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Five Cleaning and Household Dangers Tenants Should Be Aware Of

in Cleaning Tips, Landlords and Tenants, Latest News by Rik Hellewell

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For tenants, moving home can be an overwhelming experience. For landlords, it can also be an apprehensive time, when you are inviting new tenants into your rental property. To make things a little easier for both parties, we’ve put together a list of five of the major cleaning and household dangers tenants should be aware of. Tenants take note and landlords spread the word!
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The Dangers Of A Dirty Oven

in Cleaning Tips, Landlords and Tenants, Oven Cleaning by Rik Hellewell

Dirty Oven

Now we all know that cleaning the oven is perhaps the worst out of all of the household chores. We frantically do our best to clean the specks of dirt that we, and our visitors, can see on an everyday basis, often ignoring important equipment like the microwave or stove. But did you know that there are a number of dangers and risks associated with neglecting a dirty cooker?

Take a look below at some of the problems an unclean oven can cause, whether you’re a homeowner or you run a business. Read more

How to Keep Your Oven Clean in a Shared House

in Cleaning Tips, Hob Cleaning, Landlords and Tenants, Oven Cleaning by Rik Hellewell

Whenever you share a house, whether with friends or strangers, there are always going to arguments. These will mainly revolve around unpaid bills, noise and, worst of all, cleaning. With a number of people using the same space, some of whom may not be the tidiest, cleanliness can prove to be a constant battle.

 

So if you’re a student heading off to university or a young professional sharing with others for the first time, what can you do to avoid those arguments and keep your kitchen spotless?

 

Well, it might well prove to be a losing battle, particularly if you are all in different routines and have your own habits. This is why it’s so important that you lay down some basic rules and create a rota for everybody to follow. As long as these are fair and balanced, you shouldn’t have any problems – or at least that’s how the theory goes. So what kind of rules might you impose, particularly with regards to the use of the oven?

 

Wipe up any mess

Whether you’re cooking on the hob or using the oven itself, you want to make sure that any spillages are dealt with as and when they occur. If they are allowed to remain there, untouched by all and sundry, then there’s a good chance that a small mess can become baked on and almost impossible to shift. So any entente cordiale that you draw up should certainly include a reference to cleaning as you go along.

 

Using the right cleaners

If you want to avoid damaging any enamel surfaces, then it’s important that you don’t end up using cleaning agents that could actually do more harm than good. Certain acids, particularly caustic acid, can be particularly harmful to both the user and the appliance. So always try to find bleaches and products that can be used safely without any potential side-effects.

 

Scheduling a Complete Oven Clean

Even if you manage to mop up most messes, there will still come a point at which you have to clean the oven completely. If you’re renting a property, the landlord may well stipulate that this is done immediately before you move out as part of your contractual agreement. Therefore you will have to decide amongst you who is going to buy the cleaning agents and who is going to roll up their sleeves and do the deed.

 

If you can’t reach an agreement, or if you just decide that nobody should have to do this job alone, you may want to consider bringing in professional cleaning contractors. We are often called by students and tenants, particularly when tenancy agreements are coming to an end, asking to get their oven back into shape. After all, it’s not a lot of fun cooking with an oven that is full of smoke, inefficient and emits an unpleasant odour that spreads through the home. Equally, nobody wants to lose any money on their deposit.

Do all Landlords Require Ovens be Professionally Cleaned?

in Landlords and Tenants, Oven Cleaning by Rik Hellewell

 Whether you’re a student who’s looking forward to moving home for the summer or a tenant that is heading off to pastures new, it’s well worth consulting your tenancy agreement before you leave.

Nowadays, landlords are keen to ensure that their property is ready to let out immediately after a tenant leaves. This means that the house or flat needs to be in the same condition as when they first moved in, with any repairs and cleaning carried out by the occupier. To ensure that this happens, most landlords will request that tenants pay a security deposit and sign a legally binding contract.

Within this contract there is likely to be a range of terms and conditions for you to abide by, some of which may be related to the cleanliness of particular appliances and furnishings. For instance, some will request that all curtains and carpets are professionally cleaned, particularly if you have children or animals living in the property. This isn’t a way of punishing tenants, it’s just to guarantee that everything is in a liveable condition for future inhabitants.

