Cleaning your rims and tires can be an excellent way that you can reduce ongoing wear and maintenance on your vehicle. When brake dust has the chance to sit on your wheels for a prolonged period of time this can continue to pit the metal and eat away at the coating of your wheels. The friction that’s generated by the wheels often makes the mixture of brake dust to be highly corrosive and this can continue to eat away at your wheels almost every day that you’re driving. Ongoing and frequent cleaning is one of the best ways that you can get a head start on your tire and wheel maintenance. If you’ve wondered how professional detailing places are able to clean and polish rims with such a high degree of precision, we’ve outlined a series of steps that can help you enjoy cleaner tires and rims.

Start With The Bottom of The Rim

When you are washing your vehicle always start with your rims and tires first. When you start with these items on your vehicle this can prevent the chance that grime and overspray will make its way down onto the clean panels. Cleaning your wheels and tires can be done with soap and water but it’s important to use a separate wash and rinse bucket so that you don’t get any brake dust over other areas of your vehicle. It’s best to scrub down your rims and tires with a soft bristle brush.

Choosing a Cleaner

Choose a cleaner that works well for the type of wheels that you are using. Most types of rough cast aluminum and chrome will be able to withstand much stronger cleaners. If you have painted or anodized wheels, this could lead to the need for using a slightly softer cleaner. Make sure that the cleaner you are using is labeled for the type of material that you’re using it on or find a mild cleaner that works for all wheels.

Start by diluting the cleaner and then coating the area across your wheel and tire to remove any brake dust. The cleaner will not harm your tires so you can be fairly liberal with your application. Start by coating the wheels and tires and then let the cleaner soak in.

Begin Scrubbing

Dunk your brush into the cleaner and then begin softly brushing along the rubber. Make sure that you are cleaning your tires and wheels one at a time to prevent the cleaner from completely drying. Wash and rinse down the area with a strong jet of water to ensure that all of the cleaner and brake dust has been appropriately removed after you finish your scrubbing. Once you’ve completed one tire you can move on to the next.


Using a microfiber detailing towel is an excellent way that you can try other parts of your tire or wheel. Drying your wheels will be essential to preventing water spots that can regularly occur on chrome and alloy surfaces. Drying down the area can also help you to remove any of the leftover dried material that can be found across the wheels.


Once your wheels are dried you should consider applying some type of protective wax. Make sure that the surface is cool enough to touch and that your car is under direct sunlight. Make sure that the wheel is completely cleaned and then begin polishing the wheels with the cleansing polish followed by sealing them with a wax. Coat the surface until the wax is completely gone and you will enjoy seeing your wheels shine.

Keeping your rims looking their best will help to preserve your tires and improve the look of your vehicle substantially. If you could use assistance with picking up the best tire cleaner for your vehicle, contact us today.