How do you clean a portable sink?

How Do You Clean a Portable Sink?

Posted by | 05-06-2023


Portable sinks are an ideal solution for those who don’t have access to plumbing. These sinks are self-contained units that can be easily moved from one location to another. They come in various sizes and styles, so you can find one that fits your needs. Portable sinks typically require no installation and they come with their own water supply, making them an easy and convenient solution for those without access to plumbing. Portable sinks are a great way to provide running water in places that don’t have access to plumbing. They are often used in outdoor settings, such as camping sites, farmer’s markets, construction sites, and festivals. While they are convenient, they do require regular cleaning and maintenance to keep them in good working order. Here’s a guide on how to properly clean a portable sink.

Cleaning Supplies for use on your Portable Sink

The first step in cleaning a portable sink is to gather the necessary supplies. You’ll need a bucket, a sponge, a scrub brush, a cleaning solution, and a sanitizing solution. For the cleaning solution, you can use a mild dish soap or a specialized cleaning product designed for stainless steel or portable sinks. For the sanitizing solution, you can use a chlorine bleach solution or a specialized sanitizing product. It is recommended to dilute the solution per your selected product’s instructions and spot test the solution on your portable sink to ensure it doesn’t damage the stainless steel surface.

Cleaning your Portable Sink

Once you have all the supplies, it’s time to start cleaning the sink. Start by filling the bucket with warm water and a few drops of the cleaning solution. Dip the sponge or scrub brush into the solution and use it to scrub the inside and outside of the portable sink. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. Once you’ve scrubbed the sink, rinse it off with clean water. You should rinse soapy, hot water down the portable sink drain to clean the drain line and waste water container. Open the portable sink valve to drain the waste water.

Sanitizing your Portable Sink

The next step is to sanitize the sink. Fill the bucket with warm water and add the sanitizing solution. Dip the sponge or scrub brush into the solution and use it to scrub the inside and outside of the portable sink. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. Once you’ve scrubbed the portable sink, rinse it off with clean water. Pay special attention to the high touch points of your portable sink - faucet handles, soap dispenser nozzle, door handle, etc.

Drying your Portable Sink

The final step is to dry the portable sink. You can use a clean cloth or paper towels to dry your portable sink, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. Once the sink is dry, it’s ready to be used again.

Ancaster’s KEEP SAFE Portable Sinks

Following these steps will help keep your portable sink clean and sanitary. Remember to clean and sanitize your portable sink regularly to ensure it stays in good working order. With proper care and maintenance, your portable sink will provide you with years of reliable service. Please contact Ancaster Food Equipment for any more questions regarding your portable sink with hot water.


Ancaster’s KEEP SAFE portable sink lineup has the largest water tanks in the business allowing you to operate the sink for much longer before filling or emptying the water tanks. The ETL listed portable sinks are constructed with durable and sanitary commercial grade 304 stainless steel to protect your investment for years to come. Many schools, restaurants, food trucks, daycares, construction sites and hospitals have opted to use the KEEP SAFE lineup of portable sinks with hot water due to the heavy duty construction, ease of use and hot water functionality. Contact Ancaster Food Equipment today!

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