How To Keep Portable Toilets Clean And Fresh Throughout An Event

Posted on: 9 March 2017

If you're planning an outdoor event and are in charge of renting the porta potties, then you have an important matter to consider. How will you ensure that the smelly, dirty, portable bathrooms don't become the focus of the event by the end of it? Here are a few tips to help.

For multi-day events, arrange for nightly pumping service.

If your event spans more than one day, arrange to have the porta potty company come pump out the toilets at the end of each day. Even if the toilets are designed to hold more than one day's worth of waste, removing it at the end of each day will help keep smells under control. Sometimes when too much waste ends up in a portable toilet, it rises above the level of the sanitary liquid in the toilet base. Then, it releases more odors, as it is not immersed in the liquid. Having the toilets cleaned daily prevents this issue.

Leave a bottle of cleaner and some paper towels inside each porta potty.

You can't force guests to clean up after themselves if they make a mess, but you can provide the materials and hope that at least some of them are responsible enough to do so. Leave a bottle of all-purpose cleaner and a roll of paper towels inside each porta potty so that if guests accidentally spill waste, they have a way to clean it up.

Make sure doors stay shut.

If you can spare a staff member or volunteer, have someone watch over the portable bathroom area. In addition to making sure guests don't do anything too rowdy -- like try to run across the tops of the bathrooms -- this person can make sure the doors of empty portable restrooms stay closed. This way, any scents that are brewing inside won't spread out and through the event grounds.

Rent enough porta potties.

Don't try to save money by skimping on portable restrooms. The ones you have will get dirty -- both due to an overabundance of waste and the urgency of guests who had to wait in too-long lines. To figure out how many porta potties you need, consult with your portable toilet provider or check out charts online that provide recommendations. For instance, if you have 1000 guests and a 3-hour event, you'll need approximately 8 porta potties to avoid long lines and overloaded tanks.

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