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Wheels & Tyres

Wheels and Tyres are about the hardest surfaces on a car to keep clean and shiny. That’s because they’re the surfaces closest to the road. Wheel care has become more complex in recent years with the growth in popularity of painted chrome, coated, ABS plastic hubcaps and mag wheels. Each of these sensitive surfaces needs specially formulated products to provide maximum cleaning without causing surface damage.

Helpful Tips and Tricks:

  • If your wheels have heavy build-up of brake dust, use a stiff bristle brush in conjunction with a wheel cleaner to agitate the area.
  • Always remove excess tyre dressing from tyre side walls using a lint free cloth or microfibre towel.
    This helps to avoid the product making contact with the paint surface of the vehicle when in motion.
  • For best results, clean one wheel at a time.

 

Glass Care

After paintwork, it is the biggest surface on your car; it’s right in front of your nose, yet it is probably the most commonly ignored. Most of us pay little attention to windows and screens when cleaning, thinking only the shampoo and sponge need to do their bit. Well, for wipers to work properly, the windscreen has to be free from silicones which washing alone doesn’t always remove. 

Helpful Tips and Tricks:

  • Drop opening side windows by a couple of inches to clean the top edge.
  • Glass doesn’t only mean the windows – don’t forget to clean the rear view and wing mirrors!

 

Car Washing

In order to get the best results from a car wax, it is necessary to first wash the car to remove dirt and road grime. Failure to do this can result in scratching of the finish during waxing due to the presence of abrasive particles in the road dirt. Washing is also effective in removing residue from industrial fallout, bird droppings and road salt.

Helpful Tips and Tricks:

  • To prevent scratching, use two sponges – one for dirty areas, the other for cleaner parts.
  • Drive car briefly afterwards; this will ensure the brakes are dry and prevent corrosion.
  • Don’t forget to clean the painted areas covered by shut doors, tailgate, boot or bonnet.
 

Waxing and Polishing

Car Waxes and polishes serve three primary purposes: cleaning a car’s finish, improving the shine, and protecting. Most waxes/polishes contain very mild abrasives, along with chemical cleaning agents, lubricants and waxes. These abrasive particles remove surface oxidation while leaving behind a high gloss shine.

Helpful Tips and Tricks:

  • Never apply car wax onto surfaces that cannot be easily buffed.
  • Ideal car waxing temperature is between 55˚F - 85˚F.
  • Always apply all waxes/polishes in thin coats.
  • Soft cotton or microfibres make perfect polishing cloths.
  • Do not apply car wax in direct sun (unless you are using ICE®) this makes polish and wax removal difficult.
  • Only wax a car with a recently washed surface.
 

Interior/Upholstery

It seems as if it’s just as hard to keep the inside of a car from getting dirty as the outside. Interior surfaces include vinyl, fabric and leather upholstery, carpeting, plastic or rubber floor mats and dashboards.

Helpful Tips and Tricks:

  • Before cleaning these areas, we recommend vacuuming to remove loose dirt, particularly from the folds of the upholstery.
  • Once you’ve finished cleaning the seat fabric, make sure you allow time for treatment to dry out.
  • Rub an ice pack over chewing gum to make it hard and easier to remove.
  • Use a cockpit cleaner to shine your dash. If you’re looking for a non-greasy product to use on all interior surfaces try ICE® Total Interior.