Cleaning your car’s tires is an important part your car’s regular maintenance. By keeping your tires clean you not only keep your car looking great, you also help to keep brake dust and grime from settling and damaging your wheels and tires.

There are many options when it comes to choosing a local tire shop. Knowing what to look for can help make the process less stressful! Clean tires do more than improve the look of your car. Cleaning your tires will also help to protect them from cracks and weathering. Routine cleanings help to keep brake dust from settling and damaging your wheels and tires. It is important to clean your tires as a regular part of your car’s maintenance. These tips will help you properly clean your tires and keep them looking great.

Gather Your Supplies

There are many different products and techniques available when it comes to cleaning tires. Sometimes the simplest way can often be the preferred way. For the sake of simplicity, the materials suggested here are minimal.

• Bucket of Water
• Mild Cleaning Agent (such as dish soap)
• Soft or Medium Brush Be sure to choose a cleaning agent that is free of formaldehyde or raw silicone, as these ingredients can deteriorate your tires.

Clean Your Tires

Begin by spraying your tires down to rinse them of excess dirt, mud, or grime. After mixing soap and water in a bucket, use your brush to apply the soapy water to the tire’s surface. If desired, let the tires soak to break up additional dirt. For extremely dirty tires you may want to try a degreasing product for hard-to-remove debris. Begin scrubbing the tire’s surface. You’ll want to use a soft or medium bristle brush to avoid scratches. Scrub the face of your tires in a circular motion, making your way around the entire tire.

Rinse and Dry Your Tires

Thoroughly rinse your tire to wash away any residual cleaning product. Repeat this process for remaining tires. Pat each tire dry with a terry or microfiber cloth. You might want to designate these cloths for only the tires and wheels since they may contain brake dust or other debris that could scratch other areas of your car. Now that your tires are clean and dry, you can apply a conditioner or dressing to really make them shine and further protect them from cracking or fading. Not all dressings are good for your tires, so look for a water-based product for a less damaging option. Keeping your tires clean is a great way to protect the life of your tires and to keep them looking shiny and new. For more tips on cleaning your tires, or any other questions about your tires, give us a call today!

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