A few weeks ago I posted an article about how to wash and wax your bike to keep it sparkling clean. After the article was published the good folks at White Lightning were kind enough to send me a bottle of their new Wash & Shine Cleaner & Polish for review. Prior to getting this product I used Dawn dishwashing liquid to clean my bikes because most bike-specific cleaning products were pretty much the same—they got the dirt off the bike, but no better than Dawn. However, the White Lightning Wash & Shine is in an entirely different category—it not only gets grit, dirt and road grime off your bike but it puts down a protective layer of carnauba wax that will really make your bike shine!
The first time I used Wash & Shine I took one of my dirty mountain bikes outside with a water hose, bucket of water and a soft brush (just like I normally would). However, once I read the directions I realized that those items were not necessary—all I had to do was spray the Wash & Shine on the bike, wait about five minutes, and then wipe it off! The bike I was working was covered with a thick layer of dust and a few seconds after I sprayed on the Wash & Shine the dirt started coming off, so I waited a few minutes and then took a cotton cloth (an old T-shirt) to wipe off the bike—the dirt was gone and all that remained on my bike was a beautiful shine.
To get be greatest benefit out of this product I do have two suggestions. First, once a year you should apply a coat of Turtle Wax Super Hard Shell Paste Wax to your bicycle frame—this will make cleaning it up in the future a lot faster. Second, if your bike is covered with mud you really need to rinse it off with a water hose first. You could just spray on an entire bottle of Wash & Shine to loosen up the dried mud, but that would be a waste of money.
A 32-ounce bottle of White Lightning Wash & Shine Cleaner & Polish retails for $10. I was able to clean four bikes with just one bottle—a small price to pay for a beautiful bike! This product is biodegradable, non-toxic, solvent-free and safe for carbon fiber. You should be able to find this cleaner at your local bike shop—if they don’t have it in stock they can easily order it for you.