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DIY: End of tenancy clean

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You’ve finally reached the end of your tenancy and now you’re ready to make a fresh start in your new home. But before you do, an end of tenancy clean looms. We’ll take you through exactly how to do an end of tenancy clean and show you some life hacks along the way, so that you get your deposit back without any problems. Your cleaning essentials Here’s a list of all the cleaning essentials you’ll need to successfully complete your end of tenancy clean: Vacuum cleaner Microfiber cloths Bucket Flat mop Dustpan and broom All-purpose cleaner Antibacterial spray or wipes Toilet bowl cleaner or bleach Toilet brush Sponge The kitchen Sink and countertops Use all-purpose cleaner or wipes to clean your kitchen sink and countertops. If you notice any stains, concentrate on that particular area until it’s removed using a cotton cloth or scrubber – making sure your chosen material is suitable for your worktop. Kitchen appliances Next, it’s time to focus your attention on the oven. Arguably one of the trickiest appliances to clean, the oven is often riddled with burnt sections, grease, and other traces of dirt – so this is going to require a little bit of elbow grease. Life hack: To make things easier, try using lemon combined with hot water. Citrus is a natural degreasing agent, and has all the necessary properties to effectively clean your oven. Remove the oven rack and wipe down in your sink. You can also use lemon to clean your microwave. All you have to do is cut the lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a bowl, and add a cup of water. Then, microwave the bowl for three minutes, and leave it for an extra five minutes in the microwave. Once this is done, you can use a sponge to easily wipe the oven’s walls. Remember to wipe down any kitchen hobs too. If you have a kitchen hob stand, then it may be easier if you move them to one side. Cupboards and drawers Start by emptying out any food from your cupboards and dispose of any empty packaging (don’t forget to recycle whenever possible). Now that the cupboards are completely empty, you can begin removing any stains and crumbs with a cloth. Don’t be shy to make full use of your antibacterial spray or wipes, and remember if you want your deposit back, the cupboards must be spotless. Top tip: Gather any tins of food you don’t need, and take them to a local homeless shelter or food bank. Find the nearest one in your area here. The living room Flooring or carpet As we move into the living room, use the vacuum cleaner to remove any dirt, bacteria, and dust from your carpet or flooring. Make sure you vacuum on top of and underneath any rugs and use carpet cleaner to tackle any marks or stains. Don’t forget to clean underneath any sofas. Furniture Now, we need to deep clean any furniture you have in your living room. Try removing any stains from your sofa using antibacterial wipes, as well as all-purpose cleaner. This should leave your sofa smelling refreshed and free from any bad odours. The kitchen table is next on the agenda, where you’ll need a wipe and antibacterial spray to get the job done. As you’re cleaning the table, spend time wiping any areas with tea or coffee stains. Life hack: Combine vinegar, a tablespoon of washing up liquid, and two cups of water to effectively remove any tea or coffee stains. Afterwards, use a sponge to scrub off the stains. The bathroom It’s no surprise that the bathroom isn’t the most popular area in the house to clean, but don’t worry, you’ll be done in no time. The bathroom is relatively easy to clean, in that you essentially need to wipe down everything to remove any stains. This includes any mirrors, sink, bathtub, toilet, and tiles. To clean the inside of the toilet bowl, use toilet bowl cleaner or bleach, and apply around the perimeter of the bowl. Afterwards, use the toilet brush to scrub and remove any noticeable stains. It may even be a good idea to use a flat mop and a bucket to clean the bathroom floor. To do this, you should fill the bucket with warm water and detergent. Use washing up liquid if you don’t have any at hand. Other cleaning jobs Walls An end of tenancy clean isn’t complete until all the walls are left exactly how they were when you first moved in. So that means removing any posters and Blu Tack (mounting putty) that you’ve used to decorate your home. Life hack: Remove Blu Tack with Blue Tack. Simply roll any leftover Blu Tack into a ball and press onto the spots you’re trying to clear away. Left any marks? If so, spray chewing gum remover onto a cloth and gently dab onto the marked areas. After, use a paper towel to dry the area. Curtains Check the label of your curtains, as you may be able to clean them in the washing machine. If not, use a cloth and remove any stains with all-purpose cleaner. Also, you are responsible for fixing or replacing any damaged curtains. If you don’t before our tenancy ends, you may not get your full deposit back. At Space Station, we have a range of excellent self-storage units up and down the UK. With 24-hour CCTV around the clock, and a friendly onsite team, you can expect a quality storage experience. Get your free quote for safe and secure storage, today.

