A bidet sprayer can be seen in homes and public places throughout South East Asia and in many Muslim countries (where it’s called a shattaf). Aside from cultural aspects, these mini shower heads are popular because of its low cost and easy installment. However, they can be difficult to use for beginners. In this guide we go through every step on how to use a bidet sprayer.
Let's get started shall we?
What is a bidet sprayer?
A bidet sprayer (also known as hand held bidet or bum gun), is a type of bidet that comes in the form of a hose and a nozzle similar to that of a shower head. It’s connected to your bathroom's water source, not to the toilet water (so it’s 100% sanitary), and is used to clean up after using the toilet. It’s usually mounted onto your toilet or onto the wall within reachable distance from the toilet.
When using the sprayer, you have to manually hold the spray, controlling the angle and pressure by hand. Operating these handheld bidets may be difficult at first compared to other types, but after a few tries, one can quickly get used to it.
How to Use a Bidet Sprayer
1. Turn on the t-valve
A t-valve is a plumbing fixture used to split the water flow into two different directions. Look behind the toilet to see where the hose connects to the water source and turn it on to allow water into the hose.
Although the water pressure is also adjustable by the sprayer head, some prefer to turn on the t-valve halfway to set the maximum pressure at a lower level. It’s also important to keep this shut off when not in use to avoid wearing out the inside of the spray head with the constant water pressure. .
2 .Test the sprayer before using the toilet
We recommend doing this step to test if the spray works and to get an initial feel of the water pressure. You don't want the water strength to surprise you while you're using it, so it's important to know the strength of the spray that you'll be working with. When testing it out, aim it inside the bowl and turn the water on using the button on the spray head.
Travel Tip: If you come across a handheld sprayer in a public restroom during your travels, it's a good idea to use the bidet spray to wash down the toilet seat during this step to wipe off any filth on the seat. Dry it off with some toilet paper and then go about your business.
3. Using the bidet
After you’ve finished your business, it’s finally time to use the bidet. Lower the head down either through the back or front, depending on your preference, and aim it at an angle close to horizontal towards yourself. To avoid splash backs you want to keep in mind where the water will land and not place the head directly under yourself. Gently start the spray and adjust the pressure while raising the angle until you get the right aim. If this is your first time using a sprayer, be careful not to jump at the initial contact since the spray head can potentially cause a mess if aimed at the wrong direction with a strong spray.
4. Continue washing until clean
Although the sensation may feel uncomfortable for some people, its important that you don’t cut short the washing process and continue letting the stream of water out for at least 15-30 seconds.
5. Check and dry up with toilet paper or towel
Before completely drying up, check with a small piece of toilet paper to see if you are completely clean. If required, repeat the process and wash again. When drying up with a towel, avoid using your bath or face towel.
6. Flush the toilet and turn off the t-valve
It’s important to always turn off the t-valve after using the bidet spray. Leaving this on for a long period of time will keep the water pressure pressing against the head of the spray, which is more sensitive than the t-valve, and causes it to wear out faster and start leaking.
Don't forget to wash your hands with soap!
How do you clean a bidet spray?
If your sprayer seems to be clogged, you can clean the bidet spray head by dipping it in a cup of vinegar and leave it in for about 15 minutes. You can then rinse out the sprayer with hot water and you're good to go!
Hopefully this guide has helped you through your first bidet sprayer experience. If things went wrong, don’t worry. It's difficult to use at first, but you'll soon get used to bidet sprays within their first few uses.
If you don’t own a bidet spray yet, we highly recommend installing one in your bathroom, since it’s very affordable and easy to install. If you’re having trouble selecting the right one, check out our review on the best hand held bidet sprayers to see which one's right for you!