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US20060230576A1
US20060230576A1 US11/105,023 US10502305A US2006230576A1 US 20060230576 A1 US20060230576 A1 US 20060230576A1 US 10502305 A US10502305 A US 10502305A US 2006230576 A1 US2006230576 A1 US 2006230576A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47KSANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47KSANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
    • A47K10/00Body-drying implements; Toilet paper; Holders therefor
    • A47K10/24Towel dispensers, e.g. for piled-up or folded textile towels; Toilet-paper dispensers; Dispensers for piled-up or folded textile towels provided or not with devices for taking-up soiled towels as far as not mechanically driven
    • A47K10/32Dispensers for paper towels or toilet-paper
    • A47K2010/322Dispensers for paper towels or toilet-paper with means for deodorizing the ambient air
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    • Y10TTECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER US CLASSIFICATION
    • Y10T16/00Miscellaneous hardware [e.g., bushing, carpet fastener, caster, door closer, panel hanger, attachable or adjunct handle, hinge, window sash balance, etc.]
    • Y10T16/44Handle, handle component, or handle adjunct

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A sanitary cover for handles, particularly those used on toilets and adjacent bathrooms that has integral anti-microbial properties and also has at least one evaporating insert. The insert may include a scent, a disinfectant, etc. The sanitary cover system has a color-indicator that shows a different color when the sanitary cover system needs replacement. The sanitary cover may be custom sized or an adjustable sized cover is provided.

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    BACKGROUND
  • This invention relates to providing sanitary handle-cover systems. More particularly, this invention relates to disinfecting of handles, such as those in or adjacent restrooms, typically recognized as a source for transmission of germs such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other such microorganisms.
  • Typically, handles in places accessible to the public or those in areas where germs are most likely to proliferate are generally a permanent source of transmission of such germs, especially those that are transmitted by direct contact. These areas, both public and private (i.e., commercial and residential) have traditionally been lacking in adequate protection against germs and permit germ transmission to others from contact with such handles.
  • Prior methods of disinfecting such handles, such as more frequent cleaning, have not solved this problem. One of the reasons for this failure is that heretofore no product has provided a practical arrangement for furnishing prolonged and efficient disinfecting of such handles. And no product has provided a means for easy recognition that a handle disinfectant has become ineffective and/or needs to be replenished.
  • There are several styles and sizes of handles, particularly those used in restrooms areas such as toilets, doors and sinks. Therefore, a need exists for a means for attaching a sanitary handle cover to such areas that is able to attach to multiple sized handles. Furthermore, such restroom areas are often both unclean and smell poorly. Therefore, a need exists for a means for providing a more sanitary handle and also providing a pleasant scent, or unpleasant odor neutralization.
  • OBJECTS AND FEATURES OF THE INVENTION
  • A primary object and feature of the present invention is to provide a system for furnishing adequate disinfecting of handles and also to provide a means for easy recognition that the disinfectant has become ineffective and the sanitary handlecover needs to be replaced or replenished.
  • It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide such a system that provides a pleasant scent, and/or unpleasant odor neutralization.
  • It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide a sanitary handle system wherein the sanitizing agent is in the form of a liquid sealed within either a hydrophobic or oleophobic membrane.
  • It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide a sanitizing agent that is in the form of a glycol base with either a colorant or fragrance mixed in with the base such that the colorant or fragrance may evaporate from the base.
  • It is a further object and feature of the present invention that when the colorant and/or fragrance evaporates from the glycol base that a colored indicator is revealed.
  • It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide such a system that provides for adjustable attachment to fit a plurality of handle dimensions. It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide such a system that provides a childproof attachment system.
  • It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide a system for indicating the lack of a sanitizing agent being present within the handle.
  • It is a further object and feature of the present invention that the handlecover may be comprised of an anti-bacterial plastic or anti-bacterial metallic material.
  • It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide a regulated delivery of either a fragrance or sanitizer to the sanitary handlecover.
  • A further primary object and feature of the present invention is to provide such a system that is efficient, inexpensive, and handy. Other objects and features of this invention will become apparent with reference to the following descriptions.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • In accordance with a preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a sanitary cover system, for assisting sanitary use of at least one portion of at least one restroom handle, comprising, in combination: an evaporative-ingredient for supplying at least one evaporative ingredient to assist restroom environments; a holder for holding the evaporative-ingredient; a removable attachment for removably attaching the holder to the at least one portion of the at least one restroom handle; and a color-indicator for providing at least one color indication of timeliness for replacing such sanitary cover system.
  • Moreover, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein the holder comprises an anti-microbial agent for assisting reduced transfer of live microbes from the at least one restroom handle to at least one restroom-handle user. Additionally, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein the evaporative-ingredient comprises a scented ingredient for scenting the surrounding environment. Also, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein the evaporative ingredient provides a disinfectant ingredient to assist disinfecting of the at least one restroom handle. In addition, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein the removable attachment comprises a clamp attachment for clamp-attaching the holder to the at least one portion of the at least one restroom handle.
  • And, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein the holder comprises a method for dispersing the evaporative ingredient. Further, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein the method of dispersal comprises a perforated holder. Even further, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein the method of dispersal comprises a permeable holder.
  • Moreover, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein the color-indicator comprises: a first color for indicating the presence of the evaporative-ingredient; and a second color which noticeably differs from the first color, for indicating timeliness for replacing the sanitary cover system; wherein the second color is viewable through the perforations when it is timely to replace the sanitary cover system. Additionally, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein: the evaporative-ingredient comprises at least one evaporative gel; the first color comprises a first coloring of the evaporative gel for indicating the presence of the at least one evaporative gel; and the second color is viewable through the perforations in the handle when it is timely to replace the sanitary cover system.
  • Also, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein the holder comprises a disperser for dispersing the evaporative ingredient. In addition, it provides a sanitary cover system, wherein the disperser comprises at least one perforation in the holder. And, it provides a sanitary cover system, wherein the disperser comprises at least one permeable material.
  • In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a sanitary cover system, for assisting sanitary use of at least one portion of at least one restroom handle, comprising, in combination: at least one evaporative ingredient adapted to assist restroom environments; at least one holder adapted to hold such at least one evaporative ingredient; at least one attacher adapted to removably attach such at least one holder to the at least one portion of the at least one restroom handle; and at least one color-indicator adapted to provide at least one color indication of timeliness for replacing such sanitary cover system.
  • Further, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one holder comprises at least one anti-microbial agent adapted to assist reduced transfer of live microbes from the at least one restroom handle to at least one restroom-handle user. Even further, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one evaporative ingredient comprises at least one scented ingredient. Moreover, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one evaporative ingredient comprises at least one disinfectant ingredient to assist disinfecting of the at least one restroom handle. Additionally, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one attacher comprises at least one clamp adapted to clamp such at least one holder to the at least one portion of the at least one restroom handle.
