Cheapest Way to Clean Wheels Like a PRO (Under 1,5$)




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We use oven cleaner that cost 1,12€ to clean the rims with perfect shiny results, like a professional. It takes less than 10 minutes and it is very easy. Citroën Berlingo 2017 alloy wheels are cleaned.

You just need: Oven cleaner A buck of water Old t-shirt I bought the oven cleaner in Mercadona (Spanish version of Walmart, Tesco, Aldi).

Step 1: Clean the Wheel With Water and Old T-shirt

Clean the wheel with water and old t-shirt

Step 2: Let It Dry for 5 Minutes

Let the wheel dry for al least 5 minutes.

Step 3: Pour the Oven Cleaner Foam All Over the Wheel

Pour the oven cleaner foam all over the wheel. Until you completely cover all the rims.

Safety is number one priority: From this point wear glasses and globes.

Step 4: Wait 10 Minutes

Let work the oven cleaner between 10 or 15 minutes. No more, would be bad for your wheels.

Step 5: Remove the Foam

Remove the foam with water and the same old t-shirt. After you remove all the foam you can use a hose to remove well the oven cleaner.



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    8 Discussions


    4 weeks ago

    Do not do this unless your rims are steel, it will strip off clear coat from rims


    Question 10 months ago

    does the oven cleaner have any adverse affects on the rubber of the tire? I know in the past there have been some cleaning agents that would cause the rubber of the tires to dry out and crack.

    1 answer

    Answer 10 months ago

    I do it once a year and I do not perceive any damage on the rubber, plus you change the rubber every 2 or 3 years. I wouldn't do it every month, also it is not necessary.


    10 months ago on Step 5

    Oven cleaners affect aluminium even if you leave them for just 10 minutes. This means every time you do such cleaning procedure the surface will become more and more dull.
    I had a aluminium baking tray and tried to clean it with an oven cleaner. I ruined it by leaving the cleaner just for about 20-30 minutes applied. I admit it could have been too long for that tray but doing it repeatedly for only 10 minutes will probably end in the same disaster.


    Tip 10 months ago

    Wear eye protection. Oven cleaner is usually very caustic and can cause serious eye damage. A pair of glasses should do the trick.


    10 months ago on Step 5

    I tend to over do things, but when I clean my wheels I remove them from the car and start with doing the inside of the wheel,then do the lug holes with a toothbrush, this goes from a clean car look to a fresh restoration level clean!


    10 months ago

    Thanks. Never thought of using such an unorthodox approach. It's just sodium hyroxide after all. I'd use gloves myself as it's kind hard on the skin, but outside of that. Brilliant idea.

    Thanks again.

    Barrie, Ontario.