What is a bidet?
A typical bidet (pronounced bee-day) looks like either a basin or small bathtub, and it is used to clean the genital and anal areas after using the bathroom, or it can be used for general hygiene and cleaning purposes (of the same body areas).
Used for intimate washing, the bidet can help a person to stay clean and fresh. It is very important to note that bidets DO NOT replace toilets, they are used in addition to a toilet.
Having a bidet in one’s home certainly adds a dash of continental style into the bathroom suite.
Bidets are normally fitted against a wall, with the bidet’s tap placed at the wall end. The pipework of the bidet is very neatly concealed by these units. If the bidet is wall-hung, then the pipes are hidden within the wall, thus keeping everything looking neat and tidy.
Wall-Hung bidets are fixed onto a wall using a wall-hung frame at whatever height is required — this makes them a great solution for individuals with limited mobility. Mounting a bidet against a wall is also a great way of creating the illusion of space since there will be a gap of a few centimetres between the bidet and the floor (this feature also makes bidets super easy to clean). Back-to-Wall bidets rest flat on the bathroom floor and are fitted neatly against the wall.
Many bidets feature an overflow hole, just in case someone accidentally leaves the bidet’s tap on for longer than necessary.
Bidets are more common in Europe, Asia, and in South America. However, bidets are becoming increasingly popular in South Africa.
Benefits of using bidets:
There are several benefits to using bidets:
- Better personal hygiene. Experts suggest that cleaning with toilet paper AND water is much better than cleaning with toilet paper alone.
- Easier cleaning. For many people with mobility issues, it’s hard to reach down to clean themselves with toilet paper. With a bidet, it’s much easier to access those parts of the body.
- Eco-friendly / green. Using bidets is much better for the environment compared to using paper made from trees.
- Reduced risk of plumbing issues. With less toilet paper going through the pipes, there’s a significantly reduced chance of clogging of the pipes.
Lecico 20-Year Warranty:
Our Bidets, just like the rest of our ceramic bathroom products, come with a 20-Year Warranty.
Using a Bidet:
How to use a stand-alone bidet:
Stand-alone bidets (floor mounted or back-to-wall bidets) are the original bidets. They are typically positioned next to toilets since you use them after urinating or defecating.
To use a stand-alone bidet, you can sit or straddle the bidet facing the fixtures (you may need to take your pants off for this), or, away from the fixtures (like a toilet).
Open the tap and fill the bidet with water (do not over-fill the bidet).
Sit or squat so that once you have sufficiently filled up the bidet with water, the water hits the area you need to clean. Most bidets don’t have seats, they are meant to be sat upon; you sit directly on the rim.
Move your position to ensure best positioning for the parts you want to clean. Simply fill the ‘basin’ of the bidet with water, and then lap/splash the water over the areas you want to clean (as you would do in the bath or shower).
[Some bidets have jets that spray water — make sure that you first test the jet before sitting down so that you can see the angle and the force of the water spray!]
In stand-alone bidets, which way you face (facing the taps, or, facing away from the taps) is probably dictated by the position of the jets, and, which area of your body that you want to clean — if you need to clean your front, it is easier to face the jets, if you need to clean your rear, then it is better to face away from the stream.
Once you have finished using the bidet, as a courtesy, rinse out the bidet and ensure that it is clean. Once you are done, wash your hands as you normally would after using the toilet.
Bidet Installation Guide:
For your convenience, LecicoSA has created the below Bidet Installation Guide:
Click on the image below to download the Guide