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US20160206159A1
US20160206159A1 US14/914,148 US201414914148A US2016206159A1 US 20160206159 A1 US20160206159 A1 US 20160206159A1 US 201414914148 A US201414914148 A US 201414914148A US 2016206159 A1 US2016206159 A1 US 2016206159A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47KSANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
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    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47KSANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
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A toilet seat cover, and a method for manufacturing a toilet seat cover are provided, the toilet seat cover comprising a top sheet of material; a bottom sheet of material, the bottom sheet coupled to the top sheet on two coupling edges of the bottom sheet, said two coupling edges are opposing outer edges; said cover capable of receiving a toilet seat between the top and bottom sheets and between the opposing outer edges; and the top and bottom sheets comprise respective hole portions, said respective hole portions aligned to form a central opening of the cover; said central opening capable of being aligned substantially with a hollow portion of the toilet seat when the toilet seat is received between the top and bottom sheets.

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    TECHNICAL FIELD
  • The present disclosure relates broadly to a toilet seat cover and a method of manufacturing a toilet seat cover.
  • BACKGROUND
  • Flush toilets typically comprise a bowl portion (or toilet bowl) which receives e.g. waste. The bowl portion has an opening which is defined by the rim of the bowl portion. In order to allow a user to more comfortably sit on the bowl portion, the rim can be overlaid with a sanitary/toilet seat. The toilet seat is typically hinged to an end of the rim, to allow the seat to be laid over the rim when sitting is desired. Alternatively, when the seat is not desired, the seat can be lifted or rotated off the rim into an erect position substantially perpendicular to the opening of the bowl, and may be rested against a wall surface or water tank of the flush toilet.
  • However, toilet seats may be soiled or dirty which discourage users from sitting on or to even come into contact with the seats. For example, a seat laid over the rim may be soiled by a standing male user. Moreover, as the seat is typically connected to one end of the rim via a hinge, the area about the hinge is often soiled by waste e.g. urine left behind by standing male users, and which is typically difficult to remove.
  • Other than the visible stains and dirt which may be caused by e.g. waste from a previous user, users may also be concerned with the risk of contracting infectious or contagious diseases which may arise from coming into contact with invisible contaminants such as e.g. bacteria and/or germs. The risks are even higher in public common toilets.
  • Some companies have employed cleaners to attempt to clean each toilet seat as soon as it is used. However, this may be a costly and non-practical way of matching number of cleaners to peak period usage of toilets. Moreover, cleaners may not have applied any antiseptic agents or sterilizing chemicals to clean the surface of the seat.
  • When confronted with a dirty toilet seat, some users may choose to clean the seat using e.g. dispensed sterilizing chemicals and toilet paper or hose the bowl down with a water hose. However, this can result in time used in the cleaning. In addition, extra effort and costs are incurred on the part of the user. As such, very few, if any, users attempt to clean the seat. Even if the users do attempt to clean the seats, users are typically not experts in cleaning seats, which may result in seats that are not properly cleaned and/or excess paper, cleaning materials etc. being used in the cleaning. Bacteria and germs which are invisible to the naked eyes may also be missed in the cleaning by users, and therefore still render the user exposed to such contaminants.
  • Some users may use disposable covers which may be placed on the seats directly. Such seat covers typically comprise a sheet of paper shaped like toilet seats. Such sheets are typically of inadequate thickness for manufacturing cost effectiveness and may break easily when not handled properly, particularly when the disposable covers are wet, as a result of e.g. a wet toilet seat or urine from a previous user. Also, the paper disposable covers generally do not fit well on toilet seats as they are smaller in size compared to the toilet seats. As such, users have to lay a few pieces of such paper disposable cover, on top of each other in order to cover the seats completely, and also to provide sufficient thickness. This inefficient coverage results in additional cost incurred. Further, such sheets do not rest properly on toilet seats and tend to slip when the user sits on it.
  • Thus, there exists a need for a toilet seat cover, and a method of manufacturing a toilet seat cover, which seeks to address or at least ameliorate one or more of the above problems.
  • SUMMARY
  • In accordance with a first aspect of the present disclosure, there is provided a toilet seat cover comprising a top sheet of material; a bottom sheet of material, the bottom sheet coupled to the top sheet on two coupling edges of the bottom sheet, said two coupling edges are opposing outer edges; said cover capable of receiving a toilet seat between the top and bottom sheets and between the opposing outer edges; and the top and bottom sheets comprise respective hole portions, said respective hole portions aligned to form a central opening of the cover; said central opening capable of being aligned substantially with a hollow portion of the toilet seat when the toilet seat is received between the top and bottom sheets.
  • The toilet seat cover may further comprise a flap hinged from a side of the central opening; said flap being capable of extending through the hollow portion of the toilet seat when the toilet seat is received between the top and bottom sheets.
  • At least one of the top and bottom sheets may comprise one or more perforations for forming the respective hole portion when the perforations are torn.
  • The perforations may allow the flap to be formed when the perforations are torn.
  • At least one of the top and bottom sheets may comprise one or more additional perforations for reducing a size of the flap, when the one or more additional perforations are torn.
  • The flap may be hinged proximate a front edge of the cover.
  • The top and bottom sheets may each comprise a fluid permeable material.
  • At least one of the top and bottom sheets may comprise a fluid impermeable material.
  • At least one of the top and bottom sheets may comprise an internal layer of material and an external layer of material, the external layer being exterior of the cover.
  • The internal layer may comprise a fluid impermeable material.
  • The external layer may comprise an absorbent material.
  • The top and bottom sheets may be rectangular in shape.
  • The bottom sheet may be further coupled at one or more other edges of the bottom sheet to the top sheet, each said other edges corresponding to a coupling edge; each said other edge disposed from the corresponding coupling edge such that each other edge and respective coupling edge forms a sleeve for receiving one fork of a horseshoe shaped-toilet seat.
  • The other edges may be joined together substantially along respective perimeters to form a ring.
  • The bottom sheet may be further coupled to the top sheet on a front edge of the bottom sheet; and the cover further comprises a mouth for allowing the seat to be inserted through.
  • The bottom sheet may further comprise an additional opening positioned between the central opening and a mouth edge, said additional opening extending across substantially the opposing outer edges.
  • The top and bottom sheets may each further comprise peripheral areas extending beyond a surface area of a received toilet seat, capable of being folded and disposed under the toilet seat.
  • The bottom sheet may further comprise one or more apertures for cooperating with one or more engaging members provided on the toilet seat when the toilet seat is received between the top and bottom sheets.
  • The peripheral areas may comprise one or more receiving apertures for engaging with one or more engaging members provided on a received toilet seat, when the peripheral areas are folded.
  • The top sheet may further comprise an extension, such that the top sheet is substantially longer than the bottom sheet.
  • The top sheet may be 450 mm longer than the bottom sheet.
  • The extension may comprise one or more further apertures for cooperating with one or more further engaging members provided on a water tank or supporting wall to retain the extension against the water tank or supporting wall.
  • The extension may comprise one or more further perforations for forming the one or more further apertures when torn.
  • The extension may comprise a pocket for receiving an unhinged end of a toilet seat lid within the pocket.
  • The top or bottom sheet may further comprise one or more fastening strips.
  • The one or more fastening strips may respectively comprise a coupled end coupled to the top or bottom sheet; and a free end capable of extending through the hollow portion of the toilet seat and over the top sheet or under the bottom sheet such that a loop is substantially formed around a portion of the toilet seat.
  • The coupled end may be coupled at a position along a perimeter of the central opening, proximate one of the outer edges.
  • The free end may be cut from an other position along the perimeter of the central opening, proximate an opposing outer edge.
  • The the top or bottom sheet may further comprise fastening strip perforations for forming the one or more fastening strips when torn.
  • In accordance with a second aspect of the present disclosure, there is provided a method of manufacturing a toilet seat cover, the method comprising providing a top sheet of material and a bottom sheet of material; coupling the bottom sheet to the top sheet on two coupling edges of the bottom sheet, said two coupling edges comprising opposing outer edges; forming respective hole portions on the top and bottom sheets; and aligning the respective hole portions to form a central opening of the cover; said central opening capable of being aligned substantially with a hollow portion of a toilet seat when the toilet seat is received by the cover.
  • The method may further comprise forming a flap hinged from a side of the central opening; said flap being capable of extending through the hollow portion of the toilet seat when the toilet seat is received between the top and bottom sheets.
  • The method may further comprise forming one or more perforations on at least one of the top and bottom sheets; said one or more perforations for forming the respective hole portion when the perforations are torn.
  • The perforations may allow the flap to be formed when the perforations are torn.
  • The method may further comprise forming one or more additional perforations on at least one of the top and bottom sheets; said one or more additional perforations allow a size of the flap to be reduced when the one or more additional perforations are torn.
  • Forming the flap may comprise forming the flap hinged proximate a front edge of the cover.
  • The method may further comprise providing a fluid permeable material for each of the top and bottom sheets.
  • The method may further comprise providing a fluid impermeable material for at least one of the top and bottom sheets.
  • The method may further comprise providing for at least one of the top or bottom sheets, an internal layer of material and an external layer of material, the external layer being exterior of the cover.
  • The method may further comprise providing a fluid impermeable material for the internal layer.
  • The method may further comprise providing an absorbent material for the external layer.
  • The method may further comprise providing rectangular-shaped top and bottom sheets.
  • The method may further comprise coupling one or more other edges of the bottom sheet to the top sheet, each said other edges corresponding to a coupling edge; each said other edge disposed from the corresponding coupling edge such that each other edge and respective coupling edge forms a sleeve for receiving one fork of a horseshoe shaped-toilet seat.
  • The method may further comprise joining the other edges together substantially along respective perimeters to form a ring.
  • The method may further comprise coupling a front edge of the bottom sheet to the top sheet; and forming a mouth on an uncoupled edge for allowing the seat to be inserted through.
  • The method may further comprise forming an additional opening between the central opening and a mouth edge on the bottom sheet, said additional opening extending across substantially the opposing outer edges.
  • The method may further comprise providing peripheral areas on the top and bottom sheets, said peripheral areas extending beyond a surface area of a received toilet seat; and forming the peripheral areas for being folded and disposed under the toilet seat.