This may also extend to other areas of the home too, including the oven. Regardless of how long you’ve been in a property, there’s a good chance the oven has been used a fair few times. Every time you cook food, grease and spillages can build and filters can become blocked. This has a knock-on effect on the functionality of the appliance, taking more time to bring it up to temperature and possibly even emitting unpleasant smells or smoke.

Whilst some are happy to allow tenants to clean it themselves, others will want a receipt from an oven cleaning service to prove that the work has been done fully. As mentioned, a lot of the mess within an over, just as with carpets and furnishings, isn’t necessarily only on the surface. Whilst you can wipe down the inside and remove most of the grime, there is still a chance that some spillages and dirt could remain or that the filters won’t get touched.

A DIY job could also result in expensive damage, which has to be considered. Removing the enamel or damaging any of the working parts of an oven could have a long-term impact and may even require a replacement. If you use a professional cleaning service, any damage will be covered by their insurance and can be dealt with swiftly. Essentially, it is your ticket to avoiding any repercussions.

Failing to comply with any of the terms stipulated within the contract may result in the loss of a portion of your deposit. This can take some tenants by surprise, particularly if they were banking on receiving it back in full. So whilst some landlords offer relaxed contracts and are happy to accept certain wear and tear, it’s always worth looking at your agreement before you plan to move out – particularly if you would like to avoid an unpleasant surprise.

Student’s Get Your Kitchens Cleaned This Spring

in Cleaning Tips, Landlords and Tenants by Rik Hellewell

 Are you a student at College or University? If so, then at this time of year you’ll be gearing up towards the end of term, getting all of your assignments in and start preparing for your exams. It’s busy and stressful, and you probably don’t have time to do much else. Does this mean you can still neglect your cleaning duties? It shouldn’t that’s for sure.

Ensuring your student house stays clean and tidy is important. It’s part of your tenant’s agreement, and if and when you leave, your landlord will inspect your accommodation for its cleanliness and to see if there’s been any damage to the property and its furnishings. If there has been, you won’t get all of your deposit back, as this will be used to help pay for any repairs or professional cleaning duties.

Now, understandably, this is the last thing on your mind, as you approach the crunch period of your education. However for some, this does present a perfect time in which to get your house sorted, especially if you’re going to be moving out soon after your exams have finished.

Some students actually prefer to get cleaning and tidying sorted before they crack on with University and College work. It’s a way of putting off the inevitable and there’s some truth in the old adage that you can tell when a group of students have plenty of work to do, as their home will be immaculate.

However for others, the problem is time; where are you going to get the time from to clean your house? Well you don’t have to worry because there are plenty of professional cleaning services of which you can take advantage.

When it comes to cleaning your flat though, it’s important that you consider all rooms, especially those that are the dirtiest and often the most used. For students, this is the kitchen. It’s an important place to get clean too, as it needs to be hygienic for your own health and wellbeing. This means getting the floors, surfaces and even the cupboards clean, but also all of your appliances and even behind them where grease and grime builds up the most.

Above anything else though, in your student kitchen the one thing that desperately needs to get cleaned is your oven. It’s the appliance that is used the most, because it’s quick and easy to use; remember all those pizzas and oven chips? It’s also an area that is often neglected, and one that causes students to lose their deposits as a result. So don’t neglect your oven, get it cleaned as soon as you can this spring.

If you do decide to do this yourself, be sure to use caustic-soda free cleaning products. This will prevent damaging your oven with a corrosive chemical, which could cost you a considerable amount more if your landlord needs to get the oven fixed or repaired as a result.

Alternatively, you could use the services of a professional oven cleaning company. Not only do they know what they’re doing, as well as using the right cleaning products, but it also means you don’t have to worry about getting your oven cleaned during this busy time of year, and can concentrate on your studies instead.

Do Tenants Need to Have a Property Professionally Cleaned Before Moving Out

in Landlords and Tenants by Rik Hellewell

If you’re a tenant, then there’s a good chance that you will have signed an agreement with your landlord covering a wide range of things, from legal requirements to common courtesies. Foremost of these is likely to be the general maintenance of the home and the state in which it is presented back to the owner, when your tenancy agreement ends. A good number of landlords now stipulate that carpets, appliances, and even soft furnishings need to be professionally cleaned before a tenant moves out, with a portion of the deposit forfeited for any jobs left undone.

