There’s no denying that there’s something of an art to effectively cleaning alloy wheels, especially those that happen to have the most sensitive specialist finishes. Wheel cleaning is, after all, a combination of mechanical contaminant removal (through the use of brushes and wash mitts) and chemical cleaning utilising specialist detailing products such as Imperial Wheel Cleaner and Revolution Wheel Soap, so it has to be completed as safely as possible to avoid damage and swirling on paint and powdercoat and lacquer layers. Of course, there’s also the question of periodical decontamination with fallout removers, like Iron Out Contaminant Remover, and effectively cleaning rubber tyres with Tread Tyre Cleaner. But, don’t worry, we have you covered for every type of wheel, and every situation that could possibly arise.
In the car care, detailing and valeting world cleaning wheels and tyres is almost always number one on the list of tasks, simply because they are typically the dirtiest part of any vehicle. This means that they should always be cleansed at the beginning of any detail or maintenance wash to avoid spreading road grime and harmful contaminants to other parts of the vehicle. All wheel cleaning should be carried out even before the pre wash stage.
We offer a range of cleaning agents and accessories for all types of wheels and tyres, even those with expensive specialists finishes. Some of our most popular include:
Imperial Wheel Cleaner: Ideal for regular use on common painted or powdercoated wheels, Imperial Wheel Cleaner is a non-acidic spray-on formula, that’s also coating, wax and sealant friendly, making it ideal for use on every maintenance wash. A special blend of cleaning agents and degreasers, Imperial has been specifically engineered to separate the harshest grime and baked-on brake dust from the surface of the wheels, allowing these harmful contaminants to be safely rinsed away.
Revolution Wheel Soap: Revolution Wheel Shampoo is a specialist shampoo that’s not only tough on grime, but friendly on wheel protection layers and suitable for the most delicate wheels. As well as being able to tackle common painted, lacquered and powder-coated wheels, this is ideal product for those wishing to deep-clean expensive split rims and wheels with other specialist finishes including bare mental, chrome, polished and anodised surfaces.
Iron Out: While not specifically designed as a wheel cleaner, Iron Out Fallout Remover is the best detailing product for occasional decontamination because it chemically removes sharp, ferrous metal particles embedded in surfaces. As these are chiefly derived from brake dust, you tend to find an excessive amount on (and around) wheels.
Barrel Brush and Mini Barrel Brush: The ultimate scratch-free wheel brushes, our Barrel Brush and Mini Barrel Brush are specifically designed to get right into the wheel barrels and any other recess. Engineered to fit between the spokes and perfect for agitating wheel cleaning solutions, these wheel cleaning accessories help cleaning agents to safely list away the harshest, baked-on grime.
Tread Tyre Cleaner and Rubber Scrubber Tyre Brush: The perfect partnership to cleanse your rubber from the hardiest road grime and ingrained dirt.
Wonder Wool Wheel Brushes: Available in three different sizes, or as a special Trio Pack, Wonder Wool Wheel Brushes have super-soft lambswool heads designed to gently, and most importantly safely, clean the most sensitive wheel finishes.
For a full rundown of the art of detailing wheels, see our article – The Definitive Guide To Cleaning Alloy Wheels.