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Bidet May Soon Be Found In Many Home Bathrooms

By Robert Barron Staff Writer

There is a new feature in the area of sanitation and while it is aimed at luxury homes, John Kang hopes it soon will be in everyone’s home.

Kang is a representative of Coco Bidets, a bathroom sanitary item that does away with the need for toilet paper. The concept was being introduced to area residents this weekend at Enid Home Builder’s As-sociation Home Show at the Chisholm Trail Coliseum and Pavilion.

Having the bidet wash off the body after using the restroom is much more sanitary and more cost-effective than using tissue paper, Kang said of the new product.

The system is a portable that fits in place of the normal toilet seat. The most common model is electric with several options involved. Among the options are a heated seat on cold mornings, a rear wash which is a stream of water that can be adjusted to the preferred temperature and cleans an individual’s posterior more thoroughly and comfortably than paper, Kang said.

Also part of the options are a feminine wash and a built-in filter that purifies the water used by the bidet, protecting the system from buildup of lime .

The hydraulic seat allows the lids to close softly, and a dryer system is offered which uses a soft, dry breeze rather than toilet paper. The temperature is controlled individually with the electronic control, and the unit self-cleans and deodorizes.

The water comes out under pressure and the amount of pressure can be controlled by the individual.

There also is a model with a wireless control, and a smaller version that is not electronic and has fewer options. Kang said prices range anywhere from $79 to $529.

On the electronic models the water only comes on if someone is sitting on it. It comes in two sizes, elongated and round and fits any standard-size toilet.

“We’re focusing on high-end homes,” Kang said. The product has caught on in large metropolitan areas and among some restaurant groups. Some nursing homes also have expressed interest because of the difficulty for people with arthritis. He said it can be embarrassing for an elderly person to have to call someone to clean them up after using the bathroom. The bidet eliminates that need.

In Korea and Japan bidets are installed in 60 percent of the homes, he said. Envir-onmentally, he said it is better because it eliminates the use of tissue paper.

“It makes sense to use water, rather than just paper,” he said