How to Replace a Bathroom Toilet Seat
Toilet Repair: Replacing A Toilet Seat –
DIY & Technical: Replace a toilet seat using our easy, step-by-step guide. Here we explain How to fit a new toilet seat.
Why should I replace my Bathroom toilet seat?
How often do you clean out your toilet bowl? If you don’t, then you should definitely get rid of that old, disgusting toilet seat.
There are a number of reasons why replacing your toilet seat is important.
First, it keeps your toilet looking new and fresh.
Second, it helps prevent bacteria from building up inside your toilet. And third, it makes sure that your toilet is safe for your family.
For replacement toilet seats you’ll want to purchase a replacement cover. These covers come in several styles, sizes, and colours.
They also come in a variety of materials, such as plastic or vinyl.
Some toilets have plastic seats, others metal ones, some have fancy designs, and some have plain old white ones.
Ensure you’re fitting the right sized toilet seat!
Are they all a standard size?
Toilet seats come in a variety of shapes, so you’ll want to make sure you buy one that fits your needs.
The measurement between the two fixing holes is important. Most toilets have a standard length of 155mm.
You should measure the width of the toilet bowl before buying a new toilet seat.
Measurements include the width of the bowl at its widest point, and the length from the front of the bowl to the two-seat fixing holes.
They usually have two screws that hold them to the bowl.
These screws should be removed first, and then the nuts holding the seat down should be loosened.
A flathead screwdriver will work well here. After removing the nuts, the seat should be lifted off.
Wear a pair of protective gloves to keep your hands clean
How to remove an old seat
They are usually attached to the toilet with bolts. There are usually plastic caps covering these bolts. Use flathead screwdriver tools to remove these caps. Older toilets may be harder to remove. Be careful when removing the caps.
Once you’ve removed the caps on the bottom of your seat, you’ll see the screws with wingnuts. You may use tools like pliers to loosen these nuts, and then remove the screws by hand.
Depending on the make of the seat, you may need to use your screwdriver to unscrew it. If the seat is stuck or too rusty to lift off on its own, spray a bit of WD-40 on the seat and wait for up to ten minutes before trying to lift it.
Seats vary in how they’re attached to the Toilet, but most will work similarly. You might need to use a small saw to cut them off.
It can be tricky, but shouldn’t take too long. Remember the process for next time!
Once you remove the toilet seat, give the toilet bowl a good cleaning with an anti-bacterial cleaner.
How to put a new toilet seat on
When you remove your old seat, it’s time for you to replace it with a new one.
You’ll be given the necessary fittings to do this, including instructions from the manufacturers on how to put them together.
Your new toilet seat should sit evenly on the perimeter of the toilet bowl, and it should be centred. Once you’re happy with the position of your new seat, use your hand or pliers to tighten the wingnuts into the hole underneath the seat.
Toilet seats should be tightened properly.
Plastic bolts won’t break after several uses. Rubber washers must be placed between nuts and toilet seat. Two wingnuts in the hole underneath are used to tighten the seat.
Push the new toilet seat onto its bolts by pressing it down. Replace the old toilet seat using the wingnuts. Follow these steps to install the new toilet seat and you will have no trouble installing the new toilet seat.
This article has given you a step-by-step guide on how to replace a toilet seat.
If you’ve always wanted to know how to change a toilet seat but were unsure of where to start or felt that you would struggle on your own then I hope that this has given you the push and confidence to change a toilet seat yourself.
You never know, maybe one day; you’ll be the one helping someone else out with this job, in which case hopefully these steps will come in handy!
If you need bathroom Expert Fitters or need measurements taken of your toilet seat please contact us for assistance.