When confronted with a stove that looks like this, many landlords would pick up the phone and just get a new one delivered:
But not this landlord! My tenant at this rental went down quickly. She’d been with me almost a year and had been fine, but within a couple months, her baby got deathly ill, her car needed major repair and she got laid off. Everything caved in on her at once, and she followed suit … stopped cleaning and stopped paying rent.
So, she was gone, but the baked-on grease and grime on the stove top remained. Ugh!
But this is no challenge for the likes of Easy-Off (or the generic equivalent) oven cleaner. I use the fume-free type, spray it on and let it sit for at least a couple hours, while I do other chores at the rental. Then I use my small putty knife to scrape off the crusty stuff. Follow that with a healthy spray of Krud Kutter or Awesome! (I’ve done separate posts on each of these products because they’re so effective.)
A little final scrub and you’re done. Whenever I scrub something, I use the dark green scrubber pads made by Scotch Brite. They’re sturdy and get the job done quickly. And the finished product looks brand new, right?
I’m all about saving/making money. That’s why I do a lot of my own work. Why pay someone else to do what I can do? Of course, since this is my full-time work (along with Realtor stuff and my property management company), I’m able to devote the time. Those who have a full-time job and try to own/manage rentals on the side have time constraints and by necessity, hire out much more.
Within a couple days, this duplex apartment was ready to rent again. All it took was some cleaning, carpet shampoo, touch-up paint here and there, and a couple of minor repairs.
My new tenant loves the unit and is treating it well. Of course, things can change quickly in this business but for now, all is well …
Onward and upward!