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1. Take off your shoes

Dirt is the greatest threat to your carpet. It won’t only make it look uninviting but it will also cause damage to the fibres, leading to a noticeable change of colour and texture. It is therefore of key importance to reduce the amount of dirt that gets on your carpet to minimum. And taking off your shoes when entering your home is one of the easiest ways to do so. If - for any reason - taking off shoes isn’t an option, you are advised to consider buying a large doormat to trap dirt from shoes and keep it off your carpet.

2. Keep those paws clean

If you have pets, you are advised to consider keeping a towel at the door to wipe your dog’s paws when returning from outside. If you own a cat, this obviously isn’t an option. However, a mat at the cat flap or door will make a huge difference. It is also a good idea to trim those claws or at least install a cat tree, scratching post or something similar to discourage your cat from scratching your carpet.

3. Prevent direct sunlight exposure

Believe it or not but direct sunlight exposure can seriously harm your carpet as prolonged exposure to UV light can eventually lead to discolouration, most often in the form of fading. To prevent this from happening, you are recommended to try to limit your carpet’s exposure to direct sunlight by installing blinds, using curtains or some other method to block sunlight.

4. Move furniture or/and use furniture coaters

Furniture can cause a serious damage to your carpet in the form of indentations which can become permanent, especially if furniture is left on the same place for years. For that reason it is highly important to move your furniture from time to time - just an inch or two to the left or right every few months is all that is necessary to prevent those dents from becoming permanent. It is also a good idea to consider furniture coaters which help minimise furniture dents by distributing the weight more evenly.

5. Have your carpet professionally cleaned on a yearly basis

Just because you vacuum your carpet on a regular basis, that doesn’t mean it’s clean. Unfortunately, even the most powerful vacuum cleaners cannot remove the dirt and dust that over time accumulate at the base of carpet. Besides making the carpet to look and smell dirty, the accumulated dirt and dust can eventually also become a potential health hazard, triggering allergies, asthma attacks and other health problems. To keep your carpet clean to the base and prevent it from jeopardising your health, you should have it professionally cleaned once a year or more frequently if you have pets.


Simple Ways to Protect Your Carpet and Extend Its Lifespan

March 14, 2018

Do I Need To Leave My Rented Property In Good Condition?

Although the main motivation for doing an end of tenancy clean in most cases is getting the deposit back, a lot of renters also take pride in their home and want to see it passed onto the next tenant in good condition. Giving every room in the property a once over and removing any dust or dirt that’s built up over the years will help to ensure the home is as good as new for the next inhabitants.

Is A Reference From My Landlord Important?

Another important thing to consider when moving out of a rented property is that a lot of letting agents ask for references from past landlords. If you’ve previously left a rented property in poor condition, this could come up in future checks and may harm your chances of securing a new home in the future.

Love it or hate it, end of tenancy cleaning is an integral part of living in rented property. Check our end of tenancy cleaning offering and book it online.


Do I Need To Do End Of Tenancy Cleaning?

November 24, 2017

There have been problems with the rollout, and while the idea was that every home would have one by 2020, only seven million have been installed so far. Not only that but you will also have the option to reject it, something that one in five households seemingly intend to do according to a recent survey.

So what is a smart meter and how do they work?

Why is the government getting involved?

The Government sets overall energy policy. This means that the idea for smart meters was not made by the suppliers, and the implementation of it all, along with the growth of renewable and nuclear power, is done at the cost of the consumer.

Do you need one?

Ultimately, you don’t need one. The traditional method of meter readings is writing them down, and these are then submitted online. The difference now is that this will all be done automatically for you, ensuring accurate bills and potentially getting some free ideas to monitor or lower energy usage throughout the home.

We seem to be using more and more technology by the year, let alone the decade, and as our energy use changes we need to ensure everything is up to date. This should help everyone reduce their energy bills over time.

The case against smart meters

The Telegraph recently published an article on six reasons to say no to a smart meter that covered some key objections to the meter. These included:

  • They make it harder to switch providers
  • Estimated bills and billing errors still happen
  • You need good mobile signal in your area
  • The interface is “difficult to understand”
  • No evidence so far that it saves time or money
  • They could pose a security risk

We are in the early stage of using smart meters in households up and down the country so we can’t expect everything to be working to capacity but some of the evidence for these early considerations is concerning.

Should I get a smart meter?

We’ve looked at a few pros and cons, and it is now going to be a choice rather than a requirement for households to have a smart meter. It would seem that there are amendments that need to be made but they are useful in showing you in real terms, your live energy costs throughout the home.

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What Is A Smart Meter And Should I Get One?

August 21, 2017