There are many false myths and bad practices when it comes to cleaning rims, so you may not leave them as clean as they can be or you may directly spoil them and lose their original appearance.
Having your car clean says a lot about your personality, but there are parts of the car that need special products to look like the first day. We are talking about cleaning the rims: with a “hose down” and a little soap you will not get them to have that shine that caught your attention when you saw your car for the first time.
Getting them to shine is difficult, since it is one of the elements most exposed to dirt in the environment: they are close to the ground, so if it rains or there is dust, it is the first thing that will stain. In addition, they are exposed to the debris that the brake pads throw, which is why if you do not take care of them, they will have a darker appearance than normal.
Therefore, you must choose the right products. We promise you that you will not spend a million on them, since they are easy to find in specialized motor stores. We are talking about a sponge, soap, a hose, a chamois and a chemical cleaner.
When buying these products, you should make sure that the chemical cleaner is not too abrasive. Most rims are made of aluminum and you can damage them if the product is too aggressive with dirt. Therefore, do not use cleaners that have other uses, such as a grease remover to clean the ceramic hob such as KH-7 or an oven cleaner. Very cheap solutions, but very abrasive and damaging in the long term.
The process to follow to clean your tires
The first thing to consider is the temperature of the tires. If they are too hot, the final result will not be the best. If you are going to clean them at home, you will not have a problem, but if you travel to do it, wait a few minutes before starting. Ideally, you should follow this advice, individually, with each of the four tires.
Then use the hose. With it, it removes the most superficial dirt. It is preferable that you use a conventional hose and not a gas station one: it has a lot of pressure. If you can’t avoid using the latter, try washing the tire as far as you can.
It is the turn of the sponge. Don’t soak it, just moisten it a bit. With this, you will remove somewhat more embedded dirt. Of course, to clean the sponge you have to wet it, but ideally you should wring it out before using it again on the tire.
With the rim quite clean, apparently, the moment of magic arrives: apply the chemical cleaner and once a few minutes have passed, remove the product with a chamois. Now you will see how your rim has that aspect that you fell in love with so much.
Finally, use soap and water to remove any traces of the cleaner: if they remain on the rim, they can cause corrosion, since these products are not very abrasive, but if they remain on the rim for a long time, they can damage it.
Once you have your rims shiny, our advice is to keep that shine. And the best way to do it is by using synthetic wax: it will make your rims less vulnerable to dirt and therefore you will have to carry out this operation less frequently.