Proper care and cleaning of your car cover is important. It will increase the longevity and prevent paint scratches. Understanding the ins and outs of proper cover maintenance is a must for anyone who takes their car seriously.
Care instructions are provided with every new car cover. The generic cleaning instructions noted below are intended for use with all Covercraft covers but you should refer to the instruction sheet enclosed with the car cover for any fabric specific care instructions.
Car cover fabric performance can be severely affected by dirt that builds up on and within the material. It can cause the windshield and paint to become dirty and “fogged” as well as create “wicking” where it actually helps pull water through the fabric, nullifying any water resistant properties the fabric may have had.
There’s no doubt that cover cleaning will help to keep your vehicle clean and also increase the service life of the cover itself.
Pitfalls to Avoid
-Do not clean a car cover in a washer with a center agitator (one exception)
-Do not use fabric softener.
-Do not put a non-woven or specialty type car cover in a dryer.
WeatherShield® (HP & HD) fabrics & Form-Fit™ covers can be dried in a dryer!
Machine Wash Instructions
- Using a large commercial washer without agitator, wash the cover using 1/4 cup of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner (some WeatherShield covers are compact enough to be washed in a normal size washer).
- Put the cover in the washer and pour the cleaner in the tub after it’s filled with warm water or pour it directly in the machine (some wall mounted commercial units), then put in the cover and start the machine.
- Rinse the cover twice to remove all the cleaner.
- Air dry (unless it’s one of the covers noted above that can be dried in a dryer with regular or low heat).
Be sure to learn about other ways to prolong your vehicle’s life here!