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Cleaning a sofa and carpet, any cheap and easy ways?

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My housemate likes to bring friends round and though the landlord has said hes replacing carpet in summer I wouldnt put it past him to try and charge us for it. The carpet just looks dirty mainly b…
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7y, 4d agoPosted 7 years, 4 days ago
My housemate likes to bring friends round and though the landlord has said hes replacing carpet in summer I wouldnt put it past him to try and charge us for it.

The carpet just looks dirty mainly but dont want to spend days shampooing it and not doing well.

Also a few marks on sofa, one I admit is mine it was spilt curry grease that scrubbing it seemed to make worse but housemate lets friends sleep on it when they come round so has spilt cola and blackcurrant marks and some rubbed in cigarette ash.

I assume my housemate will be lazy as usual and make little effort to clean it so what is a good way?
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7y, 4d agoPosted 7 years, 4 days ago
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banned#1
Tesco and Morrisons hire out cleaners
banned#2
rugdoctor, usually at sainsburys stores

http://www.rugdoctor.co.uk/rent/index.htm

have to do the whole carpet anyway, or you get clean spots
they have a smaller wand for sofas and such
#3
Hmm So theres no chance of a cheap steam cleaner or something then? I am mainly concerned about the chair as the carpet I can say is wear and tear(especially if he is replacing them)
banned#4
ryouga
Hmm So theres no chance of a cheap steam cleaner or something then? I am mainly concerned about the chair as the carpet I can say is wear and tear(especially if he is replacing them)


steam cleaning does nothing, just a fad really
, a rug doctor removes the stuff as it dissolves it, sucks the solutiion up as it sprays it on
#5
jubbyme
steam cleaning does nothing, just a fad really
, a rug doctor removes the stuff as it dissolves it, sucks the solutiion up as it sprays it on


Still seems like overkill though and very expensive for just doing 1 carpet.
banned#6
ryouga
Still seems like overkill though and very expensive for just doing 1 carpet.


anything else pushes stuff around, spray on carpet cleaners just clean the stain and push it outwards, i have tried all sorts and this is the only way

I would rent it out, and make it work for me, do all the carpets and upholstery, do your car, charge a couple people to do their car, or do a relatives house
#7
jubbyme
anything else pushes stuff around, spray on carpet cleaners just clean the stain and push it outwards, i have tried all sorts and this is the only way

I would rent it out, and make it work for me, do all the carpets and upholstery, do your car, charge a couple people to do their car, or do a relatives house


I dont have any friends or family nearby to clean.

I dont mind paying like £10 to clean its just the detergents on top and the fact my housemate is likely not going to put any cash in though 99% of the dirt is his(my bedroom carpet is spotless apart from faded colours)

But this is like £20 then the detergents, cant really afford it.
banned#8
ryouga
I dont have any friends or family nearby to clean.

I dont mind paying like £10 to clean its just the detergents on top and the fact my housemate is likely not going to put any cash in though 99% of the dirt is his(my bedroom carpet is spotless apart from faded colours)

But this is like £20 then the detergents, cant really afford it.


Nobody at uni that can spread the cost with you?
#9
DLM
Nobody at uni that can spread the cost with you?


Nope, only 1 other tenant in house and his friends are the typical 18-21 year olds that dont care about much, to the point housemate has 6 month out of date eggs in the fridge, 2 month old milk and a few days ago took 6 month old cream and boiled it with ketchup to make a sauce! and when his friends come round if there is left over cider he pours it into a bottle and it could be sitting in the fridge weeks and they drink it.
banned#10
ryouga
Nope, only 1 other tenant in house and his friends are the typical 18-21 year olds that dont care about much, to the point housemate has 6 month out of date eggs in the fridge, 2 month old milk and a few days ago took 6 month old cream and boiled it with ketchup to make a sauce! and when his friends come round if there is left over cider he pours it into a bottle and it could be sitting in the fridge weeks and they drink it.


Can you not put a notice up at uni?
banned#11
the only alternative is to learn to live like a pig as your room-mate does!

DLM's idea is good, put a notice up, see if anyone wants to come in with a share
#12
My housemate liked her wine in front of the TV for the near 2 years she lived here, in front of the sofa were wine spills, food marks etc that could not be vacuumed out.

She paid for a steam cleaning service (13Amp socket does not cut it when you need 30amps from a diesel motor on industrial device) to make the carpet look like new again before she left, leaving it as she found it.
#13
Rug doctor is OK (£30 inc detergents from B&Q) but it doesn't get hard stains out ... just removes a LOT of dirt. May need a professional job if its badly stained.