  • The method may further comprise providing apertures on the bottom sheet, said apertures for aligning with engaging members provided on the toilet seat when the toilet seat is received between the top and bottom sheets.
  • The method may further comprise providing receiving apertures on at least the bottom sheet for engaging with engaging members provided on a received toilet seat.
  • Providing a top sheet of material may comprise providing a top sheet with an extension such that the top sheet is substantially longer than the bottom sheet.
  • Providing a top sheet of material may comprise providing a top sheet that is 450 mm longer than the bottom sheet.
  • The method may further comprise providing one or more further apertures on the extension for cooperating with one or more further engaging members provided on a water tank or supporting wall to retain the extension against the water tank or supporting wall.
  • The method may further comprise providing one or more further perforations on the extension for forming the one or more further apertures when the further perforations are torn.
  • The method may further comprise providing a pocket on the extension for engaging or receiving an unhinged end of a toilet seat lid within the pocket.
  • The method may further comprise providing one or more fastening strips on the top or bottom sheet.
  • Providing the one or more fastening strips on the top or bottom sheets may comprise coupling a coupled end of one of the fastening strips to the top or bottom sheet; and providing a free end of one of the fastening strips capable of extending through the hollow portion of the toilet seat and over the top sheet or under the bottom sheet such that a loop is substantially formed around a portion of the toilet seat.
  • Coupling the coupled end may comprise coupling the coupled end of one of the fastening at a position along a perimeter of the central opening, proximate one of the outer edges.
  • Providing a free end may comprise providing the free end cut from an other position along the perimeter of the central opening, proximate an opposing one of the outer edge.
  • The method may further comprise providing one or more fastening strip perforations for forming the one or more fastening strips when torn.
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  • Example embodiments of the invention will be better understood and readily apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art from the following written description, by way of example only, and in conjunction with the drawings, in which:
  • FIG. 1 is a schematic side view of a flush toilet in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 2a is an exploded view of a toilet seat cover in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 2b is a top view of the assembled toilet seat cover in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 2c is a bottom view of the assembled toilet seat cover in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 3 is a schematic side view of a flush toilet in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 4a is an exploded view of a toilet seat cover in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 4b is a top view of the assembled toilet seat cover in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 4c is a bottom view of the assembled toilet seat cover in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 5 shows an exploded view of a toilet seat cover in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 6 shows an exploded view of a toilet seat cover in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 7a is an exploded view of a toilet seat cover in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 7b is an exploded view of an example embodiment of a toilet seat cover in use.
  • FIG. 8 is a top view of the top and bottom sheets of an unassembled toilet seat cover showing the exemplary approximate dimensions of the top and bottom sheets in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 9a is an exploded view of a toilet seat cover in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 9b is a perspective view of an example embodiment of an assembled toilet seat cover.
  • FIG. 9c is an alternative perspective view of an example embodiment of an assembled toilet cover in use.
  • FIG. 10 is an underside view of the top and bottom sheets of an unassembled toilet seat cover showing the exemplary approximate dimensions of the top and bottom sheets in an example embodiment.
  • FIG. 11 is flow chart illustrating a method for manufacturing a toilet seat cover in an example embodiment.
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  • The terms “coupled” or “connected” as used in this description are intended to cover both directly connected or connected through one or more intermediate means, unless otherwise stated.
  • In the description, sheets refer to sheets of material suitable for use as herein described.
  • Further, in the description herein, the word “substantially” whenever used is understood to include, but not restricted to, “entirely” or “completely” and the like. In addition, terms such as “comprising”, “comprise”, and the like whenever used, are intended to be non-restricting descriptive language in that they broadly include elements/components recited after such terms, in addition to other components not explicitly recited. Further, terms such as “about”, “approximately” and the like whenever used, typically means a reasonable variation, for example a variation of +/−20% of the disclosed value, a variation of +/−10% of the disclosed value, a variation of +/−5% of the disclosed value, or a variance of 4% of the disclosed value, or a variance of 3% of the disclosed value, or a variance of 2% of the disclosed value or a variance of 1% of the disclosed value.
  • Furthermore, in the description herein, certain values may be disclosed in a range. The values showing the end points of a range are intended to illustrate a preferred range. Whenever a range has been described, it is intended that the range covers and teaches all possible sub-ranges as well as individual numerical values within that range. That is, the end points of a range should not be interpreted as inflexible limitations. For example, a description of a range of 1% to 5% is intended to have specifically disclosed sub-ranges 1% to 2%, 1% to 3%, 1% to 4%, 2% to 3% etc., as well as individually, values within that range such as 1%, 2%, 3%, 4% and 5%. The intention of the above specific disclosure is applicable to any depth/breadth of a range.
  • FIG. 1 shows a schematic side view of a flush toilet 100 in an example embodiment. The flush toilet 100 comprises a bowl portion (or toilet bowl) 102 which receives e.g. waste. The bowl portion 102 comprises an opening 104 defined by a periphery or rim 106 of the bowl portion 102.
  • A toilet seat 110 is hinged at a rear or hinged end 108 to the rim 106. The toilet seat 110 may be deployed to be laid over the rim 106 when sitting is desired. This may be termed the deployed position. The toilet seat 110 is annular or ring-shaped with a hollow portion 112 and covers the rim 106 substantially completely when deployed to be laid over the rim 106. When sitting is not desired, an opposing or front end 114, substantially diametrically opposite the hinged end 108, of the seat 110 may be lifted off the rim 106 to move the seat 110 into an erect/vertical position, such that the seat 110 is substantially perpendicular to the opening of the bowl 102 (as shown in FIG. 1). This may be termed the undeployed position. In some embodiments, the seat 110 may be rested against a wall surface or water tank of the flush toilet 100 when in the erect position.
  • When sitting is desired, a user sits on the toilet seat 110 facing away from the wall surface or water tank of the flush toilet 100, such that the user's back faces the wall surface or water tank. In that respect, the rear or hinged end 108 of the toilet seat 110 is proximate the wall surface or water tank, while the front end 114 is the distal end of the toilet seat 110 from the wall surface or water tank.
  • In the example embodiment, the seat 110 is hinged to the bowl 102. In alternative embodiments, the seat may be coupled to the bowl via alternative means. For example, the seat may be swivelled or rotated in a planar direction substantially perpendicular to the plane of the rim surface of the bowl between the deployed position—where the seat substantially covers the rim of the bowl, and an undeployed position—where the seat is not covering the bowl.
  • FIG. 2a shows an exploded view of a toilet seat cover in an example embodiment. The seat cover 200 comprises a first or top sheet 202 and a second or bottom sheet 204. The top and bottom sheets 202, 204 are substantially rectangular in shape and are coupled together or sealed at two side edges, for example outer side edges 206 a, 206 b such that the two side edges 206 a, 206 b are diametrically opposite each other. The edges of the top and bottom sheets 202, 204 that are coupled together are termed coupling edges.
  • FIG. 2b shows a top view of the assembled toilet seat cover 200 in an example embodiment. In FIG. 2b , view of the bottom sheet 204 is partially obscured. At an unsealed edge 208, where the top and bottom sheets 202, 204 are not coupled together, a mouth 210 of the cover 200 is formed. As shown in FIG. 2b , a seat (compare 110 of FIG. 1) can be inserted through the mouth 210 such that the toilet seat 110 is received within the cover 200 between the top and bottom sheets 202, 204 and between the opposing side edges 206 a, 206 b. Thus, the cover 200 functions as an envelope for receiving the seat 110 as an insert.
  • In the example embodiment, the toilet seat 110 is hinged to the toilet bowl (not shown in FIGS. 2a and 2b ) at the hinged end 108. Thus, the toilet seat 110 is inserted into the cover 200 at the front end 114 first.
  • The toilet seat 110 is shown in FIG. 2b to more clearly illustrate the position of the toilet seat 110 within the seat cover 200, when the toilet seat 110 is held within the seat cover 200. It will be appreciated that when the seat cover 200 is in use and covers the toilet seat 110, the toilet seat 110 may not be visible from the top view.
  • In the example embodiment as shown in FIG. 2b , a front edge 212 of the cover 200 opposite the mouth 210 is preferably sealed (i.e. the top and bottom sheets 202 and 204 are coupled together), such that the toilet seat 110 is inserted or removed from the cover 200 via the unsealed mouth edge 208. This may advantageously allow the cover 200 to be easily pulled over the seat 110 as the sealed edge 212 prevents the front end 114 of the toilet seat 110 from extending past the edge 212 when the seat 110 is inserted into the cover 200.
  • The top and bottom sheets 202, 204 respectively comprise hole portions 214 a, 214 b (FIG. 2a ) such that the cover 200 comprises a central opening 216 (FIG. 2b ) formed by the hole portions 214 a, 214 b (FIG. 2a ). The central opening 216 is positioned such that it is substantially aligned over or within the hollow portion 112 of the toilet seat 110, when the cover 200 is in use (i.e. the seat 110 is inserted into the cover 200). The central opening 216 is smaller than the hollow portion 112 of the toilet seat 110.
  • As the seat 110 is inserted into the cover 200, the example embodiment advantageously provides a more secure fit over the toilet seat, when compared with the single sheeted covers of the prior art. The single sheeted covers of the prior art are merely placed on top of a surface of the toilet seat and will not be firmly secured onto the surface of the seat. The single sheeted covers of the prior art are often shifted or displaced by air movement when users come near to try and sit on a single sheeted cover lying on top surface of the toilet seat. In contrast, the example embodiment allows the seat to be inserted into and sandwiched by the cover, thus allowing the cover to provide a more secure fit over the seat.
  • In the example embodiment shown in FIGS. 2a and 2b , the central opening 216 is not formed prior to use. Instead, the top and bottom sheets 202, 204 respectively comprise perforations 218 a, 218 b which outline or define cut out portions. When the perforations 218 a, 218 b are broken by a user, the cut out portions may be moved to form the respective hole portions 214 a, 214 b, which form the central opening 216 of the cover 200. In the example embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 2a and 2b , the central opening 216 is not formed prior to use. It will be appreciated that in alternative example embodiments, the central opening 216 may be formed at the time of production, and prior to use. This may provide convenience to the user in that the user can sit on the seat cover e.g. 200 immediately after inserting the toilet seat, without having to e.g. tear the perforations 218 a, 218 b.
