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UK House Buyers Glossary - R
This page of our online a to z glossary is for UK house buyers terms beginning with the letter 'R'.
- Rafters - the sloping timbers which support the roof of a building.
- Redemption fee - a fee often payable when you payoff a mortgage early.
- Reinforced Concrete - the name given to concrete which has been strengthened with wire or metal bars.
- Remortgage - when a second mortgage is taken out against the capital held in a house.
- Rendering - the first application of a mix such as plaster onto a brick wall.
- Retaining Wall - a barrier wall which resists lateral pressure and prevents the movement of earth.
- Renovation - improving a sub-standard or unsuitable property by performing work on it.
- Repayment mortgage - a mortgage where the loan repayments cover both the loan and the interest throughout the, period of the loan. This means that at the end of the loan period all the money borrowed and interest due have been paid and you fully own the house.
- Resident landlord - someone who lives in the same premises as his tenant.
- RIBA - the Royal Institute of British Architects.
- RICS - Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
- R.S.J. - a rolled steel joist.
- Rising damp - capillary action causes damp to rise up a wall of a house resulting in wood rot and plaster decay. Normally requires a damp course to be fitted.
Household Cleaning and Stain Removal Tips
Here is a selection of household cleaning and stain removal tips and information that you will find useful.
They are listed alphabetically to make it easier to find the information that you want. Click your mouse on one the letter shown below and you will be taken to the correct page for that letter.
Please be cautious when cleaning items or trying to remove stains. Before using a cleaner or stain remover always do a test on a small piece of fabric that won't be seen to check that it won't change the colour or damage the item.
The golden rule of stain removal is to act quickly to remove the stain before it can dry. Stains which are easy to remove before they dry can become very difficult or even impossible to successfully remove when they have been allowed to dry.
You need to be careful when trying to remove stains or you may damage the item you are trying to remove the stain from. It is also possible that you could make the stain more obvious than it was before you started.
Stain removers need to be handled with extreme care. Always read and take note of any instructions or warnings on the label. The chemicals used in stain removers are often poisonous and highly flammable so make sure that you keep them safely away from children and pets. Always ensure there is adequate ventilation when using stain removers as they often give off dangerous fumes. Don't smoke when using them. Be careful not to mix stain removers - if you try one stain remover and it does not work make sure that you have thoroughly rinsed it away before trying a different stain remover. It is best to wear rubber gloves when touching any cleaning or stain removing products to avoid damaging your skin.
Here is a Randomly Selected Cleaning and Stain Removal Tip
Removing Mud Stains from Carpets
Allow time for the mud to completely dry and then vacuum it up. If some of the mud still remains, loosen it with a stiff brush and then vacuum it up.