For those who have not used a toilet in the home of a Saudi should be prepared for some distinctions that would not necessarily be found or take place in the home of a Western expatriate.
To begin with, the washroom may have a western style toilet with or without a toilet seat or among some families or men-only areas, the toilet may be a “two stepper” or squat toilet. In addition, there may be a bidet. In 99.9 per cent of cases there will be the toilet hose. There is only a small chance that there would be toilet paper.
Prior to entering the washroom, there may be sandals outside of the door. That is a sure signal that the floor will likely be wet and anyone entering should put the sandals on their feet before going in to the washroom. The reason for all the wetness and the waterproof sandals is that instead of toilet paper, individuals will use the faucet hose to clean. In many cases it may appear that the hose is alive for water will be on the floor, the walls and of course the toilet seat itself.
While I would never complain or express dissatisfaction to the state of someone’s toilet, I would not travel without a small roll of toilet paper in my bag so I could wipe down wet toilet seats and use as necessary.
In addition to using the washroom to relieve oneself, the washroom is also used to perform wudoo or abolitions prior to prayer. This process also results in more water being sprayed around the entire room.
A housemaid is usually kept very busy with continual mopping and wiping down of the Saudi toilet. Some washrooms do not have a window so the room has a continual wet and musty smell.
Upper class and upper middle class homes will be more likely to have a Western style washroom with little evidence of wetness or dampness. However in middle class homes, lower class and villages it is very typical.