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KE/P/2007/ 000556

(22)Filing Date:: 23/01/2007

(33) Country: KELECH! OBILOR of P.O. BOX 27693-00506, Nairobi, Kenya and CHINYERE OB!LOR of P.O. BOX 27693-00506. Nairobi. Kenya KELECH! OBILOR and CHINYERE OB!LOR

(54) Title: DUAL LAYERED DISINFECTED HAND GLOVE LIKE TISSUE FOR     WIPING CISTERN HANDLES AND TIOLET SEAT BEFORE USE.   
   
(57) Abstract:    The present invention teaches a disinfected dual layered hand glove-like tissue for   
                wiping toilet seat before use. A tissue surface disinfected with antimicrobial agents   

and worn on human hands for cleaning hard surfaces of the toilet such as toilet seat and cistern handles is disclosed. A method of production and use of a double-layered toilet seat-wiping pad disinfected with antimicrobial agent such as quaternary ammonium compounds and phenolics is also disclosed. The invention also teaches use of cistern handle wiping tissue disnfected with antimicrobial agents and disposable cleaning elements such as wiping pads.
 
TITLE: DUAL LAYERED DISINFECTED HAND GLOVE-LIKE TISSUE FOR WIPING CISTERN HANDLES AND TOILET SEAT BEFORE USE

FIELD OF INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to disinfected dual layered hand glove-like tissue for wiping toilet seat before use. The invention relates to tissue surface disinfected with antimicrobial agents and worn on human hands for cleaning hard surfaces of the toilet such as toilet seat and cistern handles. The invention also relates to method of production and use of a double-layered toilet seat-wiping pad disinfected with antimicrobial solution. The invention also relates to cistern handle wiping tissue impregnated with antimicrobial agents such as quaternary ammonium compounds and phenolics and disposable cleaning elements such as wiping pads.

BACKGROUND TO PRIOR ART

According to the prior discovery or other inventions, the present invention is simple and not complex. It involves a pair of gloves, which has two layers disinfected with antimicrobial agents such as quaternary ammonium compounds and phenolics and limited to wiping toilet seats and cistern handles. The material for manufacturing tolicare is tissue like and it is not like other tissues because it is disinfected. No patents are in force in Kenya on this TOLICARE product.
 



Clean toilet seats and cistern handles provide a big challenge to human health and hygiene. In most cases, people wipe toilet seats and cistern handle using toilet tissue paper or towel if provided in the storage container. Toilet brushes are typically housed in a special brush storage unit. This storage unit typically allows the brush to drip dry, while the drippings collect on a bottom section of the storage unit. It should be appreciated that the drippings, even upon drying, can preaent an additional concentration of bacterial contanrination and odor. U.S. Pat. No. 5,941,379 to Barardo solves part of this problem by disclosing a toilet cleaning implement with a handle and a cleaning head. The cleaning head preferably soaks in a cleaning solution while not in use. A preferred cleaning solution comprises a disinfectant, deodorizer, fragrance, anti-bacterial, sanitizer, or combination thereof.

In order to elinrinate the need for soaking in a disinfectant solution, several patents describe toilet cleaning towels and other implements with disposable brushes or pads which elinrinate bacteria growing in the brush or pad, for example, WOOI/15587 to Trenz eta!., U.S. Pat. Appl. 2002/0007527 to Hart, WOOI/43618 to Lalli, U.S. Pat. No. 6,295,688 to Sayles, U.S. Pat. No. 5,488,748 to Koch, U.S. Pat. No. 6,094,771 to Egolf, U.S. Pat. No. 5,471,697 to Daconta, U.S. Pat. No. 5,888,002 to Fensterheib, U.S. Pat. No. 4,466,152 to Moss eta/., U.S. Pat. No. 4,642,836 to Bokmiller, and W000/71012 to Belt et

a/.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,852,201 discloses a toilet bowl-cleaning implement having a handle with a removable cleaning pad disposed on one end. The toilet bowl-cleaning implement also includes a cleaning solution that is contained in the pad. Nwnerous types of cleaning compositions, as well as implements with disposable cleaning pads, are known in the art. Illustrative are the compositions and apparatus disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,523,347, 4,031,673, 3,413,673 and
 
3,383,158.

However, notwithstanding this fact various publications and/or patents exist in other countries by virtue of worldwide publication but are not similar to the present invention herein.

Sanitizing handle for cleaning tool, Agent; The Clorox Company - Oakland, CA, US, Inventors: Douglas J. Minkler, Lisa Blwn, Class; 015210100 (USPTO), A47K-Olii!O (Inti Class). Field of the inventions: The present invention relates generally to implements with antimicrobial handles for cleaning hard surfaces such as showers, bathrooms, kitchens, floors, walls, outdoor surfaces, and automobiles. The invention also relates to toilet cleaning implements with antimicrobial handles. The invention also relates to toilet cleaning implements with antimicrobial handles and disposable cleaning elements such as cleaning pads.

