Car Care tips: Cleaning wheels and tyres

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Cleaning your wheels can be a hard, time consuming job, usually the one you look forward to least. The reason being is that brake dust is ultra fine and sticks to the rim surface very well. This is then baked on by the heat generated from the brakes, add some road grime, sun and removing all this is not easy.

However with the correct tools, products and techniques producing gleaming rims is fairly effortless.

Tips before starting:
Always try to work in the shade or inside and ensure the car and wheels are cool. Most people will like to clean their wheels before washing the car, so that any splashes during the process do not waste previous hard work.

What you need:
A good quality wheel cleaner, such as Duragloss, P21s or Autoglym. A soft microfibre mitt and a wheel brush or two, such as Vikan, Autoglym or Swissvax. A hose or preferably Pressure Washer.

Directions:
Always clean and rinse one wheel at a time.

Firstly rinse off your wheel, tyre and arch. A hose with spray nozzle is ok for this job, but a pressure washer makes cleaning rims it a lot easier.

Next take a safe Wheel Cleaner, especially if you are cleaning chrome or polished rims, and spray it over the entire rim and tyre.

Quality Wheel Brushes make life easy. For example the Vikan wheel and arch brush has rubber sides so it does not mark and is excellent for cleaning the face of the rim, the tyre and inside your arches. If you want perfection the long bristled brush has rubber coated wire, so again it does not scratch the wheel, and is perfect for cleaning behind the spokes and right into the rims.

So after agitating all the areas of your wheel, tyre and wheel if required, simply rinse the solution off well from different angles, ensuring all of the cleaning product is removed.

After this the wheel can be dried with a waffle weave drying towel, and the tyre can be coated with your choice of dressing to really make the wheels stand out.

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