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Replace Toilet Seat

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Toilet Seats and Covers are there for Hygiene Purposes

Maintaining good hygiene in toilets is crucial to prevent the spread of germs and harmful bacteria. 

Sitting down on a toilet seat creates a barrier between you and the contents of the toilet bowl. Leaving the toilet seat cover (or lid) down while flushing reduces the spread of germs and bacteria.

Every time we flush our WC, a cloud of microscopic water droplets and particles known as “toilet plume” is created. These droplets contain fecal pathogens, bacteria and viruses, and can travel up to six feet from the toilet bowl.

So if you leave the toilet lid up when you flush, those germs can float around your bathroom, landing on any available surface, including towels, combs or even toothbrushes. 

That is why the toilet is designed to come with a toilet seat and cover/lid. 

In this guide, we will discuss the common issues with our toilet seat and the solutions for each issue. We will also check out the different types of toilet seats. Lastly we provide a step by step guide on how to replace your toilet seat.

Common Problems With Toilet Seats

It is essential to recognise that our humble toilet seat and lid plays an important role in the overall comfort and functionality of our toilet. Additionally, it is also crucial in maintaining hygiene and preventing potential health hazards.

1. Loose or Wobbly Seat
  • Issue: A toilet seat that feels unstable or wobbles when in use can be frustrating and unsafe.
  • Solution: Tighten the mounting bolts located underneath the toilet seat. Use a screwdriver or wrench to securely fasten the bolts, ensuring the seat is firmly attached to the toilet bowl. If the bolts are damaged or stripped, replace them with new ones.
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Adjust Bolts For Loose Toilet Seat
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Replace Damaged Bolt Of Toilet Seat
2. Cracks or Chips
  • Issue: Cracks or chips on the surface of the toilet seat not only detract from its appearance but can also harbor bacteria and make cleaning difficult.
  • Solution: Replace the damaged toilet seat with a new one. Opt for a high-quality seat made of durable materials such as plastic or wood to prevent future damage. Regularly clean and disinfect the new seat to maintain hygiene.
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Cracked Toilet Seat
3. Fading or Discoloration
  • Issue: Prolonged exposure to cleaning chemicals can cause the toilet seat to fade or change colour over time.
  • Solution: Clean the toilet seat regularly with mild soap and water to remove dirt and stains. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals that may accelerate fading. Consider replacing the seat if discoloration is severe or if it affects the appearance of your bathroom.
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Yellowish Toilet Seat
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Yellowish Underside Of Toilet Seat
4. Stubborn Stains or Odors
  • Issue: Stubborn stains or lingering odors on the toilet seat surface can be unsightly and unpleasant.
  • Solution: Deep clean the toilet seat using a mixture of vinegar and water or a specialized bathroom cleaner. Scrub the surface gently with a soft brush or sponge to remove stains and eliminate odors. For persistent stains, consider using a mild abrasive cleaner or bleach solution. Ensure thorough rinsing after cleaning to prevent residue buildup.
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Badly Stained Toilet Seat And Cover
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Dirty/Discoloured Toilet Seat And Lid
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Dirty Toilet Seat
5. Soft-Close Mechanism Malfunction
  • Issue: If the soft-close mechanism of your toilet seat stops working, the seat may slam shut unexpectedly or fail to close softly.
  • Solution: Inspect the soft-close hinges and springs for any signs of damage or obstruction. Clean the hinges and lubricate the springs with silicone lubricant to ensure smooth operation. If the mechanism is damaged beyond repair, consider replacing the hinges or the entire seat with a new one equipped with a reliable soft-close feature.
6. Discomfort or Poor Fit
  • Issue: A toilet seat that is uncomfortable or does not fit properly can detract from the overall user experience.
  • Solution: Choose a toilet seat with ergonomic design features such as contoured edges or cushioned padding for enhanced comfort. Measure the dimensions of your toilet bowl to ensure a proper fit when selecting a new seat. Consider adjustable or customizable options to accommodate individual preferences and needs.
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Toilet Seat Too Small
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Toilet Seat Too Big
7. Broken or Missing Hardware
  • Issue: Hardware such as bolts, nuts, or hinges may become damaged, rusted, or lost over time, compromising the stability and functionality of the toilet seat.
  • Solution: Replace any broken or missing hardware with new, compatible components. Choose corrosion-resistant materials such as stainless steel or brass to ensure durability. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation and tightening of hardware to prevent future issues.
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Metal Hinge Of Toilet Seat Broke
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Broken Plastic Hinge Of Toilet Seat
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Toilet Seat Partially Detached
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Corroded Bolts Need To Be Changed