Can you not just write your landlord a letter explaining the damage and that it was down to your housemate ... and then any deductions from your deposit he makes are to be made from your housemates half?

I was in a similar position as you once, but my housemate agreed that all deductions could be made from his half so I didn't lose out financially when we moved out.
#14
TUSSFC;8189835
Rug doctor is OK (£30 inc detergents from B&Q) but it doesn't get hard stains out ... just removes a LOT of dirt. May need a professional job if its badly stained.

Can you not just write your landlord a letter explaining the damage and that it was down to your housemate ... and then any deductions from your deposit he makes are to be made from your housemates half?

I was in a similar position as you once, but my housemate agreed that all deductions could be made from his half so I didn't lose out financially when we moved out.


Good idea, although I would suggest that both of you write a letter to the landlord explaining so that you don't end up with only one side biasing the landlord.
Although if your friend has any decency he should just stump up for a carpet steam cleaner himself.
#15
If it's a good decent carpet try bleech
#16
TUSSFC
Rug doctor is OK (£30 inc detergents from B&Q) but it doesn't get hard stains out ... just removes a LOT of dirt. May need a professional job if its badly stained.

Can you not just write your landlord a letter explaining the damage and that it was down to your housemate ... and then any deductions from your deposit he makes are to be made from your housemates half?

I was in a similar position as you once, but my housemate agreed that all deductions could be made from his half so I didn't lose out financially when we moved out.


I have a feeling he wouldnt agree to it, the carpet just looks like black dirt on it and a few drink and food stains on the chair but if you turn over cushion its fine since its one of those wooden sofa beds.

LL will not help in anyway, I complained about flatmate about 2 months ago as his friends came round a few times and were drunk and nicking stuff like food and drink and spilling it everywhere and wouldnt clean it and kept me awake all night and LL basically said "so what" and that if it happened again he would evict the 2 of us and any damage would take our deposit and any dirt would hire professional cleaners etc, he is obsaessed since I am quite OCD and keep my room almost always spotless and he claimed its always a tip when he comes round which I found rude.

But dont want to rant!
#17
ryouga;8193409
I have a feeling he wouldnt agree to it, the carpet just looks like black dirt on it and a few drink and food stains on the chair but if you turn over cushion its fine since its one of those wooden sofa beds.

LL will not help in anyway, I complained about flatmate about 2 months ago as his friends came round a few times and were drunk and nicking stuff like food and drink and spilling it everywhere and wouldnt clean it and kept me awake all night and LL basically said "so what" and that if it happened again he would evict the 2 of us and any damage would take our deposit and any dirt would hire professional cleaners etc, he is obsaessed since I am quite OCD and keep my room almost always spotless and he claimed its always a tip when he comes round which I found rude.

But dont want to rant!


Move out, learn to be more careful with your housemates and friends you live with.

Oh and if you sign a letter to the LL stating you were not responsible for damage but the LL still holds you liable technically you could contest it and you should ask about deposit security, properly lodged, etc etc, check MSE Tenanting Guide etc.
#18
schizoboy
Move out, learn to be more careful with your housemates and friends you live with.

Oh and if you sign a letter to the LL stating you were not responsible for damage but the LL still holds you liable technically you could contest it and you should ask about deposit security, properly lodged, etc etc, check MSE Tenanting Guide etc.


I havent got an inventory so know he cant charge me for any damage but have had loads of bad landlords over the last few years, was illegally evicted twice in 2 years once because I paid rent 2 days late(and that wasnt my fault as he kept refusing to give me bank transfer details or a set date and time to collect it just "friday afternoon")

I havent even asked him about what TDS scheme he has used since he promised details within 2 weeks of moving in.

I have somewhere else to go but cant move till mid July when old tenants move out or if I can find somewhere need to hire a man with van just to move things for a few months!
#19
ryouga;8193585
I havent got an inventory so know he cant charge me for any damage but have had loads of bad landlords over the last few years, was illegally evicted twice in 2 years once because I paid rent 2 days late(and that wasnt my fault as he kept refusing to give me bank transfer details or a set date and time to collect it just "friday afternoon")

I havent even asked him about what TDS scheme he has used since he promised details within 2 weeks of moving in.

