US20140101838A1 - Bidet washing apparatus - Google Patents

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US20140101838A1 US13/856,921 US201313856921A US2014101838A1 US 20140101838 A1 US20140101838 A1 US 20140101838A1 US 201313856921 A US201313856921 A US 201313856921A US 2014101838 A1 US2014101838 A1 US 2014101838A1
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    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E03WATER SUPPLY; SEWERAGE
    • E03DWATER-CLOSETS OR URINALS WITH FLUSHING DEVICES; FLUSHING VALVES THEREFOR
    • E03D9/00Sanitary or other accessories for lavatories ; Devices for cleaning or disinfecting the toilet room or the toilet bowl; Devices for eliminating smells
    • E03D9/08Devices in the bowl producing upwardly-directed sprays; Modifications of the bowl for use with such devices ; Bidets; Combinations of bowls with urinals or bidets; Hot-air or other devices mounted in or on the bowl, urinal or bidet for cleaning or disinfecting
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B05SPRAYING OR ATOMISING IN GENERAL; APPLYING FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL
    • B05BSPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES
    • B05B15/00Details of spraying plant or spraying apparatus not otherwise provided for; Accessories
    • B05B15/14Arrangements for preventing or controlling structural damage to spraying apparatus or its outlets, e.g. for breaking at desired places; Arrangements for handling or replacing damaged parts
    • B05B15/16Arrangements for preventing or controlling structural damage to spraying apparatus or its outlets, e.g. for breaking at desired places; Arrangements for handling or replacing damaged parts for preventing non-intended contact between spray heads or nozzles and foreign bodies, e.g. nozzle guards
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B05SPRAYING OR ATOMISING IN GENERAL; APPLYING FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL
    • B05BSPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES
    • B05B15/00Details of spraying plant or spraying apparatus not otherwise provided for; Accessories
    • B05B15/70Arrangements for moving spray heads automatically to or from the working position
    • B05B15/72Arrangements for moving spray heads automatically to or from the working position using hydraulic or pneumatic means
    • B05B15/74Arrangements for moving spray heads automatically to or from the working position using hydraulic or pneumatic means driven by the discharged fluid
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B05SPRAYING OR ATOMISING IN GENERAL; APPLYING FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL
    • B05BSPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES
    • B05B15/00Details of spraying plant or spraying apparatus not otherwise provided for; Accessories
    • B05B15/60Arrangements for mounting, supporting or holding spraying apparatus
    • B05B15/65Mounting arrangements for fluid connection of the spraying apparatus or its outlets to flow conduits
    • B05B15/652Mounting arrangements for fluid connection of the spraying apparatus or its outlets to flow conduits whereby the jet can be oriented
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B05SPRAYING OR ATOMISING IN GENERAL; APPLYING FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL
    • B05BSPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES
    • B05B15/00Details of spraying plant or spraying apparatus not otherwise provided for; Accessories
    • B05B15/60Arrangements for mounting, supporting or holding spraying apparatus
    • B05B15/65Mounting arrangements for fluid connection of the spraying apparatus or its outlets to flow conduits
    • B05B15/656Mounting arrangements for fluid connection of the spraying apparatus or its outlets to flow conduits whereby the flow conduit length is changeable

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A bidet washing apparatus attachable to a toilet bowl for cleaning one or more body parts of a user is disclosed. The apparatus can include one or more water inlets configured to supply water, and a control unit, housing one or more valves connected to the one or more water inlets, including one or more control switches configured to operate the one or more valves. The apparatus can include a nozzle assembly with at least one washing nozzle fluidically connected to at least one of the valves with one or more water tubes. The at least one washing nozzle can be positioned for directing water to the body parts of the user. The apparatus can also include a protective shield gate covering at least a portion of the at least one washing nozzle, where the protective shield gate is rotatably coupled to the bidet washing apparatus.

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    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application claims the benefit, under 35 U.S.C. §119(e), of U.S. Provisional Application 61/712,464, filed Oct. 11, 2012, entitled “Bidet Washing Apparatus,” the contents of which are incorporated by reference herein in their entirety.
  • FIELD
  • Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a bidet washing apparatus, for use with a toilet bowl, which can provide for the cleaning of body parts of a person sitting on or near the bowl.
