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« on: November 04, 2021, 01:50:46 PM »

Hi,

My tenants have stained the headrest area of my sofa with their scalp treatment product. I have looked for professional cleaning company to clean the stains twice but to no avail. I obtained quote from companies to change the fabric for headrest only and it sums to be circa 1000. Do i have the right to deduct 1000 from their deposit to cover this damage? The sofa is new (about 2 years) before the tenants damage it. It's not accidental damage too as the stains are patches of it around the headrest (some are darker shades and some are lighter shades). Any advice on this is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2021, 02:26:23 PM »

I obtained quote from companies to change the fabric for headrest only and it sums to be circa 1000.

This is a ridiculous amount for just re-covering a headrest.

Look here at the indicative costs of covering an entire sofa https://www.checkatrade.com/blog/cost-guides/furniture-reupholstery-cost/

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2021, 02:40:16 PM »

You can propose the deduction but if the tenants dispute it, you will lose.

You are certainly in the right to deduct money though.  The sofa is not unusable so you can charge a cleaning cost and a reasonable compensation amount for the damage. Nothing like 1000 though.
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2021, 03:40:10 PM »

Do i have the right to deduct 1000 from their deposit to cover this damage?

No.

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It's not accidental damage too as the stains are patches of it around the headrest (some are darker shades and some are lighter shades).

Of course it's accidental. You surely aren't suggesting it was deliberate? People are sometimes a bit daft... but this was done surely by mistake when looking to rectify an issue discovered?

The sofa still does its primary job - that of being a sofa. It hasn't become unusable as a sofa. The damage could be said to be "merely cosmetic". Although that doesn't sit well with many of us it is how it will be looked upon by any objective third party who becomes responsible for assessing. So I would try to be more realistic in your expectations.

And, also, let's all be honest, ey? I reckon the chances are if you managed to bleed 1,000 from the ex-Tenants... I have some doubts you'd go ahead and have the headrest replaced... you might just see if the next Tenants would accept it as-is... or it might be time to consider going unfurnished?

My advice: Ask them what they used and whether they can supply you some more... then rub it liberally - but not uniformly - all over the unstained parts, creating a kind of mottled / animal / nature effect. People seem to like that. And the sofa will become one-of-a-kind to boot.

Final idea... headrest covers... they exist. Sometimes they feel a bit... low-end... but they exist for a purpose, this kind of situation could be one of them. Here you go... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chair-Covers-Cotton-Furniture-Cover/dp/B00DNWYJHM - 12.
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2021, 06:35:48 PM »

A couple of centuries ago, bewhiskered young blades used to use Macassar oil on their hair, which gave it a lovely sheen but played merry hell with the upholstery. To combat the problem, they invented the antimacassar. It may be a bit late for that in this instance but I mention it for two reasons: firstly, to illustrate that there is nothing new under the sun and, secondly, because it's just the sort of word that deserves to be wheeled out more often in modern parlance.
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2021, 07:00:25 PM »

What do you mean,a couple of centuries ago? I'll have you know my family had these Irish linen and lace things on the back of the chairs.My Dad was as bald as a coot,but some male visitors had Brylcream on their hair. 
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2021, 08:17:48 PM »

To combat the problem, they invented the antimacassar.

And Amazon returns a fine set of results for this search term.

Good stuff team, another challenging and exigent problem solved!
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2021, 10:25:18 AM »

I find the quotes ridiculous too. I was advised that i'm better off with new sofa but its a 5 seater L shape sofa bought at 2,700 and its only 2 years old. My heart was literally bleeding when i saw the stains. it wasnt exactly accidental damage - the tenants knew that the hair products (some sort of scalp treatment) stains the sofa but they kept doing it (hence patches of them of different shades around the headrest; darker one on the main seat with recliner). the stains around the headrests are pretty disgusting and the fabric for the headrest definitely needs changing. i am considering to buy fabric on my own and try to sew it myself to replace the fabric (if i am able to do so!). If i were to do that, what is a reasonable amount to deduct deposit in this case? Thank you.
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2021, 12:30:00 PM »

If your heart is literally bleeding you have got more urgent things to worry about than a stained sofa.Seriously,if you start trying to sew it yourself you will need professional tools and will probably make it look even worse.There are various types of headrest covers,go online and see if anything looks suitable.I would be inclined to get some tasteful throws and explain to new tenants what has happened.I took the unfurnished decision years ago, less hassle all round. If tenants are looking to settle in,they prefer to choose their own stuff.
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2021, 01:40:04 PM »

My heart was literally bleeding...

Make sure it doesn't go all over the sofa
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