Portable toilets are a great way to make any type of festival, outdoor gathering, or construction site a lot more convenient. Even though a porta potty and a normal toilet operate in a similar way they are way different when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. Porta potties require a very specific type of cleaning process. Therefore, make sure to read the following cleaning tips carefully.
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✓ Empty The Waste
First, in order to have a clean porta potty, you must remove all the waste that’s inside the tank. As there are different types you might have a built-in tank or a removable drum. If you have a potty with a removable drum, take it out, get rid of the waste, and clean the drum. On the other hand, if you have a built-in tank you are going to need a special type of vacuum pump designed for pumping the waste out.
Such tools can sometimes be rented or you can simply schedule the cleaning with an expert company. The process of evacuating the waste with the vacuum pump is pretty simple. All you need to do is insert the vacuum pump into the toilet and wait until it pumps out all the waste. Now that all the waste has been pumped out, it will be transported to the nearest wastewater facility and treated properly.
✓ Disinfecting And Cleaning
Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the potty is essential. Some advantages of disinfecting and cleaning the potty are:
- Preventing bacteria
- Reducing odors
- Keeping the surrounding area safe
It’s important to know how thoroughly you should clean. A simple wiping down of the surrounding areas as well as the toilet seat is the bare minimum. To get an even cleaner finish you can scrub the floor and the walls around the potty. Plus, you should never keep porta potties closed when you are not using them. Although it might seem like a good idea, the stench inside them has no outlet. Therefore, after using a porta potty leave the door open for about 30 minutes.
✓ Spruce Everything Up
After emptying, cleaning, and disinfecting the potty, it is ready for use. Be sure to add new water as well as a new additive to keep the smell fresh for a little longer. Plus, if you have enough time, you could add an air freshener to enhance the overall experience.
✓ Should I Hire a Professional Instead?
If all the tips we mentioned sound like more than you are willing to take on, definitely consider hiring a professional. If the professionals you want to hire are reliable, they will handle the maintenance as well as the delivery.
The Bottom Line
Having a clean and disinfected porta potty is very important. This way you avoid contact with any type of bacteria that can get attached to the potty. What’s more, you can make using a porta potty a bit more pleasant by adding some type of air freshener. Still, if you are not willing to spend time on cleaning and maintaining the porta potty, hiring a professional is your best bet.