  • Also, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one holder comprises at least one disperser to disperse such at least one evaporative ingredient. In addition, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one disperser comprises at least one perforation. And, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one disperser comprises at least one permeable material.
  • Further, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one color-indicator comprises: at least one first color for indicating presence of such at least one evaporative ingredient; and at least one second color, noticeably differing from such first color, for indicating timeliness for replacing such at least one evaporative ingredient; wherein such at least one second color is viewable through such plurality of perforations when it is timely to replace such sanitary cover system. Even further, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein: such at least one evaporative ingredient comprises at least one evaporative gel; such at least one first color comprises first coloring of such at least one evaporative gel to indicate presence of such at least one evaporative gel; and such at least one second color is viewable through such plurality of perforations to indicate when it is timely to replace such sanitary cover system.
  • Moreover, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one holder comprises at least one anti-microbial agent adapted to assist reduced transfer of live microbes from the at least one restroom handle to at least one restroom-handle user. Additionally, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one evaporative ingredient comprises at least one scented ingredient. Also, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one evaporative ingredient comprises at least one disinfectant ingredient to assist disinfecting of the at least one restroom handle. In addition, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one attacher comprises at least one clamp adapted to clamp such at least one holder to the at least one portion of the at least one restroom handle. And, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one holder is adapted to replaceably hold such at least one evaporative ingredient.
  • In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a sanitary cover system, for assisting sanitary use of at least one portion of at least one restroom handle, comprising, in combination: at least one evaporative ingredient adapted to assist restroom environments; at least one holder adapted to hold such at least one evaporative ingredient; at least one attacher adapted to removably attach such at least one holder to the at least one portion of the at least one restroom handle; and at least one indicator adapted to provide at least one indication of timeliness for replacing such sanitary cover system; wherein such at least one holder comprises at least one anti-microbial agent adapted to assist reduced transfer of live microbes from the at least one restroom handle to at least one restroom-handle user; and wherein such at least one evaporative ingredient comprises at least one scented ingredient.
  • Further, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one evaporative ingredient comprises at least one disinfectant ingredient to assist disinfecting of the at least one restroom handle. Even further, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one attacher comprises at least one clamp adapted to clamp such at least one holder to the at least one portion of the at least one restroom handle. Even further, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one holder comprises a plurality of perforations adapted to assist passage of the at least one evaporative ingredient.
  • Even further, it provides such a sanitary cover system, wherein such at least one holder comprises at least one permeable material adapted to assist passage of the at least one evaporative ingredient. In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides each and every novel feature, element, combination, step and/or method disclosed or suggested by this patent application.
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  • FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of the sanitary handle system in use with a flush-tank type toilet according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of Detail 2 of FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 3 shows a perspective view of the sanitary handle system in use with a flush-valve type toilet according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 4 shows a perspective view of the flush-valve handle according to FIG. 3.
  • FIG. 5 shows a perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly according to FIG. 2.
  • FIG. 6A shows a perspective view of the flush-tank handle according to FIG. 5 illustrating the installation of a sanitary handle cover according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 6B shows a perspective view of the flush-tank handle according to FIG. 6A illustrating the sanitary handle cover as it emits a disinfectant according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 6C shows a perspective view of the flush-tank handle according to FIG. 6A illustrating the sanitary handle cover indicating the disinfectant has been depleted and is to be replaced according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 7 shows a rear perspective view of the sanitary handle 11 cover assembly according to FIG. 5.
  • FIG. 8 shows a perspective view of Detail 8 of the sanitary handle cover assembly according to FIG. 7.
  • FIG. 9 shows a front perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly according to FIG. 7.
  • FIG. 10 shows a front perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly according to FIG. 7.
  • FIG. 11 shows an exploded perspective view of a preferred variation of the sanitary handle cover assembly according to FIG. 5.
  • FIG. 12 shows a rear perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly according to FIG. 11 illustrating a partial sanitary handle cover installation.
  • FIG. 13 is rear perspective view of the assembled sanitary handle cover assembly according to FIG. 11.
  • FIG. 14 shows a front perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly according to FIG. 11.
  • FIG. 15 shows a perspective view of a flush-valve sanitary cover assembly of the sanitary handle system, according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 16 shows an exploded perspective view, partially in section, of the assembled flush-valve sanitary cover assembly according to FIG. 15.
  • FIG. 17 shows an exploded perspective view, partially in section, of a tapered flush-valve sanitary cover assembly of the sanitary handle system, according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 18A shows a perspective view of the assembled flushvalve sanitary cover assembly according to FIG. 17.
  • FIG. 18B shows a sectional view through section 18B-18B of FIG. 18A.
  • FIG. 18C shows a sectional view through section 18B-18B of FIG. 18A, of a preferred variation of the preferred embodiment according to FIG. 18A.
  • FIG. 19 shows a perspective view of the sanitary handle system in use with a door handle according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 20 shows a perspective view of a sanitary handle system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 21 shows a front plan view of the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20.
  • FIG. 22 shows a top plan view of the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20.
  • FIG. 23 shows a sectional view of section 23-23 of FIG. 22.
  • FIG. 24 shows a back plan view of the sanitary handle 13 system according to FIG. 20.
  • FIG. 25 shows a back plan view of Detail B of FIG. 24.
  • FIG. 26 shows a front plan view of the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20, installed on a toilet flush handle.
  • FIG. 27 shows a top plan view of the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20, installed on a toilet flush handle.
  • FIG. 28 shows a sectional view of section 28-28 of FIG. 27.
  • FIG. 29 shows a perspective sectional view of section 28-28 of FIG. 22.
  • FIG. 30 shows a perspective back view of the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 27, installed on a toilet flush handle.
  • FIG. 31 shows a top view of a method of installing the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20 on a toilet flush handle.
  • FIG. 32 shows a front view of a method of removing the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20 from a toilet flush handle.
  • FIG. 33 shows a cross-sectional view of the metered delivery scheme for the toilet flush handle.
  • FIG. 34 shows a top view of the portion of the toilet flush handle that incorporates the metered delivery scheme.
  • FIG. 35 shows a cross-sectional view of the toilet flush handle that incorporates the flexible membrane.
  • FIG. 36 shows the top view of the portion of the toilet flush handle that incorporates the flexible membrane.
