With vacation season here, it’s time to prep your convertible for the road! If you own a convertible, this means cleaning the soft top as well as your vehicle. Fabric or vinyl soft tops can easily deteriorate under harsh conditions, unless you wash and protect them properly. If you want your soft tops to last for as long as possible, please read on.
Clean Once a Month
Unless you keep your convertible in a garage, you should clean your vehicle’s soft top once a month. That way any dirt, dust, or debris can be washed away before it damages the fabric or vinyl.
Use the Right Soft Top Cleaners
Do your car a favor and use premium cleaning products with no abrasives, scouring powders, or chlorine. Ideally, you’ll want to use cleaners that repel fluorocarbons and protect against UV rays.
If your soft top has a plastic rear window, don’t use a glass cleaner. Instead, consider investing in a window cleaning spray specifically designed for plastics. In order to avoid scraping or discoloration, use a microfiber cloth to clean the plastic window.
By purchasing premium cleaning products, you’ll save tons of money in the long run!
Start with the Soft Top
When cleaning your vehicle’s soft top make sure you’re out of direct sunlight. The combination of cleaners can magnify the effects of the ultraviolet rays of the sun, which can damage your soft top. Now that you’ve found a spot of shade, use a soft sponge and a shampoo with good pH balance. Be sure to rinse thoroughly. Finally, the rubber seals need to be cleaned and protected, so oil them well for maximum results.
Rinse and Let Dry
Once you have cleaned your soft top properly, be sure to fully rinse it with clean water.Then, use a microfiber cloth to wipe away any excess moisture and let it dry be itself. When that’s done, you’re ready to hop in your convertible and go for a ride! To read more about convertible cars and their history, click here.
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