Patent Number: 7,712,236

Title: Apparatus and method for releasably holding fabric in place on an ironing board or the like

Abstract: An apparatus and method to quickly, easily and temporarily secure fabric to an ironing board or the like to facilitate the removal of hair, lint, or other particulate matter which is adhered to the surface of the fabric. The fabric to be cleaned is positioned on an ironing board in the same manner as placing the fabric on the board for ironing. A pressure applying member is placed over the fabric to be cleaned, most commonly near the longitudinal end of the fabric. Each end of the pressure applying member is connected to a tension mechanism such as a spring or elastomeric cord. The other end of the tension mechanism is connected, in turn, to a connecting means such as a J-hook. When the connecting means are hooked over the far and near edges of the ironing board, the tension mechanism is pulled taut, forcing the pressure member down with sufficient force to hold the fabric in place against the pull of a vacuum or lint brush.

Inventors: Ball; Charles Peter (Newport, RI), Ball; Claire Marie (Newport, RI)

Assignee: Ball; Charles P.

International Classification: D06F 85/00 (20060101); D06F 83/00 (20060101); D06F 81/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/11/12018