Both plastic and wood look solid, but are quite porous. Fortunately,
both can be sanitized easily enough to be used as cooking utensils.
Even wooden seats with a natural finish still have some sort of coating
to protect the wood: varnish, poly urethane or something. These coats
create a smooth, easily sanitized, surface; but don't use anything harsh
such as an acid bowl cleaner of the wood. It's just not necessary.
I prefer plastic because it is lighter (though not necessarily more
I hope that helps.
When I die, I want to go where dogs go!
Look for the seat that has a sheet of film produced on each press of a
button. that's if hygiene is your main concern.
If you go for wood beware of cheap fittings that leave rust marks or don't
hold the seat tight to the pan and subsequently allow it to slip.
If you intend sitting for long periods then consider a softer plastic seat.
Also look out for the warning label that reads something like "if you drop,
or slam the lid, it'll crack up the middle, then you'll get a nasty pinch."
I second the warning against the decorative fittings that hold the "organic
material" and the corrode.
: > Now I've almost finished my downstairs loo I am looking for a new
: > toilet seat/lid and I like the look of the wooden ones.
: > Are they as hygienic as plastic?
: > Are there any cleaning points to be noted?
: Look for the seat that has a sheet of film produced on each press of a
: button. that's if hygiene is your main concern.
: If you go for wood beware of cheap fittings that leave rust marks or don't
: hold the seat tight to the pan and subsequently allow it to slip.
: If you intend sitting for long periods then consider a softer plastic
I have had 2, both cracked after about a year of use. Had a hard time
getting it off, the brass? fittings simply wouldn't unscrew and my husband
had to use a drill and a saw to get the seat off. They look nice but make
sure you have a spare because once it cracks if you sit on it anyway it will
give you a big pinch. I cleaned mine with an antibacterial cleaner and then
used Pledge on it. There is probably a better way to clean them but it
worked out okay for me.
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