  • BACKGROUND
  • One conventional method of cleaning oneself after toilet use is with paper, which is not always available and is sometimes so rough as to aggravate the skin. Moreover, such paper not infrequently causes plumbing problems by clogging up the toilet at the time of flushing.
  • Bidet apparatus for washing and cleaning the body parts (e.g., genital and/or anal) using water were initially developed in the form of a bidet that provided a single spray of water and was conventionally permanently built into the bowl. However, such bidets were expensive and a new generation of bidets attachable to the toilet was then developed with a plurality of nozzles for multiple water sprays. Such bidets can be attached to the seat of an existing toilet bowl for washing the private parts of a person sitting on it, using washing water sprayed from the bidet nozzles, without the use of toilet paper. Such bidets may include a plurality of nozzles for washing the private parts as well as the bidet itself.
  • Various designs have addressed some of the desired effects, such as washing, washing with temperature-regulated water, and drying. However, existing bidets fail to address all concerns related to the designs and functions in the general field of bidets.
  • For example, pollution of the outer surface of the nozzles, the bidet and toilet during utilization is a common problem and causes aesthetic and hygienic issues. This is particularly important in bidets used, for example, by infirm or sick people who have to be especially cautious about maintaining hygiene and preventing infections.
  • Some mobile cleaning and bidet systems may exist which operate according to various techniques in order to overcome these problems. Some such bidets comprising mobile cleaning have an electrical or mechanical system to retract the nozzles within a cylindrical covering to prevent pollution. The nozzle moves forward within the body of the cylinder and becomes active either by electrical or by a mechanical signal. The nozzle is retracted upon usage of the toilet. The mechanical signal acts by the force of the washing water that pushes the nozzle out of its outer covering and thus washing water is sprayed on the person sitting on the toilet. When the washing water supply is stopped, the nozzle is retracted. Therefore, when a user uses the lavatory, the user's excrement is not splattered directly on the nozzle pipes since the nozzle pipes are accommodated within the outer covering. Thus the pollution of the nozzles is prevented to some extent. However, this is not very efficient and does not adequately solve the hygiene related issues.
  • For example, the nozzle pipes may still become dirty when the user is being washed by the washing water sprayed from the nozzle. Some bidets overcome this by allowing the user to pull out the nozzle manually and clean the nozzle after use. However, this is both cumbersome and unpleasant. Some other bidets have a cleaning nozzle to wash the washing nozzles after usage. However, this is also undesirable because of nozzle positions and dripping of the nozzle cleaning water.
  • Another problem with the existing bidet systems is the existence of multiple joints between the water inlets and the control valves of the bidet. Such joints are unwieldy and also considerably reduce the life of the bidet because of the possibility of breaking or leakage of one of the numerous joints. It is, thus, desirable to engineer a single connection between a water inlet and a control valve, which conventional bidets have failed to accomplish.
  • SUMMARY
  • The presently disclosed embodiments are directed to solving one or more of the problems presented in the prior art, described above, as well as providing additional features that will become readily apparent by reference to the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
  • Accordingly, one object of the present disclosure is to provide a bidet washing apparatus attachable to a toilet bowl for cleaning one or more body parts of a user. The apparatus can include one or more water inlets configured to supply water, and a control unit, housing one or more valves fluidically connected to the one or more water inlets, including one or more control switches configured to operate the one or more valves. As such, the one or more valves can control water flow from the one or more water inlets. The apparatus can further include a nozzle assembly including at least one washing nozzle, fluidically connected to at least one of the one or more valves with one or more water tubes. The at least one washing nozzle can be positioned for directing water to the one or more body parts of the user. The apparatus can also include a protective shield gate covering at least a portion of the at least one washing nozzle, where the protective shield gate is rotatably coupled to the bidet washing apparatus.
  • According to various embodiments, the protective shield gate can be rotatably coupled to the apparatus along a side or top edge via a hinge, for example, in order to allow for the manual or electrical opening and closing of the protective shield gate. In this manner, the nozzle(s) are easily accessible for cleaning, removal, replacement or other adjustment while the protective shield gate is open. In an alternative embodiment, the protective shield gate can be completely removed to similarly provide access to the nozzle(s).
  • According an embodiment, the water inlet(s) can be fluidically connected to one or more valves via a single-body connector without any intervening parts or joints, which results in a more robust, long-lasting, bidet washing apparatus, since leaks or other damage to the fluidic couplings are less likely to occur.