  • In the example embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 2a and 2b , the perforations 218 a, 218 b are not formed completely around the perimeter of the hole portions 214 a, 214 b. Instead, respective sections 220 a, 220 b of the perimeter of the hole portions 214 a, 214 b are not perforated. Thus, when the perforations 218 a, 218 b are torn or broken by a user, the cut out portions form flaps 222 a, 222 b hinged at the sections 220 a, 220 b of the perimeter of the hole portions 214 a, 214 b which are not perforated.
  • In the example embodiment, the flaps 222 a, 222 b (FIG. 2b ) are hinged proximate the edge 212. That is, the sections 220 a, 220 b that are not perforated are proximate the edge 212. The edge 212 is termed a front edge of the cover 200 for being proximate the front end of the seat 110. When the cover 200 is used with the toilet seat 110 and when the toilet seat 110 is deployed over a toilet bowl (e.g. 102 of FIG. 1), the flaps 222 a, 222 b may extend through the central opening 216 and the hollow portion 112 of the toilet seat 110, into the bowl portion (e.g. 102 of FIG. 1) of the flush toilet (e.g. 100 of FIG. 1). The flaps 222 a, 222 b thus line or cover a section of the interior wall of the toilet bowl (e.g. 102 of FIG. 1). In particular, because the flaps 222 a, 222 b are positioned proximate the front edge 212, the front interior wall of the toilet bowl 102 (FIG. 1) may be lined with the flaps 222 a, 222 b. Advantageously, the flaps 222 a, 222 b provides a barrier to prevent a male user's body part from coming into contact with the front interior wall of the toilet bowl 102 (FIG. 1) when the user is seated, thus protecting the user from contamination caused by germs and/or dirt on the interior walls of the toilet bowl.
  • It will be appreciated that while the example embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 2a and 2b shows two flaps 222 a and 222 b formed on both the top and bottom sheets 202, 204, the flap may be formed on only the bottom sheet 204. The perforations on the top sheet 202 may form completely around the perimeter of the hole portion 214 a such that the cut out portion of the top sheet 202 is detached completely from the top sheet 202. Alternatively, a flap may be formed only on the top sheet 202, while the cut out portion of the bottom sheet 204 may be detached completely.
  • FIG. 2c shows a bottom view of the assembled toilet seat cover 200 in an example embodiment. In the example embodiment, the seat 110 is provided with hooks 116 (not visible in FIG. 1) on an underside of the seat 110. The top and bottom sheets 202, 204, unsealed edge 208, mouth 210, opposing side edges 206 a, 206 b, front edge 212, and central opening 216 of the cover 200 as described in the accompanying description for FIG. 2b are also shown. The flaps 222 a, 222 b as shown in FIG. 2b have been omitted in FIG. 2c for ease of illustration, but will be understood to be present.
  • FIG. 2c also shows the underside of the toilet seat 110. The toilet seat 110 is received within the cover 200, between the top and bottom sheets 202, 204 and between the opposing side edges 206 a, 206 b. The hinged end 108, front end 114, and hollow portion 112 of the toilet seat 110 as described in the accompanying description for FIG. 2b are also shown. Like FIG. 2b , the toilet seat 110 is shown in FIG. 2c to more clearly illustrate the position of the toilet seat 110 within the seat cover 200 when in use. It will be appreciated that when the seat cover 200 is in use and covers the toilet seat 110, the toilet seat 110 may not be visible from the bottom view.
  • The underside of the toilet seat 110 comprises hooks 116 protruding from the underside of the toilet seat 110. It will be appreciated that the underside of a toilet seat is the side of the toilet seat which is in contact with or facing the toilet bowl when the seat is deployed. The cover 200 further comprises apertures 224 positioned on the underside of the cover 200 and aligned with the hooks 116 when the cover 200 is fitted over the seat 110 (i.e. the seat 110 is inserted into the cover 200).
  • The cover 200 further comprises receiving apertures 226 on peripheral areas of the cover 200. A peripheral area of the cover 200 is an area where the top and bottom sheets 202, 204 extend beyond a surface area of a received toilet seat such that the sheets do not sandwich the received seat. When a seat is received in the cover, the peripheral areas of the cover 200 may be folded along folding lines 230 towards the hooks 116. When the peripheral areas of the cover 200 are folded, the hooks 116 may further engage the receiving apertures 226 to additionally secure the cover 200 onto the seat 110.
  • Providing the hooks 116 on the underside of the toilet seat 110 may allow the cover 200 to be more secured to the toilet seat 110 via the apertures 224 when the toilet seat 110 is inserted into the cover 200. Advantageously, this may further prevent the cover 200 from easily shifting about the seat 110 when a user is seated on the toilet seat, as the hooks 116 on the underside of the toilet seat 110 cooperates with the apertures 224 to prevent the cover 200 from moving relative to the seat 110. Thus, the hooks 116 function as engaging members.
  • Additionally, when the peripheral areas of the cover 200 are folded and disposed under the seat 110, for example, such that the receiving apertures 226 are also engaged with the hooks 116, the securing of the cover 200 to the seat 110 is yet further enhanced.
  • In the example embodiment shown in FIGS. 2a, 2b and 2c , the receiving apertures 226 are formed on both the top and bottom sheets 202, 204, such that they are substantially aligned when the cover 200 is assembled i.e. the top and bottom sheets 202, 204 are aligned. In alternative example embodiments, the receiving apertures 226 may be provided only on the bottom sheet 204.
  • In alternative example embodiments, the apertures 224 and/or receiving apertures 226 formed on one or both the top and/or bottom sheets may be cut out portions which are cut out from perforations similar to those as described for the hole portions 214 a, 214 b. The apertures 224 and/or receiving apertures 226 may also be formed as aperture flaps, such that they are hinged to the top and/or bottom sheets, and are not completely detached from the top and/or bottom sheets 202, 204.
  • The use of flaps in some example embodiments may advantageously save manufacturing and material costs of the cover as the cut out portions need not be disposed off if they are not fully detached from the top and bottom sheets. In addition, the toilet may require less cleaning as the occurrence of littering of the cut out portions may be reduced through the use of flaps.
  • It will be appreciated that in alternative example embodiments, the apertures and/or receiving apertures may already be formed during manufacturing, and prior to use, such that a user does need to tear any perforations in order to form the apertures and/or receiving apertures.
  • It will be appreciated that the size of the toilet seat cover is based on the size of the toilet seat it is intended for. For a toilet seat size measuring about 365 mm by 420 mm in size, the toilet seat cover may measure about 395 mm by 450 mm.
  • It will also be appreciated that the size of the central opening of the toilet seat cover is also based on the hollow portion of the toilet seat. A central opening that is too large may not serve the function of preventing soiled water in the toilet bowl from splashing out and coming into contact with a user when in use. A central opening that is too small may require a user to sit in a precise position to utilise, such that the toilet seat cover is not soiled. Typically, the central opening of the toilet seat cover measures about 180 mm by 220 mm across its diameters for a toilet seat having a hollow portion measuring about 220 mm by 260 mm across its diameters.
  • FIG. 3 shows a schematic side view of a flush toilet 300 in an example embodiment. The flush toilet 300 comprises a bowl portion (or toilet bowl) 302 which receives e.g. waste. The bowl portion 302 comprises an opening 304 defined by a periphery or rim 306 of the bowl portion 302.
  • A toilet seat 310 is hinged at a rear or hinged end 308 to the rim 306. The toilet seat 310 may be deployed to be laid over the rim 306 when sitting is desired. This may be termed the deployed position. The toilet seat 310 is horseshoe-shaped such that it comprises two forks or arms 316 extending from the hinged end 308 to form a U-shape around a hollow portion 312. The toilet seat 310 covers the rim 306 substantially completely when deployed to be laid over the rim 306 except for the space break between the arms 316. When sitting is not desired, an opposing or front end 314, substantially diametrically opposite the hinged end 308, of the seat 310 may be lifted off the rim 306 to move the seat 310 into an erect/vertical position such that the seat 310 is substantially perpendicular to the opening of the bowl 302. This may be termed the undeployed position. In some embodiments, the seat 310 may be rested against a wall surface or water tank of the flush toilet 300 when in the erect position. FIG. 3 shows the toilet seat 310 in between the deployed and the erect positions.
  • When sitting is desired, a user typically sits on the toilet seat 310 facing away from the wall surface or water tank of the flush toilet 300, such that the user's back faces the wall surface or water tank. In that respect, the rear or hinged end 308 of the toilet seat 310 is proximate the wall surface or water tank, while the front end 314 is the distal end of the toilet seat 310 from the wall surface or water tank.
  • In the example embodiment, the seat 310 is hinged to the bowl 302. In alternative embodiments, the seat may be coupled to the bowl via alternative means. For example, the seat may be swivelled or rotated in a planar direction substantially perpendicular to the plane of the rim surface of the bowl between the deployed position—where the seat substantially covers the rim of the bowl, and an undeployed position—where the seat is not covering the bowl.
  • FIG. 4a shows an exploded view of a toilet seat cover in an example embodiment. The seat cover 400 comprises a first or top sheet 402 and a second or bottom sheet 404. The top and bottom sheets 402, 404 are substantially rectangular in shape and are coupled together or sealed at two side or outer edges 406 a, 406 b such that the two side edges 406 a, 406 b are diametrically opposite each other. The edges of the top and bottom sheets 402, 404 that are coupled together are termed coupling edges.
  • FIG. 4b shows a top view of the assembled toilet seat cover 400 in an example embodiment. In FIG. 4b , view of the bottom sheet 404 is partially obscured. At an unsealed edge 408, where the top and bottom sheets 402, 404 are not coupled together, a mouth 410 of the cover 400 is formed. As shown in FIG. 4b , a seat (compare 310 of FIG. 3) may be inserted through the mouth 410, such that the toilet seat 310 is received within the cover 400, between the top and bottom sheets 402, 404 and between the opposing side edges 406 a, 406 b. Thus, the cover 400 functions as an envelope for receiving the seat 310 as an insert.