Toilet disinfectant dispenser, Document Type and Number: United Stales Patent 5603126. Link to this http://www.freeoatenlsonline.com/5603126.html. Abstract: A toilet disinfectant dispenser for use with a toilet of the type having a tank lid. A water supply is connected to the tank by a water inlet pipe controlled by a float valve assembly. A toilet bowl is operatively connected to the tank by a ball valve on a tank drain, The ball valve is connected to lift chain on a trip lever of a flush handle on the lank. An overflow pipe extends upwardly into the tank and is connected to the bowl. The dispenser comprises a container having an inlet purl and an outlet port.

A soluble disinfectant tablet is carried within the container. An element a! the outlet port is for detachably securing the container to a top end of the overflow pipe. A facility is for feeding some of the water from the float vale assembly
 
into the top end of the overflow pipe and into the inlet port of the container. The water within the container will dissolve a predetermined amount of the soluble disinfectant tablet, which will then exit the outlet port, to finally go into the overflow pipe and hen enter the toilet bowl.

Combination Sanitary toilet seat handle and tissue roll holder. Agent: Donald W. Meeker-Newport Beach, CA, US, Inventor: Thomas C. Baloga, Class: 004246100 (SPTO), A47KOI3/10 (Inti Class). The present invention relates to sanitary devices for toilets and particularly to a combination sanitary toilet seat handle and toilet tissue roll holder, which is affixed to the toilet seat ring, whereby the toilet paper roll is used as a renewable sanitary grasping surface for the handle, with which the seat may be raised or lowered without touching the seat ring or lid proper.

Description of the Prior Art: Raising and lowering the toilet seal ring and/or lid by contacting the edge or underside of the ring and/or lid is undesirable because they tend to be unsanitary. Germs, which reside on the seat can be transferred to users who touch the ring and/or lid. The subject of raising and lowering the toilet seat causes unpleasant discussions between men and women because neither wishes to have to touch the ring before or after use.

Portable, collapsible, self-contained toilet apparatus: Document Type and Number: United States Patent 5781940. Link to this http:/www.freepatentsonline.com/5781940.html. Prior art wiping and cleaning implements disclose sanitizing cleaning solutions and sanitary means of removing used cleaning pads. However, these cleaning implements often still require touching for attaching the cleaning pad. Additionally, these cleaning implements remain out and can generate odors and other microbiological problems. Maintaining a sanitary condition on handles and other parts of the
 
toilet seat are not disclosed. It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a cleaning pad or tissue with a sanitary agents that overcomes the disadvantages and shortcomings associated with prior art cleaning implements.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The background of the present invention discloses a two (2) layer glove made out of a tissue material like other tissue pads, which is disinfected, and disclosed herein as TOLlCARE.

The presence of a disinfectant in this product field is to wipe out bacteria and virus normally present on toilet seats and cistern handles due to their usage by many users. The product is packed in rolls and is in pairs, which is made/manufactured ready for use as described above in the present invention. The result is then to achieve the present invention.

TOLICARE is a high quality glove pad and its applicability is only limited to wiping toilet seats and cistern handles. It is NOT applicable to human beings owing to its disinfectant effect. TOLICARE is applicable in various places and/or institotions like Aeroplanes/flights toilets, educational institotions, police academies, Army barracks, hotels Restaurants, Public toilets in cities/towing and residential/apartments.

After wiping both the toilet seat and cistern handle the gloves are removed and disposed of by flushing it off. This therefore also explains that the methodology of disposal of the same is simple and brilliantly accommodated.

For the purposes of this invention, the term "antimicrobial" includes limiting the presence of at least one virus, at least one bacterium, at least one fungus, or a
 
combination thereof. Limiting the presence of microrganism includes limiting the growth of a microorganism This term also includes retarding, inhibiting, inactivating, killing, or preventing the replication of or reducing the number of a microorganism Different terms may be used for different microorganisms. A surface that bas an antimicrobial effect is an antimicrobial surface.

The cleaning implement can be maintained on its surface as a disinfectant, sanitizer, and/or sterilizer. As used herein, the term "disinfect" shall mean the elimination of many or all pathogenic microorganisms on the surface with the exception of bacterial endospores. As used herein, the term "sanitize" shall mean the reduction of contaminants on the device surface to levels considered safe according to public health ordinance, or that reduces the bacterial population by significant numbers where public health requirements have not been established. A surface that has an antimicrobial effect such that it sanitizes the surface is "self-sanitizing". And at least 99% reduction in bacterial population within a 24 hour time period is deemed "significant."

