Common Misconceptions About Bidets

April 1, 2020

If you’ve been paying any attention to the news these days, you’ve probably heard that it’s hard to find toilet paper at the moment. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, people, fearing a lockdown situation, have been hoarding toilet paper and making it impossible for others to purchase any—and bidets are steadily selling out across the country.

If you’re not familiar with bidets, you might be wondering what the big deal is—other than that they make it possible to forgo the toilet paper while still getting clean. If you’re interested in upgrading your toilet in Poulsbo, WA by installing a bidet, be sure to contact Coyote Hollow Construction.

The following is an overview of what bidets are, as well as a chance for us to clear up some common misconceptions.

What is a bidet?

The bidet likely originated in France in the 18th century, with a faucet to rinse with and a bowl underneath. While the bidet is quite popular in Europe, Japan, the Middle East and South America, it has not yet made as much of a splash in America—until now.

Modern bidets range from simple, extra toilet-like installations to electronic units with seat heaters, adjustable water pressure and temperature, nightlights, air dryers and more. You can also purchase special bidet seats to attach to your pre-existing toilet, saving you the time and expense of installing a separate or dedicated bidet/toilet combination.

Common misconceptions

Still have concerns about whether a bidet installation in Poulsbo, WA is all it’s cracked up to be? Here are some common misconceptions about these devices:

  • You won’t get clean: This is false—bidets are designed to be adjustable so that you can use the water pressure you need, and models with air dryer features ensure you’re also dry.
  • You need soap: Frequently using soap on sensitive areas can lead to uncomfortable dryness and cracking, which could allow germs to enter the skin. Water is highly effective by itself and won’t harm your skin.
  • They’re unsanitary: On the contrary, bidets allow for a more thorough clean than wiping with toilet paper. Some bidet options have self-cleaning nozzles, too, which keeps your bidet sanitary with minimal effort required on your end.
  • They’re only for women: While pregnant women, new mothers and menstruating women can particularly benefit from using a bidet, they’re suitable for people of any age and gender.
  • They’re more expensive than using toilet paper: Bidets and bidet seats range from around $100 to models that cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. You don’t need to spend that much to get a quality bidet, however—opt for a mid-range model that offers the features you want. When you think about the current prices of toilet paper—often around $1 per roll—and how much you use on a monthly basis, that adds up fast. Bidets will help you save over the long term.

Bidet installation in Poulsbo, WA

Coyote Hollow Construction has been serving the Poulsbo area since 1990. Our team of specializes in all types of home remodels, with an emphasis on beauty and sustainability. When you’re ready to upgrade your bathroom, give us a call for a free one-hour consultation.

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