I have somewhere else to go but cant move till mid July when old tenants move out or if I can find somewhere need to hire a man with van just to move things for a few months!


With the July option on the horizon I suppose you can bide your time, but just remember since it seems he has no TDS setup, he has broken the law, and could be fined three times the total deposit amount, you have him by the balls, don't forget that.

I assume you have a proper Assured Shorthold Tenancy with this LL?

Don't get nasty or upset, just keep everything above board and he will be the one in trouble. My suggestion is come last month (bear in mind I am a Landlord...) refuse last month's rent until he shows you proof of TDS he used, if he cannot threaten to report him then just watch as he suddenly becomes amenable to you leaving in July without charging you anything.
#20
schizoboy
With the July option on the horizon I suppose you can bide your time, but just remember since it seems he has no TDS setup, he has broken the law, and could be fined three times the total deposit amount, you have him by the balls, don't forget that.

I assume you have a proper Assured Shorthold Tenancy with this LL?

Don't get nasty or upset, just keep everything above board and he will be the one in trouble. My suggestion is come last month (bear in mind I am a Landlord...) refuse last month's rent until he shows you proof of TDS he used, if he cannot threaten to report him then just watch as he suddenly becomes amenable to yodu leaving in July without charging you anything.


Thats one of the main reasons I havent chased it up as I assume there will be many problems, the microwave died out of wear and tear recently and he refused to fix it or look at it and said if we dont replace by end of tenancy hes taking amount off deposit, he even was quite rude in an email claiming the house was a tip and as I say I am quite OCD and even shampoo bedroom carpets and polish sideboards and like to have things at the perfect angle(think Monica from Friends) and he went off on a rant how the house hasnt let for next uni year yet and its our fault! My tenancy began in November and ends June
#21
ryouga;8194355
Thats one of the main reasons I havent chased it up as I assume there will be many problems, the microwave died out of wear and tear recently and he refused to fix it or look at it and said if we dont replace by end of tenancy hes taking amount off deposit, he even was quite rude in an email claiming the house was a tip and as I say I am quite OCD and even shampoo bedroom carpets and polish sideboards and like to have things at the perfect angle(think Monica from Friends) and he went off on a rant how the house hasnt let for next uni year yet and its our fault! My tenancy began in November and ends June


Put it all in writing and complain if you want it on record.
The onus is on him to PROVE that that microwave broke from damage etc, because if it's wear and tear and it was originally provided as part of the tenancy then he has to replace it, no question, no delay, no charging.

Please read:
http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=937335
&
http://www.shelter.org.uk/
#22
schizoboy
Put it all in writing and complain if you want it on record.
The onus is on him to PROVE that that microwave broke from damage etc, because if it's wear and tear and it was originally provided as part of the tenancy then he has to replace it, no question, no delay, no charging.

Please read:
http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=937335
&
http://www.shelter.org.uk/


Also forgot to say theres no locks on bedroom doors, he claims they have been banned due to fire safety! but have been told contradictory things about my rights on this, first its 4 bedroom house but only 2 rooms occupied so have been told that it wont be hmo by some people.
#23
ryouga;8194714
Also forgot to say theres no locks on bedroom doors, he claims they have been banned due to fire safety! but have been told contradictory things about my rights on this, first its 4 bedroom house but only 2 rooms occupied so have been told that it wont be hmo by some people.


HMO rules are set by the local council, but that's information for him to use not you unless you are overcrowded.

I'm amazed you accepted a room which didn't have it's own lock!

You have him by multiple counts, how you want to approach it all is down to you of course, as for your housemate, give him a good slap, make him realise that he isn't helping you here.
#24
I had a particularly bad LL once, but knew I had them by the balls as they hadn't put the deposit through a TDS (our tenancy started the month after the requirement came in, so they clearly weren't up to speed). Needless to say, I didn't lose a penny of my deposit.
#25
schizoboy
HMO rules are set by the local council, but that's information for him to use not you unless you are overcrowded.

I'm amazed you accepted a room which didn't have it's own lock!

You have him by multiple counts, how you want to approach it all is down to you of course, as for your housemate, give him a good slap, make him realise that he isn't helping you here.


Lol talk about spooky came home and living room, kitchen and bathroom were spotless! I reckon housemate either got his parents to do it or cleaned up as they were coming round since he is going away for easter today, and looking at the freshly hoovered carpet it doesnt look that bad just a few big black marks in certain places and a single cigarette burn.
#26
Or he reads HUKD ;-)

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