How to use a toilet seat cover

Public Restroom Seat Cover

Toilet seat covers are flushable and disposable thin sheets of paper that you pull from a dispenser inside the bathroom of commercial businesses such as restaurants and shopping centers. The toilet seat covers are meant to be taken out of the dispenser and placed on top of the toilet seat, acting as a barrier between you, the toilet seat, and any waste or bacteria that may be on the seat.

How to Use a Toilet Seat Cover the Correct Way

Here is a video and step by step directions that describe the right way to put a toilet seat cover on the toilet is:

  1. Pull the toilet seat cover out of the dispenser.
  2. Hold up the toilet seat cover.
  3. Standing facing the toilet, place the toilet seat cover so that the flap looks like an upside down U.
  4. A quick way to check if you did this correctly is to sit on the toilet and if you pee on the flap, you’re doing it right.

Toilet Seats with Automatic Toilet Seat Covers

Some technologically advanced toilet seats come fully stocked with an automatic toilet seat cover dispenser. They come with a leak proof paper or a plastic covering that will keep other people’s messes away from your bottom.

This automation can help save maintenance costs over time from people using too many paper covers all at once, or from faulty or ripped paper covers being thrown in the trash or on the ground. This may help you as a small business that wants to cut down on purchasing and cleaning costs over the long-term.

Having an automatic toilet seat covering system will also give your customers and clients peace of mind. If you have an automatic toilet seat cover dispenser there is no user error, there is no touching the dirty toilet seat, or having to make your own seat out of toilet paper. Having toilet seat covers as a business is now a societal expectation, which if undone could potentially scare customers away due to uncleanliness.

What are toilet seat covers made of?

  • Recycled paper cover
  • Biodegradable paper cover
  • Plastic cover

Health, Hygiene, and Toilet Seat Covers

Toilet seat covers are meant to keep your skin away from the plastic toilet seat and whatever is left behind by previous bathroom users. Such as urine, feces, blood, vomit, spit, diseases, and bacteria. To name a few. What toilet seat covers are actually for, according to the Huffington Post, is for reassurance that we’re not sitting on anything disgusting.

USA Today reports, that it is unlikely that toilet seat covers help at all. Their reasoning for this is due to the porous and absorbent and biodegradable nature of the thin paper cover that is proven by anyone who’s sat on a wet toilet seat after putting down more than 1 toilet seat cover. Gross.

The same report also explains that you’re unlikely to get a disease through your skin touching the seat.  Rather, you’re more likely to catch something by touching other surfaces within the restroom before washing and after washing your hands. Poo particles are everywhere if there is no toilet seat to close.

Others believe that using toilet seat covers when using the bathroom can legitimately help prevent the spread of diseases like ringworm, and many other bugs and gross things, which sounds reasonable.

Some bathroom goers also believe that you can protect yourself from coming into contact with STI’s, or sexually transmitted infections. The truth is, sexually transmitted diseases aren’t going to be active, as Self Magazine explains, sexually transmitted infections like HIV, HPV, and others will die outside the body within 10 seconds. The good news is, you’re not going to contract sexually transmitted diseases from a toilet seat, but should remain vigilant in protecting yourself from STI’s outside the bathroom.

To Use Toilet Seat Covers or Not?

Use toilet seat covers in public restrooms. This will keep your bottom away from the seat and anything that’s there or used to be there. Make sure to use only one paper seat cover if you can, any more than that may clog the toilet. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water, as you know some people don’t do that and touch other surfaces. 

Don’t use toilet seat covers in public restrooms. If you sit down on a public toilet, remember to look before you sit and wash your hands with soap and water.

You don’t use toilet seat covers and squat or hover instead. This can lead to getting waste on the toilet seat, leading to others to come into contact with a mess. If you do this, please clean up after yourself and wash your hands with soap and water.

Wait to use your restroom at home. We get it, public restrooms can be a mess. It’s okay hold your bladder or wait to do a #2 until you get home. However, if you do this frequently, this will not be healthy for your kidneys, bladder, or digestive system in the long run. Also, teaching children to do this instead of relieving themselves may teach them to hold it as adults. Prevent bladder and kidney infections by normalizing bathroom use and going when you need to.

Conclusion

Do I use toilet seat covers or don’t I? That is a personal question that you need to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of. Try to ask yourself more questions to solve whether or not you should use toilet seat covers in your business or personal life.

Do you mind sitting bare bottomed on a public toilet seat that other people have also sat on? Do you care about the cleanliness and hygiene of yourself and others? Am I a business owner, or a customer or client? What does it look like as a customer if my business isn’t equipped with toilet seat covers?

These are questions to help you assess what you need, but also consider the facts about germs and diseases. Take into account a region's social norms and manners in order to come to your own answer.

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