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May 17 2013

Tips and Tricks for Turnover Day Surprises

bog-nail-polishEvery vacation rental homeowner who’s ever done their own turnovers week after week knows the frustration of arriving at your property to find unexpected “parting gifts” in the carpets, on the walls, or on the furniture. Not damage, really, but mars in your carefully maintained décor that often take more elbow grease and cleaning supplies than a regular turnover day will allow. More often than not, the nail polish gets left in the carpet or the white heat stain on the dining room table remains until the next turnover or worse, September, when there’s finally time to address it. But what impression does it leave on the next tenants?

Prepare in the spring by arming yourself with supplies, techniques and instructions detailed in the links below for tackling six of the most common turnover day surprises. Plus, find a BONUS link to timesaving cleaning tips and shortcuts for a more efficient turnover day in general.

Surprise #1 – Sunblock stains on furniture cushions

How to Remove Suntan Lotion Stains

Of course we want our guests to stay safe and protect their skin with sunblock, but not at the expense of our sofas! This article from HowStuffWorks.com provides details for getting sunblock stains out of almost every surface from nylon to flagstone to acrylic plastic.

blog-crayon-on-wallSurprise #2 – Crayon on walls or furniture

How do you get crayon off of a painted wall?

Oh, how nice. Little Susie left a depiction of her fun with the seagulls on the guest bedroom wall. Look to CircleofMoms.com, an invaluable community and forum packed with member-posted advice and help for the home. And who could possibly know more about eradicating our littlest guests’ waxy wall art than moms?

Surprise #3 – Greasy handprints on the walls

Say Goodbye to Greasy Fingerprints

It’s funny how the worst prints are far too high up the wall to be caused by kids! Use this excellent article and video from CleanMySpace.com. The blog is filled with a variety of super helpful cleaning tips and techniques

Surprise #4 – White heat stain on a table top

DIY How to Remove White Heat Stains on a Wood Surface

I’ve been blessed with a most amazing repeat renter going on her tenth year of renting the same two weeks each summer. Still, it took her three years to realize that the porcelain, fish-shaped ornament in the middle of the maple dining room table, called a trivet, was not just for show. Check out this article from TipNut.com. It works!

Surprise #5 – Gum in carpet

Blog-Gum in carpetRemove Gum from Carpet

Oh, the joy of children. It’s not surprising that some vacation rental homeowners would rather allow pets in their home over kids. No matter which you prefer, WikiHow.com can help.

Surprise #6 – Nail polish in carpet or on upholstery

How to Get Fingernail Polish Out of Carpets

It happens. Next to fingerprints and smudges on the wall, this surprise occurs most often for me, and not just in the carpets. Get step-by-step instructions at The Learning Channel website. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s got to be better than acetone and an Exacto knife.

BONUS: 10 timesaving cleaning tips and shortcuts

Let us know if you’ve used any of these techniques or if you have any other tricks to battle turnover day surprises!

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About the author

Shannon Russo

Shannon Russo - I am proud to be the driving force behind the WeNeedaVacation.com Homeowner Blog, our Homeowner Tutorial Video Series and the design of our WeNeedaVacation.com email communications. Though I wear many hats in the office, I most enjoy assisting Cape and Islands homeowners with the knowledge I have gained from owning a just-off Cape vacation rental home for over ten years. Raised on the Canadian prairies, I fell in love with the ocean at first sight and would gladly spend the rest of my life in a shack on the beach or sailing the seas. I currently reside in Framingham with my husband, my teenage son, and an ageless pitbull mix named Coogan. Email Shannon

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