How To Clean Toto Toilet

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A Toto Washlet is a toilet that offers all the benefits of a regular toilet, such as comfort and sanitation. However, it also includes an electronic bidet that features warm water for cleaning. This allows you to clean yourself in the most hygienic way possible without having to touch anything but your own hands.

In this article, we'll go over a few steps you can take to successfully clean your washlet – let's get right into it. Be sure to also check our guide for the best Toto toilets in the market for you!

Preparation when cleaning your Toto toilet

Before starting, we recommend that you read the manufacturer's guidelines on how to clean a Toto Washlet. Generally speaking, the process is very similar to cleaning other toilets but there are some unique considerations. For instance, certain cleaners can damage the Toto toilet's electronic components so be sure to choose one that is safe for use on your Washlet. The specific recommendations can be found in the instruction manual included with your purchase.

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When you are using a cleaner, we also recommend wearing rubber gloves since this will protect your hands and keep them clean at the same time. Next, we recommend that you gather your cleaning supplies before starting the process. These include an appropriate cleaner, paper towels, a sponge or scrub brush (if necessary), a toilet bowl cleaner, and some freshwater.

Cleaning instructions

Now that you have your supplies and know what to use, read on for the instructions.

Step 1: A thorough cleaning

Once everything is prepared, begin by wiping down the toilet bowl with a paper towel dipped in water. This will clean off loose dirt and grime which can be flushed away. Then, apply some of your cleaners to the paper towel. Scrub the inside of the toilet bowl thoroughly with this and then toss out the paper towel when done.

We recommend that you start cleaning from one side to the other, rather than back and forth as this will make it easier to get dried cleaner off later on.

Step 2: Remove stubborn stains and smells

If you have stubborn stains or smells in your toilet that you cannot remove by scrubbing, you can use a solution of water and bleach to help. Soak some paper towels with this mixture and then squeeze them out so they are damp but not dripping wet. Next, place the paper towels over the stains/smells and leave them for about 15 minutes.

Step 3: Use a deodorizer

Next, add some baking soda to the draining area of your toilet bowl. Then pour in enough vinegar to make a paste. Allow this to sit for 20 minutes or so and then flush the toilet to get rid of it.

This is an optional step but one that we highly recommend because it will help keep your Toto Washlet smelling fresh between cleanings.

How long should a Toto toilet last?

You can expect it to be reliable as long as you care for it properly. Most people find that their unit lasts around 8 years before they need to replace it but this will vary depending on the frequency of use and your habits. Moreover, the Toto Washlet can be used with other toilets as long as you have a special connector.

When it comes to its lifetime, the Toto Washlet is comparable to some of the top toilets available in Europe. However, if you want to have your unit last for years, you must keep up with routine maintenance cleaning.

Most common issues with Toto toilet seat

Several things might cause a problem with your Toto toilet seat but the most common ones are as follows:

  • The screws holding the seat in place might be loose. 

If this is the case, you can tighten them up a bit to avoid any slippage late at night when nature calls.

  • The flap inside of the toilet may need to be replaced if it has worn out over time or gotten damaged somehow. 

As long as you have a replacement for this part, you should be able to fix whatever is wrong with your toilet by unscrewing and then screwing on the new flap. You can find these replacements online or at hardware stores near you and usually, they're pretty inexpensive.

Is Toto toilet easy to install?

If you've got a little plumbing experience and have installed toilets before then yes, it's quite simple to install a Toto Washlet. You'll need an electric pump which is included in the package so ask your local hardware store for this if you don't already have one on hand, or buy it online at The system comes with very clear instructions as well and Toto even offers several videos that'll walk you through the installation.

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How often should I replace my Toto Washlet?

As we mentioned, the great thing about the Toto Washlet is that it's built to last for years so you can expect yours to be in working order for around 8 years or more without any problems. However, after this period has passed, you will want to start thinking about replacing your unit. You can find online help on how to do this and also contact customer service if you need more information. Keep in mind that the initial cost of a Toto toilet might be higher than another toilet so this is also good to factor in.

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Is a Toto toilet worth the money?

Toto toilets are pricier but you're paying for a quality product that will last for many years. You can save some money on the installation of the toilet if you are handy with plumbing fixtures and know how to install things like this. If not, we recommend hiring a professional to do it because there is a risk involved in doing something wrong when installing pipes.

Moreover, more people opt to hire someone to do their cleaning for them as well so this is another factor that adds up over time. Make sure that you compare prices before making your final decision though and check out reviews online from others who have purchased Toto Washlet. This way, no matter what kind of toilet you decide on in the end, you'll be happy with your decision.

Can a Toto Washlet go on any toilet?

No, the Toto Washlet is made for Toto brand toilets and will have to be installed on a toilet that it was made for. However, this does not mean that you cannot use other types of toilets. With an adapter, it can go on any standard WC (water closet) if you wish to do so. This means that you can enjoy all of the features and advantages of a Toto toilet even if you don't have one in the first place.

Do Toto toilets need electricity?

Yes, a Toto Washlet requires electricity to function. This is provided by the pump that will be included with your purchase. Keep in mind that you'll need to have a nearby outlet as well as electricity running to it for the Toto Washlet to provide you with all of its wonderful features.

Final thoughts on how to clean a Toto toilet.

That's all there is to it. After reading this article, you should now be able to give your Toto Washlet its monthly cleaning without issue. 

Just remember to cover all the various parts of the toilet while you are working your way around. Clean stains with bleach water, and use vinegar and baking soda to get rid of odors. 

Now you'll be able to have a tidy toilet at all times, no matter how often you use it. 

Finally, here’s an informative guide for you to read, where we review the 5 best Toto toilets you can buy.

Kevin Farrugia

Kevin Farrugia

Kevin is a household and appliance enthusiast and loves to follow the latest trends in kitchen and house decoration. He also loves to walk the isles of Home Depot and Lowes to review products and materials in person. Before joining Kitchen Infinity, Kevin owned a handyman company.

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