  • Further features and advantages of the present disclosure, as well as the structure and operation of various embodiments of the present disclosure, are described in detail below with reference to the accompanying drawings.
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  • The present disclosure, in accordance with one or more various embodiments, is described in detail with reference to the following figures. The drawings are provided for purposes of illustration only and merely depict exemplary embodiments of the disclosure. These drawings are provided to facilitate the reader's understanding of the disclosure and should not be considered limiting of the breadth, scope, or applicability of the disclosure. It should be noted that for clarity and ease of illustration these drawings are not necessarily made to scale.
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an exemplary bidet washing apparatus installed on an existing toilet seat, with the seat cover up, according to an embodiment.
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a bidet washing apparatus installed on an existing toilet seat, with the seat cover down, according to an embodiment.
  • FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an exemplary bidet washing apparatus, according to an embodiment.
  • FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an exemplary bidet washing apparatus, with the dotted lines showing the nozzles extended outwards, according to an embodiment.
  • FIG. 5 is a fragmentary view of an exemplary bidet washing apparatus shown in FIG. 3 illustrating the gate shield protecting the nozzle assembly in a closed position, according to an embodiment.
  • FIG. 6 is a fragmentary view of an exemplary bidet washing apparatus shown in FIG. 3 illustrating the shield gate protecting the nozzle assembly in an open position, according to an embodiment.
  • FIG. 7 is a top plan view of the exemplary embodiment shown in FIG. 3.
  • FIG. 8 is a bottom plan view of the exemplary embodiment shown in FIG. 3.
  • FIG. 9 is a perspective view of an exemplary bidet washing apparatus, according to an embodiment.
  • FIG. 10 is a schematic showing a single connection between a water inlet and a control valve inside a control panel, according to an embodiment.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS
  • The following description is presented to enable a person of ordinary skill in the art to make and use embodiments described herein. Descriptions of specific devices, techniques, and applications are provided only as examples. Various modifications to the examples described herein will be readily apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art, and the general principles defined herein may be applied to other examples and applications without departing from the spirit and scope of the disclosure. Thus, the present disclosure is not intended to be limited to the examples described herein and shown, but is to be accorded the scope consistent with the claims.
  • The word “exemplary” is used herein to mean “serving as an example illustration.” Any aspect or design described herein as “exemplary” is not necessarily to be construed as preferred or advantageous over other aspects or designs.
  • Reference will now be made in detail to aspects of the subject technology, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference numerals refer to like elements throughout.
  • It should be understood that the specific order or hierarchy of steps in the process disclosed herein is an example of exemplary approaches. Based upon design preferences, it is understood that the specific order or hierarchy of steps in the processes may be rearranged while remaining within the scope of the present disclosure. Any accompanying method claims present elements of the various steps in a sample order, and are not meant to be limited to the specific order or hierarchy presented.
  • Embodiments disclosed herein describe a new, clean and hygienic washing bidet. Various embodiments comprise one or a plurality of water inlets, a control means housing one or a plurality of control valves to control the flow of water from the water inlet(s) to one or a plurality of water tubes, one or a plurality of washing nozzles, a protective shield gate, and securing unit configured to securing the sanitary washing device to the toilet seat.
  • Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a clean and hygienic bidet washing apparatus 100 attachable to an existing toilet for cleaning the body parts of the user sitting on or near the toilet. As described herein, a “bidet” is a toilet attachment for cleaning the body parts of the user. The term “water inlet” means any structure that may provide water to the bidet washing apparatus. “Control unit” (aka “control panel”) is the housing which has “control switche(s)” thereon controlling the various functionalities of the bidet, including but not limited to, flow of water, adjusting the angle of the nozzles, and opening and closing the protective shield gate. “Control valves” are controller parts located inside the control panel housing which control the flow of water or other fluids from the water inlet(s) to one or more “water tubes” by opening, closing or partially obstructing various passageways. “Water tubes” are channels that connect the control valves to a “nozzle assembly,” wherein, the “nozzle assembly” includes a single nozzle or a collection of nozzles comprising at least one “washing nozzle.” “Nozzle” is a device designed to eject water or other fluids into the surrounding medium as a coherent controlled spray. The “washing nozzle” is the nozzle that can be used to wash the body parts of a user. The nozzle assembly may also have other types of nozzles such as a “self cleaning nozzle,” which is used to clean the nozzle assembly itself, a “toilet cleaning nozzle,” which is used to clean the bidet and/or the toilet, and a “shield cleaning nozzle,” which is used for cleaning the “protective shield gate.” The “protective shield gate” is a structure placed at least partially in front of the nozzle assembly (e.g., between the user and the nozzle assembly) to protect the nozzle assembly from pollutants. The “protective shield gate” can have a “hinged” edge. The term “hinged” here means a joint that allows the turning or pivoting of the gate, by any conventional turning or pivoting mechanism. The term “fluidically coupled” means a connection or a passageway which allows fluid to flow therethrough. The term “reservoir” means a fluid holding tank.
