How Do Bidet Attachments Work?

Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, bidets are rapidly rising in popularity throughout the United States. Not only do they deliver a more hygienic alternative to toilet paper, but some models include convenience features aimed to leave you feeling especially freshened. While some bidets may run a hefty price, there is a wide range of relatively inexpensive bidet attachment models available.

How does a bidet attachment work? Bidet attachments work like free-standing bidets in that they spray a stream of water to clean a person's posterior — except they are easily installed onto a pre-existing toilet. Below is a detailed breakdown of bidet attachments, their benefits, and a basic installation process to help you create a better bathroom experience.

What Is a Bidet and How Does It Work?

A bidet attachment fits underneath a toilet seat and uses a spray wand or nozzle directed at your bottom to provide cleaning after answering nature's call. Some models include adjustable sprays, heated seats and water heating systems. However, straightforward styles are the most inexpensive route if you're on a budget.

How do bidet attachments work for feminine areas? Using water to clean during menstruation or as a new mother can help women feel refreshed in the most sensitive areas. Depending on style, the bidet may have a separate attachment for feminine cleaning or can adjust to provide better service to the front.

There are many benefits in having a bidet in your home. The first is a reduction in the amount of toilet paper used. Cutting back on toilet paper consumption is good for the earth. Millions of trees are cut for manufacturing every year. Not only that, but it avoids irritation from using toilet paper containing perfume and is often less abrasive to a person's nether regions.

As the concern for cleanliness and good health increases, people are discovering the advantages of using a bidet. Many models provide a hands-free experience because it works beneath you and, in turn, reduces the likelihood of bacteria germinating when used effectively.

Individuals with hemorrhoids or medical conditions also find bidets to be more comfortable; they are less abrasive than wiping. Lastly, seniors can regain some confidence in their cleanliness. The bidet helps them to still feel tidy when reaching to wipe becomes difficult.

 

 

Selecting the Right Bidet Attachment for You

First, it's important to note that bidet attachments usually do not offer all the features of a high-end bidet seat. Conveniences such as a heated seat, warm air dryer or deodorizer won't typically be found in these handy contraptions. However, there are certain components and notable factors to take into consideration before purchasing.

Here are some important points to ponder in deciding what's best for your family:

  • Water pressure adjustment: Several styles offer a means to adjust the water pressure to a lower or higher rate. This comes in handy when factoring in comfort surrounding hemorrhoids or possibly when recovering from a recent operation.
  • Control panel placement: Next is whether a right-handed or left-handed control panel is preferred. Bidet attachments can offer a control panel integrated into the attachment, a control arm that juts out or a remote control. For lefties, choosing a design to accommodate their dominant hand is key.
    Also, the design may interfere with the space. Be sure to examine the intended throne room beforehand to avoid any installation setbacks. For instance, a cabinet or vanity may hinder the bidet's placement on the toilet.
    Feminine washing attachments: Posterior washing is standard. That said, dual cleansing functions are available to accommodate all family members. Rear washing and feminine washing can be addressed via dual nozzles or a modifiable nozzle. Some styles even offer a switch on the control panel for a hands-free and hygienic approach to tidying both areas.
  • Cleanliness elements: Regular cleaning is required due to the nature of the product, but some bidets offer a self-cleaning nozzle. Other designs feature a nozzle splash guard gate to cover the nozzle when not in use. Keep these options in mind to make routine chores less of a hassle.
  • Temperature control: This is a big point to consider because it calls for additional installation and possible plumbing adjustments. Choosing a bidet with a hot water connection has its obvious perks and may be an essential feature for some buyers. Such models are typically more expensive yet less costly than bidet seats.
    Before selecting a bidet with a hot water connection, check whether it's adjustable, if your hot water supply is accessible, and how far the connection is from the toilet. Bidets with this feature should list the length of the hot water hose on the label or website for you to measure ahead of the purchase.
    One last point to consider is the time it takes for hot water to make its way to the bathroom. Test with the sink to see if the hot water travels fast enough to make this additional feature worthwhile.
  • Further options: If you plan to shop for a high-quality model, look for such features as metal connections, braided PVC hosing, internal brass valves and antibacterial components.

