Samodra - August 3 2021

How to Use a Bidet? Steps & Tips for You

A bidet can be a typical basin or a nozzle fixed on toilet seats to clean yourself after using the washroom. If you have traveled internationally, you likely have spotted a bidet in European, Asian, and South American countries. And now they are becoming popular in the United States. You understand the irony of using dry toilet paper to clean your dirty parts and use clean water to clean your hands. But why not wash those parts with water too?

This is the part where bidets come in, offering a hygienic option. Bidet is a French-derived word meaning little horse. This is attributable to the standalone bidets and how you clean yourself by straddling on them. Bidets are fixed in toilet seats where they spray water to your dirtiest parts after using the bathroom. On the other end, Superior models come with heated seats, adjustable nozzles, and an auto-drier.  

What are the types of bidets?

With the rising demands of bidets, more different forms are emerging. As such, you can’t predict what you may encounter, a handheld or an inbuilt bidet. 

Standalone bidet

Standalones are the traditional bidet types, and they are usually placed close to a regular toilet. They resemble a big low sink which is usually filled with water up to the brim. Still, others may have a fixed nozzle. 

Handheld bidet

Handheld bidets or bidet sprayers are nozzles connected directly to the toilet. It’s manually positioned close to your dirty regions to wash your genitals. Further, you can always change the direction of the water stream if you are using a portable bidet.

Inbuilt bidet

Inbuilt bidets are toilet seats fitted with a bidet feature. When you flush the toilet, it automatically dispenses a perpendicular stream of water to wash your dirty regions. 

Electric bidets

Warm water bidets can be inbuilt, standalone, or have a nozzle attachment. They are usually attached to a hot water pipe system. If not, they may have inbuilt water heaters to heat the washing water. 

How to use a bidet generally? 

Bidet attachments and bidet toilet seats are the most common types of bidets. However, their functioning is, to some extent, similar. You have to mount them by removing your toilet seat and connecting them to the toilet's piping system. Most toilet seat bidets have labeled controls. You have to read them first before proceeding with your business. 

Using an electric bidet toilet seat?

Electric bidets may either have a control panel with buttons or remote control. At first, the sheer amount of possibilities may seem daunting, but don't be hesitant to try something new. Regardless if you're washing your front region or the hindquarters, you'll generally press the "wash" or "rear" or "front" buttons for basic washing.

In most cases, there's still a spray positioning button that allows you to change the nozzle's positioning such that the water flows exactly wherever you intend. Again, electric bidets' have a button for water pressure and temperatures controls. And this is similar to the non-electric model.

How long you leave the water running is entirely up to you. But, spraying for 30 to 60 seconds is sufficient to do the task. Additional features of more expensive bidet toilet seats include changeable spray width, a rotating nozzle, water heater, nightlights, and a dryer. Provided that the bidet has a drier, you can forgo the use of toilet paper.

Using a non-electric bidet seat 

Similar to SAMODRA bidets, non-electric bidets release water by turning a knob. Turning the knob further release water with more pressure which can be painful if not carefully done. Non-electric bidets still have additional knobs for water temperature control and nozzle positioning. You may play about with them to get your ideal degree of comfort. However, one should be cautious when using hot water; while it cleans better, it also has a conceivable potential to scald.

How to use a standalone bidet?

Standalones were the first and traditional form of bidets. They are often constructed with ceramic and look like a toilet void of lid or reservoir. Because you use them after peeing or defecating, freestanding bidets are usually placed close to toilets.

You may sit or straddle on a freestanding bidet facing the faucets (you will have to remove your clothes away from the faucets). Make sure you're positioned over the jet before turning the knobs to discharge hot or cold water, hinging on your preference. To avoid scorching, I recommend going for cold water and gradually switch to hot. 

Shift your positions to ensure that you clean the areas that need to be cleaned. Jets aren't always present in freestanding bidets. Alternatively, they load the basins. You, therefore, have to lap the water on your unclean regions with your hands, like you would in a bath.

Again, standalone have no driers. A toilet paper comes in helpful in this situation. Even though your bidet may have a drying function, you will still have to use toilet paper to double-check the bidet's job to make sure you're completely clean. On most occasions, the bidet will take care of everything, but it's always good to double-check with the last wipe.

Tips for using a bidet 

• Before using any bidet, you should check the jet spraying position.
• For starters, clean the bidet with tissue papers first before going for bidet spray.
• Make sure the spray won't reach your clothes.
• For perfect results, shut the T- valve once you are finished using the bidet. Avoiding this may lead to a leaky bidet.

Take away

Using a bidet is not just about personal hygiene, but it's efficient for people with mobility issues. They are still eco-friendly compared to tissue papers obtained from trees. And while tissues may cause toilet blockages, bidets won’t as they typically use water. However, when you are using them for the very first time, they may be intimidating. You will have to start with low pressures. And as you get along with the functions, it becomes a part of your life you can't let go of. 

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