  • Referring to FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, the bidet washing apparatus 100 of the present embodiment can be mounted on a toilet bowl 110 using the securing mechanism 105 a and 105 b. Any conventional securing unit (e.g., one or more screws) can be implemented. A seat (see FIG. 2) can pivot around, and can be connected to, a rear portion of the toilet bowl 110. On the rear portion of the toilet bowl 110 can be mounted a refillable toilet tank 109 in which an amount of water is stored. In certain embodiments of the present disclosure, the toilet tank 109 may be used as the water source, by a fluidic connection, for the bidet washing apparatus 100. On the bidet washing apparatus 100 can be mounted a nozzle assembly 101 comprising at least one washing nozzle for washing the body parts of the user sitting on or near the toilet bowl 110. FIG. 1 and FIG. 2 show one exemplary embodiment with two washing nozzles 101 a and 101 b, respectively (see, e.g., FIG. 3). However, in an installation a lesser or greater number of nozzles may be used. Each washing nozzle can spray a stream of water upwardly and inwardly, according to various embodiments.
  • A control unit 108 can be provided for easy access for the user, and houses control switches 102 a and 102 b for providing operational instructions to the bidet washing apparatus. The depicted example shows two switches 102 a and 102 b; however, one of ordinary skill in the art would realize that any number of switches may be provided for performing various operations, without departing from the scope of the present disclosure. Some examples of operational instructions are (but are not limited to) controlling the flow of water from the water inlet, changing the angle of the washing nozzles, and opening and closing the protective shield gate (described in further detail below). The type of control switches may be selected from a group comprising knobs, dials, levers, and depressible buttons, or any conventional control mechanism. An installation may have all similar control switches where both control switches 102 a and 102 b are knobs. On the other hand, FIG. 9 shows an embodiment of the present disclosure where one of the control switches 102 b is a knob and the other control switch 102 c is a lever.
  • Furthermore, as shown in FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, the nozzle assembly 101 can have a protective shield gate 104 substantially or partially in front of it. The position of the protective shield get 104 is such that it can act as a shield between the user's body and/or water in the toilet bowl 110 and the nozzle assembly 101 thus protecting the nozzle assembly 101 from pollutants during use.
  • Certain aspects of the bidet washing apparatus will be detailed hereinafter with reference to FIGS. 3-9. FIG. 3 shows a front perspective view of one embodiment described herein. Referring to FIG. 3, the bidet washing apparatus 100 comprises the water inlets 103 a and 103 b to feed water into the bidet. The water inlet can be controlled by the user using the control switches 102 a and 102 b situated on the control panel 108. The water from the water inlets 103 a and 103 b can be ultimately provided to the nozzle assembly 101 via tubes (as described in greater detail with reference to FIG. 7, for example). The nozzle assembly shown in this aspect of the disclosure has two washing nozzles 101 a and 101 b. The protective shield gate 104 protects the nozzle assembly 101 from excrement and pollutants as described above. In this example, the protective shield gate 104 is positioned in front of the nozzle assembly 101 of the bidet such that it is between the user sitting on the toilet seat, for example, and the nozzle assembly. Hence, when the user is using the toilet, the nozzles are shielded behind the shield gate 104 and do not become polluted.
