Wheel & Tire Cleaning
Because the wheels and tires are the only components of your car that make contact with the road, they tend to accumulate dirt and pollutants fast. Wheel arches are the inner area that surrounds the wheels and tires, and as such, any dirt or impurities taken up from the road surface will be promptly deposited on them.
Along with dirt from the road, each time your car stops, the wheels are coated in a thin layer of dust from the brake pads. This accumulates over time and, if not cleaned properly, can practically ‘bake’ onto the wheel’s surface due to the heat created during braking. If wheels are not cleaned regularly, grime and brake dust accumulate and become extremely difficult to remove. Depending on the design of your vehicle’s wheels, impurities may begin working beneath the surface and corrode the wheel, resulting in an unattractive and neglected appearance.
Tires, like wheels, gather up and carry the same dirt and pollutants, but are frequently disregarded. However, it is critical to clean and condition your tires properly, as this helps prevent the tire walls from fading, cracking, and degrading due to the sun and road surface water. While the tread on your tires may be enough, if the tire walls fracture in certain areas, the tire may be judged unsafe, as it is the only component connecting you and your vehicle to the road.
Additionally, the wheel arches are frequently disregarded throughout the car washing process. Again, it is critical to keep your wheel arches as clean and free of impurities as possible. Corrosion and rust are most likely to occur around the wheel arches, therefore it’s worth paying attention to them when cleaning your car.
There are several critical working elements behind the wheel and within the arch, and these will perform better and last longer if they are kept clear of dangerous pollutants.
You should clean your wheels, tires, and arches at the same time you clean the rest of your car. As with the rest of your car’s components, if these have been completely and correctly cleaned initially, it should not take much work to restore them to a satisfactory and contaminant-free standard.
To begin, a strong yet non-acidic designated wheel cleanser may be required to remove stubborn filth and baked-on brake dust. If your wheels are not too highly stained, you can clean them with a diluted all-purpose cleaner and/or a standard auto shampoo solution. A variety of bristles brushes, both soft and hard, are necessary for successfully cleaning and reaching problematic places of your wheels, tires, and arches.
To clean the arches and tire walls, a diluted all-purpose cleanser can also be used in conjunction with a standard shampoo solution. After cleaning, an all-in-one polish product can be used to safely and effectively repair and enhance your wheels.
Additionally, you may like to use a dedicated wheel sealant following the polishing process to completely protect the wheels and make them much easier to clean the next time. For polished lips, dished wheels, or even entirely chrome wheels, a metal or chrome polish may be necessary. A range of microfiber cloths and applicator pads will be required for applying and removing the polish/sealant products, and a detailing spray can be used to assist in removing any odd product residue.