Step-by-Step Installation Instructions

Of course, you will want to follow any instructions accompanying the purchase. Some models have different setups depending on features, but this is a basic breakdown of how to install a bidet attachment without a warm water connection:

  1. Gather necessary tools such as a screwdriver and adjustable wrench.
  2. Ensure the installation holes on the bidet align with the toilet seat. You'll want to make sure the attachment fits properly before proceeding.
  3. Remove the nuts from underneath the rim of the toilet with the wrench to take off the toilet seat.
  4. Align the bidet attachment with the toilet holes. You may need to adjust the brackets.
  5. Position the nozzle to make sure it is properly centered.
  6. Place the toilet seat back on and tighten the bolts securely using the wrench or screwdriver to reattach it.
  7. Locate the toilet's water supply valve. It may be under the sink or near the toilet's base by the wall.
  8. Shut off the water supply momentarily. Then, flush the toilet to drain the water.
  9. Disconnect the water supply hose from the toilet tank.
  10. Position the included rubber washers in the T-adapter. Read the list of included pieces or manual to confirm they are on-hand at the start.
  11. Connect the T-adapter to the fill valve in the toilet tank and then connect the water hose to the T-adapter.
  12. Lastly, connect the bidet hose to the bidet inlet and T-adapter. Once everything feels tightly secured, it's time to turn on the water supply, flush the toilet and take care of business.

Improving Bathrooms One Bidet at a Time

Investing in a bidet attachment or free-standing bidet can bring numerous hygienic and comfort-based benefits to any household. At Modern Bathroom, we offer brand-name models to fit your space and your family's needs. Browse our must-see selection today!

 

How To Refurbish A Bathtub

Is your bathroom outdated? Does it feel used and abused? The problem might be your old bathtub, or more specifically, the old tub’s drab finish. Even if you clean the bathtub regularly, the tub’s finish can still make the whole room look dingy. Your tub might need to be refinished. Refinishing a bathtub is the process of applying a hard epoxy coating over a tub’s existing fiberglass, enamel or acrylic surface using a paintbrush or airbrush. Let’s look at the signs and symptoms of a tub that needs to be refurbished.

Signs Your Bathtub Needs Refinishing 

  • Your old tub is no longer shiny. New bathtubs are freshly glazed and typically boast a light-catching, glossy shine. However, over time and after plenty of everyday use, that finish can wear away, leaving a dull, drab appearance. Not only is shine gone, but the protective surface has probably worn away, too. Refinishing it can help refresh the shine and the protection.
  • Your old bathtub always looks dirty. That’s because it is Your tub might have been sparkling white, but over time it might look splotchy and beige. A properly finished tub is glazed, creating a non-porous finish. Once that finish wears away, however, the tub becomes porous, and the dirt and grime can settle into the surface. Scrubbing with harsh bathroom cleaners doesn’t always help and might make the drab finish look worse. You want a soak in your tub to help you feel clean, fresh and hygienic, not grimy.
  • The finish of your old bathtub is scratched, cracked or chipped. Life happens, and a lot of that life has probably occurred in your bathroom. Your children probably grew up playing with toys in that tub during bath time, but perhaps not all of those toys were soft and tub friendly. Maybe you give your dogs their baths in that tub, and the claws on their paws have scratched the surface. Maybe you’ve even dropped something heavy, such as a shower wand, and damaged the surface. If you chip the finish of a tub, it might reveals the steel or cast iron beneath the surface, which can rust and look terrible.
  • Your vintage tub needs an update. A house from the 1950s might be solid as a rock, but that pink, baby blue or mint green tub can make the rest of the bathroom feel outdated. Resurfacing the bathtub can give it a brighter, white surface to complement the rest of your bathroom.

