Here’s how to protect your car in and out on Holi

Simple do-it-yourself tips to keep your car spotless on Holi

By: | Updated: March 11, 2017 6:00 PM
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Holi is a festival of colours, so understandably there will be colours involved in your routine on Holi day, however, there are some things one must do in order to protect their car from stains which can damage their car's paint. The festival of colours is about having fun with family and close friends. However, it is also that time of the year when your car needs extra care to avoid any stains on the exteriors or the interiors. There some 'do-it-yourself' tips that would remove the colour stains, if your vehicle gets some, with ease. Here is what you should do and invest a little time as well as money to keep your car clean.

- Give your car a thorough wash and then apply a coat of wax. It need not be done by a professional, but, make sure to apply a proper coat to the body as well as alloys. If your car gets colour stains, the wax applied would ensure that the stain isn't permanent.

- Even after applying a coat of wax, if your car gets colour stains, wash the car. However, ensure it is done with a car shampoo as they are not as harsh as detergents and will not damage the paint. If you can't find a car shampoo, use a mild shampoo for washing off the stains.

- Invest in a car cover, but don't ignore waxing the car as a cover can also put minor scratches on your car. Also, avoid taking your vehicle out on Holi if possible.

- In case you cannot avoid taking your car out on the festive day and after you have treated its exteriors, you also need to ensure proper care of your interiors.

- For interior cleaning, apply a coat of dashboard polish on the dashboard and like the exteriors, be thorough. Apply a coat on the other plastic parts like the steering wheel, door panels, centre console and handbrake lever. Make sure no portion is not done.

- Seat upholstery will have to be treated differently. In case your car has leather upholstery, apply a coat of leather cleaner and cover them with newspaper or large plastic covers. Also cover other portions on the inside with whichever material you find which are likely to get stained such as door handles or steering wheel.
If you have a beige interior for the upholstery, the cleaning process is all the more critcal as they are more prone get dirty. And more so if the beige interior is fabric.

These steps would ensure your car remains spotless after Holi. And while the festival is about spending time with family and friends, do make sure to drive safe and not drive under the influence of alcohol or any similar substance. Doing so would reduce reaction time while driving which can prove fatal. Hire a cab or avoid consumption of such items altogether.

We wish you a safe, prosperous and a colourful Holi!

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