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Loo Seats! Help required - I'm mystified!

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Allthebestnamesareused Thu 05-Oct-17 12:57:39

So I lived at my last house for 15 years with white loo seats. Cleaned them in a normal way; flash or dettol or whatever spray I bought that week. Bleach and limescale remover down the loo etc. Never once did I have to change the loo seat for discolouration.

Moved here 2 years ago. In one bathroom we had it all redone within a year had to change the loo seat because no what I had used to clean it it discoloured underneath (both the seat and the lid that faces down the loo). Thought maybe because although it was white it was wooden. So bought a new loo seat. This time a plastic one but not a cheap one and it's done the same.

Why????

What should I use to clean it?

Is it fumes or something coming up from outside that is doing this or what?

StealthNinjaMum Thu 05-Oct-17 13:43:09

I have bought a couple of uncleanable loo seats. They actually say do not to use strong chemicals or they will discolour and I ignore that. I need to replace them soon so just assumed that I would buy more expensive ones but I wonder if this is a new thing that all toilet seats discolour.

I discussed this with a friend last week and she said you should always leave the seat up after you have used bleach as the fumes will discolour the underneath - but surely you don't want to breathe those fumes in.

Allthebestnamesareused Thu 05-Oct-17 14:36:19

I think it is probably a conspiracy amongst the loss seat makers to make us buy them more regularly!

StealthNinjaMum Thu 05-Oct-17 18:42:36

Because I am really sad and because I am procrastinating see other thread on decluttering house I looked up toilet seats on the John Lewis website and had a giggle at the very serious descriptions. (Some poor marketing person spends their working hours finding interesting ways of describing a toilet seat.)

www.johnlewis.com/search?Ntt=toilet+seat&Nty=1&_requestid=947562

It is amazing how many claim to be antibacterial. I find that claim really hard to trust.

Read this description for a £75 toilet seat.

A Safeflush toilet seat is an investment in peace of mind, as the double seal prevents germs and bacteria from escaping the bowl.
The extra depth of the seat's aperture and contours creates robust protection, ensuring the toilet bowl is completely contained. Each seat arrives with Hygiene 'N' Clean anti-bacterial treatment, and is effective against the following bacteria:
E Coli
Listeria
MRSA
Salmonella

So maybe that's why we aren't meant to use bleach?

The few I looked at had a 5 year's manufacturer's guarantee. I'm sure my grandparents had the same toilet seat for 50 years (not that you could see it because it had some form of wooly coat covering it that matched the crinoline lady on the toilet roll holder. The 70s were such a stylish decade grin)

Allthebestnamesareused Thu 05-Oct-17 18:57:06

Now look what you made me do - I went to look and have discovered a self-lighting loo seat. How have I managed all these years!!

"This clever toilet seat has a sensor-activated LED night light, which lasts for 120 seconds each time, so there's no need to turn on the bathroom light when you get up to use the loo. Made from hard wearing thermoset plastic, it also has a soft close lid to prevent noise."

www.johnlewis.com/croydex-lumino-self-lighting-toilet-seat/p2755065

StealthNinjaMum Thu 05-Oct-17 19:02:59

I love it! What a shame it got bad reviews. Dh always wakes me up with the light when he goes to the toilet so I am tempted to buy it but new batteries every 3 months? That would just be another chore for me to ignore.

Janek Thu 05-Oct-17 19:15:24

We have had this problem with a wooden seat and the plastic one we replaced it with, and I odn't use bleach... I think it was to do with the shape of the toilet - i think that wee was bouncing back off the porcelain (tmi, sorry...) and hitting the toilet seat. The wee eventually damaged the surface amd it became uncleanable (this was compounded with the plastic seat, by the shape of the seat being uncleanable). We have replaced it with something that so far seems more appropriate (clean).

Allthebestnamesareused Thu 05-Oct-17 19:40:45

Thanks Janek - do you know what you got and where from?

pandorawithtreaclecolouredhair Thu 05-Oct-17 20:09:23

I use a bicarbonate of soda paste to clean marks from underneath the seat.

pandorawithtreaclecolouredhair Thu 05-Oct-17 20:10:38

I use a bicarbonate of soda paste to clean marks from underneath the lid.

WaxyBean Thu 05-Oct-17 20:14:26

Brillo pads get the staining off white plastic seats.

Allthebestnamesareused Thu 05-Oct-17 20:46:33

Guess what I'll be doing tomorrow!

Janek Thu 05-Oct-17 21:14:43

We got a white plain one from b and q, i think it's painted wood, but it's very flat, with just rubber bits attached to stop it banging on the loo. So far it's much easier to keep clean.

Blowninonabreeze Thu 05-Oct-17 21:58:15

Do you have small daughters in your house.

We have 3. When they sit on the toilet but can't reach the floor, they end up sinking down into the bowl slightly, and the wee is directed up onto the bottom of the seat (and sometimes out through the gap)

We have 1 toilet seat that I struggle to get clean. Must get it replaced

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