How To Remove An Old Toilet Seat

If you live in a home with hard water and who doesn’t you know that cleaning your toilet can be difficult because it will corrode your bathtub, etch away the porcelain on sinks and tubs, et cetera. There are many techniques for trying to clean off rings of say, a cake of soap or soap scum around the drain, but not all of them have been 100 percent effective.

Know What You’re Getting Into

So, you bought a house and renovated, but are now stuck with old toilets. Old toilet seats aren’t fun to think about, but for those of us who have no choice, here’s the info you need to know: To replace the toilet seat in your toilet fill a stainless steel kettle with 3 cups of water. Place the hot pan on the old seat and let it cool down. When it has cooled down dip a cloth in vinegar before dipping it into tin-foil and covering the new toilet seat

Safety first!

The seat is one of the most important features on a toilet. By installing it properly, you can ensure your safety and will be making the right decision for your home. Keep in mind that you should never need to bend over too much when sitting on a toilet. Installing the seat too low could cause back problems and even injury.

Which tools do you need?

To remove a toilet you will need a bucket, some rags and potentially a plunger, depending on the severity of water damage. You’ll want to remove the bolts or screws holding down either hinges before flipping the seat and starting to unscrew it from the frame.

How do you remove the old toilet seat?

This is a simple question, with an answer that many people are not sure. The first step, however, is to stop using the toilet and unplug the water source. Disconnect the toilet from its pipes by pulling off either it’s handle or chain. Once the pipes have been disconnected, replace the toilet seat at a ninety-degree angle. Then start carefully removing wood screws from each of the four corners of the toilet seat starting from below ground level and finishing at top level by gradually loosening each screw until it can be removed. The process will take time, but in the end you’ll be left with something worth waiting for.


After installing your new toilet, you may find that the old seat is still there. Removing it may be a hassle and require tools. Before starting, make sure the surfaces below where the seat has been installed are clean of any debris so you won’t damage anything. It’s possible that a spring is also underneath the seat, so be careful not to twist or break this part of the toilet when removing it.

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