Steam nozzle attachment for use with steam cleaner

US007669280B2
(12) Ulllted States Patent
(10) Patent N0.:
Rosenzweig
US 7,669,280 B2
(45) Date of Patent:
Mar. 2, 2010
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STEAM NOZZLE ATTACHMENT FOR USE
WITH STEAM CLEANER
5,165,866 A
6,289,551 B1
11/1992 Kato
9/2001 Basile
6,490,753 B1
12/2002 Chen
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Inventor:
6,571,421 B1
600% Sham et a1‘
7,380,307 B2
6/2008 Tsai
Maximilian Rosenzweig, Montreal (CA)
(73) Assignee: Euro-Pro Operating, LLC., Newton,
MA (Us)
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Notice:
2002/0094285 A1
Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this
patent is extended or adjusted under 35
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ContinuatiOn'in'part of application NO‘ 10/884,192’
Euro-Pro Operating LLC; Steam Shark II Owner’s Manual Model
?led 011 1111- 2, 2004, HOW Pat NO- 7,600,401-
EP908EF; Nov. 2003; 81. Laurent, Quebec H4S 1A7.
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ABSTRACT
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A steam noZZle attachment for a steam cleaner having a
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substantially rectangular frame With a steam outlet positioned
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PatentAbstractsofJapan,v01.2002,N0.03,Apr.3, 2002, Publication
No. 2001327449 (Alpha Homes: KK), Nov. 21, 2001.
Euro-Pro Operating LLC; Portable Shark Steam Cleaner Owner’s
Manual Model sc505, Jan. 2003; p. 7, Champlain, NY 12919, pp.
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STEAM NOZZLE ATTACHMENT FOR USE
WITH STEAM CLEANER
the noZZle. The steam noZZle also has a passageWay perpen
dicular to the baf?es that has openings to direct steam into the
baf?es and up the upper surface of the frame. In one embodi
ment, there are channels betWeen the baf?es so that the baf?e
on the upper surface and the loWer surface of the frame are
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATIONS
connected. A fabric steam pocket is tWo layers of fabric joined
at three edges With fasteners at the open edge for fastening the
This is a continuation-in-part of US. application Ser. No.
10/884,192, ?led Jul. 2, 2004 now US. Pat. No. 7,600,401.
pocket over the rear Wall of the frame and is easily installed
over the frame.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
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A steam noZZle is mounted to the loWer surface of the
attachment and is operatively connected to the steam cleaner
The invention relates generally to a noZZle for use With a
fabric steam pocket, and more particularly to a steam nozzle
outlet pipe. When steam is injected into the pocket, the entire
attachment With a fabric steam pocket cover for use With a
steam cleaner.
surface.
Accordingly, it is an object of the invention to provide a
steam noZZle attachment to provide increased steam cleaning
surface area of the fabric may be used to steam clean a
Steaming devices used to apply steam to household objects
are Well knoWn. The uses of the devices vary Widely, and may
include the application of steam to drapes or other fabrics to
ease Wrinkles, and the application of steam to objects to assist
in cleaning the objects.
surface area.
Another object of the invention is to provide a fabric steam
pocket that is easily mounted on an attachment for a steam
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Typical steam devices have a reservoir for storing Water
With a heating element to heat the Water. The heated Water
generates steam, Which may be directed toWards its intended
destination through a noZZle Which controls the application of
the steam. Variation of the shape and siZe of the noZZle alloWs
for preferred distribution of generated steam to an object to be
cleaned. The noZZles may be disconnectable from the steam
generator to alloW different noZZles to be utiliZed, based on
the object to be steamed. The noZZle may be either closely
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coupled to the steam generator, or located at a distance from
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cleaner.
A further object of the invention is to provide a steam
noZZle attachment With a fabric cover that does not alloW
steam to escape at points of contact With brush bristles.
Yet another object of the invention is a fabric steam pocket
that can be used for dual side cleaning.
Still other objects and advantages of the invention Will in
part be obvious and Will in part be apparent from the speci?
cation.
