Stu asked: How do I clean white wall tires? I have a motor bike with white wall tires and find them difficult to keep clean. I have tried many things, including bleach, but nothing will get them back to their new color. Can you please help? Kind regards.
Whitewalls can quickly become discolored from dirt, grime and oils. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to remove the grime and return them to white once again.
You Will Need:
- Cleaning product:
- Black Magic Bleche-Wite (cleaning)
- SOS pads (cleaning, stains or blemes)
- Baking soda (blemes or brightening)
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (stains or brightening)
- Scrub brush or Scrubbing pad (ex: Scotch Brite)
Steps to Clean the Whitewalls:
- Begin by selecting a cleaning product from the list above. These are readily available in most automotive departments, as well as automotive supply stores. For general road dirt removal, use a whitewall tire cleaner like Black Magic Bleche-Wite. SOS pads work well for general cleaning, as well as for blemes and stain removal on whitewalls. To brighten the white, use either baking soda or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
- Prepare to use your cleaner.
- To use Black Magic Bleche-Wite, follow the instructions on the label.
- To use an SOS pad, wet the tire and pad.
- To use a Magic Eraser, wet the tire and the eraser.
- To use baking soda, wet the tire and sprinkle baking soda onto a damp cloth.
- Now, it just takes some elbow grease and time. Scrub the debris from the tire using your cleaner.
- Rinse frequently with water to check your progress.
- Reapply the cleaner as needed and rinse the scrubbing pad frequently as well.
- Once the whitewall is clean, rinse thoroughly with water and dry.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Though cleaners such as Comet work well, they can dry out the tire, which can lead to early wear. Products that contain chlorine bleach or alcohol should not be used for that reason. Chlorine bleach also can dull black rubber.
- For the easiest cleaning, keep on top of the white walls, cleaning them every week or two. These frequent cleanings will allow for shorter, easier cleaning times.
- The Haynes Techbook Automotive Detailing Manual by Jay D. Storer and John H Haynes
- Joey Green’s Cleaning Magic by Joey Green
- The Cleaning Encyclopedia by Don Aslett