Vacuum cleaner with hair collection element

  • US 9,486,121 B2
  • Filed: 01/05/2015
  • Issued: 11/08/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/09/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:

  • a cleaning head having a suction nozzle adapted to be moved along a surface to be cleaned in a first direction and in a second direction opposite the first direction; and

    a hair collection assembly provided on the cleaning head and adapted to collect hair from the surface to be cleaned as the cleaning head moves along the surface to be cleaned, the hair collection assembly comprising;

    a hair collection element adapted to collect hair from the surface to be cleaned, wherein the hair collection element is positioned exteriorly of the cleaning head;

    a mounting assembly for mounting the hair collection element on the cleaning head, wherein the mounting assembly is pivotally coupled to the cleaning head for movement of the hair collection element between a use position in which the hair collection element is in contact with the surface to be cleaned, and a non-use position, in which the hair collection element is spaced from the surface to be cleaned; and

    a rotatable coupling between the hair collection element and the mounting assembly, such that the hair collection element can rotate relative to the mounting assembly between a first orientation and a second orientation when the hair collection element is in the use position;

    wherein the hair collection element is configured to dig against the surface to be cleaned to collect hair when the cleaning head is moved along the surface to be cleaned in the first direction and the hair collection element is in the first orientation; and

    wherein the hair collection element is configured to glide over the surface to be cleaned to release collected hair when the cleaning head is moved along the surface to be cleaned in the second direction and the hair collection element is in the second orientation.

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