When not cared for properly, a portable restroom becomes a dangerous environment. In additional to becoming malodorous and unsightly, these spaces — when neglected — become hot spots for bacteria to flourish and grow.
Infections transferred through dirty portable restrooms include –– Norovirus, Salmonella, Shigellosis, Hepatitis A and Influenza. These infections include symptoms of diarrhea, nausea, dehydration, dizziness and vomiting.
Keep in mind that these infections can be obtained from any unclean bathrooms indoors or outdoors — as all bacteria flourishes in an unclean environment.
However, infections do not have to run rampant in your portable restroom. There are simple ways to keep your portable restroom clean, safe and functioning properly for the entirety of its lifespan.
Keep the facilities clean by evacuating the waste at least once a day. This includes removing the waste, disposing of it safely and ensuring that none is left within the tank afterwards.
Next, scrub surfaces for any points of contact possibly contaminated with bacteria, such as toilets, floors, walls and door handles. Finally, refill all supplies and load the tank back up with fluid.
To keep yourself safe from germs when using a portable restroom, sanitize your hands immediately after use or after touching any area within the restroom. If possible, avoid touching any of the surfaces directly and exposing your skin to bacteria. Instead, use a shirt sleeve or paper towel to touch points of interaction.
During events that involve portable restrooms, cleanliness is crucial. Popular events are often when the most contamination occurs within your portable restroom, as it involves the highest population of people using your facilities consecutively.
To maintain cleanliness during events, check the facilities frequently, cleaning throughout the duration of the event. To better prepare for overflows of people order additional services for the event, allowing outside agencies to come in to remain near the portable restroom, ready to freshen up the facility at a moment’s notice.
Portable restrooms can be a great benefit for any type of event. With the right amount of care and patience, you can help your guests to be comfortable and healthy.