Tips that really help!

Take the dents out of your carpets:

Do you know how to take furniture creases our of rugs? Put ice cube on the dent and when there is a bit of moisture on the carpet,  rake the carpet knapp up as the ice melts. It usually does not take a whole cube but use a cube about every 3 inches.

How to clean stuff that is just hard to get off:

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Mildew is a fungus that eats soap scum and body oil. To remove from walls, spray with vinegar water: 1 tablespoon white vinegar to 1 quart water. Also, try an enzyme laundry detergent; follow the pre-treating directions on the label. Blot it on the stain, and then rinse thoroughly with water.  Often mildew gets a start in
life in the shower.  Regular attention to cleaning and killing fungus will keep the shower walls sparkling and white. There are products which say that they eliminate fungus and mold.  We have not tested them but regular cleaning and a little straight bleach will almost always do the job.

Permanent marker

Permanent markers are tough to remove from walls. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and dab the stain. Or spray marks with hairspray, then wipe drips.

Dirt and grime

Dirt and grime are part of everyday life. The oil from your hands gets onto walls, cabinets, doors, and door frames. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser ($3 for 4 pads) easily cuts through these stains. Wet the sponge and rub gently to avoid taking bits of paint off with the stain.

Or try this: Mix 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup white distilled or apple cider vinegar, and ¼ cup baking soda with one gallon of warm water. Wipe the solution over walls with a sponge or cloth, and rinse with clear water. The solution won’t dull the painted finish or leave streaks.

Water stains

After you’ve solved the problem that caused the water stains, rinse with a solution of 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water to prevent mold and mildew from growing. Thoroughly dry with a hairdryer or fans. If bleaching doesn’t remove water stains, you’ll have to repaint. Prime the walls with a stain-killing primer, such as Kilz Paint.


Ballpoint ink, which is oil-based, often succumbs to foaming shaving cream, dry-cleaning solvent such as Carbona, or nail polish remover. Make sure you open windows when using cleaning solvents and polish remover.


Wall erasers work like a charm on crayon marks. If they don’t do the trick:

  • Rub marks with toothpaste (not gel).
  • Erase marks with an art gum or a pencil eraser; use a circular motion.
  • Swipe marks with baby wipes.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub marks.

Toilet Bowl Stains

Pumice stone and elbow grease will remove unsightly stains and rings around your porceline toilet bowl
and other plumbing fixtures.

Water Collecting on the Floor outside the tub/shower

There are several solutions to this common problem.  There are water guards which are triangular in shape and can
be caulked into place at each end of the tub.  They help to direct water back into the tub and not onto the floor.
There are shower curtains which are equipped with magnets. On side is attached to the wall and the other side
is built into the shower curtain. If you have a built in sliding door on the tub, check the caulking and seals.  If it is a
stand alone shower, check the bottom gasket to be sure that it is there and also keeping the water in the shower.
If you are finding water on the floor or spongy wallboard next to the shower be proactive. Either buy the shower curtain
for your tenant or give them notice to do the same. You need to establish tenant responsibility to keep water
off the floor and walls.  Repairs for rotten floors and walls are expensive.  If you document your notices, you can charge
for damage caused by lack of attention to care of the bathroom floors and walls.

Damp and Cool Window Sills Lead to Mold

If you live in an area with high or moderate humidity, you will be more likely to have mold problems.  Window sills should
be cleaned regularly (at least once per month) with a strong solution of bleach and water.  If you begin to see signs of mold
during regular inspections, notice your tenant and hand them written instructions regarding the maintenance of the window
sills and sliding door sills.  Failure to do this may result is problems with subsequent rentals if tenants are allergic to molds.


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