  • Appendix A shows the function of the ridges in the V-shaped portion, according to FIG. 24.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE BEST MODE AND PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION
  • FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of sanitary handle system 100 in use with a flush-tank type toilet 102 according to a preferred embodiment 104 of the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of Detail 2 of FIG. 1. Preferably, in this embodiment 104, the sanitary handle system 100 comprises a sanitary handle cover assembly 106 that preferably removably attaches to an existing flush-tank handle 110 (best viewed in FIG. 6A) supplied with the flush-tank toilet 102, as shown. Such flush-tank toilets 102 typically include a water-flushed bowl 112 and flush-tank 108, as shown. Preferably, the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 comprises disinfecting elements that assist in preventing germ growth and live germ transmission from the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 to persons using the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 when flushing a toilet such as flush-tank type toilet 102.
  • FIG. 3 shows a perspective view of sanitary handle system 100 in use with a flush-valve type toilet 114 according to a preferred embodiment 252 of the present invention. Preferably, embodiment 252 comprises flush-valve handle cover assembly 250, as shown.
  • FIG. 4 shows a perspective view of the flush-valve handle cover assembly 250 according to FIG. 3. Preferably, the flushvalve handle cover assembly 250 removably attaches to a commercial style flush valve handle 270 on a flush-valve 124 15 typically used with a urinal 123, as shown. Such flush-valves 124 are also used on other styles of toilets such as waterflushed bowls 112 (e.g. bowl 112 shown in FIG. 1). FIG. 5 shows a perspective view of sanitary handle cover assembly 106 according to FIG. 2. Preferably, sanitary handle cover assembly 106 allows the normal handle operation of the flush-tank handle 110. Preferably, the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 comprises an outer portion 126, preferably comprising disperser 150 (at least embodying herein wherein the holder comprises a disperser for dispersing the evaporative ingredient means; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one holder comprises at least one disperser to disperse such at least one evaporative ingredient), which functions to permit disinfecting vapors to permeate from inside sanitary handle cover assembly 106 to at least the outside surface of sanitary handle cover assembly 106. Preferably, in this illustrated preferred embodiment, disperser 150 comprises a plurality of perforations 128 (at least embodying herein wherein the disperser comprises at least one perforation in the holder; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one disperser comprises at least one perforation) in sanitary handle cover assembly 106, as shown. The perforations 128 provide for multiple functions as described below.
  • Most preferably, the sanitary handle system 100 provides one or more styles of sanitary handle cover assemblies such as sanitary handle cover assembly 106 and flush-valve handle cover assembly 250 (illustrated in FIG. 3) to cover a portion of, or the entire, toilet handle. Preferably, such sanitary handle cover assemblies attach to an existing handle (toilet, sink, or other handle, such as a door, to be further described below) and comprise one or more germ protecting systems for assisting protection of handle-users from live germ transference from such handles to such handle-users.
  • Preferably, such germ protecting systems comprise one or more anti-microbial plastics, germicidal coatings, and/or disinfecting agents. Most preferably, the additives used in anti-microbial plastics are such additives as, for example, Tributyl tin, Triclosan, 10′,10′-oxybisphenox arsine (OBPA), 2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (OIT), dichloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (DCOIT), tributyl tin, zinc omadine, n-butyl-1,2-benzisothiazolin (BBIT), 3-iodo-2-propynyl butyl carbamate (IPBC), diiodomethyl-p-tolylsulfone, or Silver (Silver is also especially useful when using Stainless steel outer portions as opposed to plastic). Preferably, germicidal coatings and/or disinfecting agents comprise such chemicals as, for example, silane quaternary ammonium salts, poly(vinyl-N-hexylpyridinium 17 bromide), n-halamines, silver, ethanol, almond glycerides, titanium dioxide, triisopropanolamine, etc. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, economics and desired germ-fighting ingredients, etc., other antimicrobial additives and/or coatings, combinations of such anti-microbial plastics, germicidal coatings and disinfecting agents, etc., may suffice to be used within and as part of the sanitary handle system 100.
  • FIG. 6A shows a perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 on a flush-tank handle 110 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 6B shows a perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 according to FIG. 6A illustrating the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 as it emits a scent 130 and/or disinfectant 132 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 6C shows a perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 according to FIG. 6A illustrating the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 with color-indicators for indicating that the scent 130 and/or disinfectant 132 has been depleted and is to be replaced according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 is formed to be placed over the flushtank handle 110, as shown. Preferably, the flush-tank handle comprises an elongated end 120 and a rounded end 121, as shown.
  • Preferably, the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 comprises colored indicators 140 (at least embodying herein a color-indicator for providing a color indication of need for replacing such sanitary handle cover assembly; and at least embodying herein at least one color-indicator structured and arranged to provide at least one color indication of need for replacing such sanitary handle cover assembly), preferably embedded into an evaporating composition 142 (i.e., comprising at least one evaporating ingredient). The evaporative ingredient can consist of varying compositions. For instance, the sanitizing agent can consist of either an evaporative gel, a liquid base, or a glycol-based gel which contains a liquid sanitizing or fragrance agent. Both the evaporative gel and the liquid base simply transmit the sanitizing agent to the surface of the handle by simple evaporation. When the liquid sanitizing or fragrance agent is embedded within the glycol-based gel, only the liquid sanitizing or fragrance agent will evaporate from the glycol base leaving the gel behind. This is especially useful for enabling a first color indicator to reside below the liquid or gel (the liquid or gel being of a second color) so that when the liquid or gel evaporates, the first color indicator will be revealed. In the case of the glycol-based gel, the glycol-based gel would be clear, while the sanitizing or fragrance agent would contain a second color indicator such that when the sanitizing or fragrance evaporates from the glycol gel, the first color indicator would be revealed below the glycol gel. In an alternate embodiment, another form of indicating that the evaporative gel is nearly depleted is to incorporate a color changing ink, and in particular, an oxidizing ink encompassed by the evaporative gel. An oxidizing ink has the ability to change from a first color to a second color as the ink is exposed to air. As the evaporative gel disintegrates over time, the ink is exposed and changes to a new color thereby indicating that it is time to replace the evaporative gel. This system also can be employed in many fragrances embedded within evaporative gels. When the fragrance and evaporative gel disintegrates over time, the oxidizing ink can indicate to a consumer that it is time to replace the fragrance. The rate of evaporation can also be regulated by enclosing the evaporative gel with a container that includes small openings that allow the evaporative gel to escape into the surrounding atmosphere much in the same way that many commercial air fresheners deliver a regulated amount of freshener to the surrounding area. The rate of evaporation can also be regulated by heating the evaporative gel.
  • Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, manufacturing and economics, etc., other methods of color indication, such as colored plastic inserts and integral colored portions of the sanitary handle cover assembly, etc., may suffice.