Before You Begin

It’s important to note that refinishing your bathtub yourself won’t necessarily give the tub the appearance of being entirely new. Depending on your experience and capabilities, your work might not be as good as that of professionals. However, if you’re handy around the house, you enjoy learning new home-improvement techniques, and your tub’s surface needs attention but is otherwise in good condition, refurbishing your bathtub could be a straightforward weekend project. Still, it might be a good idea to get contact information for professional tub refinishers, in case the job becomes more than you can handle. This is especially true if you don’t have a second tub or shower in the house, and your housemates will need to bathe in the next few days.

How Do You Refinish a Bathtub?

Learning how to refinish a tub yourself can be done by watching home-improvement tutorial videos online. You can also check your local home-improvement stores to see if they offer classes that teach how to refinish a bathtub. Before you begin your project, make a list of the supplies you’ll need and purchase them in one trip to the hardware store. You won’t want to be in the middle of the project and realize you need to make another trip.

Bathtub Refinishing Supplies 

  • Bathtub refinishing kit
  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Abrasive pad
  • Rubber gloves
  • Breathing protection
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Paint roller and roller cover
  • Paint sponge
  • Roller tray
  • Caulk gun
  • Chemical caulk remover
  • Bleach
  • Abrasive cleanser
  • Drop cloth
  • Painter's tape
  • #400 to #600 wet/dry sandpaper
  • Paper towels
  • Tack cloth
  • Tub and tile caulk

Bathtub Refinishing Process

  1. Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions that were included with the refinishing kit. Use only as directed.
  2. Ventilate the room. Even though many tub refinishing kits claim to be odorless, it is in your best interest to keep the room ventilated while you work. Open nearby windows and run the exhaust fan.
  3. Wear personal protective equipment, including rubber gloves and breathing protection, especially when sanding the tub.
  4. Unscrew and remove all the metal hardware from your tub. This includes the faucet spout and cover plates. Use a putty knife to clean dirt and caulk residue from openings.
  5. Thoroughly clean the tub. Remove the caulking from the joints around the tub. You might need to use a chemical caulk remover to rid the tub surface of all traces of caulk residue. Use bleach to remove mildew. Thoroughly scrub the tub surface with an abrasive cleanser. Rinse completely with clear water.
  6. Cover areas around the tub — including the floor and walls — using painter's tape and drop cloths.
  7. Etch the tub’s surface by combining the kit’s etching powder with water and applying it to the surface of the tub. The etching powder should help prep the old finish so the new coating will adhere to the tub’s surface. Scrub the tub surface using an abrasive pad. Rinse the bathtub completely with clear water.
  8. Use #400 or #600 wet/dry sandpaper to sand the bathtub while the tub is still wet. This will roughen the tub surface further, allowing the new coating to better adhere to the surface and not peel away after all your hard work. Sand and roughen the entire tub, including the corners and edges. Rinse the tub and let it dry.
  9. Wipe down the dry tub to remove dust, lint or paper residue.
  10. Apply the kit’s primer to the tub surface using a foam brush and paint roller. Follow all label instructions. Let the primer dry.
  11. Follow the kit’s label instructions to mix the epoxy coating by blending the hardener/catalyst into the epoxy resin. The epoxy coating will begin to harden once mixed, so be prepared to apply the coating to the entire tub in one session.
  12. Use a paint roller to apply the coating to the sides of the bathtub. To prevent lines and drips, alternate using horizontal and vertical roller strokes. Use the sponge paint brush in the corners and other hard-to-reach areas.
  13. Follow label directions regarding timing of the second coat’s application.
  14. Allow the second coat to dry and cure, as per label directions. Curing might take up to three days. Keep the area ventilated.
  15. Seal the tub with fresh silicone caulk and allow it to cure. Reinstall hardware.

Bathtub refinishing can add new protection to your tub while making it look better. The project can cost a few hundred dollars, depending on which supplies and tools you already own, but refinishing is typically an affordable way to improve the look of the entire bathroom. On the other hand, if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer and learning how to refurbish a bathtub just isn’t on your to-do list, upgrade to your dream bathroom, starting with a new tub. Learn about Modern Bathroom’s exciting tub and shower options here.        

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