A primary area of focus for portable toilet hire companies is having the cleanest toilets around. In order to deliver on that promise, it’s essential that every portable toilet is inspected regularly and cleaned properly. Luckily, the process takes less than 10 minutes per toilet. Here is a summary of the best process to inspect and clean a portable toilet:
- Step 1: Record the date of cleaning where necessary (service log, toilet sticker, etc.)
- Step 2: Remove any debris in and around the toilet
- Step 3: If graffiti is present, apply graffiti removal chemicals and leave them for a few minutes
- Step 4: Pump waste from the toilet tank
- Step 5: Clean the toilet inside and out with a cleaning solution and scrub off graffiti
- Step 6: Rinse the toilet
- Step 7: Restock the toilet with chemical “blue” and fragrance enhancers
- Step 8: Add water to the tank (typically 18.9 litres)
- Step 9: Restock the toilet with supplies (toilet paper, hand sanitiser, etc.)
Inspection & Cleaning Tips for Large Events
Let’s assume you’ve been able to land a few special events during your busy season. Many times, events last for just one day, which means you’re able to deliver and pick up the portable toilets without too much other work. Once you get the hang of a few of these events, it’s time for you to take on a multi-day event. A festival is an example of an event that occurs over several days. These setups will generally have groups of mobile toilets lined up together. Usually, these toilets need to be inspected and cleaned each day of the event, and it’s recommended to do so in the early morning. This can be a little intimidating for new business startups or companies experiencing their first big event. To ease your stress, take a look at these tips for inspecting and cleaning a large group of portable toilets:
- Be methodical in your approach and focus on one group at a time. Park your lorry near the middle of the group so your hoses and equipment can reach both ends (if possible).
- Pump the waste of each toilet you can reach first. Watch out for objects that will clog your hose and make sure you clean out the objects that you will surely come across. Dispose of the items properly; don’t leave the site a mess.
- If you’re working before the sun is up (which is a harsh reality of this industry), we recommend using a headlamp.
- After the waste is pumped from each toilet you can reach without moving your lorry, start cleaning the toilets.
- Some events are very clean, whereas others can be extremely dirty. Be prepared either way.
- Add the chemicals and charge of water next. 11.4-18.9 litres of water should be enough in most cases.
- Don’t forget to restock the toilet paper and clean up the mess you may have made by removing trash from the toilets.
- If the customer doesn’t provide you with a map of the event layout, consider making one for yourself (Google Earth satellite view is your friend!) Plot out where the groups of units are beforehand so you can cross them off as you clean them. The map will also help next year for deliveries. However, if no map is available then make sure you at least keep a tally.
- Keep the customers in mind and clean each toilet thoroughly.
- If there are two workers inspecting and cleaning the toilets, they can alternate cleaning steps without getting in each other’s way. This will speed up the process.
- Keep in mind that it only takes about 4-6 minutes to clean a typical event toilet. In time, you’ll be able to develop an efficient strategy that allows you to get work done faster without sacrificing quality.