The invention accordingly comprises a product possessing
the features, properties, and the relation of components Which
the steam generator, requiring tubing or other steam transfer
structures to be interconnected betWeen the steam generator
Will be exempli?ed in the product hereinafter described, and
and the discharge noZZle. Typically, it is bene?cial to provide
the scope of the invention Will be indicated in the claims.
suitable connectors betWeen the steam generator and the
noZZle to alloW either the noZZle to be connected to the steam
generator, or to alloW the interpositioning of transfer tubes or
hoses betWeen the steam generator and the noZZle.
In general, the noZZles used With the steam cleaners do not
have large surface areas and a cloth to absorb the liquid
condensate of the steam. In order to increase the cleaning
surface area, a ?at fabric piece is folded around a ?at brush or
noZZle. The folded fabric on top of the brush or noZZle is
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For a fuller understanding of the invention, reference is
made to the folloWing description taken in connection With
the accompanying draWing(s), in Which:
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accordance With the invention;
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reduce the cleaning effectiveness of the steam. In addition, the
cloth covers must be carefully attached not to cover the front
or back of the brush attachment.
FIG. 3A is a top plan vieW of a steam noZZle attachment for
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use With a steam cleaner in accordance With another embodi
ment of the invention;
to install attachment for use With a steam cleaner. That Will
effectively improve the effective steaming surface area of the
FIG. 3B is a cross-sectional vieW of steam noZZle attach
steam cleaners. It is desirable to provide this device With the
ability for a user to clean a larger surface area easily Without
Worrying about Wiping up the liquid condensate of the steam
When cleaning ?ooring, furniture and other household items.
FIG. 2A is a top plan vieW of the steam noZZle attachment
for use With a steam cleaner of the type shoWn in FIG. 1;
FIG. 2B is a cross-sectional vieW of the steam noZZle
attachment of FIG. 2A taken along line 2B-2B;
Notwithstanding the Wide variety of steam generating
appliances available, there exists the need to provide an easy
FIG. 1 is a perspective vieW of a user cleaning a ?oor With
a portable steam cleaning device including a steam noZZle
attachment With a fabric cover constructed and arranged in
secured by a clip on top of the piece. Often steam injected
behind the cloth passes through the cloth at the points the
bristles contact on the cloth. This tends to Wet the cloth and
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
ment of FIG. 3A taken along line 3B-3B;
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FIG. 4 is a perspective vieW of a steam pocket fabric cover
for use With the steam noZZle attachment of FIGS. 2A, 2B, 3A
and 3B;
lar to the steam noZZle on both upper and loWer surfaces of the
FIG. 5 is a perspective vieW of a rigid pipe suitable for use
With the steam cleaner of FIG. 1;
FIG. 6 is an exploded perspective vieW shoWing hoW a
fabric steam pocket is mounted onto the attachment of FIG. 2;
FIG. 7 is an exploded perspective vieW shoWing hoW a
fabric steam pocket is mounted onto the attachment of FIG. 3;
and
FIG. 8 is a perspective vieW of a steam pocket being
attached to the steam noZZle attachment constructed and
frame. The baf?es are separated by a plane that is parallel to
arranged in accordance With the invention.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
Generally speaking, in accordance With the invention, a
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steam noZZle attachment to clean large surface areas With a
steam cleaner is provided. The steam noZZle attachment
includes a frame pivotally connected to a steamer pipe con
nected to a steam source. The frame is substantially rectan
gular in shape Withbaf?es disposed substantially perpendicu
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also includes an upper surface 141 and a loWer surface 142
(shoWn in FIG. 3B). A plurality of baf?es 149 extends from
FIG. 1 is a perspective vieW of a user 10 using a steam
left side Wall 148 to steam outlet 119 and from right side Wall
cleaning device 11 including a main body 12 and a steam
147 to steam outlet 119 Within frame 131. Baf?es 149 are
release hand grip 13 coupled to main body 12 by a ?exible
substantially planar, With openings 151 in the plane 152
hose 14 and a steam outlet 15. A rigid pipe 16 is mounted on
the distal noZZle end of hand grip 13. A steam noZZle attach
ment 17 constructed and arranged in accordance With the
invention is mounted on the distal end of the rigid pipe 16.