  • In the example embodiment, the toilet seat 310 is hinged to the toilet bowl (not shown in FIGS. 4a and 4b ) at the hinged end 308. Thus, the toilet seat 310 is inserted into the cover 400 at the front end 314 first. The front end 314 is substantially diametrically opposite the hinged end 308.
  • The toilet seat 310 is shown in FIG. 4b to more clearly illustrate the position of the toilet seat 310 within the seat cover 400, when the toilet seat 310 is held within the seat cover 400. It will be appreciated that when the seat cover 400 is in use and covers the toilet seat 310, the toilet seat 310 is may not be visible from the top view.
  • In the example embodiment as shown in FIG. 4b , a front edge 412 of the cover 400 opposite the mouth 410 is sealed (i.e. the top and bottom sheets 402 and 404 are coupled together), such that the toilet seat 310 is inserted or removed from the cover 400 via the unsealed mouth edge 408. This may advantageously allow the cover 400 to be easily pulled over the seat 310, as the sealed edge 412 may prevent the front end 314 of the toilet seat 310 from extending past the edge 412 when the seat 310 is inserted into the cover 400.
  • The top and bottom sheets 402, 404 respectively comprise hole portions 414 a, 414 b (FIG. 4a ) such that the cover 400 comprises a central opening 416 (FIG. 4b ) formed by the hole portions 414 a, 414 b (FIG. 4a ). The central opening 416 is positioned such that it is substantially aligned over or within the hollow portion 312 of the toilet seat 310, when the cover 400 is in use (i.e. the seat 310 is inserted into the cover 400).
  • In the example embodiment shown in FIGS. 4a and 4b , the central opening 416 is not formed prior to use. Instead, the top and bottom sheets 402, 404 respectively comprise perforations 418 a, 418 b which outline or define cut out portions. When the perforations 418 a, 418 b are torn or broken by a user, the cut out portions may be moved to form the respective hole portions 414 a, 414 b, which form the central opening 416 of the cover 400.
  • In the example embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 4a and 4b , the perforations 418 a, 418 b are not formed completely around the perimeter of the hole portions 414 a, 414 b. Instead, respective sections 420 a, 420 b of the perimeter of the hole portions 414 a, 414 b are not perforated and cannot be easily torn or broken by a e.g. user. Thus, when the perforations 418 a, 418 b are torn or broken by a user, the cut out portions form flaps 422 a, 422 b hinged at the sections 420 a, 420 b of the perimeter of the hole portions 414 a, 414 b which are not perforated.
  • In the example embodiment, the flaps 422 a, 422 b (FIG. 4b ) are hinged proximate the edge 412. That is, the sections 420 a, 420 b which are not perforated are proximate the edge 412. The edge 412 is termed a front edge of the cover 400 for being proximate the front end of the seat 310. When the cover 400 is used with the toilet seat 310 and when the toilet seat 310 is deployed over a toilet bowl (e.g. 302 of FIG. 3), the flaps 422 a, 422 b may extend through the central opening 416 and the hollow portion 312 of the toilet seat 310, into the bowl portion (e.g. 302 of FIG. 3) of the flush toilet (e.g. 300 of FIG. 3). The flaps 422 a, 422 b thus line or cover a section of the interior wall of the toilet bowl (e.g. 302 of FIG. 3). In particular, because the flaps 422 a, 422 b are positioned proximate the front edge 412, the front interior wall of the toilet bowl 302 (FIG. 3) may be lined with the flaps 422 a, 422 b. Advantageously, the flaps 422 a, 422 b provides a barrier to prevent a male user's body part from coming into contact with the front interior wall of the toilet bowl 302 (FIG. 3) when the user is seated, thus protecting the user from contamination caused by germs and/or dirt on the interior walls of the toilet bowl.
  • It will be appreciated that while the example embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 4a and 4b shows two flaps 422 a and 422 b, the flap may be formed on only the bottom sheet 404. The perforations on the top sheet 402 may form completely around the perimeter of the hole portions such that the cut out portion of the top sheet 402 is detached completely from the top sheet 402. Alternatively, a flap may be formed only on the top sheet 402, while the cut out portion of the bottom sheet 404 may be detached completely.
  • In the example embodiment, in addition to the being coupled together at the side or outer edges 406 a, 406 b, the top and bottom sheets 402, 404 are also coupled or sealed together at inner edges 424 a, 424 b. Each inner edge 424 a, 424 b is located between a respective outer edge 406 a, 406 b and the central opening 416, and is preferably substantially alongside the respective outer edge 406 a, 406 b. When the top and bottom sheets 402, 404 of the cover 400 are coupled together at the inner edges 424 a, 424 b and outer edges 406 a, 406 b, respective sleeves (portions between each inner edge and outer edge) are defined for receiving a respective arm or fork 316 of the horseshoe shaped toilet seat 310. That is, each sleeve may receive one arm or fork 316 of the horseshoe shaped toilet seat 310. Each sleeve may be substantially tubular in shape. Thus, the inner edge 424 a, 424 b is located a distance away from the respective outer edge 406 a, 406 b, to form respective sleeves that are of sufficient width to receive an arm or fork 316 of the horseshoe shaped toilet seat 310.
  • It will be appreciated that the size of the toilet seat cover is based on the size of the toilet seat it is intended for. For a toilet seat size measuring about 365 mm by 420 mm in size, the toilet seat cover may measure about 395 mm by 450 mm.
  • It will also be appreciated that the size of the central opening of the toilet seat cover is also based on the hollow portion of the toilet seat. A central opening that is too large may not serve the function of preventing soiled water in the toilet bowl from splashing out and coming into contact with a user when in use. A central opening that is too small may require a user to sit in a precise position to utilise, such that the toilet seat cover is not soiled. Typically, the central opening of the toilet seat cover measures about 180 mm by 220 mm across its diameters for a toilet seat having a hollow portion measuring about 220 mm by 260 mm across its diameters.
  • In addition, for a horseshoe shaped toilet seat, the width of the sleeves of the toilet seat cover are based on the size of the arms or forks of the horseshoe shaped toilet seat. Typically, for a horse shoe shaped toilet seat having arms or forks each with a width of about 70 mm, the sleeves of the toilet seat cover may each have a width of about 100 mm.
  • In the example embodiment, the coupled inner edges 424 a, 424 b are shorter in length than the outer edges 406 a, 406 b such that when the seat 310 is received in the cover 400, the inner edges 424 a, 424 b are substantially within the opening hollow portion 312 of the seat 310.
  • In an alternative example embodiment, the inner edges may be joined to form a complete circle or oval ring surrounding the central opening 416. That is, the inner edges may be coupled for the top and bottom sheets substantially around the perimeter of the edges and about the central opening 416.
  • The provision of sleeves for receiving a respective arm or fork 316 of the toilet seat 310 may advantageously allow the cover 400 to be fitted more securely to the toilet seat 310. Additionally, the sleeves may reduce the possibility of the cover 400 slipping on its side when fitted over the toilet seat 310 such that part of the seat 300 is exposed via the central opening 416.
  • That is, the coupled inner edges 424 a, 424 b further advantageously seals the arms or forks 316 of the toilet seat such that dirt or stains on the arms or forks 316 is prevented from seeping past the inner edges 424 a, 424 b, and coming into contact with a user using the seat.
  • In addition, in the example embodiment where the inner edges are joined to form a complete circle or oval ring surrounding the central opening 416, the sealing in the inner edges may additionally advantageously prevent droppings of a user from being caught between the sheets 402, 404 of the cover 400, when the toilet seat cover 400 is in use. In particular, when the toilet seat cover 400 is in use, there is no gap between the toilet seat and the bottom sheet 404. Droppings from a user may thus be prevented from being unintentionally deposited onto the underhanging portion of the bottom sheet 404.
  • FIG. 4c shows a bottom view of the assembled toilet seat cover 400 in an example embodiment. In the example embodiment, the seat 310 is provided with hooks 318 on an underside of the seat. The top and bottom sheets 402, 404, unsealed edge 408, mouth 410, opposing side or outer edges 406 a, 406 b, front edge 412, and central opening 416 of the cover 400 as described in the accompanying description for FIG. 4b are also shown. The flaps 414 a, 414 b as shown in FIG. 4b has been omitted in FIG. 4c for ease of illustration.
  • FIG. 4c also shows the underside of the toilet seat 310. The toilet seat 310 is received within the cover 400, between the top and bottom sheets 402, 404 and between the opposing side edges 406 a, 406 b. The arms or forks 316 of the horseshoe-shaped toilet seat 310 are held within sleeves defined by the inner edges 424 a, 424 b and outer edges 406 a, 406 b. The hinged end 308, front end 314, and hollow portion 312 of the toilet seat 310 as described in the accompanying description for FIG. 4b are also shown. Like FIG. 4b , the toilet seat 310 is shown in FIG. 4c to more clearly illustrate the position of the toilet seat 310 within the seat cover 400 when in use. It will be appreciated that when the seat cover 400 is in use and covers the toilet seat 310, the toilet seat 310 may not be visible from the bottom view.
  • The underside of the toilet seat 310 comprises hooks 318 protruding from the underside of the toilet seat 310. It will be appreciated that the underside of a toilet seat is the side of the toilet seat which is in contact with or facing the toilet bowl when the seat is deployed. The cover 400 further comprises apertures 428 positioned on the underside of the cover 400 and aligned with the hooks 318 when the cover 400 is fitted over the seat 310 (i.e. the seat 310 is inserted into the cover 400).
  • The cover 400 further comprises receiving apertures 426 on peripheral areas of the cover 400. A peripheral area of the cover 400 is an area where the top and bottom sheets 402, 404 extend beyond a surface area of a received toilet seat such that the sheets do not sandwich the received seat. When a seat is received in the cover, the peripheral area of the cover 400 may be folded along folding lines 430 towards the hooks 318 on the underside of the toilet seat 310. When the peripheral areas of the cover 400 are folded, the hooks 318 further engage the receiving apertures 426 to additionally secure the cover 400 onto the seat 310.
