4 Things No One Tells You About Porta Potties

You probably think you know everything there is to know about porta potties. I mean, what’s there to know? They’re functional boxy-looking units that you can find at special events and parks that get the job done and sometimes smell sort of funky, right? Wrong!

There’s so much more to know about portable toilets – things that will dispel a lot of the myths you’ve heard and might really blow you away! So let’s get started…

  1. They’re Not All the Same
  2. First of all, portable toilets aren’t all the same. Sure, everyone has seen the standard portable toilet units that are frequently lined up at street fairs, community races, and other special events, but those are just the basic models. There are also ADA-compliant units that have giant roomy interiors, big enough for a wheelchair or double stroller to comfortably maneuver inside. Then there are elite units that are basically like standard units with pizzazz. They come complete with a foot pump activated flushing toilet, interior fresh water sink, hand soap and paper towels. They also have a few extras like a coat hook, small shelf, and mirror. These are great for weddings and parties!

    To take things one step further, there are also luxury restroom trailers, which you really have to see to believe! These offer flushable toilets, sinks with hot and cold running water, climate controlled interiors, and fancy decorative accents. Check out the different luxury restroom units that are offered across Michigan!

  3. They’re Actually Quite Sanitary
  4. Every portable toilet unit comes with either a hand sanitizer pump or a sink with hand soap. Luxury portable toilets all come with sinks, hand soap, and spacious countertops to rest your belongings while you wash your hands. At big events you’ll also typically see standalone hand sanitizer stations or handwashing stations to allow more people to use the portable toilets faster and give people the option to just wash their hands without having to wait in line and go into the bathroom unit itself. These ate just another option to ensure that everyone will remain as sanitary as possible, which is very important at events where food will be served and consumed.

  5. You Can’t Have Too Many
  6. No one has ever gone to an event and said “You know, that was a really fun day. The only problem was that there were just too many portable toilets available to use!” However, the opposite is definitely true. You’ll hear people talking about going to the county fair, a music festival, marathon, street festival, circus, or some other great event and say that they had a great time but the liens to use the bathroom were really long or they had to walk really far to find a bathroom. Having too few bathrooms is a surefire way to make people unhappy and cause them to question whether or not they want to stick around or return in subsequent years. For this reason, we tell anyone that asks us for a quote that you just simply can’t have too many portable toilets! This is especially true when it comes to our luxury restrooms, because they’re such a novelty, that people really want to use them! In fact, we’ve seen people stand in long lines to use them when there are available porta johns nearby because they prefer the experience of using a fancy bathroom!

  7. They Can Get People Talking
  8. It may surprise you to hear this, but luxury restroom trailers can really get people talking! Seriously. We’ve had repeat customers rent restroom trailers from us and they tell us that the guests at their events raved about the bathrooms before even mentioning the food or festivities. The reason is simple – people just don’t expect to find such luxury in a portable restroom so it’s a novelty. The amenities make people feel like they’re in a hotel or restaurant bathroom, and that’s something that they really appreciate when at an outdoor event (especially if it’s really hot outside).

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

The Top 10 Nautical Wedding Ideas for Brides

Outdoor weddings are more popular than ever before, especially across the state of Michigan. Michigan’s beautiful lakefront locations provide an awe-inspiring backdrop for weddings that guests are sure to love! And with summer here, nautical themed weddings are one of the hottest trends among wedding planners and brides-to-be. If you’re planning a nautical inspired wedding, here are our top picks:

  1. Sailing Knot Accents
  2. Using a sailing knot is an irresistible way to incorporate a nautical theme into your wedding because it’s both sea-worthy and also alludes to the “tying the knot” idea that’s so quintessentially wedding-like. Having sailor’s knot napkin rings, corsages, or bouquet ties is an elegant way to use this feature at your wedding.

  3. Blue Striped Linens
  4. Blue striped table runners, napkins, or chair covers help bring the idea of water and waves into your wedding in a way that’s decidedly classy. Don’t overdo it though! Too many stripes can cause the look to become too busy.

  5. Life Preserver Picture Prop
  6. A wedding photographer favorite for nautical weddings is to have a life preserver painted with “Just Married” or the date or couple’s names to use a photo prop. The newlyweds can hold this for shots and the prints make great keepsakes for family and friends later on as thank you cards or framed pictures.

  7. Message in a Bottle Guest Activity
  8. Many couples have guests write notes of congratulations to the newlyweds or sign a guest book, but this tradition isn’t the most creative idea. Instead, for your nautical themed wedding, why not have guests write a message in a bottle to the newlyweds? You can bet that you’re more likely to keep a beautiful glass bottle out on display in your home after the wedding than a guest book!

  9. Captain’s Wheel Centerpieces
  10. Bringing wood accents into your wedding theme is a great way to make it feel earthier and more rustic. One way to do this is to incorporate a captain’s wheel into your décor. Instead of traditional center pieces, you could always use smaller wooden captain’s wheel replicas and accent them with shells or other water-inspired trinkets.

