Car covers are very good at protecting and keeping your car clean, but because they are exposed to the elements you’re protecting your car from, using them gets them dirty, so they need cleaning from time to time. This is to ensure they maintain their weather proof properties and don’t let dirt and other debris through to spoil your car’s paintwork.
Consider these ideas while washing your car cover:
Many car covers are machine washable, but because of their size need to be washed in a commercial washing machine and use one without a center agitator as these are very rough on fabric.
Many covers are machine washable, but you will need to take them to a Laundromat where they have a commercial sized machines with no center agitator. Read and follow the manufacturer’s washing instructions.
- Never dry-clean a car cover
- Ensure that there is no bleach included in, the cleaner you use
- Always use a mild cleaner or mild detergent
- Don’t use fabric softener as this will destroy the waterproofing properties of the fabric
- Only use cold or slightly warm water, never hot water
- Wash on a gentle cycle or permanent press cycle
- Always run it through several extra rinse cycles to make sure all the detergent is removed to safeguard the waterproofing
- Dry for at least six hours, often the best place to dry it is on your clean car. Turn it over and dry both sides
- Unless the manufacturer specifies it, do not dry in a dryer
Hand Cleaning While on your Car
Often cleaning your car cover while on your car is the best option.
- A mild cleaner or mild detergent
- A bucket
- Sponge, soft brush and cloth
- A hose with fresh water
- Dissolve the required amount of cleaner in a bucket of cold or warm water
- Spray the cover with fresh water to dampen it allover
- Gently scrub with the soft brush or wipe with the sponge, cloth and the cleaning solution
- Rinse the car cover thoroughly to ensure all the cleaner is removed to retain the fabric’s water resistant qualities
- Turn the cover over and wash the other side
- Dry on the car for at least 6 hours or until completely dry
To remove Bird Droppings, Sap and Dirt
If you park your car under a tree, it’s likely you will need to contend with sap, bird and insect droppings and other dirt
Rub the sap with mineral spirits to soften and then scrape with a plastic spoon on paper towels. It may take a bit of effort, but will eventually, disappear
Removing Bird Droppings
This can be removed using a stain remover or white vinegar. Scrub the affected area with a soft brush or sponge and soapy water. It should be easy to remove
For Built up Dirt
Spray a solution of mild detergent on the dirt area and allow it to soften before washing
Your car cover is a great way to protect your car, but for it to last and provide adequate protection it also needs to be looked after by being carefully washed and dried. Always ensure your car is clean and dry before you place it on your car cover to avoid damage and mildew.