Footwear sanitizing and deodorizing system

  • US 9,162,000 B2
  • Filed: 11/24/2014
  • Issued: 10/20/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/13/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. Apparatus for sanitizing human footwear having an opening through which a person inserts his foot for placement inside a footwear interior region to put on the footwear, comprising:

  • a light source emitting radiation in a wavelength range that sanitizes the footwear by inhibiting growth of or destroying microorganisms present in the footwear interior region, the light source having a base;

    a hollow forepart shaped to pass through the opening in the footwear and fit inside the footwear interior region, the hollow forepart configured in the form of a skeletal structure that includes multiple windows, and the hollow forepart including a multi-section back end wall having an interior surface that functions as a light block contributing to inhibit the radiation from escaping the footwear undergoing sanitization by the apparatus;

    a rear part positioned behind the hollow forepart and delivering electrical power from a power source to activate the light source and generate emission of the radiation; and

    a support for the light source to set it in a sanitization position to direct the radiation through the hollow forepart to the footwear interior region, the support including a light source receptacle accessible through an opening in the interior surface of the multi-section back end wall and configured to receive the base of the light source in the sanitization position to emit the radiation through the multiple windows.

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