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Wide Spray Attachment for Sinks Using Quick-Release Fittings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004485D
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 1M

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US 6,019,537: PATENT

Abstract

The present invention relates to cleaning units for kitchen goods and, in particular, an accessory cleaning system on a kitchen sink faucet having a detachable hose and wide spray accessory for cleaning kitchen utensils.

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Wide Spray Attachment for Sinks Using Quick-Release Fittings

Cleaning soiled utensils and articles resulting from food preparation and serving remains a time consuming task. Even with the wide-spread availability of automatic dishwashers, many articles and utensils soiled during food preparation and serving contain residues, adhered matters, films and the like that need to be removed before washing.

The present invention relates to cleaning units for kitchen goods and, in particular, an accessory cleaning system on a kitchen sink faucet having a detachable hose and wide spray accessory for cleaning kitchen utensils. A similar device is described in detail in U.S. Patent No. 6,019,537, "Accessory Cleaning System for Kitchen Faucet Hose Spray." However, the device as described in this patent is attached to a hose spray rather than the kitchen faucet. Many sinks do not have a built-in hose spray. Also, the device described in the above-referenced patent can be cumbersome to attach and detach from the hose spray and thus detracts from the usability of the invention.

Two "quick-release" couplings, located at the junction between the kitchen faucet and the hose, and between the hose and the wide spray attachment, are used in the present invention to facilitate assembly and disassembly of the cleaning apparatus.

Figure 1 Hose and wide spray attachment with quick-release couplings

Figure 1 shows a hose 110, which has a female quick-release fitting 120 fixedly attached at one end, and a coupled quick-release fitting 130 fixedly attached to the opposite end. Coupled quick-release fitting 130 consists of a male quick-release fitting fixedly attached to hose 110, and a female quick-release fitting fixedly attached to a wide spray attachment 140.

Figure 2 Kitchen faucet with male quick release fitting

Figure 2 shows a male quick-release fitting 210 removably attached to a kitchen faucet 220. In operation, the apparatus shown in Figure 1 is attached to kitchen faucet 220 by joining the male quick-release fitting 210 to female quick-release fitting 120. When water is run through kitchen faucet 220, water flows through hose 110 and wide spray attachment 140 to assist in cleaning dishes and utensils.