Wheels can completely change the look of your vehicle. Just look in any car magazine and you will find plenty of ads trying to sell you new wheels. If your wheels are covered in brake dust they can become a complete eyesore and make you vehicle look older than what it really is. The opposite of that is if your wheels are clean and shiny they can really add a positive presence to your vehicle. Keeping your wheels in a clean state is not a hard thing to do if it is done regularly.To take proper care of your wheels you must remove all contamination, polish them to a high shine, and use the proper product that will aid in the maintenance of the wheel. While stubborn brake dust can be a pain to remove a wheel can be restored to the proper finish with the correct products and tools.If you are maintaining you car with a wash every other week you can follow the same time frame for your wheels. I usually just use car wash and water with either a dedicated brush or mitt to help keep them clean. Although a thorough cleaning of the wheel should be done every two to three months and at this time you should add ample levels of protection to the wheel.
One of the most important things to know is what type of wheel you have. If you have a factory wheel it will be clear coated which means that you can use the same products that you would on the paint of the vehicle. Also if you want to use a wheel cleaner you can do so without worrying about harming the finish. In order to enhance the finish of the wheel you can wash, clay, polishes, and protect the wheels. Now if you have an aftermarket wheel that does not have a clear coat you will have to be very careful that you do not oxidize the finish and ruin the metal.
When I get ready to clean the wheels on my vehicle I make sure that they are completely cool. I will have either my wash mitt or brush handy and dip them into my water and car wash solution then just brush the soap on the wheel. Then follow that up with a rinse of water from the hose. As long as I keep up with my maintenance this is totally acceptable. Now if the wheel is extremely dirty it may take more than just car wash to get them clean. That is when I break out a ph balanced wheel cleaner and spray the wheel down give it a minute to work and then go over it with a brush to help break up any loose debris. Then again just hit the wheel with water to rinse everything off. Just remember that by using the wheel cleaner you may strip the entire protectorate that may be on the wheel. If you are also going to clean the inner barrel of the wheel I recommend taking the wheel off the vehicle. Start with the inner barrel first by using a wheel cleaner or car wash and a good wheel brush. By doing the barrel first you will eliminate getting any of the harsher debris on the front surface of the wheel.