As used herein, the term "sterilize" shall mean the complete elimination or destruction of all forms of microbial life and which is authorized under the applicable regulatory laws to make legal claims as a "Sterilant" or to have sterilizing properties or qualities. Where microorganisms have been reduced by significant numbers, the surface can be designated as sanitary. As used herein, "wiping" refers to any shearing action that the substrate undergoes while in contact with a target surface. This includes hand or body motion, substrate-implement motion over a surface, or any perturbation of the substrate via energy sources such as ultrasound, mechanical vibration, electromagnetism, and so forth.
 

The cleaning pad may comprise a substrate that is water-insoluble, water-dispersible, or water-soluble. A wide variety of materials can be used as the cleaning pad substrate. The substrate should have sufficient wet strength, abrasivity, loft and porosity. Examples of suitable substrates include, nonwoven substrates, wovens substrates, hydroentangled substrates, foams and sponges. The cleaning pad substrate may comprise a water-soluble or water-dispersible foam. The foam component may comprise a mixture of a polymeric material and a cleaning composition, the foam component being stable upon contact with air and unstable upon contact with water. The foam component may release the cleaning composition or part thereof upon contact with water, the component preferably partially or completely disintegrating, dispersing, denaturing and/or dissolving upon contact with water.

BEST MODE OF CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a glove-like tissue worn by user, which glove has two layers wherein the user/customer wipes the toilet seat and cistern handle to protect the user's hand from infection. After wiping the said toilet seat and cistern handle, the user removes the outer glove and disposes the same in the toilet by flushing it. The inner glove is disposed of too after the user is done with the exercise of using the toilet. The outer glove contains a disinfectant to combat bacterial and viruses contamination.

This product is lo be applied in various institutions namely hotels and lodgings. Army and barracks, educational institutions, police stations. Church toilet, Restaurants, in flights/air buses, Public toilets in cities I Town, residential holdings etc. The present invention is primarily concerned with the following; -
 
I)    Disinfectant glove like worn in the hands which is packed in a roll which is

in two layers made out of a tissue.

2)    The glove (outer one) is disinfected with a disinfectant to kill bacteria and

viruses,

which normally are present in toilets.

3)    Removing the glove (packed in pairs) from the roll by the user.

4)    Wearing the gloves.

5)    Wiping the toilet scat and cistern hand handle before use and taking off the outer glove. After use of the toilet, the user takes out the remairring glove and disposes it by flushing it in the toilet.

6)    Both layers of the glove are disposed of by flushing them in the toilet.

7)    The gloves are used only once.

The clearring device comprises a cleaning pad that is impregnated with a clearring composition and is 'wet-to-the-touch'. In another embodiment, the cleaning device comprises a clearring pad that is impregnated with a clearring composition that is 'dry-to-the-touch'. By' dry-to-the-touch', it is meant that the substrate is free of water or other solvents in an amount that would make them feel damp or wet-to-the-touch as compared to the touch of a wet substrate. In another embodiment, the cleaning device contains a removable attached vessel containing a clearring composition and the clearring substrate is free of the clearring composition.

The cleaning composition may contain one or more surfactants selected from

anionic, nonionic, cationic, ampholytic, amphoteric and zwitterionic surfactants

and mixtures thereof. A typical listing of aniorric, nonionic, ampholytic, and zwitteriorric classes, and species of these surfactants, is given in U.S. Pat. No. 3,929,678 to Laughlin and Heuring. A list of suitable cationic surfactants is given in U.S. Pat. No. 4,259,217 to Murphy. Where present, ampholytic,
 
amphotenic and zwitteromc surfactants are generally used in combination with one or more amomc and/or nomomc surfactants. The surfactants may be present at a level of from about 0% to 90%, or from about 0.001% to 50%, or from about 0.01% to 25% by weight.

The cleamng compositions optionally contain one or more of the following adjuncts: stain and soil repellants, lubricants, odor control agents, perfumes, fragrances and fragrance release agents, and bleaching agents. Other adjuncts include, but are not lirmted to, acids, electrolytes, dyes and/or colorants, solubilizing materials, stabilizers, thickeners, defoarners, hydrotropes, cloud point modifiers, preservatives, and other polymers. The solubilizing materials, when used, include, but are not lirruted to, hydrotropes (e.g. water soluble salts of low molecular weight organic acids such as the sodium and/or potassium salts of toluene, cumene, and xylene sulfomc acid).

The acids, when used, include, but are not lirmted to, organic hydroxy acids, citric acids, keto acid, and the like. Electrolytes, when used, include, calciurr~ sodium and potassium chloride. Thickeners, when used, include, but are not lirlrited to, polyacrylic acid, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, alurlrinum oxide, alginates, guar gum, methyl, ethyl, clays, and/or propyl hydroxycelluloses.

