How To Clean And Protect Your Alloy Wheels

Keeping your car clean is an essential part of vehicle maintenance, but it’s easy to forget about the alloy wheels. Alloy wheels are a cosmetic feature that add a bit of style and can make your car stand out more. Making them sparkle is a must for any car enthusiast. So, how do you keep them clean and make sure they remain in good condition? We’ve put together a brief guide that will help to keep your alloy wheels looking shiny.

Gather your equipment

Putting together the right equipment will enable you to prepare in the right way. You should gather the following:

  • A non-abrasive sponge, rag or wheel cleaning brush

  • A dry cloth for wiping the wheels down

  • An acceptable cleaning product. It’s a good idea to choose a product that’s compatible with the coating of the alloys.

  • Alloy wheel polish or wax. Make sure it’s appropriate for your wheels and if necessary seek advice from a specialist.

  • A separate cloth to apply the wax

  • A container of warm, soapy water

Cleaning process

  1. When you’re ready to clean the wheels, start by rinsing them with water. It can be difficult to access hard to reach places within the wheel, but you should take it a step at a time so as not to damage the surface. Use a sponge to gently clean all the areas of the wheel.

  2. Rinse away the soap or reapply if you think you’ve missed a spot. If you have a brush then that can help with cleaning the spokes.

  3. Wipe the wheels down with a dry cloth and apply the wax or polish with a seperate cloth. Ensure that the entire surface of each wheel is coated with the substance.

  4. Buff the wheels until they are shining.


How often should you clean your alloy wheels?

It’s a good idea to ensure you clean your alloy wheels at least once a year. This could be done in the spring or summer months when the weather is dry. Regular maintenance will go a long way to making sure your car looks attractive when you’re out on the road.

Sometimes, alloy wheels can get scuffed or damaged, and that’s where specialist help comes in. Our technicians are able to restore your rusted alloy wheels to their original, pristine condition. We also offer a bespoke colour change and finish service that will give your vehicle an extra bit of personalisation.
For more information on our alloy wheels repair service, be sure to contact us via the online form, or call us on 01482 330147.