12 Steps that Teach You HOW TO Clean Your Car’s Wheel
When the car’s wheels are clean, it has an impact on more than just the aesthetic appeal of the car. The tires are protected from cracking, weathering, and corrosion if the wheels are cleaned at regular intervals. It also serves to safeguard the finish of the wheel as well.
Hence, it can be established that keeping the car wheels clean is an essential requirement of maintenance of a vehicle. A way to make sure that wheels are cleaned too is that it can be cleaned when the car is washed, or time can be set, such as every two-three weeks and so on.
The following steps will help clean the vehicle’s wheels:
- Collect all the Required Materials
For cleaning the car’s wheels, a person will require the following items: Dish soap, bucket, wash mitt, a water source, and a pressure washer.
- Rinse the wheels of the car thoroughly with the use of water
Since the car’s wheels are exposed to mud, dirt, brake dust among other things, they require a thorough cleanup. For starters, it is a good idea to start with a normal wash for removing a major chunk of the mess around the wheels. A person can make use of a pressure washer for blasting away most of the dirt.
For removing the dirt that has collected on the inner rim surface, rinse between the wheel spokes. Additionally, make sure to rinse the tire’s rubber sidewall using a direct stream of water.
- Mix the water and dish soap
Fill a bucket full of water and put a tablespoon dish spoon per gallon. Dish soap is useful as it helps remove grease as well as road oil in a more efficient manner from the wheel’s surface.
- Properly scrubbing the rim and tire
Using a wash mitt, properly rub the tire and rim of the car. Make sure to wipe between the vehicle’s spokes as much as possible. This will help remove as much dirt as well as road contaminants as possible.
- Rinsing the soap off the wheels
Again, using the pressure washer, rinse the soapy water off the car wheels. Using a pressure washer will ensure that all the soap will be removed from the tire and the wheel.
- Cleaning and protecting car rims
While the initial clean up will cause a lot of dust and dirt to be removed, there will certainly be some amount of tough-to-remove, the stuck material on the car’s rims, which can lead to rust, or cause the general appearance to look bad. This needs a thorough cleaning using clean lint-free soft cloth, brushes, wheel cleaner and sealant.
- Coating the wheel with cleaner
Then it makes sense to use a wheel cleaner over the surface of a wheel. Also, make it a point to work on only one vehicle at a time instead of all in one go and then ending up creating a mess. This will also ensure an overall complete cleaning without the possibility of the cleaner drying as the person is working on another side.
Also, let the wheel cleaner stay on the surface to break the build-up on the wheel’s surface for atleast 30 seconds.
- Scrubbing the wheel’s surface using a wheel brush
After the wheel cleaner has been applied, use a wheel brush for maximum reach and rub the spokes as well as the rim bead. The effect of this will cause the hard to clean stuck dust and grime to loosen up.
This loosened up dirt and grime can then be removed properly using a pressure washer. Just use the pressure washer to help remove the last vestiges of the dirt on the wheel.
- Drying the wheels properly
It is important that tires aren’t left in a wet state. Letting the water stay on the wheels cause corrosion to accelerate over the time, and even the dried up water can cause tiny stains. Use a clean lint-free cloth to dry the wheel including the tire and the wheel spokes to let it dry.
- Adding wheel sealant to the applicator pad
Coat the surface of the wheel by the wheel sealant on the rim and dip the applicator pad in the wheel sealant.
The next course of action is to let the wheel sealant dry properly. It will seemingly appear as hazy or cloudy on the wheels’ surface.
- Removing the excess sealant
The dried sealant has to be wiped from the wheel with a clean cloth, which will add shine to it, and further protect it from the surrounding elements.
For an, even more, glossier finish, apply another coating of the wheel sealant.
Then, after doing it for one wheel, the process has to be repeated for every wheel.
- Conditioning the tires
Since tires tend to benefit from a good cleaning, conditioning them will prevent any weather cracks in the rubber of the tire over time and use. A person can apply a tire dressing post car wash to give a long-term protection and deep black colour.
At the end of it, wipe the rubber sidewall with a cloth, to avoid any bead of water on it.
Cleaning the car wheels keeps the tires from corroding or getting damaged early on; and additionally, it keeps them from looking worn out or overused too. This adds onto the tire’s life as well.