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Sonication soleplate stain remover Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236438D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-25
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Sonication soleplate stain remover

  Most of the iron soleplates are covered with a thick layer of stain after some time usage. The stain on the surface of the soleplate or in steams holes could be coming from dye or printing of garment, dust, scale from hard water or even clothes fibers. Due to the stain iron becomes draggy and leaves mark on light color garment during ironing.

  Traditionally, users use thick cloth with detergent or soap to wipe the soleplate to remove stains. The cleaning process is time consuming and tiring. The stain in steam holes are even more difficult to be removed by this method. Hard rubbing of the soleplate sometimes damages the surface of the soleplate.

  Sonication cleaning is known to be a non-contact way for to clean object with irregular shape, surface with features, or fragile surface, such as magnetic recording disk and so on (US8584687B1).

There are mainly two ways to clean iron soleplate through sonication, namely:

• by high frequency generator located next to a liquid bath and propagating in liquid media, e.g. water.

• by having high frequency generator is built into an iron.

  A high local flow rate of liquid is arranged to bombard any surface within the liquid. The high local wave is ultrasonic wave that is generated by high frequency generator and propagates in liquid media, e.g. water. Therefore the high frequency generator could be located next to the liquid bath (See Fig. 1) or carried by the iron itself (See Fig. 2).