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LOL...see, I try to be low-maintenance. First of all, all that cleaning/spackling/painting was MY place that I'm moving out of. Totally my doing, but fine after 4.5 years. I also have NO carpet to scrub in ANY of my properties...100% hardwoods/tile. I did charge the witch who thought she could get off scott free dumping a bottle of nail polish on the floor...I noted it in her inspection before she moved out so she had the opportunity to clean it up herself, she didn't, and she was bitten with a fee to clean it off and re-poly the floor in that area (nail polish remover is pretty noxious stuff, and takes up poly as well as nail polish, but I guess she's lucky I took it up myself and therefore she only got charged for the $.99 bottle of remover and a bag of gloves so I didn't destroy my hands on top of the poly job). Nail polish bottles are pretty tough...I've dropped a CLOSED one on my floor before and it didn't break...so it was clearly negligence in both dropping it *OPEN* AND not cleaning it up right away.
Renters, though, are not great about cleaning. Unfortunately, there's not much I can do about that. Sure, if they leave tons of junk, I can charge for it, but if they leave the place "broom clean" and empty of their personal effects and outright trash, they've met the letter of the law, and scrubbing gunk out of appliances falls to me. Fortunately, lemon juice and magic erasers are magic bullets.
Just to share, if the microwave or oven are gunky, set a small bowl of lemon juice or a few slices of lemon in a bowl of water in the oven/microwave, turn them on until you get steam (about 30 minutes in the oven and 5 minutes in the microwave), then let them sit for about 15 minutes. Gunk comes off with a damp sponge. For the dishwasher, you can either place a bowl of lemon juice or lemon water in the top rack and run a "dry" cycle to steam it up, or run a full cycle with white vinegar in the detergent hatch. WAY easier and less noxious than other methods.
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