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Best Steering Wheel Cleaners 2023

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Maintaining a clean steering wheel is important for several reasons. Firstly, a dirty steering wheel looks and feels like crap in your hands not to mention it can harbor bacteria and other germs, which can be transferred to your hands and face, potentially leading to illness. Additionally, a clean steering wheel can improve the overall appearance of your vehicle, making it look newer and more well-maintained. Regularly cleaning your steering wheel can help to ensure that your driving environment stays fresh, clean, safe, healthy, and comfortable.

Best steering wheel cleaners

When it comes to cleaning your steering wheel, there are several products that can effectively remove dirt and grime. One popular option is Chemical Guys Citrus cleaner (linked below) which is a specialized product designed specifically for cleaning both interior and exterior car surfaces. This is our favorite steering wheel cleaner as it cuts through the grease/dirt and grime quickly leaving a fresh clean surface. For a more budget-friendly option, you can also try mixing warm water and dish soap to create a DIY steering wheel cleaner, window cleaner also works well in a pinch. This mixture can be applied with a soft cloth and then rinsed off with a damp cloth/dried with a micro fiber.

These are several products that can effectively clean your steering wheel:

  1. Chemical Guys Citrus cleaner, this type of cleaner can be used on a variety of interior car surfaces, including the steering wheel with great results. The citrus cleaner cuts through the dirt/grease/grim from years of dirty hands and leaves you with a nice clean fresh surface.
  2. A mixture of warm water and dish soap. This can be applied with a soft cloth and then rinsed off with a damp cloth.
  3. Chemical Guys Leather Care, if you have a leather steering wheel it is important you not only keep it clean but treat the leather to prevent any cracking/drying out.

How to use steering wheel cleaners

Regardless of the product you choose, it’s important to follow a few simple steps to ensure that you get the best results. Firstly, it’s important to test the cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area of the steering wheel before using it on the entire surface. This will help to ensure that the cleaner won’t damage the steering wheel material or cause any other adverse effects.

Once you’ve tested the cleaner and confirmed that it’s safe to use, the next step is to apply it to the steering wheel using a soft cloth. Avoid using too much pressure, as this can damage the steering wheel material. Instead, gently rub the cleaner into the steering wheel, using circular motions to help lift dirt and grime.

When rinsing the cleaner off, it’s important to avoid using too much water. This can cause water to seep into the steering wheel and other interior components, potentially damaging them. Instead, use a damp cloth to gently remove the cleaner and any remaining dirt or grime. Once you’ve thoroughly rinsed the steering wheel, allow it to air dry before using it again.

Wrapping things up

Keeping your steering wheel clean is an important part of maintaining any vehicles interior appearance and safe, healthy, comfortable driving environment. The products listed above are just an example of our top used cleaners if you have a personal favorite you would like to share please comment below. Most importantly when using any new steering wheel cleaner, it’s important to test it on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure the cleaner does not damage your wheel in any way. By regularly cleaning your steering wheel, you can improve your driving experience, reduce the spread of bacteria and other germs, and maintain the overall clean interior you and your vehicle deserve.