The issue with choosing a professional company to carry out the work is that it will cost you money to do so. For some people, this additional outgoing is too much to swallow, meaning that they either leave it or attempt to do the work themselves. This is fine, as long as your landlord doesn’t require receipts for the work completed or isn’t prepared to do a comprehensive check themselves. However, more often than not, this will end up costing you a lot more when the money is deducted from your deposit.

So what is the solution?

The easiest way to ensure that you don’t encounter any issues when handing back the keys to the property is to simply do what the landlord has requested and bring in carpet cleaners or hire an oven valeting company. If you do this yourself, then you have the opportunity to pick and choose the companies that you use and the amount you spend. Whilst this is a bit of a hassle, it is also part and parcel of renting properties.

As the tenant you are responsible for the upkeep of the building, often including bills and general maintenance, and it is your job to ensure that this is properly managed. Failure on your part could lead to breaking the terms of your contract, which could lead to you being evicted or, as mentioned previously, losing your deposit when you come to move out.

In the most part, landlords are fairly understanding when it comes to general wear and tear. All that they will ask is that the property is left in the same state as when you inherited it. This is why most will ask you to carry out a detailed inventory checklist when you move in. It is at this point that you can highlight any issues, including stains on the carpet or a dirty oven, which effectively admonishes you of any blame when you come to move out.

For instance, getting your oven cleaned might not appear to be the biggest priority, but it would be extremely foolhardy to assume that your landlord won’t check or care that it hasn’t been cleaned properly. They will be even less impressed if you attempt to remove the grease and grime yourself and end up damaging the appliance. Ovens are expensive to replace and one false move could result in a very costly mistake. Equally using the wrong solvents could discolour the enamel, or strip it right off – adding extra risk.

This is where hiring a professional oven cleaning company can be a very good investment indeed. At Ovenu, all of our technicians are highly trained and their work is insured, plus we only use safe chemicals. Therefore, you will have a spotless oven to present to your landlord and won’t need to worry about losing some of your deposit. This same principle can of course be applied to all rooms of the home, ensuring that you won’t have any headaches when the time comes to leave the property.

Students, Ensure Your Oven Is Cleaned!

in Landlords and Tenants, Oven Cleaning by Rik Hellewell

At this time of year, many students will be moving back into their student digs. If it’s the first time you’ve moved into to your new flat or you’re returning from a summer away, it’s essential that you make a few checks first.

Now depending on what you’re landlord is like, your new student accommodation should be relatively clean before you move in. If not, then this is something for you to take up with them and your university. One of the key things to check is that your oven is thoroughly clean. There’s nothing worse than seeing a dirty oven which hasn’t be cleaned in months, so imagine what it’s like if you move into a new flat only to see an oven covered in grease and food particles.

Generally speaking this shouldn’t happen for when you move into new accommodation, but it’s always worth checking because ovens are essential cooking equipment, especially amongst students because of their ease of use. In all likeliness, unless it’s a brand new oven, it would have been used quite a lot with the previous tenants.

There’s a variety of reasons that an oven needs to be thoroughly cleaned before you use it. As mentioned this should be overseen by the landlord, but also to ensure your health, so that your food is cooked properly, and finally because an unclean oven can also slow down effectiveness meaning that it’ll probably cost you more in gas or electricity to cook your food.

The issue of an unclean oven is as a result of previous tenants not cleaning it before their tenancy agreement ran out. This is where the landlord will charge them or withdraw money from their deposit to pay for the oven to be professional cleaned. If that’s the case, then your oven should be clean when you move in. But it also means that you need to make sure that when you leave, the oven is left exactly as how you saw it when you moved in – if that was impeccably clean, then you’ll need to make sure it is left like this when you leave.

Why do you need to do that? Well because if you don’t, your landlord is liable to withdraw money from your deposit to have it professionally cleaned. To avoid this charge you can make sure the oven is cleaned yourself, but be warned, if you use certain cleaning products, you could end up doing more harm than good. As a result your landlord may charge you for the damage you’ve caused.

It’s only cleaning products that contain caustic acid or sodium hydroxide which can cause major damage. Unfortunately these are found in most standard cleaning products, especially those that you can find on the high street or in the supermarket. The effects of using these can harm the seams and trims, whilst also corroding the heating elements.

To avoid such issues, it’s best to ensure your oven is professionally cleaned, using caustic free cleaning products. These can be found with any professional cleaning service such as Ovenu.

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