5 Things Every Portable Restroom Supplier Should Provide

If you’re planning an event, you’re likely evaluating different portable restroom suppliers, but are you comparing the right features? Most people just look at price and assume that the other details are basically the same. However, this is a big mistake!

Restroom services can vary widely based on the provider, so you need to know what to look for! Otherwise, you can end up spending more money later or having your event ruined when the units you rent fail to live up to expectations.
These are the top 5 things that every portable toilet supplier should provide for your event:

  • Quality Service

Before you book anything, you should have a positive experience with the toilet supplier you’re using. Everyone you deal with should be friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. If they can’t give you a straight answer to your questions, or help you determine exactly what you need for your event, you should look elsewhere. The company you choose should also have enough experience with similar events that they can consult on what will work best, possibly even suggesting different options (like luxury restroom trailers) that you may not have considered.

  • High Quality Units

The toilet units themselves should match the expectations that the portable restroom supplier has set, which means that they should be well-maintained and arrive clean. If the units that you’re going to rent look old or beat up, it’s likely that the company that owns them hasn’t taken proper care of them (which can be indicative of their overall business practices). The units should all arrive stocked with sanitary fluid in the tank, toilet paper on the roll, and hand sanitizer in the pumps. Missing any of these key essentials or having dirty interiors indicates that the supplier didn’t take the time to properly clean them after the last rental.

  • Proper Placement

At the event, the restroom units should be placed out of the way so that they don’t attract too much attention. You want them to be conveniently placed, but not the start of the event. They should be readily accessible to attendees (this is especially true of ADA compliant units). Toilets should be placed on dry, level ground as well to avoid tipping over.

  • Clean Units

After every rental, toilet units must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Without a proper cleaning, messes and smells can linger, creating an unpleasant experience for users. This requires using the right products to get the job done effectively.

  • Expertise

Don’t choose a fly-by-night company! Trust your event to a team of experienced professionals. Companies that specialize in rented restrooms instead of offering it on the side are more dependable and have better equipment to choose from for your event. Rely on a supplier with a longstanding reputation for excellence instead of one that just offers the lowest price to ensure that your event will go off without a hitch.

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!

DIY Winter Wedding Centerpieces

Winter weddings provide the backdrop for some of the most romantic nuptials and elegant celebrations of any time of the year. Capture the magic of the season in your big day with your own easy (and inexpensive) winter-themed centerpieces. Going DIY allows you to put your own stamp on your wedding reception while saving money. And, if you’re naturally creative, you’ll probably have a lot of fun doing it as well! (If you’re not that creative or crafty, you can always recruit family and friends to help!)

Here are some of the best centerpiece ideas we’ve seen at winter weddings in years past:

Candles

Nothing captures the romance of the season by bringing candlelight into your celebration. We’ve seen couples integrate candles in the marriage ceremony, during the cocktail hour, and at the reception as well. The great part about using candles is that they’re affordable when bought in bulk and can be used basically anywhere.

Whether you choose to use pillar candles, tealights, or a combination of the two, you can place candles on gift tables, the cake table, the head table, and guest tables. An assortment of candle heights and colors is a simple way to create beautiful centerpieces on your tables. It also sets the mood by creating a soft ambiance if you keep the rest of the lighting low.

A word of caution though, check with your wedding venue to ensure that they’ll let you use real candles. Some venues don’t allow open flames because their insurance policy prohibits it. In these cases, you can buy or rent flameless candles. If you plan far enough in advance, you can even order LED candles that are customized with the date and the couple’s name and then let guests take them home as favors. That checks two items off your to-do list!

Branches

Using vases with decorative branches is a neat way to bring the feeling of nature into your wedding reception while keeping it elegant. You can either use artificial branches or get some real branches and spray paint them to match your wedding colors.

Branches create statement pieces that will immediately draw attention and delight guests. These tall centerpiece ideas are a good way to add height and dimension to your celebration without preventing guests from being able to see each other on opposite sides of the table.

Metallic and Sparkles

Metallic colors, and sparkles are a more feminine touch, but they add a lot of shimmer to any wedding. You can choose to use shades of silver, gold, or bronze exclusively, or combine them to create a lavish look across your entire venue. Depending on the size of your venue and the hues you choose, you may want to offset them with some candlelight or floral elements to balance the boldness of your metallic accents.

Icy Accents

Bringing in ice sculptures often isn’t practical from a budget standpoint, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create the striking look of ice for less. Using icy accents like translucent glass centerpieces or silver-blue ribbon to adorn your tables is a great way to create an icy look on a budget. Additionally, using water gives the illusion of ice and is easy to set up and clean up. If you want to combine effects, you can always fill elegant glass containers with water and light floating candles on top. If candles aren’t your thing, you can float other items like cranberries, pinecones, or colored beads.

