Cleaning Your Car After The Holi Fest Has Never Been Easier

by IndianAuto Team | 07/03/2020
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Does cleaning your car after the Holi festivals drive you crazy? Read these tips to reduce the headaches.

Namaste! The Holi Festival is coming in just a few days more; and IndianAuto hopes you’re ready for one of the biggest Indian festivals. In case you’re a foreigner, during Holi, people fling naturally coloured powders and water to anyone on the street! Therefore, nobody can escape unless he or she chooses to stay at home or far away from the festival. As every party ends and leaves quite a mess, the most troublesome issue of this traditional festival is how to clean the colour sticking to the clothes, floors, streets, walls, pets, vehicles, etc. Colours used to celebrate this festival tend to mess up the appearance of the crs (if you park it near or in the areas where the festival is held). Even with protection and caution, there are still some chances that your car might be left with stubborn stains. As a matter of fact, Holi is fun, but cleaning the aftermath is definitely not on the same boat. 

Playing Holi with A5BratPack style

To carefully clean your car quickly without leaving any scratch or tough stain, you may want to learn the following guides:

For the exterior

  1. Take note that one should use only mild cleaners such as car washing shampoo, foam, or soap. And don’t use any hard clothes to clean your car; instead, a microfibre towel can help you clean and dry easier and safer. Then, you should apply a wax cover to recover the shine. You also need to take note that a coat of wax for your car a day before Holi can speed up the cleaning process.

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  1. A car’s headlights usually come with protective films which are degrading gradually depending on the condition of exposure to the weather. As a consequence, the headlights’ plastics become oxidized which makes colour powders get stuck in with ease. To remove such stains, try to rub the area with a microfibre dipped in a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Not only does the mixture help get rid of the stains, but it also polishes the headlights.

a woman cleans a car

Always use microfibre cloths when cleaning your car.

  1. For the car wheels, try not to use acid-based detergents. Instead, simply take a cleaning bucket, and in there, put vinegar, hot water and wheel cleaning detergents.

  2. Because of the powders’ characteristics, they can enter the slits or gaps between the parts of a vehicle. In other words, they can accidentally go into your engines or get stuck in the tiny open spaces of your car. You can use a vacuum to either suck or blow them. Nevertheless, for areas like engines, it’s better to bring your vehicle to a car washer to remove hard stains and clean the unreachable parts.

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For the interior 

In case the powders accidentally get in your car during the time of Holi, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up the powders first and then try these below tips to completely blow them out of your car.

  1. To clean cloth seats, the first thing you must keep in mind is using as little water as possible because too much humidity can create foul smells in your car. The tip is to rub the stains in a circular motion using baking soda with hot water. However, if a stain is too tough, mix vinegar, warm water and dishwashing detergent in a small amount to remove it. After that, rinse off the mixture with cold water and a towel. One more thing, remember to use microfibre and open the car windows to let the air dry the interior.

cleaning a car's interior

Cleaning your car interior only needs little water.

  1. However, to clean leather seats, which are prone to be broken by liquids, use a cotton ball dipped in any nail polish removers or an alcohol-based cleaner. You can also apply diluted lemon juice or vinegar on the stains and let them sit for 30 minutes, then clean all with a damp sponge. Once again, grab a microfibre towel to wipe and dry all over the seats.

  2. Since natural powders used during the Holi festival are often natural and sometimes possess odours, it can create an unpleasant smell in your car. Moreover, because some people mix the coloured powders with water, the mixture stays for a period of time inside your car and starts to smell stinky. To solve this, put a deodorizer inside your car. However, if you’re on a low budget, you can put a charcoal pack inside instead to absorb the smell; another method is making a DIY deodorizer of baking soda and essential oils.

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Let’s Recap!

It is indeed troublesome to clean up your car after the Holi festival. The easiest way to do so is to bring your car to a car washer where you can save time and remove the toughest stains quickly and easily. However, if you want to do it yourself, remember these rules:

  1. Vacuum first to reduce to powders.

  2. Always use microfibre cloths to rub and clean your car without harming it.

  3. Clothes seats’ cleaning method is different from leather ones’.

  4. Colour powders can get in the slits and gaps between a car’s parts including engines.

  5. Apply protection and a coat of wax on your car for the further easier cleaning process.

A car on a Holi festival street

Holi is an exciting Indian traditional festival.

All in all, Holi is a traditional Indian festival that treasures the triumph of the good over the evil. During the event’s time, people fling coloured powder at each other and everything around them join the vibe including your beloved car. If you don’t want your vehicle to be covered under tons of powder, you should cover it with a nylon cover or leave it in your garage at home, and call a taxi to attend the event. If you have to drive yourself, park far from the festival scene. Above all, take note that prevention is always better than solving irritable problems of the aftermath. If you wish to know more about how to protect your car during the Holi festival and other incredible tips, don’t hesitate to check out our useful articles in our tips and guides section.

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