Thursday, June 9, 2005

Bidets Catching On With Americans

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It seems Americans are taking the plunge into a European tradition and installing bidets in their bathrooms.

According to Steve Kamp, director of sales for the San Diego- based water closet maker St. Thomas Creations, bidets have become popular in both coastal areas of the U.S. and in newly-built homes.

Bidets originated in France hundreds of years ago, and while Kamp says the bottom-washers have taken a while to catch on in the U.S., his company is seeing a “huge interest” from customers.

Kamp figures that more Americans are installing bidets now that the master bath has become a retreat.

However, he says the tushie taps haven’t surpassed jet spa tubs in popularity – yet.

There are some differences between American and European bidet users: Kamp says Americans prefer vertical spouting ones – as opposed to the horizontal ones – and while Europeans also use bidets to wash their feet, Americans only use them to wash their backsides.

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