Your wheels are among the dirtiest parts of your car. Not only do your wheels splash through muddy water frequently, they are also the first destination for brake dust, which is created every time you step on the brakes. Add in oil and grease that wheels pick up from the road, and you've got a cleaning challenge.
In particular, brake dust is difficult to clean because it's made of tiny particles of metal, ceramic, and the binding medium that holds the friction materials together. The dust is sticky, and it accumulates quickly on your wheels. Cleaning any set of wheels can be straightforward and easy, or it can be very risky. The difference is in the products you choose to clean your wheels. Some products will destroy the finish or even eat away at the metal of a wheel. You need to pick the right cleansers and use them correctly. It may come as a surprise, but the expensive chemical cleaners are not always the best solution. Here is what you need to know about cleaning alloy wheels.