Keeping Your Alloy Wheels Clean

Keeping your alloy wheels clean can be a somewhat daunting expedition if you don’t know how to approach the task. Do not fear however, with our many combined years of experience specialising in alloy wheels, we’re here to help advise you on the best possible practices in carrying out this task and ensuring that your alloy wheels come out looking as good as new.

When you think of car maintenance, it’s very easy to overlook the wheels. Many drivers have the tendency to focus on the body of their vehicle, but regular cleaning and maintenance of your wheels are just as vital for ensuring that your car is as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Aluminium wheels in particular, tend to require more maintenance and cleaning than other types of wheel. Well maintained and looked after alloy wheels will vastly improve the aesthetics of your car, whilst also ensuring that your car maintains peak performance and maximising the overall value of your car.

Here at Wheelworx, we’ve been working with alloy wheels for many, many years. We’ve all experienced the heartache of our wheels becoming stained and soiled after driving down a long, winding country road, or down a gravelly path which is throwing up dirt and grit onto our vehicles.

What you will need:

For cleaning the alloy wheels of your car, you will generally need water and (ideally) a hose; a clean (and soft, for optimum results) rag; a wheel cleaning brush and some large cotton swabs (for those hard to reach areas).

In an ideal world, to get the best possible results when cleaning your alloy wheels, you’ll need have access to the correct type of wax and polish for your particular alloy wheels. The type of wax and polish you should use, will depend on the finish of your alloy wheels.

For example: If the finish of your aluminium wheels is anodised, you should use a high quality petroleum jelly. If your wheels have a chrome finish, then you’ll need a premium chrome polish. If the wheels are painted or coated with any substance whatsoever, then the ideal choice would be to use a high quality automotive wax for protecting the finish of your car’s wheels.

Before applying any wax or polish (to most wheel types), you’ll need to clean your wheels with water and mild soap, if you wish. Using a hose will greatly aid in reaching inside the spokes (as will the large cotton swabs, if available to you).

Once you’ve finished hosing the wheels, use the rag to clean off all of the water and dirt on the wheels. If you used soap in the previous step, then ensure that you’ve rinsed off all of the soapy water before using the rag to buff your wheels.

Clean inside the spokes of your wheel, using your wheel brush and the aforementioned cotton swabs.

Use the hose to clean the wheels throughly again and then dry them off with a clean towel or cloth, before moving on to the next step.

For most wheel finishes, you’ll need to apply the wax or polish using a clean rag and buff the wheel until the finish is clean and shiny.

If you have anodised wheels, then there is no need to polish them. Simply applying a small amount of petroleum jelly will do the job. As long as the petroleum jelly is covering the entire wheel, your anodised wheel’s will come out of the process looking as good as new! In the rare case that your wheel isn’t clean enough for your liking, then simply apply an additional coat of petroleum jelly should suffice.

Having clean and gleaming alloy wheels will significantly improve the appearance of your car and can also add to it’s overall appearance. We hope that by using these tips and tricks, your car’s alloy wheels are now back to their clean and shiny best. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you ever need help with your alloy wheel maintenance.

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