Protect your floors from damage to safeguard your rental deposit
If you are one of the many households in rented accommodation in the UK you will no doubt have had to put up a hefty security deposit before getting the keys to move in. The deposit is usually a minimum of the equivalent of one month’s rent and often more in many cases.
Deposit’s are now under regulation and yours should have be placed into one of the government backed tenancy deposit schemes (TDP). This is good news for tenants as a legal process is in place should a dispute arise over the return of the deposit.
It does not however guarantee the return of your deposit in full or part should a dispute arise over the condition of the property upon return.
One of the most increasingly common areas that falls under dispute is the floors. A decade or more ago the property would have likely been carpeted throughout and the outgoing tenant would have paid a professional carpet cleaning company to deep clean the carpets. Assuming there was no heavy stains or damage from burn marks it was a straightforward process.
Today however many modern homes on the rental market will have hard floors installed. Modern flooring comes in many shapes and forms and the range of finishes require a lot more preventative care than a simple vacuum like the old days.
Wood flooring for example is no longer finished in a heavy type varnish. The alternatives on the market today consist of a lighter type of water based lacquer; aesthetically it looks more natural and pleasing to the eye and fits in with the modern paint finishes and décor.
Oil is another popular finish for wood and this comes also in a range of colours, the most popular is natural, however white oil is increasing in popularity, especially in the higher end developments.
Natural stone is another popular floor finish in modern homes. Limestone and Travertine are the most popular choices for kitchens and bathrooms and these also come in a variation different of finishes.
Some stone is left in a natural or honed condition and some is finished to a high polish.
With both wood and stone flooring cleaning special care is required to ensure the surfaces are protected as well as simply kept clean.
Instructions may not always be forthcoming on the special care involved or the correct products for cleaning and maintaining wood and stone flooring from the landlord or their agents, however be assured that if the flooring becomes damaged during your tenancy the costs for correction can be very steep if the floor requires either sanding or grinding down to resurface it.
Cleaning and maintaining floors may not be the first issue on your mind when you move into a new home. Regardless whether it is a rental property or if you have just purchased it, it is highly advisable to research the floor type and the correct way to clean and maintain it to avoid any nasty and costly surprises.