Take a Virtual Tour of a Porta Potty

Unlike wedding venues or apartments, portable toilets aren’t usually something that people want to tour. Get the nitty gritty on porta potties from the comfort of your home by visiting our portable toilets video online to learn more.

Here’s what you’ll learn from our quick video:

Components

Standard porta potty units contain the basics needed to get the job done – a toilet, urinal, hand sanitizer pump, and latching door that indicates whether the unit is in use.

Elite units add additional features like a shelf, coat hook, small sink, and flushable toilet. Users typically appreciate that waste is disposed of discretely in the toilet instead of sitting in a pool of blue water for the next user to see. These additional components take these units one step closer to a traditional indoor bathroom.

However, elite porta potties still don’t stack up to portable restroom trailer units, that boast a wide array of amenities to make users feel like they’re at home. For a true luxury bathroom experience, check out our gallery of images and take a virtual tour of 2-stall to 10-stall portable bathroom options.

Cleanliness

All our portable toilet units are cleaned regularly to keep them in peak condition. The tanks are pumped out and refilled with odor-controlling, sanitizing liquid at regular intervals (or after the event that they were rented for has ended). The interior of the unit is washed down from top to bottom as well to keep all surfaces clean for users. Finally, all supplies (hand sanitizer, paper towels, etc.) are restocked. The result is a porta potty that is ready to be rented out again.

Quality Service and Dependability

We are passionate about toilets!
That may sound strange, but we love filling a vital need at special events and in the local community. Whether it’s renting a porta potty for a wedding, servicing porta potties at parks, or delivering porta potties to local festivals and sports events, we get to be a part of your outdoor fun.
Our passion for our work shows through in our commitment to providing well-maintained units at a reasonable price. We are dependable professionals that will provide quality service to make your event great!

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!

How to Avoid a Summer Block Party Disaster

Block parties are the hallmark of the summer season. There’s no better way to get friends and neighbors together to enjoy the sticky summer nights than having a block party. However, not planning appropriately can result in a serious party foul. If you want to plan the kind of get together that people will be talking about for months and years to come, don’t forget to plan for these essentials:

Parking

Unless everyone will be walking or biking, you’ll need to plan for parking to avoid annoying neighbors or causing a traffic jam. There’s nothing worse than angering the people you need to see every day, which means that you need to figure out a place for your guests to park that won’t interfere with your neighbors’ ability to get in and out of their homes quickly.

Additionally, local ordinances may govern where or how long people can park on your street. Violating these can be more serious – resulting in tickets, fines, and even having cars towed.

If you can accommodate lawn parking, an easy idea is just to have guests park on your grass, otherwise you’ll need to secure some parking nearby your house. Asking neighbors to lend their driveways or approaching local businesses can generate additional parking spaces. If you have a park or other public area near your home, you can always ask guests to park there and then just shuttle them back and forth.

Food

Block parties tend to attract lots of people, even some that weren’t invited. You don’t want to run out of food when neighbors and other acquaintances start dropping by unexpectedly. Ensure that you have enough food for everyone by making or ordering extras of everything. If you have lots leftovers, you can always offer to-go bags to guests as they leave.

Don’t supply food that’s perishable if it’s going to be sitting out all day. Dishes with mayonnaise or eggs can go bad quickly in the hot summer sun. Plan to replenish meat quickly from other containers that are being kept at appropriate temperatures inside so that guests aren’t served old food. Also follow proper food handling protocols to avoid contaminating cooked food with raw food. These precautions will help you to avoid foodborne illness.

Bathrooms

Assuming that guests can just use your home bathroom is the biggest mistake that people make when having an outdoor party. Asking people to come inside brings in messes that could otherwise be kept outside. Additionally, regular home bathrooms can’t accommodate enough people to avoid lines, which means that people will end up waiting around inside your home – missing out on the party and congesting areas where food prep is being done.

Instead, provide portable restrooms to keep the party going strong outdoors and minimize mess inside. You can choose from typical portable bathroom units or luxury restroom trailers depending on what fits your party best. Restroom trailers are sure to impress guests with their amenities and can typically be run off of standard water and electrical hookups.

