4 Easy Steps For Clean Tires
While many people who do DIY car washes at home think about cleaning their wheels and tires only in terms of appearance, it’s an important automotive maintenance measure, too. Tires that aren’t taken care of can degrade quicker leading to an issue known as “brown tires”. This happens when caustic degreasers are used for cleaning, or when a tire protectant isn’t applied. Tires have rubber conditioners, antiozonants, and UV absorbers that help them stay flexible, however, using the wrong cleaner can cause these elements to break down and leak out, leaving you with discolored or cracked tires. When the rubber in tires breaks down over time it’s called dry rot, and can be avoided with proper maintenance.
Thankfully, it’s easy and affordable to keep your tires in tip-top shape at home with these simple steps.
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The first step is to select the proper tools for the job. You’ll need a cleaning solution and a brush for your wheels. If you’re not sure which cleaner to use, choose one that is labeled to be safe for all wheels that won’t leave a residue or film. Look for a brush that has stiff nylon bristles, these bristles will help you clean all of the nooks and crannies of your tires.
Using the brush and the cleaning solution, thoroughly clean your tires one at a time to prevent the solution from drying on the tire. Be sure to rinse each tire thoroughly when you’re finished cleaning.
Now that all of your tires are clean, you’ll need to dry them using microfiber detailing towels or terry cloth towels. Be sure to use separate towels for the wheels and the body of the car to avoid scratching the paint with any residual grime from the tires. Not only does drying off your tires prevent water spots, but it also allows you to remove all brake dust.
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After you’ve cleaned and dried all of your tires, you’ll want to use a protecting agent to help keep them cleaner longer. We recommend using a high-quality wax or glaze for the wheels and a separate balm or spray for the tires.