Protect the mattress, protect the deposit
At the start of the tenancy the Inventory Clerk will examine mattresses on both sides, wherever possible, and any stains or marks will be noted. The Clerk will also note if the mattress carries the required by Fire Safety labels (blue edged labels with black cigarette & match and written “complies with BS7177”). The label should be permanently affixed and the Tenant must not cut or remove it.
At the end of the tenancy the Inventory Clerk will examine the mattress again and new stains, spots or damage will be recorded.
Tenants must remember that stains, spots or soiling to mattresses is NEVER fair wear and tear. It is considered damage and the reason is that while normal Wear & Tear is unavoidable, staining to mattresses can be prevented.
The solution is easy and cheap – always use a mattress protector under the sheets to avoid staining or discolouration to the mattress. Preferably buy a thick one with a waterproof side. This way if an accident happens, the mattress doesn't get stained.
If you are a Landlord we would highly recommend providing a mattress cover at the start of the tenancy for the Tenants to use it. Mattress pads and covers can protect your mattress from spills, stains, and accidental rips or tears. They also help protect the stitching along the seams of the mattress, which will help your mattress last much longer.
Smoking in bed is a bad idea
In addition to the risk of starting a fire, the problem with smoking in bed is that cigarette odors can penetrate absorbent materials such as mattresses deeper than the surface area that can effectively be cleaned. If you're not ready to pay for a new mattress at the end of your tenancy, it’s better to avoid smoking in bed.