  • Referring to FIGS. 5-6, the protective shield gate 104 can be movable along a hinged edge 111 to provide for further hygiene. The protecting shield gate 104 rotates and thus can be manually, for example, opened (FIG. 6) and closed (FIG. 5) after using the toilet to clean any minute left over pollutants on the outer covering of the nozzle assembly to ensure complete cleanliness. In the present embodiment, the user may open and close the gate manually and, thus, the gate can stay in the position (i.e., open or closed) that the user places the gate. However, it is to be noted that in certain embodiments, the gate may be opened and closed by an electrical signal using a control switch located on the control panel 108, which can allow the gate to remain open until the user closes the gate via the control switch, so the user can clean the nozzle, for example. It is also to be noted that in certain embodiments, the hinged edge 111 is on the top of the protective shield gate 104, and not on the side edge as shown in the illustrative FIGS. 5-6. In yet another embodiment, the user may be able to completely remove the protective shield gate 104 for cleaning the nozzle(s), and reattach it after cleaning. Of course, one of ordinary skill in the art would understand that the hinged edge could comprise any rotatable joint mechanism that allows for the rotation of the gate 104 to provide efficient access to the nozzle(s). If the gate 104 is completely removable, a grooved and slideable mechanism can be employed so that the gate 104 can slide in and out to be attached and removed. Of course, other mechanisms (e.g., a magnet or a snap structure) may be utilized for removably attaching the gate 104.
  • In certain embodiments, the protective shield gate 104 has a flap portion perpendicular to the shield gate 104 such that it covers the bottom of the nozzle assembly 101. Additionally, the flap can have a spring mechanism such that it is pushed out and aligns with the shield gate 104 by the force of the water stream when water flows out of the nozzle assembly 101. When the water flow stops, the flap can spring back into its original position perpendicular to the shield gate 101.
  • The protective shield gate 104 of the present disclosure can be made from a material selected from the group comprising plastic, metal, material having anti-microbial properties, and material with increased pollutant repellant properties.
  • In certain embodiments, the angle of the washing nozzles may be adjusted using control switche(s) located on the control unit 108. Thus, when a user wants to clean certain body parts, water may be sprayed on a desired body part by adjusting the angle of the washing nozzle(s). In the present embodiment as shown in FIG. 3, the height of the protective shield gate is such that it allows for an uninterrupted spray of water from the nozzle assembly 101, since the nozzle assembly 101 can extend beyond the bottom edge of the gate 104.
  • FIG. 4 shows another embodiment wherein the height the protective shield gate is equal to or greater than that of the washing nozzles 101 a and 101 b. Here, the washing nozzles 101 a and 101 b are thus housed within an outer covering comprising a spring mechanism for pushing the washing nozzles out when water flows through the washing nozzles such that the water flow is not interrupted by the protective shield gate 104. Each washing nozzle comprises an outer covering and an inner nozzle operated slidably back and forth with hydraulic pressure of the supplied washing water in accordance with an instruction from the control unit 108. During use of the washing nozzles, the nozzles are extended from their outer covering below the length of the shield gate by the hydraulic force of the washing water and water is sprayed on the user for cleaning purposes. After use, when the water flow is stopped, the nozzles are retracted in their outer covering which is hidden behind the shield gate. In certain other embodiments, the user may control the movement of the washing nozzle by using the control unit 108, instead of the hydraulic pressure. When an instruction of a washing operation is given by the control unit 108, a washing nozzle driving unit is activated to advance the nozzle. The washing nozzle angle can also be adjusted by an instruction given by the control unit 108 to position the nozzle for cleaning. Thus, the washing nozzle can reach the user's desired washing position by the combined advancement of the nozzle and/or the angular positioning.
  • According to the present embodiment, the nozzle assembly 101 comprises at least one washing nozzle. In yet another embodiment, the bidet washing apparatus 100 further comprises a self cleaning nozzle for cleaning the nozzle assembly itself. The self cleaning nozzle can be positioned to spray water onto the nozzle assembly 100 and/or washing nozzle(s) before and/or after usage for additional hygiene. The self cleaning nozzle may be adapted to be controlled by the control unit 108, and thus provides an additional hygiene level. Another embodiment comprises a toilet cleaning nozzle for cleaning the toilet and the bidet before and after use of the toilet. The toilet cleaning nozzle can be positioned to spray water on the toilet bowl 110 and/or the bidet apparatus 100, and may be controlled by the control unit to provide additional hygiene. Yet, another embodiment comprises a shield cleaning nozzle for cleaning the protective shield gate 104. The shield cleaning nozzle may be similarly controlled by the control unit 108. Additionally, the shield cleaning nozzle may be positioned to clean the shield gate 104 in an open and/or closed position.
