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A toilet seat with a deodorizing system can freshen up your bathroom

The Purefresh scented and lighted toilet seat from Kohler.
The Purefresh scented and lighted toilet seat from Kohler. Kohler

Q: I recently heard about new toilet seats that have built-in deodorizing systems. I’m my own home handyman and I think this would be a great do-it-yourself project for me. Do these toilet seats require any special installation instructions, and how do they work?

Fred, Massachusetts

A: New style toilet seats with built-in deodorizing systems I have worked with install pretty much like any standard toilet seat. They also come in elongated or round-front sizes to fit most toilet bowls. Make sure you get the correct size to fit your toilet bowl.

The built-in deodorizing system is battery-operated and automatically activates when the user sits on the seat. Once activated, a small fan draws the odors from the toilet bowl into the seat’s carbon filter chamber. Then the filtered air passes over a special scent pack and the treated air goes back into the room. Batteries, filters and scent packs can be easily changed when needed.

Also, the deodorizing seats I have seen feature a built-in nightlight, along with slow-closing seat technology. So when you add everything up, installing a new deodorizing toilet seat can really make a lot of scents!

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com