betWeen baf?es 149. Frame 131 has rear Wall 146 With steam
inlet 118 connected thereto. Baf?es 149 on both upper surface
141 and loWer surface 142 are separated from each other by a
rectangular plane 152 that connects front Wall 143, rear Wall
146, right side Wall 147 and left side Wall 148 of frame 131
together. HoWever, in this embodiment, there are channels
Steam noZZle attachment 17 is rectangular in shape and
includes a pivotable hole steam inlet coupling or steam inlet
18 at the back edge or proximal end. A steam outlet 19 shoWn
in FIG. 2A dispenses steam into a steam pocket fabric 22
151 betWeen baf?es 149 so that baf?es 149 on the upper
surface 141 and baf?es 149 on the loWer surface 142 of frame
Which covers a steam pocket frame 31 on the front or distal
131 are connected.
side of steam noZZle attachment 17.
Steam inlet 18 has the same con?guration as outlet 15 to
attachment 117. Here, rectangular frame 131 is shoWn With
FIG. 3B shoWs a cross-sectional vieW of steam noZZle
rigid pipe 16. This alloWs for installation of the different
attachments to steam release hand grip 13 of steam cleaner
11, such as brushes and noZZles.
Main body 12 of steam cleaning device 11 includes a Water
inlet 23 and an internal Water reservoir 24 With heating ele
baf?es 149 on both upper surface 141 and loWer surface 142.
As stated above, baf?es 149 on the upper surface 141 and on
the loWer surface 142 of frame 131 have channels 151
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ments connected to a poWer source by a poWer cord 20. Steam
generated in reservoir 24 exits by steam outlet 15 through
?exible hose 14 coupled thereto. Main body 12 is out?tted
betWeen them are connected. PassageWay 156 (shoWn in FIG.
3A) has vents or openings 153 on both upper surface 141 and
loWer surface 142 betWeen each baf?e to help direct steam
into baf?es 149.
Referring noW to FIG. 4, the construction of steam pocket
With a handle 25 and a strap 26 to alloW user 10 to lift and 25 22 for use With noZZles 17 and 117 is shoWn in detail. In the
carry main body 12. Conveniently, main body 12 also
illustrated embodiment, steam pocket 22 is a cloth or toWel. It
includes an on/off sWitch 27 and an indicator light 28 to
may be formed of any suitable fabric such as cotton or a
indicate When steam temperature is appropriate for use.
Once Water has been heated suf?ciently to generate steam
Within main body 12, user 10 may selectively release steam
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synthetic fabric, such as polyester or polyole?n ?ber. Prefer
ably, the fabric of pocket 22 is a micro?ber. Most preferably,
the micro?ber is a synthetic polyester micro?ber.
Steam pocket 22 is con?gured to slip over frame 31. In this
respect, it is formed of a ?rst layer 22a and an opposed second
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long edges 22c and 22d and tWo opposed short sides 22e and
22fas shoWn in FIG. 2b. Short edges 22e and 22fand one long
by operation of hand grip 13. Hand grip 13 has a distal outlet
end 3 0 for securing rigid pipe, or additional attachments, such
as brushes or noZZles.
FIG. 2A is a top plan vieW of rectangular frame 31 of steam
noZZle attachment 17. Rectangular frame 31 includes a front
layer 22b, each having a rectangular shape With tWo opposed
Wall 43, a rear Wall 46, a right side Wall 47 and a left side Wall
48. Frame 31 also includes an upper surface 41 and a loWer
side 220 are stitched to form pocket 22.