Defoamers, when used, include, but are not limited to, silicones, aminosilicones,

silicone blends, and/or silicone/ hydrocarbon blends. Bleaching agents, when used, include, but are not lirruted to, peracids, hypohalite sources, hydrogen peroxide, and/or sources of hydrogen peroxide.

Preservatives, when used, include, but are not lirmted to, rruldewstat or bacteriostat, methyl, ethyl and propyl parabens, short chain orgamc acids (e.g. acetic, lactic and/or glycolic acids), bisguanidine compounds (e.g. Dantagard
 



and/or Glydant) and/or short chain alcohols (e.g. ethanol and/or IPA). The mildewstat or bacteriostat includes, but is not limited to, mildewstats (including non-isothiazolone compounds) include Kathan GC, a 5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, KATHON ICP, a 2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, and a blend thereof, and KATHON 886, a 5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, all available from Rohm and Haas Company; BRONOPOL, a 2-bromo-2-nitropropane 1,3 diol, from Boots Company Ltd., PROXEL CRL, a propyl-p-hydroxybenzoate, from ICI PLC; NIPASOL M, an a-phenyl-phenol, Na.sup.+ salt, from Nipa Laboratories Ltd., DOWICIDE A, a 1,2-Benzoisothiazolin-3-one, from Dow Chemical Co., and IRGASAN DP 200, a 2,4,4'-trichloro-2-hydroxydiphenylether, from Ciba-Geigy A.G.

Antimicrobial agents include quaternary ammonium compounds and phenolics. Non-limiting examples of these quaternary compounds include benzalkonium chlorides and/or substituted benzalkonium chlorides, di(C.sub.6-C.sub.14)alkyl di short chain (C.sub.1-4 alkyl and/or hydroxyalkl) quatemaryammonium salts, N-(3-chloroallyl) hexaminium chlorides, benzethonium chloride, methylbenzethonium chloride, and cetylpyridinium chloride.

Other quaternary compounds include the group consisting of dialkyldimethyl ammonium chlorides, alkyl dimethylbenzylammonium chlorides, dialkylmethylbenzylammonium chlorides, and mixtures thereof. Biguanide antimicrobial actives including, but not limited to polyhexamethylene biguanide hydrochloride, p-chlorophenyl biguanide; 4-chlorobenzhydryl biguanide, halogenated hexidine such as, but not limited to, chlorhexidine (1,1'-hexamethylene-bis-5-(4-chlorophen- yl biguanide) and its salts are also in this class.

The cleaning composition may include a builder or buffer, which increase the

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effectiveness of the surfactant. The builder or buffer can also function as a softener and/or a sequestering agent in the cleaning composition. A variety of builders or buffers can be used and they include, but are not limited to, phosphate-silicate compounds, zeolites, alkali metal, ammonium and substituted ammonium polyacetates, trialkali salts of nitrilotriacetic acid, carboxylates, polycarboxylates, carbonates, bicarbonates and polyphosphates.

ABSTRACT

The present invention teaches a disinfected dual layered hand glove-like tissue for wiping toilet seat before use. A tissue surface disinfected with antimicrobial agents and worn on human hands for cleaning hard surfaces of the toilet such as toilet seat and cistern handles is disclosed. A method of production and use of a double-layered toilet seat-wiping pad disinfected with antimicrobial agent such as quaternary ammonium compounds and phenolics is also disclosed. The invention also teaches use of cistern handle wiping tissue disinfected with antimicrobial agents and disposable cleaning elements such as wiping pads.
 



PATENT CLAIMS

We claim:

I) A dual layered disinfected hand glove-like tissue wherein the said tissue is used for wiping toilets seat and cistern handles before use,

2)    A wiping tissue as in claim I wherein the said tissue comprises of antimicrobial agents such as quaternary ammonium compounds and phenolics,

3)    A cleaning pad as in claim 2, wherein the surface of said cleaning pad inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacteria, virus and fungi on said surface.

4)    A toilet seat-wiping pad as in claim 1-2 comprising outer and inner disinfected layers,

5)    A wiping tissue as in claim 1-2 wherein the said tissue is worn on human hands as gloves or pads,

6)    A wiping tissue as in claim 1-3 wherein the said tissue is used for cleaning hard surfaces of the toilet such as toilet seat,

7)    A wiping tissue as in claim 1-3 wherein the said tissue is used for cleaning hard surfaces of the toilet such as cistern handles,

8)    A method of production toilet seat-wiping pad as in claim 1-4 comprising of outer and inner disinfected layers,

9)    Use of hand glove-like wiping tissue as in claim 1-5 wherein the said glove comprises of disposable cleaning elements such as wiping pads.

10)    A wiping tissue as in claim 1-5, wherein said wiping tissue remains sanitary and odourless after the cleaning process until it is disposed of, compared to a cleaning tissue without an antimicrobial agent.
 

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