Frequently Asked Questions
Q. "What does 'will fit' mean? How can I be sure one of these seats actually will fit my toilet?"
A. "Will fit" is a term used to describe parts (including toilet seats) that are not made by the original manufacturer, but that are designed to fulfill the same function and fit the same way. The toilet seat you will receive is made by Bemis, the leading toilet seat manufacturer, and is designed to accommodate the majority of round front or elongated front toilet bowls found in the United States. Due to the need to fit many different models of toilets, the dimensions for these seats may not match 100% perfectly with your old seat.
As long as the toilet seat fits securely onto the rim of your toilet bowl without too much overlap, the seat should work for your toilet. If the seat is too short and there is exposed porcelain, most likely the wrong style was ordered and you may need an elongated seat. Of course, keep in mind that some toilet models are unique and a regular style seat simply won't fit.
We recommend measuring your old seat or your toilet bowl and comparing the dimensions to those listed prior to ordering. If the measurements are within 1/2" of each other, the desired seat will most likely work for your toilet model. If not, we encourage you to browse our selection of other toilet seats, as we offer a variety of uniquely sized or different style toilet seats and may have something else to fit your particular model.
Q. "How do I clean my new seat, and what products should I avoid?"
A. Most manufacturers (and the manufacturer of the seats we offer) recommend a light solution of mild soap and water. Products like pine oils, essential oils, chlorine, acid, scouring powders, detergents, disinfectants, bleach, or products in aerosol cans should never be used as they can damage the finish and color of the seat. Also, as scouring pads can scratch the seat, they should not be used. It is our recommendation to always follow the manufacturers suggested cleaning methods to maintain the seats.
Q. "Which material do you feel makes a better seat, plastic or wood?"
A. Today's molded or pressed wood seats are well-made. Wood seats tend to not "wiggle" much, and should last 5 - 20 years (depending on usage and cleaning methods). If you drop the seat's lid (cover) a lot, the paint can (and usually does) wear off. Plastic seats come in many grades and thicknesses; the lower priced ones, which tend to "wiggle" and move around while you are sitting on them, and the quality, thick plastic toilet seats. The plastic seats are the same color throughout and so will hide scratches better than the wood seats. They are worth the price, as they will last a long time. So, in summary, it is really up to personal preference as to whether the plastic or wood seats are better.
Q. "The toilet seat controversy - should the toilet seat be left up or down when not in use?"
A.This one is obviously for each person to decide on their own, but we feel that it is much more aesthetically pleasing to have the lid and the cover down when not in use. There's also a case to be made for the sanitary aspects in that there's going to be less water splashing when you close the lid and cover before flushing.