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How to Properly Clean Car Rims

Car rims are a large part of your car's appearance, and they are also very close to the road. This means that while you are driving, they can easily become dirty and ugly. Thankfully, cleaning your car rims is a fairly simple process that you can do yourself with a few simple tools and a little elbow grease.

The Supplies You Need

Before you begin, you should gather all the materials and tools that you'll need. You'll want a soft-bristled brush, a bucket, common household soap, and a microfiber cloth or towel. You can also use a specialized chemical rim-cleaning solution to achieve a high shine. While such cleaners are able to achieve a deeper clean and a shinier finish than common soap alone, using this sort of cleaner is an optional step. All of these items can be found at most hardware or automotive stores.

The Method You Need 

Mix together the soap and warm water within the bucket, and let the brush sit in the mixture for several minutes. This allows the bristles to become even softer and also ensures that the maximum amount of soap is absorbed into the brush itself.

If you want to use a specialized chemical cleaner on your rims, you should apply it now, coating the entirety of a rim liberally. You should let this sit for a few minutes (ideally at the same time that the brush is soaking) to allow it to break down any caked on dirt and debris.

Take the brush out of the bucket and begin to scrub down the rim. Ensure that you do not apply too much pressure; though the bristles of the brush are soft, it is still possible to scratch your rim's finish. Scrub continually in a circular motion over the entire surface of the rim, rinsing the brush off in the bucket as needed.

Once you've adequately removed all the dirt and debris from the rim, and the rim seems clean, take the microfiber towel and polish the rim, again taking care to polish in a circular motion to prevent spots and streaking from developing. If you reveal any further dirt on your rims, use the brush to scrub that particular spot before you continue to polish.

Once you've polished the entirety of the rim, it should be shiny and clean. Then, all you have to do is repeat the above steps for each of the remaining rims until they all look as good as new.

Contact a company such as PDR Automotive Inc for more information about keeping your rims in top shape.