The fewer visible features of a toilet seat, the quicker and easier the seat will be to clean. Toilets seats with a lid and family seats with an additional child seat included have more surface area to become soiled and require cleaning.
Cushioned vinyl seats come in a number of colours and with decorative features that may trap debris. Vinyl seats have a textured surface and lip seam that may be difficult to keep clean.
Wooden seats often utilise metal hardware. This hardware lacks the flip-down covers that accompany plastic anchors, allowing the hardware to collect debris and splatters.
The tops of moulded plastic seats may be easier to clean, but the undersides can have a hollowed effect with moulded support areas. Toilet seats with the fewest number of crevices and corners have fewer spots within which dirt can become lodged.
Stain-resistant and odour-preventive coatings and antimicrobial agents may be painted on or moulded into wooden and plastic toilet seats by the manufacturer. These help reduce the need for cleaning and also making cleaning easier.
Special hinges are available that allow toilet seats to be completely removed for cleaning. Homeowners can unlock the seat, remove it for cleaning, then replace it -- all without the need for tools.