  11. Blue and White Floral Pieces
  12. Having subtler elements in your wedding help to accentuate the nautical theme without making it too overbearing. This is where crisp clean blue and white flowers come into play! There are a variety of white and deep blue flowers that you can choose from to give your wedding the exact look that you want and ensure that it’s unique. Your florist can make recommendations about which species and which hues will best accent your other items.

  13. Glass Floats as Decorations
  14. Glass floats were the original buoys before the bright orange plastic ones that are used today came into production. Some of them still remain and these beautiful hand-made pieces serve as great decorations for your head table, cake table, and anywhere else that you want to bring some vintage nautical charm.

  15. Driftwood Place Cards and Signage
  16. Driftwood and sea glass are great ways to bring in pieces that are actually part of the sea for a more authentic nautical feel. Driftwood comes in many sizes and is very versatile. This makes it the perfect material to use as place cards, wedding direction signs, and so on.

  17. Anchor Print
  18. No nautical wedding would be complete without some anchor print! Whether it’s on shoes, tux vests, favors, the cake, or anywhere else, the anchor print is sure to clue guests in that your wedding has a nautical theme. Just like the striped linens though, don’t overdo it! From afar anchor print looks like polka dots and you don’t want guests getting overwhelmed.

  19. Waterside Venue
  20. This should be really obvious, but it doesn’t get mentioned enough – having your wedding by the water is the best way to go nautical. In Michigan there are tons of lakeside wedding venues to choose from! Whether you want your wedding on the banks of one of the Great Lakes, or alongside a small secluded lake, having a waterfront wedding is breathtaking at all hours of the day!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote for your wedding today!

5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Luxury Restroom Trailers

So you’ve heard about luxury portable restrooms, but you still have a lot of questions. Are they really “luxurious”? Are they worth the added cost to rent? How many will you need? Will they suit your event better than a traditional portable toilet? Will your guests be impressed? What should you expect when they’re delivered? We’re here to break down why you’ll love luxury restroom trailers! Here are the top 5 reasons that you won’t go back to regular porta potties after renting luxury portable toilets:

Popular Amenities

The main reasons why people don’t like porta johns is because they consider them “gross” or “smelly” or “unhygienic.” Many of those assumptions are actually unfounded, but that’s a different topic for a different day. When it comes to luxury restroom trailers you won’t hear any of those same remarks. Why? Because they have all of the same functionality and features as a regular indoor restroom. The popular amenities that they boast include:

  • Flushable toilets
  • Sinks with running water
  • Hand soap
  • Lights
  • Climate controlled interiors

These key differences make people feel right at home, which is the number one reason to love luxury bathroom trailers!

Elegant Finishes

On top of the great functionality that these trailers offer, they also have a lot of added finishes that make them feel elegant and luxurious. Some of the finishes that really help to put these luxury portable toilets over the top include:

  • Wooden cabinetry
  • Large glass mirrors
  • Accent rugs
  • Faux flowers/plants
  • Hanging wall art
  • Spacious countertops

These are the things that typically impress first time users the most, because they mimic the look of a residential master bathroom or hotel lobby bathroom. In fact, once you step foot inside one, you may forget that you’re even using a portable restroom!

Choice of Sizes

With trailers that range from 2-stall to 10-stall models, there are a variety of size options to choose from so that you don’t end up spending more than you need to for your event. This is one aspect that people really appreciate when it comes to renting portable toilets because unlike traditional porta potty units, you don’t have to decide on a set number of units. This means that you won’t have to stress and worry over whether you can get away with 3 units or whether you should rent 4 to be on the safe side. Instead, you can just select the appropriate trailer size for the number of guests that will be using them and the duration of your event! (For more information on which event restroom trailer will best suit your needs, contact us today!)

Aesthetic Appeal

Restroom trailers look really nice parked at any type of event, which is the reason why these luxury restrooms are the #1 choice for weddings and black tie events. Unlike a bank of porta potties that draws attention to itself, luxury restroom trailers are more subtle. They blend into their surroundings better and have classy-looking exteriors that mimic the look of a camper or food vending truck. Depending on the model that you choose, the exterior will either be a clean white or shiny silver metal, rather than the bright orange, green, or blue that’s typical for a porta potty.


No matter which type of portable toilet you rent, if Kerkstra provides it, we guarantee that it will be clean and well-maintained. However, your guests may feel cleaner using a restroom trailer over a standard portable toilet because they have access to an actual sink rather than just a hand sanitizer dispenser. Both get your hands clean all the same, but some guests really prefer to wash their hands rather than just sanitize them. If this is an important distinction to you, you can always rent a standalone hand washing station to accompany any portable toilet rental. But with luxury restroom trailers, that feature is automatically built in!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!