Cleaning and Maintenance

Keeping an inventory of portable restrooms looking clean and smelling fresh is critically important to the success of a portable sanitation contractor. These products are designed to control odor, remove graffiti and efficiently wash your units so you can get them back out in service and earning money.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Waste tank treatment packs

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Odor Control

  Waste tank treatment packs

Porta-Treat packs from Bionetix contain natural and safe aerobic bacteria that digest odor-causing compounds and waste. The bacillus spores used have been shown to reduce large waste particles that settle to the bottom. The cellulose present in toilet paper is reduced to odorless carbon dioxide and water. The bacteria release extracellular enzymes to help minimize waste so the bacteria have better access. By reducing waste and odor-causing compounds, the holding tank is left fresh and clean, reducing downtime and maintenance costs. Simply toss the water-soluble pouches into the holding tank. 514/457-2914;

  Toss-in restroom deodorizer

Glacier Bay Dry Toss Paks from Five Peaks provide the same effective odor control, fragrance and deep blue color mask as liquid deodorant with the convenience of pre-measured powder, water-soluble, ready-to-use pouches. Drop a single Pak into the holding tank and add water. They are packaged in a stand up, resealable gusset bag, reducing the risk of exposure to moisture. They are available in two strengths – normal to extreme conditions (heat and humidity) or special events/multiple services. They are formaldehyde-free, biodegradable and environmentally safe. 866/293-1502;

  Air freshener discs

Air MAX air freshener discs from Green Way Products by PolyPortables contain more odor-fighting fragrance oil than Air Standard discs, extending effective usage and reducing service times. The discs have 20 percent more surface area, releasing a greater volume of fragrance. They are available in the company’s standard fragrances, as well as a fragrance of the month. Simply place the disc on a hook behind the vent stack or place it on the toilet paper rod outside the dispenser, securing it in place with the lock. 800/241-7951;

  Portable restooom deodorizer

Biosorb portable restroom deodorizer from Johnny’s Choice by Chemcorp Industries is available in liquid or dry water-soluble portion packs. The main odor-control ingredients are blends of non-pathogenic facultative bacteria and enzymes. They are safe to use, and are biodegradable. The products contain choice perfumes and a non-staining royal blue color. 888/729-6478;

  Time-released odor guard

Odor Guard SUPER Concentrated from Liquid Waste Industries is a time-released, powerful, biodegradable, environmentally friendly, non-formaldehyde agent, which breaks down paper and waste to reduce mounding. It works in tough conditions, and contains a long-lasting, non-staining dye. If used properly, it is never overwhelmed in high traffic areas. It provides effective odor control throughout the service week and in extreme summer conditions. It is available in multiple fragrances. 877/445-5511;

  Non-toxic restroom deodorizer

Portable restroom deodorizer from Porta Pro Chem Co. is non-toxic, non-allergenic and free from phosphates, formaldehyde, Dichlorobenzene, enzymes and heavy metals. It neutralizes odors by forming a non-volatile complex with the odorant. The chemistry safely bonds the odors in solution rather than chemically modifying them. It is environmentally safe and completely biodegradable. It is offered in full strength and economy concentrate, as well as ready-to-use. Many fragrance choices are available in totes, drums or pails. 888/673-5846;

  Portable restroom foam shield

St. George’s Foam Shield from Servant Products focuses on improving the conditions of the portable restroom holding tank. The foaming product stops backsplash, suppresses smell, keeps bugs out and improves the tank’s visual appeal. The product is biodegradable, safe to use and water efficient. 877/644-3626;

  All-natural deodorizers

Bio products from Safe-T-Fresh include liquid and powder packets in a variety of strengths, formulated with natural enzymes and biocides to reduce odors and break down waste naturally. There are seven strains of bacteria and enzymes in each product. Designed to work in normal temperatures to high heat, the active ingredients block the formation of odor-causing bacteria before they multiply. They also break down waste to prevent piling, a main contributor to odors in portable restrooms. Ingredients dissolve residual waste that collects on sidewalls and tubing in the tanks. 877/764-7297;

  Portable restroom deodorant

Potty Fresh Plus XL from Surco Products is a strong, non-formaldehyde restroom deodorant that provides effective odor control. In extreme conditions, including high heat and traffic areas, use 1 to 2 ounces (30-60 mL) per 5 gallons (19 L) of water. Popular fragrances include black cherry and bubble gum. 800/556-0111;

  Concentrated odor control

Exodor PT-50 Supreme from Walex Products is a concentrated odor control formula for extreme conditions, including heat and overuse. It utilizes the company’s WAVE 2 technology, and contains additives that break down paper and waste to reduce mounding and prevent scale build up. It also contains Everblue non-greening and non-staining color to keep tank contents dark blue throughout the service week. 800/338-3155;

