How to clean your Alloy Wheels

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From road grime to grease to the troublesome brake dust, the dirt can be difficult to clean and become a time-consuming process.

You don’t have to be a car junkie to love your alloys. Wear and tear is one thing we can’t do a lot about in life, and this extends to your alloy wheels, unfortunately. The truth is that even the most careful of car owners will most likely run into damaged alloy wheel issues at some point.

If you’re unsure about the right way to clean your alloy wheels, we’ve got you covered with our key steps to clean your alloys to achieve a spotless finish with ease:

1. Wash away any dirt

To start cleaning your alloys, you need to wash away any loose dirt with water. If you have a pressure washer or hose, you can use them to remove any excess dirt more easily and efficiently.

2. Apply the alloy cleaner

The best way to get your alloys sparkling again is to use a proper alloy cleaner instead of normal car shampoo. The specialist alloy cleaner is available in all car supply shops and it’s designed to protect the finish of your wheels. Most wheel cleaners can be used on any surfaces and they’re free from any corrosive acids.

Once you spray the formula on your wheels, give it some time to get to work before you reach the next step. It’s best to double check your product’s instructions for the indicated time, but it generally lasts between 5-10 minutes.

3. Use a brush to agitate the cleaning product

Some alloy cleaning products require that you need to agitate the cleaning product to maximise its effects. You can buy an alloy brush from a car shop and clean each one of your wheels. You should clean each spoke of the alloy wheels for best results.

4. Rinse with water

Once the alloy wheel cleaner has changed colour and had enough time to cleanse the wheels, you can rinse it off with clean water.

5. Apply a wheel wax

Once the alloys are completely dry, you should apply a wheel wax to give them an extra layer of protection. The wax will help keep your wheels shiny like new and maintain their polished appearance.  

If you want your wheels to really sparkle, you can combine the wheel wax with some tyre shine which will make your alloys looking like brand new.

To conclude, cleaning your wheel alloys doesn’t have to be a challenging process. It’s important to get in the habit of cleaning your alloys regularly to prevent them from becoming corroded or even dangerous while you’re driving.

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Even when it seems as though your alloys are beyond repair; we’ll get them back to looking brand new. Prices start from £79.99 per wheel and you can use our unique online booking system for your instant price. Alternatively, get in touch with our friendly team for more details here.