One of the benefits of living in the Sunshine State is the ability to cruise around in a convertible practically year-round. Did you know that Florida is one of the top states for convertible ownership thanks to the warm climate and (mostly) sunny days. What you may now know is that a rain shower here and there and keeping your drop top under cover isn’t enough to ensure a long life for your convertible. Here are some suggestions from Superwash to extend the life of your soft top.
For starters, it’s a good idea to bust out the brush attachment for your vacuum, or even better, invest in a small vacuum that you keep in your garage that features the brush attachment. Superwash suggests that you get into a regular routine of running the brush over the soft top at the end of each day it is driven. This will remove airborne nuisances, especially pollen.
Another regular routine to get into is bringing your convertible into Superwash for regular washings. Whether you choose a full-service package, or do it yourself, Superwash has the best quality soft bristle brushes to be used during the wash. Soft bristles are the key, as a coarser bristle brush can distort the fibers in your cloth top or ruin the embossed pattern if your top is vinyl.
Once you have washed your convertible and given it the Superwash shine, it’s important that you don’t hit the streets with the top down until you have given it plenty of time to dry completely. This will ensure that the entire top dries and the opportunity for mold or mildew to develop on it is eliminated.
What about the squashed bugs, tree sap, and bird droppings that your convertible is surely going to fall victim to? These things are all unavoidable, and Superwash suggests that you act immediately when you notice any foreign element on your soft top. The sooner you remove these nuisances, the easier they will be to remove, and the likelihood of long-term damage can be all but eliminated.
Finally, there are a lot of products out there that will claim to help condition or clean your vinyl soft top, but Superwash recommends that you use these products with caution. Any products that contain petroleum distillates, silicones, or organic solvents should never be used. Products with these ingredients can cause major damage to your otherwise pristine soft top if it is constructed of vinyl.
Being a convertible owner requires you to be consistent in keeping up with the care of your soft top. Being proactive will give you many years of use out of your soft top, as well as help the vehicle retain its value should you decide to sell. Head into Superwash and let us set you up with a full-service package, or a self-service routine to help you get the most life out of your convertible.