How to Clean Your Alloy Wheels

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If you have alloy wheels, it is remarkably important that you do everything in your power to keep them in pristine condition. After all, not only are they going to look better when they are clean, but they will last a whole lot longer. In this post, we are going to talk a little bit about how you can keep those wheels clean. It is surprisingly easy!

Perhaps the main reason as to why you need to clean your alloy wheels is down to brake dust. As you drive, and subsequently brake, small metal particles will fall off. These particles will land on your alloy wheels. These particles are incredibly corrosive and if they are not cleaned off quickly will result in the lifespan of the alloy wheels being significantly shortened.

Perhaps the best way to begin is through the usage of a hose. If you can, try to add a ‘fire hose nozzle’ to the hose. This will make it a bit more accurate. You should be able to get those in most places. They are the nozzles which have a small trigger on them. You just want to spray some water onto the alloy wheel. Make sure you get into every nook and cranny.

After this, you are going to want to spray the wheel with a proper alloy wheel cleaner. Do not use any other cleaner as there is a good chance that they will be far too corrosive to the metal. This will result in the lifespan being shortened. If you are unsure as to which cleaner to buy for your wheels, ask the company that you purchased your alloy wheels from. They will be more than happy to help you out.

After this, you are going to need to use a wheel brush to clean those alloy wheels. Do not use anything else here. I have seen some people who clean their wheels with any old brush. The only thing this is going to do is scratch the wheels. This is, obviously, the last thing you want to happen.

Make sure that you go roughly with the wheel brush. If you are using the right brush for the job, you are not going to have to worry about scratching the wheel at all. Remember, the purpose of using that wheel brush is not to clean the wheel. Instead, you will be looking to ensure that the dirt and grime is loose.

To round off the cleaning process, give your alloy wheels a nice dosage of water. Use your fire hose nozzle again. This will eradicate all that dirt and grime which you have loosened up. Once this is done and your wheels are nice and shiny, you will want to dry them off, otherwise you run the risk of water spots being left behind. These are just unsightly. You should use a microfiber towel to dry off the wheels. This will ensure that no lint is left behind and ensures that your wheels look great.

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