Tips on How to Properly Use Your Tire Cleaner
Tire Cleaners are not as common as you might think. They are not required on new cars, but when you have an older car you will most likely find one in the glove box. There is a lot of debate as to whether the proper tire cleaner even cleans the airbags or not. There are a few things that you should know about the cleaner you choose.
When shopping for a cleaner there are two major categories. The first category is made of foam and is great at removing surface dirt, grease, and grime. All you have to do is apply the dirt to the grime trap and remove it from the tire. In all but the most difficult circumstances of baked-on brakes dust, you just spray on the dirt-free tire cleaner and scrub it off with a sponge. You should not use the foam type cleaners if you have deep seated dirt, grease and grime on your tires. They will only make the dirt more apparent.
The second type of tire cleaner is the hard scrubbing type. This is exactly as it sounds. It contains chemicals that scrub away the dirt and grime from your wheels without getting all the clean outer layer of the tire. These are the best cleaners to use after you have made a mud hole on your front or rear wheels. They also remove the brake dust that will collect on your brake pads when you're driving.
Both types of tire cleaner can be used on new/used tires, although you should avoid using the acid variety on an older set of wheels unless directed by a tire professional. You may find a variety of different brands of non-acid tire cleaners on the automotive market today. One of the most popular is the Presto brand of non-acid tire cleaner. Other popular brands include Car Guys Magic Dirt Devil, Dunlop Oreck, and Roadside Equipment Diamond Dust.
When using a tire cleaner like the Presto brand you should first rinse the car. You should not wash your car until you are sure that all the cleaner has been removed. In case you are unsure as to what to do next, you should put on your safety equipment and use a shovel to get the dirt and grime off your car. Then you should wash your tires with the cleaner.
If you have solid surfaces on your tires, like metal or plastic, you should not put the cleaner on them until you have completely removed the dirt and grime with a shovel. You should not use any other kind of tire cleaner on these surfaces. The reason is that they are too dirty to allow the chemicals to do their work. After you have washed your tires with the white-lettered tires cleaner, then you should apply it to the bottom surface of each tire and the wheel surface. Then you should use a sponge or clean rag to rub the cleaner into the wheel and the surface of the tires. It is important to note that you should only put the cleaner onto the surfaces if you need to, as putting the cleaner on the flat will not do a thing for your rims.
For those who have hard rubber and non-acidulated brakes, you should not put any kind of non-acid tire cleaner on them until you have thoroughly scrubbed the brakes with a detergent and water. Before you ever apply any type of non-acid or acid cleaner to your brakes, you should make sure they are completely free of any oil, grease or dirt. Using an acid based cleaner will simply remove the natural oils and grease that your brakes naturally have. Once you have removed these oily compounds you can then clean your non-acid ones with soap and water and then rinse them in hot water.
For hard surfaces like metal or aluminum, you should always start by cleaning them with soap and water before moving on to the more abrasive wheel cleaners. Scrub the wheels until you have reached a depth where the soap easily slides off of the surface. Rinse the wheels thoroughly to remove any soap residue that remains. Dry the wheels with a dry towel and apply the wheel cleaner to the remaining areas.