Shiny and Chrome

Cleaning Alloy Wheels

Cleaning your car wheels isn't a difficult job, but it's one that you should take seriously if you want to improve the look of your vehicle.

Alloy wheels can really add to the beauty and style of your automobile when they're shining for the whole world to see. Unfortunately, like all other types of wheels, they also tend to get dirty rather quickly. The dirt and grime that builds up as you drive around can tarnish the vehicle's overall appearance, so it's essential that you learn how to clean alloy wheels to keep your entire automobile looking as perfect as possible.

To help you out, we've broken down the best way to clean alloy wheels by following these steps:

·       Rinse the wheels -- The first thing you want to do is rinse off the wheels to get rid of any loose dust, dirt, or other types of debris. This is an easy task that can be accomplished with a garden hose that's equipped with an attachment that sprays a fine stream of water. 


·       Rub the wheels -- With the use of a wet sponge, start the actual cleaning process by rubbing off the brake dust and dirt that the hose didn't catch. This will keep you from scratching the wheels when you scrub the surface later.


·       Remove dirt and debris -- Purchase a professional cleaner that's designed for alloy wheels and use a sponge to apply it. You'll need some elbow grease, but this technique will remove the majority of dirt and debris that's built up on the wheels and not easily removed. For the harder-to-reach places, use something like the Wheel Woolies Caliper Spoke Brush for a more thorough cleaning.


·       Rinse them again -- You don't want the professional cleaning solution to remain on your wheels, so rinse them off with a hose to remove any remnants of it. 


·       Dry the wheels -- Whatever you do, don't grab a bath or kitchen towel for this part of the job. What you need to do is pick up either a microfiber cloth or chamois to dry off the wheels. These products are specifically designed to do the job without leaving behind unsightly fibers. 


·       Remove stubborn stains -- While the previous steps to clean alloy wheels have probably proven to be quite effective, certain stains can be somewhat difficult to remove. Luckily, common household items can be quite effective. For example, rust should be removed with a piece of aluminum foil soaked in cola, while grease can be removed with vinegar. 


·       Add wheel wax -- Not only will the application of wheel wax make your vehicle's wheels shine brightly, it will protect them from the elements. For the best results, you should apply the wax every 3 months.


 

 

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