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How to Clean Tires

While your entire car can get dirty over time, no component on your vehicle encounters more grease and grime than the tires. Whether it's a heavy duty pickup truck or a dazzling sports car, the wheels and tires can be one of the most eye-catching areas. Unfortunately, some automated carwashes don't clean your tires properly. The following steps should effectively clean your tires so they shine with the rest of your car.

What you'll need:

  • Hose. Have a hose connected to running water so you can wet or rinse each tire.
  • Tire cleaner. This helps remove hard dirt and grease that soap and water can't always wash out.
  • Scrub brush. A brush with stiff bristles should effectively scrub grime off your tires.
  • Microfiber towel. A microfiber towel dries the tires before applying wax or another applicator.
  • Tire dressing spray.This gives your tires a wax coat and can reinforce your tires against excess dirt.

Step 1: Pre-soak your tires.

Use a hose to rinse your tires before actually cleaning them one at a time. This allows the water to soften the grease or dirt, making these elements easier to scrub off than if they were dry.

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Step 2: Apply tire cleaner.

Tire cleaners come in many varieties, including sprays, creams and soaps. Whichever type of cleaner you choose, apply it on the sidewall and in the grooves of each tire. You typically don't need to use too much since tire cleaners are made with chemicals to remove hard grit.

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Step 3: Scrub each tire with a brush.

Use a hard bristle or wire brush to scrub each tire. A brush with stiff bristles can typically break upexcess dirt or tough grease spots better than a soft bristle brush. Remember to not only scrub the tread blocks and sidewall but also brush within the grooves of the tread pattern.This spot is usually where the most grime is gathered.

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Step 4: Rinse each tire.

Once you've scrubbed each tire, rinse them with the hose. Make sure that any soapy buildup from the tire cleaner is completely washed off.

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Step 5: Dry with a microfiber towel.

While the water should naturally begin to dry, use a microfiber towel to remove excess water from each tire and rim before applying any wax.

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Step 6: Spray on tire dressing.

Spray tire dressing on each tire moving in a clockwise motion around the sidewall and outer tread pattern of the tire. Dressing gives your tires a shiny coat, and most are made with chemicals that temporarily shield tires from dirt and grease.

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