A pair of straps 36 and 37 is mounted on open side of the
surface 42 (shoWn in FIG. 2B). A plurality of baf?es 49
extends from left side Wall 48 to steam outlet 19 and from
right side Wall 47 to steam outlet 19 Within frame 31. Baf?es
steam pocket 22. In the preferred embodiment, fasteners 36
and 37 are fabric hook-and-loop fasteners, such as VELCRO
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49 are planar in shape and extend perpendicular to the sides of
type fasteners. Alternatively, straps 36 and 37 may include
buttons or snaps. In each case, straps 36 and 37 are placed
over steam pocket frame 31 or 131 and secured to hold pocket
22 in place When used to clean a ?oor or other surface as
shoWn in FIGS. 6 and 7.
frame 31. Frame 31 has rear Wall 46 With steam inlet 18
connected thereto. In this embodiment, baf?es 49 on both
upper surface 41 and loWer surface 42 are separated from each
other by a rectangular plane 52 that connects front Wall 43,
rear Wall 46, right side Wall 47 and left side Wall 48 of frame
31 together. Steam outlet 19 has a passageWay 56 that extends
to front Wall 43 perpendicular to baf?es 49. PassageWay 56
has a plurality of vents or openings 53 that surrounds pas
sageWay 56. Baf?es 49 help direct the steam in the steam
noZZle attachment 17 to upper surface 41 of frame 31. An
advantage of steam noZZle attachment 17 is that steam rises
out of upper surface of frame 31 to provide a dry surface With
the bene?ts of steam When cleaning.
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FIG. 2B shoWs a cross-sectional vieW of steam noZZle
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fabric 22 Without having to reinstall steam pocket 22. This
extends the time steam pocket 22 may be used Without having
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to rinse and reinstall it.
A steam noZZle attachment 17 With a steamed pocket fabric
cover 22 in accordance With the invention provides a vast
improvement over placing a toWel onto a bristle attachment
for a steam cleaner. It avoids puncture of the cloth by the
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may be rotated so user 10 may use both sides of steam pocket
attachment 17. Here, rectangular plane 52 is shoWn With
baf?es 49a on upper surface 41 and baf?es 49b on loWer
surface 42. PassageWay 56 (shoWn in FIG. 2A) has vents 53
on both upper surface 41 and loWer surface 42 betWeen each
baf?e to help direct steam into baf?es 49a and 49b.
FIG. 3A is a top plan vieW of a steam noZZle attachment
117 for use With a steam cleaner, respectively, constructed
bristles and provides tWice the cleaning surface. Moreover,
and arranged in accordance With another embodiment of the
invention. All elements in FIGS. 2A and 2B are present and
identi?ed by the same reference numerals plus 100. Here, a
rectangular frame 131 includes a front Wall 143, a rear Wall
146, a right side Wall 147 and a left side Wall 148. Frame 131
The rigid pipe suitable for use With the steam cleaner is
shoWn in FIG. 5.
FIGS. 6 and 7 shoW hoW a fabric steam pocket is mounted
onto the attachment of FIGS. 2 and 3, respectively. FIG. 8
illustrates a fabric steam pocket mounted onto the steam
noZZle attachment.
Inlet coupling 18 attached to steam noZZle attachment 17
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the fabric cover is easily installed and replaced.
It Will thus be seen that the objects set forth above, among
those made apparent from the preceding description, are e?i
ciently attained and, since certain changes may be made in the
above product Without departing from the spirit and scope of
the invention, it is intended that all matter contained in the
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above description and shown in the accompanying drawings
5. The steam noZZle attachment of claim 1, Wherein the
passageWay has vents to direct steam into the region betWeen
the ?rst and second plurality of baf?es.
6. A steam noZZle attachment and a fabric steam pocket
shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
It is also to be understood that the folloWing claims are
intended to cover all of the generic and speci?c features of the
invention herein described and all statements of the scope of
the invention Which, as a matter of language, might be said to
fall therebetWeen.
assembly that releasably mounts a frame, the frame compris
mg:
a top side and a bottom side;
a front Wall extending from the top side to the bottom side;
a rear Wall extending from the top side to the bottom side,
The present invention may be embodied in other speci?c
forms Without departing from the spirit or essential attributes
of the invention. Accordingly, reference should be made to the
appended claims, rather than the foregoing speci?cation, as
the rear Wall With a steam inlet mounted to the outside of
the rear Wall and a steam noZZle mounted on the inside of
indicating the scope of the invention. A steam noZZle attach
the rear Wall, the noZZle having a passageWay that
ment With a fabric pocket cover in accordance With the inven
tion provides a vast improvement over placing a toWel onto a
bristle attachment for a steam cleaned. It avoids puncture of
extends from the noZZle to a position substantially adja
cent to the inside of the front Wall;
a right side Wall extending from the top side to the bottom
the cloth by the bristles and provide tWice the cleaning sur
face. Moreover, the fabric cover is easily installed and
a left side Wall extending from the top side to the bottom
side;
replaced.
