Everything You Need to Know: How to Clean a Bidet?
Have you recently purchased a bidet seat but have no idea how to clean it? Continue reading to give yourself the tools you need to keep your bidet clean.
You'll be surprised to hear that your toilet isn't the dirtiest place in your home, but it's a good idea to clean it every once in a while. If your toilet has a bidet seat attached to it, then you need to make it a priority to add cleaning it to your weekly list of chores.
Sometimes people wait until the bidet seat stops functioning to clean it. This is not a path you should follow because you're allowing various types of bacteria to form.
To avoid certain bacteria from cultivating and making your toilet seat its home, you need to equip yourself with the information as to how to clean your bidet seat. You should know how to clean a bidet before you even make the purchase.
However, if you’ve already installed a bidet seat, then the next thing you should immediately do is teach yourself how to clean it. The cleaning instructions will depend on the type of bidet you purchase.
If you have a bidet seat attached to your toilet, you’ll have to take extra precaution when cleaning it. Continue reading to find out why.
Cleaning a Bidet Seat
What material is it made out of?
When you first purchase a bidet and take it out of its box, you’ll notice how the material its made out of doesn’t resemble that of your toilet. This means you can’t use the same cleaning products you would use on your ceramic toilet on your bidet seat.
Bidet toilet seats are typically made out of hard plastics such as polypropylene and ABS. A lot of household items you have consisted of this plastic. Everything from toys to car parts contains some polypropylene.
At first, you might be shocked to find out that bidet seats aren’t made out of porcelain. Since a bidet seat typically resembles the color and glossy finish similar to that of your toilet, people often assume that its made out of the same porcelain material.
Now that you know that your bidet seat consists of a plastic build, you have a better understanding as to which chemicals are safe to use.
Those who use any alcohol or bleach to clean their bidet seat are in for a rude awakening. Bleach and alcohol are abrasive, so applying it to your bidet seat will deteriorate its surface.
If you continuously rely on these chemicals to clean it, you'll find that your bidet seat ends up discolored and cracked.
Keep in mind that any warranty on a bidet seat will not cover those types of damages, so you’ll be stuck with a semi-functioning bidet seat.
How to Safely Clean a Bidet Seat?
Before you even start the cleaning process, you need to make sure that you have turned off your bidet seat. This means you have to unplug the unit to avoid causing harm to yourself.
Once you’ve turned off the bidet, you can begin cleaning it. First, you have to make a solution that consists of warm water and antibacterial soap. You can follow the four to one ratio, so for every for cups of water you add one cup of antibacterial soap.
Those who want a solution with extra disinfecting capabilities should consider adding one cup of white vinegar as well.
Next, you soak a towel with the solution you concocted and use it to wipe down the surface of your bidet seat. After you finish cleaning the outer surface, you need to lift the bidet seat to clean the underside of it.
It’s recommended you use a separate towel to complete this task, especially if the underside is exceptionally dirty.
After you've cleaned the bidet seat to your standard, you need to grab another fresh cloth to wipe down your bidet seat. You can use warm water for this part since it'll be adequate to remove any presence of the cleaning solution you made.
Now you can plug your bidet back in, and it'll be good as new. Remember to do this on a weekly basis because you don't want an increased bacteria presence. If your bidet seems to get dirty a lot quicker than in a week, then you should clean it more often.