Entertainment

Whether you’re planning to have water fun, a bonfire, a live band, sports, tailgating activities, or some other form of entertainment, ensure that there’s something for everyone. People will be more likely to stick around if there’s something for them to enjoy regardless of their preferences. This means offering fun stuff for people of all ages throughout the day. Staggering entertainment is a great way to have interesting things going on no matter when someone arrives and leaves so that people don’t miss out on “the big event.”

Consider the weather when planning entertainment and have a contingency plan in case it rains or is hotter/colder than imagined. Things like tents can serve multiple functions, protecting guests from rain and also direct sunlight on those blazing hot days.

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!

Portable Toilets and Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Avoiding the Yuck

Talk to any parent and they’ll tell you they dread using a porta potty with their kids. They worry that the portable toilets aren’t clean. They’re afraid of what their kids may touch inside. And they may have some horror stories from previous experiences to share.

However, summertime activities often leave no choice but to either use a portable toilet with your kids or ask them to hold it. (And we all know how well that usually works out!)
So, if the thought of taking Junior to do his business in a porta john makes you squirm, we’ve put together a resource to take the anxiety out of the process!

Portable Toilets

 

Floor

Porta potties are actually much cleaner than you might imagine. Units that are rented for short-term events are cleaned thoroughly from top to bottom between each rental and permanent units (like those at a park) are serviced regularly to uphold hygiene standards.

Surprisingly enough, the dirtiest area of a porta potty may be the floor. Depending on what users have on their shoes when they enter, this can be the biggest source of yuck. In more rugged areas like on trail heads, people can track in things like mud and animal feces, making this a key area to avoid having your kids touch while using the potty. For many parents, keeping their kids off the floor of the unit is easy enough because there just isn’t a ton of space for kids to sit down there.

So, rest assured that proper use of a porta potty already eliminates much of the potential for coming into contact with something gross.

Toilet Seats

If people use the potty correctly and clean up after themselves properly, the toilet seat should stay fairly clean. However, since porta potties don’t have interior lighting, it’s possible that someone could make a mess at night and not realize it. For this reason, it’s a good idea to use some paper to line the toilet seat before having kids sit down. You don’t need to use a huge amount of paper – just enough to make a thin barrier. This protects their bottoms and hands. Holding their hands while they use the toilet is a good way to keep them from touching anything else (like the urinal) while they’re there.

Blue Chemicals

Obviously, it goes without saying that you should never touch the blue chemicals inside the porta potty’s holding tank. Most children understand that and won’t attempt to do so, but it never hurts to mention it again. The biggest problem parents report is that children sometimes try to drop things into the tank (especially those oh so tempting newly refilled tanks). The risk here is that the blue liquid can splash out if something other than waste is dropped inside. The tanks are only intended to hold waste and paper, which is lightweight, so normal use won’t cause splashing.
To keep kids from accidentally dropping something inside, remove (or secure) all accessories and put away toys before letting kids use a porta potty. This means taking off sunglasses, hats, purses, play jewelry, and anything else that could fall off your child before letting him/her go to the bathroom.

Hand Sanitizer

Using the provided hand sanitizer is the best way to keep yourself and your kids hygienic while using a portable toilet. It’s there for a reason – just use it!

The best way to apply the hand sanitizer is to open the door and then get a squirt of sanitizer so that you can rub it on your hands immediately after exiting the unit. This ensures your hands are clean even after touching the door in case someone before you opted to skip the sanitizer step and touched the door with dirty hands.

Tips for Keeping Kids Clean in the Summer

Remember, portable toilets are certainly not the only source of yuck your kids will encounter this summer outdoors.
Here are some other great mess-reducing tips:

  • Bring your own hand sanitizer in your purse, diaper bag, or pocket anywhere you go
  • Opt for snacks that won’t melt (i.e. chocolate) and cause a mess
  • Choose water over sugary drinks to minimize messes and keep kids hydrated and healthy
  • Keep shoes or sandals (closed-toed are the best) on kids to protect feet and keep them clean
  • Stock up on wipes to help clean sticky messes
  • Use cupcake wrappers or paper cups with holes poked in to keep hands clean while eating popsicles
  • Keep a spare towel in the car
  • Bring a spare change of clothes in case kids have an accident

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!