side;
a central plane having an upper surface and an opposed
What is claimed is:
1. A steam noZZle attachment for mounting a fabric steam
pocket for use With a steam cleaner, comprising:
a frame With a top side and a bottom side, comprising:
a front Wall extending from the top side to the bottom
side;
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a ?rst plurality of baf?es extending: (i) substantially verti
cally upWards from the upper surface of the central plane
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a rear Wall extending from the top side to the bottom
side, the rear Wall With a steam inlet mounted to the
vertically doWnWards from the loWer surface of the cen
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substantially adjacent to the inside of the front Wall;
a right side Wall extending from the top side to the
edges of the ?rst and second plurality of baf?es and
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loWer surface, the central plane extending betWeen:
(i) the front Wall and the rear Wall, and (ii) the right
With the second plurality of baf?es on the loWer surface
of the plane.
side Wall and the left side Wall;
vertically upWards from the upper surface of the cen
tral plane to the top side of the frame, (ii) from the left
side Wall to the noZZle, and (iii) from the right side
Wall to the noZZle;
a second plurality of baf?es extending: (i) substantially
vertically doWnWards from the loWer surface of the
central plane to the bottom side of the frame, (ii) from
the left side Wall to the noZZle, and (iii) from the right
side Wall to the noZZle;
a steam pipe for providing steam to the steam inlet; and
the noZZle connected to a steam outlet for injecting steam
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substantially perpendicular to the ?rst and second plurality of
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baf?es.
9. The steam noZZle attachment of claim 6, Wherein the
passageWay has vents to direct steam into the region betWeen
the ?rst and second plurality of baf?es.
10. A steam pocket assembly for use With a steam cleaner,
comprising:
a frame With a top side and a bottom side, comprising:
a front Wall extending from the top side to the bottom
baf?es and onto a fabric steam pocket mounted on the
side;
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a rear Wall extending from the top side to the bottom
side, the rear Wall With a steam inlet positioned on one
side of the rear Wall and a steam noZZle mounted to the
opposed side of the rear Wall, the noZZle having a
passageWay that extends from the noZZle to a position
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substantially adjacent to the inside of the front Wall;
a right side Wall extending from the top side to the
plane With the second plurality of baf?es on the opposed
loWer surface of the plane.
4. The steam noZZle attachment of claim 1, Wherein the
passageWay that extends to the inside of the front Wall is
7. The steam noZZle attachment of claim 6, Wherein the
frame is rotatable about the steam inlet so that both surfaces of
the steam pocket can be used for steam cleaning.
8. The steam noZZle attachment of claim 6, Wherein the
passageWay that extends to the inside of the front Wall is
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into the region betWeen the ?rst and second plurality of
frame.
2. The steam noZZle attachment of claim 1, Wherein the
frame is rotatable about the steam inlet so that the top side and
the bottom side of the frame can be used for steam cleaning.
3. The steam noZZle attachment of claim 1, Wherein the
central plane of the frame has channels or openings connect
ing the ?rst plurality of baf?es on an the upper surface of the
frame; and
the central plane of the frame has channels connecting the
?rst plurality of baf?es on the upper surface of the plane
a central plane having an upper surface and an opposed
a ?rst plurality of baf?es extending: (i) substantially
tral plane to the bottom side of the frame, (ii) from the
left side Wall to the noZZle, and (iii) from the right side
Wall to the noZZle;
a fabric steam pocket having tWo substantially planar sur
faces With an opening therebetWeen positioned on the
bottom side;
a left side Wall extending from the top side to the bottom
side;
to the top side of the frame, (ii) from the left side Wall to
the noZZle, and (iii) from the right side Wall to the noZZle;
a second plurality of baf?es extending: (i) substantially
outside of the rear Wall and a steam noZZle mounted
on the inside of the rear Wall, the noZZle having a
passageWay that extends from the noZZle to a position
loWer surface, the central plane extending betWeen: (i)
the front Wall and the rear Wall, and (ii) the right side Wall
and the left side Wall;
bottom side;
a left side Wall extending from the top side to the bottom
side;
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a plurality of baf?es extending: (i) from the top side to
substantially perpendicular to the ?rst and second plurality of
the bottom side, the baf?es extending substantially
baf?es.
