5 Ways to Save Money on Portable Toilets

Looking to rent portable toilets on a budget? Here are some tips to save money on your next portable restroom rental:

  • Rent Locally

Most people think that if they use a national portable restroom service that they’ll save money because big companies can offer better rates. However, this isn’t usually the case. Large national companies typically just book rentals and then sub-contract local companies to provide the units. The result is that renters pay more for the units because the national company marks up the local company’s rental prices so that they can make a profit. That’s why it’s often less expensive to just rent from a local company directly.

  • Rent More

Volume discounts can help you save money on a per unit basis, especially when renting many of the same type of unit. This is most often the case when the truck needed to bring out portable toilets has extra capacity. Don’t be afraid to ask your portable toilet supplier if there are specific quantities that can be rented to reduce the per unit cost. This is a great way to be cost effective while minimizing lines at your event.

  • Rent Longer

Sometimes renting units for more time can substantially reduce the per day rate. This will depend on which (and how many) units are being rented, where they’re being delivered, how often they’ll need to be serviced, but keeping them longer may help provide additional value for your event.

  • Add High-Capacity Holding Tanks

Waste holding tanks can be added to increase portable toilet capacity, reducing how often they need to be emptied. Depending on the nature of your event, adding these onto existing rentals can be a smart way to reduce cost while still providing enough bathroom options for the duration of your event.

  • Shop Around

This may sound like an obvious tip, but comparison shopping is important when renting portable toilets. Keep in mind though while you shop around that you shouldn’t just be looking for the cheapest solution. Finding value is about getting the best solution for your needs at a reasonable price.

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!

Are Your Portable Toilet Rentals Well-Equipped?

Most people planning events just try to ensure that they’ll have enough portable toilets. But what they forget is that not all portable bathrooms are the same. Some serve basic needs without any frills, while others offer additional amenities to make people more comfortable while using them. So, when planning your next event, ask yourself if you’ve found the right restrooms.

Luxury portable restroom trailers are the most well-equipped portable bathrooms solutions available. Find out what makes them stand out:

  • Comfortable

Restroom trailers are a comfortable way to use the bathroom at outdoor events. They are a far cry from a standard porta potty and a world apart from just going behind a tree. With spacious, climate-controlled interiors, luxury portable toilets provide the best option for any event. Running hot/cold water allows for proper handwashing, bringing a level of sanitation that is typically missing from outdoor events. Lastly, restroom trailers have flushing toilets so that users don’t have to see anything left behind from other people.

  • Versatile

Luxury restrooms are also incredibly adaptable to different kinds of events. Everything from music festivals and sports competitions to camping and tailgating can benefit from a bathroom trailer. They are also great for families due to the added space and lighting, which help parents with children use the facilities safely. This versatility can’t be matched!

  • Impressive

While some events only require the functionality of standard bathrooms, others can benefit from fancier looking options. Luxury restroom trailers are better suited for weddings, black-tie charity events, and other extravagant functions. Aesthetically speaking, luxury restrooms are the best you can get! Additionally, they can go basically anywhere, bringing elegant comfort to even remote areas, which can’t always be said of other portable restroom options.

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!

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!

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!

5 Questions to Ask Portable Toilet Suppliers Before You Rent

Renting a portable toilet? You probably have a lot of questions related to the process!

Rest assured, we’ve heard it all before and we’ve compiled the key questions that you should find the answers to as a part of the research process. These are the most important questions to ask before committing to a portable toilet supplier:

  • Do You Service My Area?

There’s no point in wasting your time discussing logistics if the portable toilet company you’re talking to doesn’t serve your area. The first question you should ask is where the supplier provides rental units. It’s possible that a supplier may service your event even if it’s outside their usual area depending on how big the event is. In most cases, however, you’ll know right away whether the location of your event is a non-starter or if you should continue the conversation.

  • How Many Toilets Will I Need?

You can estimate how many toilets you’ll need using a planning chart, but talking to the experts will give you a firm number of units to plan on renting. A portable restroom supplier may provide a suggested range of toilets to rent for your event, but often they’ll give you a number on the nose.

  • What are My Rental Options?

Once you know how many units you need, a supplier can provide you various options. The most common units to rent are standard units, but you can also consider elite units and luxury trailers as well. These fancier units provide additional amenities for renters that want more elaborate offerings for their events.

  • How Much Will It Cost?