  • Providing the hooks 318 on the underside of the toilet seat 310 may allow the cover 400 to be more secured to the toilet seat 310 via the apertures 428 when the toilet seat 310 is inserted into the cover 400. Advantageously, this may further prevent the cover 400 from easily shifting about the seat 310 when a user is seated on the toilet seat, as the hooks 318 on the underside of the toilet seat 310 cooperates with the apertures 428 to prevent the cover 400 from moving relative to the seat 310. The hooks 318 function as engaging members.
  • Additionally, when the peripheral areas of the cover 400 are folded such that the receiving apertures 426 are also engaged with the hooks 318, the securing of the cover 400 to the seat 310 is yet further enhanced.
  • In the example embodiment shown in FIGS. 4a, 4b and 4c , the receiving apertures 426 are formed on both the top and bottom sheets 402, 404, such that they are substantially aligned when the cover 400 is assembled i.e. the top and bottom sheets 402, 404 are aligned. In alternative example embodiments, the receiving apertures 426 may be provided only on the bottom sheet 404.
  • In alternative example embodiments, the apertures 428 and/or receiving apertures 426 formed on one or both the top and/or bottom sheets may be cut out portions which are cut out from perforations similar to those as described for the hole portions 414 a, 414 b. The apertures 428 and/or receiving apertures 426 may also be formed as aperture flaps, such that they are hinged to the top and/or bottom sheets, and are not completely detached from the top and/or bottom sheets 402, 404.
  • The use of flaps in some example embodiments may advantageously save manufacturing and material costs of the cover as the cut out portions need not be disposed off if they are not fully detached from the top and bottom sheets. In addition, the toilet may require less cleaning as the occurrence of littering of the cut out portions may be reduced through the use of flaps.
  • FIG. 5 shows an exploded view of a toilet seat cover 500 in an example embodiment. The toilet seat cover 500 is similar to the toilet seat cover 200 described in FIGS. 2a, 2b and 2c , but with hole portions which are different in design. The hole portions 502 a and 502 b are of a different shape, and are substantially comprising of two portions. The hole portions 502 a and 502 b comprise additional perforations 504 a, 504 b which allow the size of the flap (when formed) to be modifiable. Other components such as the top and bottom sheets, apertures, edges, etc., of the toilet seat cover 500 are not described or shown for ease of illustration.
  • In the example embodiments described in e.g. FIGS. 2b and 4b , the flaps (e.g. numerals 222 a, 222 b and 422 a, 422 b in FIGS. 2b and 4b respectively) have been shown to be formed when the perforations (e.g. numerals 218 a, 218 b and 418 a, 418 b of FIGS. 2a and 4a respectively) are torn. The size of the flaps (e.g. numerals 222 a, 222 b and 422 a, 422 b in FIGS. 2b and 4b respectively) are therefore defined by the perforations (e.g. numerals 218 a, 218 b and 418 a, 418 b of FIGS. 2a and 4a respectively) formed substantially around the perimeter of the hole portions.
  • Returning to FIG. 5, the additional perforations 504 a, 504 b, may allow respective portions 506 a, 506 b (shaded in FIG. 5) opposite the respective hinged ends 508 a, 508 b to be completely detached and removed from the toilet seat cover 500. This effectively allows the size of the flaps (e.g. portion 510 a, 510 b) to be modified when formed. In particular, the flaps (e.g. portion 510 a, 510 b) formed in the toilet seat cover 500 are comparatively smaller than the flaps formed in the toilet seat cover 200 shown in FIG. 2a . This may advantageously allow the size of the flap to be reduced, as a flap that is the size of the entire hole portion (as in FIG. 2a ) may result in the flap coming in to contact with the water within a toilet bowl when the cover is placed over a deployed toilet seat.
  • It will be appreciated that the water in the toilet bowl may be contaminated with e.g. germs and bacteria and should the water come into contact with the flap, the flap may be contaminated. The contaminated water may seep towards a seated user via the flap. Further, when removing the toilet seat cover after use, a contaminated flap of a relatively larger size may be more difficult to handle.
  • FIG. 6 shows an exploded view of a toilet seat cover 600 in an example embodiment. The toilet seat cover 600 is similar to the toilet seat cover 200 described in FIGS. 2a, 2b and 2c , and further comprises an additional opening 606 in the bottom sheet 604. The additional opening is not present on the top sheet 602. The additional opening 606 is positioned on the bottom sheet 604, between the unsealed/mouth edge 608 and extending across substantially the opposing outer side edges. Other components of the toilet seat cover such as the apertures, edges, etc., of the toilet seat cover 600 are not described or shown for ease of illustration.
  • The additional opening 606 on the bottom sheet 604 of the toilet seat cover 600 may advantageously prevent droppings of a user from being caught between the sheets 602, 604 of the cover 600, when the toilet seat cover 600 is in use. In particular, when the toilet seat cover 600 is in use, underhang for the bottom sheet 604 may be minimised, or a gap between the toilet seat and the bottom sheet 604 may be minimised. Droppings from a user may thus be prevented from being unintentionally deposited onto the underhanging portion of the bottom sheet 604.
  • FIG. 7a shows an exploded view of a toilet seat cover 700 in an example embodiment. The toilet seat cover 700 is similar to the toilet seat covers 200 and 500 described in FIGS. 2a-c and 5 respectively. The toilet seat cover 700 comprises a top sheet 702 a, and a bottom sheet 702 b, respectively comprising perforations 706 a and 706 b for allowing the central opening and flap to be formed. In the example embodiment, the opposing outer side edges and the front end of the top and bottom sheets 702 a, 702 b are sealed or coupled together to form the assembled toilet seat cover 700, although they are shown to be separated in FIG. 7a for ease of illustration.
  • In addition to the toilet seat cover 500 described in FIG. 5, the top sheet 702 a further comprises an extension 708 extending from the rear or mouth edge 710 of the top sheet 702 a, such that the top sheet 702 a is longer than the bottom sheet 702 b. Other components of the toilet seat cover 700 such as those as described in other example embodiments of the toilet seat cover (e.g. numerals 200, 400 in FIGS. 2b, 2c and 4b, 4c ) are not described or shown for ease of illustration.
  • In an example embodiment, top sheet 702 a is about 450 mm longer than the bottom sheet 702 b. The extension 708 of the top sheet 702 a can be draped over an e.g. water tank of the toilet or supporting wall surface.
  • FIG. 7b shows a perspective view of the toilet seat cover 700 in an example embodiment. As shown in FIG. 7b , the extension 708 of the top sheet 702 a is draped over an e.g. water tank of the toilet or supporting wall surface 716. The extension 708 may comprise of one or more apertures 712 which may be formed by tearing perforations 704 (see FIG. 7a ), similar to the e.g. apertures 426/428 described in FIG. 4c above. In the example embodiment, the water tank or supporting wall surface 716 comprises engaging means 714 (e.g. hooks) which cooperate with the apertures 712 to secure or retain the extension 708 of the top sheet 702 a against the e.g. water tank or supporting wall surface.
  • The extension 708 can advantageously allow a larger area of the toilet to be covered. It will be appreciated that the area about the hinged end 718 of the toilet seat 720 may be soiled by urine left behind by standing male users, and which is difficult to remove. The extension 708 can advantageously more adequately cover the rear portion of a toilet seat, particularly at the hinged end (e.g. numeral 718 in FIG. 7b ) of the toilet seat 720, where the seat 720 is connected to the rim of the bowl.
  • With reference to FIGS. 7a and 7b , the bottom sheet 702 b further comprises fastening strips 722 a, 722 b. The fastening strips 722 a, 722 b are formed from further additional perforations (or fastening strip perforations) 732 in the bottom sheet 702 b and are such that when formed (i.e. when the further additional perforations are torn), the fastening strips 722 a, 722 b comprise respective coupled ends 724 a, 724 b coupled to the bottom sheet 702 b and free ends 726 a, 726 b.
  • In the example embodiment shown in FIGS. 7a and 7b , the coupled ends 724 a, 724 b of the fastening strips 722 a, 722 b are coupled to the bottom sheet 702 b at a position offset from the side edge of the bottom sheet 702 b for forming the side coupling edges of the cover 700, while the free ends 726 a, 726 b are cut from the bottom sheet 702 b and extends to an opposite side coupling edge of the cover 700.
  • With particular reference to FIG. 7b , when the toilet seat cover 700 is in use with the toilet seat 720 between the top and bottom sheets 702 a, 702 b, the free ends 726 a, 726 b of the fastening strips 722 a, 722 b extends through the hollow portion 730 of the toilet seat 720 and the central opening 728 formed in the toilet seat cover 700 (specifically the top sheet 702 a), and is pulled or extended radially away from the center of the hollow portion 726 and central opening 728 (see arrows referenced by numerals 734 a, 734 b), substantially in the direction of the respective coupled ends 724 a, 724 b, such that the fastening strips 722 a, 722 b, when deployed, form substantially a loop around a portion of the toilet seat 720 and do not impede or block the hollow portion 728 and central opening 730. The fastening strips 722 a, 722 b can thus advantageously allow the toilet seat cover 700 to be secured or fastened to the toilet seat 720.
  • Moreover, the fastening strips 722 a, 722 b can further advantageously allow the top and bottom sheets 702 a, 702 b to be bound together, with the toilet seat 720 therebetween, such that waste e.g. urine or other undesirable matter cannot seep between the sheets from the toilet seat 720 to the user.
  • In addition, the fastening strips 722 a, 722 b may be also used in a toilet seat cover for a horseshoe-shaped toilet seat. In such an embodiment, an additional step of sealing the inner edges (e.g. 424 a, 424 b of FIG. 4b ) is not required as the fastening strips 722 a, 722 b provide sealing of the inner edges, when they are looped around the toilet seat. This can advantageously lower cost and complexity in the manufacturing process of the toilet seat cover.
  • FIG. 8 shows the approximate exemplary dimensions of the top and bottom sheets 702 a 702 b of the toilet seat cover 700 of FIGS. 7a and 7b . As shown in FIG. 8, the bottom sheet 702 b measures about 450 mm by 395 mm. The top sheet further comprises the extension such that it is longer than the bottom sheet and measures 900 mm by 365 mm. The central opening 728 (when formed) in both the top and bottom sheets is an oval that measures 260 mm by 215 mm. The fastening strips 722 a, 722 b (when formed) each measures about 340 mm by 60 mm, such that they respectively extend across substantially the width of the toilet seat cover 700. It will be appreciated that the dimensions provided in FIG. 8 are for illustrative purposes only.
