How to Clean a Car Cover
How to Clean a Car Cover


A convertible vehicle is bragging rights with horsepower, often an exhilarating mix of beauty and performance. Convertible owners love the experience of driving their open-air rides on beautiful days, but when inclement weather rolls in, a convertible top becomes a necessity to protect from the elements.

These status symbols may be fun and pleasing to the eye, but improper care of the delicate convertible top material can leave it looking ragged and worn, diminishing the beauty of the vehicle. Whether fabric or vinyl, convertible top material should not receive the same care as the painted surfaces of a car. It's not as durable as the fiberglass or painted steel of the rest of the vehicle and should be treated with delicate care and protection.

Unprotected convertible tops or ones which don't receive regular maintenance will deteriorate much more rapidly, leading to unappealing appearance and possibly leaks. While vinyl tends to withstand the elements longer, fabric convertible tops are chemically treated to repel water and contamination. However, over time these protectants will wear off. If you see any wet spots where water has accumulated or penetrated the fabric, your convertible top is overdue for a protectant treatment.

You should clean your convertible top at least once a month, and follow cleaning with a convertible top protectant. Common household cleaning products containing ingredients such as bleach, alcohol, vinegar, and ammonia can be damaging to the fragile surface of your convertible top. Harsh cleaners will quickly deteriorate fabric or vinyl, while ammonia and alcohol will dry the fabric and give the vinyl a dull, cloudy look.

To clean and deodorize your convertible top, you should use a non-abrasive cleaner that won't damage fabrics or vinyl. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner cleans thoroughly without harsh chemicals, and won't leave behind harmful residue that could ruin the protectant, and discolor or diminish the look of your top.

When in doubt about a surface, always spot test first.

For HE Washing Machines:

  1. Pre-treat spots as needed with full strength Simple Green.
  2. Add clothes to washer.
  3. Pour Simple Green Laundry Detergent into dispenser.
  4. Start washer.

For Conventional Washing Machines:

  1. Pre-treat spots as needed with full strength Simple Green.
  2. Start washer and allow to fill with water.
  3. Pour detergent into water.
  4. Add ¼ cup of Simple Green for heavily soiled laundry or greasy clothing.
  5. Place laundry in machine and wash normally.

For heavy stains, dampen material before pretreating with full strength Simple Green.

After pre-treating stains, wash immediately.

For greasy clothes, clothes permeated with smoke, and other heavy soils, add ½ cup of Simple Green (large load) and soak for 30 to 60 minutes prior to washing.


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