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How to Keep Your Tires Clean and Shiny

There is a danger of falling into the trap of spending too much time on keeping your wheels spotless and shiny, but neglecting to clean your tires. You might think your tire is just going to get dirty and dusty anyway-why clean it? However, restoring tire shine is an easy and rewarding task. Not only can you clean your tires, you can also restore their original shine. Caring for and dressing your tires properly will not only make them presentable, but prolong their life as well. Listed below are easy steps on how to clean and shine your tires.

Difficulty level: Easy

Tools you'll need:

  • A stiff-bristled brush
  • Degreaser or all-purpose cleaner
  • Water hose
  • Soap
  • Tire shine or dressing
  • Microfiber cloth

Step 1: Wet the tires with a water hose. You will start cleaning your tires by removing the pollutants that found their way into the pores of the rubber.

Step 2: Apply the degreaser or all-purpose cleaner generously to the presoak the tire. Leave the cleaner on for about two minutes.

Step 3: Brush the tire's sidewall. Rinse the brush every couple of swipes. To remove the cleaner residue, wash the tire with soapy water. Finally, rinse the tire with water. Repeat step 1 through 3 on the other tires.

Step 4: The first tire would have dried by now. Transfer the dressing to a spray bottle so you can evenly apply it to the tire. In case the solution runs, wipe it with a microfiber cloth. Repeat this step for all the other tires.

Note: We recommend using a water-based dressing instead of a solvent-based one. A water-based dressing won't last as long, but they attract less dirt than a solvent-based dressing. Moreover, solvent-based silicone dressings leech the elasticity from the tire and cause it to harden prematurely.

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