  Time-released deodorizers

True-X Series Deodorizers from J&J Chemical are formulated with time-released ingredients that eliminate odors, mounding and scale as the waste load increases from start to finish. They are suitable for use year round. This powerful biodegradable, non-formaldehyde liquid is ideal for extreme conditions and heavy traffic, and is available in all of the company’s exclusive fragrances. 800/343-3303;

Pressure Washers/Cleaners

  Tank-cleaning machine

The EZ-8 tank-cleaning machine from Gamajet features a fluid-driven, versatile and durable design and is lightweight for easy handling and maneuverability. It can be customized to the customer’s needs, with options including directional nozzles for use in portable restroom tanks and vessels. It eliminates the need for confined-space entry, reducing time spent cleaning. It combines pressure and flow to create high-impact cleaning jets that deliver impingement force by rotating in a repeatable and reliable 360-degree pattern. It has a flow rate of 25 to 130 gpm and a pressure range of 20 to 1,000 psi. 877/426-2538;

  Electric direct-drive pressure washer

The Steam Jenny electric cold pressure washer from Jenny Products can be used in enclosed areas where gas-powered machines can’t be used. It is powered by a Marathon or Baldor electric motor, depending on the model, and ranges from 1.5 to 10 hp. It is available with either single-phase GFCI or three-phase power requirements. It has industrial-grade triplex ceramic plunger pumps, pressure ratings between 1,000 and 4,000 psi, and flow rates between 1.5 and 4.8 gpm. Features include a seven-gauge steel chassis, heavy-duty unloader valve, safety relief valve, thermal relief valve and high-capacity inlet in-line water strainer. It also comes with an insulated trigger gun, a 50-foot hose with quick coupling and a series of 0- to 40-degree-angle color-coded nozzles. 814/445-3400;

  Truck-mounted spray system

The truck-mounted Pathfinders spray system from Satellite Industries has been proven to reduce mold and bacteria by 86 percent over traditional cleaning methods. Using the system to apply a hospital-grade disinfectant manufactured by ECOLAB is a safe way to instantly kill mold and bacteria, especially in hard-to-reach places such as between the tank and walls. In addition, the disinfectant removes rust and calcium deposits, and leaves a shiny residue that brightens the restroom and resists graffiti and dust. 800/328-3332;

  Trailer pressure washer

The TRS-2500 trailer pressure washer from Shark Pressure Washers & Jetters delivers up to 3,500 psi and 200-degree water. It is ideal for cleaning in the field where a water supply is not always available. Features include a high-density, 200-gallon white polyethylene water tank, 4.7 gpm pressure washer skid with electric start and generator, high- and low-pressure hose reels, two saddle boxes and a rock guard. The unit’s cool bypass allows extended run times by circulating water back through the tank. It has a 39-inch tongue with swing-away hinge for easy storage. 800/771-1881;

  Cold-water pressure washer

The 4,200-psi cold-water pressure washer from Water Cannon features a Honda GX 390 electric start engine with a low oil shutdown mechanism to ensure it never runs without proper lubrication. It also features a thermo-sensor to prevent pump overheating. It is constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, and has two 10-inch oversized pneumatic tires, two dual-padded shock-absorbing feet, a mesh stainless steel inlet water filter, an adjustable pressure throttle and a 3/4-inch cold-rolled steel axle. It comes complete with a belt drive RK Series AR triplex plunger pump, or can be upgraded to an HP Series General or the 5CP Series CAT triplex plunger pump. 800/333-9274;

Graffiti Removers

  Spray-on graffiti remover

Wipe Out graffiti remover from Chempace Corporation removes marker, paint, pen and pencil marks from all types of surfaces. It can dissolve difficult soils such as grease and tar easily. Apply on the desired area, let it stand a few moments, and wash, wipe or hose off. 800/423-5350;

  Water-based graffiti remover

Certified Graffiti Remover from Nilodor Deep Blue is a ready-to-use water-based paint and ink remover that safely breaks down the bond between paint and the surface. With a few simple steps, unwanted graffiti is easily removed from both hard and carpeted surfaces without harsh chemicals and toxins. It is nonflammable, biodegradable, and can be used on brick and tile, concrete, stucco, aluminum, fiberglass, plastic, formica, plexiglass, stainless steel, metal, stone and rock. This formula will remove acrylic, primer, oil and water-based enamel, permanent markers, lacquers, aerosol spray paint and sealants. 800/443-4321;


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