With springtime finally arriving, this is the time of year when a lot of folks roll up their sleeves and do some serious cleaning around the house. Tackling cluttered closets, dirty garages and neglected basements will fill many upcoming weekends as spring cleaning kicks into full gear. The warmer weather and longer days also allow people to take the spring cleaning fever outside for plenty of yardwork. And whether you’re scrubbing the garage or planting shrubs or simply downsizing clutter, you’ll no doubt be in need of a shower after all your work. As bidet seat owners know, there’s really nothing quite like the spray of warm soothing water to make you feel clean and refreshed. So while you are getting your home cleaner, why not make the easy upgrade to a bidet toilet seat this spring and make your bathroom experience cleaner, too?
Installing a bidet seat at home is one of the simplest things you can do that will literally change your daily life for the better. Just as you would obviously use water to power wash the siding of your home after a long snowy winter, or to the clean the salty slushy winter residue from your car, it should also be obvious that washing yourself with water after using the bathroom is clearly a better way to get clean than wiping yourself with dry toilet paper. Water is a necessity for proper hygiene, so it’s not exactly surprising that washing with water after using the bathroom is more hygienic than toilet paper. It is also healthier than wiping, as many doctors are recommending bidets for people who may have medical issues like hemorrhoids, IBS or Crohn’s Disease. Rather than irritating sensitive skin by wiping, a bidet’s warm water can relieve irritation in addition to providing a more thorough and sanitary cleaning.
If bidet toilet seats are so great, then why doesn’t everyone have one? Well if you go some places, everyone does (try visiting Tokyo and not encountering one!), but here in the US the biggest reason they aren’t yet everywhere is that we have created a habit of using toilet paper. Breaking a habit seems hard no matter what the habit may be, and when it’s something you’ve done since childhood it can seem all the more difficult. But when you do make that change to a bidet seat, it is one of those things that will have you asking yourself, “Why didn’t I make the change sooner?” Many of our customers purchase their first seat after visiting another country where they are used or staying in a hotel that has one, and that first experience is all it takes. Once you try one, it’s a no-brainer.
While not yet as popular here in the US as in other countries, electric bidet toilet seats are beginning to be more common in America. One big reason why is the advances in bidet technology. Modern electric seats are leaps and bounds ahead of the old fashioned bidet fixtures of the past. Today’s seats install easily on your existing toilet, so you don’t even need a plumber. Plus they are chock full of features that essentially make them like a “smart” home appliance. Even though the current models are very technically advanced, they are designed to be very user-friendly with simple to use remote control operation on the top models. With features like adjustable water temperature, adjustable water pressure, adjustable nozzle position, heated seat, warm air dryer, built in air deodorizers and more, installing one of these units on your toilet will immediately transform your bathroom. So if you are ready to upgrade your habits for a better bathroom routine this spring, check out our amazing selection of top bidets here at bidetsPLUS!
Some people are very clearly DIYers (Do-It-Yourselfers). If there’s a project to be done around the house they dive right in. They actually enjoy putting together all those holiday gifts and see those dozens of parts as a fun puzzle. Then there are others who see all of those parts and want nothing to do with them. Regardless of your DIY skill level, we’ve got the perfect indoor project you can do yourself that will instantly make your life better: installing a new bidet toilet seat in your bathroom. The bad news is, some do-it-yourselfers just might find installing a bidet too easy!
If you hear “bidet” and think of a big, cumbersome plumping fixture that kind of looks like a toilet without the seat, then the first thing you should do is update your notion to the twenty-first century. Rather than a large porcelain base that requires a plumber and some extra water pipes, not to mention some extra square footage in your bathroom, modern electric bidets are designed to fit directly on your existing toilet. They simply replace your existing toilet seat. No invasive plumbing. No extra pipes. No extra floor space needed. All you need is a toilet, an electrical outlet, and about 30 minutes. And since these modern units install right on your toilet, they are a lot more convenient to use than the old fashioned bidets of yesteryear.
After choosing a bidet and making sure you have the right size for your toilet (round or elongated), there are just a few easy steps to install your new seat. First off, you will remove your existing toilet seat. To do this, you will simply unscrew the mounting bolts that hold the seat in place which can typically be done with a screwdriver. With the seat removed, you will then secure the bidet seat mounting bracket to the toilet. The mounting bracket is secured to the toilet using the same mounting holes that held the regular seat in place. The bracket position can be adjusted a bit farther forward or backward to get an optimal fit. Once the bracket is positioned you can tighten the mounting screws and slide the bidet into the bracket. If you listen, you can hear the unit “click” into place.
Next you will connect the unit to the water supply. To connect the water, you will simply split the existing water supply behind your toilet using a T-connection (aka "splitter") that comes with the bidet. First, turn off the water shut off valve on the wall and unscrew the water supply hose from the bottom of the water tank. Then thread the T-connection to the bottom of the water tank and reconnect the supply hose to the bottom of the T. From here, attach the included bidet hose to the side opening of the T-connection, and attach the other end of the hose right into the water inlet on the rear left side of the bidet seat (as you are facing the toilet). With the lines now connected, you can open the water shut off valve again and make sure everything is secure with no leaks.
The last thing you’ll need to do since this is an electric appliance is plug the unit into an outlet. The power cord on most bidet seats is around 3 and a half feet long and is a standard three-prong grounded plug designed for a grounded outlet. We recommend using a GFCI outlet which are commonly used in bathrooms. If needed you can use a grounded extension cord, just be sure to secure any cords for safety.
With your new bidet seat installed, you can now begin familiarizing yourself with all of the various features these modern cleaning machines have to offer. We have a bidet toilet seat comparison chart that may be helpful when deciding which model has the features you want. You can also contact us here at bidetsPLUS if you need help choosing a model or if you have any questions about the installation. Enjoying a healthier, cleaner bathroom experience is just a few simple steps away for any Do-It-Yourselfer with bidetsPLUS!