How to clean your home after Holi
No matter how hard you try to keep your Holi crazed family and friends out of the living area, it is inevitable that your floors & tiles get stained with pukka Holi colors. We know that you are obsessive about cleaning so we have written this guide on how to remove holi color from floor & tiles.
How to remove holi color from floor
Floors and tiles get stained with pakka Holi colors especially the area in your veranda and/or your balcony. It will be a smart move to take precautions and tackle the problem immediately.
Protect your Floor/Tiles from Holi colors
Since Holi is all about “Rang Barse”, some rang is inevitably going to fall on the floor. You don’t want to spoil those spectacular marble tiles you got last Diwali so that is what you need to do.
Take action immediately
If Gulaal falls on your floor, don’t use water to clean it, not even a damp cloth. Sweep it with a broom. If dry pakka color falls on the floor, sweep it immediately with a broom. Remember, you have to act fast so that the color does not get wet. And do clean up before someone walks over it and spreads it all over the house. That would be a disaster.
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What to do if your floors get stained with Holi colors
However, if colored water or moistened pakka color does spill on the floor, this is the way that you remove the stains.
Soak the color immediately with the help of a sponge or a cloth. Do not let the color dry. This will cause permanent staining. In case that does happen, you will have to take out the big guns. Use a strong detergent to clean it.
You can also weaken a dry pakka color stain by using baking powder and water. Make a thick paste, allow it to dry on the color spots and after a few minutes wipe it off with a wet sponge or a damp cloth. You could also scrub it out with an old toothbrush.
How to protect your wooden furniture from Holi color
Gulaal can be simply wiped off using a dry cloth. For pakka/wet color, use a good quality nail polish remover on cotton wool to remove the stains.
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How to protect Sofa covers, Cushions, Curtains, Bed sheets etc. from Holi colors
If Gulaal falls on upholstery, clean it immediately with a broom or vacuum it. NOTE: Do not use your hand to dust it off. This makes the Gulaal spread all over and get absorbed by the fabric.
How to protect doors and windows from Holi color
If it’s Gulaal, just dust it off. For pakka color marks use a liquid detergent or cleaning solution like Colin. If that does not work, use nail polish remover on the wooden parts of the door and window. For glass, use baking powder and water paste. Apply the past on the stains and let it dry before scraping off.
NOTE: In case of pakka color marks, the sooner you clean it, the better it is.
How to protect your crockery from Holi color
Samose, Pakode and Gujias are the specialties of the day. People don’t even wait to wash before grabbing food after playing Holi. In case you are touchy about your crockery, it’s best to use disposable cutlery.
Remember that prevention is better than cure when it comes to cleaning your home for Holi.
In case things do get messed up you can always hire Broomberg’s professional cleaning services to make your home shine after holi.
To ab “Rang Barasne Do!” and stop worrying. You got the cleaning figures out.
Have some tips based on experience? Share them with us in the comment section.
For information on how to protect your skin, hair and nails from Holi colors and to know how to clean yourself up after Holi read part one of the Holi Survival Guide.
Last updated: 21 Feb 2018