A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Remove a Toilet Seat with Hidden Fixings

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How to Remove a Toilet Seat with Hidden Fixings

Hidden fixings may initially appear a bit baffling, but they are far from complex. Loo seats are equipped with these invisible or concealed fixtures to maintain a sleek look and avoid the traditional side screw system. If you need to clean or replace your loo seat, understanding how to manage these fixings is crucial. Below, we'll guide you through a step-by-step process to remove a loo seat with hidden fixings.


Tools Required:

  1. A screwdriver (Flathead or Crosshead, depending on the screws).
  2. A pair of adjustable pliers.
  3. A torch for better visibility.

Step 1: Locate the Fixings

The first step is to locate the fixings. Loo seats with hidden fixings usually have two plastic caps at the back of the seat where it is attached to the loo bowl. These caps hide the screws that secure the seat in place. You may need to bend down or crouch to see them properly. Use a torch if necessary.

Step 2: Access the Fixings

To access the fixings, you need to remove the plastic caps. Depending on the design, these caps might either flip up or need to be unclipped. They generally open quite easily. In some cases, they may be a bit stiff, particularly if they haven't been opened for some time. If the cap is stubborn, gently use a flathead screwdriver to prise it open. Be careful not to exert too much force to avoid damaging the loo seat.

Step 3: Unscrew the Bolts

Once the caps are open, you'll see the screw heads. Depending on your loo seat model, you might find either a flathead or crosshead screw. Use the appropriate screwdriver to start unscrewing. However, the screws often won't unscrew merely by working from the top due to a nut or a similar fastening device beneath the loo. This is where the pliers come into play. Reach around under the rim of the loo bowl where the screws go through the porcelain and hold the nut with your pliers. As you hold it in place, use your screwdriver to unscrew from the top.

Step 4: Remove the Loo Seat

Once you've fully unscrewed both bolts, you can lift the loo seat right off. Sometimes, due to the accumulation of grime and bacteria, the seat may adhere slightly to the bowl. In that case, gently shift it from side to side until it loosens up and can be lifted. Safety Reminder Whilst this process is relatively straightforward, always remember to be careful when working around porcelain. It's notably brittle and can easily crack or break if you apply too much force.


Removing a loo seat with hidden fixings isn't as daunting as it sounds. Armed with the right tools and following the correct steps, anyone can do it. Therefore, the next time you need to replace or deep clean your loo seat, don't hesitate to do it yourself. It's an easy task that can save you the time and expense of hiring a professional.

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