This is a sponsored post written in partnership with American Standard. All opinions are mine.
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Here’s the latest update on my guest bath chronicles. I haven’t really done much to it since the bigger updates from last summer. I’ve had so many get together’s with friends and family who saw the bathroom before the updates and who’d followed along with the transformation here on my blog. When they experienced the finished bathroom in real life they were like, ‘WOAH‘. It was so funny having one of my good friends and her kids ask to see the guest bath for the first time after the updates. They’d been here about 10 minutes and they wanted the grand tour.
After this week I’ll have even more reveals for them since I’ve done another guest bath update recently. I had the chance to partner with American Standard on a new update with their Advanced Clean AC 2.0 SpaLet™ Bidet Seat with Remote Control Operation. If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen a bidet, but had no idea what it was called.
I saw my first bidet when I lived in Korea. Some of the bathrooms in Seoul have bidets and floor drainage that make personal hygiene and overall cleaning of the bathroom easier. I never got a chance to ask how the bidet was used while in Asia, nor had I used one. The bidets in Korea, were a separate, toilet/slash sink feature installed next to the toilet that had a faucet attachment. That’s not the kind of bidet I installed, but the purpose is the same.
When I returned to the states I had my next experience with a bidet, but at the time, didn’t know what it was called. At the hospital where I gave birth to my second child, the birth center bathrooms were fitted with toilet seat bidets. Having access to a bidet after giving birth made the healing and cleansing process much easier, but even then I thought bidets were just a medical center accessory. I definitely didn’t know they were available for home use until much later.
It wasn’t until the birth of home redesign shows that my husband and I learned people were installing bidets at home. That’s when I finally had a name for this amazing bathroom accessory and it was added to our forever home “must-have” list.
From a feminine hygiene perspective, bidets make sense for a number of reasons. The Advanced Clean AC 2.0 SpaLet™ Bidet Seat with Remote Control Operation has dual independent spray nozzles that clean both the front and back regions. Every woman who experiences a menstrual cycle can understand why water cleansing is a plus.
Water vs. Paper
I’ve traveled to six continents and learned not everyone uses or even has access to toilet paper. Several places I’ve travelled have completely different plumbing systems including the inability to flush toilet paper. If I compare using toilet paper to using a bidet, the bidet wins hands down.
Also, bidets leave you feeling cleaner than when using toilet paper. Before installing the bidet, I kept wet wipes in my bathrooms, but the bidets hands free hygiene makes wipes unnecessary.
When I started updating this guest bath it was so my husband and I had a second bathroom to use when the master bath was occupied and so our guest had a clean comfortable space to freshen up. Now that even more updates are complete, I find myself using this bathroom more than ever.
Here’s a list of the updates we made and pictures of how the bathroom looked before.
Guest Bathroom Updates 2017
- replaced builder grade vanity light
- framed the builder grade mirror
- repainted the walls in a lighter color
- replaced the builder grade light switch and socket plates
- painted the vanity a light blue
- added waterproof flooring
- added floating shelves above the toilet
After the first round of DIY projects I’d fallen back in love with this guest bath. It was ready for guest plus I had a bright second bathroom to use when our master bath was occupied. It has been a year since I made the original updates and noticed some things could use some touching up and I had the Advanced Clean AC 2.0 SpaLet™ Bidet Seat to install so let me share the newest updates with you.
Guest Bathroom Updates 2018
- added quarter round floor trim
- installed a rainfall shower head
- touched up vanity paint
- spray painted the floor air vent cover
- installed the Advanced Clean AC 2.0 SpaLet™ Bidet Seat
Once I got everything updated and the bidet installed I had to be the first to use it and y’all it’s everything I wanted plus more. There are 5 cleansing spray patterns (posterior, oscillation, pulsation, Bidet (front female) & Bidet (front female oscillation) that ensure you feel throughly cleansed. Then there’s the water temperature control and spray nozzle position that can be adjusted by each user with the remote control. I love that the water can be set to cool, warm and pretty much, bath tub hot.
I was concerned about the cleanliness of the seat and nozzles but American Standard had that covered. The elongated, slow close seat and lid include a self-cleaning nozzle feature that means I’ll never have to do any detailed nozzle cleaning. The nozzles actually retracts and store under a closable flap or nozzle shutter so there’s really no issue I can see with it getting yucky. The bidet seats include an activated charcoal deodorizer that is easy to access and maintain plus the seat and lid are detachable with one easy click for cleaning.
I’m not going to show you the inside of the toilet since the nozzles don’t extend unless someone is seated and has pressed one of the cleansing buttons, but I will tell you my favorite feature. Hands down it’s the heated seat. The heated seat has 5 temperature options to choose from and each one is luxurious. Heated seats and towel rack are two features I want in my forever home so being able to have it for myself and my guest now is nice.
The only thing I recommend with installing the Advanced Clean AC 2.0 SpaLet™ Bidet Seat is to check your current toilet seat measurements. Our toilet is 15 years old so it’s on the small side and barely was able to accommodate the elongated bidet seat. In the future, I’m going to replace this toilet with a taller and more elongated one to make the bidet feel more cohesive.
Our next big get together is around the time my son leaves for college and I can’t wait to gather everyone into the guest bath to explain how the Advanced Clean AC 2.0 SpaLet™ Bidet Seat works.
If you have any questions about the this project or the bidet, don’t hesitate to ask. I’ve included links throughout for you to do more research.