How To Clean Your Car Tires? Here Are 4 Easy Steps

Did you just come back from a muddy driver? Or have you neglected your car tires for a long time? Did you notice your car is sparkly clean but the tires are dirty? It’s time to change that.

A car owner should always realize and acknowledge that your tires are the only part of your car that comes in contact with the road. That means they are the first thing to get dirty. A part of normal dirt, there could be nails stuck, cracks in the sidewall, and even uneven treadwear. All of this can be detrimental to the health of your tires.

While cleaning your car ties may seem like a tedious task, it really isn’t if you follow these 4 easy steps that we have compiled for you. Let’s walk you through them, or should it be, let’s drive you through them.

1. Gather all your tools and materials

You need a bucket, microfiber towels, spray nozzle, a hose, and a soft-bristled brush. You should also keep a light-duty pressure washer, a waxing mitt, and a wheel brush for a deeper clean.

Your first choice should be non-abrasive cleaning agents like dish soap, wheel wax, and warm water. You can also use a natural detergent for your car tires, and that is 70/30 mixture of white vinegar and baking soda.

2. Rinse the tires

Once you have collected your tools and material, wash off all the loose dirt that is on your tires. You can use a spray nozzle or a pressure water on its lowest setting. Apply water from multiple angles, both sides, above, and below. This will take out the most grime from the interior of the rim.

3. Wash and scrub the tires thoroughly

Now, after you have rinsed the tire, you should scrub the surface thoroughly. Start with the tires, make your way to the wheels. This will prevent tire grime drop onto a clean wheel. Scrub your tire with the bristled brush and a mixture of warm water with dish soap. (You can mix about a tablespoon of soap per gallon of water). If the grime is stuck on the tire, let the soap mixture sit for some time. It will soften the grime, and you can scrub it off then.

After your tires are clean, you should move on to the surface of the wheel. Pour water on the wheel face. Then use your brush with soapy water to scrub everything down. For a natural cleaning solution for your chrome wheels, use equal parts white vinegar and water into a spray bottle, and spray it onto the wheels to clean the stains.

Keep a smaller brush to clean tougher spots on the wheels. Then fully dry the tires and the wheel parts with a microfiber towel.

4. Apply wax for added shine

This isn’t a necessary step, but it’s the perfect last step in your tire cleaning process. You can apply a paste wax or cream with a waxing mitt, and follow the instructions given on its container. Once you have applied the wax, give it a final polish with a microfiber cloth. You will have glistening tires then.


  • Make sure that your tires have completely cooled off after driving before you use any cleaning products on your tires.
  • Keep specific towels for cleaning and drying your tires, and don’t use those on any other part of your car
  • Make sure your tires are taken care of when you get your car commercially washed.


  • Your car tires suffer the most at the hands of the road conditions you are driving on, etc.
  • Cleaning your tires limits corrosion.
  • Your wheel finishes can peel if the dirt stays there for too long, and the rims can become porous too. This can create tire pressure leaks.

Still reading? Get your materials! It’s time to clean some car tires.

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