how to replace toilet seat with hidden bolts

How to Replace Toilet seats with Hidden Bolts

According to the latest research, toilet seats have a lot of disease-causing microbes. The most unfortunate part is that each time you flush your toilet, these disease-causing microbes are released to the air. This therefore means that if you don’t properly take care of your toilets, you and your family risk getting infected with these bacteria. That’s why it is important to clean your toilet as often as possible whether you live alone or you live with your kids.

Besides the normal cleaning, it is important to thoroughly wash your toilets at least once in a week. You should remove your toilet seats when doing this thorough cleaning to ensure you get access to the hidden parts. Some of the toilet seats are very easy to remove while others such as Eljer Diplomat elongated toilets have hidden bolts which make the process complicated. 

However that should not hinder you from keeping your toilet clean. Here is a step by step process on how you can replace your toilet seats with hidden bolts.

  • Put on Protective Gloves

The first step is putting on hand gloves, to ensure your hands are protected while working on your toilet. Although these protective gloves are not a must requirement, but they are very necessary as you can’t be too careful to avoid bacteria. Remember also to clean your toilet seats before you start working on them.

  • Secure the toilet seat with a masking tape

The next step is securing the toilet seat with a masking tape. You can use a duct instead of a masking tape. Tap the toilet seats together with the lid either in a closed position or an open position. This process is very key as it helps in protection of the plastic part of the toilet seat. Besides, it makes the unit very easy to handle since it prevents the seat from slamming over. It is important to note that incase replacing your toilet seats requires drilling, then you will have to use a plastic material such as cardboard.

  • Remove the caps

You can now remove the caps by applying the socket wrench until you reach the nut with bolts.  You can do this by just turning the socket wrench counters in a clockwise direction, until you loosen all the nuts. Then you can use your screw driver or pliers to loosen your bolts. However, there are some simpler toilet designs that you can remove their caps using a screw driver with a flat head. You can now detach your toilet seats from the toilet bowl. Detaching your toilet seat will help you access the hinges.

  • Attach the new seat

Last but not least, you can now replace the old seat with a new one. Alternatively, you can clean the old seat and return it. To replace the seats, put the seat in the right position, then insert all the screws in their respective holes. Using a screwdriver ensures all the screws and the bolts are secured on both the sides of the toilet seat. Then close all the lids, your toilet is now ready for use.


For you to remove toilet seats with hidden bolts, you need to check at the fittings. Check whether the fittings are joined together using bolts or they are just covered using plastic caps for beauty. Follow through the process carefully and remove and replace your toilet in just no minute without having to depend on anyone. 

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