US 2919456 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Jan. 5, 1960 w, F. sPlvEY 2,919,456
y DOOR MAT Filed April 1l, 1958 WAL-rez? SPNEY ATTORNEYS United States Patent O DOOR MAT Walter F. Spivey, Bradley, Ill.
Application April 11, 1958, Serial No. 727,815
2 Claims. (Cl. 1'5-215) The hereinafter described and illustrated invention relates generally to a door mat, and, more specifically, to a door mat having a disposable 4foot wiping pad as a portion thereof.
While this door mat is capable of many diversified uses, a primary advantage thereof is that it is especially suited for use in the interior of a building as a replacement for old newspapers `and the like often used during periods of inclement weather for the convenience of persons entering the building to clean or wipe their shoes.
A primary object of the invention is the provision of a door mat, a portion of which is readily disposable, the door mat thus being easily kept in an attractive condition.
Another object of this invention is to provide a door mat having a disposable pad which is lirmly placed so that the danger of slippage or tearing during use is minimized.
A yfurther object is the provision of a door mat of the class described comprising generally a base portion constructed of .a resilient material, a disposable absorbent pad superimposed thereon, and a peripheral frame having substantially the same outer dimensions as the base.
A still Vfurther object is to supply a door mat of this type, the color olf which may be varied in order to correspond 'With the surroundings in which it is placed.
Another object is the provision of a door mat of the class described supra, the door mat being non-eomplex in construction and assembly, inexpensive to manufacture and durable in use.
`Other and further objects and advantages will become more readily :apparent from a consideration of the following specification when read in conjunction with the annexed drawing, in which:
Figure l is a perspective view of a door mat constructed and assembled in accordance with the teachings of this invention;
Figure 2 is a fragmentary detail cross-sectional view taken substantially along the horizontal plane of the line 2 2 of Figure l, looking in the direction of the arrows; and
Figure 3 is a fragmentary, exploded, perspective view of the door mat shown in Figure 1.
Proceeding now to relate this drawing to a more specific description of the invention, it |will be seen that reference numeral defines the door mat in general. In structure, the mat 10 comprises a substantially rectangular flat base portion 12 formed of plastic, rubber, or some other resilient material. A plurality of spaced, substantially cylindrical pins 14 are formed integral with the base 12 and extend from the periphery of the frontal surface 13 thereof in substantially perpendicular relationship thereto. Normally superimposed over the base portion 12 is la substantially rectangular pad 16 formed of an v2,919,456 Patented Jan'. 5, 1960 absorbent material, for example, paper of the type used in the manufacture of paper toweling and the like. This paper or other absorbent material can, of course, be of various colors in order to harmonize with its surroundings. As best seen in Figure 3, the pad 16 has a plurality of apertures 18 formed therein and extending transversely therethrough which are positioned in axial alignment with the pins 14 of the base 12 when the pad 16 is superimposed over the base 12. A substantially open rectangular frame 2i), also formed of the resilient material of which the base 12 is manufactured, or any other resilient material, having a pair of opposed end members 22, 24 and a pair of opposed side members 26, 28 is also provided. The configuration of the members 22 through 28, inclusive, collectively making up the `frame 20, in the yform of this invention chosen here for purposes of illustration, comprise a substantially liat base 30, a pair of opposed sides 32, 34 from which extend sloping converging surfaces 36, 38, separated by a continuous ilange 40. A series of openings 42 in axial alignment with the pins 14 and the apertures 1S, are formed in the frame 20 and extend transversely therethrough from the base 30 through the flanges 40 thereof. It will be noted that the peripheral dimensions of the base 12, the pad 16, and the frame 20 are substantially identical.
In practicing this invention, the pad 16 is superimposed over the base 12, the apertures 18 being fitted over the pins 14 so that the pins 14 extend transversely therethrough, and the pad 16 is iiush against the base 12. Then, the frame 219 is put in place by pressing the openings 42 over the pins 11ia press tit being eleeted.
When the pad 16 becomes saturated or soiled, it may be quickly and easily replaced by removing the frame 20, discarding the used pad 16, and replacing it in the above-described manner with a fresh pad 16.
Having illustrated and described a single embodiment of this invention, it will be understood that this embodiment is offered merely by way of illustration and that this invention is to be limited only by the scope of the A appended claims.
What is claimed is:
l. A door mat comprising a substantially rectangular base portion formed of a resilient material and having 4a plurality of perpendicularly yextending pins formed integrally therewith and projecting directly upwardly therefrom yadjacent the border thereof, a substantially rectangular `disposable pad formed of an absorbent material, said pad having substantially identical peripheral dimensions with respect to said base 'and being normally superimposed thereover, said pad having a plurality of 4apertures formed therein and extending therethrough conforming in location to ysaid pins when said pad is in its said superimposed position, a substantially rectangular open frame positioned around the periphery of said pad, said `frame having openings therein, and said openings being in axial alignment with said pins of said base whereby when said -frame is placed over said pad in its normal superimposed position, said pins engage in said openings of said frame to releasably secure said base and pad and frame together.
2. A door mat comprising a base portion formed of a resilient material and having a plurality of perpendicularly extending pins formed integrally therewith and projecting directly upwardly therefrom adjacent the border thereof, a disposable pad, said pad having substantially identical peripheral dimensions with respect to said base and being normally superimposed thereover, said pad having a plurality of apertures formed therein and eX- tending therethrough conforming in location to said pins when said pad is in its said superimposed position, an open frame positioned around the periphery of said pad, said frame having openings therein, and said openings being, in axial alignment with said pins and said base whereby when said frame is placed over said pad in its normal superimposed position, said -pins engage in said openings of said frame to releasably secure said base and pad and frame together.
References Cited in the le of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS McClelland May 28, 1940 Highlen Mar. 18, 1958 FOREIGN PATENTS Great Britain of 1902 Great Britain of 1910