By addressing these common issues with toilet seats and implementing the appropriate solutions, you can maintain a functional, comfortable, and hygienic bathroom environment.

Types of Toilet Seats

  1. Standard Toilet Seats: Traditional toilet seats with a standard round or elongated shape, available in various materials such as plastic, wood, or cushioned vinyl.
  2. Soft-Close Toilet Seats: Innovative seats equipped with a slow-closing mechanism, designed to prevent slamming and minimize noise.
  3. Bidet Toilet Seats: Advanced seats featuring integrated bidet functions for enhanced cleanliness and comfort, often equipped with adjustable water temperature and pressure settings.
  4. Heated Toilet Seats: Luxurious seats with built-in heating elements to provide warmth during colder months, offering added comfort and relaxation.
  5. Elevated Toilet Seats: Raised seats designed to provide additional height for individuals with mobility issues or those requiring assistance.

Step-by-Step Guide to Replace Toilet Seat

  1. Gather Necessary Tools: Before starting, ensure you have the required tools on hand, including a screwdriver, adjustable wrench, and replacement toilet seat.
  2. Prepare the Toilet Area: Clean the toilet bowl and surrounding area to ensure a hygienic workspace.
  3. Remove the Old Toilet Seat: Unscrew the bolts securing the old seat to the toilet bowl, using a screwdriver or wrench as needed. Lift the old seat and carefully dispose of it.
  4. Install the New Toilet Seat: Position the new seat over the mounting holes on the toilet bowl, ensuring proper alignment. Secure the seat in place using the provided bolts and nuts, tightening them securely.
  5. Test for Stability: Gently press down on the new seat to ensure it is securely attached to the toilet bowl and does not move or wobble.
  6. Adjust Seat Alignment: If necessary, adjust the alignment of the seat to ensure it sits evenly on the toilet bowl and aligns with the front edge.
  7. Final Checks: Double-check the tightness of the bolts and nuts, as well as the stability of the seat. Clean any fingerprints or smudges from the surface of the seat for a polished finish.

What if Your Toilet Does Not Have a Toilet Seat and Cover?

Many people don’t realise how important toilet seats and covers are in maintaining good hygiene in our bathrooms.

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Toilet Without Seat And Lid
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Need To Install New Toilet Seat And Lid

Is your toilet missing the toilet seat and cover too? Fear not. We can help you install it once you send us the measurements and some pictures of your current toilet.

Measurement 1: Width Of Toilet
Measurement 2: Distance From Front Edge To The Bolt/Hinge
Measurement 3: Distance Between The Bolts

Getting a Specialist to Replace or Install Toilet Seat

Replacing a toilet seat may seem like a minor task, but it can have a significant impact on the functionality and aesthetics of your bathroom. By following this comprehensive guide and seeking professional assistance from our trusted plumbers when needed, you can ensure a seamless and successful toilet seat replacement.

Remember, a quality toilet seat is not only essential for comfort but also contributes to a clean and hygienic bathroom environment.

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New (Replaced) Toilet Bowl Seat

Singapore Plumbing Works can supply the toilet seat and cover, or you can choose to procure one yourself.  Upon your confirmation, our reliable plumber will be dispatched to your doorsteps at your preferred date and time to get the replacement/installation done swiftly for you.

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