  • Preferably, the evaporating composition 142 comprises a gel compound such as, for example, a gelled hydrocarbon or an aqueous based gel (which emits vapor to the extent desired for each embodiment to result in a vapor pressure sufficient to permeate vapor adjacent one or more appropriate external surfaces of the handle, through such surfaces, sufficient for disinfectant action). Preferably, the evaporating composition 142 includes a scent 130 (at least embodying herein wherein the evaporative gel comprises a scent; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one evaporative gel comprises at least one scent adapted to provide at least one scent) or disinfectant 132 (at least embodying herein wherein the evaporative gel provides a disinfectant vapor for assisting disinfecting of the at least one restroom handle; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one evaporative gel provides at least one disinfectant vapor to assist disinfecting of the at least one restroom handle), or both, that is preferably mounted within, or integral to, the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 and preferably viewable through the perforations 128, as shown.
  • Further, the evaporating ingredients of evaporating composition 142 preferably evaporate through (as one preferred example of vapor permeation to an external handle surface) the perforations 128 (at least embodying herein wherein such at least one holder comprises a plurality of perforations structured and arranged to assist evaporation of such at least one evaporative gel onto the at least one restroom handle; and at least embodying herein wherein the holder is perforated for assisting evaporation of the evaporative gel onto the at least one restroom handle) and coat the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 with disinfectant 132, and preferably scent 130, as shown.
  • Preferably, the color-indicators 140 comprise a first color-indicator 146 and a second color-indicator 144, as shown. Preferably, the first color-indicator 146 (for example, blue) shows a different color than the second color-indicator 144 (for example, red). Preferably, the first color-indicator 146 indicates (visually, preferably through the perforations 128) the evaporating composition 142 is present in the sanitary handle cover assembly 106. Preferably, when the evaporating composition 142 is near depletion, the second color indicator 144 (at least embodying herein at least one indicator structured and arranged to provide at least one indication of need for replacing such sanitary handle cover assembly) can be seen (visually, preferably through the perforations 128), thereby indicating the evaporating composition 142 is near depletion and should be replaced. Preferred embodiments of the color indicators 146 and 144 are further detailed below (see FIG. 11 and FIG. 17). Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, economics, etc., other colors of the evaporating composition 142 and other color indicators, such as uncolored, multi-colored, colors visible through a special port, etc., may suffice. Even further, upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, etc., other methods of indicating the quantity of evaporative composition 142 remaining, such as digital indicators, etc., may suffice.
  • Reference is now made to FIG. 7 through FIG. 10 with continued reference to the above Figures. FIG. 7 shows a rear perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 according to FIG. 5. FIG. 8 shows a perspective view of Detail 8 of the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 according to FIG. 7. FIG. 9 shows a front plan view of the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 according to FIG. 7. FIG. 10 shows a front perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 according to FIG. 7.
  • Preferably, sanitary handle cover assembly 106 comprises an outer portion 126 and an inner portion 156, as shown.
  • Preferably, the outer portion 126 comprises an anti-microbial agent, preferably integral to the outer portion 126 (at least embodying herein wherein the holder comprises an antimicrobial agent for assisting reduced transfer of live microbes from the at least one restroom handle to at least one restroom handle user; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one holder comprises at least one anti-microbial agent adapted to assist reduced transfer of live microbes from the at least one restroom handle to at least one restroom handle user), as shown, such as previously described above (preferably, OBPA, Tributyl tin and/or Triclosan) that assists reduced transfer of live microbes from the outer portion 126 to a user.
  • Preferably, the outer portion further comprises a face 162 and a perforated perimeter cover 164, as shown. Preferably, the perforated perimeter cover 164 is visible adjacent the perimeter 166 of the face 162, as shown. Preferably, the inner portion 156 comprises one or more holders 158 (at least embodying herein holder means for holding the gel or liquid; and at least embodying herein at least one holder to hold the at least one evaporative ingredient) sized to receive an evaporating composition 142 (at least embodying herein an evaporative-ingredient for supplying at least one evaporative ingredient to assist restroom environments; and at least embodying herein at least one evaporative gel structured and arranged to supply evaporative ingredients to assist restroom environments), as shown.
  • Preferably, the remaining portion of the inner portion comprises opening 160 that is preferably contoured to allow a flush-tank handle 110 to fit within such opening 160, as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, economics, different-sized handles, ease of manufacturing, etc., other dimensions and arrangements for the inner portion 156, may suffice.
  • Preferably, the perimeter cover 164 comprises a removable attachment system 170 for attaching the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 to the flush-tank handle 110 (at least embodying herein a removable attachment for removably attaching the holder to the at least one restroom handle; and at least embodying herein at least one removable attachment structured and arranged to removably attach such at least one holder to the at least one restroom handle), as shown. Preferably, the attachment system 170 comprises a hinged piece 172 and one or more snap-lock tabs 174, 176 and 178, as shown. Preferably, the hinged piece 172 comprises a holder 158 sized to receive an evaporating composition 142, as shown. Preferably, the holder 158 comprises a flexible hinge 182, preferably plastic, more preferably a plastic “living” hinge, most preferably integral to the perimeter cover 164, as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, economics, artistic style, etc., other methods of hinging, such as mechanical hinges, and other methods of attaching, such as removable adhesive, hook and loop fabric, etc., may suffice.
  • In operation, the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 preferably attaches to a flush-tank handle 110 by opening the attached hinged piece 172, with holder 158, and fitting the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 over the flush-tank handle 110 until the tabs 174, 176 and 178 hook onto the back of the rounded end 121 of the flush-tank handle 110, as shown. Next, the holder 158 is preferably closed and pressed tightly against the elongated handle portion 120 of the flush-tank handle 110 to clamp the hinged piece 172 onto the flush-tank handle 110, as shown. Preferably, the hinged piece 172 comprises a set of locking grooves 186 that will grab onto a matching set of locking tabs 190 on the inner portion 192 of the perimeter end 194, as shown. Preferably, the locking tabs 190 and locking grooves 186 further provide for an adjustable clamping mechanism to vertically clamp the holder 158 onto the flush-tank handle 110 (at least embodying herein wherein the removable attachment comprises a clamp attacher for clamp attaching the holder to the at least one restroom handle; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one removable attachment comprises at least one clamp attacher structured and arranged to clamp attach such at least one holder to the at least one restroom handle), as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, economics, etc., other methods of attaching the sanitary handle cover assembly 106 to flush-tank handle 110, such as adhesive, other clamping mechanisms, etc., may suffice.
  • Reference is now made to FIG. 11 through FIG. 14 with continued reference to the above Figures. FIG. 11 shows an exploded perspective view of a sanitary handle cover assembly 200 according to another preferred embodiment 202 of the present invention. FIG. 12 shows a rear perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly 200 according to FIG. 11 illustrating a partial sanitary handle cover installation. FIG. 13 shows a rear perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly 200 according to FIG. 11. FIG. 14 shows a front perspective view of the sanitary handle cover assembly 200 according to FIG. 11.
