Cleaning your wheels with environment-friendly products like the KevianClean Wheel Cleaner can ultimately lower your wheel repair costs. After all, neglect is the number one culprit when it comes to wheel damage and destruction.
In other words, your mags, rims, and hubcaps have ended up corroded because you've neglected to clean up your wheel off of brake dust for months, leading to it destroying your wheels from the inside-out like cavities and dental caries would to teeth that you won't brush.
With that said, here are the things you need to know about wheel cleanup and repair.
Things to Remember
- Using Separate Sponges and Cleaning Materials: Shampooing your car is all well and good, but you can't use the same sponge on your wheels as you would your paint. Your sponge tends to grab abrasive bits from your wheel, particularly brake dust, which then turns it into sandpaper when you scrub it over your paint. This ruins your finish. You want your car squeaky clean instead of scratchy clean, after all.
- Know the Make, Model, and Year of Your Car: Your license, your doorjamb, or your original receipt should contain the make, model, and year of your car among other relevant information. You need that info in order to make it easier for online shops, shop owners, and retailers to narrow down which part you want replaced or which hubs and rims would work best for your tires. Online shopping for such parts doubly requires that you know the basics of the make and model of your vehicle.
- Use Microfiber Mitts or Towels: Using mitts or towels made of microfiber will save you from expensive paint correction work later on. The microfiber material is designed to lift the dirt away from the surface as it cleans it as the same time. Just make sure you use separate towels or mitts for your paint and your wheels as well. Even with microfiber materials helping you out with brake dust contamination, it's still better to be safe than to be sorry.
- Changing Tires and Maintaining Wheels: As far as wheels are concerned, regular cleanup with a wheel cleaner like KevianClean Wheel Cleaner is usually all you really need to ensure its preservation. It prevents or abates corrosion from road salts and brake dust as well as the wear-and-tear of daily use. Changing tires is a basic skill that all motorists should know how to do since flattened or low-air tires are more common than outright wheel destruction.