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UK House Buyers Glossary - S

This page of our online a to z glossary is for UK house buyers terms beginning with the letter 'S'.

 

  • Screed - a thin layer of mortar or concrete layed to finish a floor (make it level). Also, a small strip of wood used as a plastering guide.
  • Service charges - charges which leaseholders pay to a management company to cover the maintenance, insurance and repair of the building. This is common for blocks of flats.
  • Sole agency - the agreement to sell your property using just one estate agent.
  • Squatter - someone who gains entry to a vacant property without permission with the intention of living there.
  • Stamp duty - a goverment tax which levied on property purchases above a certain value.
  • Stretcher - the longest face of a brick.
  • Stucco - external plastering, often moulded and painted to appear like stone.
  • Stud Wall - an internal partition wall constructed from timber sections and covered with a finishing material such as plasterboard.

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.


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Stain Removal

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.

Be Careful

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.

 

 

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