  • In the example embodiments shown in FIGS. 7a and 7b , the fastening strips 722 a, 722 b are formed on the bottom sheet 702 b. It will be appreciated that in alternative example embodiments the fastening strips may be formed in one or both of the top and bottom sheets 702 a, 702 b, without departing from the scope of the invention as broadly and exemplarily described. The scope of the invention are not limited or restricted by the specific dimensions mentioned.
  • It will be appreciated that the one or more apertures 712 as illustrated in FIGS. 7a and 7b are optional and that the extension 708 may be draped over the water tank or supporting wall surface or element for frictional engagement, without any engaging means for cooperating with the apertures 712 to provide additional securing means.
  • It will further be appreciated that in addition to being draped over an e.g. water tank or supporting wall surface or element, the extension 708 may also be draped over a lid of a toilet seat.
  • FIG. 9a shows an exploded view of a toilet seat cover 900 in an example embodiment. The toilet seat cover 900 comprises a top sheet 902 a and a bottom sheet 902 b. In an assembled toilet seat cover 900, the top and bottom sheets 902 a, 902 b are sealed or coupled together at respective outer side edges 904, 906 and the front end 908 of the top and bottom sheets 902 a, 902 b. The opposing outer side edges 904, 906 and the front end 908 of the top and bottom sheets are shown to be separated in FIG. 9a for ease of illustration.
  • FIG. 9b shows a perspective view of an example embodiment of the assembled toilet seat cover 900. As shown in FIG. 9b , the outer side edges 904, 906 and the front end 908 of the top and bottom sheets 902 a, 902 b are sealed together when the toilet seat cover 900 is assembled.
  • With reference to FIGS. 9a and 9b , an unsealed edge or end 910 allows a mouth (not shown in FIGS. 9a and 9b ) to be formed such that a toilet seat can be inserted through the mouth of the seat cover 900, and received within the cover 900, between the top and bottom sheets 902 a, 902 b, and between the opposing side edges 904 and 906. Thus, the cover 900 functions as an envelope for receiving the seat as an insert. The toilet seat is not shown in FIGS. 9a and 9b for ease of illustration.
  • FIG. 9c shows an alternative perspective view of an example embodiment of the toilet seat cover 900 when used with a toilet seat 940. In FIG. 9c , the toilet seat 940 has been inserted through the mouth 918 of the toilet seat cover 900 such that the toilet seat 940 is received within the cover 900. The toilet seat 940 is partially shown (with broken lines) to illustrate the position of the toilet seat 940 within the toilet seat cover 900 and it will be appreciated that the toilet seat 940 may not be visible when it is received in the toilet seat cover 900.
  • Similar to the cover 200 described in e.g. FIGS. 2a, 2b, 2c , the top and bottom sheets 902 a and 90 b of the cover 900 comprise perforations 912 (see FIG. 9a ), which outline or define cut out portions such that when the perforations 912 (see FIG. 9a ) are broken by e.g. the user, hole portions are made in the top and bottom sheets 902 a, 902 b to form a central opening 916 (see FIGS. 9b and 9c ) in the cover 900. In the example embodiment, the central opening 916 is not formed during manufacturing and the user tears the perforation to form the central opening 916 prior to use. It will be appreciated that in alternative example embodiments, the central opening 916 may be formed at the time of production, and prior to use.
  • In the example embodiments, the perforations 912 are not formed completely around the perimeter of the central opening 916 (see FIGS. 9a and 9b ). Instead, sections 922 (FIG. 9a ) of the perimeter of the central opening are not perforated such that a flap e.g. 924 (FIG. 9c ), which hinges proximate the front end 908, is formed when the perforations are torn. The flap 924 extends through the central opening 916 and the hollow portion of the toilet seat 940, into the bowl portion of the flush toilet (e.g. 100 of FIG. 1). The flap can thus line or cover a section of the interior wall of the toilet bowl.
  • In the example embodiment, additional perforations 926 (similar to the additional perforations 504 a, 504 b as described in FIG. 5) are provided in the top and bottom sheets 902 a, 902 b of the cover 900, to allow the size of the flap 924 (FIG. 9c ) to be modified (or reduced) when formed, such that the flap 924 (FIG. 9c ) is not the size of the entire hole portion or central opening. This may advantageously prevent the flap, which may be over-sized, from coming into contact with the water within a toilet bowl when the cover is in use.
  • With reference to FIGS. 9b and 9c , the cover 900 further comprises fastening strips 928 a and 928 b. The fastening strips 928 a, 928 b are formed from further additional perforations (or fastening strip perforations) 930 (see FIG. 9a ) on both the top and bottom sheets. When formed (i.e. when the fastening strip perforations 930 are torn), the fastening strips 928 a, 928 b comprise respective coupled ends 932 a, 932 b coupled to the cover and free ends 934 a, 934 b.
  • In the example embodiments shown in FIGS. 9a, 9b and 9c , fastening strips 928 a, 928 b extend across, substantially, a diameter of the central opening. The fastening strips 928 a, 928 b are formed substantially from portions of the top and bottom sheets 902 a and 902 b which have been cut out to form the central opening 916. The fastening strips 928 a, 928 b are coupled to the top and bottom sheets 902 a, 902 b at respective coupled ends, 932 a, 932 b at a position along the perimeter of the central opening 916, proximate one of the outer side edges 904, 906. The fastening strips 928 a, 928 b extend across, substantially, the central opening such that the free ends 934 a, 934 b are cut from an other position along the perimeter of the central opening 916 which is substantially opposite the coupled end, proximate an opposing outer side edge 906, 904.
  • In the example embodiment, the fastening strip 928 a is coupled to the cover 900 at a coupling end 932 a, at a position along the perimeter of the central opening 916 and proximate the outer side edge 906 of the cover 900. The fastening strip 928 a is formed from a stripped portion cut to form the central opening 916 and thus has a length of substantially the diameter of the central opening 916. The fastening strip 928 a has a free end 934 a which is cut from an other position along the perimeter of the central opening which is substantially opposite the coupled end 932 a, proximate an opposing side edge 904.
  • With particular reference to FIGS. 9b and 9c , when the toilet seat cover 900 is in use with the toilet seat 940 (FIG. 9c ) between the top and bottom sheets 902 a, 902 b, the free ends 934 a, 934 b of the fastening strips 928 a, 928 b extends through the hollow portion of the toilet seat and the central opening 916 formed in the toilet seat cover 900 (specifically the top sheet 902 a), and is pulled or extended radially away from the center of the hollow portion and central opening 916 (see arrows referenced by numerals 936 a, 936 b), substantially in the direction of the outer side edge 904, 906 proximate the respective coupled end 932 a, 934 b, such that the fastening strips 928 when deployed, form substantially a loop around a portion of the toilet seat 940 and do not impede or block the hollow portion and central opening 916. The fastening strips 928 a, 928 b can thus advantageously allow the toilet seat cover 900 to be secured or fastened to the toilet seat 940, such that the toilet seat 940 does not move about substantially within the toilet seat cover 900.
  • Similar to the fastening strips 722 a, 722 b (described above in FIGS. 7a, 7b ), the fastening strips 928 a, 928 b can further advantageously allow the top and bottom sheets 902 a, 902 b to be bound together, with the toilet seat 940 therebetween, such that waste e.g. urine or other undesirable matter cannot seep between the sheets from the toilet seat 940 to the user.
  • In the example embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 9a, 9b, 9c , each one of the fastening strips 928 a, 928 b comprise of a top fastening strip and a bottom fastening strip, formed from the top and bottom sheets 902 a, 902 b respectively. It will be appreciated that in FIGS. 9b and 9c as the fastening strips 928 a, 928 b are looped or folded over the toilet seat 940 and cover 900, only the bottom fastening strip is visible. In such an arrangement, a user may sit on the cover 900, with the fastening strips 928 a, 928 b therebetween. Alternatively, the fastening strips 928 a, 928 b, may be looped or folded under the toilet seat 940 and cover, such that the user may sit on the cover 900 with the fastening strips 928 a, 928 b tucked or looped under the cover 900 such that the fastening strips 928 a, 928 b are between the cover 900 and the rim of the toilet (e.g. 106 of FIG. 1).
  • It will be appreciated that regardless of whether the fastening strips 928 a, 928 b are looped over or under the cover 900, a user will still be applying pressure on the strips when sitting on the cover 900. As such, the seat 940 can be secured within the cover 900.
  • In the example embodiment shown in FIGS. 9a, 9b and 9c , the top sheet 902 a further comprises an extension 914 extending from the rear or mouth edge 938 of the top sheet 902 a, such that the top sheet 902 a is longer than the bottom sheet 902 b. In the example embodiment, top sheet 902 a is about 450 mm longer than the bottom sheet 902 b. Similar to the extension 708 (FIG. 7b ) described above, the extension 914 can advantageously allow a larger area of the toilet to be covered. It will be appreciated that the area about the hinged end of the toilet seat may be soiled by urine left behind by standing male users, and which is difficult to remove. The extension 914 can advantageously more adequately cover the rear portion of a toilet seat and shield the user, particularly at the hinged end of the toilet seat, where the seat is connected to the rim of the bowl.
  • In the example embodiments shown in FIGS. 9a, 9b and 9c the extension 914 comprises a pocket 942, located at an extended or far end of the cover 900. With reference to FIG. 9c , the pocket 942 is capable of engaging or receiving a free or unhinged end of a lid 944 of a toilet seat 940 within, such that the extension 914 can be secured to the lid 944. It will be appreciated that the position of the pocket 942 is based on a typical height of a toilet seat cover. In the example embodiments, the pocket 942 is about 100-120 mm deep (see reference numeral 948 in FIG. 9c ).
