Originally Posted by Drexl
You can keep it as clean as you like.. If you have to change a tire.. you're going to get dirty no matter what.
And that's fine . . . not disputing that; just won't get as "dirty" as when dealing with a spare that's dirtier than need be . . .
And as I've stated, dropping and cleaning everything up just seems to me to be a natural extension of keeping everything in good working order . . .
So it made sense to to keep the spare as clean as I can, since I lower and inspect it periodically.
Anyway, I'm not trying to be contentious merely for the sake of argument; the OP posted a question, and I answered in a way that tries to address his concerns.