  • Preferably, the sanitary handle cover assembly 200 comprises a first portion 206 and a second portion 208, as shown. Preferably, first portion 206 and second portion 208 comprise attachment system 210, as shown. Preferably, the first portion 206 comprises an evaporating composition holder 212, as shown. Preferably, the evaporating composition holder 212 comprises an evaporating composition 214, preferably an evaporating semi-solid gel comprising a disinfectant 132 and/or a scent 130 as previously described above, as shown. Most preferably, the evaporating semi-solid gel comprises disinfectants such as, for example, alcohols, phenolic compounds, and/or quanternary ammonium compounds, as previously described.
  • Most preferably, the evaporating composition 214 comprises two differently colored evaporative gels. Preferably, a first colored gel 240 (at least embodying herein first color means for indicating presence of evaporative gel; and at least embodying herein at least one first color to indicate presence of such at least one evaporative gel; and further embodying herein wherein such first color means comprises first colored evaporative gel means for indicating presence of evaporative gel; and at least embodying herein wherein such at least one first color comprises at least one first colored evaporative gel adapted to indicate presence of such at least one evaporative gel) and a second colored gel 242 are used, as shown especially in FIG. 11. Preferably, the first colored gel 240 is blue and the second colored gel 242 is red. Preferably, the first colored gel 240 evaporates and, as it reduces towards depletion, the second colored gel 242 (at least embodying herein a second color for indicating need for replacing such sanitary handle cover assembly; wherein the second color is viewable through the perforations when the evaporative gel is nearly depleted; and at least embodying herein wherein the second color is viewable through the perforation when the first colored evaporative gel is nearly depleted; and at least embodying herein at least one second color to indicate need for replacing such sanitary handle cover assembly; wherein such at least one second color is viewable through such plurality of perforations when such at least one evaporative gel is nearly depleted, and at least embodying herein such at least one second color comprising at least one second colored evaporative gel adapted to indicate need for replacing such sanitary handle cover assembly; wherein such at least one second colored evaporative gel is viewable through such plurality of perforations when such at least one first colored evaporative gel is nearly depleted) is visible (preferably through the perforations 128) to indicate to a user that the sanitary handle cover assembly 200 needs to be replaced, as shown.
  • Another form of indicating that the evaporative gel is nearly depleted is to incorporate an oxidizing ink encompassed by the evaporative gel. An oxidizing ink has the ability to change from a first color to a second color as the ink is exposed to air. As the evaporative gel disintegrates over time, the ink is exposed and changes to a new color thereby indicating that it is time to replace the evaporative gel. This system also can be employed in many fragrances embedded within evaporative gels. When the fragrance and evaporative gel disintegrates over time, the oxidizing ink can indicate to a consumer that it is time to replace the fragrance.
  • Preferably, the entire sanitary handle cover assembly 200 is replaced when the color-indicators 140 indicate that the evaporating composition 214 is near depletion. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, etc., other methods of replenishing the evaporative composition 214, such as only replacing the evaporative composition 214 and not the entire sanitary handle cover assembly, etc., may suffice.
  • Preferably, in operation, the first portion 206 is placed over a flush-tank handle 110 wherein the elongated end 120 fits tightly within V-shaped portion 216 of the first portion 206. Preferably, the second portion 208 slidably fits over the first portion 206 such that the sanitary handle cover assembly 200 is tightly held to the flush-tank handle 110. Preferably, the first portion 206 has a set of angled grooves 220 along the outer leading edge 222 of each of the ends 224 of the V-shaped portion 216, as shown. Preferably, the second portion 208 comprises a set of oppositely angled barbs 226 arranged to catch and hold onto the set of angled grooves 220, as shown. This arrangement provides an attachment system 210 that horizontally clamps the sanitary handle cover assembly 200 to the flush-tank handle 110. Also, preferably, the second portion 208 comprises a set of tabs 230 to assist grabbing and attaching onto the back of the rounded end 121 of the flush-tank handle 110, as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, physical limitations of the device and users, etc., other methods of attachment of the sanitary handle cover assembly 200 to the flush-tank handle 110, such as adhesive, other clamping means, etc., may suffice. Preferably, the second portion 208 comprises a face 232 and a perimeter cover 234, as shown. As described above, the face 232 comprises perforations 128 to allow the disinfectant/scent to evaporate through to the outer portion of the sanitary handle cover assembly 200, as shown. Preferably, the face 232 also comprises indicia 236, such as, for example, a company logo or trademark. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, desired evaporation coverage (of the disinfectant), economical advantages, etc., other quantities, locations, shapes, and sizes for the perforations, such as all around the sanitary handle cover assembly, linear slits, pores, etc., may suffice.
  • FIG. 15 shows a perspective view of a flush-valve handle cover assembly 250 of sanitary handle system 100 according to a preferred embodiment 252 of the present invention. In the illustrated embodiment 252 of the sanitary handle system 100, a flush-valve handle cover assembly 250 is provided to provide a sanitary handle cover for use with a toilet having a flush valve of the type utilizing an elongated handle such as flush-valve handle 270, as shown in FIG. 3 above. Typically, such elongated handles are touched each time the toilet is flushed and therefore are a transmitter of germs and diseases.
  • Preferably, the flush-valve handle cover assembly 250 comprises an outer portion 254, preferably comprising a sleeve 260 (preferably comprising an integral anti-microbial plastic), disperser 150 (preferably comprising a plurality of perforations 248 in flush-valve handle cover assembly 250), and an inner portion 258, as shown. Most preferably, the anti-microbial plastic outer portion 254 embodiment comprises an inner portion 258 comprising at least one evaporative gel insert 256, as shown.
  • FIG. 16 shows an exploded perspective view, partially in section, of the assembled flush-valve sanitary cover assembly 250 according to FIG. 15. Preferably, the outer portion 254 further comprises a closed cap 262 at one end of the sleeve 260, and an apertured cap 264, having an opening 266, to allow the flush-valve handle 270 (seen best in FIG. 18B) to fit within the opening 266 and the aperture 268 within gel insert 256, as shown. Preferably, the apertured cap 264 has an extended insert portion 272 that inserts into aperture 268 and assists holding the apertured cap 264 in place, as well as providing additional friction fitting of the flush-valve handle 270 in the aperture 268, as shown. Additionally, in embodiment 252, the aperture 268 preferably has the same diameter throughout the aperture 268, preferably just wide enough to snugly fit a user-desired sized flush-valve handle 270, as shown. Preferably, the face 276 of the outer portion 254 also comprises indicia 278, such as, for example, a company logo or trademark.