  • In the example embodiment, the extension 914 may further comprise one or more apertures 946 similar to the apertures 712, described in FIG. 7b above. The apertures 946 are capable of cooperating with engaging means (e.g. hooks) comprised on e.g. the supporting wall surface or water tank, to secure the extension 914 against the water tank of the toilet or supporting wall surface accordingly.
  • In the example embodiment, the apertures 946 is formed by tearing perforations or the apertures 946 may be pre-cut during manufacturing. Further, in the example embodiments, the apertures 946 are positioned on the pocket 942. It will be appreciated that the position of the apertures 946 are not limited to the specific location shown.
  • FIG. 10 shows the underside view of the top and bottom sheets 902 a, 902 b. Approximate exemplary dimensions of the top and bottom sheets 902 a 902 b of the toilet seat cover 900 of FIGS. 9a, 9b and 9c are also shown. As shown in FIG. 10, the bottom sheet 902 b measures about 450 mm by 395 mm. The top sheet further comprises the extension 914 such that it is longer than the bottom sheet and measures 900 mm by 395 mm. The central opening 916 (when formed) in both the top and bottom sheets is an oval that measures 260 mm by 215 mm. The fastening strips 928 a, 928 b (when formed) each measures about 215 mm by 60 mm, such that they respectively extend across substantially the width of the central opening 916. The extension 914 comprises the pocket 942 at the extended or far end of the top sheet 902 a. The pocket 942 measures about 100 mm in depth. Perforations for forming apertures 946 are positioned on the pocket 942 and measure about 10 mm in diameter.
  • It will be appreciated that the dimensions provided in FIG. 10 are for illustrative purposes only.
  • It will be appreciated that the pocket 942 and one or more apertures 946 as illustrated in FIG. 9c are optional and that the extension 914 may be draped over the water tank or supporting wall surface or element for frictional engagement, without any engaging means for cooperating with the apertures 946 to provide additional securing means.
  • It will further be appreciated that in addition to being draped over an e.g. water tank or supporting wall surface or element, the extension 914 may also be draped over the lid of a toilet seat.
  • In the example embodiments, the covers (e.g. numerals 200, 400, 700 and 900 in FIGS. 2b, 2c, 4b, 4c, 7a, 7b and 9a, 9b, 9c respectively) have been shown to be substantially rectangular in shape, with substantially straight edges. In particular, the outer side edges (e.g. 206 a, 206 b, 406 a, 406 b and 904, 906) extend across a longitudinal perimeter of the cover (e.g. 200, 400, 700, 900), while the mouth (210, 410, 918) and front edges (212, 214, 908) extend across a transversal/or latitudinal perimeter of the covers. It will be appreciated that in alternative embodiments, the cover may be of alternative shapes including, but not limited to, round or oval shapes. As such, the edges as mentioned above may be curved without departing from the scope of the invention as broadly and exemplarily described.
  • It will further be appreciated that while the example embodiments appear to refer to the side and front edges as being on the ends of the cover or sheets, the edges may be interior to the main body of the cover or each sheet. That is, the edges coupled together are described as being outer edges (e.g. 406 a, 406 b of FIG. 4b ). However it will be appreciated that the coupling may alternatively be performed on other edges, such as at at least a portion of the edges of the opening (e.g. 216, 416 of FIGS. 2b, 4b respectively).
  • In some example embodiments, the cover (e.g. numerals 200 and 400 in FIGS. 2c and 4c respectively) further comprises peripheral areas which can be folded and disposed under the toilet seat (e.g. numerals 110 and 310 in FIGS. 2c and 4c respectively). When the peripheral areas are folded, hooks (e.g. numerals 116 and 318 in FIGS. 2c and 4c respectively) provided on the toilet seat further engage the receiving apertures (e.g. numerals 226 and 426 in FIGS. 2c and 4c respectively). In alternative embodiments, the toilet seat may not comprise the hooks and the receiving apertures may be absent. In such embodiments, the peripheral areas of the cover may still be folded and disposed (or tucked) under the seat when the seat is deployed, to additionally secure the cover onto the seat, and to add stability to the cover.
  • Example embodiments of the present application may therefore provide a cover for covering a toilet seat. The cover may more effectively shield a user from the toilet seat, as it may be securely fitted (or pulled) enveloping the toilet seat. In addition, with the provision of preferable apertures (e.g. numerals 224, 428 of FIGS. 2c and 4c respectively), the securing may be enhanced. Furthermore, with the additional provision of preferable receiving apertures (e.g. 226, 426 of FIGS. 2c and 4c respectively), the securing may be yet further enhanced.
  • In addition, the cover in the example embodiments of the present application may be disposable, such that a fresh toilet seat cover may be fitted over the seat as and when it is desired. This advantageously provides a clean, fresh surface for a user to sit on each time the use of the toilet is desired. The seat cover may be easily removed for disposal, when use of the toilet is completed.
  • In some example embodiments, the top and bottom sheets (e.g. numerals 202, 204, 402, 404, 702 a, 702 b and 902 a, 902 b in FIGS. 2a, 2b, 2c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 7a, 7b and 9a, 9b, 9c respectively) of the covers (e.g. numerals 200, 400, 700 and 900 in FIGS. 2b, 2c, 4b, 4c, 7a, 7b and 9a, 9b, 9c respectively) are made of impermeable materials such that fluids are prevented from permeating or seeping through the seat covers when placed over toilet seats. For example, the impermeable materials may be polymer-based films, oil-coated paper, etc.
  • In some example embodiments, the top and bottom sheets (e.g. numerals 202, 204, 402, 404, 702 a, 702 b and 902 a, 902 b in FIGS. 2a, 2b, 2c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 7a, 7b and 9a, 9b, 9c respectively) of the covers (e.g. numerals 200, 400, 700 and 900 in FIGS. 2b, 2c, 4b, 4c, 7a, 7b and 9a, 9b, 9c respectively) are made of permeable materials. This may be advantageous in situations of disposal in wet bins, flush toilets etc.
  • In some example embodiments, the top and bottom sheets (e.g. numerals 202, 204, 402, 404, 702 a, 702 b and 902 a, 902 b in FIGS. 2a, 2b, 2c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 7a, 7b and 9a, 9b, 9c respectively) may be a multiple-layer sheet. That is each sheet comprises an internal layer and an external layer, wherein the internal layer is in contact with the toilet seat when it is placed over or envelopes the toilet seat, while the external layer is on the exterior of the cover. For example, an external layer of a top sheet contacts a user when in use. In one such embodiment, the interior or internal layer comprises an impermeable or water proof material which prevents the fluids from seeping or permeating through the seat covers and the exterior layer is made of a permeable or an absorbent layer which can be more comfortable for a user to sit on, as the absorbent layer is generally of a softer material. In addition, the absorbent layer can absorb perspiration from the user, which can allow a more comfortable sitting experience for the user. As an example, the absorbent material may be non-woven material and may be material such as polyethylene-based material, polypropylene, non-woven, paper, cotton, etc, and the impermeable materials may be polymer-based film, oil-coated paper, etc.
  • In some example embodiments, the top and bottom sheets (e.g. numerals 202, 204, 402, 404, 702 a, 702 b and 902 a, 902 b in FIGS. 2a, 2b, 2c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 7a, 7b and 9a, 9b, 9c respectively) may be formed from a single sheet of material that is folded over such that the fold forms one of the coupled edges (e.g. numerals 206 a, 206 b, 212 and 406 a, 406 b, 412 in FIGS. 2a, 2b, 2c and 4a, 4b, 4c respectively, or numeral 802 in FIG. 8).
  • In example embodiments, the hooks (e.g. numerals 116, 318, 714 in FIGS. 2c, 4c and 7b ) may be replaced with any other suitable engaging members or means e.g. a retaining clip, post or stub, etc, without departing from the scope of the invention. In addition, even though two engaging members, two apertures and two receiving apertures have been described, it will be appreciated that any number of such components may be provided to provide securing of the cover. The hooks or suitable engaging member may also be detachable such that they may be easily attached to and removed from the toilet seat (such as a conventional toilet seat) or from the water tank or wall surface accordingly.
  • An exemplary method for forming a toilet seat cover is as follows. As a first step, permeable and impermeable layers of material are bonded together to form a single sheet by means of glue or any adhesive materials. Next, the bonded single sheet material is folded into an envelope shape, and sealed at the side edge (and front edge, if desired) using a hot sealing machine, ultrasonic machine or sewing means etc. The mouth (e.g. 210, 410 or 918 of FIGS. 2b, 4b and 9c respectively) is not sealed and kept open. Optionally, the e.g. pocket 942 (FIG. 9c ) may be formed using hot sealing machine, ultrasonic machine or sewing means etc. Next, the toilet seat cover is sent for the punching of perforations (e.g. 218 a, 418 a, 912 of FIGS. 2a, 4a and 9a respectively) for the centre hole portion (e.g. 214 a, 414 a of FIGS. 2a and 4a respectively) as well as the perforations for the apertures (e.g. 224, 428 of FIGS. 2c and 4c respectively) and receiving apertures (e.g. 226, 426 of FIGS. 2c and 4c respectively). Other perforations, such as for modifying or reducing the size of the flap (e.g. 926 of FIG. 9a ) or for providing the fastening strips (e.g. 930) are also formed.
  • For a horseshoe-shaped cover (e.g. 400 of FIGS. 4a, 4b and 4c ), an additional step of sealing the inner edges (e.g. 424 a, 424 b of FIG. 4b ) via e.g. heat sealing, ultrasonic sealing, or thread sealing etc. is performed.
  • It will be appreciated that the openings or portions formed as a result of torn perforations in the example embodiments described herein may be formed during the production of the toilet seat cover. That is, instead of forming perforations (on the top and/or bottom sheets) which is to be torn by a user, cuts may already be made during the manufacturing. For example, the hole portions 214 a, 214 b of FIGS. 2a and 2b may be cut during manufacturing of the toilet seat cover such that the flaps 222 a, 222 b are formed, without the need to form any perforations which have to be later torn by the user.
  • However, it will be appreciated that cutting the different hole portions etc., may result in a structurally flimsy cover, which may be difficult for a user to pull over a toilet seat for use. Thus, providing perforations which can be torn later, can allow a user to more easily deploy a toilet seat cover over the toilet seat before subsequently tearing the necessary perforations, after the seat has been inserted into the cover.
