Moving out? Moving abroad? You’ll want to pack up all your belongings so you leave nothing behind. Something especially important to take along to your new home, is your security deposit. Let’s face it – wear and tear occurs even when model tenants are renting a home.
In most cases, landlords do a rental inspection when you move in. They will note the condition of the home or apartment when you move in, which serves as a handy reference when you move out again. In most cases, a good deep cleaning will do the trick, but for more stubborn issues, try these amazing hacks:
Dissolve two tablespoons of salt in half a cup of white vinegar, and gently rub this mixture into lighter stains. For darker stains, add two tablespoons of borax to the mixture. Let it dry on the stains before vacuuming it up.
Dents in Carpets
Did your furniture leave dents in the carpets? Remove them by placing ice cubes in the dents and let them melt. This will cause the fibers to engorge. After several hours, blot the water using a sponge, and fluff it with a spoon.
Crayon on Walls
Rub non-gel toothpaste on any crayon marks and gently rub it off with a dry cloth or a soft scrubbing brush. You can wipe remaining toothpaste away using a damp sponge.
Greasy, Burnt-on Oven
Make your own natural oven-cleaner by mixing water and baking soda into a paste. Coat the entire inside of the oven with the mixture and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wipe the oven down using a damp cloth. Spray white vinegar on the hardened areas and try wiping it away.
Holes in Walls
If you personalized your home at all, you will probably have holes in the walls. There’s no need to buy spackle or caulk for tiny holes. Small holes are especially easy to fix in white painted walls. Simply squirt some white, non-gel toothpaste into the hole, and use a putty knife – or even your finger – to smooth the edges. Once it has dried, use sandpaper to smooth over the ridges.
Mold or Mildew
Your building maintenance service will usually remove mold, however, they are bound to charge you if you don’t keep it away with regular cleaning. Soak a piece of cotton coil in bleach and stick it to the moldy grout overnight. The mildew and mold should be gone by the next morning.
Scuff Marks on Floors
Use a sharp knife to make a slit in a tennis ball. Insert a broom stick into the tennis ball, and rub it over the marks – a bit of pressure will buff it away in no time.
Restore Shower Power
If your shower water runs slowly, it could be that the shower head is clogged. No need to replace shower heads! Simply fill a ziplock bag halfway with vinegar and secure it over the shower head using rubber bands. Leave it to soak overnight, and in the morning, remove the bag, rinse and enjoy.
Now there’s no reason to lose your security deposit!
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