This is usually the first question people ask when renting portable toilets, but it really shouldn’t come up until the basics have been covered. Once you have the specifics regarding service area and number/type of units, you can start discussing numbers. Ensure that you’re comparing apples to apples if you’re researching different companies. Get rental quotes for the same types of units whenever possible as well as relevant information on volume discounts.

  • Do You Recommend Any Upgrades?

With the basics covered, inquire about upgrades. Many times, you can rent additional items like hand sanitizing or handwashing stations to supplement other rentals. For events without a set end-time, adding on high-capacity holding tanks prolongs the usable duration of the units, which makes them a popular add-on. Ask each supplier what else they recommend including in the rental to explore other options as well.

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!

7 Things that can Go Bad if You Choose the Wrong Toilet Supplier

If you’re renting toilets for an upcoming event, you might assume that all portable restroom suppliers are the same. After all, they’re just toilets, right? How much of a difference can there be?!

However, choosing the wrong portable restroom service can be a big mistake. You may be able to save a few bucks upfront by going with a company that no one has ever heard of, but beware, it can end up costing you a lot in the long-run!

Always opt for a professional company with lots of years in the industry to ensure that your event won’t be ruined by rental reservation mix-ups, poor-quality units, or other common issues.

Here are the top 7 things that can go bad if you choose the wrong portable restroom supplier:

  • Lost Rental Reservation

There’s nothing worse than planning a large event only to have a vendor fall through at the last moment, leaving you scrambling and ready to pull your hair out. You don’t want to plan the details of your event only to find out in the critical moments leading up to it that your portable toilet supplier has lost your rental reservation. If your event is over a holiday weekend (like Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.) or other popular time, you could be left without any other rental options, crippling your event.

Safeguard yourself against scheduling mix-ups by using a reputable portable restroom company that’s accustomed to handling large volumes of reservations during the busy spring/summer months.

  • Late Delivery

Missing the delivery window is another risk you run when using a fly-by-night toilet rental company. You don’t want your event to begin without bathrooms in place for guests to use from the start, nor do you want your event interrupted by a company delivering porta potties. (This can be both inconvenient and unsafe if you have a lot of attendees or if the event is being held in a small space.) Instead, choose a reliable provider that will get your units delivered and set up on time.

  • Dirty Units

Your event deserves the utmost respect, which means that any units you rent should be cleaned and ready to use upon delivery. The units themselves should also be in good condition and fully stocked with refillable items like toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

If possible, ask to see some sample units before renting and keep an eye out for any signs of disrepair. When porta johns and trailers arrive at your event, inspect them to make sure they’re in keeping with the quality you were promised.

  • The Wrong Units

With so many variations to the standard porta potty, it’s possible that the wrong units could be delivered to your event if your bathroom rental provider didn’t keep good notes regarding your rental details.

Ensure that you have the correct number of units overall as well as the right break down of Elite Units, handicapped accessible units, and restroom trailers. While it may just be a matter of preference at private events, public events may require a certain percentage of bathrooms be ADA-compliant or family-friendly.

  • Missing Add-Ons

Like missing the right kinds of units is the disappointment that results from missing the add-ons you were expecting. If you were renting hand washing stations, hand sanitizer units, or extra capacity holding tanks, those should be delivered dependably along with the porta toilet units you’ve reserved. While missing these isn’t as critical as missing the toilets themselves, not having these add-ons when you were counting on them can throw your event plans off.

  • Poor Placement

Some portable toilet providers will just deliver units wherever is convenient for them to unload them. This may mean that the units aren’t spread out appropriately over the event area, conveniently located for guests, or that they don’t open in the right direction and allow enough room for easy accessibility.

Reputable providers, however, will take the time to analyze the event layout to determine where it’s best to place units. They’ll take your guests’ needs into consideration to find a great location that maximizes accessibility while keeping them from being too obtrusive.

  • Unfriendly Service

Just because they’re in the waste business doesn’t mean that your portable toilet supplier should have a crappy attitude! Using the right company will ensure that you receive quality service with a smile. Just like any other service provider, your restroom provider should work hard to make you happy and earn your repeat business.

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!

An Introduction to Porta Potty Options

Need a portable restroom? You’ve come to the right place!

This introduction will help you discern the differences between various porta potty options to help you find the right unit(s) for your event.

These are the options you have when renting portable toilets:

    • Standard Units

A standard porta potty (aka “porta john” or “port a potty”) is probably what you think of when someone uses the term “portable toilet.” These don’t really need much of an introduction because most people have used one at some point in their lives.

