Cleaning Car Wheels with Bar Keepers Friend
Whether you're an absolute car fiend, or someone who thinks of cars only as a tool to get from A to B, everyone can admire a clean car!
One often neglected area when cleaning a car is the wheels. Wheels, mags, rims, alloys whatever you want to call them, can be home to oil, dirt and salt which in turn can attract rust over time, causing damage to the wheel.
As always... test in a small area first and follow instructions carefully. Bar Keepers Friend is not recommended for painted surfaces so best to avoid on the paintwork, however, it is fine for most metal alloys.
Pro tip: To provide extra protection to your tyres, cover and tape off the parts of your wheels (or paint) you don’t want to come in contact with the product.
IMPORTANT NOTE: These instructions are for the chrome and metal alloys only. For paint-coated, powder coated, matte or chrome plated see further below.
For Everyday Cleaning (light to medium soiling):
We recommend Bar Keepers Friend MORE Spray & Foam for a good general clean. This is a great place to start if you have not used BKF on your wheels before, or for a general, overall clean.
(Optional Step): Before you start, tape up and cover any areas you do not want to come into contact with the product.
Step 1: Make sure wheels are cool to the touch prior to cleaning. Test in a small area first, following instructions.
Step 2: Rinse a Scrub Daddy or light-grade pad in lukewarm water.
Step 3: Spray MORE Spray & Foam directly onto the wheel.
Step 4: Scrub in small circles, getting into all the holes and corners.
Step 5: Rinse off thoroughly within one minute of application.
Step 6: Dry with a microfibre or lint-free cloth.
Katelyn Fagan of What’s Up Fagans? used MORE Spray & Foam to clean the chrome rims of their vehicle back in 2018. You can watch her fantastic tutorial here:
For a Good Clean (medium to heavy soiling):
We recommend the Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser as a great option for tougher stains on chrome and metal alloys.
(Optional Step): Tape up and cover any areas you do not want to come into contact with the product.
Step 1: Prior to cleaning, check surface is cool to the touch. Then, following the instructions, test in a small area first.
Step 2: Rinse entire surface with water.
Step 3: Dampen a Scrub Daddy or light-grade pad in water.
Step 4: Apply the Soft Cleanser to the Scrub Daddy or cleaning pad.
Step 5: Using small circles, scrub away! Be sure to get in all the nooks and crannies.
Step 6: After no more than one minute of application, rinse thoroughly, making sure to remove all product.
Still not cutting it? You may want to step up to the powdered Cleanser, a step up from the Soft Cleanser. For these types of jobs, we'd suggest making the powder into a paste. Then let it sit on the surface for a minute, before giving it a scrub then rinsing completely. Also, work over a small area at first, other than the whole area at once.
Other Wheel Types
Paint Coated - Bar Keepers Friend is not recommend on painted surfaces so we would steer clear here. Check with the manufacturer for best cleaning practices.
Powder Coated/Matte - Not generally recommended, however some customers have had success. Check with the manufacturer prior.
Chrome Plated - Also, quite susceptible to damage. Test in a small area first, only using MORE Spray and a soft or microfibre cloth.
Plastic Hubcaps - Bar Keepers Friend is not generally recommended on plastic, however some customers have had success. If you do decide to have a go, test in a small area first and only use the MORE Spray & Foam with a soft cloth.
With thanks to:
Bar Keepers Friend U.S.
Bar Keepers Friend, the incredible world-famous cleaning product that has taken New Zealand by storm, and Scrub Daddy, the #1 Selling product EVER on the USA's Shark Tank, have teamed up to bring you the Double Trio.
The Double Trio includes:
- 1 x Bar Keepers Friend Original Cleanser & Polish 340g
- 1 x Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser 369g
- 1 x Bar Keepers Friend MORE Spray & Foam 750ml
- 1 x Scrub Daddy Original - Yellow
- 1 x Scrub Daddy Colours - Random
- 1 x Scrub Mommy (Dual Sided) - Pink
Original Cleanser – Best for use on tough stains like showers glass, tiles, toilets, brass, copper tubs and more to get rid of rust, hard water stains, mineral deposits and built-up grease and grime. Can be used in a paste-like formula for the toughest stains or dilute for lighter ones, very versatile and great for almost any hard surface.
Soft Cleanser – In a pre-diluted, liquid form. Has the same active ingredients as the original cleanser though in an easier-to-use form. Use for stainless steel benches and sinks, solid chrome tapware, porcelain, acrylic, rust stains, tarnish or aluminium.
MORE Spray & Foam – The gentlest formula, great for chromes, benches, cleaning oily residues, vertical areas such as backsplashes, great for faucets, tapware and sinks. Also tackles everyday grime, but with a massive kick and shine.
Scrub Daddy Original - Yellow - The original revolutionary sponge. His FlexTexture changes depending on water temperature. In cold water, he's firm and in warm water, he's soft for general scrubbing applications. He's been lab tested on over 20 surfaces to be scratch free. Scrub Daddy rinses free of debris, is dishwasher safe, and resists odours for up to 8 weeks.
Scrub Daddy Colours - Random - Colours code your cleaning with Scrub Daddy colours. He's made of the original FlexTexture that made Scrub Daddy famous.
Scrub Mommy Pink - Scrub Mommy is extremely versatile with her softer side. She's a dual sided sponge with one half, the original FlexTexture that made Scrub Daddy products famous, as well as the super soft, suds generating ResoFoam side. Scrub, Flip and Wipe.