How to Clean Tires and Rims

Cleaning car tires and rims involves using cleaning solution, scrubbing, rinsing, and applying tire dressing and rim protection.
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The tires and rims on your car are essential to the aesthetic quality of your vehicle. If you have a brand new paint job or stunning detail work, it will quickly be overshadowed by dirty rims and tires. Even if you’re not going for the flashy look and just want to keep the car looking nice, cleaning your tires and rims should be top on your list of maintenance tasks. Part 1 of this article describes how to clean your tires and Part 2 shows how you to clean your rims.

Part 1 of 2: How to clean your car tires

Step 1: Apply tire cleaner. Because your tires are made dirty by a combination of road filth and brake dust, you should use a specialized cleaner designed for removing this from rubber.
Follow the directions on the tire cleaner you’ve purchased as this will ensure you are using the product effectively and safely.
Usually, you will allow the cleaner to sit on the tires to soak in, letting the chemicals in the cleaner remove any buildup.
Step 2: Scrub the tires. If the dirt does not simply melt away, you will probably need to use some elbow grease and scrub the tires with a brush.
A brush that is stiff will do better here at getting into the treads and powering away the residual grime.
Step 3: Rinse off the tires. Once you have scrubbed the tires, spray them with a hose to wash away the cleaning solution and the dirt.
Step 4: Repeat the process if the tires remain dirty. As with any cleaning activity, you might notice that the tires have not come completely clean, so you’ll need to repeat the process if so.
You should continue to clean the tires until they reach the desired state. If it has been a particularly long time since the last cleaning, you may need to invest a chunk of time to really get the tires looking as nice as possible. This is an incentive not to wait so long in the future.
Step 5: Apply tire dressing. If you have already cleaned your tires, you can also apply tire dressing to the area near your rims for an enhanced look.
You may want to wait until after cleaning your rims to do so, however.

Part 2 of 2: How to clean car rims

Step 1: Spray the surface of the rim with water. Use a nozzle with higher pressure to blast away any loose dirt.
Allow the water to dry before you move on to the next step.
Step 2: Apply cleaning solution to the rim. Find a cleaning solution specifically intended for use on rims as this will break down the brake dust and other contaminants most effectively.
Allow the solution to sit on the surface of the rims to loosen the grime.
Step 3: Scrub the surface of the rims. Once you’ve let it sit, use a wheel cleaning brush to get in all the nooks and crannies of the rim.
Be thorough about cleaning the surface so that no grimy spots are left. Also, don’t forget to clean the lug nuts as dirt and other buildup accumulate here too.
Step 4: Rinse the wheel. Once the rim has been thoroughly scrubbed, spray the rim again with water to remove the cleaning solution and the loosened grime.
Step 5: Dry the surface. Use a towel to dry the rims.
Step 6: Apply shining agents. Once the rims are completely dried, you can chose to apply an agent that will keep your rims shiny and clean for longer.
There are various products out there, so choose one based on your particular rims and your driving environment. These will not only add to the look of your rims, but they also protect the surface going forward, so make sure you do some research to determine what product is best for your car. Cleaning your tires and rims goes a long way towards enhancing the overall look of your vehicle.
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