Avoid Making These Mistakes When Cleaning Your Wheels

Your vehicle’s wheels require routine cleaning and maintenance. Wheels that go uncleaned can become covered with dirt, debris, and brake dust, which looks unsightly and can stick to the wheel's surface. We've made a list of common mistakes to avoid when cleaning your wheels so you can keep them clean and in tip-top shape.

Don't Use Abrasive Cleaners

A car's wheels can easily accumulate dirt, brake dust, and other stains that can ruin their shine. However, using abrasive and acidic cleaning products can do more harm than good. These cleaners can scratch the surface of the wheels and cause irreparable damage to their finish. Even worse, they can corrode the metal and weaken the wheel's structure over time. Use products specifically designed for wheels, such as pH-neutral cleaners that are safe for all finishes.

Don't Wash the Body First

While it may seem counterintuitive to start by washing the wheels, it will keep you from repeating steps later on. If you start by washing the body of the car and wash your tires last, you might have to rinse the body again. Instead, it’s best to wash the dirtiest part of the vehicle first: the wheels. This way, you can keep the dirty suds from splashing onto the body and leaving a residue that will require extra cleaning.

Don't Wash All the Wheels at Once

We've all been there: parked car in the driveway with a bucket of soapy water and a sponge, ready to tackle the task of washing the wheels. It may seem efficient to clean them all at once, but taking a closer look at this approach reveals a significant flaw. By washing all four wheels simultaneously, you can spread dirt and grime from one wheel to another, leaving you with less-than-perfect results. Take your time and focus on each wheel individually before moving to the next.

Don't Scrub Too Hard

While it may be tempting to scrub vigorously at built-up grime, doing so can damage the wheels. Avoid using steel wool and highly aggressive scrubbers, as they can leave permanent marks on the wheel's surface. Opt for a gentler approach by using a soft-bristled brush or a microfiber towel. They are less likely to scratch the wheels and can effectively remove dirt and debris from your wheels.

Now that you know the key mistakes to avoid while cleaning your wheels, you can confidently tackle the task. Thoroughly rinsing and scrubbing your rims on both sides and using a wheel cleaner will ensure they look as good as new in no time. When it's time for a replacement wheel or you're ready to freshen up the look of your car, check out WheelerShip's selection of wheels, including our Nissan Maxima rims. With these tips and a great selection at your fingertips, you'll have the best-looking wheels on the road.