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Space Station – 7 bike storage solutions

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Cycling regularly provides you with an abundance of health benefits, from strengthening your heart muscles to reducing blood fat levels. However, when it comes to storing bikes, it can be difficult to know where to start – especially if you have an entire family of bike enthusiasts. In this guide, we’ll reveal our go-to bike storage solutions, as well as other indoor bike storage ideas. Outdoors Whether you have a big country garden or need to be savvy with space in the city, there’s plenty of ways to store Here are a few outdoor storage ideas you can try: Storage shed Storage sheds are popular amongst UK homeowners, with AOL found that two thirds (62%) of UK homeowners owning a shed, they offer a safe and secure alternative for those who don’t have the luxury of a garage. Storage sheds are space efficient too, meaning they don’t take up too much room in your garden or patio. What’s more, if you’re a DIY enthusiast, you could even have a go at creating your own storage shed so it’s perfectly designed for bike storage. Bike tent or cover Cost-effective, simple, and practical – a bike tent or cover ensures your bike collection is well-protected from the elements. That also means your bike will be safe from any unwanted rusting that can often occur when exposed to water. It’s worth remembering that most bike covers don’t usually come with additional security precautions, like locks. So, to avoid leaving your bike vulnerable, you should think about purchasing a ground anchor to secure it. Bike racks Despite often being found in busy town centres or cities, bike racks can also be used domestically too. What makes a bike rack so useful is that they can accommodate all tyre types, making it suitable for the different bikes you may have in your family, from kids to adults. Garage The garage seems like the logical place to store your family’s bike collection, but if your car, tools, and other bits and pieces are in there, it can easily become cluttered. Here are a few suggestions to avoid this scenario: Ceiling bike storage If there’s not much room on your garage floor, you could attach your bike to the ceiling. There’s a couple of devices for you to choose from, either a pulley system or a rack. Conveniently, these can hold up to six bikes, making this perfect for a large family of bike lovers. Shelf and hooks Alternatively, a cheaper option would be to purchase some bike hooks. This works by hanging one of your bike’s tyre over a hook, where it will remain and hang securely in place. Hooks are an affordable way to organise your bike collection without taking too much space. Indoor bike storage For cyclists who live in an apartment block or flat, who don’t have outdoor space, these helpful indoor bike storage methods may be worth considering: Wall-mounted bike storage Wall-mounted bike racks makes excellent use of any free wall space. This particular type of storage is designed to support the front and rear tyre of your bike, meaning you can easily lift your bike, and effortlessly slot it into place. They’re effective, out of the way, and a great way to be economical with the space you have. Get decorative If your bike is going to be inside your home, why not try make them look aesthetically pleasing? Instead of regarding your bike as unwanted clutter, make it a part of your home’s decor. After all, your bike is a work of art, so you can even hang it on your wall like you would a painting or even transform a bike rack into a shelf. At Space Station, we have a range of safe and secure storage units that are perfect for your family’s selection of bikes. With 24hr CCTV around the clock, as well as our friendly on-site staff who are more than happy to give you a helping hand whenever you need it. We’re the bike storage solution you can always trust.

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In safe hands

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Business Focus Magazine interview with our CEO Kevin Prince A very informative and in-depth article from the Business Focus Magazine, interviewing our CEO Kevin Prince about Space Station’s history and future growth plans.  Read full interview pdf With huge thanks to the following partners who have helped us on our growth path so far and whom we look forward to working with in the future. KuboidEurope’s premier self storage design & construction company.EDG securityProviding electronic Fire and Security services.3verestManaged cloud for business & healthcare.Templewood recruitmentA leading, independent recruitment consultancy.

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