Portable Toilet Myths and Misconceptions

If there’s one thing we know in the porta potty business it’s that portable toilet myths run rampant!

Simply put, if you ask people what they think about portable toilets, they’re probably not going to say anything nice. The reason for this is that most of us have had bad experiences with portable toilets. These past experiences have colored our perception of them and left us with a lot of misconceptions. Furthermore, some people just have myths formed because they haven’t been to many events with portable toilets. Or maybe they’ve never used a luxury portable restroom trailer. Well, we’re ready to set the record straight!

Here are the 10 most common portable toilet myths we’ve heard over the years:

  • Not Clean

Dirty porta potties usually result from poor maintenance or overuse. Neither scenario is desirable! We always deliver portable toilet units clean and in proper working order. Then, when we service them, we do so thoroughly to create a positive experience. In fact, our portable restrooms are the nicest and cleanest in the industry. We take pride in power washing each unit inside and out before sending them out again. This is why you can be sure that any portable toilet rentals from us will reflect positively on your event!

  • Ugly

A bank of porta potties is an iconic look. It’s something everyone has certainly seen before. This look is fine for events where aesthetics aren’t as important as functionality. However, for events like weddings, black tie events and fundraisers, luxury restrooms are preferred. We do lots of business for these types of events with our luxury restroom trailers. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you don’t like the look of a typical porta potty, there are plenty of other options available! Don’t let portable toilet myths about aesthetics deter you from renting.

  • Smelly and Gross

Traditional portable toilets just have holding tanks below the toilet where waste is visible, which can be unsightly and unpleasant for some people. Luxury portable restrooms, however, have flushing toilets which reduces is much more pleasing to people that find fault with traditional units. If this is a concern, there are plenty of options to choose from –there are standalone porta potties (like the Elite Unit) and also restroom trailers that come with flushable toilets.

  • Can’t Wash Your Hands

Not being able to wash your hands after using the restroom used to be a concern with porta potties, but these days there are tons of ways to keep your event sanitary. Porta johns come standard with hand sanitizer pumps mounted on the walls inside and can be supplemented by renting additional hand sanitizer stations to encourage people to keep their hands clean after using the restroom.

Additionally, hand washing stations can be rented to go along with portable toilet rentals. These allow people to leave the units and wash their hands with soap before returning to the event. Some units even come with fresh water sinks built in to provide a more traditional restroom experience.

  • Not Fit for Classy Events

As mentioned before, luxury portable toilets provide elegant solutions for fancier events – allowing event guests the sophistication your executive event needs.

  • Restroom Trailers are Too Expensive for Small Events

There is not a certain size event where having porta potties makes sense over having a restroom trailer. Restroom trailers are meant for events of all sizes and really come down to what your preference is for the event.

  • Luxury Portable Toilets are Really Just Handicapped Units

Luxury portable toilets like the Elite Unit are larger than typical units, which is probably where this myth got started. However, these portable toilets have added features inside that make them great for parties – like mirrors, shelves, coat hooks, and a fresh water sink with soap and a hand towel.

  • Restroom Trailers are Basically Small RVs

People hear “bathroom trailer” and assume that portable restrooms are basically like RVs, which deters them because they don’t want to take up too much space at their event or overspend from their event budget. However, restroom trailers are really just that – restrooms that are on portable trailers so they can be delivered to your outdoor venue. See for yourself!

  • For Fun Events Only

Sure, portable toilets make appearances at lots of fun events like concerts, weddings and festivals; however, portable toilets are also needed for more regular applications like on construction job sites and in agricultural operations. We have portable toilet units geared toward these specific applications!

  • Only Need 1 or 2

The number of portable toilet units that you need is contingent upon how the number of people attending and the duration of the event. Use our handy event planning tool to determine how many portable toilets you’ll need!

Kerkstra Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury portable restroom trailers to states surrounding the Great lakes. Request a quote today!