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Steering Wheel Cleaning: Five Types Of Wheels

on July 27, 2022
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Steering Wheel Cleaning: Five Types Of Wheels

on July 27, 2022

If you think about it, the steering wheel is one of the most highly touched areas inside of your vehicle.  Your steering wheel is bound to get covered in not only dust, dirt, grease, and tons of other things.  It will also get covered in hand and palm sweat and body oil.  This can create a ton of bacteria onto your steering wheel.  DriveSmart knows that a dirty steering wheel can also affect your handling and control. 

DriveSmart has prepared a simple guide to clean your steering wheel regardless if it’s a plastic wheel, leather wheel, wood wheel, or more!  That way you can keep the interior of your vehicle especially your steering wheel staying clean, comfortable, and stable.  

The Leather Steering Wheel

Cleaning real leather steering wheels requires a lot of care, so picking out the right cleaning material is essential.  You obviously want to avoid damaging the leather.  The biggest tip when it comes to cleaning your leather steering wheel is to not be rough when scrubbing or wiping.  You want to be as gentle as possible.  

After you purchase the correct leather cleaner and spray the wheel thoroughly.  Make sure you let the cleaner sit and soak into the steering wheel for three minutes before using a microfiber cloth to wipe it away.  After you let the wheel dry for a little bit, you should apply a protective coat for the leather, but you can also use coconut oil as another option!  

The Hard Plastic Steering Wheel

The easiest to clean is the hard plastic wheels because all you need is some standard dishwashing soap and a towel.  Grab a sponge and soak it in warm soapy water and simply scrub away.  

You can also use a spray bottle to control the amount of liquid being used instead of a sponge, but you need to make sure you are careful and not spray an electronic component of your vehicle.  Make sure you use a towel to dry the wheel afterward, and you should be good to go!

The Natural Wood Steering Wheel  

These types of steering wheels crack a lot when exposed to any type of moisture.  That is why you never want to clean these steering wheels with any type of regular soap and water.  At recommend finding a natural cleaner such as a wood polish product.  

They will work great at getting rid of debris and will also make the wood shine better, and protect the wood from sweat and greasy hands.  

The Imitation Leather Steering Wheel 

Otherwise known as PVC plastic or synthetic leather, these types of fake leather do not absorb moisture as much as real leather so luckily you can use a regular cleaner and cloth.  

However, keep in mind that imitation leather is also not very durable compared to real leather so you will want to avoid using much liquid or soap, so it is best to use more natural ingredients whenever possible such as an all-natural disinfectant.  Use the all-natural solution by spraying it on a soft cloth and wiping the wheel multiple times until it’s no longer dirty.  Just make sure you use a towel to wipe it clean afterward!  

The Synthetic Resins Steering Wheel

Lastly, if you have synthetic resins on your steering wheel due to polished paint on top of this type of wheel for protection.  You can wash it with water and regular soap. We just recommend avoiding using any type of polish product on this steering wheel, because it could make the wheel very slippery and dangerous to drive.

DriveSmart 

Now that your vehicle’s steering wheel is in tip-top shape and cleaned.  We would like to recommend equipping your vehicle with a DriveSmart Protection Plan.  In the event that your vehicle suffers from a malfunction or breakdown.  DriveSmart will provide you with 24/7 roadside assistance to bring your vehicle to the nearest mechanic shop.  All you need to do is submit the claim, pay a small deductible, and DriveSmart will pay the mechanic for the repairs!  Never again will you have to pay out of pocket on expensive auto repairs!

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