No matter how careful you are and try to avoid dirty routes, your bike will get dirty sooner or later and you'll have to clean it eventually. You don't want people to think that you're lazy, right? On the other hand, if you don't take good care of your bike, it will become useless after a year or two. Cleaning your bicycle on the other hand is not all that hard, in fact it will take only minutes if you know how to do it right. That is why I came up with this short guide on how to clean your bike and renew its looks really quick. |
It would be best to situate your bike somewhere outside, because you'll be using a lot of water. As tempting as it sounds, using the garden hose on your bike is a bad idea. Water might get into places where it can do only damage, so using the hose is a major taboo. You won't have any success trying to weasel out your way of this chore by trying to contact a company that provides professional cleaning services in London suitable for bicycles. I don't think that you'll find any but who knows, it's a big city! Now, it is time to do some preparations for the cleaning procedure. You'll need a bucket of water, a few old (but clean) expendable cotton cloths, a bottle of white vinegar, and some liquid soap.
Dampen one of the cotton cloths with water and give your bike a thorough wiping and rubbing – you'll need to remove all the dirt and debris from its various surfaces. Make sure to get the pedals as well – they get really dirty in no time. You can use the garden hose on the tires and wheels only. Still, make sure that the pressurized water is not splattering too much – like I said, there are some places you don't want water to get to. Now that your bike is visibly free from all the dirt and debris, it is time to properly sanitise it and bring its shine back. Clean bikes run faster, you know... at least they look like they do. Now I will teach you how to prepare a cleaning solution that suitable for absolutely every surface. You mix equal parts of water and white vinegar, then you add some liquid soap and voilà! No company that provides professional cleaning services in London or anywhere else will share this special formula with you.
Dampen another clean cotton cloth with this home-made cleaning solution and once again thoroughly wipe your bike. The combination of vinegar and soap does wonders! Not only that you will free your bike from all unsanitary agents but you will make it really shiny and it will look just like new. If your bike is a few years old, no wonder if some rusty sports are starting show up. Did you know cola is great for removing rusty spots from metal surfaces? Just dampen a cloth with cola and start rubbing the rust until it is gone. The phosphoric acid in it will dissolve the rust with no problems. These tips were brought to you by the professional cleaners in Canary Wharf.
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