  • FIG. 17 shows an exploded perspective view of a tapered flush-valve sanitary cover assembly 280 of sanitary handle system 100 according to another preferred embodiment 282 of the present invention. Preferably, FIG. 17 is constructed in a similar manner (except being stainless steel in lieu of plastic) as embodiment 252 with one major difference: the aperture 268 has a tapered diameter 284 in lieu of the same diameter throughout, as shown. The tapered diameter 284 provides for the flush-valve sanitary cover assembly 280 fitting a variety of differing sized flush valve handle exterior diameters.
  • FIG. 17 illustrates another preferred embodiment of the color-indicators 140. Preferably, the evaporative gel insert 256 is comprised of multiple color elements such that as the evaporating composition 142 evaporates, the first color indicator 146 eventually dissipates until the second color indicator 144 is visible. Preferably, evaporating composition 142 comprises first color-indicator 146. Preferably, second color-indicator 144 comprises an inner support tube 286 that conforms to the shape of aperture 268, as shown. Preferably, the inner support tube 286 is colored, more preferably colored red, and the red color will show up through the perforations 248 when the evaporating composition 142 substantially evaporates. Preferably, in such manner, the red color will indicate when the sanitary handle cover assembly needs to be replaced. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, economics, intended use, etc., other arrangements, such as more than two color indicators, multiple colored layers of evaporating gel, etc., may suffice.
  • FIG. 18A shows a perspective view of an assembled flushvalve sanitary cover assembly 290 illustrating another preferred method of attachment according to a preferred embodiment 292 of the present invention.
  • FIG. 18B shows section 18B-18B according to FIG. 18A. In embodiment 292, the outer portion 254 is preferably stainless steel and comprises an inner portion 258 comprising at least one disinfectant insert 256, as shown. In this embodiment 292, a setscrew 294 is used to hold the assembled flush-valve sanitary cover assembly 290 to the flush-valve handle 270. The flushvalve sanitary cover assembly 290 may include either a tapered aperture 268 or a non-tapered aperture 268, however a tapered aperture 268 in combination with use of the setscrew 294 is most preferred.
  • FIG. 18C shows a sectional view through section 18B-18B according to FIG. 18A, of a preferred variation (most preferred when, for example, very-closely controlled permeability and rate of vapor diffusion is desired) of the preferred embodiment according to FIG. 18A. Preferably, in embodiment 293, disperser 150 (at least embodying herein wherein such disperser means comprises at least one permeable material; and at least embodying wherein such at least one disperser comprises at least one permeable material) comprises outer portion 254, which preferably comprises a porous material whose permeability to the resident vapor pressure permits vapor from the contents of disinfectant insert 256 to diffuse through outer portion 254 onto the outside surface of outer portion 254. Preferably, outer portion 254 (at least embodying herein wherein such at least one holder comprises at least one permeable material adapted to assist passage of the at least one evaporative ingredient) comprises a porous material (permeable to vapor) such as, for example, ceramic, plastic foam (preferably opencelled), porous metal, etc. Most preferably, outer portion 254 comprises a hard, porous antibacterial open-celled plastic foam. Preferably, the perforated portions (or the entire assemblies) of the other embodiments of the present invention, such as, for example, sanitary handle cover assembly 106, evaporating composition holder 212, face 234, sleeve 260, etc., may also comprise porous material in lieu of or in addition to perforations 248 and/or 128, as disperser 150. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, economics, etc., other porous materials, such as open-celled plastic foam, high-density polyethylene foam, ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene foam, polypropylene foam, porous composite materials, etc., may suffice.
  • FIG. 19 shows a perspective view of sanitary handle system 100 in use with a door handle 310 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the sanitary handle system 100 may be used on door handles (typically handles used a lot by the public), particularly those handles attached adjacent toilets. Most preferably, the door handle 310 comprises similar elements to those stated above, being an exterior sleeve having anti-microbial properties, an inner disinfectant insert placed within such exterior sleeve, a first color indicator and a second color-indicator that shows though a set of perforations on the exterior of the sleeve when the sanitary handle-cover assembly needs replacing, and a means for attaching the sanitary handle-cover assembly to the door handle. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as public access, desired protection, user preference, advances in technology, intended use, etc., other methods of using the sanitary handle system 100 may suffice. Further, upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, economics, public access, desired protection, handle size and dimensions, etc., other styles and shapes of the sanitary handle-cover assembly, such as squared, octagonal, doorknob-shaped, faucet handle shaped, etc., may suffice.
  • FIG. 20 shows a perspective view of a sanitary handle system 100 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, sanitary handle system 100 comprises sanitary handle cover assembly 706 that preferably removably attaches to an existing flush-tank handle 110 (best viewed in FIG. 6A). Preferably, sanitary handle cover assembly 706 comprises removable attachment system 170, face 762, perimeter cover 764, colored indicators 140, evaporating composition 142, and disperser 150, as shown.
  • FIG. 21 shows a front plan view of the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20.
  • FIG. 22 shows a top plan view of the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20.
  • FIG. 23 shows a sectional view of section 23-23 of FIG. 22. Preferably, disperser 150 comprises disinfectant holder 158 and permeable membrane 759, as shown, which preferably disperses disinfectant 132 (preferably contained in evaporating composition 142) from inside disinfectant holder 158 at least onto the surface of permeable membrane 759. The permeable membrane 759 may also comprise a hydrophobic or oleophobic porous membrane. The hydrophobic membrane would allow only liquid vapor gases to pass through the membrane and prevent liquids from doing the same. Oleophobic membranes do the same except they do it by resisting liquid bases with bases that have surface tensions much lower than water (such as alcohol). Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, etc., other arrangements, such as liquid disinfectant, other porous materials, other permeable materials, etc., may suffice.
  • Preferably, disperser 150 comprises scent holder 731 and ports 732, as shown, and preferably disperses scent 130 (preferably contained in evaporating composition 142) from inside scent holder 731, through ports 732 on perimeter cover 764, into the air adjacent sanitary handle cover assembly 706. Preferably, colored indicators 140 comprise first color indicator 146 (preferably contained in evaporating composition 142), second color-indicator 144, ports 732, and scent holder 731. Preferably, second color-indicator 144 comprises a color on the bottom surface of scent holder 731, as shown, that becomes visible through ports 732 when scent 130 (which preferably comprises first color-indicator 146, which is preferably contained in evaporating composition 142) is depleted. When using either a hydrophobic or oleophobic porous membrane in combination with a liquid based sanitizing or fragrance agent, it is understood that the ports 732 must be sealed through the use of a clear plastic window to prevent the liquid from spilling through the ports 732 thereby allowing the color indicator 144 to be seen through the ports 732.
