Why are Toilets, Sinks and Urinals Made of Porcelain?

Why are Toilets, Sinks and Urinals Made of Porcelain?

Why are Toilets, Sinks and Urinals Made of Porcelain?  

Guest Blog by John Tarr


Have you wondered that yourself? Not only are our personal toilets and sinks in our bathrooms in our homes made of porcelain but so are most public restrooms.

We have been sitting on the same type of toilet thrones for centuries. Is there not something different that could do the same job in our modern times?


These bathroom fixtures need to be sturdy, waterproof, and in the case of a toilet and urinal, designed to be a flushing engine.

They are very efficient waste removers and there is a lot of intricate engineering behind your behind.

Vitreous china toilets (what we call porcelain) are made from clay and water. It’s a fairly inexpensive manufacturing process, which includes being poured into a mold, finished, glazed, and then sent through a kiln.

We use plastic on the seat cover on the toilet, but plastic is not durable enough to have it in the main role. Porcelain will not break under the weight of a hard landing.

Stainless steel toilets, like you see in jail, are very strong but are sensitive to temperature.

You do not want to sit on one when it is cold. Porcelain, not so much. Plus, they did not want to use something like porcelain that could be shattered and then the pieces used as a weapon in a penitentiary.

Rachel Swaby on her blog said: “Porcelain is a champ of shrugging off water. It may sound simple, but a porous material will allow liquid and bacteria in, so being impervious to both is important in a structure that’s main job is to deal with waste. The key to keeping water out, is in the porcelain glaze. After the toilet is coated, it’s fired in a kiln. Unlike, say, grout in a shower, which takes on both water and bacteria, the glaze stops bacteria at the toilet’s surface.”

A defective toilet is a bad thing no matter where you are when you need one.

In public restrooms it can be particularly annoying and unsightly so that is why Team JaniWrap invented and sells temporary out-of-order covers that can be used until the fixture can be fixed.

They are beautiful, do not take away from the overall appearance of the restroom, and are easy to apply.

People ask Team JaniWrap all the time: “Can you tell me why your temporary covers adhere so well to porcelain restroom fixtures?”

I always tell them: “It’s a proprietary blend of adhesives designed for instant tack, long adhesion, and clean release.”

Go here to find out more about our Temporary Out-of-order Covers

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The last time I was out at the movies and visited the restroom a large black bag was covering one of the urinals… a big ugly element in an otherwise well designed space.

How many times have you been to an establishment where this type of response to an out of order toilet or urinal almost overshadowed what you were there for in the first place?

This happens thousands of times a day all over the world – just ask anyone about their biggest pet peeve about restroom care and this topic is always near the top.  We invite people to our buildings for business, we spend huge amounts of money in advertising to get customers in the door, and we educate our staff to be super friendly and helpful so why leave to chance the appearance of the most visited room in the building?

JaniWrap beautifully solves the problem of what to do when a toilet, urinal or even a sink malfunctions and requires removal from service.  Whether this is for an hour, day or longer, JaniWrap stays  cleanly in-place and does not distract from the beauty of the restroom environment.

Keep it beautiful.


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