Repurposed Holiday Decorations

The winter is best known for the holidays like Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year’s, which makes using holiday decorations an obvious choice for your wedding. Repurpose decorations by using them in unexpected ways like stacking them in pyramid shapes, attaching them to rustic barn wood, or using them functionally on tables. We’ve seen creative ideas like using Christmas ornament hooks as napkin holders with little baubles attached to them and filling champagne glasses with tinsel. The sky’s the limit when it comes to repurposing your favorite holiday decorations!

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!

Saying Hello to our Favorite Outdoor Fall Events

Goodbye summer, hello fall!

It seems like just yesterday that we were kicking off our busy summer season with weddings, community races, parties by the lake, and those outdoor food and craft beer festivals that Michiganders love so much! But the summer has flown by and now we’re headed into autumn at record pace. Don’t let that get you down though! The fall has some of our favorite outdoor events.

Apple Picking and Cider Making

There’s nothing better in the fall than picking your own apples and making some fresh cider. When you bring the family to your local orchard, expect to see portable restrooms there for your convenience and sanitary use. Many farms rent portable toilets to supplement the bathrooms that they have on site in their gift barns or elsewhere on the premises. Farms with large u-pick businesses may have portable restrooms spread out across their orchards to give guests plenty of options when they need to use the bathroom. (In fact, some of the bigger farms may even be featuring luxury restroom trailers to wow guests. Either way though, apple picking is an awesome way to spend a nice Saturday outdoors!

Foliage Festivals

Fall is all about the colorful foliage! Many small towns across the state will have autumn kickoff parties where they celebrate the foliage as well as the tastes of fall. Often, local businesses will be included so that they can showcase their offerings during the change of seasons to encourage local purchases. Our favorite fall festivals typically include chili cook offs and bonfires, but that’s just our personal preference!

Game Day Tailgating

Football season means tailgating season! Good food and plenty of bathrooms makes game day tailgating an awesome way to spend a Saturday or Sunday with friends and family as you cheer on your favorite team. If you’re going to charge for your tailgate, you want to make sure to have plenty of upscale amenities like luxury portable restrooms to wow everyone you invite. If you bring in a restroom trailer, you’ll solidify your position as the supreme tailgate master! In fact, we guarantee that it will be something that people will talk about for the rest of the season!

Outdoor Music Concerts

Fun outdoor concerts don’t end when temperatures start to drop. Some of our favorite concerts happen in the fall, and bring with them the cozy feeling of bundling up with your closest friends to camp out and hear some great music. If you’re organizing a music festival, don’t forget the shower trailers in addition to the regular porta potties. (Just because it’s not hot our anymore, doesn’t mean that fans won’t end up stinky if you don’t give them a place to get clean over the weekend.)

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!

Event Planning – How Many Portable Toilets Will I Need?

The most common question we get in this business is “How many toilets will I need?”

We get asked this by regular people planning private events as well as seasoned event planning pros alike, so we wanted to take the opportunity to break it down for you.

Regardless of the size of your event, having enough bathrooms is crucial in ensuring that guests will be able to enjoy themselves. No one wants to have their guests waiting in long lines (or leaving) to use the bathroom! That’s why it’s so critical to get it right from the outset of your event!

(Trust us, you don’t want to be the guy calling frantically asking to have more porta potties delivered mid-event!)

Use Our Planning Chart

We have a helpful chart to help estimate how many units you’ll need for your event. It’s a grid that simply multiplies the number of hours for your event by the number guests expected. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect that one porta potty unit can service up to 50 guests for up to 3 hours. For events where the number of attendees is unknown, you should round your estimates up to prevent finding yourself in a situation where there aren’t enough bathrooms for all the families and individuals that show up.

Consult the Pros

Our planning chart provides an estimated number of units that you’ll need, but if you want a more customized recommendation based on the type of event and the geographic size of the event, you can always give us a call at 888-320-9992 and we’d be happy to help you out!

As professionals, we have many years of experience in the portable restroom business, which means that we know best when it comes to rental toilets. We know when to recommend luxury restroom trailers versus standard porta potties, and we have all of the add-ons that you’ll need to keep your event sanitary!

Scale Up or Down

If the event you’re planning has been held before, you can scale up or down based on your previous experience. Typically this means learning from past mistakes and getting more toilets and trailers than you’ve had in previous years to better accommodate guests.

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!