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Top cleaning tricks for your student house

Top cleaning tricks for your student house
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Ever wanted to actually clean your student house but never really knew where to start? We’ve got the top cleaning tricks you can use in your house.

Don’t worry; follow these tips to ensure that you don’t end up bleaching the carpet or stripping the paint off the wall.

1. Banish the mold!

Often, student house can have that damp feel to it, right? No matter what you do, from opening the windows to tumble drying the hell out of your clothes, things just feel DAMP. Then, of course, there is the issue of damp on the window sills, damp on the roof, not to mention the damp slime that occurs around the sink, eurgh.

Why it is a problem

Damp is actually quite a big problem. Aside from actually working to weaken your walls (damp can literally rot plaster), it is also extremely bad for you to breathe in the spores that damp areas can produce. It can be especially troublesome if you suffer with breathing issues such as asthma.

How you can get rid of it

Use products. Mr Muscle Bathroom cleaner and Cilit Bang are great for getting rid of damp. Just make sure that you do not brush the mold, as this can release the spores! Simply spray cleaner on the damp area and wait thirty seconds before wiping away with hot water and a sponge.

Another way to get rid of stubborn damp is to use a solution of three parts water to one part bleach. If the bleach is well watered down then it won’t stain your wall, it will simply work to get rid of the mold. Apply the wash and wipe the mold gently away, before drying with a hairdryer.

2. Stop green rusty shower heads

Showers in student houses can get a lot of use with so many people living under the same roof. A common occurrence with shower heads is that they develop rust and limescale; this can often look green or grey in colour and be stubborn to remove.

Why it is a problem

The rusting and scale on your shower head can affect the water flow. If you are looking to have a fully functioning shower by the time you get your deposit back then this needs to be fixed.

How you can get rid of it

Pretty simple. Just fill up a plastic bag with white vinegar and a little bit of water and tie it around the head of the shower, leave it for around ten minutes and simply wash off all the build-up, it should come away easily; there you go- a nicely flowing shower again!

3. Clean dirty carpets

Ever wondered why your carpets look five shades darker than they did when you moved in? Oh yeah, it’s probably because of the endless days of not hoovering them…

Why it is a problem

Carpets are a big deal to landlords; some even insist that the carpets in their property have to be cleaned professionally when each tenant leaves!

How you can get rid of it

If there are any stubborn stains, then wash them with soap and water. When these have all dried, grab a hoover and something along the lines of a scent booster. You know, those little beads you chuck in the washing machine to make your clothes smell nicer? You can also get something called Shake n Vac from Aldi. It’s basically a scented powder that you throw all over the carpet, wait about ten minutes and then hoover it all up! Everything will look much brighter and hopefully smell like lemon…

4. Stained curtains

If anyone has dropped a drink down the curtains in your student house, kicked some muddy shoes is that direction or even if your curtains are just looking a little grim, then it’s probably best to sort that.

Why it is a problem

Landlords tend to spot large curtain stains, especially if the curtains are the centerpiece of the whole lounge!

How you can get rid of it

If you can manage to detach your curtains, then the best thing is to just wash them in the washing machine with lots of washing powder, conditioner and scent booster, before hanging them back up. If other fabrics, such as sofas, smell a little funky, then give them a spray with a febreeze fabric cleaner.

5. Dirty oven

Let’s face it, no one really thinks to clean the oven, people cook their food and shut it back up again until it builds up ad really starts to smell and get very dirty. So, maybe it’s time to do something about it.

Why it is a problem

Landlords like you to have a clean oven to get back your deposit. It’s, therefore, best to keep the oven pretty clean so it’s manageable when it comes to the end of the tenancy when you might have to a bigger scale clean.

How you can get rid of it

Give the oven a good spray with a pint of water and two teaspoons of baking soda. Keep doing this and wiping until the grease really starts to shift, it might look really white and a little strange but keep wiping and washing it out until it’s sparkling!

And some simple tips to remember:

  • Try to drop toilet cleaner down the bowl every night before you sleep, therefore the toilet will get a good clean overnight. Sounds crazy but if there are really stubborn marks on the toilet then tip some old coke down it! The acids in coke are great for working down limescale, yes, I know try not to think about what they can do to your insides if they can do that to a toilet…
  • Do not leave damp towels on the floor, always hang them up and whack on a heated towel rack if you have one, damp towels can lead very easily to damp!
  • Don’t worry too much about drinks being spilled on the carpet, the best way to clean it is simply with hot water and washing up liquid, for red wine stains add white vinegar to the mixture!

 

Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a history graduate currently working in content and communications.