Alloy wheels are a popular choice for car owners due to their sleek appearance. There are literally thousands of different aftermarket wheels to adorn your ride, many of which we carry in our Ottawa wheel store.
However, to maintain their shine and prevent damage, regular cleaning is required. Aside from bringing your car in for professional detailing, which we happen to offer at our Ottawa location as well, here are some effective methods for cleaning alloy wheels.
To begin, gather the necessary supplies, including a bucket of warm water, a high-quality wheel cleaner, a soft-bristled brush (be very careful about the brush you choose), a microfiber towel, and a hose or pressure washer.
Next, rinse the wheels with water to remove loose dirt or debris. This step is very important to perform every single time. If you don’t, you run the risk of scratching your wheels with even the tiniest of sand or dirt particles once you start using your cloth or brush.
Next, apply the wheel cleaner and let it sit for a few minutes to break down stubborn grime. Use the soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the wheels, paying close attention to hard-to-reach areas. If your aftermarket wheels are particularly intricate, you may want to remove them entirely from your vehicle before thoroughly cleaning them.
After scrubbing, rinse the wheels thoroughly with water and dry them with a microfiber towel to prevent water spots and streaks.
For more resilient stains or brake dust buildup, a specialized wheel cleaner may be required. However, carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions and avoid using these cleaners on painted or polished surfaces.
In addition to regular cleaning, it is crucial to protect the wheels from future damage. Applying a layer of wax or sealant can repel dirt and debris and prevent corrosion, but it is essential to choose a product specifically designed for alloy wheels. Another excellent way to keep your wheels clean and in pristine condition is to keep them in a closed cloth bag in a climate-controlled environment like our wheel and tire storage warehouse.
Lastly, worth noting is that regular cleaning and maintenance can prolong the life of your alloy wheels. By following these simple steps, you can keep your wheels looking their best and protect them from potential damage. Need a professional to clean your wheels? Book your appointment today.