One of our favourite Indian festivals, Holi is all about joy, fun, vibrancy, and a whole lot of thandaai. It’s when friends and family get together to splash each other’s lives with colour again.
While the Holi party is all about throwing gulaal and spraying pichkaris, the Holi afterparty looks quite different. This is when we attempt at cleaning up the remains of the day. When the celebration dies down and normalcy returns, our homes must return to being spick and span, the way we like it. To accomplish this, we’ve put together a few tried and tested cleaning hacks. Find below the ultimate Holi cleaning guide.
Holi Cleaning Hacks
The aftermath of the fun and frolic is a home turned upside down. That is why these tips & tricks are meant to take care of everything from top to bottom. The most important tip for the after-Holi cleaning is to begin immediately! Most Holi colors are easily removable if they are cleaned on the same day. The longer the stains remain, the harder it will be to remove them. So, chop-chop, let’s begin!
For walls that have been in the middle of a colour warfare, you can use some of these tricks. For walls with washable paint, you can simply use a sponge/cloth and water. For walls with non-washable paint, you need to first soak the coloured sections using a wet tissue. Then use water and baking soda to make a paste and apply it to the affected portions. Let it rest for 15 minutes and then use a soft, microfibre cloth to wipe it off. Use circular motions to clean the colour thoroughly, without scratching the wall or chipping its paint.
If your furniture has caught some of the Holi colours, you can simply use the vacuum cleaner to suck up the dry colors. For harder colors on cushions and wooden surfaces, use a soft cloth dipped in acetone to wipe the colors away.
Use a nylon brush to brush away the dry colors from sofa cushions, beds, and mats. If the coloured water has stained your cushion or covers, you can soak them in vinegar or lemon juice for a while and then use water to clean them. For leather furniture, use a soft cloth dipped in water and ethanol to wipe gently at the affected area.
Floor & Surfaces
If Holi colours have fallen on your floor, use a tissue to blot them immediately. Newspaper or old paper towels dipped in water can also be used to dab at the colors on the floor and clean them. For harder stains, you can use a baking soda and water paste to work them out.
Acetone works best for almost all of the kitchen surfaces that may be stained with Holi colors. From the platform and appliances to sink and window panels, a soft damp sponge or brush can lightly scrub out most of the colors.
Home & Bath Fixtures
To clean doorknobs, handles, and bathroom fixtures, wipe with a dry cloth and then wash with soapy water. Bathroom floors and tiles need to be cleaned immediately to avoid permanent colour stains. For harder stains, baking soda and water can be used.
Although you might be completely exhausted at the end of a long and colourful day, now is the time to act if you want to bring your home back in shape. So start right away with these helpful tips & tricks. Let the scrubbing begin!
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