Throw it Out?

When confronted with a stove that looks like this, many landlords would pick up the phone and just get a new one delivered:

BeforeBut 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?

AfterI’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!

The Works!

I come across some hefty cleaning challenges in my work.  I just evicted some people for being dirty, and went in a few days ago for the clean-up.

Here’s a photo of the bath tub.  I had just begun to clean it.  As you can see, there’s a small section on the left side of the tub wall that looks like new.

It doesn’t show very well in the picture, but the difference is amazing.  I usually use a combination of Krud Kutter spray and Barkeepers Friend for these jobs, but I was out of Krud Kutter.  What I used this time is a product called The Works.  There are a couple different types … I bought the one that’s used for toilets … porcelain is porcelain, right?

I squirted it straight from the bottle onto the tub surface, spread it around to get full coverage, waited a couple minutes and went to work with my dark green Scotch Brite scrubber.  And voila!  The dirt and soap scum came off easily.  Here’s the tub when I was finished.  Fantastic!

A small warning though … this stuff is really strong.  I wore rubber gloves, opened the window for ventilation, and worked fast!  Fortunately, the job didn’t take long at all.

Just thought I’d pass this along.  The bathroom is sparkling.  And tomorrow, I’ll tackle the carpets.

Onward and upward!