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Fake tan stained mattresses costing student landlord thousands

5th September 2013

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A Cardiff landlord has revealed how mattresses ruined by students’ need to be bronzed are costing him thousands.

So, if you’re hoping to get your deposit back at the end of this year, it might be advisable to lay off the fake tan. Even if you are in Cardiff and the sun hasn’t made an appearance in recent memory.

John Winter, who lets houses to students, first noticed the issue four years ago, according to his lettings manager Joe Harris.

Harris says: “John didn't have a clue what the strange orange marks were. They were roughly body shaped and you could see the wrist, ankle and shoulder areas.

"There is a high percentage of females out of the 400 students we house, so the incidents were much higher, and you could see the fake tanning products in nearly every room."

He adds that mattresses had been ruined so often that a new type, which includes a removal cover, are now being used.

“There are quite a few orange-coloured people walking around Cardiff,” he says.

“I went to one house and was met by a parade of ruined mattresses being carried down the stairs on the way to the skip.”

If you want to avoid an accidentally fake tanned mattress (we don’t think this is overly hygienic either...) and keep your deposit, follow the below don’ts...

How not to ruin your mattress with fake tan

Don’t forget to exfoliate before you apply

Don’t buy very cheap products, as they’ll smudge more easily

Don’t get into bed before your fake tan is completely dry

Don’t over-apply – it’ll never properly soak in

Don’t wear skimpy pyjamas. Obvious, really.

Finally, don’t forget our favourite tip, courtesy of the bronzing geniuses at Tanbelievable: if you need to speed up the time it takes to dry your tan, blast in with a hairdryer on the cold setting. And then you can sleep peacefully, safe in the knowledge that your deposit will be replaced in full, and that you’re not festering in an orange stained bed. Phew.

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