Vibrant colors fill up our surroundings during the festive season of Holi. It is a playful festival celebrated with so much fun, music, dance, and everything all together. But with Holi comes colors and lots of water that eventually leads to rusting and jamming of metals.
Holi is all about playing with colors and pichkaris, but when the water gets everywhere, it becomes difficult to remove the rust from our gates, windows, doors, and even our vehicles. The chemicals in the colors are much worse. But don’t you worry, we have a few tricks and tips up our sleeves that can help you prepare for Holi!
What you’ll need:
- Towel Cloth
- Soft Cloth
- Distilled Water
- Tarp/plastic cover
Prepare your Metal/Iron Gates for Holi:
Method 1: If you want to keep your gate as good as new after the Holi celebrations, surface preparation is the key. Remove all the dust and dirt from your metal/iron gates with a broom. Get your metal/iron gates cleaned with soap water to remove all the stuck-up dirt, grime, bird droppings, etc. Once cleaned, wash the gate with water and use a towel cloth to remove the rust.
Method 2: Another method to prepare for Holi and removing rust is sandpaper. You can scrub the rust from your iron/metal gates with sandpaper. Remember not to scrub away the paint from the gates.
While all of this can help remove the dirt and grime, there is always some stuck-up grime and rust that is difficult to remove. It would help if you had something quicker and an easy way to keep the rust away from your gates.
Spray some WD-40 on the rust building on your metal/iron gates and wipe it out with a soft cloth. Don’t forget to lube up the hinges and the door locks with WD-40 as well, this will prevent any future build-up.
You can also apply a fresh coat of polish or paint to easily wash off any colors and prevent rusting on the rate.
Prepare your Windows and Wooden Doors for Holi:
Method: Holi water does get everywhere, and glass windows and wooden doors are detrimental to moisture. The railings of your window, and the hinges of your door, are susceptible to damage. Mix a tablespoon of liquid detergent with warm water. Make a soapy solution out of it and use it to wipe clean the glass windows and wooden doors. Use a towel cloth to remove the stuck-up dirt from the surface.
Now that you have removed all the dirt, use some WD-40 directly onto your glass windows and wooden doors to make them squeaky clean. For the door handles and window hinges, lubrication is important. Spray some WD-40 and leave it be. The hinges will stay good as new for a long time!
Try to keep the surfaces dry once cleaned; you can also apply tape on the exposed metal areas to keep them from getting wet.
Prepare your Vehicles for Holi:
Method: The first thing that you should do before Holi Celebration is cleaning your vehicles thoroughly.
Unfortunately, rust does not only occur on the exterior of your vehicle; it occurs on the interior too. Before you allow that to happen, spray some WD-40 directly onto your vehicles and wipe the rust and grime with a soft cloth. Use water to clean away all the dirt and wipe it off. Make sure that all the residue is rinsed off, and your vehicle is thoroughly dried to continue the fight against rust.
Next comes the lubrication. The tyres, the bumpers, and the other parts of your car where build-up can affect its performance could use some lubrication. Not to mention the chain and gearbox of your bike could get damaged if not lubricated properly.
Spray some WD-40, leave it on for a while, wipe away any access. Now cover up your car/motorbike with a sheet of tarp or plastic. The hard water of Holi can get into the deep interiors of your vehicle and damage it. This will prevent your vehicle from rusting and will help you prepare for Holi so you can celebrate without any worries.
Pro tip: Put away your vehicles, and cover up the gates and other metal appliances that might be prone to rusting before Holi. Not just water, the chemical-ridden colours can harm them too.