It’s a basic no-frills unit that includes a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer pump. It’s not climate controlled and doesn’t include any lights. Unfortunately, this can make it an uncomfortable choice depending on the season or time of day that you’re using it. On the flip side, it also makes it a very convenient choice for places like parks and trails where there isn’t a power supply to fuel it, but there is a need for a bathroom solution. Simply put, it gets the job done!

    • Handicapped Accessible Units

Handicapped accessible portable toilets are ADA-compliant, which means that they’re able to be used by individuals in wheelchairs. These are a popular choice for public events because not only do they expand accessibility, but they’re also more convenient for people to use with kids. In the same way that they can accommodate a wheelchair with their ground-level access and spacious interior, they can also accommodate a stroller.

Like a standard unit, they also typically include a non-flushable toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer pump. They are also considered a no-frills unit, but their roomy interiors make them more versatile than their smaller standard counterparts. For sporting events, handicapped accessible portable toilets allow enough room for athletes to change into and out of uniforms with all their gear.

    • Elite Units

An elite portable toilet is the next step up from a standard porta potty because it offers a flushable toilet and small sink with running water. The flushing mechanism isn’t the same as what you would find in your home bathroom (because that requires plumbing and power), but it pushes waste down so you don’t have to see it floating in blue liquid or sitting atop a mound like you do in a normal porta potty.

The sink is low-flow built-in that is a little bit reminiscent of what you would find on an airplane. But even though it doesn’t have rushing hot and cold water like your home sink, it’s still a step above using hand sanitizer because it’s accompanied by hand soap and paper towels for a more effective sanitizing option.

    • Restroom Trailers

Luxury restroom trailers are essentially the royal version of portable toilets! You’ll feel like a king or queen using them (and probably forget you’re attending an outdoor event as well).

These come equipped with climate-controlled interiors, flushing toilets, hot/cold running water, and fancy décor. They make use of wooden cabinetry, large mirrors, spacious countertops, recessed lighting, faux plants, hanging wall art, accent rugs, and other style accents to give the appearance of a swanky master bath or hotel bathroom. Depending on the unit, each stall may have a separate entrance from the outside or designated men’s and women’s sections that exit to the outside, which contain private stalls in each section.

Now that you’ve been briefed on your options when it comes to portable toilets, keep in mind that you can also rent hand washing stations, hand sanitizer stations, and high-capacity waste tanks to customize your rental solutions further.

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 Ultimate Porta Potty FAQ

You asked, and we’re answering! Here are some questions we’ve gotten asked recently:

  • Are they clean?

Obviously, this will depend on the provider. Some are less conscientious when it comes to cleaning units between events, but most providers are great at sanitizing units before they’re delivered so that they arrive in pristine condition.

Additionally, some events are dirtier or messier than others. You can use your imagination with this one on which types events are less clean, but we’ve seen it all!

Also, some event planners choose to have units delivered and left for the duration of the event without being serviced. Obviously, this can lead to units being less clean than events where units are regularly serviced. When being serviced, waste tanks will be emptied, cleaned top to bottom, and restocked.

 

  • Is using one sanitary?

Some people worry that using a portable toilet isn’t sanitary because there’s no sink to wash their hands. While some units do actually contain sinks (and some events make use of hand washing stations), all porta potties have hand sanitizer pumps mounted inside. For this reason, using them is sanitary because you can kill unwanted germs on your hands before exiting.

  • Where does the waste go?

Ultimately, the waste ends up at a waste treatment plant. However, before it gets there, it goes on a journey across city, county, and sometimes even state lines via septic truck. For more detailed information, check out our article Porta Potties Explained: Where Does the Waste Go?

  • Can a port a potty tip over?

Yes, they can. Will they? Probably not!

Portable toilet suppliers know where to place units so that they’ll be on firm level ground to guard against this danger. Furthermore, even if portable toilets are placed on slightly uneven or soft ground, regular use most likely won’t affect their stability. When porta johns tip over it’s usually because they’re being misused in some way.

  • How much does it cost to rent a portable toilet?

Rental costs will vary depending on which kinds of units you’re renting. Luxury restroom trailers and elite units will be more expensive than standard porta potties. However, you can often get a quantity discount if you rent many units or opt for add-ons such as hand washing stations or hand sanitizer banks.

  • What exactly is a luxury restroom trailer?

Check out this great article: “An Intro to Luxury Restroom Trailers”

And this one: “Renting a Luxury Restroom Trailer for the First Time”

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!

Porta Potties – Perception vs Reality

After being in the portable restroom business for as long as we have, we’ve heard all the misconceptions about porta potties imaginable. These are some of the most common perceptions we face… as well as the realities around them.

