Checklist To Keep Your Portable Restrooms Clean

If you are a portable sanitation service owner or technician this is written for you! Ever wondered if you’re doing everything possible to keep your units as clean as possible? With restroom cleanliness near the top of reasons customers choose their toilet providers, it’s essential you’re doing the best possible job. We collaborated with Pete and his Get Flushed podcast to compile an easy to read list for you! At the bottom of this blog there’s a printable checklist for you or driver to have handy. 

Step 1: Protect yourself! Put on gloves, eye protection, appropriate attire, and the right equipment for the job. 

Step 2: Walk around the outside and inside the unit to inspect for damages (including the back of the door). 

  • Take pictures of damages and use graffiti remover as needed. 

Step 3: Spray the toilet and floor with urinal spray and allow it to soak while you do steps 4 through 8.

Step 4: Spray the wall, top of tank, sink, door handle, and lock with disinfectant.

Step 5: Suck the toilet and use water to rinse the tank as you go. 

  • PRO TIP: Don’t leave any waste above the waterline as it will smell because it is exposed to air.

Step 6: Close the wand and turn off the vacuum pump. You don’t want anything being sucked up into the wand such as stones.

Step 7:  Add your deodorizer in a liquid format or in packets.PRO TIP: Add deodorizer BEFORE WATER! This ensures the deodorizer gets mixed in well.

Step 8: Add 7-10 gallons of water.

Step 9: Scrub everything with a sponge scrubber or auto hand mitt. Use a pressure sprayer if you have one. Make sure to include the:

  • Urinal
  • Toilet seat
  • Tank exterior 
  • Walls, floor, and roof
  • Area around the vent tube
  • Inside of the door
  • The exterior of the unit

PRO TIP: Everyone passing by will see the outside of your unit so this is very important!

Step 10: Use a urinal deodorizer puck or screen that sits in the urinal to help prevent smell.  

Step 11: Rinse the inside of the unit with fresh water and dry down.

Step 12: Restock supplies! Make sure toilet paper, hand towels, hand sanitizer, and soap dispensers are completely full.

Step 13: Sign and date your log in sheet if your company has one.

If you’re cleaning a toilet once a week or twice a week you don’t need to do this each time. Instead you could create a short list for the in between visits. Customers do care about how clean the toilet is, after all, it’s what they’re paying for. Having a clean portable toilet will help keep current customers satisfied and help you maintain a good reputation. To get a printable checklist click here! To get more insight on this matter click here to listen to Get Flushed: The Art of Cleaning.

About the Author: Liam Sabot

Liam is an author of over 70 articles about portable toilet rental, septic pumping, and dumpster business management. He is dedicated to providing important information to help sanitation businesses succeed.
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