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Changing a Toilet Seat

Changing a toilet seat

Madonna is not the only celebrity who demands a new toilet seat be installed in every hotel room she books; Mary J. Blige is another demanding diva.

Unlike celebrities, most people keep their toilet seats for more than just a few hours or days, but a time comes when a new toilet seat is in order.

When changing a toilet seat be very careful if the bolts are rusted and frozen. Apply liberal amounts of a penetrating lubricant on the bolts and allow to sit over night. Then use a long handled adjustable wrench.

NEVER hit the bolts with a hammer in an attempt to break them. The toilet is the only thing that will break!! As a last resort spray a lubricant on the top and bottoms of metal bolts. Then place a thin bladed putty knife between a hack saw blade and the china toilet bowl rim and saw through the bolts with the hack saw. Plastic bolts that become dethreaded will also need to be cut off with the hack saw.



Sani-seat

Hygienic Toilet Seat

Sani-Seat made by North American Hygiene, Inc. of Asbury Park, NJ is a complete and easy replacement for any existing standard toilet seat. This makes installation quick and painless for business owners! Each Sani-Seat is composed of a covered area (A), which houses the driving mechanism and rolls of sanitary hygienic film, and a seat which is enclosed in the sleeve-like sanitary wrap. As the fresh sanitary wrap is used, it travels around the seat and is deposited into the opposite side of the covered area. The used wrap is automatically destroyed as it is collected underneath the covered area, so there is no chance of reusing the soiled wrap.

I first encountered a Sani-Seat in a restaurant while on a trip to Florida; my friends told me they are quite common in Florida. Operated by an electronic eye, it sure beats trying to get rectangular pieces of toilet tissue to stay in place around the rim of a conventional toilet seat. I hope this is a trend that will catch on across the country.

Since I first encountered a Sani-Seat in Florida, I've found several other manufacturers on the internet. One is made by Brill of Delray Beach, Florida and called the Hands-Free Electronic Sanitary Toilet Seat!. There are several reprints of newspaper articles on their site that give more background. The another seat is the hygolet® S2000 Hygienic Toilet Seat (photo on left). hygolet® USA is headquartered in Deerfield Beach, FL.




Avoiding Germs in Public Restrooms

Kimberly-Clark ... Avoiding Germs in Public Restrooms

ROSWELL, Ga. (December 7, 2000) – Just about anyone who works or travels outside the home uses a public restroom several times a day. In fact, the average office building tenant spends more than three workdays a year in the restroom. Add to this resistant bacteria, E. coli outbreaks, and new infectious diseases. It seems that every time we turn around we’re confronted with more news about germs and their threat to our health.

Since you can’t stop other people from spreading germs after using the bathroom, here are some suggestions for germ avoidance in public restrooms:

1. Look for enclosed toilet paper systems that let you touch only the product that you need, reducing the potential for cross-contamination. Toilet paper in an enclosed system is also protected from dirt and moisture.

2. If you have a choice, pick a restroom with no-touch faucets and toilet flushing devices. That way you can use the restroom without touching a lot of handles or levers that may harbor germs.

3. No-touch paper towel and no-touch soap systems offer the same benefits when washing hands.

4. Shut the faucet with a paper towel after washing your hands and also use it to open the door handle before throwing it away.

5. Try not to touch bathroom surfaces after you have washed your hands – since germs can be spread to others via restroom fixtures, surfaces, faucets and product dispensers.

6. And lastly, remember to wash your hands correctly! Use soap and warm, running water. Wash your skin well, including your wrists, palms, back of the hands, fingers and under your fingernails. Rub your hands together for at least 10 to 15 seconds. If you wash your hands correctly, you will greatly reduce the chances of spreading germs, including those that have developed resistance to antibiotics. Disease-causing germs can enter your body when your unwashed hands touch your nose, mouth or open wounds.

For more information on germ protection, visit the Kimberly-Clark Skin Wellness Institute web site at www.kcskinhealth.com.




The Truth About Toilet Seats

By Melissa A. Calderone ... The paper toilet-seat cover can be a guardian angel for the backside, but only if the seat is dry to begin with. When the cover is placed onto a seat that's wet, it ferries bacteria and viruses from the toilet seat up to your bare skin. The good news is that you're unlikely to contract a disease merely by sitting on a pathogen-covered toilet. For the rest of the story see Popular Science .


A Game Theoretic Approach
To The Toilet Seat Problem

By Richard Harter

The toilet seat problem has been the subject of much controversey. In this paper we consider a simplified model of the toilet seat problem. We shall show that for this model there is an inherent conflict of interest which can be resolved by a equity solution. From The Science Creative Quarterly.


Microogranisms in Public Washrooms

The data on public washrooms contamination shows how often and how easily specific high-contact washroom surfaces can be contaminated. By Dr. Charles Gerba

Results of clinical research done over the past few years have been surprising in some cases, and expected in others. The data provides information on areas of potential contamination, or "hot zones," that can be addressed with specific cleaning protocols or antimicrobial products. These zones include the toilet itself, the floor surrounding it, the sink and counter, and high-touch objects such as handles and levers. Aside from hand-to-object transferal, contaminants are spread throughout the washroom via microbial aerosols ejected from the toilet bowl during flushing.

The author is professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona. This paper was presented at a media briefing sponsored by Scott Paper Company at the ISSA show, October 1995, in Atlanta, Georgia.






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