Soft tops are a popular choice for convertible cars because of their sleek look and the freedom they offer drivers to enjoy the open road. However, soft tops require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best and functioning properly. One of the most important tasks is cleaning the soft top. In this blog, we’ll discuss why it’s important to clean your soft top and provide tips on how to do it effectively.
Why Clean Your Soft Top?
- Preserve the appearance: Over time, dirt, grime, and other pollutants can accumulate on your soft top, leading to a dull, faded appearance. Regular cleaning can help maintain the original look of the top and prevent it from looking worn and aged.
- Prevent Damage: Dirt and debris can get trapped in the fibres of the soft top, causing scratches and abrasions. Regular cleaning can help remove these particles, preventing damage and extending the life of the top.
- Maintain Waterproofing: Most soft tops are made of materials that are water-resistant, but this protection can wear off over time. Regular cleaning can help maintain the water-resistant properties of the material, keeping you dry during rain showers.
- Increase Resale Value: If you plan to sell your car in the future, a well-maintained soft top can increase its resale value. Buyers are more likely to pay a higher price for a car that has been well-maintained, including the soft top.
Tips for Cleaning Your Soft Top:
- Choose the Right Cleaning Products: Not all cleaning products are suitable for use on soft tops. Look for products that are specifically designed for convertible tops and avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the material. Fabri-Clean is the perfect cleaner for soft tops. It’s ability to gently but thoroughly clean debris and dirt from the fabric fibres.
- Start with a rinse: Before you begin cleaning, give the soft top a thorough rinse with a hose or pressure washer. This will remove any loose dirt or debris and make the cleaning process more effective.
- Use a Soft-Bristled Brush: A soft-bristled brush is ideal for cleaning soft tops, as it won’t scratch the surface. Gently scrub the top with the brush, working in a circular motion. Our Multi-Purpose Brush is able to act efficiently and works perfectly with Fabri-Clean.
- Rinse Again: After you’ve finished scrubbing, rinse the top again with a hose or pressure washer to remove any remaining soap or debris.
- Allow to Dry: Finally, allow the soft top to air dry completely before putting it back up. We recommend to use Fabri-Shield that adds a layer of protection against all weather. Simply spray on and wipe with our applicator and allow to dry. This will give you protection for up to 12 months!
In conclusion, cleaning your soft top is an important part of maintaining your convertible car. Regular cleaning can help preserve the appearance of the top, prevent damage, maintain waterproofing, and increase the resale value of your car. By following these tips, you can keep your soft top looking its best for years to come.