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How to Find the Right Wheel Cleaner for Your Vehicle

If you want your wheels to be free from dirt, brake dust, grease, and grime (especially if you have an off-road kind of vehicle), then you should invest in some wheel cleaner for your car, van, truck, or SUV. In particular, you should invest in a 24-ounce bottle of cleaner that's formulated to gently yet effectively clean up all sorts of wheels, such as factory treated, modular, color coated, polished, anodized, and clear coated wheels plus their hubcaps.

What to Look for in Wheel Cleaners

  1. Spray On versus Hands On: Some wheel cleaners are in spray form while others are in gel form and require an applicator to be put onto your wheels. Sprays are easy to use because all you have to do is spray them on, wipe them on, and then hose them off to make your wheels sparkling clean. Essentially, a gel bottle cleaner with an applicatorenables you to scrub the dirt away while a spray can claims you can clean wheels by spraying and rinsing.
  1. Buy a Soft Brush as Well: The spray-on, rinse-off approach is best used on mostlyclean wheels that you want to maintain as clean. However, once the gunk, dust, and debris settle into your rims and wheel, it's time to put some elbow grease in your wheel cleaning rather than depend on high pressure hoses to do the dirt removal for you. A soft brush allows you to get into the nooks and crannies of your wheel, hubs, and rims.
  1. Superior Alloy Wheel Maintenance: Your wheel cleaner should specifically be able to clean up alloy wheels and their open-spoke design that exposes them to road grime and brake dust that tends to accumulate quickly into gunk. The product should also be formulated to remove road salt during the winter, since this substance can cause permanent damage due to corrosion of your costly alloy wheels, whether you're using spray-on, hose-off cleaners or their more hands-on counterparts.
  1. Wheel Safety Should Be a Top Priority: It's not enough that a wheel cleaner cleans off all dust and grime from an axle wheel or else soap and water would be a viable wheel-cleaning alternative. A good non-corrosive cleaner should have a pH-balanced formulation that's acid free. It should also be safe for use on various wheel finishes and wheels in general. Finally, it should showcase great results on high-end alloys and aluminum wheels.
  1. Price versus Value Comparison: Many wheel cleaners come in aerosol cans or pump bottles. Their prices also range from $4 to $7. There are 24-ounce bottles costing $4 to $7 dollars, but there are also 16-ounce bottles available. Naturally, you'd rather buy a 24-ounce bottle for $5 versus a 16-ounce bottle for the same price unless the latter is more effective than the former in grime cleanout. Make a price comparison chart when choosing which cleaner suits your needs the best.

In a Nutshell

Liquid wheel cleaners with applicators go about things differently by making you scrub the wheel completely clean. Sprays are more for maintenance purposes. It's best used when you regularly clean your car and don't let any bit of mud or grime settle onto the wheel surface. How cost-effective the product is depends on how many ounces of formula you could get per bottle relative to their price and how good they are at cleaning out your wheels when all is said and done.

Let's Use the Wheel Cleaner, Shall We?

Every good-looking wheel comes with an excellent cleaner. The wheels of the car are what take the entire look to the next level. It doesn't matter if you're driving a classic automobile or one that hasn't been cleaned in days, but as long as your wheels look spic-and-span, then you're assured to get the attention of many drivers. To keep your car wheels look more outstanding, here's a guide to help you learn how to use the wheel cleaner on your Corvette alloy wheels.

Difficulty level: Easy

Things you'll need:

  • Wheel cleaner
  • Wheel polish
  • Power washer or hose
  • Soft brittle brush
  • Rags
  • Tire protectant

Step 1: Wash the entire vehicle. Use a power washer on the insides of the wheel wells to keep remains and filth from splashing onto the wheels while cleaning.

Step 2: Wash the wheels with automotive wheel cleaner specifically for alloy wheels. Take the soft brittle brush and clean the inside of the spokes.

Step 3: Carefully, dry the wheels using clean rag. Remember not to use a microfiber towel since this is not rugged enough to get rid of the heavy filth and debris.

Step 4: Polish the wheels using a wheel polish to give them extra shine.

Step 5: Use a tire shine to finish the detailing job to make the tires as clean and eye-catching as the wheels that they are mounted on. And voila! You're job is done.

And with these 5 easy steps, you can get your wheels clean in no time. You can now go downtown and show them off and be able to capture the attention of other drivers. You don't even have to buy new wheels to do so. Just take out your wheel cleaner and you're good to go. Good luck!

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