How to protect and clean your car/motorcycle after Holi

Holi is a celebration of good over evil, colors and excitement. But often Holi colors leave stains on cars that can be a bit of a pain to remove. The situation gets even worse when interiors and upholstery are stained with Holi colors. Here are some tips on how you can protect your car/motorbike from getting dirty with Holi colors.

Avoid using your car or motorbike

The best way to protect your motorcycle or car on Holi is not to use it. Instead, you can use a taxi like Ola or Uber. This will ensure that your car remains totally safe as it will be parked at your place. Even if someone hit the car with a balloon or colors, it would be a taxi you would enter so you wouldn’t have to clean your vehicle.

Cover your vehicle

How to protect and clean your car/motorcycle after Holi

Simply covering your car with a cover would create a shield between the vehicle’s colors and paintwork. So your painting would not be damaged. Moreover, it would also prevent minor scratches and bumps that people may cause while playing Holi. Plus, your car would stay safe from dust and debris that can be caused by trees and birds.

Use cling film

How to protect and clean your car/motorcycle after Holi

If you don’t have a cover for your vehicle, you can use cling film. You can summarize some of the vulnerable areas that you think can be easily damaged. For example, door handles, fenders, doors, hood and trunk. Yes, it will make your car look silly, but it will protect your car from color.

Apply wax before Holi

How to protect and clean your car/motorcycle after Holi

If you have a shared parking spot, there’s not much you can do to protect your car. You can apply a coat of shoe polish to your car. This would create a protective coating between the color and your car’s top paint. So it would be easier to remove the body color.

Protect the cabin

How to protect and clean your car/motorcycle after Holi

When it comes to the interior, there’s very little you can do to protect it. You can use very large polythene bags to cover the seats. If you can’t find polythene bags big enough, you can cover the seats with thick towels or old curtains that would prevent the color from touching the seats. Also wrap the contact points with cling film so that they do not get dirty. Touch points include the door handles, climate controls, gear lever and steering wheel.

How to Remove Holi Color Stains From Car

If your car gets colors from Holi, you should first wash it with a good quality mild shampoo. If the color does not come off, gently use a rub-in compound. Then, buff the stain with a dry cloth. Once the stain is removed, wash the vehicle with clear water, dry it and apply a thick shoe polish. If the interior is stained, you will need to dry clean your vehicle. If your car came with leather upholstery, the process is different and it’s best to have it cleaned by a professional.

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