Method of laundering items in a laundry machine with a combination drum door/loading hopper

  • US 5,421,049 A
  • Filed: 05/11/1994
  • Issued: 06/06/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/19/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of laundering items in a machine including a drum having an opening through which launderable items may be delivered into and withdrawn from the drum and a hopper unit mounted for movement relative to the drum between in-use and non-use positions with the hopper unit defining an internal passage between first and second open ends thereof, said method comprising:

  • providing a closure member for selectively opening and closing the internal passage of said hopper unit;

    positioning said hopper unit and said closure member such that the hopper unit is adjacent said drum with the second open end of said hopper unit being aligned with the opening in said drum and said closure member opening said internal passage;

    loading launderable items into the first open end of said hopper unit, through said internal passage and into said drum via said opening;

    re-positioning said closure member so as to close said internal passage in a pulsating manner;

    laundering the items loaded within the drum;

    re-positioning said hopper unit such that the second open end thereof is located remote from the opening of said drum; and

    unloading the laundered items from said drum.

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