How to Clean Your Dirty Rims & Tires at Home Like a Pro

Updated: Nov 14, 2021

We rely on our cars on a daily basis to run errands and get us from point A to B. Whether you’re making a groceries pit stop on the way home from work, taking your car out for a romantic night out, or maybe even bringing your vehicle out to a car meet - it’s important to remember that cars are not only an integral part of our daily lives but are also often seen as an extension of our personalities.

Just as we make first impressions, our cars do too. The condition of your car can say a lot about your personality -- so put your best wheels and tires forward!

You already know the importance of seasonal auto detailing, and how it can preserve your investment and protect your car. You understand the dangers of abrasive automatic car washes and avoid them at all costs. So how do you bring back that showroom shine and new car feel? The best place to start is with your car wheels.

Making sure your dirty rims and wheels are clean will not only keep your car looking shiny and new, but also protect your wheels from brake dust.

We’re here to teach you how to clean your car wheels like a pro, all from the comfort of your own home! It’s time to roll up your sleeves and give those dirty car rims the TLC they deserve.

The Importance of Wheel Detailing and Care

Is there anything better than the feeling of sitting in a freshly detailed, clean car? The average Canadian spends 240 hours a year commuting in their car, that’s a lot of time to spend in a dirty car.

Unfortunately, when we do get around to cleaning our cars, the wheels are often overlooked. It’s essential to keep your tires clean! Dirty wheels are not only an eyesore but can leave lasting damage on your car if left untreated.

Brake dust is a corrosive substance composed of metal and other materials from your brake pads and rotors that attach to your wheels during use. Over time, brake dust damages your wheel surface.

PRO TIP: In order to avoid the corrosion, make sure you’re cleaning your wheels on a bi-weekly basis.

Shiny Wheel prep and clean on new Aodhan Rims
Wheel prep and clean on new Aodhan Rims by @wetwerks.autospa

Cleaning Your Wheels Like a Pro: What You Will Need

If you want to clean your wheels at home like a pro, there are a few products and supplies you’ll need to get started. It’s important to invest in the right equipment and cleaner for your tires and wheels, or else you may end up doing them more harm than good.

You will need:

  • pH-Neutral Wheel Cleaner designed specifically for your wheels. Using the wrong cleaner on your wheels and rims may result in corrosion or premature ageing on the finish of your rims. (i.e using a chrome wheel cleaner would damage your alloy wheels.)

  • Tire Cleaner for your rubber tires so that you don't damage them

  • Biodegradable Degreaser

  • Soft Bristle