Best Tips for Clean Portable Restrooms
Public restrooms get a lot of flack for being some of the germiest places on earth. People's fear of using them is valid considering how many bacteria are on the toilet paper roll alone.
While you can't eliminate germs in the portable restrooms that you rented for your event, you can cut down on them. If you provide patrons with the right hygiene supplies, they'll do some of the work for you. It's also a good idea to hire bathroom attendants and set alarms to let you know when it's time to clean your port-o-Jon rental.
These are only a few ways that you can keep your event sanitary. Continue reading to learn more.
Meet the Demand
It's recommended to rent one port-o-potty for every 100 guests that are attending your event. The reason being is that you can't clean an occupied restroom.
If the line for the bathroom never goes down, you'll never have the opportunity to go in and sanitize. It won't be long before they become an absolute mess.
You should also consider getting a few baby changing stations with your port-o-potty rental to help reduce congestion.
Don't put a bunch of restrooms in one place. You'll end up with crowded bathroom spaces that are impossible to clean. Instead, spread them throughout the venue.
You want your restrooms to be in high-traffic areas without being in the heart of the event. Put them too close, and guests will start complaining about odors.
You should also make sure your guests with disabilities have plenty of places to use the restroom. If you only have one set of port-o-potties that aren't on a curb, they're going to get crowded.
There's a lot of work that goes into planning an event. You're trying to get your entertainers together, instruct your vendors, and entertain your guests. It's hard to find time to breathe let alone maintain your portable restroom rental.
To keep your head on straight, do yourself a favor and set alarms on your phone. Most establishments check their bathrooms twice a day but depending on how crowded your event is, you'll need to check your toilets a little more often than that. Keep that in mind when you're setting your cleaning alarms.
Hire Cleaning Professionals
It might be difficult for you to maintain your bathrooms on your own. This is especially true if you're holding a multi-day event.
Take some stress off your shoulders by recruiting a little help. Professionals can service your portable restrooms at the end of the day by emptying your toilets and cleaning them.
On top of servicing your toilets, the professionals will also disinfect and sanitize common points of contact like toilet paper rolls and soap dispensers.
Provide Hygiene Supplies
If you provide the proper hygiene supplies, your guests will help you keep your bathrooms clean. For example, if there aren't places where guests can throw away their used paper towels, they'll toss them on the ground after drying their hands.
Keeping the soap dispensers full will encourage your attendees to wash their hands and keep germs to a minimum. If you provide Lysol wipes, guests will feel the need to wipe certain parts of the bathroom down before using them.
To keep guests happy, you should also consider having feminine hygiene products on hand.
It goes without saying that your portable toilets are going to see a lot of action. Even if you have a strict cleaning schedule, they will begin to smell after a few hours.
Buy deodorizing tablets that you can plunk into the tank of your portable restrooms. If you provide air fresheners, your guests will most likely use them to keep things smelling like flowers.
Air Out the Toilets
No matter how many deodorizing tablets you put into your toilets, you'll need to air them out from time to time. This is especially true during the summer. Most port-o-potties have vents at the top, but that won't be enough when the temperatures shoot up.
When you find the time, open the doors of your portable restrooms and leave them open for about half an hour. This takes us back to our earlier point.
If you don't order enough units, airing out your toilets will be impossible because they'll always be in use. Again, to give yourself ample opportunity to keep odors to a minimum, you'll need to order a single port-o-potty for every 100 guests.
Clean the Points of Contact
You would think that the germiest place in your portable restrooms would be the toilet, but you would be wrong. It's actually the toilet paper dispensers.
Toilet paper dispensers act as a point of contact. They're an area in the bathroom that almost all of your guests are going to touch. You can clean them by slipping on a pair of rubber gloves and wiping them down with a strong enough cleaner.
When you're done with the toilet paper dispenser, make sure you go over the hand sanitizer station and sinks.
Keep Your Portable Restrooms Clean for Your Guests
Many people are more than a bit hesitant to use public restrooms due to their reputation. They're seen as some of the germiest places on Earth.
While you won't be able to stop bacteria growth in your portable restrooms completely, you can cut down on it. Set alarms to remind you to clean, scrub points of contact, keep odors to a minimum with deodorizers, and hire professionals to help you clean.
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