  • Cleanliness

The biggest myth regarding portable toilets is that they’re dirty and smelly. This perception usually results from a bad experience that someone had early in life and seems to be an unshakable belief.

Now, while we’re not saying that every porta john from every company will be squeaky clean, our portable toilets are well-maintained and impeccably cleaned before events (or at regular intervals for bathrooms that are permanent fixtures at parks and other outdoor venues). The result is a cleaner, better smelling portable toilet that you won’t be worried about using or letting your kids use. Every unit we rent is thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom by experienced staff. And every rental we contract is treated with the same attention to detail, whether you’re renting two units for a single-day neighborhood party or 100 units for a weekend-long community festival.

  • Amenities

Most people assume that portable toilets just have the basics – a non-flushable toilet, a urinal, and a hand sanitizer pump. However, portable bathrooms have evolved over the years to include additional amenities that usually surprise people.

For instance, an Elite unit porta potty includes a flushing toilet, fresh water sink, wall mirror, and shelves for belongings. These amenities combined with a more spacious interior make using the Elite unit a more comfortable and pleasant experience for all ages.

Luxury restroom trailers take amenities a step further by also boasting elegant décor like wooden cabinetry, recessed lighting, accent rugs, hanging wall art, faux plants, and more high-end items. When you step inside one, you can forget that you’re even using a portable toilet! In fact, when we take these to tradeshows it’s common for people to stop to take photos to share them with friends and family members because they’re so flabbergasted at the amenities include.

  • Temperature

Everyone has had an experience using a portable toilet in the summer heat and feeling like they were stepping inside an oven instead of a bathroom.

But, luxury portable restrooms have climate-controlled interiors, which makes them pleasant to use in both the summer heat and winter cold. This feature is so popular that many brides and grooms-to-be will rent these for outdoor weddings to give the wedding party a comfortable place to get ready before the ceremony and fresh up and during the reception.

  • Uses

Many people think porta johns are just for use at parks, along trails, during sports festivals, and for free community events where costs need to be kept low.

It might surprise you to learn that portable restrooms can be used for a wide variety of events. Every year our calendar is filled with rentals for a diverse set of events, including:

      • Weddings
      • Fundraisers
      • Black tie events
      • Festivals
      • Birthday parties
      • Parades
      • Tailgating
      • Concerts

We can accommodate events of all sizes and durations ranging from small get togethers to huge city-wide happenings. Furthermore, we offer single day rentals, weekend rentals, week-long rentals, and longer.

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 Many Porta Potties is Too Many?

“How many portable toilets will I need?” We get this question a lot, which is why we developed a handy guide to help you estimate how many porta potties you’ll need.

Generally speaking, you’ll need one portable toilet for every 50 guests for every 3 hours, which sounds simple enough. However, the math can get a bit tricky depending on the details of your event. As a result, you may be left wondering how many porta potties is too many.

The simple answer is, you can never have too many porta johns! Okay… if you have more toilets than people at your event, that might be too many!

But seriously, when it comes to portable restrooms, more is always better because it results in:

  • Shorter Lines

More bathrooms equal shorter lines. That means that your guests get to spend more time enjoying your event, which is even more important at special events like weddings.

Shorter lines also result in greater guest satisfaction, which is crucial when you’re charging for admission or fundraising.

  • More Options

Just like waiting in line, having to walk a long way to find a bathroom takes away from guests’ enjoyment of your event as well. (It can also be a recipe for disaster at family-friendly events where there are many younger children.)

Events that are held over a wide geographic area should offer plenty of bathroom options for guests that are close to their location no matter where they are. This convenience is something that guests really appreciate because it means that they don’t all have to stay clustered in one area or walk a long way back to the bathrooms.

  • Cleaner Units

When your guests have fewer toilets to use, each one gets used more often. That results in messiness and unpleasant smells accumulating faster because the tanks get filled up more quickly with toilet paper and waste. Conversely, when your guests have more units to choose from, they get filled up more slowly. This probably won’t matter much if your event is just a few hours long. However, if you’re planning an all-day event, this can make a real difference by the end of your event.

  • Greater Accessibility

Typically, event planners will only rent one ADA-compliant unit for every 5-20 standard units. These bigger units are not only easier for people with mobility issues to use, they’re also great for families that need to get multiple children and/or strollers inside. The more total units you rent, the more likely you are to rent additional handicapped accessible units. This improves the accessibility for your event overall, which is always a great thing!

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!