  • Preferably, removable attachment system 170 comprises first portion 707 and second portion 708, as shown. Preferably, second portion 708 comprises V-shaped portion 716, as shown. Preferably, the second portion 708 slidably and lockably fits into the first portion 707, as shown, such that the sanitary handle cover assembly 706 is tightly held to the flush-tank handle 110. Preferably, the first portion 707 has an angled barb 720 along the top side of locking flap 723, as shown. Preferably, the second portion 708 comprises a set of oppositely angled barbs 726 arranged to catch and hold onto angled barb 720, as shown. This arrangement provides an attachment system 710 that horizontally clamps the sanitary handle cover assembly 706 to the flush-tank handle 110, as shown. Also, preferably, the first portion 707 comprises a set of tabs 230 to assist grabbing and attaching onto the back of the rounded end 121 of the flush-tank handle 110, as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those of ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, such as user preference, advances in technology, intended use, physical limitations of the device and users, etc., other methods of attachment of the sanitary handle cover assembly 706 to the flush-tank handle 110, such as adhesive, other clamping means, etc., may suffice.
  • FIG. 24 shows a back plan view of the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20. Preferably, second portion 708 slidably attaches to first portion 707 by engaging groove 709, as shown.
  • FIG. 25 shows a back plan view of Detail B of FIG. 24.
  • FIG. 26 shows a front plan view of the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20, installed on a toilet flush handle 110. Preferably, second portion 708 slides and locks into first portion 707, as shown, in order to confirm to the length and size of toilet flush handle 110, in order to securely attach to flush toilet handle 110.
  • FIG. 27 shows a top plan view of the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20, installed on a toilet flush handle.
  • FIG. 28 shows a sectional view of section 28-28 of FIG. 27.
  • FIG. 29 shows a perspective sectional view of section 28-28 of FIG. 22.
  • FIG. 30 shows a perspective back view of the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20, installed on a toilet flush handle 110.
  • FIG. 31 shows a top view of a method of installing the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20 on a toilet flush handle 110.
  • FIG. 32 shows a front view of a method of removing the sanitary handle system according to FIG. 20 from a toilet flush 40 handle 110. Preferably, sanitary handle cover assembly 706 is removed by pulling locking flap 723 downward, as shown, so that angled barbs 726 disengage from angled barb 720, permitting first portion 707 to be pulled off of second portion 708. This arrangement provides a secure and childproof attachment system 170.
  • As shown in FIGS. 33 and 34, an alternate embodiment demonstrates an additional apparatus for freshening the surrounding air after a urinal is flushed using a metered dispensing system 705. An antibacterial plastic cover 730 encloses a sponge 720. The sponge 720 resides between a retaining wall 700 and the cover 730. The retaining wall 700 is perpendicular to the cover 730 and extends vertically from the cover 730 at point 740 yet does not reach the opposite end of the cover 730. A liquid fragrance 710 is dispensed within the fragrance chamber 715. The fragrance chamber 715 is located opposite the sponge 720 and is separated by the retaining wall 700. The entire system resides within assembly 250 so that when the assembly 250 is actuated by moving the assembly 250 from a horizontal default position to a negative angle relative to the horizontal position, the liquid fragrance 710 by means of gravity, spills over into the sponge 720. The absorbent sponge 720 is soaked with the liquid fragrance 710 and immediately begins evaporating into the surrounding area outside of the assembly 250 through one or more of the openings 750. It is understood by one of normal skill in the art that the configuration as shown in FIGS. 32 and 33 can be created as a discrete unit or the configuration can be part of an actual urinal or toilet handle.
  • As shown in FIGS. 34 and 35, an alternate embodiment of the home toilet cover handle 800 is shown. The handle 800 further includes a porous or perforated membrane 810. The membrane 810 serves as one side of a chamber 830. The chamber 830 typically serves as either a sanitizing agent reservoir or a fragrance reservoir. The portion of the cover handle 800 that includes the membrane 810 is made from a flexible material with memory so that the portion of the cover that is bound by points 811 and 812 can be depressed, yet will flex back to its pre-depressed position. The membrane also includes one or more openings 820. When the toilet handle 800 is flushed from the top end of the handle 800, typically, the membrane 810 will bend inward. When the membrane 810 bends inward, the pressure inside the chamber 830 will increase and force the sanitizing or fragrant vapors through the membrane 810. In the case where a sanitizing agent resides within the chamber 830, the sanitizing agent vapors will collect along the outside of the membrane 810 through its openings 820.
  • Appendix A shows the function of the ridges in V-shaped portion 716, according to FIG. 24.
  • It is noted that the above-described systems comprise essentially similar functioning devices, each having an exterior sleeve having anti-microbial properties, at least one inner disinfectant insert placed within such exterior sleeve, a first color indicator, a second color-indicator that shows though a set of perforations (or a perforation) on the exterior of the sleeve when the insert needs replacing, and a means for attaching the sanitary handle-cover assembly to a normally functioning device handle.
  • Although applicant has described applicant's preferred embodiments of this invention, it will be understood that the broadest scope of this invention includes such modifications as diverse shapes and sizes and materials. Such scope is limited only by the below claims as read in connection with the above specification.
  • Further, many other advantages of applicant's invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the above descriptions and the below claims.

Claims (46)

1) A sanitary cover system, relating to assisting sanitary use of at least one portion of at least one restroom handle, comprising, in combination:
a) An evaporative-ingredient;
b) A holder; said holder adapted to hold said evaporative ingredient; and
c) A removable attachment said removable attachment coupled to said holder.
2) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 1, wherein said holder comprises an anti-microbial agent.
3) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 1, wherein said evaporative-ingredient further comprises a scented ingredient.
4) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 1, wherein said evaporative-ingredient provides a disinfectant to assist disinfecting of a restroom handle.
5) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 1, wherein said removable attachment further comprises a clamp attachment whereby said clamp attachment is coupled to a portion of the at least one restroom handle.
6) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 1, wherein said holder further comprises a dispersal apparatus for dispersing said evaporative ingredient.
7) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 6, wherein said dispersal apparatus further comprises at least one perforation on said holder.
8) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 6, wherein said dispersal apparatus further comprises at least one permeation within said holder.
9) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 6, wherein said color-indicator comprises:
a) Said evaporative ingredient wherein said evaporative ingredient is comprised of a first color, said first color indicating presence of said evaporative-ingredient; and
b) A second color such that when said evaporative ingredient is no longer present, said second color indicating timeliness for replacing said sanitary cover system;
c) said second color is viewable when it is timely to replace said sanitary cover system.
10) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 9, wherein said evaporative-ingredient comprises at least one evaporative gel.
11) A sanitary cover system, relating to assisting sanitary use of at least one portion of at least one restroom handle, comprising, in combination:
a) at least one evaporative ingredient;
b) at least one holder adapted to hold said at least one evaporative ingredient; and
c) at least one removable attachment adapted to removably attach said at least one holder to the at least one portion of the at least one restroom handle.
12) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 11, wherein said at least one holder comprises at least one antimicrobial agent adapted to assist reduced transfer of live microbes from the at least one restroom handle to at least one restroom-handle user.
13) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 11, wherein said at least one evaporative ingredient comprises at least one scented ingredient.
14) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 11, wherein said at least one evaporative ingredient comprises at least one disinfectant ingredient to assist disinfecting of the at least one restroom handle.
15) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 11, wherein said at least one attacher comprises at least one clamp adapted to clamp said at least one holder to the at least one portion of the at least one restroom handle.
16) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 11, wherein said at least one holder comprises at least one disperser to disperse said at least one evaporative ingredient.
17) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 16, wherein said at least one disperser comprises at least one perforation.
18) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 16, wherein said at least one disperser comprises at least one permeable material.
19) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 11, wherein said at least one color-indicator comprises:
a) at least one first color for indicating presence of said at least one evaporative ingredient; and
b) at least one second color, noticeably differing from such first color, for indicating timeliness for replacing said at least one evaporative ingredient;
c) wherein said at least one second color is viewable through said plurality of perforations when it is timely to replace said sanitary cover system.
20) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 17, wherein:
a) said at least one evaporative ingredient comprises at least one evaporative gel;
b) said at least one first color comprises first coloring of said at least one evaporative gel to indicate presence of said at least one evaporative gel; and
c) said at least one second color is viewable through said plurality of perforations to indicate when it is timely to replace said sanitary cover system.
21) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 11, wherein said at least one holder is adapted to replaceably hold said at least one evaporative ingredient.
22) A sanitary cover system, relating to assisting sanitary use of at least one portion of at least one restroom handle, comprising, in combination:
a) at least one evaporative ingredient adapted to assist restroom environments;
b) at least one holder adapted to hold said at least one evaporative ingredient;
c) at least one attacher adapted to removably attach said at least one holder to the at least one portion of the at least one restroom handle; and
d) at least one indicator adapted to provide at least one indication of timeliness for replacing said sanitary cover system;
e) wherein said at least one holder comprises at least one anti-microbial agent adapted to assist reduced transfer of live microbes from the at least one restroom handle to at least one restroom-handle user; and
f) wherein said at least one evaporative ingredient comprises at least one scented ingredient.
23) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 22, wherein said at least one evaporative ingredient comprises at least one disinfectant ingredient to assist disinfecting of the at least one restroom handle.
24) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 22, wherein said at least one attacher comprises at least one clamp adapted to clamp said at least one holder to the at least one portion of the at least one restroom handle.
25) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 22, wherein said at least one holder comprises a plurality of perforations adapted to assist passage of the at least one evaporative ingredient.
26) The sanitary cover system, according to claim 22, wherein said at least one holder comprises at least one permeable material adapted to assist passage of the at least one evaporative ingredient.
27) The sanitary cover system of claim 1 further comprising:
a) a cover;
b) a retaining wall;
i. said retaining wall extending perpendicularly forming a first chamber and a second chamber;
c) an opening fixed directly above said first chamber.
28) The sanitary cover system of claim 27 further comprising:
a) a liquid wherein said liquid is inserted into said second chamber
b) an absorbent substance wherein said absorbent substance is enclosed within said first chamber such that when said cover is displaced so that said second chamber rests above said first chamber, said liquid crosses into said first chamber and is absorbed by said absorbent substance so that said liquid may evaporate through said opening.
29) The sanitary cover system of claim 1 or claim 27 wherein said cover is comprised of a plastic or metallic material.
30) The sanitary cover system of claim 29 wherein said plastic material is further comprised of an anti-bacterial agent.
31) The sanitary cover system of claim 27 wherein a fragrant substance is enclosed by said second chamber.
32) The sanitary cover system of claim 11 further comprising:
a) a chamber
i. said chamber further comprising of at least two sides wherein one of said at least two sides further comprises a flexible membrane;
ii. said flexible membrane further comprising an outer surface and at least one opening.
33) The sanitary cover system of claim 32 wherein said chamber further comprises an evaporative substance, such that when said flexible membrane is depressed, a portion of said evaporative substance is forced out of said opening so that it can collect on the outer surface of said flexible membrane.
34) The sanitary cover system of claim 1 wherein said evaporative ingredient comprises a liquid sanitizing agent;
a) Said sanitizing agent
35) The sanitary cover system of claim 11 wherein said color indicator further comprises:
a) A color changing ink wherein when said color changing ink is stored beneath a gel, said color changing ink changes from a first color to a second color upon evaporation of said gel.
36) The sanitary cover system of claim 35 wherein said gel is a sanitizing gel.
37) The color indicator of claim 35 wherein said color changing ink changes from a first color to a second color upon evaporation of a fragrance gel.
38) The sanitary cover system of claim 16 wherein said permeable material further comprises a hydrophobic membrane.
39) The sanitary cover system of claim 16 wherein said permeable material further comprises an oleophobic membrane.
40) The sanitary cover system of claim 11 wherein said color indicator is enclosed by a clear plastic material such that said color indicator can be viewed through said clear plastic material.
41) The sanitary cover system of claim 11 wherein said evaporative ingredient is mixed in a glycol based material.
42) The sanitary cover system of claim 40 wherein said evaporative ingredient further comprises a second color indicator such that when said evaporative ingredient evaporates from said glycol based material, said at least one color indicator adapted to provide at least one color indication of timeliness for replacing said sanitary cover system is revealed.
43) A fragrance delivery system comprising:
a) a fragrance; said fragrance is mixed within an evaporative gel;
b) a color changing ink; said color changing ink is stored beneath said evaporative gel such that when said evaporative gel evaporates into the surrounding atmosphere, said color changing ink changes from a first color to a second color thereby indicating that none of said evaporative gel remains.
44) The fragrance delivery system of claim 43 wherein the rate of evaporation of said evaporative gel is regulated.
45) The Sanitary Cover System of claim 1 wherein said Sanitary Cover System further comprises a color-indicator; said color indicator located within said holder such that said color indicator is exposed upon the evaporation of said evaporative ingredient thereby providing an indication of timeliness for replacing said sanitary cover system.
46) The sanitary cover system of claim 11 wherein said sanitary cover system further comprises at least one color-indicator adapted to provide at least one color indication of timeliness for replacing said sanitary cover system.
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