  • FIG. 11 shows a flow chart illustrating a method 1100 of manufacturing a toilet seat cover in an example embodiment. At step 1102, a top sheet of material and a bottom sheet of material are provided. At step 1104, the bottom sheet is coupled to the top sheet on two coupling edges of the bottom sheet, said two coupling edges comprising opposing outer edges. At step 1106, respective hole portions on the top and bottom sheets are formed. At step 1108, the respective hole portions are aligned to form a central opening of the cover, said central opening capable of being aligned substantially with a hollow portion of a toilet seat when the toilet seat is received by the cover.
  • It will be appreciated by a person skilled in the art that other variations and/or modifications may be made to the specific embodiments without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention as broadly described. The present embodiments are, therefore, to be considered in all respects to be illustrative and not restrictive.

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1. A toilet seat cover comprising
a top sheet of material;
a bottom sheet of material, the bottom sheet coupled to the top sheet on two coupling edges of the bottom sheet, said two coupling edges are opposing outer edges;
said cover capable of receiving a toilet seat between the top and bottom sheets and between the opposing outer edges; and
the top and bottom sheets comprise respective hole portions, said respective hole portions aligned to form a central opening of the cover; said central opening capable of being aligned substantially with a hollow portion of the toilet seat when the toilet seat is received between the top and bottom sheets.
2. The toilet seat cover as claimed claim 1, further comprising a flap hinged from a side of the central opening; said flap being capable of extending through the hollow portion of the toilet seat when the toilet seat is received between the top and bottom sheets.
3. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 1 or 2, wherein at least one of the top and bottom sheets comprises one or more perforations for forming the respective hole portion when the perforations are torn.
4. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 3, wherein the perforations allow the flap to be formed when the perforations are torn.
5. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 4, wherein at least one of the top and bottom sheets comprise one or more additional perforations for reducing a size of the flap, when the one or more additional perforations are torn.
6. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of claims 2 to 5, wherein the flap is hinged proximate a front edge of the cover.
7. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the top and bottom sheets each comprise a fluid permeable material.
8. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of the claims 1 to 6, wherein at least one of the top and bottom sheets comprise a fluid impermeable material.
9. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein at least one of the top and bottom sheets comprise an internal layer of material and an external layer of material, the external layer being exterior of the cover.
10. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 9, wherein the internal layer comprises a fluid impermeable material.
11. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 9 or 10, wherein the external layer comprises an absorbent material.
12. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the top and bottom sheets are rectangular in shape.
13. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the bottom sheet is further coupled at one or more other edges of the bottom sheet to the top sheet, each said other edges corresponding to a coupling edge;
each said other edge disposed from the corresponding coupling edge such that each other edge and respective coupling edge forms a sleeve for receiving one fork of a horseshoe shaped-toilet seat.
14. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 13, the other edges are joined together substantially along respective perimeters to form a ring.
15. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the bottom sheet is further coupled to the top sheet on a front edge of the bottom sheet; and the cover further comprises a mouth for allowing the seat to be inserted through.
16. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the bottom sheet further comprises an additional opening positioned between the central opening and a mouth edge, said additional opening extending across substantially the opposing outer edges.
17. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the top and bottom sheets each further comprise peripheral areas extending beyond a surface area of a received toilet seat, capable of being folded and disposed under the toilet seat.
18. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 17, wherein the bottom sheet further comprises one or more apertures for cooperating with one or more engaging members provided on the toilet seat when the toilet seat is received between the top and bottom sheets.
19. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of claim 17 or 18, wherein the peripheral areas comprise one or more receiving apertures for engaging with one or more engaging members provided on a received toilet seat, when the peripheral areas are folded.
20. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the top sheet further comprises an extension, such that the top sheet is substantially longer than the bottom sheet.
21. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 20, wherein top sheet is 450 mm longer than the bottom sheet.
22. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 20 or 21, wherein the extension comprises one or more further apertures for cooperating with one or more further engaging members provided on a water tank or supporting wall to retain the extension against the water tank or supporting wall.
23. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 22, wherein the extension comprises one or more further perforations for forming the one or more further apertures when torn.
24. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of claims 20 to 23, wherein the extension comprises a pocket for receiving an unhinged end of a toilet seat lid within the pocket.
25. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the top or bottom sheet further comprises one or more fastening strips.
26. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 25, wherein the one or more fastening strips respectively comprises
a coupled end coupled to the top or bottom sheet; and
a free end capable of extending through the hollow portion of the toilet seat and over the top sheet or under the bottom sheet such that a loop is substantially formed around a portion of the toilet seat.
27. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 26, wherein the coupled end is coupled at a position along a perimeter of the central opening, proximate one of the outer edges.
28. The toilet seat cover as claimed in claim 26 or 27, wherein the free end is cut from an other position along the perimeter of the central opening, proximate an opposing outer edge.
29. The toilet seat cover as claimed in any one of claims 25 to 28, wherein the top or bottom sheet further comprises fastening strip perforations for forming the one or more fastening strips when torn.
30. A method of manufacturing a toilet seat cover, the method comprising
providing a top sheet of material and a bottom sheet of material;
coupling the bottom sheet to the top sheet on two coupling edges of the bottom sheet, said two coupling edges comprising opposing outer edges;
forming respective hole portions on the top and bottom sheets; and
aligning the respective hole portions to form a central opening of the cover; said central opening capable of being aligned substantially with a hollow portion of a toilet seat when the toilet seat is received by the cover.
31. The method as claimed in claim 30, further comprising
forming a flap hinged from a side of the central opening; said flap being capable of extending through the hollow portion of the toilet seat when the toilet seat is received between the top and bottom sheets.
32. The method as claimed in claim 30 or 31, further comprising
forming one or more perforations on at least one of the top and bottom sheets;
said one or more perforations for forming the respective hole portion when the perforations are torn.
33. The method as claimed in claim 32, wherein the perforations allow the flap to be formed when the perforations are torn.
34. The method as claimed in claim 33, further comprising
forming one or more additional perforations on at least one of the top and bottom sheets;
said one or more additional perforations allow a size of the flap to be reduced when the one or more additional perforations are torn.
35. The method as claimed in any one of claims 31 to 34, wherein forming the flap comprises forming the flap hinged proximate a front edge of the cover.
36. The method as claimed in any one of claims 30 to 35, further comprising providing a fluid permeable material for each of the top and bottom sheets.
37. The method as claimed in any one of claims 30 to 35, further comprising
providing a fluid impermeable material for at least one of the top and bottom sheets.
38. The method as claimed in any one of claims 30 to 37, further comprising
providing for at least one of the top or bottom sheets, an internal layer of material and an external layer of material, the external layer being exterior of the cover.
39. The method as claimed in claim 38, further comprising providing a fluid impermeable material for the internal layer.
40. The method as claimed in claim 38 or 39, further comprising providing an absorbent material for the external layer.
41. The method as claimed in any one of claims 30 to 40, further comprising providing rectangular-shaped top and bottom sheets.
42. The method as claimed in any one of claims 30 to 41, further comprising coupling one or more other edges of the bottom sheet to the top sheet, each said other edges corresponding to a coupling edge;
each said other edge disposed from the corresponding coupling edge such that each other edge and respective coupling edge forms a sleeve for receiving one fork of a horseshoe shaped-toilet seat.
43. The method as claimed in claim 42, further comprising joining the other edges together substantially along respective perimeters to form a ring.
44. The method as claimed in any one of claims 30 to 43, further comprising coupling a front edge of the bottom sheet to the top sheet; and
forming a mouth on an uncoupled edge for allowing the seat to be inserted through.
45. The method as claimed in any one of claims 30 to 44, further comprising
forming an additional opening between the central opening and a mouth edge on the bottom sheet, said additional opening extending across substantially the opposing outer edges.
46. The method as claimed in any one of claims 30 to 45, further comprising providing peripheral areas on the top and bottom sheets, said peripheral areas extending beyond a surface area of a received toilet seat; and
forming the peripheral areas for being folded and disposed under the toilet seat.
47. The method as claimed in claim 46, further comprising
providing apertures on the bottom sheet, said apertures for aligning with engaging members provided on the toilet seat when the toilet seat is received between the top and bottom sheets.
48. The method as claimed in any one of claim 46 or 47, further comprising providing receiving apertures on at least the bottom sheet for engaging with engaging members provided on a received toilet seat.
49. The method as claimed in any one of claims 30 to 48, wherein providing a top sheet of material comprises providing a top sheet with an extension such that the top sheet is substantially longer than the bottom sheet.
50. The method as claimed in claim 49, wherein providing a top sheet of material comprises providing a top sheet that is 450 mm longer than the bottom sheet.
51. The method as claimed in claim 49 or 50, further comprising providing one or more further apertures on the extension for cooperating with one or more further engaging members provided on a water tank or supporting wall to retain the extension against the water tank or supporting wall.
52. The method as claimed in claim 51, further comprising providing one or more further perforations on the extension for forming the one or more further apertures when the further perforations are torn.
53. The method as claimed any one of claims 49 to 52, further comprising providing a pocket on the extension for engaging or receiving an unhinged end of a toilet seat lid within the pocket.
54. The method as claimed in any one of claims 30 to 53, further comprising providing one or more fastening strips on the top or bottom sheet.
55. The method as claimed in claim 50, wherein providing the one or more fastening strips on the top or bottom sheets comprises
coupling a coupled end of one of the fastening strips to the top or bottom sheet; and
providing a free end of one of the fastening strips capable of extending through the hollow portion of the toilet seat and over the top sheet or under the bottom sheet such that a loop is substantially formed around a portion of the toilet seat.
56. The method as claimed in claim 55, wherein coupling the coupled end comprises coupling the coupled end of one of the fastening at a position along a perimeter of the central opening, proximate one of the outer edges.
57. The method as claimed in claim 55 or 56, wherein providing a free end comprises providing the free end cut from an other position along the perimeter of the central opening, proximate an opposing one of the outer edge.
58. The method as claimed in any one of claims 54 to 57, further comprising providing one or more fastening strip perforations for forming the one or more fastening strips when torn.
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