  • Any or all of the washing nozzles may be connected to the nozzle assembly 101 via a ball joint, for example, which could allow the user to manually swivel a washing nozzle around 360 degrees, in order to direct the spray of water in a desired and precise direction. Of course, other types of joints and connectors could be implemented in order to allow for the manual swivel or direction correction, as desired by the user to spray water to a desired body part, for example.
  • Moreover, according to an exemplary embodiment, one or more of the washing nozzle(s) 101 a-101 b can be connected to the nozzle assembly 101 by a mechanism allowing for the easy removal of the nozzle(s) 101 a-101 b. For example, the washing nozzle(s) 101 a-101 b can slide into place via a grooved portion of the nozzle assembly 101, or could otherwise snap into place. Any conventional mechanism of removably attaching the nozzle(s) 101 a-101 b can be implemented, so that the user can swap the nozzle(s) 101 a-101 b with other nozzles or increase or reduce the number of washing nozzle(s) 101 a-101 b connected to the nozzle assembly 101.
  • According to an embodiment, a washing nozzle can be replaced with a nozzle that is configured to hold materials such as soap, disinfectant or any medicinal substance which can be expelled along with water as it flows through the nozzle. For example, such materials could be in a solid form, which dissolves at a predetermined and desired rate, as the water flows through the nozzle and is carried out of the nozzle by the spraying water. The above-mentioned materials are provided merely for exemplary purposes and are not intended to limit the disclosure in any way. Other substances/materials could be held/stored in a nozzle in order to be expelled with water through the nozzle.
  • An exemplary water supply system to the nozzle assembly 101 will be detailed hereinafter with reference to FIGS. 7-8. The control unit 108 can house the control valves 106 a and 106 b (as shown in FIG. 8), to control the flow of water to the water tubes and has the control switches 102 a and 102 b, for giving instructions to the control valves. Two control valves and control switches are depicted for exemplary purposes, but it should be understood that any number of control valves and corresponding switches may be employed.
  • The control valves 106 a and 106 b can be situated at the entrance to the water tubes 107 a-107 c in this example. The control valves 106 a and 106 b are designed to open, close or partially obstruct the water inlet 103 opening into the water tubes 107 a, 107 b and 107 c, such that the volume of the water flowing through the any tube at any given time can be easily controlled by the user by giving simple instructions thorough the control switches. The water tubes 107 a-107 c connect the control valves 106 a-106 b at one end to the nozzle assembly 101 at the other end. Thus the control valves 106 a-106 b can effectively control the volume of water flowing to the nozzle assembly 101. In the present embodiment, one water tube 107 b passes through the back of the bidet 100, and two water tubes 107 a and 107 c pass through the front of the bidet 100. However, it is to be noted that in an embodiment, more than one water tube could pass through the back of the bidet 100, and the number of water tubes passing through the front of the bidet 100 could be more or less than two.
  • According to an embodiment, the bidet washing apparatus 100 can include a vacuum breaker (not depicted), which can be situated at various locations within the bidet washing apparatus 100. The vacuum breaker can be located anywhere between the water supply (e.g., the water tank supplying water to the toilet bowl) and the washing nozzle(s) (e.g., 101 a-101 b) output. The vacuum breaker can be intended to halt the flow of water that is not expelled by the washing nozzle(s) back into the water supply. According to one exemplary embodiment, the vacuum breaker(s) can be housed within the control unit 108, located between a valve 106 a-106 b and the nozzle assembly 101; however, one of ordinary skill in the art would realize that various locations of one or more vacuum breakers can be implemented within the scope of this disclosure to perform the desired function.
  • In one exemplary embodiment, each water inlet 103 a-103 b is connected to a control valve 106 a-106 b by a single, non-jointed, connection 115 (see FIG. 10) thereby removing any intervening parts and extra connections, which can considerably increase the durability and lifetime of the bidet system. Of course, multiple water inlets 103 a-103 b could be connected to a single control valve; however, each connection between the water inlets 103 a-103 b and the single control valve can be a single-body structure, according to one embodiment.