vertically relative to and betWeen the top and bottom
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sides, (ii) from the left side Wall to the nozzle, and (iii)
from the right side Wall to the nozzle;
side of the rear Wall and a steam nozzle mounted to the
opposed side of the rear Wall, the nozzle having a
passageWay that extends from the nozzle to a position
a fabric steam pocket con?gured and dimensioned to be
substantially adjacent to the inside of the front Wall;
secured to the frame, the fabric steam pocket including:
(i) a ?rst substantially planar layer of fabric and a cor
responding second layer of fabric With the ?rst and sec
ond layer joined about a portion of the perimeter to
a right side Wall extending from the top side to the
bottom side;
a left side Wall extending from the top side to the bottom
side;
provide an open side to alloW for securing on the rear
a plurality of baf?es extending: (i) from the top side to
Wall of the frame, and (ii) at least tWo fasteners secured
to the ?rst layer along the open side fasteners to be
secured to the second layer of fabric for securing the
fabric steam pocket to the frame.
11. The steam pocket assembly of claim 10, Wherein the
steam nozzle is con?gured and dimensioned to distribute
steam into the region betWeen the baffles and onto the fabric
the bottom side, the baffles extending substantially
vertically relative to and betWeen the top and bottom
sides and (ii) crossing the passageWay substantially at
right angles;
a fabric steam pocket con?gured and dimensioned to be
secured to the frame, the fabric steam pocket including:
(i) a ?rst substantially planar layer of fabric and a cor
responding second layer of fabric With the ?rst and sec
ond layer joined about a portion of the perimeter to
steam pocket secured on the frame.
12. The steam pocket assembly of claim 10, Wherein the
frame is rotatable about the steam inlet so that the top side and
the bottom side of the frame can be used for steam cleaning.
13. The steam pocket assembly of claim 10, Wherein the
provide an open side to alloW for securing on the rear
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passageWay that extends to the inside of the front Wall is
substantially perpendicular to the baffles.
14. The steam pocket assembly of claim 10, Wherein the
passageWay has vents to direct steam into the region betWeen
the baf?es.
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15. The steam pocket assembly of claim 10, Wherein each
baf?e of the plurality of baf?es is non-perforated.
16. The steam pocket assembly of claim 10, Wherein as the
fasteners are straps ?xedly attached to one fabric layer and
adjusted to be Wrapped around the rear Wall of the frame to be
steam pocket secured on the frame.
19. The steam pocket assembly of claim 17, Wherein the
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releasably secured to the other fabric layer.
17. A steam pocket assembly for use With a steam cleaner,
comprising:
a frame With a top side and a bottom side, comprising:
a front Wall extending from the top side to the bottom
side;
a rear Wall extending from the top side to the bottom
side, the rear Wall With a steam inlet positioned on one
Wall of the frame, and (ii) at least tWo fasteners secured
to the ?rst layer along the open side fasteners to be
secured to the second layer of fabric for securing the
fabric steam pocket to the frame.
18. The steam pocket assembly of claim 17, Wherein the
steam nozzle is con?gured and dimensioned to distribute
steam into the region betWeen the baffles and onto the fabric
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frame is rotatable about the steam inlet so that the top side and
the bottom side of the frame can be used for steam cleaning.
20. The steam pocket assembly of claim 17, Wherein the
passageway has vents to direct steam into the region betWeen
the baf?es.
21. The steam pocket assembly of claim 17, Wherein as the
fasteners are straps ?xedly attached to one fabric layer and
adjusted to be Wrapped around the rear Wall of the frame to be
releasably secured to the other fabric layer.
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