Waterless urinals do not take longer to clean than traditional urinals, but they do need to be cleaned with specific chemicals. Waterless urinals usually have a polished, liquid-repellant bowl surface to aid the drainage of urine and to prevent bacterial buildup by keeping the urinal dry. So, using harsh cleansers should not be used as they can harm the surface as well as the unit’s trap cylinder.

Some manufacturers produce cleaners specifically for these units. With no metal surfaces to clean, no water mineral deposits and no scrubbing, these fixtures can be easily and quickly cleaned. Maintenance-wise, cleaning personnel do, however need to make sure liquid sealant is replenished when needed, and that the trap cylinder is changed regularly.