  • As a result of the foregoing description, a bidet washing apparatus is provided with an objective of satisfactorily and hygienically washing a user's body parts after toilet use. The protective shield gate, according to embodiments described herein, can provide advanced hygiene by protecting the nozzle(s) from excrement, while allowing for the easy cleaning and/or replacement of nozzle(s) as desired. Moreover, the single-body design of the connector between the water inlet(s) and the valve(s) provides for enhanced durability of the bidet washing apparatus, with decreased risk of leakage.
  • While the inventive features have been particularly shown and described with reference to preferred embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those in the art that the foregoing and other changes may be made therein without departing from the sprit and the scope of the disclosure. Likewise, the various diagrams may depict an example architectural or other configuration for the disclosure, which is done to aid in understanding the features and functionality that can be included in the disclosure. The disclosure is not restricted to the illustrated example architectures or configurations, but can be implemented using a variety of alternative architectures and configurations. Additionally, although the disclosure is described above in terms of various exemplary embodiments and implementations, it should be understood that the various features and functionality described in one or more of the individual embodiments are not limited in their applicability to the particular embodiment with which they are described. They instead can be applied alone or in some combination, to one or more of the other embodiments of the disclosure, whether or not such embodiments are described, and whether or not such features are presented as being a part of a described embodiment. Thus, the breadth and scope of the present disclosure should not be limited by any of the above-described exemplary embodiments.

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1. A bidet washing apparatus attachable to a toilet bowl for cleaning one or more body parts of a user, comprising:
one or more water inlets configured to supply water;
a control unit, housing one or more valves fluidically connected to the one or more water inlets, including one or more control switches configured to operate the one or more valves, wherein the one or more valves control water flow from the one or more water inlets;
a nozzle assembly including at least one washing nozzle, fluidically connected to at least one of said one or more valves with one or more water tubes, wherein said at least one washing nozzle is positioned for directing water to the one or more body parts of the user;
a protective shield gate covering at least a portion of the at least one washing nozzle, wherein the protective shield gate is rotatably coupled to the bidet washing apparatus.
2. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the one or more water inlets are fluidically connected to a water tank configured to supply water to the toilet bowl.
3. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein each of the one or more water inlets is connected to one of the one or more valves via a single-body, non-jointed connector.
4. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the one or more control switches are selected from a group comprising knobs, lever, dials and depressible buttons.
5. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the nozzle assembly further comprises a self cleaning nozzle for cleaning the at least one washing nozzle.
6. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the nozzle assembly further comprises a toilet cleaning nozzle for cleaning the toilet bowl.
7. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the nozzle assembly further comprises a shield cleaning nozzle for cleaning the protective shield gate.
8. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising an adjusting unit configured to adjust an angle of the at least one washing nozzle.
9. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the at least one washing nozzle is housed within an outer covering comprising a spring mechanism configured to push the at least one washing nozzle out of the covering when water flows through the at least one washing nozzle and to retract the at least one washing nozzle when the flow of water stops.
10. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the protective shield gate is rotatably coupled to the bidet washing apparatus along at least a portion of one of its vertical side edges.
11. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the protective shield gate is rotatably coupled to the bidet washing apparatus along at least a portion of its top edge.
12. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the protective shield gate is removable.
13. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the protective shield gate is made from a material selected from a group comprising plastic, metal, a material having anti-microbial properties, and a material with increased pollutant repellant properties.
14. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein a length of the protective shield gate is substantially similar to a length of the at least one washing nozzle.
15. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the protective shield gate further comprises a movable flap attachment substantially perpendicular to the protective shield gate, said flap being positioned below the washing nozzle, wherein the flap substantially aligns with the protective shield gate when water flows through the nozzle.
16. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a reservoir fluidically coupled to the bidet washing apparatus.
17. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a securing unit configured to secure the bidet washing apparatus to the toilet bowl.
18. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a vacuum breaker unit located between a water supply and the nozzle assembly.
19. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein at least one washing nozzle is removably connected to the nozzle assembly.
20. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 19, wherein the at least one removably connected washing nozzle is replaceable with another removably connected washing nozzle configured to store and expel at least one of soap, disinfectant and medicine when water flows through the other removably connected washing nozzle.
21. A bidet washing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein at least one washing nozzle is adjustable by the user via a swivel unit, to swivel around approximately 360 degrees.
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