Keep your tyres sparkling clean

Posted by: Cal on 14/11/2013

Category: General

It's easy to forget about your wheels when you're cleaning your car, but every good tyre maintenance regime should include a thorough clean and polish!

There's more to it than simply wiping them over with a scrubbing brush, too. Follow these tips to get your car looking spic and span in no time.

Wash separately

It's a good idea to clean wheels and tyres independently of the rest of your car. This prevents overspray and grime splashing from the wheels up onto your already-clean car body. If you're a stickler for cleanliness and hygiene, use a separate cloth, brush and wash bucket for your tyres to avoid cross contamination when cleaning the rest of your car.

Choose the right products

Using a special tyre cleaning product will help ensure your tyres stay in top shape. Some foaming soaps are designed to be used with car tyres only, as other products contain an acid that can eat away at the rubber on your tyres.

When choosing a wheel cleaner, consider what they're made of. Aluminium and chrome can generally withstand more powerful cleaners than painted, coated or anodized wheels.

It's a good idea to look for a high-quality tyre and wheel brush, too. Look for one with feathered bristles to get into the crevices of wheels. You can use a separate brush for your tyres, as rubber can withstand firmer pressure and scrubbing to really make them shine.

You want to ensure all grit and grime is removed from the rubber, and make sure you reach in and around your hub caps to get rid of build-up there too.

Finish up with a strong jet of water to ensure the tyre and wheel is as clean as possible before moving on to the next one.

Dry and shine

Use a terry or microfiber towel to thoroughly dry each tyre. This will help prevent water spots and remove any residual dust. Once wheels are dry, apply a wheel protectant to seal the surface. This will work like car wax, so you can buff it into the metal to give it a nice gleam. Reapply this product weekly and you're likely to have less brake dust adhesion.

You can also "dress" your tyres to give them a glossy shine. Use water-based products to avoid aging your tyres. Apply your dressing in thin layers and allow it to dry before you drive away with sparkling clean tyres.