How to clean your home after Holi
Our house, or should I say our home, is a reflection of our identity. We spend days, months and years decorating and maintaining it. The thought of a dirty, color stained home after Holi is enough to give sleepless nights to the cleanliness obsessed. I know you do your best to keep your Holi crazed family and friends out of the living area but sometimes it’s unavoidable. So here are some tips to help you clean up your home after Holi.
Protect your Floor/Tiles
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.
If Gulaal falls on your floor, don’t use water to clean it, not even a damp cloth. Sweep it with of 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.
However, if colored water or moistened pakka color does spill on the floor, soak it 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.
Protect your wooden Furniture
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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Protect your Sofa covers, Cushion covers, Curtains, Bed sheets etc.
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.
Protect doors and windows
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.
Protect your Crockery
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.
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 up after Holi read part one of the Holi Survival Guide.