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How to Loosen Your Toilet Seat

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“Lefty-loosey, righty-tighty” is fine and dandy when you want to open a bottle of juice or screw in a light bulb, but it can become a bit more involved when it comes to toilet seats.

That’s because the design of your toilet bowl hasn’t changed much since its invention. With this design, the nuts holding the toilet seat in place are often located underneath the bowl. So if your toilet is wedged in a corner or is kissing cousins with the vanity, tricky maneuvering might be required to loosen the seat. There’s also the issue of rusty bolts or nuts that stubbornly refuse to budge.

But it can be done, and tackling the job with the right tools helps.

  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench (5/8” or ½” socket or combination)
  • Penetrating lubricant
  • Gloves
  • Plastic bag

We urge caution when using metal tools, which can easily chip the porcelain of the toilet

First, put on the gloves. Next, open the hinge caps and find the bolts. Look underneath the bowl to see if a wing nut is securing the bolt. If it is, hold the wing nut in place and use a screwdriver to unscrew the bolt, using lefty-loosey as your guide. Repeat on the second bolt. Remove the seat. Last, place all the unwanted hardware and the toilet seat in the plastic bag, seal it and dispose.

If you have a Bemis seat featuring the STA-TITE® Seat Fastening System™, removing the seat is easy. First, open the hinge caps. Next, reach beneath the bowl and use a wrench to loosen the STA-TITE nuts. After a few turns, you should be able to finish loosening them by hand. After they are free, set them aside and remove the bolts, then lift the seat off the bowl. Last, place all the unwanted hardware and the toilet seat in the plastic bag, seal it and dispose.

If you have a Bemis seat featuring the TOP-TITE ® STA-TITE® Seat Fastening System™, first open the hinge caps. Next, use the wrench to loosen the bolts, reaching below the bowl to hold the wing nuts in place as you do this. Remove all the bolts and nuts and then lift the seat off the bowl. Place all of this in the plastic bag, seal it and dispose.

If the seat is attached with a traditional metal bolt and metal nut, grab your socket wrench and fit it over the long bolt that grips the nut. Turn the nut counterclockwise to loosen. (This is where “lefty-loosey” takes on a little more of a determined mindset.)  If it won’t budge, spray with rust penetrant and wait five or ten minutes for the spray to work. Repeat the process on the bolt, placing all the hardware and the toilet seat in the plastic bag for disposal.

After all this work, you deserve a new toilet seat! Our STA-TITE® Seat Fastening System™  is a breeze to install, and its Never Loosens™ technology keeps the seat firmly attached to the bowl.  And there’s no lefty-loosey needed for this decision! A few simple clicks will have your toilet seat on its way.