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How Can I Get Really Tough Road Grime & Salt Off of My Aluminum Wheels?

Updated February 21, 2017

Road crews deposit salt on highways to melt snow during the winter months. The salt, along with roadway grime, accumulates on aluminium wheels, dulling the polish and shine of the rims. The wheel rims require regular cleaning, as long-term exposure to road salt can damage the aluminium surface. Wash the rims using products that not only clean the grime from the surface, but add shine to the aluminium as well.

Spray the aluminium wheels with a garden hose. Rinse as much of the salt and grime from the wheels as possible.

Spray the aluminium wheels with an aluminium wheel cleaning product. Spray the entire surface of the rim area generously. Allow the cleaner to remain on the surface for 10 to 15 minutes.

Fill a bucket with warm water. Rub the aluminium wheel with a damp, lint-free cheesecloth. Rinse the cheesecloth in the bucket as you remove the salt and grime from the aluminium rim. Dump out the dirty water in the bucket and replace it with fresh water as you clean all four rims.

Rinse the aluminium wheels with the garden hose. Dry the rims with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Aluminium wheel cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Cheesecloth
  • Lint-free cloth
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Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.