01-2013
20130192635Phone Display Wiping Case - A method and apparatus for wiping dust, oils, and dirt off of the display of a phone when inserting said phone into a phone case. Such method and apparatus providing for a more convenient and more complete cleaning of the display of the phone during regular use of said phone case.08-01-2013
20130192636ARENA CLEANER MACHINE AND METHOD FOR CLEANING AN ARENA - An arena cleaning machine includes cleaning members, such as pads or brushes supported on a carriage that provides stability to the cleaning members and situates them in a position to contact the surface of ice rink dasher boards. The cleaning members are moveable into a desired cleaning position by adjusting their position along the carriage. A driver of the machine can make several passes around the rink, cleaning successive strips on the dasher boards.08-01-2013
20130199564Retractable Display Screen Cleaner - A hand held cleaning apparatus with a retractable, self-replenishing cleaning assembly used to remove fingerprints and dirt from display screens. A dry compound is used to clean screens ranging from personal cell phone screens to larger monitor-sized display screens. In a simple one-handed motion, the cleaning assembly is extended to be used, and then retracted for storage.08-08-2013
20130199565VEHICLE WASH SYSTEMS AND METHODS - The invention is directed at systems and methods which provide for effective cleaning and drying of vehicles of different shapes and sizes. The invention in one example includes a vehicle washing apparatus comprising a conveyor system to move a vehicle along a path, and a bridge assembly supported above a vehicle and moveable along the length thereof. At least one trolley assembly is operatively supported by the bridge assembly and is moveable in a direction generally transverse to the movement of the bridge assembly. At least one cleaning arm assembly for delivering cleaning fluid to or for brushing the surface of a vehicle is operatively supported by the at least one trolley assembly or bridge. The cleaning arm assembly is moveable with the bridge assembly along the length of the vehicle, and transversely with the at least one trolley assembly to adjust the location of the cleaning arm relative to the vehicle, wherein the bridge assembly moves in association with movement of the vehicle to position the cleaning arm assembly adjacent at least a portion of the front, sides and rear of the vehicle as it moves along the path. A variable impact or patterning spray arm or drying system is also provided.08-08-2013
20130199563ADJUSTABLE BRUSH CLEANING APPARATUS FOR SEMICONDUCTOR WAFERS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A cleaning apparatus for cleaning a semiconductor wafer includes a rotary brush to be positioned to clean the semiconductor wafer, and an optical sensing device associated with the rotary brush to sense a separation distance between a reference position thereon and the semiconductor wafer. An actuator is coupled to the optical sensing device to position the rotary brush based upon the sensed separation distance.08-08-2013
20120060865METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RESTORING OF CORES - A method (and device) of removing material residues, from cores to make possible reuse of them in the same manner as new and unused cores a number of times wherein cores with material residues in the form of a number of material turns are processed using a mechanism for lifting and tearing the material residues for subsequent simple removal thereof, the mechanism for lifting and tearing of the material residues is displaced along the core and the mechanism for lifting and tearing of the material residues is displaced from a position in on the core out towards and past the ends of the core.03-15-2012
20120060864E-Z BRUSH SYSTEMS - A barbeque brush device comprising: a brush assembly. The brush assembly includes: at least one removably attachable brush head having a receiver aperture, a handle with an extruded post, an end-scraper, and a wire loop. The brush assembly of the barbeque brush system is usable to remove debris and thereby clean at least one surface of a barbeque grill. The extruded post of the handle comprises a universal ball and socket system. The removably attachable brush head(s) is swivelly-held located at a heat-isolated distance from the handle via the universal ball and socket system. The receiver aperture of the removably attachable brush head(s) couplably receives the extruded post on the handle. The removably attachable brush head(s) is used as a cleaning means for use on the surface(s) of a barbeque grill.03-15-2012
20120298136DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING A GROUND SURFACE OF ARTIFICIAL TURF - Device for processing a ground surface of artificial turf comprising filler, the device comprising a frame (11-29-2012
20120085368Debris Sensor for Cleaning Apparatus - A piezoelectric debris sensor and associated signal processor responsive to debris strikes enable an autonomous or non-autonomous cleaning device to detect the presence of debris and in response, to select a behavioral mode, operational condition or pattern of movement, such as spot coverage or the like. Multiple sensor channels (e.g., left and right) can be used to enable the detection or generation of differential left/right debris signals and thereby enable an autonomous device to steer in the direction of debris.04-12-2012
20120085367Fiberglass Removal Pad and Method of Using - A fiberglass removal pad comprising a sponge and a layer of nylon material, wherein said sponge is covered with said layer of nylon material. A method for using the fiberglass removal pad is also disclosed.04-12-2012
20130206174DUAL USE CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD - The present invention provides a cleaning assembly for use in a media processing device. In various embodiments, the cleaning assembly includes a first roller that at least partially engages a second roller, and a transport path that passes between the first roller and the second roller. There may also be a third collection roller that at least partially engages the second roller. The third collection roller may also engage a drive assembly that may be used to drive a media substrate along the transport path. In one embodiment, the second roller defines a surface adherence that is greater than a surface adherence of the first roller and the third collection roller defines a surface adherence that is greater than the surface adherence of the second roller and the drive assembly. As a result, the present invention provides a cleaning assembly capable of cleaning the drive assembly and opposed surfaces of a media substrate in a single pass.08-15-2013
20130206168APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR SCRUBBING SUBSTRATES - One aspect of the present invention includes an apparatus for scrubbing substrates such as a roller scrubber. According to one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a scrubbing medium having an axial bore and a mandrel having a section disposed through the axial bore of the scrubbing medium. The mandrel is configured so that it exerts an adjustable axial compression on the scrubbing medium. According to another embodiment, the apparatus comprises a roller scrubber. The roller scrubber comprises a scrubbing medium comprising a plurality of discrete disks having a center hole. The disks are disposed side by side so that the center holes form an axial bore in the scrubbing medium. The combined outer edges of the plurality of disks form a scrubbing surface of the roller scrubber.08-15-2013
20130206171SUBSTRATE PROCESSING SCRUBBER, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD - A removal target can be effectively removed from a substrate. In a substrate processing apparatus 08-15-2013

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