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Don’t let cleaning scares bring down your Holi spirits! The Mumbai guide on cleaning homes after Holi will take care of any kind of color stains!
Published March 23, 2016

The Mumbai guide of Cleaning Homes after Holi

It’s that time of the year again in Mumbai, when showers of gulaal will fly through the air, water balloons will fly out from unsuspecting corners, and everybody’s faces will be smeared with hues of blue, pink and green. In other words, “Holi hai!” Colors and drums would conveniently make us forget the task of cleaning homes after Holi.

Once you’re done with the celebrations, you might find sneaky, color stains that have crept into your home! Whether it’s a smear on the wall or dried color on the floor, these can be quite stubborn and hard to get rid of.

But don’t let these cleaning scares bring down your Holi spirits! We have dug up our precious post- Holi home cleaning guide that will help you quickly get rid of all kinds of colour stains. Follow these tips, and your home will be ready to host that Holi after party in no time!

Start with the easy targets

  1. Sweep up any dry powder on the floor, just to make sure it doesn’t spread, or even worse, get wet and leave stains. If there is any colour on your dining tables, chairs, or cabinets, simply dust it off.
  2. If on your bed sheets or curtains, clean it lightly with a broom or vacuum it. Don’t use your hand or too much force, as this will make the colour spread and get absorbed super quick.
  3. Attack the puddles of coloured water, as leaving them for long will allow the colour to settle. Blot them with paper towels. Then sprinkle detergent powder over the stains to break the colour’s chemical components, and scrub it off using a brush.

Next, the floors

  1. Tackle tough, dried stains by applying a paste of baking soda and water. Once the paste dries up, wipe it closely with a damp cloth, sponge, or even an old tooth brush. The colour generally dissolves and comes off quite easily, while the texture & sheen of the floor remains untouched.

Un-colour those walls

  1. Avoid using bleach or baking powder on the walls, as it can cause the paint to peel or chip. Instead, a mild detergent is a much better idea.
  2. Another solution is to rub the stain with non-gel tooth paste or undiluted vinegar. But before using these options, try it out on an inconspicuous spot on the wall to check how it reacts to the surface.
  3. Always use a soft cloth to avoid scratches. You could also a bit of steel wool or recycled toothbrush to skim the surface, but remember to make the strokes in one direction instead of scrubbing in a circle.

Clean up the bathrooms

  1. Liquid bleach works best for stains on white tiles. If you have laminated or coloured flooring, stick to detergent.
  2. Use a soft, bristled scrubber to get stains off the fittings, sinks and countertops. However, remember to rub delicately to avoid scratches.

Spruce up your furniture

  1. Gently wipe any colour marks with a piece of cotton wool dipped in acetone. Once the stain comes off, remember to wipe that area with a damp cloth.
  2. For glass, the baking powder and water paste works like a charm.

Rescue that upholstery

  1. If you spot any stains on the curtains, cushion covers, sofa covers, soak them immediately in detergent water and gently wash it out.
  2. A mixture of vinegar or lemon juice and hot water works wonders in removing stains from rugs and carpets. Apply it on the stained area, leave it for some time and then wipe it off with a damp sponge or cotton wool soaked in water.

Cleaning Homes After Holi :)

So what are you waiting for? Have a crazy, fun-filled time. After that, we will be right here to make sure all that is left behind are the beautiful, colourful memories of Holi.

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