Convertible Top Care

How to clean a convertible top, convertibleThere’s nothing better than driving around in your convertible with the top down! However, those tops can be a good place for debris and bugs to hide. A good convertible top cleaner and protectant will not only help to keep it clean, but it will also help with the actual function of your convertible top. Whether it’s a fabric or vinyl convertible top, it will benefit from a little maintenance. Here are a few easy steps to help care for your convertible top.

Vinyl Tops

Regular cleaning of your vinyl top can be as easy as washing your car! We recommend using a gentle car shampoo, and a wheel brush. The brush’s feathered bristles help to free the dirt from the textured vinyl of your convertible top. Wash the top just as you would the rest of the vehicle. Avoid shampoos that improve gloss – they are good for the paint, but unnecessary for the top.

If your vinyl top is particularly dirty, you can use a cleaner to break up the grease and films that can plague your vinyl top. RaggTopp Convertible Top Fabric/Vinyl Cleaner can be used on both vinyl and fabric, and it contains no soaps or detergents. Spray the top with water and then spray with a cleaner. Use a brush to gently scrub the vinyl.

After you’ve cleaned the vinyl, you can use a protectant to preserve the color and texture of your convertible top. Skipping this step can lead to the faded, cracked tops you see on the road from time to time. We recommend using RaggTopp Vinyl Protectant.

Fabric Tops

Fabric top maintenance is essentially the same as vinyl top maintenance, except you want to select products formulated specifically for fabric. Convertible top cleaners are usually suitable for either vinyl or fabric, but you might want to check with the manufacturer to be sure it’s the right product. Use a moderately stiff brush or wheel brush to loosen dirt from the fibers.

It’s a marvel of modern science that fabric tops repel water as well as they do, but all good things must come to an end. Fabric tops are chemically treated during manufacturing to repel water and contamination, but these chemicals diminish as time passes. Exactly how long the factory repellant will last is dependent on usage and the environment, so it’s best to keep an eye on your top. Even just regular washings can have a gradual reduction of water repellence. You’ll want to watch carefully for signs of water puddles or wet spots where water has clearly penetrated the fabric. If you see these signs, it’s time to treat your top. RaggTopp Convertible Top Fabric Protectant is a top quality product. It can help restore the repellence to factory specifications and keep your fabric top looking spiffy!

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